How to Open Your Own Doggy Daycare Center

Written by krystal wascher | 13/05/2017
How to Open Your Own Doggy Daycare Center
If you love dogs, a day-care business may be just for you. (dogs image by Anton Chernenko from

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.

How to Open Your Own Doggy Daycare Center
Create a realistic business plan before you open for business. (sport dogs playing in snow winter image by Paul Retherford from

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.

How to Open Your Own Doggy Daycare Center
Choose carefully the location for your business. (pair of brown dogs image by Janet Wall from

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.

How to Open Your Own Doggy Daycare Center
The number of dogs determines supplies. (dog in a cage image by igor kisselev from

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.

How to Open Your Own Doggy Daycare Center
Advertise your business throughout your community. (sign. dogs welcome sign image by L. Shat from

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.

How to Open Your Own Doggy Daycare Center
Liability insurance is a must to protect you. (two happy dogs playing with ball image by Accent from

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 need

  • Business Plan
  • Space Appropriate for Dogs
  • Supplies & Equipment
  • Insurance (optional, but recommended)

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