About Us

We are your dogs second home! Our employees know your pets like they are family.

Our Mission

At Pooches, our only goal is to give your pet every ounce of love and attention they get at home. Our exceptional staff are intent to provide your pup with every happy experience they can with our top level daycare, boarding, and grooming services.

The Barketplace

Our facility offers an extensive selection of pet care retail items, catering to various needs and occasions. You’ll find a wide array of toys designed for play and mental stimulation, premium dog food options suited to different dietary requirements, and a dedicated assortment of dog birthday party supplies to celebrate special moments with your beloved pet. Additionally, our shelves boast a tempting variety of treats to reward and indulge your furry friend during their stay with us.
Brands we carry:
  • Orijen
  • Acana
  • Fromm
  • Tuffy
  • Kong
  • Molly Mutt & much more! Stop in to see the rest of the great brands we carry.

The Barketplace

Our facility offers an extensive selection of pet care retail items, catering to various needs and occasions. You’ll find a wide array of toys designed for play and mental stimulation, premium dog food options suited to different dietary requirements, and a dedicated assortment of dog birthday party supplies to celebrate special moments with your beloved pet. Additionally, our shelves boast a tempting variety of treats to reward and indulge your furry friend during their stay with us.
Brands we carry:
  • Orijen
  • Acana
  • Fromm
  • Tuffy
  • Kong
  • Molly Mutt & much more! Stop in to see the rest of the great brands we carry.

Meet The Team

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Happy pets. Happy clients.

My pup has been coming here for 5 years. They treat her like a celebrity when we walk in. Wouldn’t go anywhere else. Marci loves you all!

Bethany Lamb

This place adores my dog and my dog feels the same way about them.

Joe Ricky

Love Pooches! My Grace usually goes for day care once a week and she always seems happy to be there. The employees seem to enjoy the dogs, and know her by name when we go in now. I have also had her bathed by the groomer there and she looked amazing! I love that they offer everything from grooming to boarding, at a reasonable price, too.

Ana S.

My dogs love going to pooches. They start squealing with excitement when we get close to the building. They come home thoroughly happy and pooped.

Susan Crockett

I’m very impressed with the compassion and service here. I highly recommend them.

Shannon Booker

They have always been amazing here. Every time you come in they welcome you with a smile and are very accommodating!

Joshua Redmond

FAQs

Our daycare dogs are divided into different playgroups based on size, age and play style. For example, we would not put a Yorkie with a group of Labs! Each playgroup has a human attendant to monitor activity and ensure that everyone is playing nicely together. Our play rings are indoors, but the dogs are rotated to privacy fenced yards at least once every two hours to enjoy a little fresh air and have a potty break. The playgroup attendant stays with the dogs at all times. They are never left alone in any area.

No. You are free to drop your dog off and pick it up anytime during our normal business hours (7 am – 6:30 pm). If you run into problems and find that you are running late for pick-up in the evening, please give us a call to make arrangements.

No reservations are required Monday through Friday. We do require reservations for Saturday daycare. Our hours Saturday are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and our numbers are limited so please be sure to call the week prior to any Saturday you’d like to drop your dog off for weekend play.

Every dog is handled differently. We look at each dog to see if it seems nervous, overly excited, relaxed, curious or guarded. Some dogs need a gentle introduction. In these cases, we’ll introduce the new dog to one or two really easy dogs. As a new dog relaxes and starts to get the idea, we’ll introduce it to a few more dogs to see its play style and then we’ll move the dog into a group when its ready for fun and games. We also watch the groups closely to see if any of the dogs seem stressed or need a rest break. These dogs can be moved to a different group or moved to a rest area for a little naptime.

We watch the dogs carefully and stop any behaviors that we feel are leading to a scuffle or play that is too rowdy. Dogs do play with claws and teeth, so occasional scratches can happen. If any injury does happen, we clean it thoroughly and check to be sure it’s nothing serious. The most we generally see are minor scratches and those are rare, but if anything does happen beyond that, we would call the owner and take appropriate steps to care for the dog.

We have plenty of cookies for snacks. You only need to bring your own treats if your dog has specific dietary needs or food allergies. If you would like your dog to eat while its here, please bring the appropriate portion and we’ll be sure to give your dog a lunch break. Dogs who eat lunch do remain in a crate or run for about 20 minutes to allow their food to settle.

Well…sure. Just like when kids head off to school in the fall and catch a cold, dogs can catch things anytime they are around other dogs. Of course all dogs at Pooches are required to have full vaccinations including the Bordetella vaccine and we take every precaution to maintain a clean, healthy environment for the dogs. Our floors are mopped regularly through the day. Any accidents inside are immediately cleaned everything outside is immediatley scooped and disposed of. For the “end-of-the-day” cleaning, we use a solution that is specifically designed to handle all common dog diseases including parvo, distemper and the bacteria that can cause canine cough. We also wash our water bowls throughout the day instead of just refilling them. We do everything we can to ensure the health of our Pooches play pals, but we can’t guarantee that your dog will never catch anything here or anywhere multiple dogs gather. It’s also possible for your dog to catch a bug at training school, at the animal supply store, in the lobby of your vet’s office, at a boarding kennel, at the dog park, etc. Studies do show, however, that dogs who are routinely exposed to a variety of places and other dogs actually develop stronger immune systems.

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Tristin

General Manager

I have worked at The Island Pawplex since it opened in 2020. I was born and raised in Charleston. I have two dogs (Clover and Daisy), and two cats (Aster and Empress). I love animals of all shapes and sizes. I have worked with dogs for seven years and have loved every minute of it! In our free time, you can find us at dog-friendly events around Charleston. I am also certified in pet CPR and first aid.

Cullen

Hello, I’m Cullen! I was raised locally in Summerville and Clemson is my alma mater. Working with your dogs is a passion of mine and I’ve been with the Island Pawplex for two years. At home I have two dogs and two cats, so I’m ready for anything!

Angelina

I was born in Colombia, South America, and raised in Charlotte, NC and I moved to Charleston, SC in 2018. I have been working with animals for 6 years, I have done it all from vet tech to agility work! I have 6 dogs, 2 cats, an Iguana, and a Ball Python. In my free time, I like to take all 6 of my dogs hiking, swimming, and other adventures! 

 

 

Faith

Hi, I’m Faith! I was born and raised in the Charleston area. I have a 3-year-old Chocolate Lab named Coco and a 7-year-old Chihuahua named Buddy. I love all animals, but I have always wanted to work with dogs and cats! In my free time, I love baking, painting, reading, and spending time with family/friends but I mostly love spending time with Coco!

Caroline

I was born and raised in Moncks Corner, SC! I have worked with dogs for four years; I realized early on that working with dogs is my passion!  I have two dogs (Daisy and Minnie) and one human child! In my free time, I enjoy taking my daughter to trampoline parks! 

Alex

I’m originally from Texas, I moved to the Charleston area when I was 13. I currently have a chunky kitty named Wendy! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my kids!

Kerri is a lifelong dog lover and can’t imagine life without them! Her current “pack” consists of an old hound dog named Ward and a little black cat named Killakee, along with her son Roland. Together they all equally enjoy long walks in the neighborhood or a chill day at home playing video games. Kerri originates from our Coleman location in Mount Pleasant, where she has worked since 2013, and she has known many My Three Dogs regulars since they were puppies!
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