Considering doggie daycare or kennels? WebMD gets you started with information on cost, safety tips, and more.
Property insurance protects a dog daycare business from damage that occurs to the business location. Property insurance can cover damage from natural disasters, from theft or property damage by dogs such as chewing on the office walls. On average, property insurance costs a dog daycare business $600 per month, but can be as low as $200 per month or as high as $1,000. Property insurance can vary according to the geographic location of your business and the amount of coverage you opt to take.
Business insurance protects your dog daycare business against liability claims. Dogs can and do bite each other and humans, so one way you can protect your business against claims from a biting dog is to obtain business insurance. According to Paws, a dog daycare startup service, business insurance for a dog daycare business can run $500 on the low end and $800 on the high end, as of June 2010. The average cost of business insurance for a dog daycare business is $650.
Dog Daycare Start Up Cost and Initial Investment - Paws Dog Daycare
What Is the Cost to Start a Dog Daycare Business
Entrepreneur magazine says that dog daycare businesses are growing in popularity as more pet owners choose to leave their beloved pets in the care of another, rather than leave the pet home alone while the pet owners are working. Starting and running a dog daycare business may be a lucrative and emotionally fulfilling career option for dog lovers. Before you hang your sign up to open for business, however, consider the costs involved in starting and maintaining a dog daycare business.The state and county where your dog daycare business operates may require permits and licenses to run a dog-related business. Since states and counties vary, permit and licensing fees can range from $500 to $2,500. The average cost of permit and licensing fees is estimated at $1,000.A dog daycare business requires a location where owners can drop off their pets and where dogs can be housed during the day and overnight. According to Paws, the average cost of a commercial lease is $4,000 per month, but can run as low as $3,000 and as high as $7,000 per month. Lease amounts vary according to the size of the location, the features of the facility, etc. Dog daycare centers can be as small as 850 square feet. Warehouse spaces with access to an outside fenced-in yard allow dogs to play outside and take care of potty business. Otherwise, dogs must be walked at least two to three times a day. A small space may mean a lower lease, but it also limits the amount of dogs you can take at one time lowering the amount of money you can earn.At The Dog Spot, we like to provide our rates and prices, so you will know what to expect. We work hard to keep our costs down and keep daycare, boarding and grooming affordable.To run a dog daycare business, you need lights, electricity and water for the dogs and staff. You may also have to pay for an office trash disposal service, which includes dog waste disposal. Utility deposits for a dog daycare, according to Paws, can range from $500 to $1,000. This does not count the monthly fees you pay for the service; it’s simply the cost to start the service.The real answer to that question is that it depends on you and what your long range goals are. Generally speaking, if you opt for a bare bones operation skipping some of the bells, whistles, and frills that a successful Dog Daycare should have, then you may in fact turn a profit faster, but the price that you are able to charge for your services will be lower thus limiting the true profit potential of your Dog Daycare business. This will also increase maintenance and upkeep costs, as well the facility will acquire that run down look much faster than it should and customers will migrate elsewhere. If, on the other hand, you spend a little more in putting together a well designed facility that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, then the prices that can be charged for services will increase while maintenance and upkeep costs decrease, increasing the long range profit of the facility.