Start a Dog Treat Business and Make Money

dog treat businessBaking doggie treats for a work-at-home opportunity can help you earn money while providing healthy treats to the family pet. More and more Americans are concerned with the nutrition content of their dog’s treats.

People love to pamper their pets. They want to make sure their pets have everything they need to stay healthy, such as vet visits, terrific toys, and fun food. With today’s over-the-counter doggie treats, pets are receiving fattening food, which causes health problems for them later. People are learning to bake their own, organic and nutritious snacks. However, baking does require time…time people are not willing to spend. You can build a business from making doggie treats with fresh ingredients.

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One of the nice things about baking pet food is that you don’t receive the same strenuous inspections from the health department, which comes from working in the food industry. But this doesn’t mean you should be too relaxed in preparation. You will need to keep a clean kitchen and fresh food to develop and maintain a good reputation.

Certain foods are not healthy for dogs. You need to be aware of what foods could be poisonous for canines. For example, such foods as, apple seeds, apricot pits, avocados, coffee, tea, chocolate, nuts, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, rhubarb leaves, salt, and yeast dough are some of the foods you should avoid.

Some of the popular pet treats which are trendy are bread pudding, dog cookie, peanut butter treats, and pet party mix. You can be creative in the shapes you make. You can be more health conscience by the ingredients you use. Instead of using white flour for a binding agent, you can choose whole wheat flour, barley flour, or spelt flour.

Getting Started

Before you begin your dog treat business, you will need to check your local government and check if there is any restrictions, licenses, or permits you might need to bake your treats. You may also need insurance to protect you. Research every aspect of your small business before beginning it.


Marketing isn’t near as fun as the creative side of baking doggie treats, but it is so necessary to make your business grow. Business cards, direct mail, brochures, newspaper advertising, and creating a business website are the tried and true marketing tools.

However, word-of-mouth is still the best source of advertising. One way you can fan the flame on your business, is to donate baked pet treats to organizations like the Humane Society Pet Adoption or to grooming facilities. Do you have a dog walk in your community? Check out a local permit for setting up a free taste testing booth along the dog walk. Be sure you have brochures, business cards, and plenty of treats to sell while you are there.


Baking pet treats in a dog treat business are a great way to earn extra money while helping pets become healthier. Your pet treats will be different from store bought treats because your treats will be made from fresh ingredients without chemicals. Dogs and their owners will be impressed with your home-baked treats.

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