We know what it’s like.
You love your puppy or adult dog and want the best for him/her. The involves giving your dog as much exercise and play time as you can.
However, you still need to go to work and so your time to spend with your four legged friend is limited to a certain number of hours per day.
What else can you do?
Look up dog day care near you.
And to help you get started, here’s 8 top doggy day care providers in Houston.
1. Jackson’s Place
Jackson’s Place where dogs are showered with affection and love, is run by Debra Sullivan and was formed in 2004. The organization was formed by Debra as a result of her adopting Jackson, a Golden Retriever aged 2 at the time from the Bay Area SPCA, and who was in a cage. Hence, Debra came up with the idea of dog day care and boarding that was cage less with Jackson’s Place; a first of its kind in Houston. Debra is a pet lover and is extremely experienced with dogs right from childhood when her parents raised and showed French Bulldogs and Great Danes. Debra founded Rover’s Leftover Poop Patrol in 2000 and also owns Houston Pro Pet Sitters which she started in 2003.
Dog day care, one of a number of services offered by Jackson’s Place, is a fun affair, and you can expect your dog to be playing throughout the day with ample opportunities to have naps too. If you would like to take a tour of the facilities available at Jackson’s Place, you can do so on weekdays between 10 am – 4 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday between 8 am – 5 pm. Dog day care at Jackson’s Place takes place between 6:30 am – 7 pm on Monday through to Friday and from 8 am – 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Puppies are also welcome as long as they have had their second round of vaccinations and have evidence from your vets that they are free of Giardia and Parvo.
A number of dog day care options are on offer for 1 dog per day, 2 dogs per day, and 3 dogs per day. To give you an idea of prices, for 1 dog, a single day costs $35,00, a 5 day package costs $165.00, a 10 day package is priced at $320.00, and a 20 day package costs $620.00. There also options for 30 days and 90 days for 1 dog, 2 dogs and 3 dogs. The larger the number of days you purchase for your dog, the less you pay overall. Do take a look at this page for full details along with useful information about terms of the dog day care service. If you’re interested in dog day care at Jackson’s Place for your dog, you need to have a reservation. You can register with Jackson’s Place, which is based on Dunlavy Street, using the online form at this page.
2. Demi’s Dog House
You can expect your pooch to receive a personalised service at Demi’s Dog House, as it is a boutique dog care organization and is based between Montrose and Midtown. In addition to offering dog grooming in Houston and also sleepovers for dogs, Demi’s dog day care service includes both indoor and outdoor facilities with plenty of opportunities for dog socialization through games, slides, bubbles and dog pools that are available in the summer.
Both puppies and adult dogs can attend dog day care at Demi’s Dog House, as can large and small dogs, and Demi’s can accommodate accordingly by splitting dogs into separate groups. Demi’s use trained pet pals to supervise groups of dogs and a webcam is available to you free or charge so that you can keep an eye on your furry friend throughout the day. Typically, puppies come along to the dog day care between 7 am and 10 am on weekdays and then a day consists of fun and play, rest time, snack time and then play again until the end of the day, which is between 4 pm – 7 pm.
Do take a look at Demi’s policies, which gives useful information on things like age and vaccinations requirements, early drop offs and pickups, health and safety, payment, refund policy, and evaluation of temperament of your pup/dog, which would need to be carried out before acceptance for dog day care and costs $20. Prices for dog day care range from $39 per dog for 1 day, $330 for 1 dog for 10 days, $620 for 1 dog for 20 days and $870 for 30 days. You can find out full price details including those if you want to bring 2 dogs here. You can arrange an appointment with Demi’s Dog House in the first instance using the contact details at this page.
3. Dogs R Dogs
With a location in South Shepard and West Gray, the team at Dogs R Us are experienced dog owners and keen dog enthusiasts who provide dog day care, boarding and other services such as grooming, bathing and spa treatment. Its dog day care is designed to be varied, providing different activities with plenty of personal attention for your dog. The facilities for dog day care are fun and clean and provide a balanced experience of play and rest.
A typical dog day care day at Dogs R Dogs starts with drop off between 7 am – 9 am. Play time then takes place between 9 am – 12. Dogs then take a nap between 12 – 2 pm and then more play from 2 pm – 5 pm. Pick up times are 5 pm – 7 pm. A number of options ranging from 1 day visits, which costs $38 all the way to a one month pass that costs $518 and consists of unlimited day care for a whole month. There are also options for 5 days, 10 days, 20 days and 30 days, and half day dog care is also available. Take a look at this page for the full list of options and their prices. Your dog would need an evaluation prior to any dog day care, the cost of which is $38 and would consist of assessing the temperament of your pooch. Contact details for Dogs R Dogs’s two locations can be found here.
4. Barks 5th Avenue
Barks 5th Avenue is a family owned enterprise whose mission is to treat your dog as if it was theirs. Barks 5th Avenue is owned by Pennie Mahon, an experienced dog trainer and an internationally recognised competitor in dog disc, and by Pat Mahon who is also founder of a charity that provides veterans of the military facing challenges with Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome with trained service dogs, known as DAWG Foundation. Pennie and Pat are supported by a team of staff who are experts in training, grooming, socialization of dogs and nutrition.
Dog day care at Barks 5th Avenue is focused of giving your dog a balanced amount of exercise and socialization. Barks 5th Avenue’s facilities for dog day care include its aptly named Central Bark, a 1800 square foot indoor/outdoor area and a fenced backyard that is 1 acre in size. In addition to there being chew toys and lots of balls being available, there are also pet cots and splash pools for hot days. You can expect your dog to be supervised with no less than 2 dog trainers and attendants to ensure your pooch is happy and safe. Doggie day care at Barks 5th Avenue is available Monday through to Saturday and is available for a full day priced at $24 and also for half a day, which costs $15. Your dog will need to take a temperament test before being accepted into dog day care; this costs $30. If you have questions, the number of ring is (281) 970-2284 or you can use a contact form.
5. Houston Bark Park and Daycare
Houston Bark Park and Daycare is a family run operation that offers doggie day care, lodging and a dog park. With two locations (one at Maxie Street and the other at W 27th Street) dog day care is cage free and all dogs participating will have passed a temperament evaluation and gone through a trial day. Puppies and dogs who attend dog day care at Houston Bark Park and Daycare are supervised by a staff member trained in first aid, CPR and who has taken a course in the safe handling of pets.
A variety of activities are carried out during dog day care in order to cater for the needs of different dogs. For example toys are available for dogs who like to pay tug, comfy beds for those who like to get cosy and pools for pooches who love water. In addition to having access to both indoor and outdoor yards, dogs who are coming for day care also have access to an exclusive dog park until 3 pm, Monday through to Friday. Various packages are available for dog day care, including 10 days, 20 days, and 30 days options. You can call (713) 864-2771 to inquire about prices. If you would like to send your pup or dog to day care at Houston Bark Park and Daycare, the first thing to do is to complete the application form at this page and then arrange an appointment of a temperament test (fee of $30) and a trial day.
6. Rovers Oaks Pet Resort
Rovers Oaks Pet Resort was started in Houston in 2001 by Steve Smith and a business partner who wanted to create an innovative resort for pets, which was fun, safe and offered high quality care. It also now has a resort in Katy, which was opened in 2006. Rovers Oaks Pet Resort offers a number of services such as dog training, grooming, pet boarding and dog day care.
Its dog day care service provides plenty of physical activities and exercise for your dog, with a safe environment for socializing and play. Both small dogs and big dogs are catered for through having separate groups for better quality of play. Continuous supervision is offered by staff that are qualified and trained in pet care. Take a look at the profiles of the team at Rovers Oak Houston to get an idea of the level of experience on offer.
Rates at the Houston location start at $30.33 per day and this includes access for your dog to a large dog park that is outdoors, a sheltered pet pavilion and a day care room. Dog day care runs on Monday to Friday between 7 am – 6:30 pm. Do take a look at the program guidelines for full details to find out about the approval process, probation, operating hours, reservation, standing reservation, flea and tick prevention, feeding, social periods at dog day care, among other things. You can make a reservation for doggie day care at the Houston location using the form here.
7. Yuppie Dog
Yuppie Dog that offers dog day care, grooming and boarding was started in 2009. Open 7 days a week, Yuppie Dog is run by professionals in pet care and treats dogs as if they are a part of their family. Yuppie Dog’s location is a facility that is 24,000 square feet in size and is located in the Houston Heights region. The facility consists of indoor and outdoor play areas that are clean and enable the separation of dogs into groups based upon temperament. The benefits of Yuppie Dog’s doggie day care service include the development of your dog’s social skills, lots of play to burn off energy, the reducing of behavioural issues, and access to a pool if you dog wants to have a splash.
Rates for dog day care at Yuppie Dog are $30 daily, and $22 on a Saturday. A 5 day pass costs $140, and a 10 day pass costs $250. The price for half a day is $17 and a 10 day pass for half a day dog day care is priced at $150. Take a look at this brochure for further details, which also includes Yuppie Dog’s rules for a dog to be accepted onto its day care programs.
8. Daisy’s Dog House
Founded by Mindy Black, an individual who has been caring for dogs here whole life, Daisy’s Dog House is a smaller dog care organization meaning it is able to give a personalized service to you and your dog. A caring and loving dog care facility that is cage less, the team at Daisy’s Doghouse is trained and have certificates in pet care.
Situated in the Montrose area of Houston, Daisy’s Dog House offers various options for dog day care ranging from 1 day for 1 dog, 2 dogs, and 3 dogs to larger packages for 5 days, 10 days, 20 days, 30 days and 60 days even. To give you an idea of prices for 1 dog for 1 day, the price is $29.00, for 5 days it is $135, for 10 days it is $260, for 20 days the cost is $500, $720 for 30 days and £1380 for 60 days.
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