Are you noticing how many local establishments put a water bowl or basket of dog biscuits by the door for Fifi and Fido? There’s a new generation of pet owners who no longer leave their animals at home. Rather, their pets are considered part of the family and often come along for chores and shopping.
These pet owners are a viable consumer group. And while there are likely local laws to follow, catering to today’s outgoing pet owners, especially dog lovers, is certainly on the rise and something to consider at your small business.
- Know local pet regulations: Before putting out the welcome bowl or nibbles, check with your town board to see what the local laws are about pets in area establishments and be sure to follow them.
- Welcome appropriately: If you’re a dog lover, for instance, make pets feel special, which will make their owners feel welcome, as well. Set a little space aside for pets to stay while their owners shop. Make a fuss and keep doggy treats at hand. However, if the animal is on the job, such as a service dog, welcome the owner and let the dog perform his/her duty without interruption.
- Alternative accommodations: Of course, not every establishment can cater to pet owners or even permit animals inside (save the aforementioned service animal), but if you can acknowledge pet lovers with tie-in merchandise or have a spot outside for dogs to rest, it’s another way to endear your small business to your customers.
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