2015 APDT Annual Educational Conference & Trade Show

FR04 - Opening Your Own Daycare, Training and Retail Facility

Oct 16, 2015 9:00am ‐ Oct 16, 2015 12:15pm

Standard: $20.00


This seminar will outline best practices for trainers looking to transition from professional dog training to owning and operating their own pet business offering a variety of services – including daycare, training, retail sales and grooming. With the dog daycare business booming and pet retail on the rise – professional dog trainers are uniquely positioned to move into this industry and open their own facility.
This talk will outline businesses practices such as how to choose locations, deal with commercial leasing and advertising and promotion. We will outline initial costing and budgets for opening your facility. We will discuss detailed operations for assessment of dogs for daycare, how to setup your facility and operate and manage large play groups. We will also outline how to compete with large scale retail shops and grooming operations to make your facility a success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the costing and risks for leasing and starting your own multi use facility
  • Learn how to arrange and setup your facility for success
  • Learn best practices for assessment of daycare dogs
  • Understand how to manage large off leash play groups in a daycare environment
  • Learn sales and promotional techniques to make your facility stand out


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