Mini Dog Days

Mini Dog Days is our Dog Montessori School, except exclusively for small or mini adult dogs under 11 lbs.

At Wittle Wags Wednesdays,  your pup will receive a day filled with enrichment, including physical exercise, mental stimulation, outdoor walks, and more.

Why we created Mini Dog Days

Why Mini Dog Days?

Tiny dogs need enrichment too. That’s why we created Mini Dog Days!

Many facilities don’t accept small dogs under 11 lbs, but at Patrick’s Pet Care, we’re equipped to accommodate dogs of all sizes.

Every Wednesday (Wittle Wags Wednesdays!) from 8am-7pm, we transform our Columbia Heights location into a safe space for small adult dogs under 11 lbs to receive the same enrichment experience we provide at our Dog Montessori School. Your little buddy will receive a day filled with physical exercise, mental stimulation, and more.

Cost: $85 per day

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Patrick’s Pet Care is the respected doggy day care facility in Washington, DC.

What we do

Thriving Dogs

A structured daily program focused on:

Physical fulfillment and exercise

Mental stimulation

Emotional well-being

Rest to recharge

Supervised Play

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What makes us special

World Class Program

Our purely positive, force free, and science-based program is founded on the education of animal behavior luminaries such as Karen Pryor, Victoria Stilwell, Pat Miller, Patricia McConnell, Ian Dubnar, and Prasorp Tipprasert, as well as the research of world class institutions including the Duke University Canine Cognition Center, The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and the Mandalao Elephant Conservation. Instructors are independently certified professional dog trainers and specialize in puppy socialization.

Meet the Instructors

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Dog Walking Included

All of our day care guests get outdoor walks
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Staff to Puppy Ratio

Patrick's Pet Care provides the lowest dog to staff ratio anywhere in DC: 5 to 1

Staff Dog Trainers

All the staff at Patrick's Pet Care are force free certified dog trainers
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Meet the Founder

About Patrick

Patrick founded Patrick's Pet Care in March 2012 as a dog walking company in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. His values for operating a pet care business are based on a genuine love of animals, a commitment to do the right thing, and a personal approach to meeting the needs of all the animals and people who depend on Patrick's Pet Care. A core pillar of this philosophy is a firm belief in corporate social responsibility standards. Patrick believes all employees deserve to be paid a District of Columbia living wage, receive health insurance coverage, and paid time off in order to provide the best care to our clients. Fundamentally, Patrick aims to create thriving relationships between people and their canine companions, using science and consent based methods without fear, pain or force.

Patrick is a certified force free dog trainer, certified fear free dog groomer, and a Certified Professional Animal Care Operator (CPACO).

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Basic Requirements for Montessori School Mini Dog Days

  • Scheduled, All Day Behavior Assessment (Price: $110)
  • Age: 6 months – 12 years
  • Weight: 2 - 11 lbs
  • Vaccinations: Rabies; DHPP / DAPP; and Bordetella
  • All dogs Must be spayed/neutered
  • No poultry allergies (chicken or lean turkey heart) of any kind
  • No resource guarding
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  • 30-Minute Walk M/W/F & Day Care T/R
  • 30-Minute Walk T/R & Day Care M/W/F

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Additional Services

In addition to Puppy Head Start, we also Dog Montessori School for adolescents and adults, grooming by fear free certified groomers, as well as force free purely positive dog training. You can also balance your dog's week by doing a combination package of dog walking from your home on some days and day care on other days.