Barton Dofflemyer

Barton Dofflemyer (Owner)

Barton was basically born into the kennel business.  His parents have owned and operated The Dogg House's sister location, Wakefield Kennel, since 1974, and he has spent most of his life caring for pets at their establishments.  Barton is a Graduate of Virginia Tech and is married, and the father of four wonderful children, who may someday follow in the “family business.” Barton enjoys golf and gardening, and loves working around the house. He loves to spend time with his mini Aussie, Daisy!  



Ray HerrleinRay Herrlein (Manager)

Ray has grown up in the pet care industry, and has over two decades of experience. Ray’s love for animals is evident to everyone that has ever seen him at work. When Ray’s not working he enjoys hiking, biking, riding ATV’s and music!




Dawn Fitzgerald

Dawn Fitzgerald (Assistant Manager)

Dawn joined The Dogg House family in the spring of 2008. Her love for animals emerged at a very young age, always insisting on caring for her childhood pets. That love for animals led her to the Charlottesville SPCA where she cared primarily for the cats, then moving onto the vet clinic at the shelter. Her energetic and caring spirit, benefit both the pets and staff alike. When Dawn isn’t at work she enjoys cooking, hiking, wine tasting and karaoke! Dawn also has a huge sweet tooth for candy!



Jennifer Courtner

Jennifer Courtner (Trainer)

Jennifer, owner of Diligent Dogs, has been working professionally with dogs since 2006 when she began walking dogs at a local veterinary hospital and working part time at a grooming salon. She apprenticed under renowned service dog trainer Leslie Horton and worked under her at Inova Fairfax Hospital’s Animal Assisted Care program in Northern Virginia. After graduating from George Mason University with a degree in Psychology, Jennifer attended the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers in Columbus, OH and became a certified professional trainer. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her two dogs, a boxer named Kyla, and a labrador retriever named Loki.



Linda Trimble

Linda Trimble (Groomer)

Linda has been with The Dogg House since its inception in 1998, and in the pet care industry since 1981. Linda brings a special touch to her canine clients which always have them leave with their tails wagging! Outside of work, Linda enjoys spending time with family and friends, wine tastings and flower gardening. She is also an avid birdwatcher! Linda shares her home with her “wash and go” dogs, Rita and Cuervo, and her two cats, Iris and Lily.




Brooke Young

Brooke Young (Groomer)

Brooke joined The Dogg House family in 2004 and has worked in the pet care industry for over 15 years. Brooke takes great pride in her grooming work and adds her own sense of style to every dog she handles! When Brooke’s not busy grooming, you may find her lounging by the pool, visiting with friends and family or cheering on her favorite football team, the Dallas Cowboys! Nothing makes Brooke happier than spending time with her two beautiful children. Brooke is also a strong advocate for autism awareness.



Amy Heirlein

Amy Herrlein (Groomer)

Amy started working for the Dofflemyer family in 1987 at their sister facility, Wakefield Kennel, and began grooming shortly thereafter in 1988. Amy loves working with each and every pet she encounters. Amy feels she was meant to work in the pet care industry, which is evident in her long career with us! Amy enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, and watching her nephews play football.



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Daily Progress Reader's Choice Award 2014 #1 Pet Groomer

Mary Knauf Amiss

"The Dogg House staff exhibits a loving and caring atmosphere. Now, our chow-mixed dog,named Bear, loves all the attention and special care that he gets every time he visits. He is always welcomed and treated with such good care. The Dogg House is clean and organized and the prices are very reasonable. I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving Bear anywhere else. I would definitely recommend the Dogg House to anyone who loves their pet."

Nancy J.

"I have been very pleased for the last 8 years, they have boarded and cut my cocker spaniel and have groomed my hound dog. I am handicapped and many times they have brought the dogs to my car, instead of me going to the office. They are loving people and they take care to make sure the staff loves animals."

Dolly P.

"The Dogg House staff is professional, organized, caring, careful and friendly. My dogs are not reluctant to go there, and always come home healthy and happy. I could not be more pleased with the service."

Joe Fallica

"We have been taking our dogs Max and Toby to the Dogg House for over 12 years and absolutely love and appreciate the entire staff and are sincerely grateful for the way they take care of us. We have always referred and highly recommended the Dogg House to all of our friends and anyone we know – they’re great!!"

Judy & Tom Rikken

"Our Cocker mix, Ashley, tell us she's been to the spa when we pick her up from being groomed at The Dogg House! She is always so proud of her new 'look' when she comes home. We are, too! The staff is always so friendly and we truly feel they go the "extra" mile for Ashley and for us."

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:30 pm,
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Special Hours Memorial Day 8:00am - 11:00am
July 4th - Closed
Labor Day - 8:00am - 11:00am
Thanksgiving Day- Closed
Christmas Eve - 8:00am - Noon
Christmas Day - Closed
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