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05-25-2013 12:03 AM
matthewtin Dog walking is a good way to get started. It's a good side job that will give you experience dealing with all types of dogs and owners, and you can make connections for the future.
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12-29-2012 06:23 PM
Guardyan
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So for all your love of dogs, just remember ... they all have owners, and some of them can be slightly neurotic!.
A good point . . I thought I wanted to train horses until I spent a summer as an apprentice riding colts. The horses were awesome, but some of the people were ignoramuses.
12-29-2012 03:39 PM
Freestep
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My oldest niece said that she wanted to go to school for dog grooming because of her love of dogs,and she doesn't want to work around a bunch of people.
If I had a nickel for every time I've heard that, I could retire.

It's true that you spend far more time one-on-one with dogs than people, but I swear, the time it takes to groom a dog flies by while 5 minutes with one client can seem like an eternity.

I get a lot of people wanting a job at my grooming salon because they "love animals". They have No. Idea.
12-29-2012 12:49 PM
Gharrissc My oldest niece said that she wanted to go to school for dog grooming because of her love of dogs,and she doesn't want to work around a bunch of people. I told her that the people are the ones writing the check,so they better learn to love them too!


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Yep... the dogs, even the "problem" dogs, are way easier to deal with than their owners. Owners can be downright nuts.
12-29-2012 12:35 PM
Freestep
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Man, one of my friends runs a doggies day care. Even with THAT, which closes in the evening I feel like she has NO life. She has good (for the most part) staff, but it always seems like there's something. Sometimes she has things going nicely and she has the life of a normal person, but usually it it seems like mass chaos.
Yep. Your life is not your own! One of my clients runs a boarding/playcare/training facility. She constantly burns the candle at both ends and runs herself ragged. She's never on time for her appointments with me, and I can see why!

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So if you don't want to limit yourself or push your capabilities, then I would definitely say go out of your way to learn how to handle all kinds of dogs with all kinds of quirks. Of course it's your business and you can pick and choose the clients you take, but why limit yourself?
This is good advice, but I certainly wouldn't blame you if you just want to take the "easy" dogs! When you're first starting up, though, you don't want to turn business away, so getting experience with the tougher dogs will help you immensely and the owners will be very grateful to have a place they can take their "problem" dogs and feel safe in doing so.

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One of my friends runs a doggie day care. She's been doing it for 7 years now, and is ready to sell it. She's done. And it's not because of the dogs! It's because of the people.
Yep... the dogs, even the "problem" dogs, are way easier to deal with than their owners. Owners can be downright nuts.

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She gets to the daycare for 5:30 with her two dogs and sometimes people are already there with their dogs - she opens at 6. Pick up time is 6 pm, and there have been many times when the people are late ... with plenty of excuses.

...She's had people simply show up and drop off their dogs - no appointment, and she's booked solid.

...Some people EXPECT her to train the dogs, and groom them too!

...So for all your love of dogs, just remember ... they all have owners, and some of them can be slightly neurotic!
Yep--you have to be prepared for all that and more. The people that drive me nuts are the ones who show up early. Late, I can understand and relate to--but who the heck shows up 45 minutes EARLY for an appointment?? Just yesterday I had a client show up 35 minutes before opening time, and freak out because the gates were closed. Never mind that there's a sign on the gate with the hours posted, and the words "These gates will open during business hours".

Might not be a bad idea to take a basic human psychology course as well, just to prepare you for all the craziness you'll encounter!
12-29-2012 08:51 AM
Kyleigh One of my friends runs a doggie day care. She's been doing it for 7 years now, and is ready to sell it. She's done. And it's not because of the dogs! It's because of the people.

The stories I've heard from her about people make me cringe.

She gets to the daycare for 5:30 with her two dogs and sometimes people are already there with their dogs - she opens at 6. Pick up time is 6 pm, and there have been many times when the people are late ... with plenty of excuses.

She's had vet papers faked to show vaccines (and she's pretty lax about bordatella, lepto and lymes vaccines). Nothing's happened with the dogs, but it was embarrassing for her to discover that the people had faked the papers - they claimed they went to her vet.

She's had people simply show up and drop off their dogs - no appointment, and she's booked solid.

Some people EXPECT her to train the dogs, and groom them too! There have been some scraps between the dogs where a dog got a scratch - she's been yelled and screamed at because she was "inattentive".

She has great staff and unless the weather is horrible, the dogs are pretty much outside all day. This is made known to people from the first phone call ... and yet, some people expect to be able to have their dogs inside all day b/c the weather's a bit "cool" ...

So for all your love of dogs, just remember ... they all have owners, and some of them can be slightly neurotic!
12-29-2012 08:22 AM
GSDElsa Man, one of my friends runs a doggies day care. Even with THAT, which closes in the evening I feel like she has NO life. She has good (for the most part) staff, but it always seems like there's something. Sometimes she has things going nicely and she has the life of a normal person, but usually it it seems like mass chaos. Love being able to kennel my dogs when I go out of town, but all you boarders are crazy people )))

I either board at my schutzhund TD's place or another local place. My TD is way more expensive and out of the way, but if it wasn't for the drive to drop them off (who wants to do that before you go out of town and right after you get back??) it would definitely be my first choice every time. The dogs can get exercise on her 50 acres and she usually can't help herself but to do a little doodling with them. But she's the only person that I'd trust to let the dogs out of the kennel eclosure and that sort of set-up is probably not an option for you or most people.

The other place has indoor/outdoor runs and lets the dogs out a few times a day into the large outdoor area (probably about a 1/3 acre enclosure??). My dogs either share a run or are side by side and they get to play together out in the yard. She absolutely under no circumstances will take a dog outside of the outdoor enclosure....which I thought was standard, but I've seen boarding places advertise taking your dog on walks. I don't trust anyone other than my TD to do this so I would definitely not be comfortable with it, but I guess some people probably like it because they think their dog is getting more attention?

I've only ever boarded at those two places...and the second one came on a recommendation of someone else in my SchH club.....and she's had a lot of problems finding good kennels for her dogs. It seems like there are a lot of people out there that open kennels only having dealt with cute, lazy, affectionate, easy dogs and then are horrified if they get clients with dogs that are a little more difficult than your average dog. So if you don't want to limit yourself or push your capabilities, then I would definitely say go out of your way to learn how to handle all kinds of dogs with all kinds of quirks. Of course it's your business and you can pick and choose the clients you take, but why limit yourself?
12-28-2012 11:55 PM
gagsd Business license, state kennel license, county kennel license, certificate of occupancy, zoning approval..... And that is before you ever do anything. Must have a grooming area, climate controlled 45F - 85 F, 8ft fencing accesible directly from kennel, drainage, zoning again, non-porous surfaces. The list goes on and on.
12-28-2012 09:35 PM
readaboutdogs The kennel we use has indoor/outdoor runs, I went and asked for a tour before I boarded them, which they were happy to do, showed me the whole place! Where my dogs would be, small dog area, the cat area! They always seemed well taken care of and not stressed out when we picked them up. Also day I went for tour, visited with some people there picking up their dog, said it was only place they used and had for several years. Family ran. I think those are good things that they would give a tour kind of unannounced, I had called a week or before and they said sure come in anytime!
12-28-2012 08:45 PM
GusGus
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Not to get off track with this thread,but I remember calling a new kennel that just opened to ask if they took their dogs out.The answer I was given was ' we don't let the dogs outside,we have an indoor area that they can run around in.'

I did repeat the question to make sure I heard right,and I did. Anyway I chose not to go there.
...i don't know about other peoples dogs, but i think if my dog had to go more than 12 hours without being outside, he would fall over dead.
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