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Do you want to work as a pet bakery owner?

  • Read about the most important info you need to decide on following this career.
  • ​Follow the 7 points below and search for a tertiary institution near you for future studies. If you already are graduated, you may also search through our list of Jobs in the main menu.
  • If you want to PLAN the way you need to prepare, then join our community in step 8 where you will learn everything, while chatting with other potential bakers and experts from around the world. Prepare to be amazed!

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UPDATED: 1November 2020

1. What is a Pet Bakery Owner?

A pet bakery owner operates a specialty bakery that makes and sells treats, cakes and other food that are nutritionally-appropriate for pets.

If you are looking for a career where you can make the pet treats from home (without having to start an expensive bakery/shop), then you might be interested in the Organic Treat Maker career.

History?

The first dog bakery, Famous Fido, opened in 1979 on Chicago, Illinois

Famous Ingredients?

Two of the most used ingredients in animal treats are pumpkin and peanut butter

2. What do they do?

Categories:
​Business

Focus:
The main focus of a pet bakery owner is to produce quality pet treats with an added flair of design and appeal to both pets and their owners, which are then sold via a shop or bakery.

Daily Tasks:

  • talk with suppliers
  • design the treats according to recipes and shape
  • prepare the mixture
  • bake treats
  • design and produce branded packaging
  • ensure registration is in place
  • discuss budget with bookkeeper
  • manage marketing campaign
  • talk with prospective buyers
  • open and manage the bakery
  • manage any additional staff

Where they work:

Environment

Pet bakery owners work from a licensed business premises, which can be situated in a small town or in a large city. Most of the work is done at the bakery.

Places of Employment –

Bakery owners are self-employed. 

Average Salary:
The average yearly income for pet bakery owners in the US is around $50,000 per year, but there are some bakeries that make far more. The income will be determined by many factors, including quality of the treats, where the bakery is situated, and how many customers are available.

​Difficulties:
Entry bakers do not make a huge amount of money as most of the costs need to be covered. Running a business means dealing with bills that need to be payed, and means long hours and working over holidays.
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​Future growth and Possibilities:
The concept of a pet bakery producing various animal treats is growing steadily around the world. In some countries the concept is still new and could be a great opportunity to get into the market. The pet industry keeps on expanding and as the amount of pet owners grow, so will their need to buy products for their pets. Most pet bakeries focus on dogs, but baking treats for other pets is big business! In fact, the pet food and treat market in the USA alone saw over US36 billion in sales for 2019.

3. Which Skills are required?

The skills required for a career as a pet bakery owner can be divided into two very important groups. The first is the group containing life skills, which are the core skills that are necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life. The second group is career skills, or the specific skills required to allow a person to enter and operate effectively within a specific career. Some or maybe even all of the life skills can assist in strengthening the career skills, and they might even be the same for specific careers.

Life Skills:

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making
  • Problem Solving
  • Effective communication
  • Interpersonal relationship

Career Skills:

  • ​Good business knowledge
  • Good baking skills
  • Basic customer service skills
  • Good health and physical fitness
  • Good computer literacy (business software)
Life Skills
40%
Career Skills
60%

4. Which Subjects must I have at School?

The subjects you choose at school are important as they lay the foundation for further studies at college or university. While still at school, it’s also important to learn more about the animals you will work with, as well as gain some experience.

OZT has a list of various tertiary institutions where you can study further, after school. Each of these institutions also have their own Group page on OZT where you will find the exact subjects they require of you to have passed in school. Keep these requirements in mind, and discuss it with your school, guidance counselor and parents to ensure that you are prepared!

5. What will I need to Study?

Minimum Requirements:

There is no minimum requirements to become a Pet Bakery Owner, although a High School Certificate would be beneficial to prepare you to deal with setting up a business, dealing with costs and basic marketing techniques.

Focus:

It is important that you learn as much as you possibly can about running a bakery and what kinds of food is best for different breeds of pets before you think about opening your bakery. Short Courses in cat or dog health, business setup and marketing are recommended.

Duration:
The duration of Short Courses can be between a few hours (online) to a few months.

Possible Career Preparation Paths:

If this is your dream career that you want to pursue, then it’s important to plan the way forward.

Why is planning important?

​To ensure that you understand the requirements for your career, and that you are always prepared for the next step on the road towards your dream. A Preparation Path is like your road map to where you want to be.

Possible Paths:

Possible Combined Career Paths:

It is possible to sometimes combine two or more related careers. This normally happens when you study and practice a specific main career, but the knowledge and experience gained also help you to have a paying hobby or secondary income career.

Possible Alternatives (there are a lot more):

Stepping Stone Career:

Being a pet bakery owner can also be used as a stepping stone career. A stepping stone career is one which is used to help you get to another career, normally because the other career is too difficult to reach (sometimes due to things like high fees etc).

You can begin as a baker from home after basic short courses and expert guidance (maybe working under a mentor). The money made can then be used to pay for studies towards a promotion or another career, and the experience helps in gaining knowledge. One paying to help get to the other.

Some of the possible paths:

Training and apprenticeship:

Even though it is important to study to get into some of the animal careers, most of the skills you will need as a cartoonist will be acquired through practice. This means that you will learn how to perform some of the daily tasks by actually doing it a few times and learning the steps.

In some cases entry level positions require training sessions even before you are allowed to actually perform your job duties. These sessions are offered by the place of employment, after you have successfully applied.

Apprenticeship is also possible where you need to learn baking skills from an expert.

Join the Pet Bakery Owners Group in STEP 8 to learn more and even interact with the educational institutions that will help you secure your dream career!

Average level of education of people entering the career:

High School Certificate 0%
Diploma or Short Courses 0%
Degree or Higher Studies 0%

6. Licenses, Certificate, Registration and Professional Associations

Certain animal careers require some form of legal certification to prove that you can indeed do the work, and work with the necessary equipment.

Although not required by law, certifications may help workers establish their credentials and enhance their skills.

Learn more about requirements by joining OZT in STEP 8.

Professional Associations:

7. Where can I study further?

All of the above information will help you understand more about the Career, including the fact that there are different paths to take to reach it. But if you are almost done with High School (Grades 11 or 12), you also need to start thinking about further studies, and WHERE you will study.

See the List of Universities, Colleges and Online Training Academies who offer courses towards baking.

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8. Join the OZT community

Join us as a special member and learn more about becoming a pet bakery owner.

Members of the Platform have special access to:

  • Info on the best places where you can study (colleges, universities and online)
  • Expertly designed advice to prepare you for the career, and links to places where you can gain valuable experience. For some career experience is necessary, otherwise you wont get the job!
  • Top notch info on each of the different species you will work with
  • Make friends around the world and share knowledge
  • Compete and win points, badges, games, prizes and certificates. Be the best of the best, while you learn and prepare!

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