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Best Dog Daycares
in Santa Monica

Why These Dog Daycares?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. 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.

Reviewed Curated Top Picks 26 19 9

Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Dogwood Doggie Day Care, LLC

Started in 2001, Dogwood Daycare & Boarding is a pet service located in Los Angeles, California. Dogwood provides cage-free daycare, overnight boarding, grooming, and training. Their facility is entirely cage-free with over 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor play areas that are monitored with 24-hour surveillance. In addition, owners and operators Kate Judge and Mick Moran are certified animal behaviorists and dog trainers from the Animal Behavior University and have over three decades of experience; and their presence is constant each day of the week. For interested clients, Dogwood requires a personal meet and greet interview for any new dog additions to maintain the levels of cleanliness and safety.

Los Angeles, CA 90034


Healthy Paws

Located in Los Angeles, California, Healthy Paws provides pet care services and pet first aid, CPR, and care classes. Healthy Paws was started as a way to help pet owners prepare for pet emergencies. They provide traditional pet care services such as house visitations, overnight sitting, pet boarding, daycare, hiking, and puppy assistance. In addition, they also offer bathing services, medication administration, transportation, and supply shopping. However, Healthy Paws emphasize their pet care courses which include an understanding of emergencies such as heat/cold injury, CPR, rescue breathing, choking, injury assessment, poisoning, bleeding, bites, stings, first aid kits, dental care, and senior pet care.

Los Angeles, CA 90066


Lucky Tails

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.

Rover Kennels

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.

Culver City, CA 90232


Sandpiper Pet Hotel

Originally founded as a show kennel in 1948, Sandpiper reopened as a pet boarding facility in the late sixties and was once again renamed under new management in 1998 as Sandpiper Pet Hotel. Located in Malibu, California, Sandpiper’s sprawling facility includes 150 square feet of indoor and outdoor, oceanside dog runs. In addition, they also maintain three large, sandy play areas and a bathing section. Their staff is experienced with animals and live on site to ensure full supervision. Services include playtime, daycare, bathing, and grooming. Vaccinations are however required one week before boarding which includes rabies, DHLPP, Bordetella, and Corona virus. As a bonus, discounts are available for multiple dogs, frequent visitors, military, and senior citizens.

Malibu, CA 90265


The Dog Hiking Club

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.

Los Angeles, CA 90291


The Pawed Piper

Founded by Peter Dice, The Pawed Piper is a pet sitting and dog walking service based in Santa Monica, California. Dice has a passion for animals that stems from his childhood and was the founder of the Free Love Animal Rescue. The Pawed Piper offers a range of services such as dog walking, pet sitting, hiking, park visits, daycare, and pet boarding. Walking rates vary based on time and dog count, while hiking and park visits can vary based on transportation, off-leash hikes, and pet disposition. For pet sitting, The Pawed Piper includes photo updates, exercise, socialization, feeding, and medication as needed. In addition, The Pawed Piper can also provide general household maintenance such as bring in the mail, taking out the trash, and plant watering.

Santa Monica, CA 90405


Topanga Pet Resort

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.

Wags 2 Whiskers

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.

Culver City, CA 90232


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