Laura E. Haupt, owner of Bark & Meow in Tarrytown, N.Y., explains why she is closely watching the cannabidiol (CBD) trend.
Pet Product News: What are the top-selling products in your store right now?
Laura E. Haupt: Food: Fromm Family Gold and Four Star series kibble, canned food and treats. Weruva canned dog and cat food sell well, too.
Treats: We have organic, all-natural and vegetarian treats that all sell well. Smoked bones from Mika & Sammy’s as well as freeze-dried meat treats from Orijen, Momentum, Evanger’s, Primal, etc.
Collars, leashes and harnesses: Up Country, Puppia and RC Pet Products
Toys: Fluff & Tuff stuffed animals, West Paw balls and frisbees, and From the Field catnip toys.
PPN: What are your favorite products right now?
Haupt: I stock the store so all my products I select are favorites!
PPN: What industry trends have you been keeping your eye on most closely?
Haupt: The cannabidiol (CBD) oils and treats, and all-natural remedies for fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. I have researched and recently brought into my store Earth Animal products for flea, tick and mosquito prevention. I currently give my two dogs the Under the Weather Hemp Joint chews daily, which seem to alleviate arthritic symptoms. I have recently given my one dog Pet Releaf after surgery when she was uncomfortable with pain and I could not give her traditional medicine due to her chronic liver disease, and it worked well. I am also currently interested in and have just ordered Mitchell’s Medicinals, which has both a human and pet quality CBD oil dose.
PPN: What business challenge are you currently in the process of tackling?
Haupt: Keeping customers interested in frequenting my store, finding the best products for their pets and making a profit at the end of the year.
PPN: What is your best tip for connecting with customers?
Haupt: Honesty, trust and being a reliable source that is willing to extend themselves to give the best service possible for their pet.
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