8 Tips For Starting A Successful Dog Treat Business

Want to start your own dog treat business? Here are 8 tips you should know.

We've interviewed thousands of successful founders at Starter Story and asked what advice they would give to entrepreneurs who are just getting started.

Here's the best advice we discovered for starting a dog treat business:

#1: Lucas Walker, founder of Treats Happen:

We chatted with with Lucas, founder of Treats Happen ($15K/month). In our interview, Lucas says:

Way too many people have great ideas. At the end of the day, the ultimate litmus test is if someone will buy your product. Sales is one of the best skills you can learn. If you want to grow and scale, you’ll be pitching/selling for media coverage, investors, even suppliers.

Additionally:

Enjoy the moment. It’s very easy to stress about where you need to be or something that happened but you can only really control where you are right now. If you’re having a nice meal or at the Jays game, enjoy it. Most things can wait.

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#2: Kyle Goguen, founder of Pawstruck:

We chatted with with Kyle, founder of Pawstruck ($1.75M/month). In our interview, Kyle says:

One thing I have learned to do is give up micro-managing. As a leader, giving up control is hiring capable people to handle tasks that you need not do.

Additionally:

Giving up equity early on can be a big mistake. Finance your business in a different way and be confident in yourself that you'll make your new business a success.

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#3: Michael Benatar and Erin Mastopietro, founder of Dope Dog:

We chatted with with Michael, founder of Dope Dog ($30K/month). In our interview, Michael says:

We attended pet events and went door-to-door in Los Angeles to speak with pet store owners who had years of experience. Many of these pet stores became our very first customers who are still with us today.

Additionally:

Ultimately it has been the human connections that we have made over the years that have helped Dope Dog grow successfully. You never know where you will meet your next client, or mentor, or investor.

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#4: Kyle Goguen, founder of Pawstruck:

We chatted with with Kyle, founder of Pawstruck ($1.75M/month). In our interview, Kyle says:

As an eCommerce business, you have the opportunity to be extremely agile so make a decision and take action quickly.

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#5: Michael Benatar and Erin Mastopietro, founder of Dope Dog:

We chatted with with Michael, founder of Dope Dog ($30K/month). In our interview, Michael says:

Putting yourself out there on display for the world to see can be nerve-racking, but ultimately added so much to the brand.

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