Do you live in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo or Akron?
Do you have a four legged friend who needs somewhere to stay for a few days while you’re away out of town?
Below we’ve featured 15 top providers of dog boarding in Ohio.
1. The Dog Stop
Recommended by vets and reviewers alike, The Dog Stop in Cleveland, OH promises a fun, safe boarding experience for your pup. Daycare is included with boarding, and dogs will play in specialized groups based on age and maturity. Each dog receives individualized care, and you can purchase a variety of extra services, such as leash walks, nighttime snacks, and extra cuddles. Be sure to check out their retail store, too, which is stocked with supplements, treats, and toys.
Preboarding Requirements: In order to board at The Dog Stop, your dog must be up-to-date on their Rabies, Bordetella, and Parvovirus and Distemper vaccinations. Staff will also complete as assessment to determine your dog’s play group.
It costs $39 to board a dog, though there are reduced-price packages for 14 and 30 day stays. Plus, every seventh night in a row comes free. You can contact The Dog Stop online with any questions or to make a reservation.
Stay is a 24/7/365 daycare and boarding facility in Cleveland, OH. Amy Forrester and her friend Noreen first came up with the idea in 2015, and a year later, Sara Scheuer joined the effort to help make it a reality. Stay uses specially designed K9Grass, which offers dogs all the fun of outdoors with the comfort of staying inside. Each play area has a webcam that allows you to check in on your pup. You can also purchase one-on-one play time or cuddles, as well as scent games and dog-friendly ice cream. Additionally, retain the fun memories of your dog’s time in boarding through a personalized $20 photo book.
Preboarding Requirements: All dogs must be at least 12 weeks old, and all dogs older than 7 months must be neutered or spayed. Additionally, dogs must be current on their Rabies, DHPP, and Bordetella vaccinations.
Valley Animal Hospital in Akron, OH provides boarding, daycare, and veterinary care. Through their award-winning Ohio Pet Vet services, your pet will receive all the comforts of home, including toys, playtime with staff, and vitamin supplements. All stays also come with a complimentary nail trim and bath, and since staff is comprised of veterinarians, you’ll know your dog is in good hands.
Preboarding Requirements: Dogs must be up to date on all vaccines, including Bordetella and Rabies.
Valley Animal Hospital can be reached through its Contact page, and you can schedule a reservation by calling 330-836-1971.
Located in Columbus, OH, Homedog prides itself on providing all-inclusive boarding; dogs aren’t kept in crates, and services that usually cost extra, like daycare and a nightly treat, are included in regular pricing. Furthermore, dogs are given individualized schedules. If your dog prefers playtime, he’ll be put in more playgroups, and if he likes to rest, he’ll be provided some well-deserved quiet time.
Preboarding Requirements: Homedog requires an assessment before a dog’s first stay. They also require flea and tick preventatives, heartworm medication, and the following vaccinations: Canine Influenza, Distemper/Parvo, Rabies, and Bordetella.
It costs $35 a night to board your dog. If you have a question or want to make a reservation, feel free to contact them.
Nestled in Cincinnati, OH, Buddy Boarding is an 8-acre farm where your dog can play fetch, go on pack walks, and more. Started by Nick and Carly in 2015, the farm focuses on providing fun and personalized care. Based on your dog’s size and energy, he’s be put into a playgroup of between 2 and 25 dogs. And when he’s all tuckered out, he can have a nice, relaxing soak in the kiddie pool. Plus, Buddy Boarding provides “taxi services” to the vet, groomer, and even your home.
Preboarding Requirements: All dogs at Buddy’s must present paperwork showing they’re current on vaccinations. They must also pass a temperament test.
Downtown Akron Doggies opened in 2015, and it’s been providing quality, specialized care ever since. Older dogs are treated to unique playtime opportunities, and all dogs are given access to playground equipment. Staff is willing to take special requests, such as letting your dog’s cat-sibling become part of the “Woof Pack” and spend the night.
Preboarding Requirements: All pets must be at least 12 weeks old and spayed/neutered. Owners must submit proof of DHLLP, Rabies, and Bordetella vaccines.
It costs $37 a day to board at Downtown Akron. Reservations are required, so make sure to contact them in advance.
Founded in Cincinnati, OH in 1987, Town & Country Kennel and Cattery caters to both dogs and cats. It contains over 60 outdoor/indoor kennels across 10 acres of land. You can purchase a variety of medical services, from insulin shots to bandage changes, as well as fun add-ons like nature walks. And each visit, you’ll receive a “report card” detailing your dog’s stay—we’re certain he’ll get all A’s.
Preboarding Requirements: Make sure to bring a copy of your dog’s shot records and to let staff know of any medical needs.
Prices range from $24 to $27 a day, based on your dog’s size, and reservations should be made well in advance.
Cliff and Sarah are the co-owners of Puptown Lounge, and they don’t just run the business—they also work there. Located in Columbus, OH, Puptown Lounge’s boarding packages include four daily bathroom breaks, play time, and two feedings a day. For an additional price, you can purchase fun walks by the river that lead to a park, daycare services, and nail trims/grooming.
Preboarding Requirements: All dogs must be current on their Distemper, Bordetella, Rabies, and Canine Influenza shots. Owners must also fill out a client profile.
Small dogs cost $25 a day to board, while larger dogs (over 25 lbs) cost $29 per day. If you have any additional questions about services, feel free to contact them for more information. And make sure to schedule a reservation in their online portal.
Toledo Pet Farm is the largest boarding facility in Toledo. Its 4-acres contain a 10 thousand sq. ft. agility course, a private pond, and an outdoor pet pool. Inside, dogs can enjoy treadmills, hydro-massage spa treatments, and individualized playtime with staff members. All suites include heated floors, and “top dog” suites come with TVs. Your cat can also stay in an “aristo-cat” suite, where they can play with cat-trees or watch fish swim in an electronic aquarium.
Preboarding Requirements: Dogs must be up-to-date on Rabies, DHLPP, and Bordetella shots. Cats must be current on Rabies and FVRCP.
A basic suite costs $32 a night, while the “top dog” penthouse suite costs $40 nightly. Cats can stay for $20 a night. Remember to make a reservation or contact info@ToledoPetFarm.com for more details.
VCA Holly Farms Animal Hospital is located in Toledo, OH. Along with your dog, you can send your cat, who will appreciate the hospital’s cleanliness. Each kennel is climate-controlled, and dogs go for walks three times daily. You can also sign your pup up for a daily exercise program, which veterinarians will tailor to meet his specific needs. Plus, in the event of an emergency, there’s nowhere safer for you dog to be—VCA provides a huge range of medical services, from dog counseling to alternative medicine and acupuncture.
Preboarding Requirements: Guests must be up-to-date on several vaccinations: Parvo, Bordetella, Rabies, DHLP, Lyme Disease, and Canine Influenza.
You can contact VCA Holly Farms for additional information about rates and services.
11. Karnik Pet Lodge
Operational since 1973 and located in Toledo, OH, Karnik Pet Lodge has the tools and experience to take exceptional care of your pet. Both dogs and cats are welcome to stay, and all employees are required to complete specialized training via the online program Karnik University; reservation Specialists ensure that your dog has a customized experience, and wellness checks keep your dog fit and happy throughout his stay. Each pup can enjoy a lambswool mat and play areas fitted with K9 grass—and via Karnik’s webcam, you can watch your pet having the time of his life.
Preboarding Requirements: Dogs must be vaccinated against Distemper, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis, Rabies, Bordetella, Canine Influenza, Hepatitis, and DHLPP. Cats require vaccinations for Rabies, Feline Leukemia, and Distemper.
When making your reservation, double-check that you’ve chosen the right location. And if you want more details (or to learn about special events, like the pups’ recent visit with Santa), contact them to schedule a tour.
If you’re in Cincinnati, your pet will love a stay at Red Dog Pet Resort and Spa. Founded in 2007 by Raymond Schneider, Red Dog aims to provide all pets with a five-star experience. There are a variety of boarding choices, including rooms with outdoor patios, music, and TVs. Plus, each dog is offered fresh, diet-conforming foods and access to in-house veterinary services six times a week.
Preboarding Requirements: Documentation for vaccinations—Rabies, Bordetella, and Distemper–must be submitted two to ten days in advance.
Reservations should be made early, especially for the holiday season or themed rooms. You can also call 513-733-3647 with any questions.
13. Camp Bow Wow
Recipient of numerous awards and accolades since its founding in 2000, Camp Bow Wow in Columbus, OH is a premiere dog daycare and boarding facility. Staff members—also called camp counselors—are trained in CPR and first aid. All dogs are provided with plenty of TLC and nightly “campfire” treats as part of their camp-themed stay. These “campers” receive their first day free, and mom and dad can tune in over web camera to watch their pups run around in spacious, climate-controlled playrooms.
Boarding prices start at $39 and decrease for longer stays. Camp Bow Wow has more than one location, and you can contact them to learn about location-specific requirements.
14. Easdale Kennels
Easdale Kennels in Akron, OH provides several unique dog services. You can enroll your pup in art classes and stress relief programs, and he’ll have a ball in the facility’s ball park. Dogs listen to soothing music daily and have one-on-one time with staff members. Plus, you can rest assured that Easdale Kennels knows its stuff, since the kennels have been operational since 1933 (which makes it over 600 in dog years!).
Preboarding Requirements: Dogs must be current on their Bordetella, Rabies, and Distemper vaccinations. Proof must be supplied at time of
Boarding costs $28 per dog, along with a $7.50 boarding fee once per stay. Reservations should be made well in advance, especially for holiday seasons. To learn more about services or to schedule a reservation, contact them online or by phone.
Cleveland Metrobark is the first outdoor/indoor daycare for dogs in Cleveland. Dogs spend their days playing with other pups in doggy daycare, then retire to their kennels at night. For an extra $10, you can also send your dog home with a staff member, who will make sure they’re comfortable and cared for overnight.
Preboarding Requirements: Owners must bring updated vaccination records for Hepatitis, Distemper, Bordetella, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Rabies. Additionally, dogs must take monthly heartworm preventatives and be flea-free, and owners need to fill out a Health Agreement and New Dog Paperwork.
Boarding one dog costs $42. If you want to include boarding with a staff member and daycare, the cost rises to $55. You can make reservations online or call 216-881-3644 to speak with a staff member.
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Marisa L. Manuel recently earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of Memphis. She has volunteered as a reader for several literary magazines and worked as Managing Editor of The Pinch. Her publications are present or forthcoming in Door is a Jar, Tiny Spoon, Thimble, and others.