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Buying into Freeze-Dried

Pet specialty retailers have dialed into the benefits freeze-dried products offer pets, owners and their stores.

Cleaning Up with Natural Litter

Natural cat litter is available in many forms and textures, so manufacturers are helping consumers learn more about the options.

Treats for a New Generation of Cat Owners

Cat ownership is booming amongst Millennials—and they are taking the cat treat category in a healthier direction.

Product Round-Up: Pet Carriers

Whether customers are looking for a way to tote pets along on errand runs or bring them on a cross-country voyage, manufacturers have developed the right carrier for the job.

Three Tips for Promoting Your Store with Snapchat

When used correctly, the popular smartphone app can be a great way for retailers to connect with pet owners.

The New Product Dilemma

Specialty distributors can be an invaluable resource in helping retailers leverage the high level of product innovation in the pet industry.

A Healthy Advantage

Brad Gruber, chief operating officer at Health Extension Pet Care, discusses how his company’s diverse lineup of nutrition, grooming and training products are a perfect fit for independent pet specialty stores.

Pampered Pets

Everyone deserves a spa day—even pets. With high-quality, natural products on the shelf, retailers can help owners keep their pets safe, happy and clean.

Better By Design

With a focus on comfort, style and safety, 2 Hounds Design offers a wide range of high-quality, custom-made collars, leashes and harnesses.

Capturing the Holiday Impulse

This year’s holiday assortments will feature bold colors, fun and functional gifts, and even something to bring to parties.

Toying With Sales

By accommodating as many budget levels and feline play styles as possible in their product selection, retailers can find success in the cat toy category.

Rest Assured

Dog beds offer more than a place to snooze; they can calm anxious dogs, keep those with joint issues more comfortable, and serve as a behavior-training tool.

Unlimited Potential in Limited Ingredients

Pet owners’ demand for transparency is taking limited ingredient diets to a new level.

Merchandising Magic

Four tips for creating engaging and eye-catching merchandising displays, and upgrading and maintaining customer-friendly store designs.

Encouraging Personal Authority

When carried out correctly by retailers, empowering store associates to make some decisions on their own will result in exceptional service for customers.

Toys with a Powerful Purpose

Mustafa Koliva, president of OoMaLoo, discusses how his company’s handmade toys enrich the lives of not only pets, but also women in need.

Still Naturally Appealing

Consumers continue to seek natural foods for their dogs and cats, and manufacturers are developing more offerings in response.

Serving a Purpose

Dog apparel has always had a fun and silly side to it— which are still important qualities—but as more pet owners look to apparel to protect their dogs from the elements, the category’s tone and mission is changing.

Keeping Cats Cool, Calm and Collected

Despite a reputation for being naturally independent and tranquil, many cats benefit from products that correct behavior and calm anxiety.

Local Attraction

Gorge Dog has established itself as the place to go for dog-lovers in Hood River, Ore., whether they need a bag of food and a new collar or a keepsake T-shirt to take back to their hometown.
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