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Best Dog Daycares
in Raleigh
2019

Why These Dog Daycares?

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

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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.

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Audrey's Barkyard

Audrey’s Barkyard is an experienced Wake Forest-based pet care provider that does daycare, boarding, and grooming. It has more than a dozen years of experience caring for animals, and it is actively involved in pet foster care and rescue dog programs. The dog daycare features both half-day and full-day options, and it is available to the public seven days per week with limited availability on Sundays. First-time customers may take advantage of the ongoing trial period that allows for one day of daycare or night of boarding at no extra cost. During grooming sessions, the company can provide nail trims, baths, ear cleaning, blow drying, and interior/exterior gland expressions.

Wake Forest, NC 27587 (910) 795-4701

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Brier Creek Pet Hotel

Brier Creek Pet Hotel is a rebranding of the long-running Reedy Creek Kennels, which had earned a solid reputation serving Morrisville and the Raleigh-Durham area before the name change in 2007. The new owner, Dr. Lisa Sarvas, has steadily grown the business to include two VIP suites, in-home care, training classes, and artificial turf play yards. She also has added extended grooming through a board-certified specialist, and each dog’s caregiving follows the tailored specs provided by clients regarding their pet's diet and exercise. Customers have credited staff as loving and playful, noting they are quick to offer unexpected perks to boarding clients.

Morrisville, NC 27560 (919) 469-8185

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Canine Country Club & Pet Hotel

Canine Country Club & Pet Hotel located in Raleigh has served pet owners in the city and surrounding area since opening its doors in 1980. It has earned a solid reputation on social media and in the community over the last three and a half decades, with hundreds of followers on social media and many customer reviews indicating it has several long-term clients who have used it for at least a decade. The primary functions include dog daycare and boarding from its spacious facility, offering play areas, spacious sleeping accommodations, and three walks per day. It also provides in-home pet sitting, professional grooming, and obedience training.

Raleigh, NC 27609 (919) 876-9538

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Dog Diggity Daycare & Boarding

Dog Diggity Daycare & Boarding has received high praise from its clientele over the years with reviews on social media describing it as the best daycare and boarding service in the Raleigh area. The company offers a four-hour temperament testing session at no cost to acclimate the dog and get a sense of how he or she will socialize with other patrons. A full day of playtime at Dog Diggity means 12 hours, which customers have indicated is ideal for most any owner’s workday. On the boarding side, it provides all types of bedding. All owners must bring are food, shot records, and a collared name tag. The company also offers full-service grooming.

Raleigh, NC 27612 (919) 788-2107

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Dog Holiday Resort

Dog Holiday Resort is a boarding service located in Raleigh that offers a variety of perks to their canine clients, such as a custom-built in-ground swimming pool designed safely for animal use. The facility is eight minutes from the downtown area, and in addition to boarding and daycare, it also provides grooming and obedience training. It stays open seven days per week, and some staff is present on holidays. The boarding service includes playtime, staff interaction, extra attention for needier dogs, specialized care for elderly dogs, and gourmet treats that include treat-filled kongs, yogurts, and frozen chicken cubes, to name a few.

Raleigh, NC 27603 (919) 772-8880

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Dog Spoiling

Dog Spoiling is a dog boarding and daycare service located in Raleigh that serves pet owners in the city and surrounding area. The company is licensed and insured in compliance with North Carolina laws, and owner Andrea is a lifelong animal lover who owns multiple pets including dogs, cats, and cockatiels. Her services include a free meet-and-greet where she and the pet can get to know one another, drop-in visits at the client’s home, or dog boarding and daycare at her home. Customer reviews have credited Andrea for being patient and loving towards their pets, accommodating of client schedules, and quick to respond to inquiries.

Raleigh, NC 27606 (919) 264-3726

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Dog Tales

Dog Tales is a Durham-based day camp and boarding facility that specializes in canines and offers a variety of activities. The staff will take pets on multiple hikes and adventures throughout the day with playtime and socialization as well as human affection and attention. The kennels are spacious and clean, and the site is 15 acres that provide ample space for dogs to roam, run, and explore. The company offers individual long-term boarding prices as well as trial visit and extended hours options. Its "Adventure Journal" offers prospective clients a peek at a day-in-the-life before moving forward to provide additional peace of mind. Staff members hold memberships with area organizations and volunteer their time.

Durham, NC 27704 (919) 246-6670

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Doggie Village Apex

Doggie Village Apex is a premier boarding, daycare, and grooming service located in Feltonville just north of Holly Springs. The company owner is Hope Procops, who has many years of experience working with and caring for pets. Through a partnership with Pooches and Purrs, she offers on-site grooming service, but she specializes in helping pets fill their days with socialization, rest, and playtime. She also has a designated cat boarding room. The entire facility is 9,600 square feet to give pets as much space as possible to stretch out and explore. The owner makes a portion of the building available to rescue dogs as well.

Apex, NC 27539 (919) 387-8375

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Dynamic Alliances Family Pet Boarding and Sitting

Dynamic Alliances Family Pet Boarding and Sitting is a facility in Raleigh that serves clients in the surrounding area. The owner is Wayne Russell, and the business is bonded and insured with the state of North Carolina. The long-term boarding option includes access to the boarder’s residence with photos and video chat options available. Homes with multiple pets are eligible for discounted rates. The company also offers in-home pet visits with a 30-minute walk and feeding as well as transport and playtime at a local dog park or greenway. Russell also runs a pet daycare that offers hours of playtime and feedings to one or multiple pets.

Raleigh, NC 27616 (919) 656-8525

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Green Level Kennel

Green Level Kennel is a long-serving dog and cat boarding location for pet owners in Apex and the surrounding area. It holds A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau, and the business itself has operated for more than five decades, with current ownership dating back to 2003. It has undergone several upgrades since that time, and it is currently a member in good standing with the Apex Chamber of Commerce and the Pet Care Services Association. The typical dog and cat boarding day consist of two 30-minute playtimes and two 15-minute potty breaks to help pets break up their days and stay stimulated. The owners also offer the choice of kennel-prepped or food from home at no extra cost.

Apex, NC 27523 (919) 362-7877

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Happy Dog Fun!

Happy Dog Fun! is a Raleigh-based dog daycare and boarding service for pet owners who want their animals to have plenty of exercise and possibilities throughout the day. It features a spacious headquarters with ample green space. It also houses farm animal rescues in an enclosed area that allows curious dogs to interact safely. Dogs receive fresh meals prepared daily, and they can eat with their friends in the community room, on the patio, or in a private area upon request from the owner. The staff has several years of experience caring for animals, and they also offer pet sitting and dog walking services.

Raleigh, NC 27513 (919) 880-7852

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Knightdale Pet Resort and Spa

Knightdale Pet Resort and Spa is a daycare and boarding facility for dogs and cats that offers separate boarding locations, clean kennels, and luxury suites. It is licensed and insured in the state of North Carolina. Additionally, it provides an outdoor area with playgrounds and ample green space for running, rolling over, and getting to know the other dogs and cats. The company offers full-service grooming at the site, and it boasts an experienced staff with many years of training in loving and caring for animals. Customer reviews have credited the team with making rescue dogs feel welcome and at peace.

Knightdale, NC 27545 (919) 217-9501

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Penny Pinching Pooches

Penny Pinching Pooches is a pet sitting and dog daycare service in Cary that serves pet owners in the city as well as the surrounding communities of Wake and Chatham counties. The company is kennel-free, and it is licensed, insured, and bonded in compliance with North Carolina law. Pet owners on social media have indicated the kennel-free boarding gives them peace of mind that their dogs are well cared-for during extended travel for business or vacations. The company also offers pet sitting in clients’ homes, and it employs a certified professional groomer for haircuts, nail trims, and other spa-related services.

Cary, NC 27519 (919) 601-0233

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Rolesville Pet Resort & Spa

Rolesville Pet Resort & Spa just outside of Raleigh is one of North Carolina’s premier dog daycare and boarding companies. While it offers a full range of pet services (including shampoos and trims), its focus is boarding and daycare. Both options give pets a chance to interact with other dogs while enjoying exercise and lounging time. On the boarding side, it utilizes what it refers to as luxury pet suites to make the dog feel at home while owners are away. These consist of spacious rooms with comfortable bedding as opposed to caged environments that tend to heighten anxieties. Discounted rates are available for owners that require boarding of more than one dog.

Rolesville, NC 27571 (919) 562-1003

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The K9 Kabana

K9 Kabana is a dog-focused boarding and daycare facility. It features 10,000 square feet of space for exercise and playtime and promises clean, spacious kennels for overnight stays. The K9Koach provides transport service to pet owners in Garner and downtown Raleigh with availability to other communities on a case-by-case basis. Owner James Mirgoli has worked in the pet industry for more than a decade, and he emphasizes easing the feelings of guilt owners experience when they leave their pets behind. While owners are traveling, they can check in with their pets through tablet and smartphone surveillance. Mirgoli is also an active supporter of Garner’s dog parks and pet adoption programs.

Raleigh, NC 27603 (919) 322-0117

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You Lucky Dog!

You Lucky Dog! has served the Raleigh area for several years. Current owner Sandy Crutchfield purchased the business in 2011 after admittedly falling in love with it as a customer under its original management. The current staff has more than two decades of combined experience in caring for animals, and the company employs an on-site groomer trained and certified through the Nash Academy of Animal Arts as a bonus. The daycare provides dogs with the freedom to roam about and access to both indoors and outdoors. It also grants them access to a certified dog behaviorist, who can afford structure, training, and playtime during their stay.

Raleigh, NC 27617 (919) 788-8388

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