Are you considering a boarding kennel for your pup? There are certain things that can help you pick the best daycare center for you dog. Take a look at the list below:

First Impressions

When you first walk in, note whether the dog area is dirty or clean. This area should be ventilated very well. There are some standards that must be met in the yard such as a fresh water supply, no feces in the play area, and some shade so they can cool off when it gets hot. Are you allowed to tour the premises? This is something that can be looked at a couple different ways. Obviously, you want to check out the entire facility. Tours may be allowed only at certain times. Some facilities only allow tours by appointment either before or after daycare hours to keep the stress level down for the dogs. A prospective client coming for a tour at a time that has not been scheduled can cause too much excitement for the residents at the doggy daycare. Definitely give the center a call before showing up for a tour.

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Stimulation and Calm Time

An excess of playtime really requires some intermitent rest times during the day. Does the center you are looking at have enough rest space? Is rest time scheduled? Your dog needs to rest even if they’re having loads of fun because, just like a cranky little tot, they need time to calm down after a long day of play.


You want whoever is watching your pup to care for your dog just like you do. They need to be trained and loving in order to perform their job correctly. The way the staff members play with the dogs while you are there, and the way the dogs act around the staff members are both wonderful ways to tell if they will treat your pup right.If they are happy to see the staff, he’s probably getting the attention and affection he needs during the day.Staff needs to be able to find the minor issues that can turn into larger issues if they are not resolved quickly. Recongnizing stressful situations or an over tired dog is one of the top priorities for a good doggy daycare worker.

Does the potential center offer a dog to staff ratio that you are comfortable with? Will your dog be provided with enough supervision during playtime?


The variations for creating doggy play groups are endless. Ask questions about how dogs are put together in playgroups and make sure you are comfortable with how it’s done and with the staff’s ability/willingness to supervise and change things up if necessary.


Screening is important for all boarding facilities: they may be as simple as asking for a vaccination record, but they need some sort of process. It is something you should expect when signing your dog up because it can give you a piece of mind knowing that your pup will be safe around other dogs who have been screened.