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Course Description

Starting your own dog day care is not an easy task.  Just a love of dogs is not enough.  To do it right there are several aspects of such a business to consider.  It requires some research of the area, the community, the laws and zoning and professional organizations that support such ventures.  It requires the development of relationships with other business owners, the governance of the area, the people in the community and more specifically the pet community.

In order to be competitive, the dog day care entrepreneur needs to examine the needs, the array of possible services and how to build a customer base by becoming a dog professional who is knowledgeable, keeps up on current trends and advocates for pet owners in the community.  Creating a solid plan after gathering a broad set of information, consulting with an attorney, an accountant, and a financial institution is necessary for success. 

In this class you will learn that you can develop a facility as a community base for all pet owners, offering classes, sponsoring events, and being a leader in both the business community and the neighborhood or a smaller boutique dog day care focused on a specific breed or high end services. The variety of possibilities in dog day care centers is endless and exciting.  This class will help you examine these variations and guide you in a way to determine what makes sense for your strengths.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: A Dog Day Care Entrepreneur

Lesson 2: A Business Plan Your Dog Could Approve

Lesson 3: Cheaper by The Dozen? Expenses and Cost of Dog Day Care

Lesson 4: Don't be Hounded by Legal Issues

Lesson 5: Going to the Dogs or Marketing Your Dog Day Care

Lesson 6: Dog Friendly Employees

Lesson 7: Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

Lesson 8: Dog Rules and Processes

Lesson 9: Every Dog Has His Day

Lesson 10: Dog Ready Employees Owner, and Facility

Lesson 11: Supporting Dog Parents

Lesson 12: A Dog Day Care is a Community Industry

Lesson 13: How to Get a 5 Woof Rating

Lesson 14: Survival of the Fittest

Lesson 15: Dog Daycare Entrepreneurs Review

Course Materials

All course materials is provided in this class. There is no need to buy additional resources.

Grading Policy

Several lessons will be accompanied by a written assignment and a brief quiz  . Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a dog day care is and what it means for an entrepreneur.
  • Define a business plan.
  • Know expenses and cost of dog day care.
  • Identify potential legal issues.
  • Recognize ways to market your dog day care.
  • Know dog day care rules and processes, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Dog Daycare Business Preparation 11
Exam 110
Exam 210
Dog Daycare Business Preparation 21
Exam 310
Dog Daycare Business Preparation 31
Exam 410
Dog Daycare Business Preparation 41
Exam 510
Exam 610
Dog Daycare Business Preparation 51
Exam 710
Dog Daycare Business Preparation 61
Exam 810
Exam 910
Dog Daycare Business Preparation 71
Exam 1010
Dog Daycare Business Preparation 81
Exam 1110
Exam 1210
Exam 1310
Dog Daycare Business Preparation 91
Exam 1410
Putting It All Together1
Exam 1510
The Final Exam70
Total Points:230

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