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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.
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.
A Guide to Becoming a Pet Groomer
Read all about what it takes to become a pet groomer, with these in-depth business tips.
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.
Top Pet Food Myths Debunked
Here are the top 5 pet food myths, with tips on how to go about disputing these.
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.
The Top Dry Pet Foods
A look at the dry pet foods controversy, along with recommendations for the best natural brands.
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.
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,"
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.
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.
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.
Creative Advertising Ideas for Pet Shops
Here are some great advertising ideas for pet shops that are fun, creative and cost little or nothing.
Natural Dog and Cat Food Reviews
Here is a roundup of reviews of some respected natural dog and cat food brands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About the Northern Inuit Dogs on "Game of...
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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.
Pet Market Trends Around the World
Read about pet market trends around the world including those in China, Japan, Russia, Brazil and more.
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.
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.
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.
Business Plan Guide for Pet Shops
Here is a step-by-step guide business plan guide for new and even established pet businesses.
Marketing Strategy for Pet Shops
Marketing strategy ideas for for pet shops - a guide to marketing a pet shop for little or no cost.
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.
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.
Puppy Nutrition Tips
Here are some important tips about the dietary and nutritional requirements for new puppies, along with brand suggestions for retailers.
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.
What Are By-Products in Pet Foods?
: Anyone who sells pet foods, particularly the higher quality natural brands, will invariably encounter
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.
Fun Ways to Promote a Pet Business For Pennies
Here are some fun, creative ways to promote a pet business on a shoestring budget.
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.
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.
About Grain- and Gluten-Free Pet Foods
About grain- and gluten-free pet foods, which more pet parents are now feeding their pets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cool Kitty Couture
Feline fashionistas can now enjoy stylish kitty couture. Read about the hottest trends, and enjoy a kitty fashion show!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cat Food Brands - The Best for Pet Stores
Learn all about the top natural, holistic and organic cat food brands for your pet store.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About Raw Feeding for Pets
The raw foods diet for pets is becoming more and more popular. Here are some guidelines for retailers.
About Keeping Pet Chickens
Read about the growing popularity and joys of keeping chickens, along with tips about their care and supplies.
Pet Shop Must-Have Kitten Supplies
Like human babies, kittens need special pet products and supplies to help them get off to a healthy, happy start in life. So the following are important pet products that each pet shop should carry for new kitten parents.
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.
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.
Master Grooming Tools Pet Nail Scissor Review
Nail clippers for cats and other small pets are must-haves for retailers and pet groomers. Here is a review of the Master Groomer Tools Pet Nail Scissor.
News About Pet Jerky Treats from China
Dog jerky treats from China have been in the news for years. Here are highlights from a call made to the FDA by pet food safety advocates.
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.
The Best Foods for Cat Illnesses
Cat illnesses are on the rise. Here is what retailers who deal in pet food need to know, to help kitties get on the road to recovery.
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.
Pet Shops E-mail Newsletter Tips
An e-mail newsletter can be an invaluable tool for those in the pet shops business, for a variety of reasons. Learn how to go about starting a newsletter with these helpful hints.
How Pet Businesses Can Help Shelter Pets
Here are some great ways for those in the pet industry to help shelter pets.
What are Puppy Mills?
Here is important info about the puppy mills, and how these operations may be stopped.
Japan's Cat-Friendly Architecture
Meet some Japanese architects who have designed cat-friendly houses.
Pet Supplies Reviews: Cat Products
A review of the Meow Town cat window perch.
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.
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.
Pet Rats Profile
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.
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
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!
Pet Grooming Trends, Pet Tattoos, Legislation...
Pet grooming news and info about services such as pet tattoos; proposed regulatory legislation; informational resources; and more.
E-mail Newsletter Ideas
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.
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.
A Chat with Pet Grooming Leader Todd Shelly
A chat with pet grooming industry leader Todd Shelly, who discusses top industry trends, and gives advice to help pet groomers succeed.
Puppy Breeding News
The pet industry as it pertains to puppy sales, puppy mills and legislation is growing more complex. Here are some recent developments.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Website Best Practices for Pet Businesses
Tips for setting up an effective business website for those in the pet industry.
Review of Soft Paws Pet Nail Caps
Because declawing cats is so controversial and frankly inhumane, there is now a large market for products that serve as alternatives to this practice. Here is a review of Soft Paws, long-lasting, attractive vinyl nail caps for cats that work wonders.
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.
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.
Pet Sitter Business Guide
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.
The Business of Pet Loss and Bereavement
Here is some valuable information for those considering careers in the growing pet loss and bereavement profession.
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.
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.
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.
Pet Shops Trade Magazines
A list of the top trade publications for those in the pet industry.
About Wheelchairs for Pets
About Handicapped Pets.com, a company that produces wheelchairs for pets.
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.
Natural Remedies for Pets
Natural remedies for pets are now very popular. Here are some of the top herbal, homeopathic, holistic and other natural products.
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.
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.
Backer Pet Trade Show Gets a Makeover
An overview of the changes at H.H. Backer and Associates, a long-time producer of pet industry trade shows.
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.
Natural Cat Litter Cedarific
In my ongoing series of organic and natural cat litter reviews, Omar and I test drive Cedarific, made from what the name implies.
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.
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
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.
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.
About Exotic Pets Including Ferrets, Rabbits,...
Here is a collection of articles about exotic pets.
New Puppy Pet Supplies
New puppies require specific age- and size-appropriate supplies in order to get off to a good start in life. Here are some ideas for retailers.
About Pet Assure: The Alternative to Veterinary...
While the pet veterinary insurance industry continues to grow, this remains a difficult, highly challenging business, for a variety of reasons. That's why a family of pet lovers launched Pet Assure, an alternative to traditional pet insurance. Here's a profile of this company.
Read All About Online Pet Store Coupaw.com
As part of the Pet Shops Spotlight series, I showcase Coupaw.com, a unique online pet store with a business model that's top dog.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Winning Pet Products from the 2013 SuperZoo...
As promised, the 2013 SuperZoo pet industry trade show was bigger and better than ever, with record attendance, loads of new events and attractions of great new pet products. Here is a list of the winners.
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.
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 Insurance Guide for Pet Shops
Here is a guide to business insurance for those in the pet industry.
Why Veterinarians Don't Always Know About Pet...
Not all veterinarians are knowledgeable about pet nutrition. Read all about this, and how pet retailers can help to bridge the gap for customers.
TriPom Chews: Dog Jerky Treats Made in the U.S.A.
Read about a couple of dog lovers from Maine who decided to launch their very own dog jerky company called TriPom Chews, inspired by their three pooches, and the China controversy.
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.
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.
Hot Industry Trend: Spa Services for Pets
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Pet Ramp Review
Read a review of the UltraLite Bi-Fold Pet Ramp from Solvit Products, a simple, clever, economical pet mobility device.
A Brief History of Cats
Cats are now the most popular pets in the world. Here are some important feline facts for retailers, along with some fascinating kitty history.
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.
Loving Pets: Natural Dog Treats
Read about Loving Pets, a new Jersey-based company that produces all-natural pet treats made in the U.S.
What's New in Pet Grooming Products
Here's news about some paw-some new pet grooming products, including a new line of dog shampoos from Animal Planet, pooch nail polishes, holistic grooming and pet care products from Halo and more.
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.
Dog Training Aid: The Pet Corrector
Here's a review of the Pet Corrector, a revolutionary dog (and other animal) training aid that works.
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.
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.
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.
High-Tech Pet Devices
There are a lot of high-tech pet products now on the market. Here are some of the top items.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Benefits of Flower Essences for Pets
Flower essences for pets are now very popular, and they work to help remedy a variety of issues. Here is information about these wonderful natural healing tools, their properties and how they work.

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