Steps to Start a Dog Training Business

Some say it’s a dog eat dog world. However dog training business owners are thinking otherwise. They see opportunity with the pets they love.

This dog training business guide is for those dog lovers out there who just can’t get enough of them.

Here are steps to start a dog training business.

  • Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the industry and find time to get experience.
    Dog training business is similar to teaching. You can’t teach what you don’t know. So why not attend some basic training guidelines and equip yourself? Attend classes, read books and do actually train dogs. There some things you can’t fake.
  • Step 2: Have a dog training business plan.
    What do you need to make this business work now? Do you need a location for it? What about a training program? How long is your program? Do you need help? What licenses do you need? Preparation will help you overcome inexperience. Develop a plan. Try to visit dog training business competitors. See how they do it.
  • 3: Get a business permit and get a business name.
    Every business has a permit. Visit your local city clerk’s office and inquire about the requirements you need to begin your dog training business operation. While you are at it, file for a business name. Pick a name that unique and catchy. Try to relate it with dogs since they are your clients. Find a name that suits you. Find a name that works.
  • Step 4: Find a location and purchase whatever equipment that maybe necessary for training dogs.
    Find a space where you can train dogs. It doesn’t have to be enormous like a ranch but it needs to have just the right amount of space for dogs to run and play. If you have an unused lot like a farm space that could already work for you. Next invest on dog stuff like collars, leashes, reward biscuits and other dog training equipments needed to train a dog well.
  • Step 5: Hire more trainers.
    The more trainers you have, the more clients you can take. Since dog training is a by schedule arrangement, you can cover more if you have help. Also when you train, start with simple instruction with small expectations. Then slowly increase them. Use consistency and constructive praise to train client dogs.
  • Step 6: Develop a socialization program.
    Take your dog-in-training out into the public to socialize him and get him used to different people and different environmental situations. You may want to place a tag on the dog to inform the public that this dog is under going a training program.
  • Step 7: Design a flyer.
    Create flyers and have them placed on pet stores, dog grooming stations, vet clinics and even in animal shelters. Have a business card ready to give away. Be present in dog shows and exhibitions and try to network your dog training operation.


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