Our Pack Leaders

Toby on Agility Table

Teri Witherspoon, Owner. Teri opened Bow-Wow Doggie Daycare on January 14th, 2002. She left her corporate career as an accountant to open Pittsburgh's first exclusive dog daycare facility. Teri has gained her experience with dogs as a volunteer at Animal Friends, working at a local kennel as a Kennel Technician, and being an active participant in the day to day operations of Bow-Wow Doggie Dayecare, Inc. over the years. She is also an Advanced Certified Pet Technician, accredited by the ABKA. She has attended seminars about appropriate dog play and aggression by the well known dog behavorists, Jean Donaldson & Sue Sternberg. Teri currently owns two cats - Sammie a rescue from Animal Friends and Lily a Peterbald. Her first dogs were two rescued racing Greyounds, Prince and Toby. . Both have since passed on, but over the years she was blessed to have with them, they both achieved their Canine Good Citizen accredidation. Toby was also a therapy dog with Therapy Dogs International and regularly visited a local Assisted Living Home. Teri also trained Toby in Rally Obedience, Agility, and Clicker Obedience training over the years.

Bow-Wow Managers

Liz, Manager. Liz joined our team in December 2006. She comes to us after ten years in the pet supply business. She has gained much of her experience with dogs through training and showing her Labs. Liz is currently showing Dash, her black Lab, in conformation. She spends most of her spare time working with her dog to prepare him for shows. Liz also devotes her time to the Greater Pittsburgh Labrador Retriever Club. Through this group, Liz does companion animal visits, therapy dog work, and all sorts of dog training.

Jennifer, Assistant Manager. Jennifer has been with Bow-Wow since April 2013. She moved into the Assitant Manager position in February 2014. Although Jennifer currently has no pets at home, she is very skilled at handling and reading our daycare dogs. Jennifer also works at Animal Friends.

Bow-Wow Dog Handlers

Joann, Dog Handler. Joann has been with us since September 2008. Her background is in the grooming industry. Joann had her own grooming shop for many years and was looking for a change. In her free time, Joann enjoys working out / running and volunteering with a number of organizations.

Due to our high safety standards, all our dog handlers are trained to understand dog pack behavior and to differentiate appropriate play behavior from inappropriate or aggressive play. THE SAFETY OF OUR DAYCARE DOGS IS OUR TOP PRIORITY. We pride ourselves on our HIGH SAFETY STANDARDS and our extensive employee training program.

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