Pet Shops: Most Popular Articles
Read all about what it takes to become a pet groomer, with these in-depth business tips.
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.
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.
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.
A comprehensive guide to what it takes to start a pet shop, a potentially lucrative yet complex and costly undertaking.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are some great ways for those in the pet industry to help shelter pets.
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.
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.
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.
Read about pet market trends around the world including those in China, Japan, Russia, Brazil and more.
There are many pet trade shows held throughout the world. Here is a guide to the top shows that are musts.
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.
Here are some great advertising ideas for pet shops that are fun, creative and cost little or nothing.
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 fun, creative ways to promote a pet business on a shoestring budget.
Here is a step-by-step guide business plan guide for new and even established pet businesses.
Marketing strategy ideas for for pet shops - a guide to marketing a pet shop for little or no cost.
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.
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.
Read about some of the hottest pet industry trends along with products and services that are expected to experience the highest business growth.
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.
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.
Here are the top 5 pet food myths, with tips on how to go about disputing these.
The raw foods diet for pets is becoming more and more popular. Here are some guidelines for retailers.
Here is a roundup of reviews of some respected natural dog and cat food brands.
About Pup Feathers, colorful alternatives to ribbons and bows for pets.
: Anyone who sells pet foods, particularly the higher quality natural brands, will invariably encounter
A look at the dry pet foods controversy, along with recommendations for the best natural brands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn all about the top natural, holistic and organic cat food brands for your pet store.
About grain- and gluten-free pet foods, which more pet parents are now feeding their pets.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
For pet groomers who are considering taking their businesses on the road, here are in-depth tips for starting a mobile pet grooming operation.
The American Pet Products National Pet Owners Survey 2013-2014 is in, with exhaustive info about U.S. pet spending trends and growth.
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!
Here are some tips for enabling your pet business to gain more visibility and to shine in your market.
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.
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.
Everything pet store owners and operators need to know about ways to provide the best customer service for maximum success.
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.
Natural cat food is a growing industy, as an increasing number of kitty parents are beginning to realize
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.
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.
Even the best pet groomers are not immune from injuries and accidents, involving pets, their employees and themselves. Here are important safety tips.
A review of Hound & Gatos, an awesome all-natural pet food brand for dogs and cats, made in the U.S.A.
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.
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.
Pet grooming news and info about services such as pet tattoos; proposed regulatory legislation; informational resources; and more.
The Crazy Cat Lady Action Figure is the purr-fect gift for the crazy cat ladies in your life!
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.
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.
Here is important info about the puppy mills, and how these operations may be stopped.
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.
A list of the top trade publications 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Green pet products are a growing industry. Here are some natural pet products that pet store proprietors really should consider adding to their businesses.
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 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 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!
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 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.
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.
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.
There has long been controversy regarding flea and tick remedies for pets that contain pesticides. Read about some safe, natural alternatives.
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.
Tips for setting up an effective business website for those in the pet industry.
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.
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.
On May 6, 2014, Nestle Purina PetCare sued Blue Buffalo for allegedly lying about their pet food ingredients. Then Natural Balance sued Heinz.
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.
Here are some important tips about the dietary and nutritional requirements for new puppies, along with brand suggestions 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.
Read all about the Vietnam pet market, a rising pet industry star with an abundance of manufacturing, trade and other advantages.
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.
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.
Reptiles and amphibians are hotter than ever across the globe. Here is some info about the fascinating herptiles trade around the world.
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.
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.
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.
There are lots of differing opinions about dog nutrition. Here is an exploration of this, and what pet retailers need to know.
Here are some suggestions for tools for pet groomers to help them to upgrade their services and increase their sales.
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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.
There are now lots of career opportunities for pet lovers. Here is info about the most in-demand pet professions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dogswell, maker of a number of dog and cat treats, has announced a voluntary recall of certain Dogswell and Catswell jerky treats after the New York State
About Chateau Poochie and the Pet Spa at Harrods in London, pet spas that offer the ultimate in pet pampering.
About Handicapped Pets.com, a company that produces wheelchairs for pets.
Social media marketing is a must for pet businesses. Here's an overview of his this works, and some tips to get started.
Here is a guide to business insurance for those in the pet industry.
This litter box doubles as a storage component and towel rack, which is a great space-saver for smaller bathrooms that kitties share with humans.
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.
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.
When it comes to the best pet products for retailers, itâs always a good idea to consult with the experts.
A review of I and love and you, a line of holistic dog and cat foods, treats, pet grooming products, supplements and remedies.
In the realm of exotic pets , lizards currently are among the âinâ critters. (As further proof of their
Here are some important tips for how small mom and pop pet stores can compete with big box pet retailers.
Here are some tips about the products and practices for pet groomers to avoid, to protect pets and themselves.
An effective online marketing and advertising campaign is a must for any pet business. As the technology is constantly changing, this can seem like an overwhelming process. I spoke with online marketing maven Phil Frost, who provided tips to make the process easier, and more rewarding.
Here is info about the top 5 sites on the Internet, and why your pet business should be on these.
Hermit crabs are very unique pets. They are also highly misunderstood, especially when it comes to their care. Here is a guide for retailers who want to get a claw up on the competition.
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.
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 Professional Profile: Anybody whoâs anybody in the pet groomer industry has heard of and most likely
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.
In my ongoing series of organic and natural cat litter reviews, Omar and I test drive Cedarific, made from what the name implies.
Pet toys have come a long way, with the emphasis on natural products, interactive playthings and more elaborate designs. Here are some top toys trends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Here's a review of the Pet Corrector, a revolutionary dog (and other animal) training aid that works.
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.
Cats are now the most popular pets in the world. Here are some important feline facts for retailers, along with some fascinating kitty history.
Thanks the wonders of medical science, pets are living a lot longer. As such, pet supplies entrepreneur
Read about some of the more popular items for pets, including hot pet toys trends, collars, books and more.
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.
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.
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.
About Canna-Pet, a groundbreaking company that has launched an over-the-counter medical marijuana supplement for cats and dogs.
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.
Read a review of Dave's Pet Food, a line of natural canned and dry dog and cat foods that cost less than other premium brands.
It seems that everyone is getting on the pet products bandwagon these days, including those irrepressible
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.