Pet Shops: Most Popular Articles
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.
Read all about what it takes to become a pet groomer, with these in-depth business tips.
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.
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A comprehensive guide to what it takes to start a pet shop, a potentially lucrative yet complex and costly undertaking.
I hope you read and enjoyed my article about "Dinner PAWsible: A Cookbook of Healthy Dog & Cat Meals,"
An article to aid pet business proprietors in selecting the most high-quality, healthiest dog food brands for their pet stores.
Here are some great ways for those in the pet industry to help shelter pets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pet Professional Profile: Anybody whoâs anybody in the pet groomer industry has heard of and most likely
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.
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.
There are many pet trade shows held throughout the world. Here is a guide to the top shows that are musts.
The promotional and advertising possibilities with e-mail newsletters are virtually endless. Here are some ideas about where and how to get the best content.
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.
Read about pet market trends around the world including those in China, Japan, Russia, Brazil and more.
: Anyone who sells pet foods, particularly the higher quality natural brands, will invariably encounter
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.
Here are some great advertising ideas for pet shops that are fun, creative and cost little or nothing.
Read about some of the hottest pet industry trends along with products and services that are expected to experience the highest business growth.
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.
Here is a step-by-step guide business plan guide for new and even established pet businesses.
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.
When I attended the H.H. Backer spring pet trade show in April 2012, reps from some respected companies that produce natural cat foods and treats gave me some samples for Omar to review. Here are his findings about Lickety Stik, Lotus canned cat food and Castor & Pollux Organix Cat Treats.
Here are some fun, creative ways to promote a pet business on a shoestring budget.
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.
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.
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.
About Pup Feathers, colorful alternatives to ribbons and bows for pets.
About grain- and gluten-free pet foods, which more pet parents are now feeding their pets.
Marketing strategy ideas for for pet shops - a guide to marketing a pet shop for little or no cost.
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.
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.
Everything pet store owners and operators need to know about ways to provide the best customer service for maximum success.
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.
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.
Here is a guide to business insurance for those in the pet industry.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are the top 5 pet food myths, with tips on how to go about disputing these.
For pet groomers who are considering taking their businesses on the road, here are in-depth tips for starting a mobile pet grooming operation.
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.
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.
The American Pet Products National Pet Owners Survey 2013-2014 is in, with exhaustive info about U.S. pet spending trends and growth.
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.
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.
Here is a roundup of reviews of some respected natural dog and cat food brands.
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.
A look at the dry pet foods controversy, along with recommendations for the best natural brands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A review of Hound & Gatos, an awesome all-natural pet food brand for dogs and cats, made in the U.S.A.
Learn all about the top natural, holistic and organic cat food brands for your pet store.
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.
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.
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.
Tips for setting up an effective business website for those in the pet industry.
Skunks are becoming increasingly popular pets. They're also high-maintenance. Here are some important factors to consider for pet retailers.
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.
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.
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.
Natural cat food is a growing industy, as an increasing number of kitty parents are beginning to realize
Here are some tips for enabling your pet business to gain more visibility and to shine in your market.
In the realm of exotic pets , lizards currently are among the âinâ critters. (As further proof of their
The Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure is the purr-fect gift for the crazy cat ladies in your life!
A list of the top trade publications for those in the pet industry.
The raw foods diet for pets is becoming more and more popular. Here are some guidelines for retailers.
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.
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!
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.
Pet grooming news and info about services such as pet tattoos; proposed regulatory legislation; informational resources; and more.
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.
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.
Here is info about the top 5 sites on the Internet, and why your pet business should be on these.
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.
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.
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.
Here is important info about the puppy mills, and how these operations may be stopped.
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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.
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.
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.
Read all about the Vietnam pet market, a rising pet industry star with an abundance of manufacturing, trade and other advantages.
Practical tips for those who wish to become pet fashion designers.
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.
Pet sitters are very much in demand. Here are some important tips from Pet Sitters International for those who wish to launch such a pet business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some important tips about the dietary and nutritional requirements for new puppies, along with brand suggestions for retailers.
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.
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.
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.
Here's a review of the Pet Corrector, a revolutionary dog (and other animal) training aid that works.
About Canna-Pet, a groundbreaking company that has launched an over-the-counter medical marijuana supplement for cats and dogs.
While I have frequently offered what I believe to be sound pet business tips , itâs always a good idea
Here are some important tips for how small mom and pop pet stores can compete with big box pet retailers.
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.
In my ongoing series of organic and natural cat litter reviews, Omar and I test drive Cedarific, made from what the name implies.
In my article Model Cats, I explore the growing demand for feline fashionistas for print, TV and Internet work. While I am not surprised that dogs are more
Like people, companion animals are living longer than ever. ThatÃ¢â¬â¢s why itÃ¢â¬â¢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.
Like a lot of people, I was always curious about the quality and effectiveness of those "As Seen on TV"
Regardless of the size of your pet business, effective branding is an important consideration. Adding your own pets to the process is also not only appropriate, this can really help to enable a business to stand out from the pack. Here are some helpful tips about how to go about this.
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.
Cats even get their own specially designed commode in this awesome cat-friendly house in Japan.
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.
Pet parakeets have been delighting pet lovers since ancient times. Here is some info for retailers who wish to deal with these smart, playful, charming critters.
Even the best pet groomers are not immune from injuries and accidents, involving pets, their employees and themselves. Here are important safety tips.
Hiring and recruiting the right employees is crucial to the success of pet shops. This article offers valuable advice for finding, and keeping, staff members who will share your passion for pets.
Even in this high tech day and age, the old-fashioned Golden Rules of Sales still apply. Here are five I learned my from small business owner dad.
Here are some tips about the products and practices for pet groomers to avoid, to protect pets and themselves.
A review of Purr & Simple, a unique new natural cat litter that is safe for pets and the planet.
Here is a collection of articles about exotic pets.
While many pet groomers, especially those that are new to the business, may be intimidated by competition from big box pet retail chains, you actually have a number of advantages over them. Two grooming professionals offer tips for how to get a paw up on the competition.
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.
About Handicapped Pets.com, a company that produces wheelchairs for pets.
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.
Rats as pets may seem like a new craze, these critters have been popular animals off and on since the 1800s. Read all about how these fascinating critters managed to capture the hearts of humans.
A collection of pet industry-related articles by the late, great Omar, my right-paw kitty who was also my assistant editor in charge of pet product reviews. And as a misunderstood black cat, he had an important message for pet retailers and people in general.
There has long been controversy regarding flea and tick remedies for pets that contain pesticides. Read about some safe, natural alternatives.
There are now lots of career opportunities for pet lovers. Here is info about the most in-demand pet professions.
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.
The proper care, feeding and housing of hermit crabs is frequently evolving. I recently heard from a member of the Hermit Crab Association who was kind enough to provide updated info for these often misunderstood pets for retailers who deal with them, and crab parents. Here's what she advises.
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.
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.
A review of I and love and you, a line of holistic dog and cat foods, treats, pet grooming products, supplements and remedies.
About a line of designer human fashion accessories inspired by Vinny the Pug, which help to raise funds for animal rescue and welfare causes.
Social media marketing is a must for pet businesses. Here's an overview of his this works, and some tips to get started.
Guinea pigs have been beloved exotic pets that world over for centuries. Not only are they cute, cuddly and amusing, they're easy to care for, great with kids and relatively low-maintenance. Here's what pet retailers need to know about these time-honored pets.
On May 6, 2014, Nestle Purina PetCare sued Blue Buffalo for allegedly lying about their pet food ingredients. Then Natural Balance sued Heinz.
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.
Are you considering exhibiting your product or service at a pet industry trade show? Here are some tips for how to successfully go about this.
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.
Rats as pets have become quite popular for a variety of reasons: These critters are highly intelligent, affectionate, clean, easy to train and totally loveable. Here's the lowdown on these rodents for those who wish to deal with them.
Humans are now more frequently traveling with their pets, which has created a booming industry, with all kinds of neat lodging, air and other services/amenities popping up. Here's the lowdown on this red hot right now pet industry trend.
A chat with pet grooming industry leader Todd Shelly, who discusses top industry trends, and gives advice to help pet groomers succeed.
Here are some suggestions for tools for pet groomers to help them to upgrade their services and increase their sales.
The pet insurance business is growing at a rapid rate, as an increasing number of companies have begun springing up to meet the demand. Learn about this highly specialized industry, and why it appears to be booming.