Poochie Playhouse

★★★☆☆
  • 6118 Rose Hill Dr

    Alexandria, VA 22310

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  • 703-922-7773

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Sun 9am-2pm, Mon-Fri 6am-7pm, Sat 9am-4pm
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Yes. The groomer smokes. Which I should have based on her face and attitude. I asked for a trim for my dog. And pretty got my dog back the same way. Just washed. But to be fair. The groomer did shave down my dog's rear area. BARELY. For 55

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★★★★★

Yes. The groomer smokes. Which I should have based on her face and attitude. I asked for a trim for my dog. And pretty got my dog back the same way. Just washed. But to be fair. The groomer did shave down my dog's rear area. BARELY. For 55

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I've been taking my dog to Poochies Playhouse for a few years now and he LOVES going there. Before taking him I read several reviews, especially the "low rated" ones but decided to check it out myself.... and I'm glad I did. When I take him (Zeke) to daycare, he starts getting really excited once we turn into the parking lot and has me running to the door of Poochies as quickly as he can drag me. Zeke loves everyone there, especially all the dogs that he get's to play with (he's an only child). How do I know he loves Poochies besides running to the door? He wags his entire body (and tail) and licks the employees because he's so excited to see them. I would highly recommend Poochies and will continue to take my dog to enjoy the staff and his four legged play friends,

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★★★★☆

I've been taking my dog to Poochies Playhouse for a few years now and he LOVES going there. Before taking him I read several reviews, especially the "low rated" ones but decided to check it out myself.... and I'm glad I did. When I take him (Zeke) to daycare, he starts getting really excited once we turn into the parking lot and has me running to the door of Poochies as quickly as he can drag me. Zeke loves everyone there, especially all the dogs that he get's to play with (he's an only child). How do I know he loves Poochies besides running to the door? He wags his entire body (and tail) and licks the employees because he's so excited to see them. I would highly recommend Poochies and will continue to take my dog to enjoy the staff and his four legged play friends,

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Three pictures isn't enough, they should show pictures of their whole store. holes in walls, poor flooring in play rooms, toys torn up, some with pee on them. My girlfriend and I could go on but we recommend to others: do some research instead of finding the closest place for your family pet, it's worth the time and effort to find a proper and well-managed daycare for your furry loved one. Want an instant gag reflex? step into Poopie Playhouse.

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★☆☆☆☆

Three pictures isn't enough, they should show pictures of their whole store. holes in walls, poor flooring in play rooms, toys torn up, some with pee on them. My girlfriend and I could go on but we recommend to others: do some research instead of finding the closest place for your family pet, it's worth the time and effort to find a proper and well-managed daycare for your furry loved one. Want an instant gag reflex? step into Poopie Playhouse.

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I used to work at The Poochie Playhouse, as a matter of fact, I actually worked with all 3 owners. The first owners and beginners of Poochie were amazing. They spent the time with not only the dogs but also the employees to make sure everybody knew what they were doing. The second owner is nothing but a joke. She was pathetic and knew nothing about the dogs except how to kick them. The newest owner is a step up from the second. He takes the time to speak with the employees, hears them out and most importantly actually cares about the customers and the dogs. The problems with the facility sadly go much further than the owner. The problem with the facility is the building management. They refused to do any repairs to any of the stores as a result you get the rodents and the damages to the floors (caused by settling and old concrete - I currently work for a construction company). The owner is doing everything in his power to make this place pleasing to the eye, but I know from experience and working there it is a safe environment for your dog. And yes, they do still stay over night with your pets. Ring the door bell sometime and you will see lights come on and someone come out to the front. Atleast I do when I am working.

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★★★★☆

I used to work at The Poochie Playhouse, as a matter of fact, I actually worked with all 3 owners. The first owners and beginners of Poochie were amazing. They spent the time with not only the dogs but also the employees to make sure everybody knew what they were doing. The second owner is nothing but a joke. She was pathetic and knew nothing about the dogs except how to kick them. The newest owner is a step up from the second. He takes the time to speak with the employees, hears them out and most importantly actually cares about the customers and the dogs. The problems with the facility sadly go much further than the owner. The problem with the facility is the building management. They refused to do any repairs to any of the stores as a result you get the rodents and the damages to the floors (caused by settling and old concrete - I currently work for a construction company). The owner is doing everything in his power to make this place pleasing to the eye, but I know from experience and working there it is a safe environment for your dog. And yes, they do still stay over night with your pets. Ring the door bell sometime and you will see lights come on and someone come out to the front. Atleast I do when I am working.

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I have been taking my dog there for about 2 years and have nothing bad to say. My dog likes the place, he goes 3 days a week and is excited to go. Poochie has been go to me and my dog.

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★★★★★

I have been taking my dog there for about 2 years and have nothing bad to say. My dog likes the place, he goes 3 days a week and is excited to go. Poochie has been go to me and my dog.

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Go to Dogtopia. I've switched from this business to them. Better staff, good service and better prices.

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★☆☆☆☆

Go to Dogtopia. I've switched from this business to them. Better staff, good service and better prices.

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I have just recently moved into the Alexandria area and am researching a place to take my 2 dogs. I have read all of the reviews on this business and it concerns me that a lot of the posts are from August 2009 and most all the posts with the exception of a couple are from the year 2009. It concerns me because another reviewer commented that it seems like the competition is trying to boost business........it seems to me like the current owner is trying to boost the business by making negative comments about the previous owners. So my question is....did the previous owners do that poor of a job and the new owners are really that good, OR is all of this just bogus. I wish I could trust the reviews that I have read so far. Not sure whether to take my dogs to Poochie Playhouse or not.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have just recently moved into the Alexandria area and am researching a place to take my 2 dogs. I have read all of the reviews on this business and it concerns me that a lot of the posts are from August 2009 and most all the posts with the exception of a couple are from the year 2009. It concerns me because another reviewer commented that it seems like the competition is trying to boost business........it seems to me like the current owner is trying to boost the business by making negative comments about the previous owners. So my question is....did the previous owners do that poor of a job and the new owners are really that good, OR is all of this just bogus. I wish I could trust the reviews that I have read so far. Not sure whether to take my dogs to Poochie Playhouse or not.

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I have stopped bringing my dog to Poochie. the owner is quite arrogant, the workers (I hate to call them that but that's how they're treated.) Not respected employees, for as much warmth and kindness they display, they deserve to have a manager actually do something work related rather than sit and watch. I've always shown respect and paid on time, there. Rumor has it the managers have their favorite customers. Every customer should be treated with equal respect and courtesy, sorry, no favorites w/ the most money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have stopped bringing my dog to Poochie. the owner is quite arrogant, the workers (I hate to call them that but that's how they're treated.) Not respected employees, for as much warmth and kindness they display, they deserve to have a manager actually do something work related rather than sit and watch. I've always shown respect and paid on time, there. Rumor has it the managers have their favorite customers. Every customer should be treated with equal respect and courtesy, sorry, no favorites w/ the most money.

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PLEASE READ COMPLETELY:For those of you who are unaware, Poochie Playhouse has had 3 owners in the last 5 years. My oldest dog started attending Poochie Playhouse daycare under the original owners, and it was very professional and well run ~ at least 1 of the original owners was a registered Dog Trainer. During the tenure of the second owners, I was employed by Poochie Playhouse as a dog walker (not on-site). I had since adopted a second dog, and both dogs were attending daycare a couple times a week while I was out walking other dogs. At first things were fine, but time progressed I started noticing things that bothered me. For example, sometimes I would pick my dog up early and they would be in a kennel. All the dogs napped between noon-2, but this would be at about 3 or 4PM. Though I was an employee, I was still paying full price for day-care, and was upset that my dogs were NOT being allowed to play. They would have gotten more exercise at home, where they are never kenneled. Eventually, I quit, and pulled my dogs out of daycare there. I was appalled by the poor customer service my dog walking clients were receiving and I was not comfortable leaving my dogs at the daycare any longer.Poochie Playhouse now has a NEW, third, owner and I have recently started taking my dogs to daycare again. I am happy to report the new owner is very friendly, and the facility is MUCH cleaner. There has always been someone at the front desk or to answer the phone, which was a problem before. So we are giving it a second try!! Throughout the tenure of the second owner there were several hard-working employees that deeply cared for the dogs, and I hope to see some of them still there!!

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★★★★☆

PLEASE READ COMPLETELY:For those of you who are unaware, Poochie Playhouse has had 3 owners in the last 5 years. My oldest dog started attending Poochie Playhouse daycare under the original owners, and it was very professional and well run ~ at least 1 of the original owners was a registered Dog Trainer. During the tenure of the second owners, I was employed by Poochie Playhouse as a dog walker (not on-site). I had since adopted a second dog, and both dogs were attending daycare a couple times a week while I was out walking other dogs. At first things were fine, but time progressed I started noticing things that bothered me. For example, sometimes I would pick my dog up early and they would be in a kennel. All the dogs napped between noon-2, but this would be at about 3 or 4PM. Though I was an employee, I was still paying full price for day-care, and was upset that my dogs were NOT being allowed to play. They would have gotten more exercise at home, where they are never kenneled. Eventually, I quit, and pulled my dogs out of daycare there. I was appalled by the poor customer service my dog walking clients were receiving and I was not comfortable leaving my dogs at the daycare any longer.Poochie Playhouse now has a NEW, third, owner and I have recently started taking my dogs to daycare again. I am happy to report the new owner is very friendly, and the facility is MUCH cleaner. There has always been someone at the front desk or to answer the phone, which was a problem before. So we are giving it a second try!! Throughout the tenure of the second owner there were several hard-working employees that deeply cared for the dogs, and I hope to see some of them still there!!

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Wow, looking at those negative reviews makes me think that some competitor is trying to run down Poochie Playhouse to improve their own business --- the negative comments don't even relate to what I have experienced since I've been bringing my 2 dogs there in mid-2008. The names of the people mentioned don't even work there anymore -- if they ever did.

Anyway, I have 2 very large dogs who enjoy going to Poochie Playhouse so much that they follow me around on weekday mornings trying to nudge me out the door to go play at Poochie Playhouse. They are eager when we drive up and don't even have to be led to the areas where there are 2 good-sized playrooms (bigger than Pet Smart's partitioned play area and at a much better price) and a quiet-dog room. From what I've seen, they appear to not mind going into the kennels for quiet time and a treat either.

The staff is friendly and show great care and love to my dogs. They tell me how my dogs enjoyed the day or whether they appeared under the weather. They give me advice on certain trims for my dog and take care of my dog's teeth, ears, and nails on a weekly basis--reducing my need to visit my vet for problems in these areas. My dogs have even become better trained/more responsive to me since going to Poochie Playhouse. I feel very good knowing my dogs are well cared for by the Poochie Playhouse staff.

I also love the cageless boarding when I am away. What a joy to know that someone is sleeping right there with my doggies while my doggies are on their very own futon.

I highly recommend Poochie Playhouse for your dog's home away from home. It is clean, doesn't smell like dogs, has cute dog cubbies, and a very inviting atmosphere. The staff is excellent and show great love and care for the dogs. They know each dog and the personalities of the dogs.

If you want a clean, friendly, dog-loving atmosphere that is the best price in the area, then take your four-legged family member to Poochie Playhouse.

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★★★★★

Wow, looking at those negative reviews makes me think that some competitor is trying to run down Poochie Playhouse to improve their own business --- the negative comments don't even relate to what I have experienced since I've been bringing my 2 dogs there in mid-2008. The names of the people mentioned don't even work there anymore -- if they ever did.

Anyway, I have 2 very large dogs who enjoy going to Poochie Playhouse so much that they follow me around on weekday mornings trying to nudge me out the door to go play at Poochie Playhouse. They are eager when we drive up and don't even have to be led to the areas where there are 2 good-sized playrooms (bigger than Pet Smart's partitioned play area and at a much better price) and a quiet-dog room. From what I've seen, they appear to not mind going into the kennels for quiet time and a treat either.

The staff is friendly and show great care and love to my dogs. They tell me how my dogs enjoyed the day or whether they appeared under the weather. They give me advice on certain trims for my dog and take care of my dog's teeth, ears, and nails on a weekly basis--reducing my need to visit my vet for problems in these areas. My dogs have even become better trained/more responsive to me since going to Poochie Playhouse. I feel very good knowing my dogs are well cared for by the Poochie Playhouse staff.

I also love the cageless boarding when I am away. What a joy to know that someone is sleeping right there with my doggies while my doggies are on their very own futon.

I highly recommend Poochie Playhouse for your dog's home away from home. It is clean, doesn't smell like dogs, has cute dog cubbies, and a very inviting atmosphere. The staff is excellent and show great love and care for the dogs. They know each dog and the personalities of the dogs.

If you want a clean, friendly, dog-loving atmosphere that is the best price in the area, then take your four-legged family member to Poochie Playhouse.

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I have worked at the Poochie Playhouse for over 5 years now. In those years, the company has changed ownership twice and I think it is run better now than it has been in a long time. The facility is getting a makeover and the new owners are very easy to get along with. I have worked with the current staff for about a year and I believe we are very capable of carrying for your dogs. We understand that the reason you bring your dogs to us is to let them interact with others and be the social creatures that they naturally are. I am sorry about the bad experiences that some of you have had but we are working to improve and make the Poochie Playhouse your dogs home away from home. I would also like to thank our customers for their continued support over the years.

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★★★★★

I have worked at the Poochie Playhouse for over 5 years now. In those years, the company has changed ownership twice and I think it is run better now than it has been in a long time. The facility is getting a makeover and the new owners are very easy to get along with. I have worked with the current staff for about a year and I believe we are very capable of carrying for your dogs. We understand that the reason you bring your dogs to us is to let them interact with others and be the social creatures that they naturally are. I am sorry about the bad experiences that some of you have had but we are working to improve and make the Poochie Playhouse your dogs home away from home. I would also like to thank our customers for their continued support over the years.

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I go to the shopping center often. I was wondering what the store had to offer. Pretty much everything was provided. The best part that they provide are rodents. Nice, I saw it running along a wall... Save yourself and your best friend, take him or her to a better maintained facility!

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★☆☆☆☆

I go to the shopping center often. I was wondering what the store had to offer. Pretty much everything was provided. The best part that they provide are rodents. Nice, I saw it running along a wall... Save yourself and your best friend, take him or her to a better maintained facility!

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I bought a package and was sorry I did. They charged me for missing days when I had told them the week before that I wouldn't be bringing my dog in. The place is not clean (as others have pointed out) and I don't think they treat the dogs very well. My dog would pull away when I tried to get him through the door. Now we go to Dogtopia and we both couldn't be happier!

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★☆☆☆☆

I bought a package and was sorry I did. They charged me for missing days when I had told them the week before that I wouldn't be bringing my dog in. The place is not clean (as others have pointed out) and I don't think they treat the dogs very well. My dog would pull away when I tried to get him through the door. Now we go to Dogtopia and we both couldn't be happier!

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I used to have my dog visit there often but I had to move. I'm not going to miss that particular store, I wont go into detail as to why. With all the negative reviews, I can save the time from doing that.

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★☆☆☆☆

I used to have my dog visit there often but I had to move. I'm not going to miss that particular store, I wont go into detail as to why. With all the negative reviews, I can save the time from doing that.

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That's what it looks like. It's been there for awhile. They never did great business. The place is poor. The rooms are plain, they need work to make it welcoming to the customer and their pet. I don't feel comfortable. No chance taking my pooch there. It needs to be redone. asap.

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★☆☆☆☆

That's what it looks like. It's been there for awhile. They never did great business. The place is poor. The rooms are plain, they need work to make it welcoming to the customer and their pet. I don't feel comfortable. No chance taking my pooch there. It needs to be redone. asap.

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I don't trust the new employees, I used to take my pet there for boarding when I had business travel. When I was familiar with the past employees who performed the over nights I could call and receive an update on how my dog was doing (eating, sleeping, overall behavior). Now nobody picks up the phone when I call. What if there is an emergency and I had to let them know I'd need to pick up my dog before the next day. Do they stay with the dogs over night anymore? Is anyone there??

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★★☆☆☆

I don't trust the new employees, I used to take my pet there for boarding when I had business travel. When I was familiar with the past employees who performed the over nights I could call and receive an update on how my dog was doing (eating, sleeping, overall behavior). Now nobody picks up the phone when I call. What if there is an emergency and I had to let them know I'd need to pick up my dog before the next day. Do they stay with the dogs over night anymore? Is anyone there??

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The pricing is over the top. As much as they charge you'd think their facility would reflect their high prices. I was allowed to get a view of the place and am disappointed at how the play rooms look. The lobby was the only thing that was pleasing to the eye. The staff are kind and welcoming though. Maybe I'll take my two labs to get bathed there, by me but that's it. Overall, the place needs to be renovated or something.

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★★☆☆☆

The pricing is over the top. As much as they charge you'd think their facility would reflect their high prices. I was allowed to get a view of the place and am disappointed at how the play rooms look. The lobby was the only thing that was pleasing to the eye. The staff are kind and welcoming though. Maybe I'll take my two labs to get bathed there, by me but that's it. Overall, the place needs to be renovated or something.

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6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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I called to make a reservation for my dog since I was going to be visiting the DC area. 40 minutes after I gave them my credit card number for the reservation, charges in Springfield and Alexandria started appearing on my credit card. And I'm in Charlotte. DO NOT TRUST THIS PLACE. The staff can not be trusted. Do not endanger your dog!

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★☆☆☆☆

I called to make a reservation for my dog since I was going to be visiting the DC area. 40 minutes after I gave them my credit card number for the reservation, charges in Springfield and Alexandria started appearing on my credit card. And I'm in Charlotte. DO NOT TRUST THIS PLACE. The staff can not be trusted. Do not endanger your dog!

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Cannot be verified There is no proof that someone employed by the Poochie Playhouse stole anyone's credit card number. Until this is a proven fact, this negative review is null and void.
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I take my dog Clio there 3 times a week. Everyone that works there is fantastic. They take excellent care of the dogs in their care. I also board her there and have never had a problem.
Kudos to the owner and her staff. I would recommend them highly. She's very well adjusted thanks to them.

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★★★★★

I take my dog Clio there 3 times a week. Everyone that works there is fantastic. They take excellent care of the dogs in their care. I also board her there and have never had a problem.
Kudos to the owner and her staff. I would recommend them highly. She's very well adjusted thanks to them.

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Poochie Playhouse is voted as one of the top Dog Daycare centers in the Washington area.



Washingtonian Magazine, "A Guide To The Best In Pet Care."

February 2008

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Cage-free Doggie Daycare Cage-free Overnight Boarding Full Grooming Services Self Serve Dog Wash **staff on hand 24 hours per day, seven days per week**

 

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