Guide for Building a New Dog Business

(one-time purchase)

Are you starting a new dog business and looking for some resources? Our guide will help you think through the logistics you need to plan out as you build your new dog business. The guide provides resources and information on the following topics:

  • Business Basics
  • Location
  • Market Research
  • Facility Planning
  • Flooring and HVAC
  • Safety and Security 
  • Staff
  • Supplies and Suppliers (including a detailed equipment list of what you may need to buy for a new dog daycare and boarding business)
  • Legal and Finance
  • Insurance
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing, Advertising, and Social Media
  • Reservation and Business Management Software
  • Setting Your Pricing
  • Industry Groups and Memberships

This document is not intended to be all encompassing. It covers the topics most owners of dog daycare, boarding, training, and/or grooming businesses may struggle with when first starting their business. We encourage all new business owners to reach out to experts in the field of human resources, accounting, legal, payroll, etc.

It is important to note that many of the hyperlinks and resources in this document are specific to the United States. However, even if you live outside the United States, much of the information will be quite useful.


NOTE: Dog Handler Academy provides this document as guidance as you deem appropriate; however, we disclaim and assume no liability or responsibility for any losses or damages arising from the use of the products, techniques or services provided on our website. See our Terms & Conditions.


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