For those dog lovers who really enjoy baking, what could be better than making money creating healthy, tasty treats that dogs will love? It sounds like a great way to make a living!
Natural, additive free treats are in high demand these days, especially in the wake of the pet food contamination scares. If you think about it, what pet owners–given a choice–wouldn’t want to give their best friend a healthy treat that was free of artificial dyes and chemical preservatives? When you add the demand for healthy treats to the fact that there are over 67 million dogs in the United States alone, the profitability picture starts to look amazingly bright.
Speaking of profitability, the profit margins in the dog bakery business tend to be rather high since you can make each treat for only pennies and can charge several hundred times your cost. A dog bakery can also be a fairly low cost business to start. In many states–but certainly not all so you need to check–you can transform your own kitchen into your dog bakery and find most ingredients in your local grocery store. Packaging your product can be as simple and cost effective as using paper bags with labels that you print out on your computer so your product costs can stay rather low.
As far as recipes go, we have a free collection of recipes here, and a little additional research on the internet should help get you started. You may need to perform several taste tests with your own dog and other neighborhood “volunteers” to make sure you have got it right and it wouldn’t hurt to run the recipes by your veterinarian too, just to make sure you are on the right (healthy, premium) track.
Recently, I discovered a wonderful new resource, K9Cakery.com, which has everything you need to get started and more. They even have a homemade dog treat mix, a dog cake mix, icings and other decorations for your treats, cookie cutters–really, it doesn’t get much easier than this! If you are interested in this idea at all, you should check them out.
Need more information? We’ve found two really good start up guides and recipe collections that deserve a closer look. Getting the best information will help you get started right and shave hours off your learning curve time:
Bake a Dog a Bone – A step by step start up guide for extreme pet business profits written by two very seasoned and successful professionals (one was a senior mgr of PetSmarts food and treat group). Includes 150 recipes designed by pet nutrition experts.
Starting Your Own Gourmet Dog Treat Business – Great advice from an insider with 10 years of success who can help you navigate the start up of your new business. She also includes a lot of extras and over 400 gourmet dog treat recipes to get you started.
Homemade Dog Treats – A set of (2) eBooks filled with easy to make dog treats including special occasions, cakes, icings and more at a very affordable price.
Dog Treat Recipes – Start making delicious dog treats and gourmet dog food immediately with these creative, quick and easy dog treat recipes.