For the past 20 years, dogs and humans have fallen in love with WAG-A-LOT, a daycare, boarding, and grooming paradise for pups. The innovative brand will soon unleash a new location on the Upper Westside.
Self-proclaimed life enthusiast, Craig Koch came up with the perfect name for his dog daycare, boarding and grooming facility when he opened WAG-A-LOT in 1999.
“WAG-A-LOT is not only the telltale sign of a happy dog but the name embodies the notion that dogs and their humans should live life to the fullest every day,” Koch says.
After opening one of the nation’s first doggie daycare concepts, two human kids, and eight rescue dogs later, Koch is humbled by the support and trust his team has received from Atlanta’s pet parent community. The company’s numerous Best of Atlanta awards from various publications are a testament to its standards of excellence.
Over the decades, Koch’s commitment to providing the best experience possible for dog and human clients alike has never waned. “Safety is always our first priority and is followed very closely by providing a fun, clean, and caring environment for our canine customers. Communicating clearly with our human customers is paramount as well. We strive to provide constant updates on your dog’s behavior and well-being. Total transparency is key,” says Koch.
The ever-growing popularity of WAG-A-LOT has led to the development of locations in Decatur and Downtown, and one that will soon open Nov. 1 on the Upper Westside. A seasoned staff will oversee this state-of-the-art facility, providing dog daycare, boarding, and grooming services along with carefully curated retail options. Expect quaint overnight boarding dens, two spacious indoor play areas with adjoining outdoor yards for pups to roam, webcams so fur moms and dads can check in on all of the fun, and more.
The Decatur and Downtown locations aren’t being left in the dust either and are both getting upgrades to the tune of $500,000. The stars of these renovations are the new overnight dog dens that will raise the bar in boarding accommodations. “We worked with Mason Company to custom design and build mini rooms for our guests that offer a heightened sense of privacy, safety, cleanliness and comfort,” says Koch. “Small touches, like a soft green plant by the room number of each den, remind our guests and staff that this is not a traditional kennel.”
The brand’s current staff boasts 259 collective years of experience. Each dog who visits one of WAG-A-LOT’s facilities benefits from consistent and loving care by this expert group. Jen Hunt began her career at WAG-A-LOT 13 years ago as a WAG specialist, and today, she is the general WAG manager for all locations.
“I am thrilled about our expansion. Soon, our stores will stretch across the middle of metro Atlanta, from the Westside to the Eastside of Interstate-285, allowing easy access to one of our three locations to virtually anyone in the city,” Hunt says. “They are all locally owned and will operate seamlessly as one, so you can use any of the location interchangeably,” Hunt says.
Fun for Fido and a favorite for you, it’s easy to see why WAG-A-LOT is an Intown hot spot. “The past 20 years have been a dream come true,” Koch says. “But even more importantly, we are stoked and ready to take on the next 20 years so another generation of dogs can realize their right to WAG-A-LOT!”
When Koch wants to do a little tail wagging of his own, he can be found unwinding with his four pups at Fetch Park & Ice House, working out with trainer Nicole Gourdet at
Urban Body Fitness, and satisfying his caffeine craving with an order of The Captain at Cold Brew Bar.
wagalot.com, WAG-A-LOT has convenient locations in Decatur, Downtown, and now, the Upper Westside at 1919 Hills Ave. NW., Atlanta, 404-795-8346.
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