How to Run a Dog Day Care

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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 be a successful business requires 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 how you can develop dog day care 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. You'll also learn how to run 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 opportunities and guide you to best determine what makes sense for your passion and strengths.

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  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.9 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(507 votes)

Lesson 1: A Dog Day Care Entrepreneur

For an animal lover or more specifically, a dog lover, a dog day care may be just the answer for you. However, just loving dogs is not the only requirement for success in your decision to start and run your own business. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Video: Tips For Opening A Dog Daycare Business
  • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Dog Daycare Business Preparation 1
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: A Business Plan Your Dog Could Approve

A business plan is a document that organizes all the information you have collected, your ideas for the startup of the business, a three-to-five year range forecast or vision for the business, costs to both start and maintain, employee and/or expert needs and experience you will bring in. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: What Is the Cost to Start a Dog Daycare Business?; How To Write A Business Plan; Top 10 Business Plan Templates You Can Download Free
  • Complete: Exam 2

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

In this lesson, you are ready to get specific about money. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Logo maker; Dog Day Care Opening Cash Flow Analysis; Earn Your Bones with a Doggie Daycare
  • Complete Assignment: Dog Daycare Business Preparation 2
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Don't be Hounded by Legal Issues

In this lesson, you will learn about five different kinds of business building. They include a sole proprietorship, limited liability company, cooperative, corporation, or partnership. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Article: Getting To Know Business Models
  • Complete Assignment: Dog Daycare Business Preparation 3
  • Complete: Exam 4

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

Marketing is the activity of making yourself known to your customers. If you don't promote what you do and what services and products you sell, then who would even know to grace your presence? 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Effective Marketing and Advertising to Grow Your Dog Daycare Business; Marketing A Doggie Daycare, Increase Business; Marketing Plan for Dog Boarding
  • Complete Assignment: Dog Daycare Business Preparation 4
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Dog Friendly Employees

To best understand the plight of an employee in getting hired, working, and deciding to stay on or leave, look back to periods of your own life when you were an employee. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The Best Practices for Manager-Employee Relations; The Unlikable Leader: 7 Ways To Improve Employee/Boss Relationships
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

As the owner and operator of your dog day care, you owe each customer proof that your day care is the best place for their dog and then make sure it is. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Health Concerns for Operating a Dog Daycare in Your Home; Dog Daycare Business Ideas; Dog Daycare Design Ideas
  • Complete Assignment: Dog Daycare Business Preparation 5
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Dog Rules and Processes

Every business has rules and procedures for the exact way the owner or administrator wants things to happen. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Sample of Dog Daycare Policies and Procedures
  • Complete Assignment: Dog Daycare Business Preparation 6
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Every Dog Has Their Day

A dog day care center can be much more than just keeping dogs while their owners work. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Support for Dog Care Businesses; 9 Pet Businesses to Start Today
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Dog Ready Employees, Owner, and Facility

Offering practical support in running a business as well as being pet focused, reducing risk and improving profit, they offer a well-balanced and experienced team of professionals from various backgrounds who develop programs that help the owner of any facility find success. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Start / Create a Website: The Beginner's A-Z Guide; Using to Create a Website
  • Complete Assignment: Dog Daycare Business Preparation 7
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Supporting Dog Parents

Dog owners don't just leave their dogs at a day care without thought and consideration. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Dog-pet; Puppy education
  • Complete Assignment: Dog Daycare Business Preparation 8
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: A Dog Day Care is a Community Industry

A dog day care is even a deeper part of a community because of the relationship people have with their pets. It is no different than a child day care or even a school. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: 7 Ways Small Business Owners Can Engage Their Communities
  • Complete: Exam 12

Lesson 13: How to Get a 5 Woof Rating

Managing your dog day care at the highest level is about so much more than merely managing a business. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Complete: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Survival of the Fittest

The focus of this lesson is how to remain financially and relationally fit. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Dog Daycare Business Preparation 9
  • Complete: Exam 14

Lesson 15: Dog Day Care Entrepreneurs Review

Starting any business requires following a set of action steps for success. 81 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Article: 7 Tips For Great Pet Boarding Business Management
  • Take Poll: How would you rate this course?
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Putting It All Together
  • Complete: Exam 15
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

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.
  • Summarize expenses and cost of dog day care.
  • Identify potential legal issues.
  • Recognize ways to market your dog day care.
  • Summarize dog day care rules and processes, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: How to Run a Dog Day Care
Course Number: 9770427
Course Requirements: View Course Requirements
Lessons Rating: 4.9 / 5 Stars (507 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with Online CEU Certification: $75.00

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