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Dogs on a run!



The Paw opened in 2008, and is more than just a large building with huge playgrounds for dogs to run and play on. The building was designed with the health and comfort of your pet in mind.  The floors in our lobby, training center and hallways are all rubber coated so that they are comfortable for your pet to walk and get traction on. In our suites and grooming salon, floors are epoxy coated for easier cleaning and sanitization.

Cleaning and Maintenance
The air is cleaned, in our facility with UV sterilization. We clean our daycare kennels, floors and suites using water heated to 230° F, which minimizes the need for harsh cleaning chemicals. We have floor drains throughout our suites which make cleaning and sterilization of all pet areas much easier.  

Our Boarding Suites
Our daycare kennels and boarding suites are cleaned before and after each guest arrives to ensure a clean welcoming space for your pet to stay.

We have in floor heat in all of our boarding suites, central air conditioning, and fans throughout the building. Our facility uses an energy efficient, GO Thermal system to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

We offer 150 spacious boarding suites for dogs, raised beds and exercise time available daily, The Paw is your pet's home away from home. We have web cams throughout our building so that you may view your pet and see how they are doing. Our Cattery features a 400-gallon aquarium for your feline to view and we have a spacious room for them to exercise! 

Swimming Pool
Our swimming pool is graduated in depth from 10 inches to 4 feet 6 inches, and measures 18 X 50 feet. The water is kept at a comfortable 80°F. Our pool room is equipped with a dock (for all those who enjoy dock jumping) which lowers at the press of a button.  Our pool room also has a hydrotherapy aquatic treadmill available for physical therapy.

Please stop in and take a tour!


The staff of the The Paw is dedicated to making our pet resort an engaging and healthy place for all of our furry guests. They have all received training in off leash dog play through "The Dog Gurus." This training teaches our staff about dog body language, dog emotional states, dogs in stress, dog aggression, how to manage dog interactions and play styles of dogs. 

The Paw is also a FetchFind Approved business!  This means all of our employees recieve professional level pet care education and continue to take classes throughout their career with us through FetchFind Monthly Pro, the premier educational resource for pet industry professionals.  This science-based and animal-centered curriculum has been developed by certified experts with decades of experience in the field.  



You will find that our staff cares about each and every pet that comes through our doors. Safety and compassion is essential to everything we do.

Whether you are new to Mankato, have included a new animal family member, or are just looking for an experienced pet care provider that you can trust, please stop by and see what we have to offer. Our pet care team will be happy to show you around, and see how can help you and your pet!