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All Tails 'R' Waggin'

Columbus, OH
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All Tails 'R' Waggin' offers dog boarding services in Columbus and nearby areas. It has a selection of accommodation packages, including standard, petite, patio, and private deluxe suites. Available facilities have eating and sleeping areas, colored televisions, window perches, resting benches, and six-foot-tall partitions for maximum safety. The company also conducts four outdoor exercise and cuddle sessions and provides dog training and grooming services. It has been in the industry for more than two decades.

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4.6
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4.6 / 5 (350)
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4.0 / 5 (1)

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Rover

Columbus, OH
  • Dog Boarding
  • Puppy Care

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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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Animal Care Center at Cherry Way

1353 Cherry Way Drive, Columbus, OH 43230
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  • Daycare

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Animal Care Center at Cherry Way is a local veterinary clinic that lists Columbus metro as one of its service areas. It provides boarding and daycare services for dogs and cats. Its facilities include spacious cages, indoor play space, and an outdoor play area outfitted with AstroTurf. It also offers grooming services that include bathing and drying, nail trimming, ear cleaning, haircuts, and complete brushing. Animal Care Center at Cherry Way has been in business for almost 25 years.

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4.8 / 5 (209)
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4.7 / 5 (83)
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4.5 / 5 (28)

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Animal Care Center Polaris

8928 South Old State Road, Lewis Center, OH 43035
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  • Bathing / Grooming

Business Description

Animal Care Center of Polaris is a clinic catering to clients in the Columbus metro. While it focuses on medical and surgical health care, it also offers other services for pet needs like daycare, grooming, boarding, adoption, nutrition counseling, and wellness plans. Boarding services primarily focus on cats and dogs but can also accommodate exotic pets like turtles, guinea pigs, and rabbits. Climate-controlled kennels and outdoor exercise areas are available for dogs, along with a prescription diet called Purina EN.

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4.3 / 5 (283)
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4.9 / 5 (35)

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Barks and Rec

1010 West 5th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43212
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  • Daycare

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Barks and Rec is a business that provides dog daycare and boarding services for customers based in Columbus and nearby locations. It is owned and operated by Leanna Rocheleau, an entrepreneur and mom who has a background in veterinary medicine. She gives opportunities to fellow moms and workers with disabilities by hiring them in the establishment. Barks and Rec's pet services include self-serve dog wash, daycare, and boarding. Additionally, it offers grooming services, such as nail trim, bath, and anal gland expression.

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4.9 / 5 (103)
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5.0 / 5 (16)

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Canine Social Club

1103 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Business Description

Canine Social Club is a pet boarding and daycare facility that serves clients in Columbus. It offers dog boarding services that require a temperament assessment. The facility also accommodates dogs for up to a month and it incorporates daycare with their stay. In addition, its staff can spend the day playing with puppies in a three-room facility. They consider size and energy levels when dividing playgroups to ensure a safe environment. Grooming services are also available, including baths and brushing.

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4.7
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4.8 / 5 (76)
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4.8 / 5 (45)

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Doggie Daycare Center

401 East Mound Street, Columbus, OH 43215
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming
  • House Sitting

Business Description

Doggie Daycare Center is a provider of dog boarding services for clients from Columbus and nearby areas. It accommodates dogs of all breeds and sizes in its 6,000 square foot indoor and outdoor play areas and does not have mandatory kennel hours. It also caters to dogs that require medications and dietary demands. Doggie Daycare Canter also offers pet sleepovers and grooming services, such as baths, coat brush-outs, teeth brushing, and de-shed treatments.

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4.8 / 5 (65)
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5.0 / 5 (43)
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4.5 / 5 (15)

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Fuzzz PlayGround

1620 Thrailkill Road, Grove City, OH 43123
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  • Doggy Day Care
  • Boarding

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Fuzzz PlayGround is a dog boarding facility serving clients in the Columbus area. It offers overnight dog boarding as well as daycare services. It has a fully supervised 4,400 square-foot play area with sandboxes, trees, and doghouses. The facility separates smaller dogs from larger dogs to ensure the safety of the pets. Additionally, pet grooming packages are available. Fuzzz PlayGround has a YouTube channel where clients can watch a live stream of their pets during the latter's stay.

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4.7
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4.7 / 5 (373)
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4.8 / 5 (140)

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Hayden Run Animal Lodge

7187 Hayden Run Road, Hilliard, OH 43026
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  • Daycare
  • Puppy Care

Business Description

Hayden Run Animal Lodge is a family-owned business that serves the Columbus area. The businesses' history dates back to 1977, where it started as a small cattle barn. After 40 years, it has developed into a technology-equipped facility, providing dog boarding services in a safe and caring environment. The facility is equipped with indoor and outdoor suites as well as Sky Bungalows. In addition, it is a member of the National Pet Care Service Association and the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce.

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4.9 / 5 (68)

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Home Dog Resort & Daycare

561 Short Street, Columbus, OH 43215
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  • Daycare

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Homedog Resort & Daycare is a cage-free facility operating in Columbus. It offers dog boarding services using private suites with elevated dog beds, food, water, and toys. During the stay, dogs have the opportunity to learn, play, and explore with each other in the daily daycare. The Homedog team also provides one-on-one care for reserved dogs who can't join playgroups. Moreover, it specializes in dog training and operates a dog park with a wide range of amenities, including music, TV, Wi-Fi, and an eating area.

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4.9 / 5 (69)
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4.8 / 5 (53)
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5.0 / 5 (9)

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Lucky Bones Inc.

8200 Howe Industrial Parkway, Canal Winchester, OH 43110
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  • Doggy Day Care
  • Boarding

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Lucky Bones Inc. is a dog boarding business that caters to customers in Columbus. It has been boarding dogs of all sizes, ages, and breeds since its launch in 2004. Pets staying at Lucky Bones get access to a 3,300-square-foot play area, daycare services, and swimming pool during summer. The facility is well-staffed, so dogs are always supervised to avoid untoward incidents. It also accommodates cats, hamsters, ferrets, lizards, and birds. Additional services include grooming and training.

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4.4
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4.5 / 5 (154)
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4.4 / 5 (75)
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4.0 / 5 (13)

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Park Your Paws

4366 Indianola Avenue, Columbus, OH 43214
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Business Description

Park Your Paws is a dog care company that serves clients in the Columbus metro and nearby areas. It provides dog boarding and daycare services, which include access to a 5,000 square foot space, playtime with other dogs, and exercise activities, besides assisting with dietary requirements and medication. The company also offers grooming services, like nail clipping and filing, bathing, ear cleaning, and teeth brushing. Park Your Paws has been providing dog care services for over 13 years.

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4.6
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4.6 / 5 (45)
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4.5 / 5 (14)

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Playful Pets

13 North Green Street, Columbus, OH 43222
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Business Description

Playful Pets is a 6,000 square feet dog boarding facility serving pets and pet owners in Columbus and nearby areas. Its overnight boarding service includes feeding, playtime and socialization with other dogs, medication administration, and outdoor potty breaks. It offers at-home dog boarding services for pets who are not comfortable staying in a new environment. The company has seven huge kennels for large dogs and a separate room for small and medium-sized dogs. Playful Pets also provides pet grooming and dog daycare services.

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4.7
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4.7 / 5 (138)
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4.5 / 5 (37)

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The Canine Center

7177 Northgate Way, Westerville, OH 43082
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming
  • Training

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The Canine Center is a pet care facility striving to enhance the quality of life of dogs in the Columbus area. It offers dog boarding services allowing dogs to socialize at the daycare during the day. During the night, the facility provides dogs with blankets and feeding bowls in their kennels. Every floor in the facility is also disinfected and sanitized multiple times to maintain a fresh environment. Moreover, The Canine Center offers dog daycare, training, and grooming services.

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4.5
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4.5 / 5 (74)

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The Dog Stop

399 West State Street, Columbus, OH 43215
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

Business Description

The Dog Stop is a dog care service provider that caters to clients in Columbus. Its dog boarding facility and service include a room, bedding, bowls, and a full day of daycare. Its staff can administer medications and follow any special dietary needs. Additionally, the company offers dog and puppy training, daycare, and grooming solutions. It has a 12,100-square foot indoor and outdoor facility as well as a dog retail store. It is certified through the American Association of Canine Pack Handlers.

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4.8 / 5 (131)
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4.8 / 5 (25)
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4.5 / 5 (11)

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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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