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To succeed as a dog pro, you’ll need more than dog expertise—you’ll need business savvy as well. Veronica Boutelle, the industry’s top consultant, gives you the information you need to start, operate, and prosper in your chosen field. Covers dog trainers, pet sitters, dog daycares, and dog walking businesses.

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How to Run a Dog Business

by Veronica Boutelle

Learn how to run the “business end” of the leash
The demand for skilled dog trainers, dog walkers, dog sitters, and dog daycare operators has never been greater. To succeed in one of these fields, you’ll need more than dog expertise—you’ll need business savvy as well.

Written for the non-business person, Veronica Boutelle, the industry’s top consultant, gives you the information you need to start, operate, and prosper in your chosen field. With clear, detailed instructions, Veronica takes you through the process of determining whether you are well suited for self employment and which field is right for you. Find out how to go from idea to reality and from concept to implementation.

Learn how to
• Analyse your market, set prices, and advertise your services.
• Determine what licenses, insurance, and professional affiliations are needed.
• Create systems that streamline your business and help you avoid burn-out.
• Establish sound business practices that will make your business run smoothly, keep you profitable, and balance your work and private life.

2nd Edition - updated in 2014


About the author

Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed., CTC, is the former Director of Behavior and Training at the San Francisco SPCA. Through her business, dogTEC, www.dogtec.org, she teaches sold-out seminars and consults one-on-one with dog professionals. She writes a column for the “APDT Chronicle of the Dog” and is a sought-after speaker at conferences and dog training schools across the country. She lives with her husband and two dogs surrounded by wildlife in Sixes, Oregon.

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