A pup’s playhouse; Dog daycare to open in Austin

Published 9:01 am Friday, July 21, 2017

Andy Gray of Austin Area Dog Training has trained dogs for 10 years, or as he puts it, “I was raised by dogs for 30 years and trained them for 10.”

For years he has dreamed of opening a dog daycare. Soon, that dream will become a reality.

Last week, Gray announced that he has purchased land on which to open a new 9,100-square-foot dog daycare in Austin called All Fur Dogs. The location will be in the Cook Farm site lot on Fourth Street Northwest, across the street from Dolan’s Landscape Center.

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“Once we get the architectural plans approved, we are ready to break ground and start building,” Gray said.

Gray also said he hopes to have the facility open by the end of the year.

Once completed, All Fur Dogs will offer a variety of services for dog owners.

A computer rendering of Andy Gray’s dog daycare All Fur Dogs. Photo provided

Aside from daycare, the facility will offer training and grooming. Gray said there will also be a small retail center selling collars, leashes, toys and treats. All of the products sold will be items that Gray uses and has recommended to his clients.

But one of the most significant services offered will be overnight boarding for dogs.

“We’ll have 61 boarding suites and we’ll do overnight boarding for people going out of town for one night, vacations or longer, such as military deployments,” Gray said. “We will be here to meet the needs of dog owners, whatever they may be.”

Gray said that the dog owners will have some say in their dog’s experience.

“We will do our best to match whatever schedule or routine they have,” he said. “For boarding, dog owners are more than welcome to bring items to make their dog’s stay as pleasurable as possible.”

Policies will be listed on the All Fur Dogs website, which is currently under construction.

“I have been around dogs my whole life, and one of the biggest compliments I can give someone is to ask them to watch my dogs,” Gray said. “The trust that owners will be placing in us to care for their dogs is paramount. We will do our best to earn and keep that trust.”

The community can follow the progress of the building, as well as learn tips and tricks for dog training, on the Austin Area Dog Training Facebook page.

“I look forward to serving the Austin community’s dogs and their owners,” Gray said.