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Rover

Escondido, CA
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Business Description

Rover offers doggy daycare services for pet owners throughout the local area. Its network includes thousands of pet sitters that are available to care for dogs while their owners work or travel. The service connects sitters with clients online or through its app. Customers can meet with sitters prior to booking, and services are available for a range of dogs, including high-energy puppies and dogs with special needs.

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4.4 / 5 (224)
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2.5 / 5 (31)

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A.L. Animal Care

Poway, CA 92064
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A.L. Animal Care has been providing dog daycare to the local community for 20 years. Canine owners have access to 24/7 care for their furry loved ones either in their home or in the home of the owners, and services include walks, playtimes, meals, and medication if required. The Lewis family prides itself on top-quality care and attentive service for all dogs and handles pet sitting for all animals, dog and cat grooming, special diets and medical needs, overnight care, behavioral training, and pickup and delivery service as well. Interested parties can learn more about A.L. Animal Care at the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market every Saturday, and Spanish-speaking clients are welcome.

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3.9 / 5 (121)
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Bark House San Dieg

Poway, CA 92025
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Bark House takes care of dogs in San Diego. Daycare services include pack walks and hikes, proper socialization, and exercise, and owners can also ask about boarding, grooming, obedience training, private lessons, in-home training, and an in-board training program for a duration of 14 or 30 days. All canines must be current with their vaccinations, and basic rates can be found on the company's website. Clients enjoy free pickup and drop-off at a location of their choosing, individualized attention for each doggie guest, structured activities and playtime, and positive behavioral support. The Bark House is licensed and insured, and interested parties can contact the group for additional details.

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5.0 / 5 (4)
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Del Mar Doggers

Del Mar, CA 92014
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Del Mar Doggers has been taking care of dogs in the North County Coastal areas for almost 10 years. Services include 30-minute home visits to tend to a pet's needs, pet sitting for a half or full day, overnight stays at the pet's home or the home of the company's owner, private dog walks, park visits, beach trips, and a pet taxi service. Sitters are licensed, bonded, and insured, and services are available for cats as well. Del Mar Doggers is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and has been recognized for its services by Solana Beach and the San Diego Union Tribune for multiple years.

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Dog Days Ranch

Poway, CA 92064
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Dog Days Ranch offers daycare with plenty of play and interaction in the area of Poway. The group focuses on free play and socialization to make sure guests are never bored, get plenty of exercise, and avoid unwanted behaviors. Socialized boarding is also available, and owner Michelle Ray is dedicated to offering a home-like facility with a large fenced yard and comfortable indoor space for doggie guests in need of care. Michelle was President and founder of Labrador Rescuers, was co-owner of Paws At Home, and volunteers with her own dog at Children's Hospital. Owners can request pickup/drop-off service for their pooch in an air-conditioned van as well.

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5.0 / 5 (23)

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Sandy Pawz Dog House

San Marcos, CA 92069
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Sandy Pawz Dog House is a San Marcos daycare for local dogs. Services include daycare, boarding, grooming, and training, and owners appreciate competitive rates, upfront, inclusive pricing, and attentive staff who play with doggie guests and give them personalized, loving attention all day along as well as plenty of exercise and needed socialization with other dogs. Co-owner Sandy "Pawz" Tate is a certified dog trainer and pet groomer via Animal Behavior College and the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is a AKC Canine Good Citizen trainer and evaluator as well. Co-owner and Sandy's husband Steve Tate is certified in Pet CPR and First Aid with Pet Tech and Red Cross.

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Sue’s Critter Care

San Diego, CA 92128
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Sue’s Critter Care offers daycare for small dogs in Rancho Bernardo, Poway, and 4S Ranch. Services include daycare and boarding in the comfort of the owner's home without any cages and with plenty of family love. Sue’s Critter Care is fully insured and licensed, and owner Sue Schutz has been a certified professional pet sitter for almost 10 years and is a Member of Pet Sitters International. Sue brings a lifetime of experience with all sorts of pets, performs all services herself, also runs Sue's Critter Camp, which interested parties can link to via the website, and boasts multiple references from happy dog owners who have relied on her care.

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The Dog Biscuit Inn

Poway, CA 92064
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The Dog Biscuit Inn handles doggie daycare services in the Poway-San Diego area and is backed by decades of combined experience. The team prides itself on providing proper socialization for all guests in a fun environment where dogs can snuggle, co-sleep, and interact with other dogs who are boarding or in daycare. The Dog Biscuit Inn specializes in small to medium dogs and asks that all dogs first come in for a free personality test to make sure they will be able to participate in socialized play or boarding. One of the owners previously ran Paws at Home of Poway for over fifteen years and also regularly volunteers at local rescues.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

It can be stressful for dog parents to leave their fur babies alone at home while they’re away. They worry about their pooch being anxious, lonely, bored, and destructive. Plus, safety is a concern, along with the fear that their dog will leave unwelcome surprises for them in their home. If that describes you, dog daycare may be the solution.

Doggie daycare can help socialize your pup while ensuring that they have care, exercise, regular potty breaks, and safe supervision. Dog owners who use doggy daycare services provide additional reasons for their choice. It can offer a better quality of life for their four-legged friends, keep homes free of pet messes, and help with canine health and physical fitness.

What is a dog daycare?

Dog daycare is on-site, supervised daily care for dogs. Pet owners bring their animals to the daycare location on their way to work, then return at the end of the day to pick them up. There are commercial doggie daycare facilities and private, in-home options. Commercial daycare businesses usually have more staff and more dog clients than private ones.

What happens at doggy daycare?

Reputable, well-rated dog daycare operations typically offer several activities for the dogs they care for. That includes walks, playtime, naps, dog food, and water. Some providers also offer companionship, snuggles, and special options, such as dispensing medication, grooming, and training. When choosing a doggy daycare, ask about all the available services and whether visits or video observation are available.

Should I take my dog to daycare?

Answers to the following questions can help you decide on doggie daycare services.

  • Are you away from home for several hours most days of the week?
  • Does your pup engage in destructive behavior while you’re gone?
  • Is your pooch crated for several hours every day?
  • Does your dog walker report issues?
These concerns may indicate the need for doggy daycare.

How much is doggy daycare per day?

Rates vary, depending on location, demand, and competition. But the national average typically ranges from $25 to $40 per day. Half-day rates may also be available. Commercial dog daycare centers commonly charge a bit more than in-home providers. Many facilities offer price breaks on weekly and monthly packages as well as discounts to multiple dog families.  

How do I know if my dog likes daycare?

The following are signs your pup likes doggy daycare. She falls asleep on the ride home, exhausted from a full day of activity or she quivers with excitement when you mention the daycare and is beside herself with joy leaving the house. Also look to see if your pup exhibits positive body language at the daycare — like a wagging tail that means they're eager to see everyone.

How do I prepare my dog for daycare?

They’ll be around other dogs all day, playing and interacting. So, take your pup to a dog park several times for an introduction to dog language with other canines. Bring your fur baby to the daycare to meet the staff before using the service. Plus, walk your pup before drop-off and be upbeat and positive to avoid stress.

Do dogs learn bad habits at daycare?

Most doggie parents happily report that their pooches don’t pick up bad habits at daycare. Though it’s not unheard of. But adequate supervision and ample activity typically keeps your pup too busy and happy to act out. If you do notice your dog exhibiting new, unwelcome behaviors — like excessive whining or barking — rule out anxiety first.

Is a doggy daycare good for dogs?

Sending dogs to daycare rather than leaving them home alone all day is beneficial for most pups. They get the social interaction and activity they crave. That’s typically a good idea for puppies and adolescent canines, especially high-energy breeds. However, anxious, fearful, aggressive, or reactive canines may not do well in this environment.

When can dogs go to daycare?

Doggy daycare providers rarely take puppies younger than 12 weeks of age. Your dog must also be dewormed and up-to-date on vaccinations. Intact females should not go to dog daycare while they’re in heat. Finally, keep sick and contagious pups home. Get treatment and wait until they’re fully recovered to take them back to daycare.

Is doggy daycare good for puppies?

Doggy daycare can be a wonderful experience for puppies that are at least 12 weeks old. They learn how to behave around other dogs. Also, lots of activity means they’re less likely to be bored and become destructive at home. Early positive exposure to other dogs also helps prevent your pooch from developing anxiety or aggressive behavior towards other canines.

Can unneutered dogs go to daycare?

It’s rare to find a dog daycare provider that accepts dogs who haven’t been neutered. That’s because intact male dogs tend to be territorial, more dominant, and often aggressive around other canines. This may cause problems and legal liability issues.

Does dog daycare help with socialization?

The doggy daycare experience can help your pooch maintain socialization skills. However, don’t count on a daycare provider to be the sole means of teaching your pup socialization. Dogs who already enjoy being around other canines are the best candidates for dog daycare. Daily interaction then helps build on and improve that positive behavior. 

Is doggy daycare safe?

Safety is a critical standard for dog daycare. So, choose your provider carefully. Tour the facility first. Look for cleanliness, adequate lighting, a high staff-to-dog ratio, and separate areas for large canines, small dogs, and puppies. Roomy indoor play areas and fenced-in outdoor spaces are also good signs. Finally, be sure the facility is bonded and insured. 

Does doggy daycare help with separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety is typically caused by undependable schedules, the introduction of new people, the loss of a family member, or a move. Separation anxiety can be awful for your four-legged companion. Fortunately, doggy daycare is an effective countermeasure. It gives your dog a dependable routine with lots of mental stimulation and physical exercise, lessening the effects of separation anxiety.

Does Disney have dog daycare?

Walt Disney World’s Best Friends Pet Care provides doggy daycare to guests while they enjoy the park. It features 17,000 square feet of indoor space and 10,000 square feet of outdoor play areas and dog runs. There’s also a 25,000 square-foot dog park. The daycare employs 75 pet care providers.

Do you need a license to run a doggie daycare?

Licensing requirements for dog daycare centers vary, depending on the jurisdiction. No federal licensing requirement exists. So, many state, county, and local governments establish laws, regulations, and ordinances for businesses that board animals. Check with your local government administration office and your state board of agriculture to learn about any licensing or permitting requirements in your area.

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