How to Make Money With a Dog Boarding Kennel

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How to Make Money With a Dog Boarding Kennel
Selling dog treats is just one way to make money with a dog boarding kennel. (dog biscuits image by Greg Pickens from

Making money with a dog boarding kennel consists of more than simply making money from the actual boarding of the dogs. There are numerous ways that you can use the boarding kennel to make money above and beyond whatever you might take in from taking care of the dogs. With a little time and a little effort, you'll find that there are several avenues that you can choose from in order to make money with your boarding kennel.

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    Check with your local animal authorities to determine what sort of license and/or inspection requirements need to be fulfilled. In most cases, an animal control officer will come out to inspect the facility and will then issue a certificate, which must be prominently displayed in the kennel.

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    Set up a series of "packages" for your boarders -- "economy" would be the cheapest package, with basic care provided for the boarder. Follow that with a "deluxe" package, incorporating some special play time with the boarder, and a "super" package, with a bath upon departure. Price each package accordingly.

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    Arrange a small area of the boarding kennel to have a "boutique" section. In this section, you can sell dog foods, dog clothing, and also "chew toys." Many customers will impulse buy some chew items while their dog will be staying with you.

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    Sell flea treatments at the kennel. Customers won't want their dog to come home with fleas, so if they are treated at the kennel prior to departure, there's a lot less likelihood of any unwelcome visitors going home with your boarder.

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    Offer doggy day care. Don't limit yourself to only boarding. People need a place to drop their dogs off while they take care of business or go to work, and arranging to have the dog stay in doggy day care makes them feel better about having to leave their dog.

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    Make sure you offer pet sitting services, too. Some dog owners simply don't want their dog being in a kennel, but they trust the people who operate the kennels. These pet owners have no problems with paying extra money to have you come to their house to take care of their dog or dogs.

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    Charge extra for special needs, including dogs that require extra special maintenance in the areas of medications or other unique needs.

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    Offer pickup and drop-off service, bringing dogs to and from your kennel, charging extra for the service.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure that all dogs boarding (and in day care) are current on all their canine vaccinations.
  • Have each client sign a waiver exempting you from legal action in the event of some unforeseen incident taking place. When dealing with living creatures, there's no way to predict everything that can go wrong and it's better to be safe than sorry.

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