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Knoxville, TN
  • 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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All Kreatures

11132 Outlet Drive, Knoxville, TN 37932
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  • Grooming

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All Kreatures has been serving Knoxville since 1995. It provides dog boarding services with a variety of packages to choose from. Four toilet breaks, specialty feeding, and medicine administration may all be included. It has a dog grooming facility that provides bathing, nail clipping, ear cleaning, checking, expression of anal glands, and blowout. Additionally, its doggie daycare can offer playtime and refreshments for the guests. All Kreatures' team has over 75 years of combined experience in the industry.

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AllDogs Canine Care Center

939 East Old Andrew Johnson Highway, Jefferson City, TN 37760
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  • Daycare

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AllDogs Canine Care Center caters to pet owners in Knoxville and nearby areas. Its line of services includes dog boarding, which comes with playtime and round-the-clock care. An available option for pet owners is the Doggie PlayCare and Doggie PlayCamp if they will only be going to work and fetch their pets after. In addition, grooming services such as bathing, brushing, hair trimming, and nail clipping are provided by its team of pet stylists with over 50 years of combined experience. AllDogs Canine Care Center is a member of the International Boarding & Pet Services Association.

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Barkside Lodge

1300 Simpson Road West, Lenoir City, TN 37771
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming
  • Training

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Barkside Lodge is a locally owned dog boarding, daycare, and grooming facility that serves Knoxville and the surrounding areas. It provides three types of indoor and climate-controlled accommodations for dogs of all sizes and breeds. It also offers day camp activities, which include indoor and outdoor playtime with staff members and other dogs. The lodge also features a swim center that has a full-size, heated pool that aims to help overweight, handicapped, geriatric, and arthritic dogs.

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Cedar Bend Kennels

312 Widow Newman Lane, Knoxville, TN 37924
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  • Daycare

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Cedar Bend Kennels is a full-service dog boarding facility and daycare that serves the pet owners of Knoxville and the surrounding areas. It offers dog boarding services, with amenities such as individual suites, evening tuck-in service, dog treats, and Animal Planet TV. During the day, dogs are given five to six potty and group playtime breaks. Additional services such as go-home baths and grooming are also available. Additionally, Cedar Bend Kennels also provides doggie day camp services.

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5.0 / 5 (53)
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4.5 / 5 (34)

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Concord Veterinary Hospital

11904 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934
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  • Daycare
  • Grooming

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Concord Veterinary Hospital provides boarding services to dogs in Knoxville and the surrounding areas. Its dog boarding packages include bath and grooming before pickup and access to the pet daycare area. Its staff members also give dogs three walks per day with an optional night walk around the facility. One of its doctors, Alan Gassel, has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1977 and is currently operating a horse boarding and training facility. Concord Veterinary Hospital is an AAHA member.

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Dogwood Animal Hospital

5900 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920
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  • Daycare

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Dogwood Animal Hospital has been providing pet care services in Knoxville and the neighboring areas since 1988. Its services include pet boarding and grooming services such as bathing, nail trimming, and shaving. It offers a variety of animal treatments like diagnostic tests, surgeries, and dental cleanings. Core and non-core vaccines for cats and dogs are also available. Ashley Ross, one of the hospital's veterinarians, has received her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Lincoln Memorial.

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Knoxville Animal Clinic

5312 Homberg Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919
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  • Bathing / Grooming

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Knoxville Animal Clinic is a full-service small animal veterinary center catering to clients in Knoxville. The facility offers dog boarding services with a spacious backyard conducive to playtime for pets. Examinations are conducted prior to boarding to ensure the required vaccinations are up to date and to check for any presence of parasites. The staff will perform fecal flotation should the dog shows any signs of an infectious disease or if the pet is not receiving monthly preventive measures for internal parasites.

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Linsmoor Boarding and Grooming

4749 Sevierville Road, Maryville, TN 37804
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  • Grooming

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Linsmoor Boarding and Grooming is a locally owned and operated pet care service that has been catering to the needs of Knoxville pet owners since 2009. It offers personalized, overnight care to dogs of various sizes, breeds, and temperaments. The facility has in-and-out boarding enclosures where dogs can run and play while trained staff monitors their activities. Its other services include grooming, dog spa treatments, anal gland draining, ear cleaning, and nail care. In addition, it offers paw reading and interpets pet behavior.

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Meadowbrooke

1811 Holston River Road, Knoxville, TN 37914
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  • Grooming

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Meadowbrooke is a dog care and boarding facility in Knoxville that serves pets in the city and the surrounding areas. It has over 16 acres of farmland, complete with yards, trails, streams, and event fields. The owners and their professional staff provide around-the-clock care for dogs and ensures a clean and climate-controlled environment. Meadowbrooke also offers dog training, grooming, and pet sitting services. Additionally, its east location has a doggie pool for swimming. Staff can freely transport pets between its east and west locations.

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My Pet's Animal Hospital

3075 Lois Lane, Alcoa, TN 37701
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  • Daycare

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My Pet's Animal Hospital offers overnight boarding services for dogs in Knoxville and the nearby communities. It offers kennels with glass entrances, air conditioners, and heaters to make dogs feel comfortable. Its team also assists dogs during their daily walks and playtime. The hospital offers pet wellness services that include blood, urine, and fecal test, and physical examinations. My Pet's Animal Hospital is also available for veterinary medicine and surgery, grooming, and pet dentistry.

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4.9 / 5 (162)
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4.8 / 5 (42)
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3.5 / 5 (8)

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Pets R People 2

10629 Lexington Drive, Knoxville, TN 37932
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  • Daycare

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Pets R People 2 is a dog boarding and daycare facility with 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor play areas catering to dogs in Knoxville and the surrounding communities. The business separates dogs according to their size, allowing them to mingle with the right group size so they can play around without being injured. Pets R People 2 also has a cage-free option so dogs can go outside anytime to coll off or come back for playtime and snuggle with caregivers.

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Rocky Hill Animal Hospital

7656 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919
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  • Bathing / Grooming

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Rocky Hill Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary facility that serves customers in the Knoxville metro. It offers an array of services for dogs and cats like boarding, grooming and bathing, pet wellness care, microchipping, and nutritional counseling. The clinic’s staff provides boarders with beddings and bowls, play and brush time, and daily text alerts. Other available services include vaccinations, surgeries, in-house diagnostics, and dental procedures. Rocky Hill Animal Hospital’s team of professionals has over 120 years of collective industry experience.

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Village Veterinary Medical Center

11301 Kingston Pike, Farragut, TN 37934
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  • Daycare

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Village Veterinary Medical Center is a pet hospital that serves clients in Knoxville. Its services include pain management, cancer care, dental care, and boarding for dogs, cats, and exotic animals. The hospital has a full-service pharmacy that offers on-site and online pet prescriptions. Its boarding facility features a spa-like environment, with oversized dog kennels and suites that have glass doors to provide an open and secure space for dogs. The center also offers special accommodation for dogs with medical and behavioral conditions.

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4.5 / 5 (15)

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Volunteer Veterinary Hospital

3039 Alcoa Highway, Knoxville, TN 37920
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  • Daycare

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Volunteer Veterinary Hospital serves clients in and around Knoxville. It offers boarding services to accommodate dogs, cats, or pocket pets alongside its veterinary services. It features outdoor runs equipped with ceiling fans, kennel staff, and in-house veterinarians available in case of emergencies. Bathing, bedding, food, water, and pet grooming are also provided. Among its veterinary services are canine reproduction, dental care, eye care, derma, and x-rays and ultrasounds. Volunteer Veterinary Hospital has been in the industry for over 20 years.

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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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