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Pet Parent’s Consumer Checklist

  • January 7, 2013
  • 4:30 pm

Pet Stores and Boutiques

The Good

While there are some great places to buy pet supplies, more reliable stores have the following characteristics:

  • Do not sell puppies/dog or kittens/cats (adoptable pets only)
  • Knowledgeable staff.
  • They sell a variety of products.
  • Keep up-to-date on industry news, such as the recent pet food recall.
  • They will special order a product for you.

The Bad

Move on if:

  • The staff doesn’t know anything about the products they’re selling and can’t answer your questions.
  • The store doesn’t look clean.
  • The store sells dogs and cats. A good boutique will sponsor adoption days, but if it’s selling large animals, walk away.
  • The small animals for sale (such as hamsters, gerbils, reptiles, or fish) are kept in unsanitary conditions.

If you’d rather shop at home and take your time browsing, ask your favorite retailer if they have a website––chances are, you can get everything you need right from the comfort of your couch.

*A special thanks to our sources: Genenieve Thiers, founder and CEO of Sittercity, Amy Nichols owner of D.C.-based Dogtopia, Lou Kurtz, owner of Country Canine Cuts in Newton, Pennsylvania, and Jim Burwell, professional dog trainer and founder of Jim Burwell’s Petiquette in Houston, Texas.


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2:39AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

Very comprehensive article. I started doing my own grooming when my Afghan Hound came back from the salon with a silly silk bow in her hair. Not our style! And I agree with Elsa G. I too would never let someone else train my dogs. The training is usually more for the owner than the dog, plus it's fun, a great way to hang out with like-minded dog-lovers, and a good bonding experience for you and your dog.

2:25AM PST on Jan 26, 2013

We do need reminder of this type

11:22AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

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3:41PM PST on Jan 10, 2013

thank you

3:00AM PST on Jan 10, 2013

Good advices, some really useful.

9:48PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Great ideas. Thanks.

3:03PM PST on Jan 9, 2013


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Thank you for sharing.

Cannot stop catalogs, I tried- recycle them.

This sounds just a bit too new agey for me, sorry.

All good. Thank you.


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