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Pet boarding, grooming or behavioral issues? Dog Paws ‘n Cat Claws to the rescue | ARLnow

That was never the plan.

Owning a 7,000 square foot pet care facility in Bailey’s Crossroads with 50 state-of-the-art, full-service employees wasn’t what Ryan Fochler envisioned when he started. just walking other people’s dogs as a part-time job.

But now the dog walking job has become Dog Paws ‘n Cat Claws Pet Care, providing a full range of pet care services 365 days a year and racking up reams of kudos from satisfied pet owners, including many have been coming back for a dozen years. or more.

“It’s been pretty cool to have had good customers for so long,” said Fochler, who took over the company in 2004 (it was founded in 1999).

To ensure that his clients and their pets receive the best treatment, Fochler stays abreast of best practices in pet behavior and management through regular consultations with his wife, Katie Holloran, a pet analyst. behavior certified by the board.

He has found that this knowledge helps many dogs that have had problems at other daycares. He designed the Dog Paws Bailey’s Crossroads facility to ensure that all dogs can succeed through more efficient and supportive processes and logistics.

And while this important service has made a significant impression, most of the activity is dedicated to already domesticated dogs who just need walking, grooming, boarding, day care and in-home pet sitting. Adoption services are also available.

The convenience factor of home pet sitting for dogs and cats cannot be underestimated in the DC metro area, an area in which residents often have to leave town for short periods of time, very often with a short prior notice. And for guests who need boarding for extended stays, Fochler said that’s where his and his staff’s training comes in.

“In general, when you give an animal what it needs in a healthy, happy environment, it will be more likely to succeed.” Playtime, regular walks, socialization, food, medication (if needed) and personalized attention from trained staff are all services included in the daycare and boarding fees at Dog Paws, not specialized supplements.

Despite the company’s longevity, Fochler said they continually improve their services, organically responding to changing needs. “A lot of the great systems we’ve put in place here happened by accident,” he said with a laugh.

He is most proud of his one-day evaluation process, which took place due to a dog that had trouble socializing with other dogs. Fochler Daycare Manager John, who is always on the lookout for the dogs’ needs, decided to offer a one-day opportunity for this dog to be gradually introduced to the other dogs at the facility that day- the.

What happened was truly unexpected – the dog with a history of struggling in a hound group ended the day happily wagging its tail alongside its new pooch friends, and spent years as the dog’s favorite and staff, returning regularly to Dog Paws.

All of this research and purposeful design means most dogs are happy and successful over long weekends, even up to a week, while their owners are away on business or personal travel. Fochler even has a few (unique) dogs that have stayed for up to six to eight weeks at a time – and these furry friends are only too happy to return for the next extended visit.

(Dog Paws’n Cat Claws loves the feline set, too, of course. “We’ve found that cats are largely the best in their home environment,” Fochler said. house and it worked very well.” The same research and attention is given to the care of cats in the home, and the staff are adept at meeting the needs of cats in their home environment.)

Because of his love of rescue animals—his personal dog is a cumbersome handful of “not-so-adoptable lab dog mix” named Booker (“he’s actually been an awesome dog for us”)—Fochler developed a relationship with regional nonprofits that help save animals, especially Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, which has its home office at the Dog Paws Bailey’s Crossroads location.

Dog Paws ‘n Cat Claws’ opens its doors to those creatures that need a safe haven. A portion of proceeds from all of the company’s products and services go to help organizations such as Homeward Trails and Operation Paws for Homes.

Fochler’s goodwill doesn’t stop there: “Even if you don’t use our service, you can call us anytime for free advice if you’re having trouble,” he said, and he thinks.

Dog Paws ‘n Cat Claws Pet Care is located at 5818-C Seminary Road in Bailey’s Crossroads. Call 703-931-5057 or email [email protected]

The above was a sponsored business profile written by Buzz McClain