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Best Dog Boarding Facilities in Chicago

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Rover

Chicago, IL
  • Dog Boarding
  • Puppy Care

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!

Chicago, IL

Why choose this provider?

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29W516 Wilson Street, West Chicago, IL 60185
  • Grooming

Why choose this provider?

Our Family Pet Sitting Resort & SPA is a family-owned and family-operated business serving the pet owners of Chicago and the surrounding areas since 2016. It offers overnight dog boarding services, including individual kennels, Kuranda beds, and 24-hour on-site care. Its daycare program includes outdoor play yard and playground time, indoor arts and crafts time, and salon pampering services. Our Family Pet Sitting Resort & SPA is a member of the International Boarding & Pet Services Association.

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4.0
Google
4.0 / 5 (189)

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10051 Kitty Avenue, Chicago Ridge, IL 60415
  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Why choose this provider?

Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort, Inc., serves furry guests in and around Chicago. It offers pet owners a range of dog-friendly suites and condominiums. Each suite has a color television, music, optional pet patios, and dog doors for convenient access. All dogs are supervised by the resort's trained staff, who are available 24/7. Doggie care, grooming and pampering, pet training, webcam viewing, and veterinary rehabilitation are also available. Pawsitively Heaven Pet Resort has been in operation since 2007.

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4.6
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (89)
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (60)

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1924 West Fulton Street, Chicago, IL 60612
  • Daycare
  • Training

Why choose this provider?

Zen Dogs Chicago is a dog boarding facility that strives to offer a comfortable and safe environment for dogs while their owners are away. It provides boarding and daycare services that include programs designed for playtime and exercise. Moreover, pets at the facility are monitored by its live-in staff 24 hours a day. The facility also handles training evaluation and consultation by appointment. In addition, rescued dogs are available for adoption. Each pet at Zen Dogs is evaluated for social suitability before receiving a service.

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4.8
Google
4.7 / 5 (47)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (37)

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3.5
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5135 North Ravenswood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
  • Daycare

Why choose this provider?

Bow Wow Lounge is a canine car center that serves Chicago. Included in its line of services is dog boarding, which involves medicine administration and meal feeding. The company's 2,500 square-foot climate-controlled boarding facility houses suites that cater to dogs up to over 36 pounds. Additional services such as bath, grooming, and neighborhood walks are provided by the staff members. Bow Wow Lounge, which also offers daycare and grooming services, has been operating since 2002.

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4.0
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (85)
Google
4.0 / 5 (60)

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5508 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Why choose this provider?

Canine Social Club is a dog boarding facility serving clients in Chicago. The 1,500 square-foot indoor park is equipped with skylights with controlled humidity and temperature. The facility allows the dogs to interact with one another for exercise and socialization. There is a smaller play area for petite dogs. For overnight guests, custom-made tiled suites with raised kennel decking and antimicrobial flooring are available. Canine Social Club also offers full-service grooming and a retail store with dog treats and homemade gourmet meals.

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4.7
Google
4.7 / 5 (98)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (92)
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (77)

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2550 West Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
  • Daycare

Why choose this provider?

Based in Chicago, Active! Dog Daycare and Boarding specializes in a wide range of services for pet dogs. It offers boarding services with evening and morning meals included. Its staff also provides 24-hour supervision on all dog boarders. The facility offers half-day and whole-day daycare services with an option to include transportation. Other services include dog grooming and walking, as well as training sessions. Basic grooming services include shampooing, drying, and brush-outs.

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4.0
Google
4.0 / 5 (18)

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2924 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Daycare
  • Training

Why choose this provider?

Established in 2011, Rockstar Pets is a full-service pet care business that serves pet owners in Chicago and its surrounding areas. It offers overnight boarding, including individual kennels with Kuranda beds, as well as daycare and medication for dogs. It also provides baths, pedicures, toothbrushing, and ear cleaning. Additionally, Rockstar Pets offers cat sitting services, including feeding, play sessions, litter box maintenance, and medication administration. The staff at Rockstar Pets is also certified in pet CPR and first aid.

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4.9
Google
4.8 / 5 (90)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (49)

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3.8
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511 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60610
  • Grooming
  • Cat Care

Why choose this provider?

Old Town Animal Care Center caters to clients in Chicago. It offers a wide array of services, including dog boarding and daycare, cold laser therapy, in-house laboratory testing, spaying and neutering, and ultrasound and surgery. Additionally, it provides grooming services, such as anal gland expression, bathing, de-matting, ear cleaning, and fur trims and cuts. Tony Kremer, the owner, is one of the clinic's veterinarians. He is the founder of Help Save Pets, an animal shelter that has been saving pets since 2000.

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3.0
Google
3.0 / 5 (186)
Facebook
3.0 / 5 (29)

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5.0
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350 North Laflin Street, Chicago, IL 60607
  • Grooming

Why choose this provider?

Pet Care Plus is a dog boarding facility and daycare that has been serving the pet owners of Chicago for more than two decades. It offers dog boarding services for dogs of varying sizes and has amenities such as individual suites, fleece beddings, and group play sessions. Additionally, boarding services for special needs dogs, including medically appropriate beddings and regular staff observations, are available. The staff members of Pet Care Plus are trained and certified in pet first aid care and CPR.

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4.3
Google
4.6 / 5 (147)
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (139)
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (3)

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5.0
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1775 West Greenleaf Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626
  • Daycare
  • Grooming
  • Dog Walking

Why choose this provider?

Bark Place is a dog boarding facility that serves clients from Chicago and its surrounding areas. The business offers daycare spaces for dogs of all breeds and sizes, as well as daycare and walking services. Grooming services are also available, including ear cleaning, nail trimming, teeth brushing, and dremeling. The facility has a team of play group leaders that is experienced in facilitating safe play and engaging with dogs to give them a positive experience.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (82)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (4)

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5.0
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1616 North Washtenaw Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
  • Daycare

Why choose this provider?

Canine Crews is a dog daycare and boarding facility based in Chicago. Providing services for dogs since 2009, the facility offers daycare, boarding, dog birthday parties, dog bus, MINDful play, and puppy program. It also offers group training, grooming, walking, and overnight accommodations. Canine Crews has locations in West Bucktown and River West, housing 12,000 square feet of indoor space, as well as a large outdoor play area. Its facilities have one of the largest play spaces for dogs in Chicago.

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4.7
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (129)
Facebook
4.7 / 5 (100)
Google
4.9 / 5 (68)

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5.0
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4130 North Rockwell Street, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Grooming

Why choose this provider?

Stay. A Modern Dog Hotel is a dog boarding facility and grooming center that has been serving the pet owners of Chicago for more than a decade. It offers dog boarding services for canines of various sizes and has amenities such as private suites and beddings. Some of its additional services are dog playgroups, nature walks, and treadmill exercises. Stay. A Modern Dog Hotel is a member of the American Boarding Kennels Association and the North American Dog Day Care Association.

Reputation:

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4.6
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (164)
Google
4.7 / 5 (141)
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (53)

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5.0
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3522 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60657
  • Daycare

Why choose this provider?

Camp Wiggles is a boarding facility providing services to dogs in Chicago and the surrounding communities. It caters to dogs while their fur parents are out of town for a night, a week, or even longer. It also offers day camp services where dogs can play and interact with other dog campers at the facility. Camp Wiggles features various amenities, including two playrooms, soothing music, sanitary flooring, a potty area, and private glass-front suites for nap time.

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4.0
Google
4.0 / 5 (27)

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5.0
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1050 Dundee Avenue, East Dundee, IL 60118
  • Daycare
  • Grooming
  • House Sitting
  • Training

Why choose this provider?

Pampered Pet Services Resort & Spa is a full-service pet care provider serving pets and pet owners in Chicago and nearby areas. It offers various services for dogs, including dog walking and in-home pet sitting services, doggy daycare, indoor swimming, full-service grooming, and boarding. The all-inclusive boarding has two guest-houses in different sizes to accommodate all kinds of dogs. It includes playtime, exercise, and feeding food and medicine. The company started in 2002 as an in-home pet sitting service.

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3.6
Yelp
3.5 / 5 (26)
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (2)

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5.0
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5943 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
  • Grooming
  • Training
  • Dog Walking

Why choose this provider?

Bark Bark Club is a dog boarding facility and daycare that serves the pet owners of Chicago and the surrounding areas. It offers crate-free dog boarding services, which include feeding and medication administration services. In addition, it also provides doggy daycare services, which include indoor and outdoor playtimes. The staff members of the Bark Bark Club are trained and certified in pet first aid care and CPR. The company also supports the charity organization Care for Real.

Reputation:

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (206)
Facebook
4.6 / 5 (94)

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5.0
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2231 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
  • Daycare

Why choose this provider?

Chi-Town Dog House is a dog boarding facility catering to pet owners in Chicago. With an open play area of 4,500 square feet, the facility offers comfortable crates as accommodation for fur babies. Dogs are separated according to size during group playtime and are monitored round the clock. Lodging services do not include early check-out time. Dogs aged 6 months or older are required to be neutered or spayed to avoid breeding during group playtime.

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4.0
Google
4.0 / 5 (34)

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1030 North Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60642
  • Daycare
  • Grooming
  • Transportation

Why choose this provider?

Dog. Hotel | Daycare is a privately owned and locally operated dog boarding facility that serves the pet owners of Chicago and the surrounding areas. It offers dog boarding services, with amenities such as individual suites, bed and blanket combos, dog playgroups, and potty and stretch breaks every two hours. Deluxe amenities such as flat-screen televisions, raised beds, tempered glass fronts, and in-suite cameras are also available. In addition, Dog. Hotel | Daycare also provides group daycare and grooming services.

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (68)
Facebook
4.0 / 5 (1)

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5.0
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4205 Belle Aire Lane, Downers Grove, IL 60515
  • Daycare
  • Grooming
  • Puppy Care

Why choose this provider?

Belle Aire Kennels is a pet resort that serves clients and their four-legged companions in Chicago and the nearby areas. It provides dog boarding services with a variety of amenities, including sleeping areas, toy-filled play areas, and pet feeding places. Its employees have all been trained to administer any medications that may be required. Dog grooming, dog daycare, and pet stress management programs are all available at the resort. Belle Aire Kennels has been in operation since 1963.

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3.8
Google
3.8 / 5 (73)
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (45)

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FAQs

  • 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.