Meet Our Founder

After years spent building a successful career in finance, Jacob Hensley still felt that something was missing. As he looked towards a career change, his thoughts were constantly drawn to his lifelong passion for and wealth of experience with animals. His time in the demanding world of finance gave Jacob a deep understanding of how important it is for busy owners to know their pets are getting the best possible care, attention, and exercise. Drawing on his experience walking, breeding, and training dogs, Jacob set out to create a pet care company that would blend reliable and professional service with a warm and thoughtful touch. He founded District Dogs in 2014.

The District Dogs Difference

Initially started with a focus on offering dog walking services, District Dogs began with Jacob as the sole employee. Growing slowly with each new client, within two years the business included a team of walkers that covered the majority of Northwest DC neighborhoods. District Dogs soon gained a reputation as the go-to pet care company for warm, thoughtful, and outstanding service. Our clients will tell you that we pride ourselves in going above and beyond for every dog in our care.

In the fall of 2016, District Dogs opened a storefront in DC’s Park View neighborhood, and in 2019, District Dogs opened the second location in Navy Yard, fulfilling Jacob’s vision of building a full-service pet care company. Our facilities feature daycare, overnight boarding, grooming, and a curated retail shop for dogs and dog-lovers alike. We love being a part of this vibrant community and offering even more ways to help our clients provide top-shelf care for their furry friends!

As we’ve grown, District Dogs’ commitment to excellence has been maintained by a dedicated crew of walkers, attendants, and managers.  Our energetic and enthusiastic staff is the best at what they do.

Whether you are interested in our daycare, boarding, or walking services, we think you’ll appreciate what District Dogs can do for you!