Healthy Hound Playground was conceived by Brandon Power in the summer of 2012. After spending 18 years in the management consulting industry, he decided it was time for a big change. Brandon grew up with a passion for dogs and always had a keen interest in these special creatures and enjoyed training his own rescue dogs. It was time to turn his passion into his career.
Brandon wanted to build a facility where he and his wife, Shayda, would feel comfortable leaving their own dogs. It was their belief that dogs are entitled to some core services, whether socializing in day care or boarding overnight.
After investigating the pet boarding service industry in our area, he felt he could offer the market something new and innovative by combining some key features that were not currently being provided in tandem, along with a high level of creature comfort and a superior customer experience. Such features included regular outdoor potty breaks along with 12 hours of continuous cage-free dog day care, spacious kennels, and 24/7 onsite attendants. His goal was to provide these services and keep the cost to customers at a competitive price point.
Brandon’s dream became a reality when Healthy Hound Playground opened its doors in March of 2013. The original 6,200 sq ft facility boasted 23 large 4 ft by 6 ft canine cottages (kennels) and 2,000 sq ft of dedicated day care space, subdivided into two large playrooms.
The quick growth of the business surprised Brandon and Shayda and they realized that if the opportunity came along to expand the current facility, they should seize it.
In the forefront of their desire to expand was the desire to grow their customer base responsibly. They did so by increasing the footprint of the facility, ensuring that their guests have ample space to run, play, and socialize in day care, and also maintaining their spacious canine cottage size so that the dogs are always comfortable. They have also kept staff to dog ratios consistent, ensuring that their safety standards are consistently met.
Since 2013 Healthy Hound Playground has expanded twice into two adjoining suites and now boasts 15,000 sq ft that provides 75 large, built-in kennels and 4,500 sq ft of dedicated day care space divided into multiple playrooms.
In 2018 Healthy Hound Playground expanded their service offering to include a brand new full spectrum Grooming Salon & Spa. Customers of Healthy Hound Grooming Salon & Spa now include both day care and boarding clients as well as those who come solely for their groomers’ expertise.
Healthy Hound Playground has also maintained a nearly 5 star rating on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. It has received recognition from both Washingtonian Magazine and Northern Virginia Magazine as the Best Dog Day Care and Boarding Kennel in the area. It has also received the Angie’s List Super Service Award for maintaining a perfect “A Rating”.
The combination of an expansive facility, highly trained staff, continual supervision, and a common love for all dogs makes Healthy Hound Playground a truly unique business in our industry.