Laurels
Best Dog Boarders
in Minneapolis
2017

Why These Dog Boarders?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored dog boarders on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best dog boarders in Minneapolis, MN.

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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.

ADOGO Pet Hotels

ADOGO Pet Hotels has three locations in the Minneapolis area that provide dog boarding, daycare, grooming, and training services. Created by a former executive in the (human) hotel industry, the business accommodates social, friendly dogs older than six months and more than eight pounds. Trained staff evaluate dog temperament and supervise playgroups. ADOGO Pet Hotels is a frequent recipient of “best of” awards from Lake Minnetonka and Maple Grove Magazines.

Minnetonka, MN(952) 933-5200

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Animal Inn Pet Resort & Spa

Boarding and daycare accommodations for Minneapolis dogs of all ages are the specialties at Animal Inn Pet Resort & Spa. Originally opened in 1966, the boarding facility has been a charter member of the Better Business Bureau for 30 years and earned a St. Croix Valley Magazine Best of 2016 Award. Dog boarding includes indoor space with natural lighting, elevated beds, daily wellness checks, and both individual and group playtime.

Lake Elmo, MN(651) 777-0255

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Armstrong Ranch Kennels

Boarding care at Armstrong Ranch Kennels, 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, is customizable for each family pet or show dog. The kennel is the largest dog boarding and training facility in the Midwest, recommended by veterinarians and satisfied customers since 1926. Lodging is in rooms sized to accommodate toys or giants, each with an individual run. Management lives on site and can accommodate dogs with special needs, puppies, and cats.

Anoka, MN(763) 427-1777

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Bed and Bone Too, Inc.

Dog boarding and daycare facilities at Bed and Bone Too, Inc., are in a homelike setting in Buffalo, 35 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Taxi service is available for dogs in a wide area including the Twin Cities and St. Cloud. The staff takes care of each dog’s physical and emotional needs, giving medicine, arranging grooming, and playing one-on-one. Bed and Bone Too has multiple Angie’s List Super Service awards.

Buffalo, MN(612) 333-7387

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Blue Ribbon Kennels, Inc

Blue Ribbon Kennels, Inc, (BRK) is a Burnsville dog boarding and grooming facility in operation since 1985. Located 25 minutes south of Minneapolis, BRK hosts 6,000 square feet of space for individual and group off-leash play. Kennels have radiant heating, a clean air exchange system, and four-foot stainless steel panels. The owner is a professional dog groomer with 30 years of experience, and BRK is a BBB accredited member.

Burnsville, MN(952) 435-7536

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Bluff High Kennels

The owners of Bluff High Kennels in Savage live on the property and have experience showing dogs. Clients bring dogs from all over the Twin Cities Metro area for grooming and boarding, with pickup and delivery service available. Dogs board in private runs and staff members check in on them at night as well as administering medication. Bluff High Kennels has been in operation for more than 30 years.

Savage, MN(952) 890-6010

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Canine Country Club

The family owners of Canine Country Club in Elko have built the dog boarding and daycare business from customer and veterinarian referrals over 35 years. Dogs from Minneapolis and St. Paul Southwest suburbs play with other dogs and rest in spaces designated for either supervised high energy, social, or senior activity. The country setting has six outdoor play areas and an indoor home-style environment. Canine Country Club also boards cats.

Apple Valley, MN(952) 461-2209

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Downtown Dogs

Downtown Dogs provides daycare and boarding for all breeds, sizes, and ages of dogs in downtown Minneapolis. Boarding options include open, off-leash play rooms or individual kennels. The company incorporates green practices such as using recycled mats and a low energy air filtration system. Downtown Dogs participates in the community by fostering more than 100 dogs a year, donating to rescues and shelters, and being involved in Quorum as an LGBTQ ally.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 374-3647

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Lucky Dog Pet Lodge

The dog boarding, daycare, and grooming facilities of Lucky Dog Pet Lodge are located a few blocks from the Mall of America and include the largest outdoor play area in the Twin Cities. Boarding dogs must socialize well because they will participate in open space daycare. The Lucky Dog Pet Lodge staff, knowledgeable in breeds and behavior, includes certified vet techs, pre-veterinarian med school students, and experienced pet sitters.

Bloomington, MN(952) 767-2040

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Metro Dogs Daycare & Boarding

Located downtown Minneapolis in the North Loop, Metro Dogs Daycare & Boarding serves busy urban dog owners. Staff members, some Red Cross certified in Pet First Aid, are trained in canine behavior, help with crate and potty training, care for senior dog needs, and manage safe group play. The owner has served on the board of Helping Paws and participates with Pet Partners Therapy Team.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 333-3612

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Now Boarding

Now Boarding is an affiliate of Animal Humane Society, providing dog boarding, daycare, and grooming in Minneapolis since 2008. The staff includes former zoo workers and AHS employees who take care of dogs, cats, and critters in a 23,000 square foot facility with private outdoor run spaces. Clients select the type of activities and social interaction their dogs need. Now Boarding offers parking and shuttle service to the airport.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 454-4850

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Oak Ridge Pet Boarding

The Minnetrista site of Oak Ridge Pet Boarding converted from a dairy farm to dog boarding facility in 1967. Dogs from all over the Twin Cities receive individualized daycare and overnight accommodation, interacting only with staff and dogs from the same family. Services such as photo updates, grooming, bedding, and multiple walks are available. Oak Ridge Pet Boarding has received Lake Pioneer Readers Choice Best Kennel designation multiple times.

Minnetrista, MN(952) 472-3702

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Paws, Claws & Hooves

Paws, Claws & Hooves provides dog, cat, and small animal boarding and dog daycare services in Chanhassen, southwest of Minneapolis. Lodging options include simple runs and pampered boarding with playtime, comfortable bedding, massage, brushing, and a bath provided. Non-familiar dogs are never together during boarding, but daycare does have available group playtimes. The facility also offers cremation services.

Chanhassen, MN(952) 445-6403

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Pets Are Inn

Pets Are Inn is a dog, cat, and other small pet care service that arranges for boarding in Minneapolis and south suburban prescreened, private homes. The local franchise of a national pet boarding business has won Edina Magazine “Best of” awards several times since its 1980s opening. Pets Are Inn services support a pet’s emotional and physical wellbeing, selecting host families to provide feeding and routines similar to their home experience.

Minneapolis, MN(952) 837-1877

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Pure Spirit

Pure Spirit is a Twin Cities dog and other pet boarding and behavior consultation business. Boarding dogs have access to individual overnight kennels, medication administration, walks, tummy rubs, and a large dog run. The owner, Marilyn, is an animal communication specialist, with a background in corporate human relations, education in psychology, and 20 years of dog training experience. Other staff members have vet tech, zoo keeping, and biology education backgrounds.

Eden Prairie, MN(952) 226-2622

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Ruff Love Dogs

Ruff Love Dogs is a Northeast Minneapolis dog daycare facility with boarding available for regular daycare customers. In-home boarding is an option in which dogs stay at the facility during the day, and the staff takes them to each dog’s home at night, returning in the morning. Kennel boarding is also an option. All daycare dogs must socialize well as there is no crating or size and energy separation.

Minneapolis, MN(612) 331-4248

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Stone Mountain Pet Lodge

Dog boarding at Stone Mountain Pet Lodge in Blaine, north of Minneapolis, applies an individual handling system in which dogs interact with Certified Pet Care Technicians and not with other, non-family dogs. The lodge also provides dog daycare, with optional social activity. Boarding suites have windows with natural light and accommodations range from low key to high energy activities. Nature trail walks, off-leash playtime, and medication administration are available at additional cost.

Blaine, MN(763) 792-8929

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The Canine Club and Spa

The Canine Club and Spa is a dog boarding and daycare facility located 15 minutes from Minneapolis. Staff members include caregivers certified in Pet CPR and First Aid, a professional trainer, and groomers. Boarding facilities have large suites with plush beds. The business supports the Carver-Scott Humane Society, is a Chamber of Commerce member, and has received Best Kennel and Dog Daycare awards from SouthWest Metro magazine and Rovernight Network.

Chanhassen, MN(952) 361-9663

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Woof Central

Woof Central is a family-owned facility for dog boarding, daycare, and grooming close to South Minneapolis and Edina. Dogs receive exercise, socialization, and attention and staff members work during the day on manners and behavior. Each boarding and daycare dog must be physically healthy and friendly toward staff and other dogs. Woof Central has 11,000 square feet of indoor space, including four play areas. Pet taxi service is available.

Richfield, MN(612) 866-9663

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Woof Dah!

Woof Dah! is a dog daycare and cage-free boarding facility in Burnsville, south of Minneapolis. Dogs sleep in an open space room with orthopedic beds, TVs, and staff members in the room overnight for dogs who need human companionship. The Woof Dah! team includes degreed and certified vet techs and assistants, pre-veterinarian med students, and members certified in Pet First Aid and educated in biology, psychology, and animal science.

Burnsville, MN(952) 895-1700

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