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The Dog Stop Becomes First Nationwide Fear Free Boarding and Daycare Facility

The one-stop-shop for dog care obtains Fear Free certification, demonstrating its goals to alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in pet guests.




(PRESS RELEASE)PITTSBURGH, PA — The Dog Stop – the all-inclusive and award-winning dog care brand rapidly expanding across the U.S – recently announced its partnership with Fear Free to challenge the norms in the boarding and daycare sector by bettering the standard level of care in the pet industry.

Since 2016, Fear Free has been offering online educational programs with the goal of alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress in pets to over 265,000 individuals, including veterinary professionals, pet professionals, animal welfare employees, and volunteers, as well as pet owners. Through attentive listening to the needs of the industry and the emerging generation of pet owners, Fear Free has become one of the most revolutionary initiatives in the realm of pet care.

The Dog Stop has been a longstanding supporter of Fear Free’s philosophy and is excited to announce a meaningful partnership that will positively impact all dogs under their care. By becoming the first nationwide boarding and daycare space to become Fear Free certified, the brand is enhancing its existing The Dog Stop Difference by providing elevated service offerings and superior business models for franchisees, and setting a new care standard for dog daycare, boarding, and grooming facilities.

“The newly formed partnership with Fear Free is a critical step in our mission to provide the highest level of dog care to every community we serve,” said Jesse Coslov, CEO & co-founder of The Dog Stop. “The program that the Fear Free team has built is second to none and very closely aligns with The Dog Stop’s methods and philosophy. We are honored to be the first national dog care brand to partner with FF and look forward to many years of working together as we collectively aim to raise the bar for dog care nationwide.”

Traditionally, the pet industry has overlooked the fact that the majority of dogs experience fear, anxiety, and stress during visits to a boarding facility, doggie daycare, or grooming salon. However, The Dog Stop acknowledges this and is committed to improving the standard of care through its partnership with Fear Free. Every pet has unique needs, and The Dog Stop is dedicated to creating the best possible environment through education, innovation, and personalized care, recognizing that while no environment can be entirely stress-free, every effort can be made to ensure the pet’s comfort and well-being. Pet guardians who bring their dogs to The Dog Stop can rest assured they will be treated with unparalleled care and feel safe knowing their pets are in good hands.

“As ‘American’s Veterinarian,’ I’m often asked for recommendations on where to bring dogs for boarding and daycare, training, and grooming,” said Dr. Marty Becker, founder and CEO of Fear Free. “Most of us consider our pets to be our children and leaving them in the care of others can be stressful. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited to team up with The Dog Stop, given their commitment to the Fear Free philosophy of minimizing fear, anxiety, and stress in all of their facilities. Together, we can continue to inspire and educate the pet professional community and pet owners on prioritizing the emotional and physical health of our pets.”


Owned and operated by dog people since 2009, The Dog Stop understands the complex process involved in dog care and knows that there is no such thing as a one size fits all approach. At The Dog Stop, expert staff at each location stay up-to-date on the ever-changing science that applies to dog care, behavior, grooming, and nutrition. Its one-stop-shop offers pet care products and supplies, with each item on its shelves the latest and greatest in its respective category, ensuring that every dog who stops by receives the very best treatment. For more information on The Dog Stop, visit here.

About The Dog Stop

Founded in 2009 and franchising since 2013, The Dog Stop has been winning over dogs and owners with their all-inclusive facility complete with spa-style grooming, year-round boarding, individualized training, playtime-focused day care, and a natural pet retail store that carries ranked products all run by highly-qualified staff. Each component is catered to stimulate every dog’s physical and mental needs, ensuring that they leave happier and healthier. The Dog Stop currently serves dogs and owners in all 24 locations in 12 states, with over 50 new locations coming. For more information, go here.

About Fear Free

Founded by Dr. Marty Becker and developed by hundreds of experts in behavior, medicine, and handling, Fear Free offers online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, animal shelter staff and volunteers, and pet owners. Fear Free provides both professionals and pet lovers alike with the knowledge and tools to look after a pet’s physical and emotional wellbeing.

Veterinary or pet professionals can learn more about becoming Fear Free Certified by visiting Pet owners can visit to access free videos, articles, and more that will help improve the physical and emotional health of their pets right at home. Shelter, rescue, and animal welfare employees and volunteers can visit to enroll in the complimentary program.



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