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Business has tails wagging and paws a padding in Rocky

Pawkids dog groomer Melanie Ellerton takes care of Hugo. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Pawkids dog groomer Melanie Ellerton takes care of Hugo. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

WHEN a dodgy dog groomer left Tammy Neal's beloved pooches dirty and unwashed, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

She started her own mobile dog grooming service in Dalby before moving back to Rockhampton a few years ago. It was then she started working at Rockhampton's doggie daycare, Pawkids.

The business is part of a booming industry, with a report by Oneflare finding demand for pet grooming services grew by 263.84% in the first half of the year.

Demand for dog training services across Australia was higher still, growing by 981.82% in the first half of 2014.

Now the owner and manager, Tammy, said she'd seen Pawkids grow in the past five years, with the city's pet lovers taking advantage of its daycare and grooming services.

While other businesses in CQ having been doing it tough, her's is heading in the right direction.

Tammy said the bad service she'd received in Dalby had made her determined to offer the best grooming services to her customers, with between 10 and 20 dogs booked into Pawkids each day.

She said the grooming aspect of the business was more popular than the day care, but between seven and 10 pets were booked in for daycare at any time.

In the end, Tammy said it was rewarding to help Rockhampton's pet owners keep their beloved animals happy.

Pampered pooches

  • Doggie daycare at Pawkids costs $33/day with discounts for multiple days booked
  • Australians spent $1103 million on grooming, boarding, walking and training for their dogs in 2010-11
  • Australians spent $780 million on pet products and accessories in the same period

Booming business

  • The pet services with the fastest growing demand in the first half of the year were:
  • Dog training - 981.82% growth
  • Dog walking - 443.14% growth
  • Pet boarding - 441.38% growth
  • Pet sitting - 347.37% growth
  • Pet grooming - 263.84% growth

 

Source: Oneflare

Topics:  business, dog grooming, dogs




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