Local Partners

As a company, we get a lot of requests for referrals to other pet professionals, so we've created this page to shine a spotlight on our partners. The businesses mentioned on this page align with our values and many come highly recommended by our clients. While we trust the partners on this page, we always recommend evaluating every business before choosing to work with them. If you select to work with any of these businesses, please be sure to mention City of Paws brought you there! 

Veterinarians: the below veterinarians we've either had personal experience with or come highly recommended by other other pet professionals!

Dog Training: the below trainers practice force-free, pain-free, and fear-free methods and techniques (R+) based on scientific evidence, and have many happy clients! Researching options and not sure where to start? Check out this resource at I Speak Dog when choosing who to hire

  • At Attention Dog Training: David & Lesley Shade - 484-393-2288 - Based in King of Prussia and services surrounding area (Fear-Free Certified!)

  • Tuff Pup Training: Matt Schimsky & Sami Teich - (631) 379-6850 - Based in Center City and services entire City of Philadelphia

  • Woofs to Wags: Annamarie Hessman - (570) 795-WOOF (9663) - Based in Bryn Mawr and services surrounding area

  • Bad Dog Good Dog Trainer: CJ Hazell - 215-848-2308 - Based in NW Philly and services surrounding area

Dog Grooming: ask us for local recommendations!

Other Pet Sitters: sometimes we aren't able to help, and we only refer prospective clients to pet sitters that provide the best care and who share our training philosophy:

  • Queenie's Pets: services Mt. Airy, Germantown, and Chestnut Hill

  • Woofs to Wags: services Bryn Mawr, Rosemont and surrounding Main Line towns

  • Pet Au Pair: services Bala Cynwyd, Merion and surrounding Main Line towns

You can also check the following websites for professional pet sitters in your area:

Daycare & Boarding: if your dog would benefit from some group play, or boarding is more your (and your dog's) forte, check out these wonderful providers. The below companies operate with a Kennel License, which is required to board animals in Pennsylvania:

  • Pet Au Pair: provides personalized in-home boarding in Bala Cynwyd

  • Playtime Pet Resort: brand new force-free facility in KOP offering daycare and boarding services

  • Caring For Cats: interested in cat boarding services? Caring For Cats offers affordable cat boarding options, and can also provide insulin shots for diabetic cats by trained veterinary technicians - the safest option!

Pet Supplies & Other Partners: we recommend these partners for your other pet needs!

Force-Free, Fear-Free, Pain-Free Resources

We've featured information that our team has found helpful in educating ourselves and our clients about the Force-Free training philosophy:

I Speak Dog: Looking for a dog trainer? Use this resource when determining who to hire

AVSAB Position Statements: statements by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior regarding the use of punishment, dominance, etc. and the associated adverse effects on dogs

Pet Professional Guildcommitted to providing educational resources to pet care providers and the public coupled with an emphasis on building collaboration among force-free pet trainers and professional pet care providers and advocates for mutually agreed guiding principles for the pet care industry

Fear Free: Founded in 2016, Fear Free provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners.  Our courses are developed and written by the most respected veterinary and pet experts in the world, including boarded veterinary behaviorists, boarded veterinary anesthesiologists, pain experts, boarded veterinary internists, veterinary technicians (behavior), experts in shelter medicine, animal training, grooming, boarding and more

Dog Knowledge: courses specifically designed to educate and empower pet professionals with evidence-based, scientific-drive information - and the accompanying podcast

The below videos are courtesy of At Attention Dog Training: