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Meet Violet!

Thursday, August 19th, 2010


Violet the Golden Retriever loves making sure that everyone knows that she is there and ready for some loving attention!  Not only does she want the room attendants to give her lots of love and scratches, but she is on constantly on watch to make sure there is no one outside who is missing out on the Violet experience.  Some dogs just cannot get enough!

Give Your Pooch a Celebrity Do

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

celebritydoHaving trouble figuring out what your pup’s next hairstyle will be?  Well don’t worry, you can try  out  all the celebrity Dos on your furry friend! Check out this fun feature on Animal Planet and make your next grooming appointment a breeze.

Dogs of the Week: The Leighs!

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
The Leighs

The Leighs

From left to right, Versace, Bazko, Zsa Zsa (under) and Ethos are one of the most diverse families Dogtopia ® has come accross in a while. Ranging in size and breeds The Leighs are all rescue pups that went from having no one to having a big and loving family. The Leighs love coming to daycare everyday and enjoy spending time with friends and staff. While Bazko and Ethos hang with the big boys in the Gym and Lounge, Zsa Zsa and V like to cuddle up in the Toybox. At the end of the day they all meet up in the lobby and go home all nice and tired.

Let’s Celebrate Earth Day: Ways to a Greener Dog!

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

A couple of ways to be proactive and promote a green lifestyle for you and your dog!

1)    Poop Patrol; make sure that you clean up after your dog with biodegradable /compostable bags.

2)      Buy in Bulk, all that extra packaging that your dog’s food and treats come in can be cut down.

3)       Buy eco-friendly dog supplies /toys, there are a ton out there!

4)      Recycle gently used items such as collars, leashes, toys, etc. to a local shelter

5)       Make sure that your dog’s food/water bowl  if plastic is BPA Free

6)      Protect your pup’s health and the environment by using eco-friendly cleaners and chemical free lawn care.

Best family dogs?

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Any “Top 10 List” is always up for discussion, but has a fun video counting down the best tail-waggers for those with little humans to think of.

We see all kinds of dog breeds each day and we naturally feel every one of them can make a great family dog! It’s all debatable. :)

  • Beagle
  • Boxer
  • Collie
  • English Bulldog
  • Golden Retriever
  • Great Dane
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Newfoundland
  • Poodle
  • Pug

Check out the video here!

Pumpkin Patchin’!!

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Ellie Pumpkin Patch

Ready to pick out that perfect pumpkin? Visit these local farms and your dog is welcome to tag along!

Homestead Gardens
743 West Central Avenue
Davidsonville, MD 21035

Annual Fall Festival through October 25th features rides, games, music, workshops, seminars, pumpkins, baked goods, and seasonal decor. Plus, BBQ beef, pork, ribs & more! Yum, yum!

Hollin Farms Orchard
1524 Snowden Road
Delaplane, VA 20144

Pumpkin patch situated on a 400 acre cattle farm with fantastic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Be sure to check out the 5 acre corn maze and take a peek at the the foraging pigs cleaning up the corn fields. Nature at work!

The lovely uniqueness of a Boston Terrier

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

We’re every dog people here at Dogtopia, but we’re super duper Boston Terrier people!

Our Founder, Amy Nichols, is proud mom to a Boston Terrier Griffin, who was the inspiration behind Dogtopia 8 years ago. I myself have Kennedy, the best/worst dog of all times.

So this video is particular cute and for all of those with short-nosed pups, it’s very identifiable.

It’s National Dog Day!

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Every day celebrates fantastic fidos here at Dogtopia, but it is technically National Dog Day! :)

Ways to celebrate… aside from daycare of course!

  • Schedule a photo shoot with Lee Anderson of to capture your dog’s essence for all times!
  • Buy some delicious treats from our friends at Wylie Wagg or Barkley Square Bakery
  • Have a lazy evening on the couch with your dog
  • Go for a walk!
  • Pamper your dog with lots of ear scratches and belly rubs!

Lee Anderson portraits on display at BOW

Friday, August 7th, 2009
Murphy - Photo by Lee Anderson

Murphy - Photo by Lee Anderson

Lee Anderson’s images have graced our lobby for a couple of years now. The black and white candid canine shots are befitting any art gallery and we LOVE them.

From’s DC Pet-Friendly Places:

If you’re looking to mix a little culture and fur this weekend, visit Barrel Oak Winery, or BOW as wine lovers with pooches have come to know it as. They’ve extended the Lee AndersonPorties And Their Running Mates” photography exhibit until Labor Day and it’s not to be missed.

The black and white portraits feature images of lovable, fluff-able Portuguese Water Dogs – AKA Porties. Bo Obama may be the most famous of his kind, but undoubtedly Lee’s unique ability to capture the essence of every animal who sets paw in front of his lens will show each is a rock star in their own right!

Lee and his wife Donna will be on hand at a Meet the Artist reception this Sunday, August 9th, from Noon to 6pm. Pack up some of your favorite people and dog treats for the trip and plan on spending the day ensconced in fine scenery, fine wine and fine furry friends.

Also check out: 5 reasons to visit BOW

Barking and pulling while on leash

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
Gentle Leader harnesses may curb pulling and jumping

Gentle Leader harnesses may curb pulling and jumping

The Washington Post’s Animal Doctor, Dr. Fox, offers an on-going advice column to animal lovers and one of today’s entries was particularly interesting and worth sharing.


Dear Dr. Fox:

My husband and I have a brindle beauty, Raisin, a 5-year-old collie mix. He goes ballistic when he sees other dogs. What can we do about this? We signed up for a Humane Society training seminar a few years ago, but the $75 fee for the “Growly Dog” course was just too much for us. I used to carry a water gun when we walked the dog, but I got tired of losing it. I bought one of those clickers, but they don’t help. I was encouraged by doctors to adopt a pet because I suffer from depression. The doctors were right: My depression is a lot better. But we also want to help Raisin.


St. Louis

Dogs bark for many reasons, including excitement, for attention or to warn and protect. My guess is that your dog is not properly “dog socialized” and needs off-leash time with other dogs. Dogs on the leash are probably feeling vulnerable when restrained and tend to be more protective and defensive.

Your reactions are important. Don’t discipline or tug hard on the leash; that might incite him as he picks up on your anxiety. Play it cool. Try to teach him to sit and stay. Buy a gentle leader that goes around his muzzle for easier control when he’s on the leash.

He needs quality time to play with other dogs, the best therapeutic rehabilitation being in a safe back yard with an easygoing dog. Your dog is your therapist and healer, so you owe him the best you can give.

How many of us have been out walking our dogs and come in contact with a dog pulling and barking relentlessly? To an untrained eye it can be difficult to tell if the action is playful or aggressive. Often an embarrassed owner struggles to gain control by pulling them back or verbally scolding – rarely with positive results.

We see this in daycare as well. Some dogs behave differently on leash in our lobby, than they do off leash in daycare. On leash they are restrained and don’t have the freedom of “fleeing” an uncomfortable situation or they have so much pent up excitement they simply don’t know what to do with themselves.

The Dr’s recommendation of introducing the dog to off leash play, in a controlled setting to begin with, is one we’ve heard time and time again and it was great to read in The Post this morning!

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