Pet Services, By the Numbers



These days, as people continue to develop a more astute understanding of what companion animals require for optimal health and happiness, many pet owners are investing handsomely in pet-related services. Thumbtack, a services marketplace that connects customers with skilled professionals in various industries including pet, has curated some thought-provoking data on the most popular dog services. For example, according to Thumbtack’s study, 35 percent of dog owners hire a sitter to visit two to three times a day, and 40 percent request walks to be 30 minutes long.

Nearly a quarter of these pet owners also spend money on behavior-modification training for adult dogs, while nearly 40 percent invest in obedience training. And the investment these pet owners are making is significant, with 46 percent reporting that they pay between $300 and $500 on these services.

Then there’s grooming. Dog owners are investing in a wide variety of grooming-related services from manicures to tail trims, with a majority spending $50 or more on such services. All of this seems to point to the fact that it has become increasingly wise for pet specialty retailers to consider ways to incorporate services in their businesses—at the very least, it may pay to build up some synergistic relationships with nearby groomers, veterinarians, pet sitters and trainers. 

For more proof of why pet specialty retailers that are not in the services sector may want to consider diversifying, check out these infographics from Thumbtack.


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