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Franchise Ownership with District Dogs

Your dog’s care and happiness is our passion.”

The District Dogs Experience

Discover the exceptional opportunity with District Dogs, a premier pet care franchise renowned for its commitment to outstanding customer experiences and top-tier pet services. As a leading dog daycare franchise, we prioritize the needs and well-being of our four-legged clients, ensuring every interaction exceeds expectations and fosters memorable moments.

When you choose to open a dog daycare with District Dogs, you’re investing in a business that blends professional expertise with a personal touch, providing a second home for dogs and peace of mind for their owners.

Join us in our mission to deliver joy and care, making every tail wag a testament to our dedication.

Wagging tails and wowing customers, District Dogs combines a professional service with a personal touch. Positioned to meet your clients where they are with transparency and care. A dog’s home away from home.


Why District Dogs?

State-of-the-art design and systems that lead the industry


District Dogs has pioneered designs maximizing the safety and enjoyment of the dogs, accommodated class A property restrictions and perfected employee efficiency


Proven scalability with over a half dozen locations, training and support allowing for remote ownership

Dog Industry Stats





1. petfoodindustry.com 2. consultancy.us 3. realtor.com 4. prnewswire.com

Total U.S. Pet Industry Expenditures

in billions USD

graph source: petfoodindustry.com

The love for District Dogs is real!

District Dogs was selected by Amazon as the dog service retail business in their HQ2 after extensive research amongst all competing dog service providers.

The Difference

Our story

District Dogs began as a dog walking business in 2014, with owner Jacob Hensley as the sole employee. District Dogs gained a reputation as the go-to pet care company for warm, thoughtful, and outstanding service. With the assistance of Jacob’s broker Steve Gaudio, in the fall of 2016, District Dogs opened a storefront in DC’s Park View neighborhood, fulfilling Jacob’s vision of building a full-service pet care company. 

The opening of our flagship second location in Southeast DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood paved the way for future growth, located in a class A residential building District Dogs developed proprietary sound and odor proofing to meet consumers where they live. We’ve added two more locations in DC, two in Virginia with dedicated training centers (for dogs and franchisees).  District Dogs won the highly selective process to be the first retail lease signed as a part of Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington Virginia.  

District Dogs is committed to maintaining the highest level of quality as we expand our success in the pet care industry. That’s why we’ve chosen to franchise, partnering with Steve Gaudio, a longtime broker and advisor, to bring our services to a wider audience. With a focus on growth and success, we’re excited to bring District Dogs to even more communities.

the minds behind the vision

Unique quality service

At District Dogs, we strive to be your dog’s home away from home. As the leading provider of dog services, including puppy training, daycare, socialization, grooming, and boarding, we are your trusted source for professional and loving care for your pup. From the moment you walk through our doors, our team is dedicated to making sure your dog feels comfortable, happy, and well taken care of.

Cutting edge design

At District Dogs, we take a unique approach to real estate selection by meeting our customers where they are and aligning ourselves with trusted retail brands. Our focus on Class A properties has led us to develop a proprietary sound/odor proof design that ensures convenience, quality, and transparency for our customers.

Distinct Branding

District Dogs stands out from the pack by providing distinctive branding aligned with our values, quality and transparency inside and out. (fun fact – the logo is designed after Jacob’s dog!)

Existing Unit count/location

Store map/territories open for franchising

How it Works

District Dogs makes franchising easy! The following steps outline the franchise process and how YOU can become part of the District Dogs Crew today!


This isn’t a side hustle. We’re looking for owners who are prepared to put the apron on. If you aren’t ready to be in your area and in your store for an extended amount of time – this might not be for you.

Step 1

Introduction to District Dogs

An overview of the District Dogs Franchise Opportunity including expectations, available locations, costs & items, and reception of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). You can then review the FDD and take the steps to prepare for the interview in Phase 2. This is also when you will select your territory.

Step 2


This interview is an opportunity for us to get to know you better and make sure we are both a great fit for each other, in addition to better understanding your operation plan.

Step 3

Proposing a location

You’ll submit a location within your selected territory for approval. We’re able to assist in this process with our network of national retail brokers.

Step 4

Completing the purchase

After your location is approved, you’ll then sign the Franchise Agreement and pay the franchise fee and other initial fees.

Step 5


All necessary training and orientation then takes place to prepare you for opening your District Dogs. You will receive all of the support you need to ensure that when your doors open, you are fully prepared to operate your store in the District Dog’s way.

Step 6


We begin physical construction and build out of your District Dogs location including all necessary permits.

Step 7

Grand Opening

Finally, your Grand Opening day arrives! Your District Dogs will now be fully operational and open to dogs everywhere!


District Dogs is growing quickly, and we want you to be a part of it! Locations are available nationwide.

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