According to Entrepreneur Magazine, gourmet dog treats are the fastest growing segment of the pet food industry. The business is inexpensive to start and there are minimal legal requirements. As long as your treats use wholesome ingredients and dogs love them, you should be able to sell them in Colorado as fast as you can make them.
The state of Colorado requires accurate labeling of dog treats. The labels must clearly show a list of all contents and an analysis of the treats. The analysis must include information such as protein, ash and fiber content. The label must also clearly state whether the contents are intended for use as treat or as food.
A commercial laboratory must complete the analysis. Costs can vary, so check with several labs before deciding which one to use. Colorado does not require you to use the services of a laboratory within the state.
Once you have received a completed analysis of the dog treats, you must submit it as part of your documentation to the Colorado Department of Agriculture. You must send a “Commercial Feed Registration Application,” a “Small Package Distribution Report” and a “Sole Proprietor/Individual Citizenship Affidavit.” Also include a sample label and the required fees.
You will need to register your business with the state before you start selling the treats. Follow the guidelines for setting up an assumed business name. You can check the online registry to see if the name you have chosen is available. If you want to incorporate your business, you must also file articles of incorporation with the Secretary of State.
Business licensing requirements in Colorado vary by county and by city. Check the state’s online resources for help with finding the right forms for your county. Many cities require that separate papers be filed with the city offices in addition to the county filing. Contact your city’s business office for information regarding the need for you to file there. Once all licensing requirements are met and your labeling is approved, you will be ready for business.