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Rover

Boston, MA
  • 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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Boston Paws

313 Belgrade Avenue, Boston, MA 02131
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  • Daycare

Business Description

Boston Paws is a family-owned daycare facility that provides boarding services to its clients' pets in the metro. The facility's trained professionals supervise the dogs 24 hours a day and provide training and exercise for them. In addition, the dogs at its daycare are usually divided into three groups based on their size, age, and temperament in order for them to interact and bond inside their designated playing area. Boston Paws also offers spa services for pets to accommodate their grooming needs.

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4.3
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4.1 / 5 (49)
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4.5 / 5 (35)

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Common Dog

57 Garden Street, Everett, MA 02149
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  • Training

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Common Dog has been serving Boston and nearby communities in Massachusetts since 1997. The company offers boarding, daycare, training, and grooming services. Dog suites are the larger rooms furnished with an outside park view, soft bed, toys, and TV. Smaller basic rooms are also available. Additionally, the firm provides a private shuttle bus for transporting dogs to and from the facility. Laura Donnell, the owner with a lifelong passion for taking care of dogs, has over 20 years of industry experience.

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4.6
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4.8 / 5 (96)
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4.8 / 5 (70)
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4.0 / 5 (54)

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Crate Escape

368 Huron Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
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  • Daycare

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Serving Boston and nearby areas, Crate Escape is a business that provides dog daycare and overnight boarding services. This facility is equipped with air filtration and vacuum systems. Its indoor and outdoor play areas are climate-controlled and the facility is sanitized using vet-grade disinfectants. It also provides door-to-door van service and grooming services, such as baths, teeth and ear cleaning, and full grooms. Crate Escape is also available to serve clients 24 hours a day.

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4.3 / 5 (31)
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5.0 / 5 (19)

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Got Pawz?

204 Bridge Street, Weymouth, MA 02191
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  • Daycare
  • Training

Business Description

Got Pawz? is a dog boarding and grooming facility serving Boston. Its daycare and sleepover programs include indoor and outdoor playtime for dogs. Furthermore, it assists customers with the transportation of their pets to and from the facility. The company's staff is trained in pet safety and hospitality. Got Pawz? was established in 2001 by Tom Fleming, a kennel operator and a canine service professional with more than 20 years of industry experience. Tom is an animal lover with three dogs of his own.

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4.0
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4.0 / 5 (141)

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Luxe Pet Resort

1220 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA 02132
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  • Bathing / Grooming
  • Cat Care
  • Puppy Care
  • Doggy Day Care
  • Drop In Visits
  • Boarding

Business Description

Luxe Pet Resort is a dog and cat boarding facility serving pet owners in the Boston area. It features a climate-controlled facility with an indoor play area, a large outdoor play yard, and an air-filtration system to reduce airborne contaminants. The facility conducts dog hikes, obedience training classes, dog grooming services, and a self-serve dog wash. Luxe Pet Resort's operator Nancy is certified in dog training and grooming and co-owns the business with her husband, Greg.

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4.7
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5.0 / 5 (158)
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4.5 / 5 (67)
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3.5 / 5 (31)

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Oceanview Kennel & Pet Resort

705 North Shore Road, Revere, MA 02151
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Business Description

Oceanview Kennel & Pet Resort is a dog boarding facility in Boston. It offers doggie day care, pick-up or drop-off service, pet grooming, and dog boarding. Oceanview has a large turf yard, themed or events days with photographs, and playtime. Oceanview Kennel & Pet Resort is open from Mondays to Saturdays. Owner Lisa Cutting has been rescuing dog pets before opening Oceanview outside of Boston with an overflowing love for dogs.

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4.3
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5.0 / 5 (51)
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4.0 / 5 (49)
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Playful Paws

231 Broadway, Malden, MA 02148
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  • Puppy Care

Business Description

Playful Paws is a pet care business that serves clients in Boston. It offers dog boarding services that include an outdoor exercise area that is loaded with equipment and toys to keep dogs entertained. The business also features monitored indoor facilities with beds, couches, and television sets. In addition, a wide range of daycare and grooming services are available. Playful Paws has been serving pet owners in the metro area for more than 10 years.

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4.4
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4.7 / 5 (91)
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4.3 / 5 (81)
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4.0 / 5 (50)

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Pooch Hotel

285 Newtonville Avenue, Newton, MA 02460
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  • Bathing / Grooming
  • Doggy Day Care
  • Boarding

Business Description

Pooch Hotel is a dog boarding facility that serves the Boston area. It offers various room types, including deluxe, executive, and palace suites with natural lighting and tempered glass doors for each pet's privacy. It also provides dogs with spa treatments, treadmill runs, and pool time to maintain their health and relaxation. In addition, it gives webcam access to pet owners for them to view their pets anywhere they are. Pooch Hotel provides dog daycare, spa, and training services as well.

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4.0 / 5 (253)

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Tail Waggerz

217 California Street, Newton, MA 02458
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  • Bathing / Grooming
  • Doggy Day Care
  • Boarding

Business Description

Tail Waggerz provides crate-free dog boarding facilities for pet owners in the Boston area. It offers daycare services and overnight boarding for all types of dogs. It operates 10,000 sq ft of indoor and outdoor play areas. Additionally, the facility provides full-service grooming that includes baths, nail trims, teeth cleaning, anal gland expression, and full-body hair cuts. Tail Waggerz has staff members on duty all night to take care of the pets in the facility.

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4.5
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4.5 / 5 (104)
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4.4 / 5 (77)
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4.8 / 5 (68)

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Tails

385 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02130
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  • Bathing / Grooming
  • Doggy Day Care
  • Boarding

Business Description

Tails is a family-owned dog boarding facility serving the Boston metro. Its owners, who are animal lovers themselves, are dedicated to providing quality care to each pet. Tails specializes in cage-free and stimulating dog boarding and bathing programs, which include bath and brush, ear cleaning, teeth cleaning, and nail clipping. In addition, the facility provides a variety of daycare services, monthly grooming, rehabilitation, and customized exercise programs for dogs, cats, and other small animals.

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4.6
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5.0 / 5 (7)

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The Dog Scoop

216 Webster Street, Newton, MA 02465
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming
  • Transportation

Business Description

The Dog Scoop has been serving pets and pet owners in Boston since 2003. It provides canine training, daycare, and boarding for an overnight or an extended vacation. The facility is 7,000 square feet and has indoor and outdoor areas where dogs can play, socialize, and relax. It includes a back porch, fenced-in outdoor area, a common room, couches, and comfortable cubbies for lounging. The Dog Scoop is the pioneer of the Open Pack dog care concept.

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4.7
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4.8 / 5 (143)
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4.9 / 5 (54)
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4.0 / 5 (47)

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The Urban Hound

129 West Malden Street, Boston, MA 02118
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  • Daycare

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The Urban Hound is a full-service pet care facility that serves clients in Boston. It has been serving the community for over 13 years, providing dog boarding, walking, and training services. The facility has a hospital-grade air filtration system, high-tech drainage, indoor play yards, and 24/7 supervision. For new clients, the facility requires the owners to present proof of pet vaccination records. Moreover, The Urban Hound has received the Boston's Best Pet Resort Award in 2017 from The Improper.

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4.5
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4.0 / 5 (76)
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4.7 / 5 (73)
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5.0 / 5 (29)

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Toureen Pet Resort & Spa

380 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472
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  • Bathing / Grooming
  • Boarding

Business Description

Toureen Pet Resort & Spa is a family-owned company that caters to clients in Boston and nearby areas. It takes care of pets whose owners are planning to go on vacation through its dog boarding services. Additionally, it offers grooming services, such as anal gland expression, custom hair cutting, ear cleaning, medicated bathing, nail clipping. Hot oil treatments, pedicures, and specialty shampoos are also provided. Toureen Pet Resort & Spa has been in the business since 1926.

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4.4 / 5 (202)
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3.0 / 5 (139)
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4.8 / 5 (48)

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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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