What do you like/dislike about your pet shop and why?

(10 Posts)
damppatchnot Sun 02-Jun-13 13:54:32

Looking to open one and get some advice!!

damppatchnot Sun 02-Jun-13 18:14:21

Bump

I hate the ones that sell animals of any kind.

The one I use sells a good range of foods (dog) and will order in a particular brand for you if required. They also deliver - handy for the massive bags!

An ad board for reputable trainers/vets etc, but not breeders.

Knowing the products they sell and what kind of lead/bedding/straw/hutch is best.

EauRouge Sun 02-Jun-13 18:31:29

Ooh, where do I start grin One local pet shop (in a garden centre) is absolutely atrocious. Bad points are; more concern with profit than animal welfare; lots of species on sale that are not suitable for the average Joe; lots of species on sale that the local animal shelter is bursting at the seams with (rabbits mainly); crappy 'advice' from pet shop staff.

I don't generally go to a pet shop, but there is a really good aquatic shop near me where the staff are very knowledgeable, they will take the time to talk to you about your fish and offer suggestions and further reading.

Don't sell animals that you don't know anything about would be my tip! Also don't sell things that are not suitable for the purpose they are intended, such as those poxy tiny little rabbit hutches and tiny fish tanks.

damppatchnot Sun 02-Jun-13 21:11:41

Thanks

I agree
I totally love animals and would not sell to anyone who i did not think did smile

damppatchnot Sun 02-Jun-13 21:22:32

Thanks

I agree
I totally love animals and would not sell to anyone who i did not think did smile

EauRouge Sun 02-Jun-13 21:32:20

Loving animals is not enough though, you need to know all about them. Some types of animals like reptiles, inverts and fish need very specialist care.

NatashaBee Sun 02-Jun-13 21:43:46

I live in a different country, but I like it when pet shops here put on adoption events and let a local shelter bring some of their animals along (one chain here always has rescue cats on display that are available for adoption, and gives out store coupons to adopters).

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sun 02-Jun-13 21:43:56

I love the one I go to, mostly because:

- It's small and local
- The owner runs it (and knows my name and the names of my 4 dogs)
- It is always immaculately clean
- It doesn't have that weird pet shop smell
- She'll order products that customers request/suggest
- She keeps very, very few animals in. She can order virtually anything, but gives customers a bit of time between them placing a deposit and her placing the order, in case they change their mind.

damppatchnot Sun 02-Jun-13 21:48:31

That one sounds good

I love animals and know all about them too ( ive got 51 pets!)
Thanks everyone

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