Dog Daycare, Boarding and Grooming ????

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@westcoast_girl:  I bring our puppy to daycare everyday. We groom him ourselves but they do offer that service there. They also take cats in a different area of the daycare. 

Post # 5
3009 posts
Sugar bee

@westcoast_girl:  I dreamt of something similar a few years ago! I hope you can do it!!! It is a ton of work. The place in my hood is open from 7-7 and the two owners are ALWAYS there. Plus they run a dog walking business on top. My advice would be to work in one for a while and see how it works, what the key strategies for success are and understand the ins and outs. People’s dogs are like theor kids and they have high expectations.

Good luck!

Post # 6
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@westcoast_girl:  We live on a farm so I have plenty of room to start a doggy daycare. I’ve considered it many times but I am not ready to give up my corporate salary. I probably never will be. That’s why I have to bring our pup instead of being home with him. 

Post # 7
250 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@westcoast_girl:  We send our dog one day a week and he loves it!  This would seriously be my dream job.  The lady that does it in our area has a large property, a few acres, that is fenced in and a large shop and house on the yard where they can go in and out whenver they want.  The shop has cool stuff for the dogs and furnature where they can lounge around.  She also does overnight stays as well and we sent our dog for five days and he did way better then the traditional kennel where he would usually stay.

When I asked her why she did not offer grooming services at her Day Care she said that she didn’t want the dogs to get confused when they go to the groomer why they are not going to daycare.  It was something that I had not thought of since our dog does not do great at the groomer I would hate for him to think everytime he is going to day care that he might actually be going to the groomer if that makes sense.

Good Luck!

Post # 8
4819 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think you have to cater to working people ie open past 6pm on weekdays!


tons of daycares here, but none offer evening services at all.

Post # 10
825 posts
Busy bee

I have some experience in this:

  • You need to own a lot of property and pay attention to property laws. Some areas only allow dog boarding facilities to open in existing warehouses and that can limit your choices.
  • You need areas that can provide enough space/exercise for dogs that work for the warmest days of summer and the coldest days of winter. You need to have areas for dogs that play well with others, and dogs that need their own space (ours have pools and an automatic tennis ball thrower for dogs that prefer to be alone.) And fences have to be built 7+ feet high.
  • You and your staff need to be qualified. You’d need some type of certification that shows that you understand dog behavior (not sure what the Canadian equivalent would be.) Make sure all of your staff have the Canadian equivalents of: Certified Pet Care Technician, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, and Certified Master Groomers. This will set you apart from competiion, and attract people to you initially.
  • You need to know that particularly in the beginning, it will require a LOT of work. Our daycare is open from 6am-9pm on weekdays and 7pm-8pm on weekends.

And that’s just off the top of my head…


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