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Rover

Tampa, FL
  • Dog Boarding
  • Puppy Care

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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Barks to Riches

5813 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
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  • Daycare
  • Bathing / Grooming

Business Description

Bark to Riches is an indoor dog daycare facility in Tampa that offers dog boarding services. The facility shelters and accommodates dogs of all sizes. The caretakers carefully supervise the dogs while playing and interacting with other dogs all throughout the day before the owner comes and picks them up. If necessary, the facility also includes overnight stays with options such as a suite or crate lodging. The professionals at Bark to Riches offer dog grooming as well, such as bathing and nail trimming.

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4.2
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4.0 / 5 (86)
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4.7 / 5 (53)
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4.0 / 5 (19)

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Bay Paws Pet Resort

13662 Automobile Boulevard, Clearwater, FL 33762
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Business Description

Bay Paws Pet Resort is a dog daycare and boarding facility that serves Tampa, Clearwater, and the surrounding areas. It offers pet boarding options, including luxury, executive, and junior suites with professionally trained staff providing their care. Live webcam access is also provided for pet owners so they can monitor their pets 24/7. Additionally, Bay Paws Pet Resort provides grooming and daycare services. Its retail store allows customers to choose from a wide range of products such as treats, toys, pet supplies, and candles and room sprays.

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4.0
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4.0 / 5 (255)

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Central Bark Tampa

14623 North Nebraska Avenue, Tampa, FL 33613
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  • Grooming
  • Training

Business Description

Central Bark Tampa is a dog boarding facility that has been serving Tampa pet owners for over 20 years. It provides dog boarding services for pet owners who are going on vacation or away overnight. It offers an Enrichment Doggy Day Care program that includes balanced play, exercise, socialization, and learning. Dog training and grooming options are available. Central Bark Tampa follows a holistic dog care approach to enrich the dogs' health and well-being.

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4.4
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4.0 / 5 (127)
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4.9 / 5 (99)

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Courteous Canine, Inc.

3414 Melissa Country Way, Lutz, FL 33559
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  • Dog Walking
  • Doggy Day Care
  • Boarding

Business Description

Courteous Canine, Inc., is a dog boarding facility that provides services to the Tampa metro. The facility was established by Angelica Steinker, who has been specializing in dog care and training for over two decades. Angelica is also a published author in dog agility training methods. Courteous Canine focuses on clicker and empowerment training. It also performs private and group training and behavior consulting. Additionally, the facility offers pet sitting services, dog daycare, and dog sports.

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3.8
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4.4 / 5 (2)

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Doggyday Inn

3849 Northdale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Business Description

Doggyday Inn is a family-owned luxury pet care spa that serves the Tampa area. It caters to clients looking for a place for their pets to stay while they are on vacation or traveling for work. The climate-controlled facility offers cage-free boarding in its indoor and outdoor play yard, off-the-ground bedding and blanket, as well as breakfast and dinner. Its suites are also cleaned using industry-standard equipment and follow safety sanitation protocol. Doggyday Inn offers grooming and daycare services as well.

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4.3
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4.0 / 5 (66)
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5.0 / 5 (17)

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Groomingdales Bed & Biscuit

7416 Edgemere Road, Tampa, FL 33625
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  • Daycare
  • House Sitting

Business Description

Groomingdales Bed & Biscuit is a small dog boarding facility that caters to pet owners in Tampa. Since 1987, the company has had the same owner who lives close to the facility. The boarding center is equipped to handle a maximum of 35 pets and is manned by two main caretakers who take the time to get to know each pet's unique needs and personalities. Additionally, Groomingdales Bed & Biscuit offers full-service dog grooming and boarding for cats, birds, and reptiles.

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4.5
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4.7 / 5 (128)
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4.0 / 5 (40)

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Lauri's Pet Sitting

2305 West Fig Street, Tampa, FL 33609
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  • Dog Walking

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Lauri's Pet Sitting offers dog boarding services in Tampa. Its sleepover services are headed by Stella Rosa who has over 15 years of experience in the industry. She is also licensed and certified for overnight boarding. Its boarding facility has a fenced-in back and side yard to allow ample space for small and big dogs with separated gated areas for canine guests that require it. 30-minute walks, fresh food and water, and unlimited playtime are included in all overnight stays.

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4.1
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4.0 / 5 (154)
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4.7 / 5 (13)

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Paws 'n' Rec

1719 West Lemon Street, Tampa, FL 33606
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming
  • Bathing / Grooming

Business Description

Paws 'n' Rec is a pet care provider that serves clients in Tampa. Its services include daycare, overnight boarding, grooming services, and playtime activities for dogs. Paws 'n' Rec's dog hotel facility features cage-free and handcrafted boarding accommodations. The company also offers one-on-one playtime between pets and its staff members. Exercises such as puppy puzzles before bedtime are also provided. Paws 'n' Rec also provides premium spa services that include baths, nail trims, teeth brushings, ear cleanings, and de-shedding treatments.

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4.3
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4.0 / 5 (106)
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4.7 / 5 (58)

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Perfect Pets

2305 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612
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  • Daycare
  • Dog Walking

Business Description

Perfect Pets is a full-service pet care company based in Tampa. It is a dog daycare, grooming salon, boutique, and pet concierge. Its daycare and boarding services involve structured and supervised pack play. Its team is trained in canine communication and body language. Furthermore, the dog daycare facility has indoor and outdoor playgrounds that are allergen-free and climate-controlled. Perfect Pets has been in business since 2010 and is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International.

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4.4
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4.0 / 5 (84)
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4.9 / 5 (73)

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Preppy Pet Tampa West

13513 Prestige Place, Tampa, FL 33635
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  • Daycare

Business Description

Preppy Pet Tampa West is a dog daycare and boarding facility that serves clients in the city and in nearby communities. It offers suites of various sizes for individual dogs and multiple pets, including toy-sized or large-sized breeds. The facility has a large indoor space for playtime, complete with a playground and toys. Its staff members also provide up to five walks a day, playtime supervision, and scheduled feedings. The facility also has an online camera for its clients to access while away.

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4.2
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4.0 / 5 (106)

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Puppy Manor

5103 South West Shore Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33611
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  • Daycare
  • Training

Business Description

Established in October 2013, Puppy Manor is a Tampa-based business that offers dog daycare and overnight care services for dogs of all breeds and ages. The 5,000 square feet facility has indoor and outdoor areas where dogs can safely play, run, and hang out with other four-legged companions. It comprises professionals who are trained to provide luxury cage-free dog boarding services. Its dog boarding guests stay in a comfortable and secure facility. Puppy Manor also has one-on-one and group dog training classes.

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4.0 / 5 (67)
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5.0 / 5 (55)

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Puppy Palace South Tampa

4313 West Pearl Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
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  • Grooming

Business Description

Puppy Palace of South Tampa is a dog and cat boarding facility serving pet owners in Tampa. Its dog and feline suites services include baths, walks, indoor play, and private pool time. Additionally, the facility offers daycare and grooming solutions for all dog breeds. Clients can choose specific haircuts and specialty shampoos for the grooming service. Puppy Palace of South Tampa provides a live stream of its facility where owners can watch and see the condition of their pets real-time.

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4.0 / 5 (308)

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Royal Pets Market & Resort Plus Veterinary Center

16010 Mapledale Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33624
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  • Grooming

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Royal Pets Market & Resort Plus Veterinary Center is a dog boarding facility that serves clients in Tampa and the surrounding areas. Its boarding services include amenities, such as flat-screen TVs, grassed relief area, playtime, suites, and treat time. In addition, it provides anal gland expression, baths, cucumber facial scrubs, ear cleaning, and nail trim. Bryan McGoldrick, the center's chief veterinary officer, is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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4.0 / 5 (486)
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3.7 / 5 (6)

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Vetria Pet Wellness & Surgery Center

7917 North Armenia Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
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  • Training
  • Puppy Care

Business Description

Vetria Pet Wellness & Surgery Center provides services to the Tampa area. It offers dog boarding facilities, puppy training, bathing, ear cleaning, and nail trimming services. It also handles cold laser therapy, microchipping, euthanasia, orthopedic surgery, and hip replacement procedures. Vetria Pet Wellness & Surgery Center has been in the business for over 60 years and specializes in cabin orthopedics, diabetes and nutrition, cancer, and stem cell therapy. One of its veterinarians, Jim Hughes, is the first veterinarian who performs feline kidney transplants in the U.S.

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4.0 / 5 (214)
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4.5 / 5 (53)
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4.0 / 5 (10)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Dog boarding, sometimes referred to as doggie day care, offers pet-sitting services for dogs of varying breeds and ages. Services provided include overnight housing in temperature- and light-controlled kennels, medication administration, bathing, and feeding with veterinarian-approved food or food brought from home.

Dog boarding and doggie day care facilities provide owners with peace of mind in knowing that their pets are being cared for by licensed and trained professionals. Boarding options range from one to 30 days or longer, and many companies offer additional services, such as spa treatments and obedience training.

What is dog boarding? 

Dog boarding facilities provide housing and care for dogs for short- and long-term stays. Services include kenneling, daily exercise, feeding, and grooming. While at-home pet sitting providers offer similar services, the main difference between the two is that professional facilities are licensed, and they must follow state regulations to ensure the safety of animals in their care.

What is included with dog boarding?

Services included with dog boarding can vary based on specific facility offerings, but most boarding centers offer daily exercise programs, clean, sanitized bedding, temperature-controlled housing, fresh water, and veterinarian-approved dog food. Boarding technicians also administer required medications and supplements, and many facilities offer grooming and bathing services.

Should I board my dog at the vet?

Certain veterinary offices provide boarding services, as overnight staff are readily available, and animals have immediate access to medical care. While boarding a dog at the vet is perfectly safe, some dogs are uneasy about going to the doctor, leading to anxiety and resistance at drop-off.

What is board and training for dogs?

Board and training programs for dogs combine overnight boarding with obedience training. Dogs stay at boarding facilities throughout their training programs, which typically last between one and four weeks. During their stay, dogs are trained to hinder behavior, such as jumping and pulling on leashes, and they learn basic commands, such as heel and stay.

Do dog board and train programs work?

Board and train programs have proven to be effective for many dogs, as they learn everything from basic commands to new behaviors that result in positive reinforcement. However, not all dogs respond to board and train programs, so alternative training and behavior modification courses may be necessary in some cases.

Are there any regulation requirements for dog boarding facilities?

Specific regulation requirements for dog boarding facilities can vary from state to state, but all kennel owners must obtain the appropriate licensing, and property must be zoned for kenneling. Additionally, all facilities must be designed to remain structurally sound and maintain fresh-air ventilation systems, and hot and cold running water is required.

How can I prepare my dog for boarding in a kennel or pet hotel?

Dog owners may wish to visit the facility with their pets before boarding to help them acclimate to the environment. A visit to the veterinarian is also a good idea to ensure the dog is in good health before spending time away from home. If a dog is used to sleeping with other dogs or people, owners should encourage them to sleep alone for a few nights before the stay.

What should I bring with my dog for long-term boarding?

When dropping off a dog for long-term boarding, owners should bring the following:

  • Food to last the duration of the pet's stay
  • Medication and supplements, if needed
  • One or two favorite toys for comfort and familiarity
  • Vaccination documentation
  • One or two dog leashes, if required by the facility

How do I board my dog for the first time? 

Before boarding a dog for the first time, it's a good idea for owners and their pets to visit the establishment to get a feel for the environment and learn about the boarding process. It's also important for dogs to be vaccinated for kennel cough, canine distemper, and rabies prior to boarding. Dog owners can also "try out" boarding facilities by placing their pets for a one-night stay to gauge their comfort levels and familiarize them with the environment.

Do dogs like boarding kennels?

Dogs are highly adaptable; however, whether they are comfortable in a boarding kennel depends on various factors. Anxiety due to missing their owners and being in an unfamiliar space may cause a dog to feel stressed. Reputable providers work hard to ensure dogs are comfortable and content during their stays.

How much is dog boarding per day?

On average, dog boarding costs between $25 and $85 per day/night. Factors that can lead to higher or lower costs include the state, additional services needed, special diets, included grooming, and included training. Weekly dog boarding costs average $150, and monthly costs are approximately $500.

How much is dog board and training per day?

Rates for dog board and training per day can vary based on specific company prices and services offered. In general, two-week programs start at around $900, but they can go significantly higher. Dog owners should confirm with dog boarding centers if single-day sessions are offered, as professional training often requires more than one session.

Do you tip for dog boarding?

It's not customary or required to tip for dog boarding or kenneling, but customers can offer tips if so inclined. It's always a good idea to check with the boarding center before providing a tip to ensure it's not against company policy.

How long can you board a dog?

Specific lengths of boarding time can vary per facility, but in general, it's recommended to board a dog for no longer than 30 days at a time. While many dogs adapt to new environments, they may also form attachments to their caregivers, leading to resistance when it is time to leave the facility.

Is it safe to board a puppy?

It's safe to board puppies that are four months of age or older. Depending on the boarding facility, dog owners may be required to bring proof of age and documentation of all puppy shots. Puppy owners should consult with their veterinarians before boarding to ensure their pets are healthy enough to be placed in a new environment.

Do dogs get sad when boarded?

Yes, it's common for some dogs to become emotional when boarded. They may miss their owners and the overall change of environment, including dietary changes, which can be jarring. However, dogs are adaptable, and quality kennels and boarding centers work hard to ensure that their needs are met through socialization and attention.

What vaccines do dogs need to be boarded?

The vaccines required for dogs to enter boarding facilities or doggy day care centers are upper respiratory or kennel cough, rabies, and canine distemper. Dogs should also be current with all other vaccines and take preventative tablets for fleas and heartworm.

Can dogs get sick from boarding?

Several factors can cause a dog to become ill during boarding. While transmittable viruses that lead to kennel cough are quite common, dogs can also get sick due to the stress of a new environment and dietary changes that lead to stomach upset. Vaccinations help prevent dogs from picking up certain viruses and bacterial infections, so owners need to ensure that all shots are up-to-date before boarding.

How long does kennel cough last after being boarded?

When a dog is exposed to kennel cough, the incubation period is approximately two to 14 days following exposure. Symptoms, such as a mild cough and nasal discharge, can last a few weeks. In most cases, kennel cough is not serious, but pet owners should schedule a veterinarian visit to rule out secondary infections.

How do I start a doggy daycare?

You should have experience with and knowledge of dog care before launching a dog daycare. Your business must comply with all state and local laws. You also need to choose what type of business formation you want. Visit the Small Business Administration website and the site for your Secretary of State’s office for guidelines, tips, advice, and resources.

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