Bark + Boarding is passionate about creating a thriving environment for pets and developing long-term relationships with our clients. We welcome pets and their owners as our own family, and we strive to cultivate a vibrant community that supports local businesses.

We offer services for our Bark + Boarding family members at our place and yours. At our location, we offer daycare, boarding, grooming, and training. We also have a great selection of retail products that are handpicked and curated by our staff with competitive pricing. At your location, we offer pet taxi, in-home pet sitting, midday dog walking and wedding attendant services.


When Ryan Fochler took his first job out of college as an IT developer, it became clear that he was not an enthusiast of solving code problems. He decided to pick up a temporary side job as a dog sitter and unlike his dull IT job, time went fast. He loved observing, learning and playing with dogs. He couldn’t get enough of it. So when the opportunity to purchase the in-home pet sitting business he was working for came about in 2004, Ryan happily made a career change and devoted himself to growing the business he loved.

Originally known as Dog Paws n Cat Claws, the business grew as Ryan brought his observation and experience to expand to what is now Bark + Boarding. He applied his IT training and skills to set up systems to expedite work flow for employees and customers. Ryan also recognized that he needed a stellar team to support the growing needs of the business so he prioritized hiring great talent and empowering them to thrive in the workplace. In recognition of such commitment, Bark + Boarding was honored by being named as one of The Washington Post’s 2015 & 2017 Top Workplaces.

Bark + Boarding is continually evolving as we strive to accommodate the ever-changing needs of our clients and furry friends. Many of our customers have asked us to consider to open more locations, so by such popular demand, we will soon be opening a second location in downtown Washington, DC!


Ryan Fochler  Founder and Owner

Ryan Fochler
Founder and Owner

Erin Driscoll  General Manager

Erin Driscoll
General Manager

Amy Duff  In-Home Manager

Amy Duff
In-Home Manager

Miranda Namrow  Retail and Marketing Manager

Miranda Namrow
Retail and Marketing Manager

Don Hogans  Daycare Manager

Don Hogans
Daycare Manager

Rosie Faris  Grooming Salon Manager

Rosie Faris
Grooming Salon Manager



  • Washington Post Top Work Places 2015, 2017

  • Smart CEO Corporate Culture Award

  • Smart CEO Executive Management Award

  • Angie's List Super Service Award

  • Washingtonian Places to Make Your Life Easier

  • Washingtonian DC's Very Best Pet Care Providers

  • Washingtonian Best of: Full Service Pet Care

  • Washingtonian Best of: Hall of Fame


1999: Dog Paws n Cat Claws founded
2004: Ryan Fochler purchases the business
2008: First doggie daycare location opens
2011: Retail sales begin
2012: Moved to new location
2017: Business rebranded to Bark + Boarding
2019: 20th anniversary and site expansion
2020: Washington, DC location opening

Outstanding service!! My Duncan loves this place so much, we have stopped calling it daycare, and started calling it “Yay-Care”!!
— Tom Baroody (Facebook Review)