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Best Dog Daycares in Santa Monica

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Santa Monica Dog Daycares on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Rover

Santa Monica, CA
  • Dog Day Care
  • Drop Off and Pick Up Anytime

Why choose this provider?

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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4.5

Price: $10 off first booking!

Santa Monica, CA

Why choose this provider?

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Los Angeles, CA 90291

Why choose this provider?

Based in Los Angeles, California, The Dog Hiking Club is a pet service created to promote the physical and mental health of dogs through socialization, fresh air, and nature. Owner and founder Elisa Barquette was raised on a farm and developed a passion for animals from a young age. The Dog Hiking Club provides a variety of services such as walking, daycare, boarding, pet sitting, and of course, hiking. Walking service can vary based on individualization, regular scheduling, or duration of the walk. Hiking services are pack-based with multiple dogs, including some off leash. Their pet boarding services are crate-free with provided dog beds. In addition, service can be provided at the location of choice.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (14)
Google
5.0 / 5 (1)

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We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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Culver City, CA 90232

Why choose this provider?

Rover Kennels offers dog boarding and daycare at locations in Santa Monica and Culver City. Their cage-free daycare welcomes friendly dogs of any age, size, or breed. The indoor playgrounds at Rover Kennels feature rubber flooring, agility obstacles, and plenty of toys. The highly trained daycare staff supervises all play sessions to ensure the well-being of every guest. Boarded dogs spend the night in a private, spacious room with raised bedding and plush blankets. Rover Kennels is also a full-service grooming and day spa offering baths, haircuts, nail clipping, and more. Their staff strives to provide a low-stress and relaxing experience, and they handle young puppies and elderly dogs with extra care.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.3
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (99)
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (55)
Google
4.4 / 5 (51)

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We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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Culver City, CA 90232

Why choose this provider?

Wags 2 Whiskers is a pet boutique that provides pet boarding, daycare, and grooming services throughout Culver City, California. As the name suggests, Wags 2 Whiskers specializes in dog and cat services. Both dogs and cats can receive services such as daycare, boarding, washing, grooming, drying, brushing, nail cleaning, flea shampooing, special shampooing, dematting, and tick removal. Pet boarding provides 24-hour supervision and personal bedding as well. However, pricing for dogs and cats can vary based on the duration of daycare, length of boarding, and service requests. Customers can save by purchasing packages of increasing duration for an overall less amount of money.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.7
Google
4.7 / 5 (87)

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We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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Topanga, CA 90290

Why choose this provider?

Topanga Pet Resort is a dog training and dog boarding facility that serves the greater Los Angeles area including Agoura, Calabasas, Los Angeles, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, and Culver City. Topanga Pet Resorts houses 6 acres of play areas for pet guests and include supervised playtime, sleeping areas with bedding, and exercise areas. Dog daycare services include human interaction and supervised play with indoor and outdoor locations. In addition, their dog training program can be tailored specifically to a dog’s need. For interested clients, Topanga Pet Resort requires a meet and greet interview before allowing any dogs to stay at their location.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.2
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (65)
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (15)

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We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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Venice, CA 90291

Why choose this provider?

Lucky Tails is an all-inclusive pet service business located in Venice, California. Lucky Tails specializes in personal dog care which includes services such as walks, hikes, park visits, pet boarding, bathing, and grooming. Owner and founder, Sheyla Molho is an experienced pet caretaker with three personal dogs of her own. Lucky Tails is fully insured and bonded and ensures a safe environment for dogs with required flea control, rabies shots, DHPP/DHLPP, and Bordetella vaccinations. Services can be personalized for individual dogs or grouped with other dogs for hikes and park visits. Lucky Tails’ overnight boarding is kennel-free and can take place in any home desired. Photo updates are constant, with feeding, walking, and medication as needed.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (112)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (4)

FAQs

  • 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.