Hot spots for dogs to stay and play

 

We realize that you have to earn a paycheck to keep your pooch in kibble. But leaving your dog home all day—where he can chew through your couch legs like a rawhide chew toy—isn’t such a good idea. A dog needs plenty of exercise and the company of his peers for his spirits to remain buoyant and to keep him out of trouble. And if you have to leave town for a while, you can’t always depend on family or friends to watch over your beloved buddy. Best leave it to the professionals. This chart of five local day cares and kennels—as recommended by our survey—should help you sort out your canine’s best lodging options.

LexiDog Boutique & Social Club

lexidog.com

Day Care: Monday–Saturday
Cost: $26.50 per day; Five hours or less, $20
Overnight Boarding: Macadam location only; Long stays and short stays welcome
Cost: Starting at $51.50 per day—includes playtime during day-care hours
Average number of dogs in the yard at one time: Fifty–sixty dogs
Space: Can’t stand the rain? Well, this place is entirely indoors, with 3,000 square feet to roam. All dogs are separated by temperament into different areas, complete with a camera hooked up to the lobby so you can linger to watch playtime.

Extras:

This place knows how to pamper your pet in all the right ways. Birthday parties with games, cake, and party favors? Check! Choose from activities like a hotdog hunt or dog painting. Bring your dog for play throughout the day, which includes an afternoon nap accompanied by soft music to soothe his soul. This posh palace comes complete with assorted play structures and treats for good behavior. Check out the boutique before you leave. If it’s a toy, a treat, or a fashion statement, this place has it in Vogue style! The glamour happens in D’Tails Dog Salon , which gives on-site makeovers to stressed and matted hounds. If you just can’t stand not being a part of the fun yourself, come on Sunday for Social Club. Small dogs romp from 10 to noon, and big dogs ramble from noon to 2.
Various locations: See business listings below.

Club K–9

clubk-9.com

Day Care: Seven days per week
Cost: $25 for the whole day
Overnight Boarding: Long stays and short stays welcome
Cost: Starting at $37–includes playtime during day-care hours
Average number of dogs in the yard at one time: About thirty dogs
Space: This joint has 7,000 square feet, including indoor space and a covered outdoor play area. The indoors will charm your pants off with bright colored walls and whimsical doggie murals. Monet would be proud!

Extras:

Your pooch starts the morning cavorting in plentiful play structures, chasing toys, and partaking in other doggie diversions. Arrivals begin at 7 a.m., with specialized romper rooms available no matter how big or small the dog. During the dog days of summer, wading pools are available for cooling down. Naptime is around 1 p.m. You can pick your pooch up anytime. For overnight guests there’s a turndown service followed by another shot at the great outdoors between 9 and 11 p.m. before hitting the hay. Not enough? Singles can bring their pets on Friday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 and enjoy wine tasting while Fido frolics with his pals. You can also bring your buddy to the Sunday Social , when dogs play from 1 to 3 p.m.. You can also take part in behavior classes and agility training. Or if you just want your dog to look like a model, you can wash them on-site or have Club K–9 do it.
Various locations: See business listings below.