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The New Humanization

Pet owners are taking pampering to the next level, and pet specialty retailers with the right approach stand to benefit.

Setting a Place

Dog owners are paying attention to what their best buddies eat and drink from, seeking out products that are not only attractive but also contribute to pet wellness.

Feeding Time

As pet parents are working longer hours and leaving pups at home for extended periods of time, retailers should capitalize on sales of automated feeders and fountains.

Go Fetch! (And Tug)

Pet owners can satisfy dogs’ physical, social and mental needs during playtime with fetch and tug toys.

Training Techniques

Housetraining is a necessity for every new pet parent and retailers should be able to provide dog owners with the knowledge and products they need.

Safe and Sound Snakes

Retailers should convey to their customers that rear-fanged snakes are harmless pets.

A Recipe for Success

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Midland does its part to support a growing national franchise.

Staying the Course

Grain-free dog products continue their growth; but to keep the momentum going, pet specialty retailers must get actively involved by responding to customer concerns and helping them select the best options.

Protecting Pups From the Elements

New winter products are making it easier for pet parents to have snow-covered fun without risking their dog’s safety.

American Spirit

As concern about the origin of pet food and supplies continues to grow, retailers should stock more products made in the USA.

Promoting a Service Attitude

Good customer service is imperative to running a successful business.

Ready for Anything

Whether walking, hiking, training or simply playing, today’s collars, leashes and harnesses are elevating the experience for dog owners and their pets, encouraging and enhancing togetherness.

The Upside of Downsizing

For reasons of ergonomics and precision, groomers should consider the value of adding smaller clippers, trippers and shears to their toolboxes.

Easy on the Ears

With the range of ear care options available today, retailers can equip themselves with the knowledge and products to provide a solution to meet any customer’s needs.

How to Win in a Changing Marketplace

While pet specialty retailers face serious challenges in an evolving competitive environment, they can still be successful by playing to their strengths.

Dressing Up Sales

As more dog owners rely on apparel to keep their pets protected from the elements or to outfit them for holiday photos, the clothing category provides retailers with a profit-making opportunity.

Leading in Litter

Maintaining feline hygiene can be a challenge, but manufacturers have stepped up to create winning formulas that invite cats to step up to the litter box.

Fresh Smelling Sales

Keeping dogs clean is a priority, but with the busy schedules of pet parents there might not be time for a full groom, spurring sales in between-bath products.

Freeze-Dried Heats Up

Dog owners are looking for ways to feed their pets nutritional food that is easily portable, sparking interest in freeze-dried foods and treats.

Marine Update

Though the availability and quality of marine livestock is decreasing, captive-raised specimen are keeping the business alive and well.
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