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« on: January 13, 2008 09:43:11 PM »

Hi everyone, I'm writing this in the hopes that you can giive me some advice.  I would like to start making dog cookies to sell on the web.  Nothing fancy, simple treats.  However I don't want to take someone eles recipe or  " plagerize" them.  Can someone give me some ideas on where to start?


Miss Shawn~ If your dog doesn't like somebody, maybe you shouldn't either.
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2008 11:50:30 PM »

You can try making a very basic plain tasteless cookie.  Then add things in like liver, cheese and such.

I did the same, but for a dog who was allergic to wheat and potatoes (the usual next choice for wheat-allergic dogs).  It took some experiencing to get a cookie that didn't crumble in my hand and that she could eat without getting hives (or the runs).

If you plan to sell, be sure of the regulations in your area for commerical baking, even for dogs you might have to be up to some code out there.

Good luck.
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2008 06:38:16 PM »

I had this idea a while ago- and researched it. I found out that if I want to sell dog biscuits I must rent a commercial kitchen- which runs about $1000 for 3 hrs in my area (at that time- several years ago so maybe more now!). In addition to this- I would have to get a crude analysis done on each recipe PER YEAR. Also the regular business and tax licenses have to be purchased and kept up to date.

When I really looked at this, I realized that I could not even bake enough dog biscuits in 3 hrs to make the RENT - let alone the rest of teh fees plus pull a profit of any sort. I just gave up on that idea.

If you sell over the web- you have to pick the state with the strictest requirements and follow that- and you are fine. Apparently CA (where I live) is NOT the strictest either. If you sell over the web you have to follow the regulations in the state you are in plus the state you are selling to- so if you pick the strictest you are fine for those less strict.

Not to rain on the parade- but I went through this whole research project myself. You might decide you want to anyway or that you want to do it illegally (not recommended- as the fines are pretty harsh here). If you sell illegally you are more likely to get caught if you sell on the web than if you don't.

I wanted to use my own kitchen and even looked into getting a commercial kitchen license but found out that there was NO WAY a "home" kitchen would get a commercial license in CA unless we didn't live there, and had no kids or pets and even then it would be tough.

Hope that helps. I know it is not what you want to hear- because it was not what I wanted to hear way back when I was excited about it.

So- I have decided to write a book of my recipes instead- no commercial kitchen rental, no analysis, no business license - I just have to pay taxes on my profits! MUCH better for me.

I got most of my info from a Yahoo group called Dogtreat bakery- here is the link to the home page:

There ARE people there that have gone through the process and rent a commercial kitchen or have set one up- but it is expensive to do it.

There is ONE loophole (at least here in CA) which I call the "bake sale loophole". This means if you are connected to a non-profit and make biscuits to raise money for a non-profit you may sell them without any of the requirements. You may also send to family and friends. but you would not be able to sell on the web with this at all. I do sell to friends and family and also do fund raisers (read- I don't make a profit when I raise money for the non-profit as they get the profit.)

I know this is disappointing news because I was SO excited when I thought of it- and then horribly disappointed when I found out how expensive it would be to actually do it.

Hope that helps!

Jo Biasi
new Toy Manchester puppy on the way!
Bug, rescue black cat

Jo Biasi
Santa Rosa, CA
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