Luxury pet business plans to double in size, add indoor pool

June 19, 2019

Demand for luxury pet services is so high that Paws Pet Resort plans to put up a second building at its location on the south side of Sioux Falls.

“We didn’t think we would outgrow a 10,000-square-foot building,” said owner Jeanine Hoff Lubben, who opened Paws Pet Resort in February 2018 at 7121 S. Cliff Ave. The business offers day care, boarding and training services. The resort also boards cats. Grooming services for dogs and cats are provided on-site through Glamour Paws.

“This last year and a half we’ve been open has just been fantastic,” Lubben said. “We have a good group of customers who are loyal in coming for the day care space. Reservations are booked too far in advance. We’re just going to bite the bullet and build the new building.”

The new building, which won’t be connected to the original location, will double the available space for day care and will feature an indoor pool for year-round dock diving and swimming lessons and pool parties.

Lubben hopes that construction can start in the fall and that the building would be ready in February.

She has already hired a manager for the new building.

“We want him to have multiple months of experience under his belt before he goes to the new building.”

Hiring for other positions will begin at the end of the year.

With the additional space, puppies will get new services. Paws Pet Resort takes puppies now for day care, but they’re grouped in with older dogs.

“We’re really excited because the current day care space will become puppy day care,” she said. “Six months and younger dogs need to be socialized differently.”

Paws Pet Resort charges $25 a day for care. It groups the day care dogs by size and temperament. They play together throughout the day and get a kennel break in the morning and in the afternoon.

“That’s perfect for dogs,” Lubben said. “It lets them have a break and rest.”

The current building also will be used for additional training classes. Paws Pet Resort offers puppy kindergarten, three levels of obedience classes and more.

With the indoor pool, Paws Pet Resort’s water-related classes will expand to year-round. This summer, the business started offering classes in dock diving, which is becoming a popular competitive sport. Dogs compete in three areas with their jumps: distance, vertical and speed retrieve.

“A lot of people are interested in it,” Lubben said, noting that ESPN even provides competition coverage.

Lubben started Paws Pet Resort because she was looking for a way to give back to the community.

“A big why and purpose is donations,” she said. “We’ve donated just over $30,000. That’s what really gets us excited.”

Recipients include Mission-Haiti, Almost Home Canine Rescue, the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society and B-Squad Dog Rescue.

“We’ve just had fantastic customers and growth,” Lubben said. “We’re just so blessed by that.”

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Luxury pet business plans to double in size, add indoor pool

Paws Pet Resort will add a second building to its site on the south side of the city to meet the demand for doggy day care.

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