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Dog Walking/pet Sitting Business [suggestions Needed]?

Postby keandre76 » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:15 pm

I just started a dog waking business a week ago, and have been doing okay so far [I only have 1 client, who has been helping me tremendously in the past couple of days by spreading the word, and was also nice enough to print out some of my flyers since I didn't have a printer, and post them in her neighborhood].
Anyway, I am NOT insured, not bonded and do not have a license [YET!] I did however call information and get idea of the process that is ahead of me now.
So with that being said, here is what I have so far and the prices I charge:

Dog Walking - $5 for half hour

Nail Trimming - $3 for cats and $5 for dogs [just because the quick is harder to see]

Can anyone help me with prices for my pet sitting business, as well as with ideas for other services I could offer? I do, ultimately want to turn this into an Animal Rescue someday, so I'm definitely thinking of becoming Certified in Pet First Aid - even though I worked in Animal Care for two years, have had animals all my life and also worked as a Vet Tech at a local vet clinic. And I was also thinking of like making homemade dog and kitty treats for the holidays [Valentines Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas] and either selling them or giving them to my regular customers.
What do you guys think? Thanks!
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Dog Walking/pet Sitting Business [suggestions Needed]?

Postby Earl » Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:41 am

Animals can have white chocolate! My doggies love it when I make these simple treats for them.

I buy a brick of Bakers white chocolate(you can buy at any wal mart) and I also get some doggie bones. I Usually get the small ones that are inexpensive. I melt down the white chocolate in a bowl in the microwave, then dip one end of the bone the the chocolate. Put the dipped bone on wax paper so it can be easily removed once it hardens. While they are still wet you could sprinkle Halloween sprinkles on the chocolate,or you could decorate it with frosting. You can also add coloring to the chocolate.

Also try these treats for the kitties. you can also buy cookie cutter to cut them out with(:

1 C Whole wheat flour

1/4 C Soy flour

1 t Catnip

1 Egg

1/3 C Milk or cat's milk

2 T Wheat germ

1/3 C Powdered milk

1 T Unsulfurated molasses

2 T Butter, vegetable oil, or canola oil

Preheat oven to 350F. Mix dry ingredients together. Add molasses, egg, oil and milk. Roll out flat onto oiled cookie sheet and cut into small, cat bite-sized pieces. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool and store in tightly sealed container.

The state of Cali is super weird on running businesses from home. I have no idea where you are in the U.S., but I do run a business out of my home in Cali and they don't give any room to budge when it comes to your business. If you call the small business administration they can get you pamphlets and all the info to get started. Be very careful with taxes also.

here is the small business admin website: www.sba.gov
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