Are you and your dog based in Michigan?
Are you about to take a trip out of the state soon?
Unless you’ve got family of a friend who you can leave your pooch with while you’re away, you’re going to have to make other arrangements such as finding a suitable dog kennel.
Below you’ll find 15 top providers of dog boarding in Michigan.
1. Paw Print Inn Resort and Spa – Novi
This state of the art boarding facility features a climate controlled environment with backup generator, so you don’t have to worry about the power going out on stormy winter nights in Michigan. There is a continuous fire and security system, and hospital grade air filtration. They have 14 400 square feet of space with non-ski flooring and a redundant 8-foot perimeter fence for extra security, located at 41249 Vincenti Court in Novi, Michigan. While staying overnight, your pup will enjoy a private suite for rest at night and daytime play groups. Individual play, exercise, cuddles, and training are available for an extra fee. Five potty breaks a day are provided along with morning and afternoon group play. Doggie webcams are available so you can check out your dog’s doings online. A premium lamb and rice diet is offered to visiting canines. Prices for Club Suites are $37 per night for a 4×6 room, $41 for a 6×6 and, $50 for a 6×12 suite. Signature Suites are $55 for a 6×6 and $65 for a 6×10 suite. Contact them at 248-615-8500 for more information.
Pre-Requirements: Dogs must be vaccinated at least 7 days prior to their stay for DHLPP, Bordetella and Rabies. Your pup must be at least 3 months of age. Female dogs must be spayed at 6 months of age or older.
2. Country Kennel Pet Care Center – Milan
This family owned kennel was established in 1975 and is located on 11 acres of partially wooded countryside at 1010 Jewell Road in Milan Michigan. They have long term staff with lots of experience and owners reside on site so your dog receives plenty of supervision and care. They accept all breeds in their climate controlled facilities, and they boast extra-large runs for big pooches. Extra walks on their extensive grounds, as well as one on one play time and grooming services can also be arranged for an additional fee. The fees for overnight boarding are $30.75 for large breeds and $28.50 for small dogs. Call them at 734-429-2375 for more information.
Pre-Requirements: Your dog should be vaccinated for distemper, Bordetella and Rabies. A negative fecal test within the last 6 months for parasites is required and Heartworm testing is recommended. There is a minimum stay of 2 nights on weekends and 3 nights for major holidays.
3. Canine to Five – Detroit
With a Midtown, Detroit location, at 3443 Cass Avenue, and an alternate Ferndale location, Canine To Five provides cage free boarding with climate controlled, safe, secure facilities. They have 7000 square feet of facility space and a 4000-square foot, fenced in play area, with agility obstacles, and even a pool for warm weather. Their focus is on fun! Your dog will participate in a play group during the day, there is a “Senior’s Lounge” available for older pups that are more sedate, and private play options for canines that are not adapted to playing around other pooches. Contact them at https://www.caninetofive.com/get-in-touch/ for information and pricing. They have several service levels and ad-ons available including one on one attention. Their Gold level boarding option includes a day of group play, meals, treat, cuddles, grooming and massage and a game of fetch. The Silver level includes, group play, meals, a treat and cuddle and brush session, and the Bronze level includes group play and meals.
Pre-Requirements: Prior to group play with other pups your dog must complete a first day evaluation and attend daycare for a day within the last 6 months. All dogs must be spayed or neutered by 8 months of age to participate in group play. You must provide written veterinary evidence of up to date vaccinations prior to visiting.
4. Whiskers Resort and Pet Spa – Grand Rapids
Established in 2007 this overnight boarding and doggie daycare facility is easily accessible from the I-96, US-131, and the M-6, and located near the international Airport at 3100-29th Street, Grand Rapids. Overnight visiting canine companions enjoy 3-5 hours of play each day and eat and sleep in their own private spaces. They have a range of accommodations which include, Patios, 3×5 spaces in a high traffic area for pups who like lots of activity, Suites, which are 5×10 rooms with a TV to provide background noise, and Terrace Suites for pups who like a little more privacy. These include 5×10 feet of outdoor space as well as indoor space. Dogs staying in the more secluded Terrace Suites do not have the option of group play. Whiskers also has The Penthouse option, which is a 10×10 furnished space with an additional 10×10 feet of outdoor space that is heated in winter and cooled in summer. Prices start at $42 for the Patio Suites and range up to $95 per night for the Penthouse option. Ad on services are available. Contact info is available at http://www.whiskerspetresort.com/contact.php, and online reservations can be made at http://www.whiskerspetresort.com/reservations/.
Pre-Requirements: You can choose the in-house diet or bring your own food, however, if you are providing your own feed it must be divided into pre-portioned, labelled, individual baggies. All pets are accepted; however, unaltered or aggressive pups may not be welcome in group play settings. Your pup must have proof of Rabies and Distemper vaccines, as well as yearly administration of Bordetella and Canine Influenza and a negative fecal exam.
5. Brooknelle Pet Resort – Grand Rapids
Brooknelle provides 80 individual indoor and outdoor kennel runs for their visiting canine guests. Overnight boarders get several outside trips to exercise and “do their business” each day, with the last turn out at about 9PM. Your dog will receive two meals per day unless instructed otherwise, and your pup can participate in doggie daycare activities. Pups are given individual activity with a staff member for their safety instead of group play. They are located at 4600 Knapp Street NE in Grand Rapids. Grooming services are also available. The price is $30 per night for overnight boarding. Contact them at 616-363-3687 and fax vaccination records to 616-363-4245 prior to visit.
Pre-Requirements: Visiting canines must be vaccinated for Bordetella, Rabies, and Distemper. The facility has a no bite policy, any dog that bites a staff member will not be able to return. A free trial day is available to ensure your dog does not become overstressed.
6. The Barkshire -Troy
Located at 1501 Temple City Drive in Troy, Michigan, this overnight boarding facility is staffed 24 hours a day for your dog’s safety. Webcams are available online, so you can check in on your dog’s “staycation”. They provide private suite accommodations for your pup with elevated, orthopedic beds. You are welcome to bring bedding and familiar items to make your dog feel at home. Medications can be provided upon request, and you should bring your dogs meals in individually packaged bags for each meal. No rawhide bones please! Call them for pricing at 248-792-9026 or check out their contact page at https://thebarkshire.com/contact/.
Pre-Requirements: You will need to provide a veterinarian certificate with proof of DHPP, Rabies, Bordetella, Bivalent Canine Influenza vaccinations, and a negative fecal exam. You may provide titer info for Distemper and Parvo virus in lieu of vaccinations. Visiting pups must be spayed or neutered at 6 months of age. Puppies who have had their full series of shots are welcome. Your dog must pass a temperament test prior to their first stay.
7. Dirty Paws Lounge – Sterling Heights
This cage free facility has 3200 square feet of indoor, and 500 square feet of outdoor space, with K9 grass, agility equipment, pools, toys and lots of fun furry friends to play with. At Dirty Paws they believe that lots of exercise in a safe environment prevents separation anxiety so your dog will be a happy hound during his stay. Doggie daycare activities are included for overnight boarders at no additional charge. They are located at 41124 Mound Road in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Medication administration is included in the overnight boarding charges and there are discounts for multiple dog siblings staying together and longer stays. Their base price is $38 per night. Contact them at 586-991-5370 or use their contact page at http://dirtypawslounge.com/contact-us/. You can register online and download forms at https://dirtypawslounge.gingrapp.com/front_end/new_customer and http://dirtypawslounge.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Puppy-Program.pdf.
Pre-Requirements: Your dog must experience at least ½ a day of daycare prior to their overnight stay and owners must certify that their furry friend is well socialized and non-aggressive. Pups must be at least 4 months of age to participate in playgroups. Accommodations for younger pups can be made, but they cannot join playgroups. Dogs must have proof of current Rabies, DHPP, and Bordetella vaccinations, and be on a current flea/tick and Heartworm prevention program. Visiting pups must wear quick release collars. There are some limitations for accommodation of Bully breeds, contact them for more info.
8. Breed Above – Ann Arbor
At Breed Above, the focus is on safety. From environment to handling procedures, and staff training, this kennel works to ensure your pup has a safe stay. Overnight guests stay in private suites and are monitored 24 hours a day, and checked every 20 minutes throughout the night. Anxious or barking pups are given attention to quiet them and ensure all guests have a peaceful night. They have TVs and a home like setting to reduce stress. Comfortable beds are provided but you may bring your own bedding and a toy to make your dog feel at home. Overnight guests will be walked every 2 hours for exercise and a potty break during the day, and your pup has the option of joining the DayStay program and playing with other furry friends during the day or receiving one on one play time with a handler for an additional charge. DayStay program participants must pass a behavioral evaluation, and while your dog is staying overnight your pet can join the fun for a reduced rate. They also offer a Slumber Party option where dogs that are comfortable with other pets can sleep together in a supervised setting or in crates in a communal room. Breed Above is located at 2881 W Liberty, Ann Arbor, and you can check out their facility using their virtual tour. Contact them for pricing options. Contact info can be found at https://www.breedabove.com/contact-us and their online application can be accessed at https://www.breedabove.com/application/.
Pre-Requirements: Dogs participating in group activities require a temperament evaluation. If your dog has not stayed with them, or had an evaluation in 6 months, another evaluation may be required. Some breed restrictions for group activities may apply. If your dog is staying overnight, but not participating in group activities they will still need an assessment to determine they can be safely handled and walked by staff. Visiting canines must have updated vaccinations for DHLPP, Rabies, and Bordetella as well as a negative fecal tests and Canine Influenza Vaccinations for both H3N2 and H3N8 strains. Dogs that are allergic to vaccines may submit titer results instead. All guests must be symptom free and healthy at their time of stay. No respiratory symptoms, diarrhea or puppy warts should be present.
9. Wag N Tails – Lansing
Wag N Tails has been serving the Lansing, Michigan area for over 20 years and is located at 2802 Alpha Access Street. Overnight boarding guests stay in suites with beds, automatic waters, TVs, a personal light, individual climate control, décor, and an attached private indoor patio. Guests are taken for walks three times a day and given one extended playtime per day. Additional walks and playtimes can be arranged for an additional fee. Their standard fee is $42 per night and they will administer medications as required, however, are unable to give injections. Contact them at 517-482-7799 or use the following link http://wagntailspetresort.net/contact/1840783. Online reservations can be made at http://wagntailspetresort.net/request-a-reservation/1893469.
Pre-Requirements: Vaccinations for Rabies, DHLPP, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza are required prior to stay.
10. The Four Paws Hotel and Day Resort – Grand Blanc
Located at 8145 Industrial Park Drive in Grand Blanc, Michigan, this boarding facility specializes in luxury boarding with roofless 4×6 hotel rooms, a roofless 8×6 hotel suite and Penthouse Suites which are 10×12 decorated bedrooms with leather couches, TVs, furniture, and window views. Their facility is over 7000 square feet with various play areas suited to pups of different ages, sizes, activity levels and temperaments. Overnight guests sleep and eat in their private suites and participate in group play during the day. You can watch your pups progress on webcams throughout the day. Their daily schedule starts at 6:30 am with feeding and bathroom breaks, incorporates play and relaxation throughout the day, and ends with bathroom break and lights out at 10 PM. Their base price for hotel rooms start at $35 per night, with hotel suites starting at $45 per night. Contact them at http://thefourpawshotel.com/contact/ and access forms at http://thefourpawshotel.com/request-a-reservation/.
Pre-Requirements: All visiting dogs must be healthy, flea and parasite free, and vaccinated for DHPPV, Rabies, and Bordetella. A negative fecal test from within the last 6 months is required, and dogs over 8 months old must be spayed or neutered.
11. Countryside Kennels Pet Resort and Spa – Zeeland
Countryside Kennels Pet Resort and Spa in Zeeland, Michigan is a family owned and operated business going back three generations to 1967. They are located at 458-64th Avenue in Zeeland. They have indoor and outdoor space for visiting canines. Indoor facilities are climate controlled and for senior dogs or pups that chill easily, one of their buildings has heated floors. Check out their well-designed facility, you are welcome to stop on by for an onsite tour during business hours. Standard rooms are 4×4 with an 4×10 adjacent exercise area. Deluxe rooms are 4×8 with an 8×10 exercise area. VIP package include a room with a view, therapeutic cot, stuffed Kong or bedtime snack, multiple play yard sessions, and access to the Doggie Dome, where your dog can play with other VIP pups in a group setting. Behavioral assessments are required for VIP pups in group play, alternately VIP pups that are not suited to group play can arrange one on one time with a handler and access to the Doggie Dome when other VIP pups are not present. Prices range from $29 for Basic Standard rooms, $38 for Deluxe rooms, and VIP packages range between $35 and $60 per day. Contact them at 616-688-5821. Their registration link for new clients can be found at http://www.countrysidekennelsinc.com/for-new-clients.html.
Pre-Requirements: Dogs participating in Doggie Dome activities must pass a temperament test. Proof of vaccinations for DHLP, Bordetella, Rabies, and a negative fecal test must be provided. Visiting canines should be on a flea prevention program. If bringing your own food, ensure that packages are in individually measured baggies for each meal with pets first and last name and instructions.
12. Lucky Puppy Country Doggy Daycare – Maybee
With two, 3-acre outdoor playgrounds to romp in, your pup will be one tired pooch after their stay at Lucky Puppy. There is even a 20 by 40 foot in-ground, bone shaped pool, and a pond for water babies. An indoor climate controlled playground is also available for cold weather play. Play is supervised with lots on one on one attention. Boarders enjoy cage free facilities and all day play in the daycare play yards. Walks on 7 acres of nature trails are also provided. At night dogs sleep in groups in the facility. Owners should supply their own food in pre-portioned and labelled containers, remember to bring a little extra your dog will be extra hungry with all the activity. Contact them by phone at 734-587-8779 or email email@example.com. Fax veterinary records to 734-587-8800. They are located at 8721 Yensch Road in Maybee, Michigan. The price is $45 per night. Check out the following link for online registration http://www.myluckypuppy.com/contact.html.
Pre-Requirements: Dogs must be vaccinated for Distemper, Rabies, Bordetella, and Canine Influenza (H3N2 and H3N8). They also need a negative fecal test for parasites and OHWT Heartworm test and prevention. Lepto vaccine is also recommended. Dogs participating in the program must undergo a behavioral assessment and have no history of aggression.
13. De Boer Dog Boarding LLC – Muskegon
De Boer Dog Boarding LLC is located on a 20-acre rural property with tons of walking trails and lots of outside room. Your dog will enjoy lots of fresh air, one on one attention, and group play activity for dogs that are well socialized and enjoy canine buddies. All breeds and behaviors are accepted here, and accommodations made as necessary. They are located near the US-31 and I-96, in Muskegon, Michigan, serving the Holland, Grand Haven and Grand Rapids areas. The price is $33 per day. Contact them at 231-335-7364 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-Requirements: Evaluation for aggressive dogs must be conducted by their K-9 Trainer prior to boarding and additional charges may apply. Dogs must be vaccinated for Rabies, DHLPP, and Bordetella. Also, a negative fecal exam within the last 6 months is required. Owners should provide their own food for their pets stay.
14. Pet Ritz – Brighton
The Pet Ritz provides award winning service with over 30 years of pet care experience. They are located at 5985 King Road in Howell, Michigan. The pet resort has 12 acres of play yards in a beautiful country setting, and staff dedicated to providing activates to engage your pet and make their vacation enjoyable. There is video surveillance and webcams so you can keep track of your dog’s fun! Your dog will have their own private accommodations, luxury suites have TVs, and all suites enjoy natural lighting, soothing music, bedding, and room service. They will even provide transportation for your pup is required. Call for pricing and detailed pre-requirements at 734-878-5680 or email email@example.com. Check out their link at https://www.pet-ritz.com/get-in-touch/.
Pre-Requirements: Vaccinations are required.
15. 4 Legged Friends Pet Boarding and Daycare – Livonia
Established in 2000, this boarding kennel is located at 33501-8 Mile Road in Livonia Michigan. They have a 10 000 square foot facility you can tour on-line at https://www.4-leggedfriendsdaycare.net/about/tour/. Rooms have Kuranda doggie beds to elevate your pup off the floor, and you can bring familiar bedding and toys to make your pup feel right at home. You are also encouraged to provide your own food, however, high quality dog kibble is also provided if needed, and you can purchase special treats from them. If your dog is well socialized and enjoys playing with other pups, they will participate in group play. Dogs that are suited to group play receive attention and exercise from a handler. They have staff on site 24×7 and webcams so you can check out how your furry friend is fairing. Contact them for prices at their contact link, https://www.4-leggedfriendsdaycare.net/contact/. Reservations and forms are located at https://www.4-leggedfriendsdaycare.net/reservations/new-guest-reservations/ and https://www.4-leggedfriendsdaycare.net/reservations/forms/.
Pre-Requirements: Call to schedule a temperament test prior to boarding. Your dog must be free from communicable diseases and vaccinated for Distemper, Parvo, Rabies and Bordetella.
Do you know of any other providers of dog boarding in Michigan? Please tell us about them in the comments box below!
Laurie Haggart is a freelance writer living on a farm west of Edmonton, Alberta. She has previously worked as a veterinary assistant and currently writes pet-based web content. She enjoys rural life with her husband, grown children, dogs, cats, horses, beef cattle and one geriatric bunny rabbit!