How to Start a Pooper Scooper Business

The Professional Scoop Master

Do you:
Like dogs?

Want to work for yourself?
Not want to work for someone else?
Live in or near a population of over 100,000?

Then you too can start a pooper scooper business! With over half the households in the United States owning 1 or more dogs, and spending over $6 billion a year on pet care, this is an opportunity you can’t pass up. You need my e-book: The Professional Scoop Master!

Image of timothy stone, founder of scoop masters dog poop pick up service in los angeles, and one of the pooper scooper business work trucks.

How Did I Start a Pooper Scooper Business?

My name is Timothy Stone. In 1988 I used $65.00 and an old pick up truck to start a pooper scooper business in the Los Angeles area. Since then, it had grown to several hundred regular clients and several dozen not so regular clients, generating tens of thousands of dollars of income each and every month. In 2001, with the desire to expand the pooper scooper industry, I decided to write a how to manual royal88 so that anyone with a few bucks and the desire to get out of the rat race could do so without paying a fortune in franchise fees. C’mon, it’s picking up dog poop! It’s not rocket science! Why spend $25, $50, $60 thousand dollars or more to buy a pooper scooper franchise – WITH NO CUSTOMERS – when you can easily do it yourself and use that money to grow your business yourself. Not only that, but you won’t have to pay monthly royalties to a franchisor. Learn directly from someone who knows?

With over 35 years of experience in the professional pet waste industry, my ebook will show you how to start and maintain your own low cost, high profit, home based pooper scooper service.

What you get with The Professional Scoop Master:

  • Over 100 pages of solid information, no fluff!
  • Action plans to help you move in the right direction;
  • Tons of sample forms, resources and examples;
  • Step by step instructions to make your success fool proof; You can call me personally, on my dime, for consultation.

What Makes You So Special?

Nothing makes me special, other than the fact that I have done it!

I’ve been in the pet waste business since 1988 – longer than any individual person, long before personal computers and the internet were mainstream.

My business has been through 3 recessions (and an earthquake) and yet, it continues to flourish.

I am a co-founder of, the only national trade organization for pooper scoopers.

White fluffy dog sitting upright facing forward

For over 3 decades, I’ve talked to new and professional pooper scoopers from all around the country, answering questions and giving advice on starting and running their business. I even help people in my own service area. And that’s OK with me, there’s plenty of dogs to go around!

I’m not even that bright, but after 35 years in the business, I know what I’m talking about!

Why can’t I just buy a pooper scooper business franchise?

Be my guest. You can do that if you have the money and it may be a good fit for you, but consider the following:

Should you buy a franchise?

X Initial franchise fees can cost from $15,000 to $60,000 or more.

X Thousands of dollars required for advertising – mandatory!

X Monthly royalties paid to the franchisor- as much as 12%.

X You are contractually bound for 5 years or more to keep the franchise relationship.

X Background checks, financial records exposed, qualifying may not be possible.

X They take care of customer service.

X They own the customers.

X They will take care of all the invoicing and accounting for you.

X Training provided – as part of your initial start up fee and ongoing royalties.

X Proven business model.

Or do it yourself as the Sole Owner

Lower start up costs-closer to $1000- $2500

Do you own advertising – for less, I’ll show you how.

 You do the work-You keep your money!

✓ You may find out it’s not for you, but you didn’t spend a lot of money to start.

 You already know who you are, and how much money you have to start a business.

 What, you never talked on a phone? I have several sample scripts for closing the deal.

 All your customers belong to you.

 I’ll show you how to easily do it yourself! Don’t like record keeping? Your local bookkeepers are way less expensive!

Training available – call me anytime with questions or concerns. 

 Proven business model? It’s picking up dog crap!

The Professional Scoop Master

A Guide to Starting And Running
Your own Dog Poop pickup Service

Instant PDF download for desktop or for mobile devices and tablets. 

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I’ve said it time and time again, it’s not rocket science. It’s a household chore that any 10 year old can do, but pays a lot more! Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying it’s easy, but with my ebook you can take out all the guess work in starting and maintaining your new pooper scooper business. Is it get rich quick? NO! It takes planning, dedication, education, time and patience to be successful at anything. Not everyone will succeed at this business, but with my ebook, the Professional Scoop Master, you’ll be one step ahead of the competition. Make that many steps ahead of the competition. Reading my ebook will give you insight to the planning process, what to do, how to do it, when to do it and why. More importantly, it will tell you what not to do, where not to waste your money and how to avoid some of the pitfalls to operating your own business.

The Professional Scoop Master was first published in 2003 as a way to show anyone how to start a profitable dog waste removal business with very little money to start! Now on it’s 4th revision for 2024, it’s jam packed full of solid how to information, like:

  • How to set goals that are best for you;
  • How to conduct your own research;
  • Figuring out who your customers are;
  • Where to find local information on licenses or permits;
  • The best and least expensive ways to promote your business;
  • Setting your rates to be competitive;
  • How to deal with dogs;
  • Where to find free business resources in your area;
  • And loads of worksheets, samples and guides!

Actual Testimonies of Folks Whom I Helped Start a Pooper Scooper Business

I got the Professional Scoopmaster disk and read it on the laptop in one sit down. There were several things I had not thought of and the forms are a useful starting point. The breakdown of business brought in for advertising and promotional activity in different areas was an eye opener. The advertising savings derived from that information alone will reimburse me for the cost of your disk and more. Thank you for helping me start my dog poop pick up business.

Kate O.

Thank you so much for your book, The Professional Scoop Master. I finished it in two days and I feel as if I’ve been in the pet waste business for a year already! You have been very helpful in answering my questions and getting me started in my new pooper scooper business. Thanks again for all the telephone help. (I hope I’m not disturbing you too much with the phone calls.)

Anthony S.

Your ebook/manual is wonderful. I’ve read it twice so far. It was a fun read both times. It gives me so many possibilities for what I can do whenever I decide I’m ready. It also tells me what NOT to do. I might have done a few of those things, but now I know not to. The detail you go into is very helpful. I was pretty nervous about spending that much for something w/o having it in my hand before I bought it, but it was well worth the $$!

C. Bronstein

Should you set personal goals for yourself?

You bet! Find out how to simply do that in chapter 1.

Do you know who uses a dog poop pick up service? Not all dog owners will be your customer!

Learn what kind of research to do before you start in Chapter 2.

New to marketing?

Chapter 3 contains over 30 pages on how to best market and promote your new business for a little $$ as possible, like where to advertise online for free! The most important part, it will show you what not to do.

How do you scoop? What tools should you use? Should I use disinfectants?

Answers to these and other questions are answered in chapter 4, the getting down to business, nitty gritty part of the ebook.

What records should you keep? Should you incorporate? LLC? What about invoicing?

Chapter 6 will make all of this easy for you.

How about future growth? Do you need employees? Or independent contractors? Should you do the record keeping yourself or hire a bookkeeper?

Find out in chapter 7

Can you list 5 ways to promote a business for FREE?

We have over a dozen.

You can use Craig’s list to advertise your business for free, but only once every 48 hours.

We’ll show you how to use it everyday – several times a day –  without getting flagged.

No experience talking with potential customer?

We have several practice scripts to help you close the deal.

Maybe you can just under cut the competition.

We’ll show you why this may not be the best option.

Commercial properties are so hard to estimate.

We’ll not only show you 2 ways to estimate commercial properties, We’ll show you a third way with our easy HOA Cost Calculator for one time charge of $15.

What’s the YELP trap?

Um, you’ll have to get the manual, but we got that covered too.,
And, of course, there are a bunch of sample forms, service agreements and worksheets in the back.


Still have questions? Get a hold of us at

The Professional Scoop Master

A Guide to Starting And Running
Your own Dog Poop pickup Service

Instant PDF download for desktop or for mobile devices and tablets. 

Now Only