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Reduce, Reuse & Have Fun

As pet parents become more environmentally conscious, independent retailers continue to be their go-to source of information on the best eco-friendly toys.

A Bright Future

Becoming a knowledgeable and honest source of information on heating and lighting options can help retailers build trust with their customers.

Scrub Up

With a little knowledge about what makes a good tub, any business can find one to suit its needs and budget.

The Lowdown on Pick-Up

Legislation that punishes pet parents who don’t pick up after their animals and the need for easy waste-management solutions are increasing demand for products that make cleanup hassle free.

Investing in Invertebrates

To see success in the marine invertebrate category, retailers need to look beyond just corals to the wide variety of fascinating animals they can offer their customers.

Cool, Calm and Collected

The need for calming and behavior products is growing as more consumers learn they can help relieve their pets’ anxiety.

Profitably Playful

Sales of interactive dog toys and puzzles are trending up, powered by the benefits to dogs and owners these products offer, but pet specialty retailers will still have to put some muscle into their merchandising.

Scratching Solutions

Cat scratchers play an important role in ensuring quality of life for felines and their owners, and retailers should be ready to help with a variety of these cat aisle essentials.

Bird on Board

With the right preparation, bird owners can take their feathered friends along for the ride.

Flea Market

Stocking a wide assortment of effective and safe flea and tick products can help keep pets parasite free.

Fun Meets Function

ZippyPaws co-founder and vice president Jen Cao discusses her approach to designing the company’s award-winning lineup of pet toys and adventure gear.

Parental Guidance

Puppy and kitten products help pet owners care for their new best friends and can help retailers build a bond with customers.

Dog's Delight

Treats aren’t just for spoiling our canine buddies—they’re also used for training, to supplement diets and to support health, resulting in a diverse and profitable category.

What's in a Word?

How we define natural pet food is ever changing, but its popularity and importance to your store is here to stay.

Filling the Feline Toy Box

Once limited to simple cat toys, pet parents are demanding products to engage with their felines, leading manufacturers to create innovative products for meaningful playtime.

Fantastic Feasts

Offering customers as wide a variety of small animal foods as possible can help expand sales in this market.

Small Parrot Success

With parakeets and cockatiels making up the vast majority of bird sales in the U.S., retailers need to be prepared to inform and supply new parrot owners to help them be successful with these species.

Meal Ticket

Independent retailers face a lot of competition in the packaged diets category, but a well-informed staff and expertly curated selection can secure loyal customers and repeat sales.

Pick of the Litter

Jean Broders, senior brand manager for Kent Pet Group, discusses how World’s Best Cat Litter has been able to cement its position atop the natural litter category.

Think Skink

Although they may be less popular than some other lizards, blue-tongued skinks have numerous qualities that make them wonderful pets.
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