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These articles are the most popular over the last month.
A Guide to Becoming a Pet Groomer
Read all about what it takes to become a pet groomer, with these in-depth business tips.
Best Pet Fish for Beginners
Acquiring pet fish for the first time is a memorable experience, especially for kids, who will rely on local fish store proprietors to educate them about the best types of fish for beginners, as well as their proper care. Here are some tips for getting the neophyte fish hobbyists on the right track.
How to Get Dog Groomer Certification
One does not require certification to become a dog groomer in the U.S. However, it's highly advisable to obtain this, which will enable you to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed. The head of International Professional Groomers, Inc. tells how to go about this.
How to Make Homemade, Healthy Foods for Your Pets
I hope you read and enjoyed my article about "Dinner PAWsible: A Cookbook of Healthy Dog & Cat Meals,"
9 Best Dog Food Brands for Your Store
An article to aid pet business proprietors in selecting the most high-quality, healthiest dog food brands for their pet stores.
About the Northern Inuit Dogs on "Game of...
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How to Open a Pet Shop
A comprehensive guide to what it takes to start a pet shop, a potentially lucrative yet complex and costly undertaking.
Puppy’s First Grooming
A puppy's first trip to the groomer is a very momentous occasion, and can be rather traumatic. Here are some tips for dealing with your young pooch clients.
Are Pet Foods Made in Thailand Safe?
With so many natural pet foods now made in Thailand, consumers are understandably concerned if these are safe. I spoke to David Forman, owner of Weruva, who set the record straight.
Tips for Starting a Self-Serve Dog Wash
Self-serve dog wash businesses are springing up around the globe, enabling those in the pet industry to really clean up, literally and figuratively. Here are some tips for those who wish to get on board.
Clever Pet Business Names
Coming up with the right business name is a very crucial step that should not be taken lightly. Here are some helpful tips for naming a pet business.
The Top 3 Dog Breeds in the U.S.
Here is info about the three most popular pooches in the U.S., and special notes about the types of products and services their parents need.
Dog Barking Deterrent: First Alert Bark Genie...
Dog barking has long been the bane of pooch owners. Now, there are two devices from home safety leader First Alert that are said to deter this and other nuisance behavior in canines. Read a review of the Bark Genie provided by my doggie cousin/canine correspondent.
How Pet Businesses Can Help Shelter Pets
Here are some great ways for those in the pet industry to help shelter pets.
Top Pet Trade Shows
There are many pet trade shows held throughout the world. Here is a guide to the top shows that are musts.
Great Pet Grooming Products for Horses
Like many other animals, horses now have a growing number of pet grooming and wellness products from which to choose. Here are some great ones.
Creative Advertising Ideas for Pet Shops
Here are some great advertising ideas for pet shops that are fun, creative and cost little or nothing.
Business Plan Guide for Pet Shops
Here is a step-by-step guide business plan guide for new and even established pet businesses.
Homemade Pet Food Cookbook
Homemade pet foods are becoming quite popular, as many pet parents have become leery of commercial pet food brands. Read all about a truly awesome pet food cookbook, co-authored by a pet food activist and veterinarian.
Pet Market Trends Around the World
Read about pet market trends around the world including those in China, Japan, Russia, Brazil and more.
All About Sugar Gliders
Sugar gliders are the rising stars in the exotic pets world due to their relative ease of care and uniquely adorable personalities. Here is some important info for those in the pet industry who service parents to these pets.
Pet Grooming Trade Shows Lineup
Here's a handy list of dates and locations for the top trade shows in the pet grooming sector that feature creative grooming competitions and more.
How Pet Shops Can Partner with Animal Shelters
As selling pets is becoming increasingly highly unpopular, and is even banned in many areas, a greater number of pet shops are resorting to partnering with animal shelters to host pet adoption days. This comprehensive guide tells how to go about this.
Top Pet Food Myths Debunked
Here are the top 5 pet food myths, with tips on how to go about disputing these.
Tropical Fish Store Startup Tips
Have you ever dreamed of starting your own local fish store? Learn all about the factors one needs to consider before embarking on this undertaking.
The Top Dry Pet Foods
A look at the dry pet foods controversy, along with recommendations for the best natural brands.
Dog Daycare Startup Tips
With today's hectic schedules, dog daycare services are very much in demand. Here is comprehensive info for those who wish to launch such a business.
Natural Dog and Cat Food Reviews
Here is a roundup of reviews of some respected natural dog and cat food brands.
Hot Industry Trends
Read about some of the hottest pet industry trends along with products and services that are expected to experience the highest business growth.
About the Pet Industry in Japan
The Japanese pet industry is among the international markets that is booming. Learn about how the people of this culture pamper and spoil their pets.
Online Pet Shop Tips and Tools
As a followup to my story about the growing popularity of online pet shops, here is an article about the tools for and some helpful tips about getting started.
About Raw Feeding for Pets
The raw foods diet for pets is becoming more and more popular. Here are some guidelines for retailers.
What Are By-Products in Pet Foods?
: Anyone who sells pet foods, particularly the higher quality natural brands, will invariably encounter
Fun Ways to Promote a Pet Business For Pennies
Here are some fun, creative ways to promote a pet business on a shoestring budget.
Pet Groomers Guide
In-depth articles for those in or considering careers in the growing pet grooming industry, with start-up tips, news about trends, must-have supplies and more.
Pro Recommended Pet Foods
Pet food has become big business around the world, with a vast number of selections now available. In this article, some industry professionals share their top picks and what retailers should consider when stocking their shelves.
Fussie Cat Causes a Fuss
After reviewing Fussie Cat, I received a letter from a reader who was convinced that some of the ingredients were questionable. So I did some research, and the results were surprising.
Marketing Strategy for Pet Shops
Marketing strategy ideas for for pet shops - a guide to marketing a pet shop for little or no cost.
A Veterinarian Answers: What Exactly are...
Veterinarian Dr. Sergio Canello, an internationally acclaimed pet food researcher and proponent of holistic pet nutrition, offers tips to pet retailers about the best types of pet foods to carry.
Lotus: Natural Pet Food Innovator
In my never-ending quest to report about the best natural pet foods, I review Lotus, a unique brand of holistic foods for dogs and cats.
Pet Profile: Vinny, a Pug with a Grand...
Meet Vinny, the rock climbing pug, who is about to scale new height by embarking on a fundraising tour for a very worthy animal rights cause.
About Pup Feathers Pet Fashion Accessories
About Pup Feathers, colorful alternatives to ribbons and bows for pets.
About Pure Vita Holistic Pet Food
Read a review of Nutrisource Pure Vita canned and dry kitty foods, a line of holistic dog and cat foods made by a family-owned company in the U.S., that has been producing pet foods since the 1940s.
Cat Food Brands - The Best for Pet Stores
Learn all about the top natural, holistic and organic cat food brands for your pet store.
How to Start a Mobile Pet Grooming Business
For pet groomers who are considering taking their businesses on the road, here are in-depth tips for starting a mobile pet grooming operation.
Organic and Natural Cat Litters Reviewed
Natural and organic cat litters are extremely important pet products for a cat's optimal health and well-being. Omar and I review some of the more respected products on the market.
Fish Hobbyist News for Pet Stores
Here's some news for the fish store sector, from a possible ban on dwarf seahorses to info about a new business support platform for LFS operators, the hottest fish and aquaria trends and more.
Ethical Puppy Breeders Guide
Despite the growing emphasis on adopting shelter pets and ant-puppy mills sentiments, there is still a demand for puppy breeders. Here is a guide for how to go about the process ethically responsibly and humanely.
Reptiles Roundup
Pet reptiles are more popular than ever, all around the world. Here's what's new and info on current trends in the realm of lizards, snakes and other herps.
The Allure of Online Pet Stores
Online pets stores are all the rage, thanks to the convenience this offers to customers. Here is some background info for those who are considering this retail route.
Bans on Pet Shops Pets Sales Info
Many pet retailers do not sell pets for profit. Here's what you need to know if you do so, with tips for how to transition away from this.
Pet Food Overview
Here is a roundup of articles about pet food, including the history of the commercial industry, the pros' top picks, best natural cat and dog food brands, bird food, the raw diet, brand reviews and more.
Dog Clothes News
There are so many awesome types of dog clothes on the market that help Fidos to look fashionable. Then there's the line of Doggie Hairnets. Not only are these cute and chic, these pooch duds aid in the reduction of dog shedding! Read all about the Chicago dog lover who invented this unique brand of canine couture.
About Grain- and Gluten-Free Pet Foods
About grain- and gluten-free pet foods, which more pet parents are now feeding their pets.
Keeping Track of Pets From Anywhere
About a new line of pet monitors from Motorola, that enable you to keep track of pets from your home or when you're away from home.
Pet Grooming for Kitties
Pet grooming services for cats are very much in demand. Learn about the whys, and how to go about getting the right training for this singular client base.
Scare Up Some Important Safety Tips for Pets...
Halloween can be scary for pets, and not in a fun way. Here are some important tips for pet retailers to share with their customers, to help to keep critters out of harm's way.
APPA Releases U.S. Pet Owners Survey for...
The American Pet Products National Pet Owners Survey 2013-2014 is in, with exhaustive info about U.S. pet spending trends and growth.
Hot Product Profile: Tagg GPS Pet Locator
Pet locator technology has advanced rapidly in recent years. Learn all about Tagg-The Pet Tracker, the most innovative GPS pet tracking device currently on the market.
Meet the Steppe Runner
Meet the lively, lovable steppe runner, a reptile that's brand new to the American pet industry, which is rising star on the exotic pets stage.
Pet Shops Customer Service Guide
Everything pet store owners and operators need to know about ways to provide the best customer service for maximum success.
Marketing and Promotion Guide
Here is a collection of helpful articles that cover marketing and promotion for pet businesses. Read about everything from low- to no-cost advertising, social media marketing, business blogging, general marketing strategies and more.
Cute New Pet Supplies for Cats
There are so many new practical and adorable pet supplies for cats on the market. Here are some of the cutest and most well-made around.
Natural Canned Cat Food Reviews
Natural cat food is a growing industy, as an increasing number of kitty parents are beginning to realize
Exotic Pets Profile: Skunks
Skunks are becoming increasingly popular pets. They're also high-maintenance. Here are some important factors to consider for pet retailers.
Unique Pet Supplies
Here are some great ideas for unique and out-of-the-box pet supplies than many retailers may not otherwise consider carrying, or even know about. But they are guaranteed to set your pet business apart, while positively contributing to the quality of the lives of pets and the people who love them.
Pet Shops Trade Magazines
A list of the top trade publications for those in the pet industry.
Top Cats! The Siamese Breed
Not your average house cats, the Siamese breed is a whisker above many others, in terms of popularity, personality and appearance. These cats are also more high-maintenance than most. Here is important info for retailers with these kitty clients.
5 Tips to Get More Visibility for a Local Pet...
Here are some tips for enabling your pet business to gain more visibility and to shine in your market.
What are Puppy Mills?
Here is important info about the puppy mills, and how these operations may be stopped.
Reader's Choice Awards 2013 Best Natural Pet Food
It's time to cast your vote for the Best Natural Pet Food for the 2013 Pet Shops Reader's Choice Awards! Cast your votes here.
Reptiles Around the World
Reptiles and amphibians are hotter than ever across the globe. Here is some info about the fascinating herptiles trade around the world.
Injury Prevention Tips for Pet Groomers
Even the best pet groomers are not immune from injuries and accidents, involving pets, their employees and themselves. Here are important safety tips.
Pet Foods Recall Protocol for Retailers
The devastating pet food recalls of 2007 were a tragic wake-up call for the pet industry. Then there were the Diamond Pet Food recalls of 2012. Unfortunately, these are prone to happen periodically. Here are important tips for how retailers should handle such an event.
No Pets for Sale
Many U.S. and Canadian towns have banned the sales of pets for profit. Here is the latest info, along with a full list of jurisdictions where pet sales are illegal.
Hound & Gatos Natural Pet Food Review
A review of Hound & Gatos, an awesome all-natural pet food brand for dogs and cats, made in the U.S.A.
Purina Sues Blue Buffalo for Misleading...
On May 6, 2014, Nestle Purina PetCare sued Blue Buffalo for allegedly lying about their pet food ingredients. Then Natural Balance sued Heinz.
Easy Pet Business Ideas
For those who dream of getting into the pet business, a start-up doesn't have to cost a paw and a leg, or require extensive training. Here are some great, easy pet business ideas.
5 Key Steps for a Successful Pet Business Startup
Many people dream of starting a pet business, but often lack clear goals and direction. Here are five practical tips to get you on the right track, and enable your business startup to be a success.
How to Become a Dog Trainer
Dog training is a very in-demand profession. Here is some valuable information for those who wish to become dog trainers, courtesy of renowned dog trainer, Cindy Scott.
Exotic Pets: Lizards, Starring the Leopard Gecko
In the realm of exotic pets , lizards currently are among the “in” critters. (As further proof of their
In-Store Events Ideas For Pet Stores
In-store events are terrific for promotion a pet store, and for attracting new while honoring repeat customers. Here are some handy tips for planning successful events.
Natural Flea and Tick Remedies
There has long been controversy regarding flea and tick remedies for pets that contain pesticides. Read about some safe, natural alternatives.
Pet Business Tips from a Pro
While I have frequently offered what I believe to be sound pet business tips , it’s always a good idea
Pet Rabbits Care Guide
Rabbits are very popular pets, for good reason. They're smart, playful, affectionate and adorable. They also require specific care. Here are some tips for retailers who wish to deal with these delightful pets.
About Exotic Pets Including Ferrets, Rabbits,...
Sweet, petite oh-so-neat sugar gliders are rapidly becoming the must-have exotic pets due to their relative ease of care and their amazing personalities.
Party Animals!
Humans aren't the only ones who enjoy celebrating birthdays, holidays and life's other special events. Pets are also party animals, which has led to a growing event planning industry for the furry set. Read all about this fascinating phenomenon, and how to get on the bandwagon.
About the Bearded Dragon
The bearded dragon is one of the most beloved pet lizards in the world, especially the U.S. Here is important info for pet retailers who deal with these lively lizards.
The Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure is a Paw-some...
The Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure is the purr-fect gift for the crazy cat ladies in your life!
Top Jobs for Animal Lovers
There are now lots of career opportunities for pet lovers. Here is info about the most in-demand pet professions.
The History of the Pet Food Industry
The commercial pet food industry for its start in the mid-1800s, when an entrepreneurial American named James Spratt invented the first mass-produced biscuit. Learn about the fascinating history of this multi-billion dollar industry, which has come a long way, baby!
As Seen on TV Pet Products Reviews
Like a lot of people, I was always curious about the quality and effectiveness of those "As Seen on TV"
Global Pet Expo Trade Show Preview
In the trade show realm, the Global Pet Expo is considered the biggest and best of its kind in the world. Here is an advance preview of what to expect with the 2013 installment, which promises to be bigger and better than ever.
Divine Dog Clothes for Posh Pooches!
Dog clothing and accessories are hotter than ever. Read about how this industry got started, how poochie fashions have evolved through the years, and meet two top doggie designers.
Paw Sweet Journal© June 2013: Major Pet...
There were a lot of interesting developments among major pet food companies in late spring 2013, including plant closings, a plant opening, new products and more. Here's what was happening as of June of this year.
Announcing Medical Marijuana for Critters
About Canna-Pet, a groundbreaking company that has launched an over-the-counter medical marijuana supplement for cats and dogs.
About Wheelchairs for Pets
About Handicapped Pets.com, a company that produces wheelchairs for pets.
How to Attract New Customers
Attracting new customers is a challenge for many businesses, especially in this increasingly competitive industry and challenging economy. Here are some simple yet effective tips to bring in new traffic.
The 10 Commandments of a Successful Pet Business
The 10 Commandments don't just apply to religion, these principles are also relatable to the pet industry and can help pet business operators to get and stay on the right track. Here are some golden rules that even Moses would approve of!
The Vietnam Pet Market
Read all about the Vietnam pet market, a rising pet industry star with an abundance of manufacturing, trade and other advantages.
Unsafe Pet Grooming Products and Practices
Here are some tips about the products and practices for pet groomers to avoid, to protect pets and themselves.
Pet Groomers See a Rise in Posh Pet Spas
About Chateau Poochie and the Pet Spa at Harrods in London, pet spas that offer the ultimate in pet pampering.
How Small Pet Retailers Can Compete with Big...
Here are some important tips for how small mom and pop pet stores can compete with big box pet retailers.
Best Free Business Listing Sites
Here is info about the top 5 sites on the Internet, and why your pet business should be on these.
Stella & Chewy's Raw Foods for Pets
Stella & Chewy's raw, frozen and freeze dried pet dinners is one of the latest products to enter the natural pet food market. Read all about it, and the rating Omar gave it.
Puppy Nutrition Tips
Here are some important tips about the dietary and nutritional requirements for new puppies, along with brand suggestions for retailers.
Pet Massage Devices for Older Dogs
As part of my continuing series of reviews of Silver Tails Senior Pet Products, I test two pet massage devices, and evaluate senior pet chews and a food supplement powder, all great products for this growing market.
Meet Chuck Simons: The Pet 'Groomer's Helper'
Pet Professional Profile: Anybody who’s anybody in the pet groomer industry has heard of and most likely
Business Logo Tips
A business logo is a very important part of a company's identity and overall brand. Here are some tips for creating the right logo for a pet-related business.
Hot Industry Trend: Spa Services for Pets
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Tropiclean Pet Dental Care Products
Pet dental care products are must-haves for pet retailers. Here is a review of the Tropiclean line of Fresh Breath Made Easy pet dental care products.
E-cards, Another Fun Promotional Idea
There are so many effective ways to keep in touch with clients, including e-mail newsletters. Here's a look at a company that takes the concept to really fun new heights.
How to Write a Press Release
A press release is a great tool to get media attention for a pet business. If you can't afford to hire a pro, it's relatively easy to write these yourself. Here are some step-by-step tips, along with pitfalls to avoid.
Bird Food Brands
Polly may want a cracker, but feeding pet birds is a lot more complicated than that. Here is a guide to the best bird food brands for retailers.
Dog Nutritional Needs
There are lots of differing opinions about dog nutrition. Here is an exploration of this, and what pet retailers need to know.
Japan's Cat-Friendly Architecture
Cats even get their own specially designed commode in this awesome cat-friendly house in Japan.
The History of Kitty Litter
Kitty litter has a long, colorful history, beginning with a young man who came up with a bright idea after World War II. Read all about how Edward Lowe changed the world for cats and their parents.
Pet Sales News for June 2014
In early summer 2014, North Carolina and New Jersey passed landmark pet sales laws, and Petland took a swipe at the growing pet sales bans.
Website Best Practices for Pet Businesses
Tips for setting up an effective business website for those in the pet industry.
Pet Grooming Trends, Pet Tattoos, Legislation...
Pet grooming news and info about services such as pet tattoos; proposed regulatory legislation; informational resources; and more.
A Veterinarian On Possible Cause of China Jerky...
Jerky treats made in China have been controversial since 2007. Here is a highly intriguing report from Dr. Cathy Alinovi DVM about the possible causes of pet illness and deaths.
Best Pet Snakes Supplies
Pet snakes are more popular than ever around the world. So it's a wise idea for pet retailers to carry amphibian supplies, and learn as much as they can about these fascinating creatures. Here are some hints and tips for our slithery friends.
Tips for Preventing Job Burnout and Stress for...
Stress and job burnout are among the leading occupational hazards for pet groomers. Here are some issues to be aware of, along with important tips about how to prevent stress, burnout and injuries on the job, for you and your four-legged clients.
Fun Ways to Diversify your Pet Store
Here are some great tips for diversifying a pet store by adding fun new services to expand an existing business. Learn all about doggie day care, pet massage and in-store pet photography right here.
Pet Shelter Fundraising Products
About a line of designer human fashion accessories inspired by Vinny the Pug, which help to raise funds for animal rescue and welfare causes.
Pet Business Social Media Marketing Tips
Social media marketing is a must for pet businesses. Here's an overview of his this works, and some tips to get started.
Green Pet Products Guide
Green pet products are a growing industry. Here are some natural pet products that pet store proprietors really should consider adding to their businesses.
About Pet Massage
Pet massage is a holistic service that's growing in popularity, thanks to its numerous benefits for pets. Learn how to add this to a pet business.
Older Dog Products
Like people, companion animals are living longer than ever. That’s why it’s a wise idea for retailers to carry products for senior pets, especially older dogs. I asked Arnie Costell, owner of in Marina Del Rey, Calif., for his recommendations.
How Pet Groomers Can Increase Their Bottom Line
Here are some suggestions for tools for pet groomers to help them to upgrade their services and increase their sales.
Customer Complaints Dos and Don'ts
Regardless of what kind of business you own, in the retail world, customer complaints are an inevitable fact of life. The same goes for pet shops. Here are some important dos and don'ts, that can help to diffuse even the most difficult situations.
Dog Training Aid: The Pet Corrector
Here's a review of the Pet Corrector, a revolutionary dog (and other animal) training aid that works.
Pet Meds Taking a Bite Out of Veterinarians'...
In the old days, people would get their pet meds from their vets. But that's changed, with an increasing number of options to purchase deeply discounting critter health care products through general retail channels. Here's a glimpse at this booming pet industry sector, and how this is affecting veterinarians.
About Pet Memorial Products
The pet memorial business is a sad, yet necessary sector of the pet industry. It's also booming, with lots of beautiful products now on the market. The owner of Adam's Urn discusses the industry, and his unique approach to marketing his products.
All About the Pet Fashion Industry
The pet fashion industry is booming like never before. Here is a collection of articles to help those in or who wish to get into this sector get a paw up on the competition.
Review of I and love and you Pet Food
A review of I and love and you, a line of holistic dog and cat foods, treats, pet grooming products, supplements and remedies.
Introducing Salon Details Certification for Pet...
International Pet Groomers, Inc. was set to launch a Salon Details Certificate in 2014, that will revolutionize the ethical and safety standards of the industry.
News About Pet Food Recalls
Pet food recalls are an unfortunate but inevitable fact of life in the modern age. Here is some background and important tips about recalls and jerky treats made in China.
Cool Pet Collars and Harnesses
About the top pet collars and harnesses trends including LED light-up items, bling designs, safest models and more.
Organic Cat Litter: World's Best
The World's Best Cat Litter is one of the most popular and respected organic cat litters on the market. Omar and I review this cat litter, and address some concerns.
Trade Show News: Global Pet Expo Best Products...
As predicted the Global Pet Expo 2013 trade show was bigger and better than ever. And as promised, here is a list of all of the winning pet products, along with some pictures and info about some of the top winners.
Pet Business Social Marketing Trends
Examining social trends is a great way to determine how to effectively market just about any business. The pet business sector is no exception. Here is a glimpse of some current trends, and ways you can capitalize on them to get the maximum returns.
'Duck Dynasty' Unleashes Branded Pet Products
It seems that everyone is getting on the pet products bandwagon these days, including those irrepressible
First Pets: A History of Critters in the White...
With very rare exception, U.S. presidents throughout history been avid pet lovers, proven by a colorful assortment of critters of various shapes, sizes and species occupying the White House. Here is a delightful history of First Pets, past and present.
Cat Litter Boxes That Double as Furniture
This cat litter box doubles as a decorative planter, a purr-fect design for those who live in cramped urban apartments or other small dwellings.
About South Bark Dog Wash: Home of the...
The South Bark Blueberry Facial for pets helped to revolutionize the pet grooming industry, and launched the luxury pet spa movement. Meet one of the inventors of this paw-some pet product, Donna Walker.
10 Practices Pet Shops Should Avoid
Even the best pet shops may fall into habits that are decidedly bad for business. Here are some prime examples of what not to do.
One Cool Cat House!
Cats that are offered for sale or adoption at pet shops are often kept in small cages, with limited mobility. But the folks ar Pets Plus in Mays Landing, N.J., came up with a better idea, which is fit for kitty kings and queens!
Success, without the Sale of Pets
Many pet shops are refraining from selling pets, due to the controversy surrounding pet mills. Here's how to be a success without selling pets.
Pet Grooming for Small Animals
Pets groomers are increasingly adding services for cats and small pets. Here are some tips about what to provide, and why this is a good idea.

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