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by Melissa Breau on Mar 1, 2013
“      Most pet professionals would likely give out the same three pieces of advice to anyone looking to adopt or buy a puppy: choose a puppy that is the right fit for your home, make sure it gets plenty of training so it learns what is expected of it, and give it a nutritious diet and a supportive environment to ensure it has a long, healthy life.  Pet specialty retailers can apply the…”

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by Mark Kalaygian on Feb 1, 2013
“The toll that the latest Great Recession and lingering post-recession economic malaise has taken on a broad spectrum of retailers is undeniable. Specialty stores, in particular, have felt the effects of tightening consumer pocketbooks over the past five years, as price-focused mass retailers like Walmart have tried to leverage this…”
by Jennifer Boncy on Jan 1, 2013
“In the span of one average American lifetime—approximately 75 years—the puppy-in-the-window business model has gone from being a beloved Main Street staple to being an oft-scorned and visible reminder of the dark side of puppy sales.That’s not to say that there aren’t successful pet shops out there thriving on puppy…”
“  When discussing the ongoing success of the pet care market, even in the thick of a troubled economic climate, many industry observers are quick to point to the love that pet owners have for their companion animals as the primary driver of this trend—and rightfully so. Pets continue to…”
by David Gill on Nov 1, 2012
“One pet retailer says that he first realized that was a threat to his business when his wife came home about two years ago and said that she saw the perfect television for their newly-remodeled den. “Why didn’t you buy it?” he asked her, knowing that she usually made…”