Pets are big businesses. In fact, according to the American Pet Products Association , about 62% of U.S. households own a pet. Pet owners spent an estimated $47.7 billion in 2010.
If you love pets, here are 10 pet businesses that you can run from home:
1. Dog Clothing and Accessories
The dog clothing business is an extremely viable market waiting to be explored and expanded. Bestsellers include sweaters and rain jackets, but pet owners also buy their pampered pets t-shirts, costumes, googles, even booties.
2. Dog Obedience Training
Dog obedience training helps put an end to a dog’s aggression, and behaviors such as biting, chewing, or digging. It helps the dog owners and the dogs develop a way to communicate and offer an easy way to establish the social hierarchy. Dog obedience training has become important for the peace of mind and more harmonious relationship between the dog and its owners.
3. Dog Walking Service
Dogs need regular exercise to ensure good physical and mental health, in addition to ensuring that they maintain and develop a housebreaking routine. Dog walkers take the dogs for walks at least once a day anywhere from one to two hours.
4. Doggie Day Care
An alternative to traditional kennel, dog daycares offers pet care during the day while owners are at work or on vacation. The doggy day care offers clean, cageless facilities often featuring open playgroups, in a fun, safe and colorful environment.
5. Pet Travel Accessories
More people are traveling with their pets, both on the road and on air. Pet travel products help pet owners prepare for travel with their pets, and keep pets comfortable during travel with products. Examples of pet travel products include airline-compliant pet carriers, car seat covers, or car seat restraints, rear seat hammocks for pets, among others.
6. Pet Spa
Take pet grooming and pampering to the next level with pet spas! Pet spas offer activities, good food and a pampered environment. Some focuses on bathing and grooming, while other spas even offer training and swimming of the pets.
7. Pet Photography
Pet photography business provides fun, candid, joyful photos of pets such as dogs, cats, horses, birds, and other pets. Often offering natural style portraits that capture the love between your family and pets, pet photography service can be done from a home-based studio, on location such as the pet owners’ home, or even from a pet shop.
8. Pooper Scooper Service
Dog pooper scooper services clean up after pets and make sure the lawns are safe and clean places for the families to enjoy. There are also litter box services for feline friends to keep the cat’s litter box clean and fresh and eliminates the hassle of buying, transporting and storing large and heavy bags of kitty litter.
9. Pet Toys
Pet toys and accessories is a big market, with thousands of toys available for dogs, cats, ferrets, parrots and other pets. Pet owners buy squeak toys, chew toys, balls, catnip, ropes and other types of toys for the enjoyment and exercise of their pets.
10. Gourmet Pet Food
The gourmet pet food is the fastest growing segment in the $18 billion pet food business. Pet owners give their pets special treats to celebrate special occasions, provide healthier and organic foods, or simply to spoil their pets.