January 17, 2016

Pet Industry Job Interviews: Top 10 Eyebrow Raisers

by Jamie Migdal I’ve hired many, many people in the last 20 years – dog walkers, pet sitters, dog trainers, shelter workers, admin staff, tech developers – and I like to think that I’ve pretty much heard it all during job interviews. Occasionally I’ll still have those magical moments when I realize that I have not, in fact, heard it all. (I love those moments.) I’ve spent a lot of time over the last 18 months at FetchFind listening to […]
December 11, 2015

About Dog Bloat

With the holidays here and cookies and cakes in abundance many of us are feeling a little “bowl full of jelly.” While our holiday bloat may make us feel jolly, bloat in dogs is no laughing matter. Learn more about Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) aka bloat here. IBPSA MEMBERS! Don’t forget, informative brochures and flyers to provide your clients on bloat and other important topics are available for your free download when you log into your Member Community.
October 12, 2015

Take 5: Why Attending Professional Conferences Still Matters

When it’s so easy to communicate online now – social media, skype, webinars – has the importance of attending live and in-person professional conferences been rendered obsolete? You’re virtually keeping in touch with business colleagues and you’re busy, tired and, hey, business is going pretty well as it is, why even bother? At the end of a long day, it’s easy to rationalize the value away, but when we recently read 7 Reasons It Still Makes Sense to Go to […]
October 9, 2015

Pricing For Profit Training

LEARN HOW TO…CHARGE MORE | EARN MORE | KEEP MORE A recent survey by Intuit, makers of QuickBooks, found that 83% of small business owners face a serious financial literacy gap. Unable to give correct answers to questions such as What is the role of a balance sheet? and How can short term cash flow be improved?, Intuit suggests that the reason so many respondents received a failing grade goes back to when they started their businesses. While half recognized […]
September 25, 2015

Are You Ready to Sell Your Business?

If you wanted – or needed – to sell your business, could you get the most value possible? Would you meet your retirement goals? At the Pricing For Profit (P4P) workshop on October 19, 2015, at the Hilton Garden Inn DFW North, you will learn how to make sure you are maximizing your profits whether you want to sell or simply make the best life possible now for you and your staff. The course pays for itself the day you […]
September 24, 2015

Feline the Holiday Spirit: Preparing for Your Cat Clients Now

by Lana Rich, the Catsultant® As everyone already knows, the holidays are already knocking on our doors. Since things are usually a bit slower now than they will be soon, there is no better time than now to start preparation for the demands of holiday business. No matter what kind of services you offer, getting an early start on planning for the holiday business will really pay off. Your cat staff members and your cat clients will all appreciate the […]
September 24, 2015

Barking Up the Healthy Tree

by Tricia Montgomery, Founder & CEO, K9 Fit Club Our expanding waistlines have reached epidemic proportions: 2 of 3 Americans are now overweight. Unfortunately, we have now added our dogs into the epidemic with over 56% of our dogs overweight. Whether it’s 2 pounds or 50 pounds, slimming down for both dogs and owners is the most important decision of their life. Waistbands have been expanding for the past 20 years, and, according to recent study from the Centers of […]
September 24, 2015

Responsible Kennel Ownership – Helping Your Clients Create a MAAP to Help Everyone Navigate the Journey Their Beloved Pet Takes When They Cannot Care for Them.

by Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton, Esq./Mediator | hamiltonlawandmediation.com Pet owners, for the most part, provide the very best care they can for their beloved companions. They are doggedly dedicated, ferociously protective, will soar to new heights and gallop over hill and dale for their animals. Part of that care includes you, the boarding facilities they choose to care for their pets when they are away. You become a partner in their animal’s care and they come to rely on you. Peace […]
September 24, 2015

How to Parlay Your Volunteer Experience into a Pet Industry Career

by Jamie Damato Migdal, CPDT-KA & Pet Industry Entrepreneur I’ve had many people come to me over the years to ask how they can turn their love of animals into a satisfying career. There are two things that I always recommend to anyone who wants to join the $60 billion pet industry: 1) get educated, and 2) volunteer. Education and professional standardization is becoming increasingly more important across all pet industry verticals, but if you can’t afford or easily access […]
September 15, 2015

Paws First: Making the Leap Into the Billion Dollar Pet Care Services Industry

Pet care services is a multi-billion dollar industry, and all paws point to it only getting bigger as Americans continue to spend big bucks on precious pets, a reported $55.7 billion in 2013. Of that, at $4.41 billion, pet care services including grooming, boarding, training, and pet-sitting grew by the largest percentage. As an industry projected to add at least 10,000 jobs and experience at least 15 percent growth in employment over the next five years (see CareerBuilder study released […]