Running Your Own Boarding Kennels: The Complete Guide to Kennel and Cattery Management

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Kogan Page Publishers, Jul 3, 2008 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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With an increasing demand for quality kennel accommodation for dogs and cats, a good boarding kennel is a sound investment and can provide a healthy income if run efficiently. Running your own Boarding Kennels, the only guide of its kind available, is essential reading for anyone who is considering starting out in the business. This new edition by animal care expert David Cavill provides advice on every aspect of running a boarding kennel. With an exhaustive breadth of detail it covers every related topic, including: boarding fees, raising finance, insurance, kennel cleaning, dangerous dogs, types of food, exercise, grooming, beds and towels, staff training, accommodation, advertising, puppy and kitten rearing, and product sales. Comprehensive and unique, Running your own Boarding Kennels also includes information on ancillary services such as dog-walking, pet sitting and home boarding.
 

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Contents

1 Facing the Facts
1
2 Finding Your Property
9
3 Professional and Other Advice
22
4 Finance and Running Costs
34
Statutory Requirements
41
6 Health Matters
55
7 Feeding the Boarders
82
8 The Daily Round
93
11 Fanfare
132
12 Expanding Your Business
140
13 Associated Services
148
Final Note
154
Appendix A
155
Appendix B
158
Further Reading
163
Index
165

9 Kennel Staff
110
10 Kennel Buildings
116

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David Cavill is an experienced writer and broadcaster on all subjects related to companion animals. An acknowledged expert, he owns and publishes the magazine Dogs Monthly and is the founder of the Animal Care College, which provides courses in all aspects of animal care. Currently a consultant to the animal care industry, he has an extensive background in kennel management, having owned and run a small boarding kennel and cattery, and managed a large establishment which included a grooming salon. He was formerly joint manager of Bell Mead, the country kennel of Battersea Dogs' Home.

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