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Rover

Charlotte, NC
  • Puppy Care
  • Dog Boarding

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 (1494)
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4.4 / 5 (224)
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2.5 / 5 (31)

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All Dogs Unleashed

205 Peachtree Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217
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  • Doggy Day Care
  • Boarding

Business Description

All Dogs Unleashed is a dog care facility serving pet owners in the Charlotte area. It provides boarding services as well as a two-week board and train program to address dog behavior problems. Additionally, it offers daycare services that include socialization. The facility has a mud-free play area, indoor and outdoor spaces, and supervised playtime. Bathing and grooming services using HydroSurge products are available. All Dogs Unleashed specializes in obedience, protection, and service dog training.

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4.3
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4.0 / 5 (292)
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4.6 / 5 (203)

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Armstrong Animal Clinic

4346 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28205
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  • Daycare
  • First Aid / CPR
  • Dog Walking

Business Description

Armstrong Animal Clinic provides boarding services to dogs in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. It accommodates fur parents needing to leave their dogs while they're out of town temporarily or busy for the day. Its teams help dogs interact with others by playing and rolling around the grass with them. In addition, it handles laboratory, radiology, dentistry, anesthesia, and nutritional counseling services. One of its doctors, David Gallagher, has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1995.

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4.9
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4.9 / 5 (249)
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4.9 / 5 (34)
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4.5 / 5 (14)

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Best Care Animal Hospital

1730 Matthews Township Parkway, Matthews, NC 28105
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  • Grooming

Business Description

Best Care Animal Hospital provides a full range of veterinary services for dogs and cats in Charlotte. It offers veterinarian-supervised dog boarding services that include a safe and temperature-controlled environment, daily walks, and prescription diets. The business also provides additional services that include wellness exams, dental care, and grooming. The facility is equipped with smoke, fire, and heat monitoring systems. The owner, Sunil Kakarla, is a veterinarian who has treated about 6,000-7,000 pets each year while working at an animal practice in Durham/RTP.

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4.5
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4.6 / 5 (147)
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4.5 / 5 (50)

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Best Friends Pet Hotel

10301 Feldfarm Lane, Charlotte, NC 28210
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  • Grooming
  • Training

Business Description

Best Friends Pet Hotel has been around since 1995 offering comprehensive pet care services for pet owners in Charlotte. The company offers services in more than 30 locations nationwide and is centered around providing customized services that cater to each pet's unique preferences. Its dog boarding facility offers spacious, crate-free suites with daily housekeeping and room service. Customized activities that include ample playtime are also included. Additionally, Best Friends Pet Hotel boards cats and pocket pets.

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3.9
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4.0 / 5 (130)
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3.5 / 5 (63)
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4.1 / 5 (60)

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Dogs All Day

4460 Old Pineville Road, Charlotte, NC 28217
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  • Dog Walking
  • Doggy Day Care
  • Boarding

Business Description

Dogs All Day has been providing dog daycare and boarding services to pet owners in the Charlotte area since 2009. It offers dog boarding that includes daycare, food, classical music, and night lights. Additionally, luxury suites, training, and grooming services are available. It has over 11,000 square feet of climate-controlled play yards. Pet owners can view their pets online through webcams. Dogs All Day carries various brands of all-natural dog food and treats. Its owner, Anita Williams, has over 15 years of dog-handling experience.

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4.7
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4.7 / 5 (350)
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5.0 / 5 (66)
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4.0 / 5 (48)

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Grateful Pets

10317 Rozzelles Ferry Road, Charlotte, NC 28214
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Business Description

Grateful Pets has been offering pet services to owners in Charlotte and the surrounding communities for more than 27 years. The business has suites and indoor boarding areas to accommodate felines and canines alike. Exercise areas, as well as equipment and toys, are provided as well. Additionally, Grateful Pets offers other services such as bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, and pet taxi. Clients can also visit the facility's store to choose from a wide range of products, including collars, jackets, and accessories.

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4.2
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4.0 / 5 (174)
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5.0 / 5 (79)

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Hight Veterinary Hospital

9528 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28262
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  • Cat Care

Business Description

Hight Veterinary Hospital is an institution that serves clients in Charlotte for more than 20 years. This family-owned association offers dog boarding services to both canines and felines. Dog boarding services include meal and maid services two times a day and fur babies are housed in a climate-controlled indoor kennel. Dogs are required to have certain vaccinations such as rabies, bordetella, canine flu, and canine parvovirus within the last six months and should be negative for intestinal parasites within the last year.

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4.2
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4.0 / 5 (170)
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5.0 / 5 (37)

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Parker Veterinary Hospital PA

2820 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28208
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Business Description

Parker Veterinary Hospital P.A. has been serving pet owners in Charlotte and the surrounding communities since 1937. The practice offers pet boarding services supervised by veterinarians and caring staff members. The clinic's boarding facilities are climate-controlled, and outdoor facilities are sizable enough for exercise runs. Parker Veterinary Hospital also offers grooming and veterinary care services. The staff has a collective experience of over 75 years in caring for cats, dogs, rabbits, and other furry animals.

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4.8
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4.8 / 5 (275)
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5.0 / 5 (10)

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Piper Glen Animal Hospital

5105a Piper Station Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277
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  • Grooming

Business Description

Piper Glen Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary, boarding, and grooming facility in Charlotte. It provides boarding rooms, suites, and condominiums to accommodate feline and canine guests of various sizes. The facility also offers grooming services and a wide range of veterinary services, including diagnostics, dentistry, and surgical care. Pets with behavioral issues, such as excessive barking, chewing, spraying, and digging, can also be brought in for counseling. Piper Glen Animal Hospital is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

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4.2
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4.0 / 5 (183)
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5.0 / 5 (62)

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Puptown Charlotte

8702 Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC 28269
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  • Grooming
  • House Sitting

Business Description

Puptown Charlotte is a locally owned and operated pet daycare and boarding facility that serves the metro and the surrounding communities. Its boarding crates and cabins can be equipped with cots, throws, and orthopedic pillows. Puptown Charlotte also features a 7,000-square-foot climate-controlled facility where dogs can play when the weather outside is not so nice. Additionally, the business has an interactive splash park to provide pets with mental stimulation and physical exercise. Puptown Charlotte has been around since 2009.

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4.2
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4.0 / 5 (117)
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4.6 / 5 (49)

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Skiptown

222 Rampart Street, Charlotte, NC 28203
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Business Description

Skiptown is a dog care service provider catering to the residents of Charlotte. Its facilities include a dog bar, dog daycare, dog boarding, and a self-service dog wash. Its dog boarding service can be booked on the Skiptown app for convenience. Moreover, boarding pets are provided with various amenities, including indoor and outdoor off-leash parks, an agility course, and a splash pad for them to play in. Skiptown also has standard pickup and drop-off services.

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4.6
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5.0 / 5 (27)
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4.0 / 5 (21)
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Social Pet Hotel & Daycare

3814 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28205
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming
  • Training

Business Description

Social Pet Hotel & Daycare is a dog boarding facility serving Charlotte and the surrounding communities. Its lodging options include a villa, condo, and luxury suite. The company also has an indoor play area and an outdoor play area with pools. Moreover, it can accommodate activities such as birthday parties, enrichment activities, and spa services. Social Pet Hotel & Daycare's crew undergoes regular training on techniques to keep pets happy and healthy. Additionally, they offer dog daycare, grooming, and training services.

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4.8
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4.8 / 5 (227)
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4.0 / 5 (7)

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Steele Creek Animal Hospital

9729 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28273
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Business Description

Established in 1985, Steele Creek Animal Hospital is a pet care center that serves the Charlotte area. The center offers a wide range of services, including internal medicine, pet wellness, physical rehabilitation, diagnostic, and therapeutic services. It also has a dog boarding facility equipped with climate-controlled kennels, indoor runs, cages, and fenced outdoor play yards. The center offers pet grooming services as well. Moreover, its owner, Patricia Young, is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association.

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4.5
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4.6 / 5 (177)
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4.7 / 5 (73)
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4.0 / 5 (22)

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The Barker Lounge

1719 Montford Drive, Charlotte, NC 28209
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  • Bathing / Grooming
  • Doggy Day Care
  • Boarding

Business Description

The Barker Lounge is a dog boarding facility serving pet owners in the Charlotte area. It provides all-day dog daycare, overnight boarding, behavioral training, and pet grooming services. Additionally, it offers standard-sized boarding suites for individual dogs and luxury-sized ones to privately home a family of dogs. The Barker Lounge has more than 9,000 square feet of cage-less play space that is climate-controlled and monitored the whole day. Its owners, Caitlin and Russ Owens, are certified in pet first aid and CPR.

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4.0 / 5 (171)
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5.0 / 5 (81)

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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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