Spreading our love for dogs with yours

Learn more about dog thrive and our passion for dogs

Dog Thrive has decades of experience in each field. From dog daycare workers, dog training, grooming, and customer service. Dog Thrive prides itself on being certified, professional, and up to date on all services we offer so we can provide the best possible service for each and every dog that walks through our doors. No matter what the size of your dog or the breed!

What differs us from others

Dog Thrive is founded and owned by Matthew Stewart, who has had a passion for dogs his entire life. He has actively been involved in the community helping rescues, training dogs from Animal Control, and created Dog Thrive with the mindset that dogs are family, and each dog left in Dog Thrive’s care will be treated like family.

Meet the Dog Thrive team


Owner and founder Matthew Stewart has 12+ years of professional training experience working with dogs of all types. He has worked on many cases with Animal Control and with some of the top shelters and rescues in the Washington DC area. Throughout his career he is proud to have helped over 1,000 dogs and this experience has taught him that education and knowledge result in the best type of dog training.Before Dog Thrive, he owned a successful dog training business that he operated all over the Washington DC area where he worked with dogs of all types and personalities. As a head trainer and dog rehabilitator his methods are relationship based so that all training helps build a stronger relationship between the dog and its owner.


Scott is a small business entrepreneur with a background in retail, services, and hospitality. He currently owns and operates five restaurants in Arlington and Alexandria, Virginia as well as other companies. Scott began speaking with Matthew about Dog Thrive in the fall of 2015. About one year, and a lot of hard work later, Dog Thrive opened for business. After working in other service industries, Scott is thrilled to be working in the dog industry, so that he can enrich the lives of dogs, and their owners!


Tyler was born and raised in Southern, New Jersey, is married and has two young daughters. Tyler was previously employed as a Detective for the County of Cape May (NJ), where he served for a 10-year career in the Narcotics and the Special Victim’s Unit. However, the opportunity to join Scott and the Stewart brothers in a family owned and operated business, Dog Thrive, presented itself. The chance to join a business, working with amazing dogs every day, focusing on enriching the lives of those dogs was something he could not pass up. Therefore, he ended his career in law enforcement, moved his family to the area and is happily entrenched at making Dog Thrive the best place for dogs to visit, play and stay!