How to Open Your Own Doggy Daycare Center

Updated March 23, 2017

If you have a passion for working with animals, starting a day-care business for dogs might be an excellent and rewarding way to make a living. Doggy day-care businesses cater to busy professionals who do not wish to leave their dogs home alone. Your services also may be used by vacationers who find it inconvenient to take their pets but do not wish to leave their dogs in a traditional kennel.

Create a business plan for your doggy day care. Before you open your doors to dogs, you need to know how you will run your business. Some things to consider: 1. How much start-up capital do you have? 2. What services will you offer? 3. How much will you charge? 4. Where will your day care be located? 5. How many dogs will you be able to accommodate at a time? 6. Should you purchase business liability insurance? If you have a clear vision and create a realistic budget for your business, your chances of success will increase exponentially.

Choose a location for your doggy day care. You can designate a space in your home or you could rent commercial space. When choosing a place, make sure it is spacious and appropriate for dogs. Access to a fenced-in outdoor space would be ideal for your purposes. Make sure to choose a location that is visible and convenient for potential clients.

Purchase supplies and equipment. You may want to purchase dog crates in the event a dog becomes unruly. You will need leashes, water and food dishes, dog beds, treats and toys. Consider the scale of your proposed operation. The number of dogs you plan to care for will dictate the supplies you will need.

Advertise your business. Create and post flyers throughout your community. Ask your local veterinarian if you can leave your calling card in the office. Consider placing an ad in your local paper. Anything that you can do to get the word out about the services that you offer will benefit your doggy day care.

Purchase business liability insurance. You are not required to do this to open your business, however, it is highly recommended. Liability insurance protects you from financial responsibility in the event a client's dog becomes injured, lost or sick while in your care. It also protects you in the event that another person is injured on your property or as a result of your business activities. Business liability insurance is similar to other forms of insurance in that you can purchase different policy limits based on your needs. If you are adjudged to be liable for an amount greater than your policy limit, you may be responsible for any additional amounts. You should work with your insurance agent to determine policy limits that are appropriate for your business. Remember, neglecting to purchase insurance could cause you to have to close your business if an incident occurs and you cannot cover costs.

Things You'll Need

  • Business Plan
  • Space Appropriate for Dogs
  • Supplies & Equipment
  • Insurance (optional, but recommended)
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Krystal Wascher has been writing online content since 2008. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from Thiel College and a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law. She was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 2009.