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    03-09-2012, 11:54 PM
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Your Ideal Pet Shop

I am kicking around an idea and I thought I'd get some suggestions.

In your ideal pet shop what would you like to see? What products would you like to see carried, what services would you like offered, any foods or specialty items that you would like to see?

What are your biggest complaints about the pet shops you go to? What would you like to see improved?
     
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    03-09-2012, 11:55 PM
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    03-10-2012, 01:16 AM
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Knowledgeable staff. So many pet stores have staff or even managers or owners that have no idea about anything they sell. Correct information and sound advice is what makes me a loyal customer. I can't stand being fed crap information when I'm spending my hard earned, scarce money.
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    03-10-2012, 01:16 AM
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Tack shops are far better at providing the range of items needed for horse care than Pet Shops. Livestock generally takes more equipment than a hamster. It would be nice if some offered a small selection of training educational tools like books or dvds though....

What about general pet shops. Small animal, dog and cat, reptile, bird, fish...Non-livestock pets.
     
    03-10-2012, 01:22 AM
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Knowledgeable staff. So many pet stores have staff or even managers or owners that have no idea about anything they sell. Correct information and sound advice is what makes me a loyal customer. I can't stand being fed crap information when I'm spending my hard earned, scarce money.
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This bugs me beyond anything as well. Emperor scorpions on sand kills me.

Should the information be there, would you ever consider pet education classes for yourself or your child?
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    03-10-2012, 02:10 AM
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For me, things that bug me and make me not go back to a pet store are:
(like Lins said) staff that don't know what they're talking about/pushing certain products that aren't actually what I need, too small cages for small pets who need large cages (guinea pigs, rats, etc), puppies/kittens (dumped "rescue" puppy/kittens are a little different, I'd prefer them to puppy/kitten mill animals), nasty aquarium areas, etc.

My favorite pet shop (well, it's really a "pet food boutique") sells organic/grain free food, locally made pet toys, if you ask for a certain food the owner will start stocking it for you, and the owner will order whatever you need if you ask her. Basically, I feel welcomed into her store and I enjoy it there rather than wanting to get out asap because of something - the smell, annoying workers, whatever.
She doesn't sell animals but if you ask, she'll help set you up with a local adoption agency to get you whatever pet you want. Or, for pets you only really find in pet stores, she has a list of good stores and bad stores so you know who deserves your money.
She also charges barely over the price she buys an item for, no huge mark ups like at chain stores. It's the same for stuff she orders for you, she won't charge you much more than she paid for it.

I don't go there anymore because a chain store started selling the big cans of feline "Wellness" for cheaper than she does. She also had mostly fish based wet food which my cat is super allergic to so I wasn't able to get my cat as much variety as I wanted from her. It's a bummer, I really liked her.


If a store I liked had education classes on an animal I as interested in for a reasonable price, I would definitely attend.
Alternatively, if a store had representatives from rescues come in every once in a while and do presentations on a kind of animal with adoptable animals of that kind, I would definitely go.
     
    03-18-2012, 12:19 PM
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The fact that they sell puppies and kittens from mills. It would be so much better if they adopted out animals. The dogs they sell are usually poor quality, anyway. I'd sooner adopt a mutt than pay hundreds of dollars for an inbred puppy from a mill.

Also, the Petland in my area sells common Domestic Short Hair kittens for $99. Do people realize how stupid that is? You can go to the shelter and adopt the same kind of kittens for $60, and adults for $40. Plus you save a life that way. Duh! But Petland is still in business because people buy into it. The staff there is a joke, too. Half of them have no clue what they're talking about, and the other half just tell you whatever they have to to make a sale.

I will say that most pet stores around here have really nice aquariums and their small animals are well cared for. There's even a shop that sells short-tailed possums, sugar gliders, and prairie dogs. The cages are always spotless and the animals are healthy. Nobody carries horse supplies, though! Our Petsmart used to carry Stateline Tack, but it went out of business years ago. It really sucks, because that was my go-to place. They had the best prices and a huge selection. I mean, they had everything you need for a horse. Now I have to mail order almost everything.
     
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