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Rover

San Francisco, 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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4.6
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4.4 / 5 (1494)
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4.4 / 5 (224)
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2.5 / 5 (31)

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Bark Avenue Doggy Daycare

San Francisco, CA 94158
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Bark Avenue Doggy Daycare is a dog day care center in San Francisco, California with two kennel-free daycare spaces that feature a high ratio of humans to dogs. This facility teaches dogs basic obedience including good walking manners and solid recall as well as potty training for puppies, all through a positive reinforcement approach. Bark Avenue is a small daycare that limits the number of dogs they accept for the best experience for each furry client. The daycare follows a schedule of walking, playtime, and rest time that includes four visits to the dog park or walks. Bark Avenue Doggy Daycare holds the Dog Tec advanced certification in dog walking, and all of Bark Avenue's dog walkers are certified.

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5.0

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Barkeley K-9 University

Oakland, CA 94605
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Barkeley K-9 University is a mobile, in-home dog training company based in Castro Valley, California that serves the greater San Francisco metro area. The business owner and dean of the dogs, Patrick Gibbons, has over a decade of experience in training dogs and is a proud member of the National K-9 Trainer’s Network. Barkeley K-9 University provides professional dog training and day care.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (36)
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5.0 / 5 (3)
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Dog Time Stay & Play

San Leandro, CA 94577
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Dog Time! Stay & Play is a dog boarding and day care facility located in San Leandro, California. They include a doggy webcam so clients can watch their dogs anytime, anywhere. With Dog Time! Stay & Play, dog owners can take a vacation or go to work without feeling guilt. This facility is chain link free.

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4.7
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4.7 / 5 (100)

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EmBARKadero Social Club

San Francisco, CA 94103
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EmBARKadero Social Club is a dog day care facility in San Francisco, California that offers day care and boarding services. During day care service, their clients’ dogs will spend their time playing and sleeping along with other dogs. EmBARKadero Social Club provides bathing services for short-haired breeds, as well. This staff treats each dog as if they were their own beloved pet.

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4.6
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4.5 / 5 (83)
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4.8 / 5 (59)

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Fog City Dogs

2280 Shafter Ave, San Francisco, CA 94124
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Dog owners looking for a safe, comfortable, and friendly place to leave their precious pets may like to consider Fog City Dogs. The San Francisco company has daycare facilities in its Bayview and Marina locations, and over 17 years of experience looking after the wellbeing of dogs in an interactive and social setting. Outdoor walks are included. The facilities include climate controlled indoor play areas, and fun enrichment activities including group games, group obedience exercises, story times, and more!

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4.5
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4.8 / 5 (188)
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (125)
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5.0 / 5 (6)

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Happy Hound Play & Daycare Inc.

Oakland, CA 94608
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Happy Hound Play & Daycare, Inc. is a dog day care facility that has operated in Oakland, California for over 14 years. Their services include boarding, day care, training, dog walking, fitness programs, spa services, a clinic, and transportation. Happy Hound Play & Daycare, Inc. is the winner of the Bay Woof – Best Daycare 2016 award and of the Bay Woof – Best Boarder award in 2016.

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4.6
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (285)
Google
4.8 / 5 (255)
Facebook
4.6 / 5 (79)

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PlayBow Dog Daycare

San Francisco, CA 94112
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PlayBow Dog Daycare is a dog day care facility in San Francisco, California that offers day care, sleepovers, dog running, bathing, and training. Their day care rates include $45 once per week, $42 two - three times per week, $38 four - five times per week, $30 for a half-day, and $50 for a safety assessment test. Sleepovers have a nightly rate of $75. PlayBow Dog Daycare is enthusiastic and passionate about safe and fun dog care.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (43)
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5.0 / 5 (11)
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PupTown

San Leandro, CA 94577
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Business Description

PupTown is a dog day care facility in San Leandro, California. Their rates for daily full-day care are $35 for 1 dog and $62 for 2 dogs. This dog day care also offers pre-paid stay packages that must be used within 3 months of purchase. Rates for 10 pre-paid stays are $330 for 1 dog and $585 for 2 dogs. For 20 pre-paid stays, rates are $520 for 1 dog and $940 for 2 dogs. A half-day is $21, Monday through Friday, 5 hours or less. No discounts are given for half-day care rendered, and it cannot be combined with other packages.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Sit Stay Sleep

Albany, CA 94706
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Sit Stay Sleep is a home-based dog boarding and daycare facility in Albany, California. Their services include plenty of dog social time, adventures, dog baths, and more. Every day, the team bring dogs to fun-filled outings in dog-friendly parks, beaches, and trails and many dogs can remain off leash. Sit Stay Sleep practices positive reinforcement with their dog guests who are treated as if they are part of the family.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (17)
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Smilin Dogs

San Carlos, CA 94070
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Business Description

Smilin Dogs is a dog day care center located in San Carlos, California. This dog day care company was established in 2000 to provide hiking services, expanding in 2009 into a full day care and boarding facility. Their services now include hiking, day care, a boarding club, training, and bathing. Smilin Dogs has gained a positive R+ rating on their training and dog management skills.

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4.6
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4.5 / 5 (140)
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4.8 / 5 (62)

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The Panting Pooch

San Francisco, CA 94121
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The Panting Pooch is a dog walker located in San Francisco, California. The Pooch Package, consisting of 12 group walks, has a value of $22 each, at a total cost of $264. Their pooch sitting has a fee of $55 per night. The Panting Pooch also offers private walks, baths, pet taxis, playdays, doggy day care, potty breaks, cat sitting, and weekend group walks, all with toys, treats, and fun.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (20)
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5.0 / 5 (17)
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The Whole Pet

San Francisco, CA 94116
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Business Description

The Whole Pet, in San Francisco, California, is an award-winning pet daycare business dedicated to addressing the whole animal and his or her environment, to help establish healthy, happy relationships between them and their owners. They take an integrated approach, considering behavior, care, nutrition, and wellness. Options include customized, flexible dog and people training, pet sitting and boarding, and exercise and socialization programs. Also available are in-home consultations on cat behavior, pet wellness and nutrition, and transition help for new pets, births, moves & other life changes. A gallery is available online featuring, and customers have commended them as meticulous and skilled.

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4.5

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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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