Boarding Your Dog in Washington D.C.

Adding a new furry family member is a really exciting time, but can make everyday scenarios harder. One of the most challenging aspects of having a pet is taking trips, whether for work or for fun.

The last thing you want to be worried about while on a fun vacation is how your pet is doing. It can be hard to find a place that you trust, that fits your budget, and provides the right level of care for your dog.

At Patrick’s Pet Care, we provide three different options to meet your budget and desired level of care.

Traditional Kennel

This option is most like a traditional boarding facility that is kennel drive. Your dog will spend some time in a comfortable and appropriately-sized kennel, for meals and while sleeping at night. The rest of the time, they will be free to roam, provided they socialize well with other dogs and aren’t destructive.

You can board your dog in our traditional kennel facility for short-term stays, long-term stays, and even monthly stays. You might think a month is a long time to board a dog, but many of our clients work for the State Department and the World Bank where long-term travel is a fact of life. We make sure their pets barely miss them while they are away.

Each day at the kennel, your dog will be treated with one peanut butter kong or chew toy, four outdoor walks, and regular socialization with our professional staff as well as with other dogs.

For an additional price, dogs can get a bath and nail trim so they look their best when you pick them up!

Dog BnB

We also have a slightly fancier option if you are looking for additional pampering for your dog. The Dog BnB is like a regular bed and breakfast, where the guest’s comfort is the top priority. Dogs that stay at the BnB get to roam in an “apartment” and are under constant supervision.

At the Dog BnB, guests will get one peanut butter kong or chew toy a day, four walks a day and regular socialization. Optionally, dogs can be taken on a fun Rock Creek Park Excursion! Overall it’s a much quieter and calm environment than the traditional facility where senior and less social dogs, in particular, can relax in peace, just like you when you’re at the beach.

One of the pros of boarding your pet with us is that you don’t need to worry about providing food dishes, bedding, or crates. We provide all of that. You just need to bring your dog, their food, and any needed medication. You may want to pack one of their favorite toys to enjoy.

We also provide daily email updates on your pet, starting the second day of your trip. For a small fee, you can even get a short video update included in your daily email.

In-Home Care

If your dog has strong personality quirks or gets upset or stressed when his or her environment changes, we also offer in-home overnight care that allows you to perfectly maintain your dog’s everyday routine while you are away.

At Patrick’s Pet Care, we know that it is hard to leave your pet with someone else, so we want you to feel confident that they are receiving the best care. Call us to today to set up a boarding reservation!

7 Ways to Adjust Your Dog’s Behavior

Dogs of all ages can come with behavior issues or have them start overnight. When your dog is misbehaving, it can be frustrating and you may not know how to get them to make a shift in their attitude.

Here are 7 tricks we use at Patrick’s Pet Care to adjust a dog’s behavior.

Ignore Bad Behavior

Like we mentioned above, dogs don’t always understand when they are disciplined for doing something. Next time, when they do something bad, ignore them. Don’t react negatively or positively.

Positive Reinforcement

Never underestimate the power of positive reinforcement. Dogs don’t always react well to being disciplined when they do something bad. However, they generally react really well to being rewarded for doing something good. Take potty training: if your dog consistently goes inside the house, make a huge deal out of any time they go outside. This will encourage them to always go outside.

Set Boundaries

Set rules and boundaries and make sure everyone involved with the dog understands them. It will be confusing for your dog if he is allowed to sit on the couch at Aunt Jane’s house, but can’t sit on the couch at home. Land on a set of rules and stay consistent in enforcing them across locations and with all the members of your family.

Exercise

Some dogs require more exercise than others. These dogs are the ones that start to go stir crazy if they are inside all day and will take it out on the furniture, the rugs, and everything they aren’t supposed to be touching. Make sure your dog is getting adequate exercise each day.

Crate Training

When your dog is young, crate training can be a very impactful technique to teach your dog how to hold their bladder overnight and how to sleep on their own. Some people may think it is harsh, but it’s not. Much like a child’s room, your dog will think of their crate as their special place that makes them feel safe. Keep them in the crate when you leave the house to avoid destruction out of boredom.

Boredom Busting Toys

Most people don’t realize that one of the main reasons dogs chew on things they aren’t supposed to or get destructive is because they are bored. Prevent this behavior by getting boredom busting toys, toys that make them work for treats, for them to play with. Kong has several different options that require time and energy, keeping your dog busy, mentally stimulated, and less prone to boredom.

Professional Training

A tried and true method to change a dog’s behavior is to attend training classes. These classes help both you and the dog learn proper commands and get on the same page. At Patrick’s Pet Care, we have a variety of training options for dogs in Washington D.C., to meet all your training needs.

This is not an all-inclusive list of techniques for a misbehaving dog but hopefully gives you a few new ideas if you are dealing with a dog that has a new or existing attitude issue. If you live in Washington D.C. and need additional ideas or want to learn more about our training programs, contact us today!

Popville, September 8, 2017: Patrick’s Pet Care Opening 2nd Location in Brookland

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Patrick’s Pet Care Opening 2nd Location in Brookland

by Prince Of Petworth  September 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm


3509 12th Street, NE courtesy Patrick’s Pet Care

From a press release:

“Patrick’s Pet Care, a leading pet services company in Washington D.C., today announced the grand opening of its second location in Brookland, NE. Located at 3509 12th Street NE. This new locale will bring a medium-to-large dog day school and overnight center to the Brookland community.

Not your typical day care, the day school will offer basic obedience training during the day, as well as evening training courses and overnight boarding.

“Dog training classes can be hard for working people to attend,” said Founder and General Manager Patrick Flynn. “We want to provide a convenient option for dogs to receive training both during the day and while customers are away on vacation.”

Curbside drop-off and pick-up service is available at the new Brookland location. Parking is also available in the rear. As an added convenience, Patrick’s Pet Care recently launched Pet Force One, a pet-friendly van to transport pups to and from the day school from anywhere in the city. The site will also serve as a “Woof Pantry,” in partnership with Big Bad Woof Pet Supply and Delivery Service of Takoma, where customers can both place and pick up pet supply orders.

The company’s commitment to becoming an integral part of the community and good neighbor starts with the day school displays of pet-themed art from local artists, including a tribute to “Momma’s Law” by Brookland sculptor Charles Bergen, as well as contributions from Jackie Coleman of Art Enables, an art gallery and vocational arts program in Woodbridge dedicated to creating opportunities for artists with disabilities.

“We’ve always been focused on community,” said Flynn. “Even as we expand, we still are a local business and want to celebrate and support the neighborhoods we serve.”

Dan Schramm, President of the Brookland Civic Neighborhood Association, said, “We are delighted to welcome Patrick’s Pet Care to Brookland. This is just the kind of local business we want to see in our community. BNCA wishes Patrick’s good fortune and good business!”

Top Rated Patrick’s Pet Care Expands DC Service into Brookland

September 6, 2017

BROOKLAND, NE DC—  Patrick’s Pet Care, a leading pet services company in Washington D.C., today announced the grand opening of its second location in Brookland, NE. Located at 3509 12th Street NE. This new locale will bring a medium-to-large dog day school and overnight center to the Brookland community.

Not your typical day care, the day school will offer basic obedience training during the day, as well as evening training courses and overnight boarding.

“Dog training classes can be hard for working people to attend,” said Founder and General Manager Patrick Flynn. “We want to provide a convenient option for dogs to receive training both during the day and while customers are away on vacation.”

​Curbside drop-off and pick-up service is available at the new Brookland location. Parking is also available in the rear. As an added convenience, Patrick’s Pet Care recently launched Pet Force One, a pet-friendly van to transport pups to and from the day school from anywhere in the city. The site will also serve as a “Woof Pantry,” in partnership with Big Bad Woof Pet Supply and Delivery Service of Takoma, where customers can both place and pick up pet supply orders.

The company’s commitment to becoming an integral part of the community and good neighbor starts with the day school displays of pet-themed art from local artists, including a tribute to “Momma’s Law” by Brookland sculptor Charles Bergen, as well as contributions from Jackie Coleman of Art Enables, an art gallery and vocational arts program in Woodbridge dedicated to creating opportunities for artists with disabilities.

“We’ve always been focused on community,” said Flynn. “Even as we expand, we still are a local business and want to celebrate and support the neighborhoods we serve.”

Dan Schramm, President of the Brookland Civic Neighborhood Association, said, “We are delighted to welcome Patrick’s Pet Care to Brookland. This is just the kind of local business we want to see in our community. BNCA wishes Patrick’s good fortune and good business!”

In anticipation of the opening, Patrick’s Pet Care is offering 50 percent off all services booked at the new location before September 30th. Patrick’s is also holding a giveaway contest for one month of free day care, along with other prizes. For more information and to enter the giveaway, click here.

For more information on the new Patrick’s Pet Care day school in Brookland, click here.

 

 

The Power of Pet Transportation

Pet Force One is already serving our clients and their pets in time-saving, stress-redpet transprotationucing and unique ways. Aside from the daily routine drop offs and pickups at our daycare and boarding facility, the wide variety of requests for van services not only reassures us that we are well equipped to meet any and all of them but also shows the profound bond we enjoy with man’s best friend and all the ways we express it.

Here’s a sample. One client’s beloved dog requires chemo that involves trips to Virginia for treatment. Taking time off from work to drive there was becoming a problem for her.  Pet Force One now covers the round trips and waits while the procedure is done. On another assignment, a couple who are divorced and share custody of their dog have Pet Force One transport him back and forth between them for visits.

Not all dogs like car rides. When we got a call requesting transport to the vet for two 70 pound Greyhounds ‘who hate cars’ we wondered just how this trip would go. Our customer, Ann Marie Petrick says it best.

“I felt like we could have ridden around the world in the van and my dogs wouldn’t have minded. Driving in city traffic can be starts, stops and jostles. Patrick gave us a ride that was hassle free. The dogs stretched out on the covered floor and just relaxed. I was amazed.  He also waited while we saw the vet and then took us home. It was a great experience and I can’t recommend the service enough.”

A flat tire and failed AC on a recent very hot afternoon in Adams Morgan left a woman stranded who was traveling with her dog. She tried to get out of the heat to wait for roadside service in a nearby restaurant but they didn’t allow pets. Pet Force One picked up her buddy and took him home.

Our present service area extends to transporting furry passengers to and from the airport.  In the near future customers will be able to book Pet Force One for longer, customized trips through our charter program, Patrick’s Pet Care Express.  We are also working on an app that will quote fees for all of our trips.

Get to Know One of Our Longest Customers: Winnie

In our five-years of business, we’ve been privileged to meet hundreds of dogs. One of our longest dog-walking customers is Winnie. With her easy-going manner and signature floppy-ear, Winnie is impossible not to love. We spoke with her owners Alex and Lia to find out more about their dog-owning experience.

Their Adoption Experience

When Lia and Alex decided to get a dog, they knew they wanted to adopt because there are so many animals in need of a home. Through an animal rescue service they were able to find the perfect dog for them, and on Valentine’s Day 2014, Winnie became part of their family.

Life in the City

While hesitant about keeping a dog in a typical DC-apartment, Lia and Alex found that through long walks and visits to dog parks Winnie gets plenty of exercise. They also include Winnie on their own excursions: she’s been to the U.S. Senate, the National Arboretum, the Eastern Shore, and is looking forward to trying some dog-friendly ice cream in their neighborhood this summer.

As is common in DC, Lia and Alex work long hours. They decided to hire a dog-walker when Winnie was still a puppy and needed to release some energy during the day. Even now that she’s a full-grown dog, Winnie benefits from mid-day exercise and socialization. Lia commented on why she has continued relying on Patrick’s Pet Care for Winnie’s walks: “We love the daily notes we receive from our walkers, we love that we get photos of her with her BFFs, Mara, Jefe, and Thambi and we love that each of the walkers we’ve had over the years seems to genuinely care about Winnie.”

A Happy Family

Since her adoption, Winnie has become an essential part of the family. She greets her parents every day when they come home from work with a wagging tail, ready to snuggle. Lia concluded, “She makes our family feel complete and we both agree that getting a dog was the best decision we’ve made.”

Do You Want to Adopt?

If you’re interested in adopting a dog like Winnie, come to our upcoming adoption event on Columbia Heights Day, June 17th. From 12 PM – 3 PM the Humane Rescue Alliance will be at our day care with adoptable pups.

Popville, May 31, 2017: “DC Pet Care Company Launches ‘Uber for Pets’”

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“DC Pet Care Company Launches ‘Uber for Pets’”

by Prince Of Petworth  May 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm


3303 11th Street, NW courtesy Patrick’s Pet Care

From a press release:

Patrick’s Pet Care, a leading pet services company in Washington D.C., today announced it will offer pet transportation services throughout the DMV area, making it one of the first DC pet care company to do so. The service is taking off June 1st, 2017.

‘Pet Force One,’ the company’s new van, is designed to provide safe, reliable access to key locations like the vet, groomer or airport. It features air conditioning, individualized transport spaces with water dispensers, and disposable floor mats. Recently named Best of DC in a city-wide survey, Patrick’s Pet Care has become a leader in the DC dog-walking, pet-sitting, and pet-boarding industry.

“This expansion into pet transportation will fill a much needed service in the District, allowing pet owners to benefit from high-quality services, regardless of their location or ability to travel,” says owner and general manager Patrick Flynn. “Not having a car should not prevent someone from having the loving companionship of a pet.”

Ultimately, this transportation service means no part of the city is off-limits for pet owners. Whether that’s a visit to a dog trainer, the airport, or Patrick’s small dog day care, Pet Force One will get your pet there, fast and in style.”

Patrick’s Pet Care Launches Pet Transportation Service

Pet sitting in Washington DCMay 31, 2017

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, NW, DC—  Patrick’s Pet Care, a leading pet services company in Washington D.C., today announced  it will offer pet transportation services throughout the DMV area, making it one of the first DC pet care company to do so.  The service is taking off June 1st, 2017.

‘Pet Force One,’ the company’s new van, is designed to provide safe, reliable access to key locations like the vet, groomer or airport. It features the latest pet-friendly climate control, individualized and private transport spaces with filtered water dispensers, and gps-tracking. Recently named Best of DC in a city-wide survey, Patrick’s Pet Care has become a leader in the DC dog-walking, pet-sitting, and pet-boarding industry.

“This expansion into pet transportation will fill a much-needed service in the District, allowing pet owners to benefit from high-quality services, regardless of their location or ability to travel,” says the owner and general manager Patrick Flynn. Not having a car should not prevent someone from having the loving companionship of a pet.”

Ultimately, this transportation service means no part of the city is off-limits for pet owners. Whether that’s a visit to a dog trainer, the airport, or Patrick’s small dog day care, Pet Force One will get your pet there, fast and in style.

About Patrick’s Pet Care

Patrick’s Pet Care is a rapidly growing dog-walking, pet-sitting and pet-transportation firm with a small-dog day care based in Columbia Heights, Washington, D.C. and plans to open a dog day school in Brookland, NE this fall. In its fifth year of operation, the firm services more than 140 customers daily in 15 neighborhoods. Since its inception, Patrick’s Pet Care has focused on providing environmental-friendly, reliable, and personalized animal care. The company uses ”Pet Check Technology” which includes GPS-tracking for walks, online scheduling and billing, making it easier than ever to help care for pets in real-time. By maintaining  high standards of customer care, Patrick’s Pet Care can expand its services without losing their community-focused spirit. Along with a five star rating on Yelp, Patrick’s Pet Care was voted “Best of DC” in 2017 by Washington City Paper. To find out more, visit www.patrickspetcare.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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CONTACT:
Jane Garfinkel
jg@patrickspetcare.com

This release was featured in: DCist, Prince of Petworth 

Columbia Heights Dog Park Earth Day Clean Up

What does community mean to you? For 25 Columbia Heights residents, it means venturing out in the pouring rain to clean up Columbia Heights Dog Park on Earth Day. Despite the weather, representatives from District Bridges and the 11th & Bark Organization as well as DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau arrived to lend a helping hand.

In recent years the Columbia Heights dog park had fallen into disrepair and needed some TLC. Since the park is such an important part of our community we organized an event to clean it up, partially funded by a grant supplied by Columbia Heights ANC 1A.

We arrived at the pcorgi in a rain jacketark bright and early with gray clouds threatening a storm. Despite this, by 8:30 AM a crowd of volunteers had gathered, eager to get to work. Some removed trash and old toys, while others reinforced the fencing that protects small dogs from escaping the park. Neighborly Lawns led the largest project: installing a drainage tube to prevent rainwater from seeping mud onto the pavement. As everyone set about their tasks, tunes blasted from speakers brought by volunteers.

Two benches were donated, giving park attendees a place to lounge as their pups romp in the park. Patrick himself cut the overgrown grasses around the perimeter and set up a water cistern along the back side of the park, meaning dogs will have a sustainable water source for the upcoming hot summer. By the end of the morning, the park was looking beautiful.volunteers painting bench

After hours of hard work in the rain, volunteers returned to Patrick’s day care to feast on pizza donated by RedRocks pizzeria. Regardless of the damp conditions, the clean up was successful thanks to everyone who gave their support.

Leo Bosner, a regular park-goer, and volunteer said, “The dog park is a fun place and a wonderful social setting where people can unwind and relax with their dogs, their friends, and their dogs’ friends too!  The cleanup was great, and my thanks to Patrick’s for sponsoring it.”

To Patrick, organizing events like this one is an important part of being a local business. “It’s part of my company’s mission to partner with the communities we serve. Projects like this enable us to honor that goal.”

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New Columbia Heights, April 6, 2017: Patrick’s Pet Care and volunteers planning to clean up 11th and Park Dog Park on Earth Day

Thanks to New Columbia Heights for featuring us! Read the original article here.

Patrick’s Pet Care and volunteers planning to clean up 11th and Park Dog Park on Earth Day

This is neat. The folks at Patrick’s Pet Care on 11th are planning a clean-up of the dog park at 11th and Park, scheduled for Earth Day, April 22. The dog park, which is owned by Metro, is popular but has seen better days. If you’d like to help, here’s more info about the event. You’ll get lunch from Red Rocks if you help out too!

Columbia Heights Dog Park Clean Up Project Planned COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, NW, DC— This Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM the staff of Patrick’s Pet Care alongside considerate neighborhood volunteers plans to clean up the Columbia Heights dog park.  Located at the corner of 11th St and Park Road in Northwest, the popular park has fallen into disrepair in recent years.

Patrick’s Pet Care owner, Patrick Flynn, says the project aims to draw attention to the need for improvements and the importance of the dog park to its community. He hopes this clean-up will provide modest improvements while signaling that a permanent solution is needed to raise the Columbia Heights dog park up to DC standards.

“As a resident of Columbia Heights, I know the dog park serves as a place where neighbors gather to socialize and relax while their dogs romp.

It needs to accommodate the dogs and their people,” continues Flynn.  “It’s part of my company’s mission to partner with the communities we serve. Projects like this enable us to honor that goal.”

The clean-up project will include removing garbage and old toys from the park, installing a drainage channel, and repairing the protective fencing that prevents smaller dogs from slipping under the gate. A rain basin will also be installed to provide a sustainable source of water for the dogs.

Support from neighborhood organizations makes this project possible. Representatives from the Columbia Heights Initiative and Neighborly Lawns will be attending the event, and Neighborly Lawns is also donating materials. RedRocks will provide lunch for the volunteers.

To help fund the event, Patrick’s Pet Care has applied for a grant from Columbia Heights ANC 1A. Volunteers are welcome and can contact Jane Garfinkel with any questions at jg@patrickspetcare.com
Patrick’s Pet Care is a five year old community-oriented pet services company specializing in dog walking, pet sitting, day care, training, transport and boarding for dogs, cats and other pets in Northwest and the Southwest DC.  For more information, please visit www.patrickspetcare.com.