Guide for Building a New Dog Business

Are you starting a new dog daycare and boarding business?

This guide will help you get started on the right path.

Guide for Building a New Dog Daycare and Boarding Business

Are you starting a new dog daycare and/or boarding 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 purchase 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 standalone product below DOES NOT include access to our Dog Handler Employee Training monthly membership. 

If you are interested in the monthly membership, please view our membership plans.

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 these documents and templates as guidance for use in your facility 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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