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Our History

In April of 2000, Amy Nichols found herself facing a tough decision; one familiar to every loving dog owner. A vacation approached and she had to find a suitable boarding facility for her feisty Boston Terrier Griffin. She sought a place where Griffin could play in open space, stretch and receive lots of personal attention. Simply stated, she wanted him to be happy and she didn't want to feel guilty about leaving him. Unfortunately the kennels she found didn't quite fit the bill. She settled on leaving him with her veterinarian, because they offered regular walks, extra treats and she knew he would be safe, but she couldn't shake that feeling of guilt. She thought of him, and his well-being, throughout her vacation.

Amy knew she wasn't the only canine parent to feel this way. Within the year, Amy began building a plan for her own dog care facility. Dogs would be afforded open space to romp and play with one another, in an upscale environment with well-trained staff to care for and love them. Owners would actually look forward to dropping their dogs off!

Amy Nichols, Founder & CEOIn June of 2002, the very first Dogtopia dog daycare and spa opened in Tysons Corner, VA. Soon after happy tails were wagging through the door for daily daycare appointments, boarding vacations and grooming fluff and dries. Live webcams were added to give loving owners a peek into their dog's day and reassured those on vacation that their dog was having as great a time as they were.

Based on the outstanding success of Dogtopia of Tysons Corner, Amy established a franchise company in 2005 to grow the concept nationally. By 2011 twenty-three locations were in operation from California to New Jersey.

In addition to the pampering of thousands of dogs a year, charitable giving and active community service are cornerstones of the Dogtopia dog daycare and spa model. The company is proud to sponsor foster dogs and offer a first day of daycare free to dogs rescued from shelters. In 2010 Dogtopia dog daycare and spas nationwide raised and donated over $50,000 for local and national charities. In addition, Dogtopia's Annual K9 Support Dog Wash raises funds to support military, rescue and service dogs.