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About Us

Learn Play Stay Doggie Resort is a multi-service dog care facility located in Rustburg, VA. We offer boarding, doggie daycare, group and individual training, and full-service dog grooming for pet owners in the Rustburg, VA area. Our considerate staff seeks to equip your cherished pets with all the comforts of home: personalized attention, luxury doggie suites, a doggie lounge, indoor and outdoor play areas, etc.


At Learn Play Stay Doggie Resort, we believe that all dogs should be treated as an essential part of the family. Whether your doggie comes to visit us for the day, stay overnight, take a class, or enjoy a refreshing spa treatment, we are committed to caring for your pets as if they were our own.  Named Best Obedience School, Best Pet Boarding, and Best Pet Daycare by the 2017 News & Advance Readers' Choice Awards and a Bronze recipient for Best Pet Groomer/Trainer in Lynchburg Living's Best of 2018 edition, we look forward to giving your furry family members a loving, fun, healthy, and an educational “home away from home!”

Our Story

Donna Patterson opened Learn Play Stay Doggie Resort after raising her Yellow Lab Zolofft as a therapy dog. During that time, she realized how she could make more of an impact in the lives of dogs and became inspired to acquire her dog training certification from the Animal Behavioral College. In order to do so, she had to undergo extensive training, volunteer 15-20 hours at a shelter for training, and complete externships at St. Francis Service Dogs and Field of Dreams in Roanoke, VA.

Starting off small, Donna initially taught training classes and cared for dogs from home. While working at home, Donna began to notice a need for a multi-faceted doggie resort catering to the Lynchburg and Campbell County, VA areas. Plans were then set in motion to create Learn Play Stay Doggie Resort. Having also worked as a registered nurse, Donna's compassionate nature and knowledge of administering medications gave her the extra drive to move forward with this new vision. 


In the Fall of 2014, Donna was finally able to witness her dreams come to pass when she established Learn Play Stay Doggie Resort at our location in Rustburg, VA.

"Our babies were loved, spoiled, and especially well cared for at Learn, Play, Stay Doggie Resort. Donna is the best and the staff are great as well. We will have them care for our six pups again whenever we go out of town. The facilities are excellent and we really loved that each of our six pups had their own room."


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