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A Dog's Life

Day-care center for dogs

This story appears in the May 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

After their mommies and daddies drop them off, the clients of this Orange County, California, day-care center spend their day romping on the jungle gym, playing with toys, and listening to music. Those who prefer to chill out can lounge on sofas while others participate in etiquette lessons. When it's time for a potty break, the day-care denizens toddle on over to an indoor grassy area constructed specifically for this purpose and, well, go with the flow.

Not just anyone is admitted to the center, which charges $25 per day, including snacks. Like any good program, the center screens its applicants. Candidates can't bite, and they have to play well with others, be spayed or neutered and walk on all fours.

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