MAN’S BEST FRIEND: STUDY STATES OWNING A DOG REDUCES STRESS

After a long week of the daily grind, there is no greater feeling than packing up your dog’s favorite toys and accessories and heading for the great outdoors. Whether a dog park or a hike through the woods, there is no question that your favorite furry pal encourages you to stay active. Recent studies, however, also show that owning a dog can drastically reduce your levels of stress.

Our Furry Stress Reducers

For decades, canines have contributed to society by assisting farmers, hunters, police officers and even the visually impaired. These days, a large quantity of dogs hold the prestigious title of “therapy animal.” Therapy animals are used to provide emotional support to those who need it most, from veterans of war to autistic children. While therapy animals are not limited to those of the canine variety, many find their often social and playful personalities to be ideal for some patients.

By interacting with a dog, these patients have several their needs met. They gain a sense of companionship and are often motivated to be more active. As a result, numerous studies have shown that the body releases more of the hormone known as oxytocin and in turn decreases the amount of the stress hormone known as cortisol. This shift in hormone production, along with the added companionship, aids in decreasing anxiety and loneliness while improving the patients overall mental health. Fortunately, dog owners reap the same rewards as patients of animal therapy.

4 Top Ways Dogs Relieve Stress

1. Dogs Decrease Reactions to Stressful Situations

Life is full of stressful situations. From daily stresses to more unexpected ones, your dog can help you react to these situations in a healthy manner. They may make you laugh when you are feeling overwhelmed, or the need to care for them may keep you motivated through your toughest days.

2. Owning a Dog Means You Get More Exercise

You may skip your morning jog or a trip to the gym, but the sense of responsibility you feel as a pet owner ensures that you give your dog the opportunity to exercise. Whether a simple walk around the neighborhood or a high-impact race through a dog park, these activities benefit both you and your dog. As exercise in general prompts your body to release endorphins, this alone can significantly reduce stress levels.

3. Touching Your Dog Fulfills the Need for Touch

You may give your dog a thorough scratching because it makes them happy, but research shows that touching your dog benefits you as well. Humans and canines alike find touch to be comforting and relaxing. Each time you touch your dog, your heart rate slows down, and your body produces stress relieving hormones.

4. Being Around Your Dog Decreases Your Blood Pressure

One of the biggest physical signs of excessive stress is high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to a number of health-related problems, including headaches, strokes and even blood clots. By simply looking at or touching your dog, you can instantly reduce your blood pressure reading. This phenomenon is also linked to the ramped-up production of oxytocin and the decreased amounts of cortisol that your body produces.

Pet owners love their stress-reducing dogs. Consider targeting these pet owners by adding an Evolution Dog Wash to your business. The use of this commercial dog bath eliminates bath time stress for owners as well as their pets. Contact us today to learn more!

HUMAN FOODS YOU SHOULD NEVER FEED YOUR DOG

If you have a dog, you undoubtedly look forward to a long and happy life for your pet. Two key factors will help you reach that goal: Your dog needs exercise and a healthy diet. It needs to be a diet that includes the things that your dog needs, while avoiding food that can be harmful.

Providing Your Dog With a Healthy Diet

Just like humans, dogs need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water every day to stay in top condition. The proper diet will help dogs maintain muscle tone, and healthy skin and coats. It will also keep their immune system functioning well to avoid disease.

Some people swear that their dogs need home-cooked meals. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to get the right mix of ingredients to create a balanced diet. Usually, the best thing to do is to choose a commercially available dog food that meets your pet’s needs.

  • You might want to choose a food made for its stage of life, such as puppy, adult and senior. There are also foods for special needs such as dogs who are overweight or have kidney conditions.
  • It’s relatively common for dogs to have food allergies, and those allergies often result in itchy skin. A large variety of foods can cause allergies, so if you can’t identify a specific cause, consider commercial food that is especially formulated for dogs with skin conditions.

Top 10 Foods to Avoid Giving Your Dog

Dogs love to beg, and people love to give their pets treats. However, before you give your dog a treat, consider the problem of obesity, and the foods that are truly bad for your furry friend. Here are the top 10 foods you should avoid.

  1. Chocolate: Chocolate, along with coffee and caffeine, contains methylxanthines. For your dog, these things can cause vomiting and diarrhea because they are toxic to the dog’s heart and nervous systems. In extreme cases, you’ll see panting, hyperactivity, tremors and even death.
  2. Alcohol: Alcohol, or foods containing alcohol, could kill your dog. Alcohol causes a range of symptoms, very similar to humans, including vomiting, lack of coordination, tremors, coma and even death. Keep all forms of alcohol away from your pet.
  3. Avocados: Avocados are good for people, but the persin in them can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.
  4. Citrus: Anything with citric acid in it can give dogs an upset stomach. If given in large amounts, the acid can depress a dog’s central nervous system.
  5. Grapes and Raisins: It isn’t known why grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure, but avoid giving them to your dog, regardless.
  6. Nuts: Nuts typically contain a large amount of oils and fats. Dogs can experience stomach upset and it could cause pancreatitis.
  7. Onions and Garlic: Dogs will experience stomach upset.
  8. Salty Food: Too much salt will make your dog overly thirsty, and could cause electrolyte imbalances that can lead to seizures and sometimes death.
  9. Dairy Products: Dogs aren’t able to produce the enzyme needed to break down lactose in dairy on a consistent basis. Acute digestive distress can result from feeding your dog dairy.
  10. Xylitol: You may not be familiar with this type of sweetener, but it is added to gum, candy, sweet baked goods and toothpaste. In dogs, it can cause extremely low blood sugar, which can result in intestinal distress, weakness and, in high doses, death.

Are you a business owner who loves your dog? Consider adding a new amenity to your business to attract other dog owners just like you. Come explore Evolution Dog Wash’s various dog washing machine modelsCall us with any questions you may have.

COOL FOR THE SUMMER: TIPS TO KEEP YOUR DOG COOL AND ACTIVE

While the term “dog days of summer” has origins that can be traced back to the days of the Ancient Romans, in today’s day and age, it is commonly used to reference scorching hot temperatures in the summer. Many interpret the term to mean that it is so uncomfortably warm that even typically energetic canines can’t help but laze around and pant. Unfortunately, many pet owners live in climates where this type of heat is prevalent in the summer. During the scorching heat, it is important to ensure that your dog remains both cool and active. Follow these tips to ensure your dog is happy and healthy all summer long:

Keep Your Dog Hydrated

As always, adequate hydration is essential for your canine’s health. In the summer months, it is even more important. To ensure that your beloved pet remains hydrated, provide them with plenty of water throughout the day. It may be helpful to add ice cubes to the dog’s water dish to ensure that the water stays cool. Likewise, if you spend a lot of time outdoors and on-the-go, invest in a collapsible water dish to make providing water on walks and hikes easier.

Buy a Wading Pool

If you do not have a pool at home and your dog spends a lot of time outdoors, a wading pool is an excellent solution to keeping your pet both active and cool. Be sure to purchase one that is an adequate size for your dog for maximum comfort. Likewise, ensure that it is durable enough to withstand active play and claws.

Choose the Right Times to Walk Your Dog

During the summer, the time you choose to walk your dog can make all the difference in their level of activity. In the middle of the day, temperatures are generally at the most extreme. This can result in overheating and pavement that is simply too warm for your dog to walk on comfortably. A simple change to your schedule, such as moving walks to the early morning or late evening, is one of the simplest and most effective ways to keep your dog cool and active.

Give Your Dog a Frozen Treat

For humans, there is nothing like a popsicle or ice cream cone to cool off after a long day in the sun. The same is true for canines, however, they should not indulge in our human treats. Instead, offer frozen peas or fruits that are safe for consumption by dogs. If you prefer, you can buy frozen treats that are already prepared or create your own. Some of the most popular recipes include frozen chicken or beef stock cubes and yogurt and banana “ice cream” cups.

Wet Your Dog’s Paws and Belly

Unlike humans, your canine pals are not equipped with sweat glands throughout their bodies. Instead, they only have sweat glands on their paws and noses. To make matters worse, they are covered in heavy fur which can quickly contribute to overheating in the summer months. A quick and easy way to cool down a hot dog is to wet their paws and their belly. This cools them down more effectively than wetting their back or face with cool water. Simply use a water bottle or a wet towel to wet these areas and provide instant relief.

Keep all dogs cool this summer with an Evolution Dog Wash dog cleaning machine. Contact us to learn more!

TOP DOGS FOR APARTMENT DWELLERS

While many people dream of having a canine companion by their side, they often feel as if their living arrangements are not compatible with being a responsible pet owner. Often, these circumstances arise for apartment dwellers who do not have large outdoor spaces to accommodate a canine. After several recent studies have shown the immense emotional and physical health benefits that pet ownership provides, however, pet-friendly apartment complexes are on the rise. Within these establishments, it is possible for you and your dog to live happily ever after in an apartment. The key, however, is to find the right one. While some may claim to be accepting of pets, be sure that they also include pet amenities, like an outdoor space or an Evolution Dog Wash.

Another important factor to consider is the breed of dog that you choose to welcome into your apartment. Some breeds are much more suitable for the apartment life than others, and you will need to take this into consideration to ensure that your pet will be happy and healthy in your home.

Less-Active breeds

Unlike those who live in a traditional house, opening the back door and letting your canine roam outdoors all day is not an option for apartment dwellers. For those who do have limited access to outdoor space, or space in general, it may be wise to opt for a less active breed of dog. These dogs, naturally, will still need regular walks and exercise; however, in comparison to other breeds they have significantly less energy to work off each day. They are also generally smaller than average breeds, meaning that they do not take up much space and do not need large living quarters. While some of these breeds are more vocal and demanding than others, they are frequently fairly low maintenance pets for those who reside in apartment complexes. Some of the most popular “lethargic” breeds, include:

  • Pugs
  • English Bulldog
  • Shih Tzu
  • Basset Hound
  • Miniature Pinscher

Active Breeds

Another great option for apartment dwellers are active breeds that also do not require large living spaces. These dogs are a better choice for an apartment dweller who frequently hikes, jogs or has access to a large, pet-friendly outdoor space. Each one of these breeds has their own personality. Although in comparison to lazier breeds, they generally will be much more willing to join you on a hike or for a game of fetch. Other factors to consider for apartment living include the level of noise they are known to make as well as their general temperament towards strangers. These are crucial points to consider to ensure that you, your pet and your neighbors are all happy with your living arrangement.

  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Greyhound
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Poodle

Adopt a Dog!

After you have determined which breed is most suitable for your lifestyle and living arrangement, be sure to visit your local shelter. Shelters are often full of lovable dogs who are seeking a loving, forever home. Similarly, the employees at the shelter will likely be able to provide a lot of information on the dog you are interested in adopting and can help you to determine which canine is most suitable to join you in your home.

Contact us to learn more about adding an Evolution Dog Wash to your apartment complex.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING WITH YOUR PET

If you’re traveling with your pet, you want to be sure that your pet arrives at your destination with the least amount of stress. To achieve that, it’s important to know the ins and outs of traveling with a pet on an airline.

Research Flight Options

You can get your pet to your destination in several ways. You need to do the research to determine which option is best for your situation.

In the Cabin

If your pet is small enough to fit into a carrier that will slide under the seat in front of you, this is usually the best option. You’ll be able to supervise your pet, and you’ll always know where it is.

Accompanied Checked Luggage

If traveling in the cabin isn’t an option, you may be able to check your pet’s crate at the gate and pick it up at baggage claim. Make sure to determine whether your pet will fly in a pressurized and temperature-controlled environment. If the area is pressurized but not temperature controlled, don’t travel in very hot or cold times of the year.

Cargo

If you choose to send your pet to your destination via cargo, you’ll drop your pet off at the carrier’s cargo receiving area and retrieve it at the same carrier’s location at your destination. Again, determine what the environment will be during the trip.

Some people prefer the cargo option because their pet is tracked as a package. With checked luggage, the pet doesn’t have a separate “ticket.” Some people feel more comfortable with their pet traveling on the same airplane. Don’t forget to check the airline’s history of handling pets.

Obtain Required Papers

No matter where you fly, you’ll need to provide the required documentation for your traveling companion. For example:

  • A rabies certificate and a health certificate are the most common types of documentation you’ll need for domestic travel.
  • Some airlines won’t allow you to fly with an emotional support animal in the cabin. If it is allowed, there may be size restrictions and you’ll need to gather the documentation the airline requires.
  • Typically, service animals are always allowed on airlines. However, it’s best to carry documentation that identifies your traveling companion as a service animal, along with health certifications.
  • Keep in mind that any pet that is with you on an international flight may be required to be quarantined after you reach your destination. In addition, you should check with the laws in your destination country to confirm whether emotional support or service animals are allowed.

Find the Right Travel Crate

When looking at crates and carriers, keep in mind that most airlines require that your pet be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier. However, regulations can vary, so be sure to ask the airline you’re using about size limitations.

In-cabin carriers come in a variety of styles, and most are made of fabric. Here are some of the features you’ll find:

  • Wheels for easy transport through the airport
  • Pockets for treats and food
  • Foldable when not in use
  • Shoulder straps or backpack straps
  • Velcro or zipper closures

For cargo travel, there are a number of requirements, including:

  • No wheels
  • Constructed of fiberglass, metal, rigid plastics, etc.
  • Some airlines require metal hardware and cable ties
  • Carriers must be marked with “Live Animal” stickers and hold your pet’s papers

Start Young

You need to get your pet acquainted with the carrier before you leave. Encourage the pet to sleep in the carrier, eat dinner in the carrier, and so on. It’s also a good idea to start bringing your pet along when it is young. Pets are much more adaptable as youngsters, and travel will become a normal occurrence.

Always Bring Extra Food and Water

For cargo travel, you can buy nozzles that screw into regular soda bottles (filled with water, of course) and attach to the carrier to provide water during a flight. Food dishes are also available. But, in the case of flight delays or rerouting, be sure to take extra food and make arrangements for additional water.

Airlines are trying to make it easy for pet owners to travel with their pets. If you know and follow the rules, you’ll be like thousands of other pet owners who take their pets on vacation. Have you ever considered adding a pet-friendly amenity to your business? Contact us to learn more about whether an Evolution Dog Wash is right for your business. 

TOP MARKETING INSIGHTS TO REACH DOG OWNERS

Dog owners represent a significant portion of the population (about half, according to The Washington Post), so it makes sense for your business to target them as part of your growth strategy. Successfully marketing to dog owners can require some careful strategy, though, so use these insights to improve your outreach efforts.

Get Your Customers Involved

In many cases, your current customers will be the best advocates for your business. By identifying the right clientele and seizing upon the most appropriate opportunities, you can use the dog owners within your customer base to promote your business to other dog owners.

While this might take the form of simple outreach efforts like using consumer surveys, asking for client feedback to use in promotional efforts, and offering incentives for referrals, a more direct method of getting customers in on the marketing act is to show them using your products.

For example, if you have a self-serve dog wash, you can have your current customers showing how easy it is to use, how effective it might be, etc., as a way to appeal to potential new customers.

Utilize Social Media

The importance of social media marketing is difficult to overstate. For starters, there are large numbers of prospective customers who spend considerable time on the multitude of popular social media platforms out there.

Beyond that, though, the fact that marketing through social media is cost-effective, results in improved brand awareness/loyalty, and grants more opportunities for you to engage with your customers directly make it a prime choice for identifying dog owners and reaching out.

Case in point is Facebook’s ad platform, which allows you to target specialized audiences and concentrate on the dog owners you’d like to convert into customers. You can perform similar outreach efforts on other social media sites, so be sure to take advantage of such features whenever possible.

Find Pet Influencers

People respond well to other people (especially popular ones) which has made “influencer marketing” all the rage in recent years. By getting someone with a noticeable reputation within the world of all things “pet” to endorse you or collaborate on content, you can tap into their audience, boosting your base of potential customers.

Remember it’s not as simple as tracking down influencers and paying them to help you out in your marketing efforts. You’ll have to adhere to the rules on influencer marketing, and follow a few best practices to yield results. Above all else, keep it authentic.

Try Video

If you aren’t already incorporating video into your marketing strategy, you’re behind the curve. Video is one of the most compelling avenues for attracting new customers; including it in your outreach goals will provide a great way to show dog owners why they should be interested in your business.

For example, using video to highlight how much fun dogs have when using your products/services lets dog owners see your value in action, providing more incentive for them to check you out in real life.

Remember to do whatever you can to make your videos as accessible as possible, like creating thumbnails for your social media videos so that viewers can watch them without sound and still understand what’s happening.

Tying It All Together

Don’t forget the bottom line: pet owners love pet amenities. Consider adding an Evolution Dog Wash to your business in order to make it more marketable to dog owners, and be sure to contact us with any questions.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE GIVING YOUR DOG PROBIOTICS

If you own a dog, you probably do everything you can to keep your best friend happy and healthy. However, you probably also know that dogs aren’t always very fussy about what they eat. That’s probably why gastrointestinal problems are the most common issues with dogs, right after skin conditions. Luckily, probiotics for dogs are gaining in popularity to help dog owners handle digestive problems.

If you’re a pet owner, you’ll find this information about dog probiotics to be helpful. If you’re a pet store owner, you should consider adding probiotics for dogs along with the other quality products you can add to help your customers.

Probiotics for Dogs is Increasing in Popularity

Gastrointestinal problems are common in dogs. Food allergies and indiscriminate eating habits are the most common causes of the problems. Dog owners have discovered that giving their dog a probiotic can help alleviate and even avoid many digestive problems. There is also some feeling among dog owners that probiotics can help with many types of skin problems. As a result, more and more dog owners are using probiotic supplements.

What are Probiotics?

Dogs, just like humans, carry bacteria in their gut that helps keep the gastrointestinal tract healthy and functioning properly. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your digestive system and your dog’s.

When you give your dog a probiotic, it can replace the good bacteria that your dog has lost due to illness or eating something that doesn’t agree with them. A probiotic can also help to balance the good and bad bacteria to keep your dog’s digestive system in good working order. In addition, maintaining a good balance of gut bacteria can strengthen the dog’s immune system.

dog probiotic can come in several forms, including:

  • Yogurt or kefir with live cultures
  • Powders
  • Capsules
  • Chews
  • Dog Food

The one you choose will depend on how you feed your dog. You can buy yogurt or kefir, a fermented food, at the grocery and many dogs won’t mind if you just add one of them to its food. If you feed your dog wet food, you can sprinkle powders on it, and the capsules can also be opened and the contents added to wet food. Chews can be handy if your dog likes the taste, because your pet will be glad to get a new kind of treat.

What to Look For in a Dog Probiotic

Probiotics for dogs contain a variety of bacteria that all work together. Pet stores usually carry probiotics from different quality manufacturers. Pet owners can try different combinations to determine which one works best for their dog. These strains have been shown to be helpful and safe for dogs:

  • Enterococcus faecium
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus
  • Lactobacillus casei
  • Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum
  • Bifidobacterium animalis
  • VSL#3

Some people are tempted to give their dog a probiotic that they take themselves. However, the digestive system of people and dogs is different enough, that it is best to use probiotics that have been specifically formulated for a dog’s needs.

Benefits of Giving Probiotics to Dogs

The rise in popularity of dog probiotics is due in large part to the growing evidence that this supplement helps to control:

  • digestive problems
  • loose stools
  • obesity
  • liver disease
  • problems with mood and behavior
  • gas
  • bad breath
  • allergy symptoms

 

Potential Risks and Important Considerations

Side effects that occur when a dog starts taking probiotics are few, and the supplement is generally considered safe. It’s critical to talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet any new supplement, and that includes probiotics. Your vet should be able to provide insight on whether your dog will benefit from probiotics and which brands contain the things your dog needs.

Some dogs may have digestive problems when first taking a probiotic. Be sure to observe your pet to determine if they have digestive problems or change their eating habits. If you notice any problems or changes, consult your vet right away.

It makes sense for dog owners and pet store owners to become educated concerning probiotics for dogs. If you have questions, or want to explore new products and services you can add to your pet store, please feel free to contact us.

A PET OWNER’S GUIDE TO DOG ALLERGIES

If you’ve owned a dog or ever worked with dogs, you probably already know that allergic reactions in dogs can be a serious concern (so much so that there are even foods that you should never feed to a dog). Even when they aren’t lethal, however, allergies can still pose a major headache for both dog and owner. That’s why it’s important to be able to recognize the signs of allergies and know what to do in order to provide your pooch with some relief.

Food Allergies v. Environmental Allergies

The general symptoms for allergies in dogs are very similar to those you’d find in humans. Itchiness, sneezing, swelling, and other common signs will manifest for both food and environmental allergies, making distinguishing between the two difficult. It’s still possible to differentiate, however, and the making that distinction matters.

Food allergies can take years to develop, according to PetMD, and as a result are not often first on many pet owners minds when they notice symptoms in their pets. The location of certain skin problems can be indicative of food-related sensitivities, however:

“If you notice lesions all over your dog’s body, on the flanks, ribs, hips or knees there’s a big chance it’s a food allergy.”

As for environmental allergies, these will often manifest seasonally, giving dog owners a pattern of symptom appearance to clue in on. Unfortunately, in instances where environmental allergies become year-round, it will take some trial-and-error to pinpoint the causes and treat the symptoms.

Allergy Treatment Options for Your Dog

With the source of your dog’s allergies narrowed down, you can work with a veterinarian to start controlling them. In the case of food allergies, the plan of attack is to review your dog’s dietary history, then eliminating the offending ingredients. Many vets will suggest swapping out common protein sources (chicken, pork, beef, etc.), for protein sources your dog may not have been exposed to yet (lamb, fish, duck, etc.) to avoid further allergic reactions.

It can take months of consistency for specialized diets to show results, though, so it’s important to for you to follow your vet’s instructions to the letter. In the best cases, your dog’s food allergies will subside, and you can slowly add other foods back into their diet.

When it comes to environmental allergies, the method of relief will depend on the specific allergen causing your dog’s symptoms. Antihistamines, for instance, can provide your dog the same kind of control over itching and sneezing as they would humans. In other cases, supplements like omega-3 fatty acids, coconut oil, quercetin, bromelain, papain, and fish oils can help reduce allergy-related inflammation, joint pain, and the like.

Regardless, though, taking control of your dog’s environment and other simple, preventative measures can often go furthest when trying to get your dog’s seasonal allergies under control. Whenever possible, prevent your dog from coming into contact from the irritants that spark their allergic reactions. Wipe down their feet after a walk, or start using dog-boots to keep their paws away from potential allergens.

A good old-fashioned bath goes a long way in keeping dog’s safe from allergens as well. If you’re a business owner who wants to provide a benefit to dogs while simultaneously attracting more customers, contact us to learn more about adding an Evolution Dog Wash to your business (along with the many associated benefits for businesses, pet owners, and pets alike).

WHAT TO PACK FOR THE BEST BEACH OUTING WITH YOUR DOG

There are few ways to treat a dog better than a trip to the beach. Search the web, and you’ll find that photos of pooches frolicking in the sand are in plentiful supply. The emphasis, though, is often on how much fun the dogs are having (not the logistics that go into pulling off a safe and exciting seaside outing).

Next time you’re thinking about a jaunt to the local, dog-friendly beach with your four-legged friend, you should play it safe and bring more than your camera. These are a few of the essentials that every beach outing with your dog requires.

Life Vest

Even if your dog is adept at swimming, it doesn’t hurt to have some extra protection in the open waters. Currents at the beach can be fierce, and a life vest helps ensure your pup can keep their head above water.

Sunscreen

Did you know dogs can get sunburn? They’re especially susceptible if they have white fur or very little hair. The remedy? Apply some sunscreen to your dog’s exposed areas to counteract the possibility of nasty burns.

Pet Towel

Going to the beach means water. Water means your dog will undoubtedly get wet as the frolic about. Bring a towel with you to help dry them off before they’re covered in sand.

Dog First Aid Kit

Heading to the beach is a safe activity, by-and-large, but it’s best to stay prepared. Bring a first aid kit with you so that you can treat potential cuts and burns. If a more serious injury, such as a jellyfish sting, befalls your dog, ensure your kit includes tweezers, ammonia, and bandages too.

Clean Water and Treats

What’s the most refreshing thing you can have on a hot day? Water, of course, and you should have plenty for you and your dog, as the heat and ocean air will make them extra thirsty. Throw in a few treats and they should be plenty refreshed after their beach break.

Portable Dog Bowl

We’re hoping you didn’t plan on pouring that fresh water straight from the bottle to your dog’s mouth. Portable dog bowls and specially-designed dog water bottles are perfect for travel. Bring them along for the journey so your dog can drink their water in style.

Floating Toys

Dogs love toys, and you may have already had the idea of bringing a few to the beach. Go for it, but make sure you bring the waterproof/floating varieties with you. This will reduce the likelihood of your dog’s favorite playthings sleeping with the fishes.

Beach Umbrella

The sun and heat can wreak havoc on your dog if you aren’t careful. As an extra measure to keep them cool, bring an umbrella with you. Your dog will appreciate the shade, and you’ll have the opportunity to take some shots of your pup relaxing in unparalleled style.

Extra Leashes and Collars

As an added security measure, bring some backup leashes and collars with you to the beach. There are plenty of perils that might cause one or the other to fail. At beaches where leashes are mandatory, you’ll be glad you came prepared.

After the Beach Day Concludes

With a fun day at the beach behind you, there’s a near-certainty you’ll find your dog covered in sand. It will be challenging to clean them if you try doing it the old-fashioned way, so try to find an Evolution Dog Wash near your next beach trip to clean off your sandy pup.

Looking to add an Evolution Dog Wash to your business? Contact us with questions — we’re happy to provide answers.

6 WAYS TO HELP GROW YOUR PET STORE

Opening a pet store is grand idea for entrepreneurial animal lovers. The ins-and-outs of running such a store, though, pose more than a fair bit of challenge.

From attracting customers to hiring great staff and beyond, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Growing your pet store is possible, though, and these tips should help set you down the path to success.

Set Your Pet Store Apart From the Rest

As with any business, you need to ensure that your “brand” is unique enough to rise above the competition.

If your pet store seems generic, potential customers won’t be able to distinguish you from a sea of similar options.

If you present your store in a unique fashion, however, it will stand out in customers’ minds as a first choice.

Cater to Cats and Dogs

There are whole hosts of unusual animals you might use your pet store to focus on. Resist the urge, and concentrate on the two most popular pets: cats and dogs.

Among pet owners, 73% own dogs and 49% own cats. Narrowing your focus will make it easier to bring the best in quality goods to dog and cat owners, increasing your potential for repeat business.

 

Hire the Best

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link,” the saying goes. Adapted to your pet store, it means you need to attract the best employees to stay competitive.

Start by defining the “mold” for your model employee. They’re likely passionate animal lovers who care about finding quality products for customers’ pets.

When such candidates come your way, provide them with extensive training and incentives. The more they can get out of working with you, the more likely they are to stay.

Host Pet-Friendly Events

Hosting pet-oriented events can spread your name throughout the community. As your name spreads, your potential for business grows. Event ideas that fit the bill include:

  • Customer appreciation events
  • Charity fundraisers/adoption drives
  • Holiday festivities (like the 4th of July)
  • New product launches
  • A significant business anniversary

Remember to include a promotional angle to your events, informing customers why they should shop with you.

Add Pet-Friendly Services

Including pet-friendly services increases the likelihood customers will keep coming to your store. For instance, if you add some grooming equipment, like an Evolution Dog Wash. Customers who have a great experience will return to wash their pet again and again.

You’ll have generated a new source of income with little in the way of effort. You’ll also reap the other benefits of adding the service to your business model. Here are a few more grooming ideas to include:

  • Providing hair and nail care for pets
  • Teeth brushing services
  • De-shedding treatments
  • Etc.

Do some research to find out what your customers want, then add popular services to attract clients.

Post Pet Pictures on Social Media

You likely have a marketing plan for your business, and it probably includes social media. Make sure your strategy involves posting customer photos as well.

You can ask customers to post photos of their pets with merchandise from your store. The photos will serve as promotion for your store and products, all while building your online reputation — who can resist looking at photos of happy animals?

There are a number of intricacies when it comes to growing a pet store. With just a few adjustments to your business strategy, though, you can make it work. Be sure to contact us to learn more about the Evolution Dog Wash and what it can do for your business.