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    Smile What Do Want to See if Shops?

    Hi.
    I have the opportunity to have impact on what to order in for a relatively new pet supply store and would love to know what products you would like to see in store as well as the sort of services that could be offered.
    We have the opportunity to stock the standard products including show products as needed as well as trying to source products if possible that you as customers know about or would like to recommend.
    I hope I haven't breached any forum rules in asking this question?
    Cheers and thanks
    "No amount of time can erase the memory of a good dog or cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove their fur from your couch"

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    Show supplies always go down well.

    Most of the pet stores where I live do not cater to the showies. There is only one store that sells show leads, acessories for toy breeds (bows for Shih Tzus and Yorkies) and entry forms. It's the store all the showies in the area go to because of this.

    Show leads are something that pet owners don't use which is why most stores don't get them in, but they still sell well, especially the fine paracord leads and fine chains.

    Bows... I have never actually seen REAL show bows sold in shops, but they would appeal to both showies and pet owners. You can order them in bulk from the US.

    Entry forms... they can be ordered directly from local canine associations. I have to put my name down at our local pet store for them to hold some for me as they always sell out.

    On the more "risky" end would be the professional grooming equipment. They are more expensive products but once the word got out that your shop sells them you would have people coming there. Mason Pierson brushes people usually order from the US as they are hard to get in Aus.

    That's my take as a showie anyway, would be good to hear what the 'pet' people would like to see.

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    Thanks for the great reply crested _ love.
    Yep, we have show leads and I often try and encourage some pet puppy people to start with them as a lighter weight alternative until the pup starts walking better on a heavier lead. We stock laser lites and plush puppy amongst a few but can get in show shampoo's. Yes, Im pretty sure we can get show bows, the lady I work with may be able to access them. We stock the normal bows that are out there only at the moment. We really want to be able to stock what people want and need instead of the usual run of the mill products if that's possible. I too cant wait to see what others might reply.
    Again thanks for your insight
    "No amount of time can erase the memory of a good dog or cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove their fur from your couch"

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    Just wanted to bump
    I dont want to be annoying or promote our place in anyway, but honestly would like any feedback on good or bad products. I have larger dogs, so have my own insight on some stuff there, but what one person doesnt like someone else might. the other woman involved is a registered breeder and show person so has that insight, but would like more insight on training aids or small dog products or your favourite pet product that you really think are either good or crap
    Oh, we do not advocate the sale of live animals in store in any way, completely against our codes and ethics. Though we encourage people to bring in their fur mates, (pure or cross) after all they are part of your family and you are buying for them.
    Thanks for any ones input and time
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    "No amount of time can erase the memory of a good dog or cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove their fur from your couch"

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    Strong and realistically priced covers for dog beds. (trampoline/hammock style)
    $40+ for a bit of shade cloth and a strip of velcro is a rip off and the $6 hessian ones just dont last after a couple of washes. I'm still looking for one that lasts more than 6 months. My old dog would scratrch at his for some reason.
    Just a thought.


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    Thanks Sean.
    Yeah I agree the covers are expensive especially if your dog goes thru them quickly. i usually get nearly a year out of my dogs bed covers.
    WoW. You pay $40 +
    Their certainly dear up your way.
    I thought they were dear down here at $30ish.
    Have you tried the canvas ones?, same as the mesh with velcro but with the canvas on top? Would they be stronger for your guys?
    "No amount of time can erase the memory of a good dog or cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove their fur from your couch"

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    I see a lot of people asking about PP crates on other forums, maybe it would be good to look into stocking those?
    They are the plastic airline approved carriers, I haven't seen them for sale here anywhere but the airport, it might be different on mainland Aus though. I have been after a PP40 for ages now and can't seem to track one down.

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    Yep, we are stocking pp20 pp30 and the large pp40.
    The pp20s come in the standard blue and white as well as pink, and a purple.
    The others just in the standard blue n white. We have a few soft crates as well as the standard crates but am looking into some other styles of soft crates.
    "No amount of time can erase the memory of a good dog or cat, and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove their fur from your couch"

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    I recently wanted a xxx large crate and could only find one larger than 48 inches. Its 52 and only came in galvanised steel. The wife thinks its ugly. A powder coated or painted 52 inch with a mattress to match would appeal to giant breed dog owners i reckon.
    As far as i found no one had mattresses to fit so i had to get a custom made one.
    I would be keen on a canvas dog bed cover for sure. I know canvas is not cheap but if it lasted a long time it would be worth it.


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    Hmmm, I'll keep thinking Have a browse through DOL and see what people are asking for in the wanted to buys, might give you an idea of demand for certain items.

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