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    Default Opening a Pet Shop in the Future?

    So what do the forum users think of this idea... uh oh!

    Hubby and I have been talking about the idea of opening a pet and produce store in the future.

    This would mainly be a produce and product store however with my intentions at EVENTUALLY becoming a breeder (cocker spaniels definately and may think about springers also as i love this breed aswell), I may think about having MY pups sold at the store, for nothing extra than i would sell them at my own home, and every prospective buyer would have to have a 2 week cooling off period, with the pup to be held by me for those two weeks. Obviously litters would be few and far between.

    Any info that you know that could affect these ideas would be taken seriously, not getting offended by and used in the decision whether or not to go ahead.

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    I don’t see a problem with selling puppies through a store provided you take them home at night and you provide appropriate housing from them during store hours. There is nothing worse than seeing a litter of puppies crammed into a boring glass box.

    Some people might prefer you have pictures of the puppies in store to prevent impulse cute purchases but that is up to you.

    There is a registered Chi breeder near me who brings her pups into her dog accessory store but takes them home of a night. She has a good set up.

    I think the main thing you should consider is that the Pet industry is crowed. You need to consider the location of your store. The competition within this location. What is your draw card going to be? Are you going to be premium or under cut the price of competitors? Will you offer other services like grooming or dog day care? What products are you going to supply? Have you researched the suppliers? What sort of pricing do they offer? What margins will you make? Ect.

    Plus you need some good marketing to bring people into the store first time round. Consider a Facebook page, flyer drop at local areas (provide a small discount for the first weekend’s purchases) and local print advertising is usually fairly inexpensive.

    And don’t forget service with a smile!

    Good luck!

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    Michelle I have to say that was extremely informative and in no way judgemental! thank you so much for your ideas I have SAVED them to my computer for future reference.
    Yes I will be endeavouring to have a section of the business dedicated to pet grooming (which is what I am currently studying).
    And yes the pups will definately come home with me a night, one thing that also ties my heart in a knot.
    We are thinking for mid next year if this all goes to plan, the breeding part maybe not for a little longer, I need to do ALOT more research on breed standards etc and get myself a quatlity girl to start showing. ( and get myself to be able to use the word BITCH without cringing!) lol

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    It's against the law to sell papered dogs through a pet shop.

    I have no issues with produce and grooming in a pet shop. Also, I have seen some that have notice boards with the petrescue flyers printed out on them and a sign saying.. no pets sold here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    It's against the law to sell papered dogs through a pet shop. I have no issues with produce and grooming in a pet shop. Also, I have seen some that have notice boards with the petrescue flyers printed out on them and a sign saying.. no pets sold here.
    I am not so sure that it ia 'against the law'. I believe it might be an ANKC ruling isn't it??
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    Nup in Vic it's against the law.

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    Why though? What ruling would it come under?
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    I'll have to find out for you and get to you on that Anne.

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    Thanks Pugger. I never stop learning and this one is a new one... although in the deep and darky foggy recesses of my brain I feel I have heard of it before....
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
    An optimist sees the glass as half full;
    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    I have done some marketing consultancy work for a few pet businesses so I know all about what you are contemplating going through. Just make sure you do your research. I can’t stress that enough.

    Make sure you support your store with an online business too! Can’t stress how important this is. You will get much better reach doing this.

    I also know of people who have brought papered dogs through pet shops before – Maybe it is different state by state? In which case you might have to only have puppy photos and not puppies in the store?

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