What Does it Take to Start a Pooper Scooper Business?

Welcome to my site! My name is Timothy Stone, founder and CEO of Scoop Masters Dog Poop Pick Up Service in Los Angeles, CA,  and I’ve been in the Pooper Scooper business since 1988. Some may think I was a pioneer in this industry, but I know there were at least 5 other companies before mine. Kind of hard to tell since this was pre-internet. Fortunately, you have the benefit of being able to gather all kinds of information quickly and efficiently via the internet. That’s probably how and why you found this site… you want to start a pooper scooper business, or at least gather information on it.

I love talking to people and I have talked with potential pooper scooper business owners all over the country. Some of the questions are pretty basic, others are a little more detailed and difficult to answer. Like “How do I think of a business name?” or “How do I register my business?” The more difficult questions are more towards pricing, demographics and marketing. An my book addresses all of these questions in an easy to read and understand format. My favorite request? What advice can you give me regarding starting a pooper scooper business?

What Advice do You Have for Me?

I’ll answer with the same advice I have given since about 1995, 7 years into the business and having been asked for advice over a hundred times ever since.

“This is a business! You have to treat it like one. It will not run by itself, it is not always easy to start, you will not take wheelbarrows full of money to the bank in the first year, if ever! The dog waste industry is just like any other business. You have to market it, advertise it, work it, manage it then work it some more. It takes time and dedication to be successful.”

On the other hand, it is a fun business to be in. I really enjoyed going to my son’s elementary school and hear him tell people “My dad picks up poop.” It usually took a little explaining to help them realize I did this for a living. Working 4 or 5 hours a day and making a full time income was pretty handy too. It allowed me the time to go to all of my kid’s sporting events, school activities, a few of my own sporting events, and to volunteer at my church teaching Sunday school and children’s ministries.


My intent is to not only drive you to my home page and buy the manual, but to provide a forum to ask questions and get real, practical answers for your business growth. Thanks to recent technology and Facebook, you can find or ask questions from a variety of pooper scooper groups like facebook.com/groups/aPaws.org to get answers to most questions. Of course, I’m in there too, helping wherever I can.

I hope I can be helpful and informative. So browse around and If you’d like to ask a question about starting a pooper scooper service, feel free to email me or post a question here. (Or what ever page the question and answer plugin ends up on.)

God Bless!