Dogtopia was founded by Amy Nichols in 2002. After a breakup, Nichols got a companion dog, a Boston Terrier she named Griffin. She found herself taking the dog everywhere and when she married, she sold her house and decided she wanted to create a business where she could spend more time with dogs and where she could spend her days with Griffin.
Doggie daycare was a fairly new concept in 2002 but Dogtopia grew fast right from the start, with revenue of $750,000 her first year and well over a million the following year.
In June 2015, Dogtopia was acquired by Thomas Franchise Solutions. Dogtopia offers daycare, a doggie spa, grooming, training, retail products, and on-site cameras so clients can see their dogs anytime.
As of January 2019, there are 100 locations in the US and Canada. Forbes predicts that the demand for doggie daycare and walking services will increase tremendously by 2024.
Dogtopia has continued to expand, even through the pandemic of 2020. The company now has 170 locations in the US and Canada.
Headquarters for Dogtopia are located in Phoenix, Arizona.