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Report: U.S. pet industry worth $55 billion in 2013

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Close to two-thirds of households in the United States own a pet. Nearly two decades ago, the United States pet industry was valued at just $17 billion. This year, the U.S. pet industry is now estimated to be worth roughly $55 billion.

Most of the costs associated with owning a pet is food ($21 billion), veterinarian care ($14 billion) and supplies ($13 billion). These numbers are projected to rise with each passing year. Essentially, this is a substantial market and there is plenty of room to make money and find new opportunities.

Last year, Inc. magazine published a list of the best pet industries to be involved in. The list consisted of pet funerals, luxury grooming, hotel suites for pets, online retail, bricks-and-mortar pet stores, eco-friendly products and pet technology. One aspect of the industry that was (surprisingly) not included was pet training.

Many big-box retailers offer pet training services – or they recommend certain experts to help train your dog. With the rise of do-it-yourself DVDs, this also includes dog training, such as this site – there are plenty of YouTube videos that provide tips and tricks of how to care for and train a dog (heck, even other animals, such as cats).

Those who are inexperienced in handling a dog, it’s very important to participate in dog obedience training in order to remedy the problems of potty training, aggression, barking and disrespect for the owner. Let’s face it: there are many breeds that are known to be wild, while others are calm, cool and collected.

By ignoring the signs of out-of-control barking, biting and growling, refusing to “come” when commanded or destructive chewing, this can lead to problems further down the road, which isn’t a good thing. Indeed, households want to treat their animals with the utmost kindness, but it’s crucial to have the dog well-behaved.

“Nevertheless, dogs and people are very different animals. Although officially ‘man’s best friend,’ dogs have some innocent but irksome tendencies—like jumping up to greet, barking, digging and chewing—that can make it downright difficult to live with them!” wrote the ASPCA. “To make the most of your relationship with your dog, you need to teach her some important skills that will help her live harmoniously in a human household.”

Remember, owning an animal is more than just giving them a good home, plenty of food and water and exercise, it’s also about bringing the best out of them as possible. Dogs are smart, so show it to the world.

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