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Pet Industry Guide

Analyze the pet industry including pet retail, pet care, pet boarding, and more.

Trade Press & Industry Articles

  • Use Business Source Complete for find magazine & journal articles and trade publications about the industry or companies.

Some search suggestions:

  • Search for pets, pet supplies, pet service, pet grooming, etc., then limit to articles published in the last year.   This will find all articles with the synonyms.
  • Search for major companies in the industry.  Limit by date or by publication type (magazines or trade publications)
  • Use Nexis Uni to search for newspaper articles about companies in the industry, as well as court cases and company information.

Trade & Industry Associations

Industry associations can provide an inside look into the industry.  The list below was compiled from examples from First Research.

For each site linked below, look in the menus for terms such as "resources," "statistics," "facts and figures," etc.  


American Pet Products Association
Provides market research, news, and events for a variety of pet care services professionals.

Association of Professional Dog Trainers
Membership organization that publishes the APDT Chronicle and holds an annual conference.

Lifestyle resource and publication covering news, politics, grooming, boarding, and training for cat enthusiasts.

Lifestyle resource and publication covering news, politics, grooming, boarding, and training for dog enthusiasts.

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Resource for animal trainers and shelter employees, academics, and veterinarians.

International Boarding & Pet Services Association
Resource for business, training, accreditation, and legislative support.

International Professional Groomers
Educates, certifies, and accredits professional pet groomers.

International Society of Canine Cosmetologists
Membership organization for professional pet stylists.

National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors
Certifies dog obedience instructors, provides continuing education, and promotes training methods and instruction.

National Cat Groomers Institute of America
Sets and maintains cat grooming standards, certifies, trains, and educates.

National Dog Groomers Association of America
Professional membership organization that offers certification and workshops for pet groomers.

Pet Age
Industry news, trends, products, and events impacting retailers, groomers, manufacturers, and other pet-focused businesses.

The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters
Membership organization that promotes and supports professional pet sitters nationwide.