POP CITY MEDIA: Doggie daycare comes to the South Hills, WOOF!


The Dog Stop, a playground for pooches offering canine play dates, grooming and more while you work or vacation, has opened a second location on Banksville Road in the South Hills.

Dog lovers Jesse Coslov and Chris Kane opened their first cage-free location on the East End on Washington Blvd. in 2009 to give pups a safe and healthy place to stay for the work day, or longer when needed. The first facility proved so popular–eclipsing 125 dogs a day–the duo decided to open a second business on Banksville Road, an ideal spot with  commuters passing by as they travel to and from the city each day.

Located in a former one-story office building, the red building with bright yellow paws is 10,000 square-feet of  climate-controlled space with boarding, daycare, grooming, bathing, obedience training and a daycare valet for easy pick-up and drop-off.

“The Dog Stop is like a child’s daycare; whatever dogs like we provide,” says Kane, who grew up in Ross Township. The owners were high school pals at Shadyside Academy, went their separate ways for college and returned to Pittsburgh to start the business.

“Some dogs like to lie around,” Kane explains. “Others want to play ball. Some like to wrestle. We tire them out so when they go home with their owners they are exhausted; the owner doesn’t need to take them out into the cold, dark night.”

Another nice aspect of the move is the welcoming local community, he adds. “People who don’t have dogs having been stopping by to say good luck,” says Kane. “We’re confident we made the right decision. Business is already picking up.”