Dog Heaven: Day Care for Canines

A guide to local services
Natalie Andrewson

DOGS THESE DAYS can lead pampered lives, enjoying manicures, cage-free play areas, and flat-screen televisions. Here’s a guide to local services that go beyond the traditional kennel, offering perks for every kind of dog and owner.

Club Fetch
Best for: South End apartment dwellers
Friendly staff members and caretakers called “doggy concierges” greet you at the front desk. The playrooms have rubberized flooring that’s easy on the paws. Flat-screen TVs hang on the walls, so your dog can catch up on his Animal Planet shows. There are indoor and outdoor play areas, and Club Fetch is located on the Lynx Blue Line, within walking distance of many South End apartments.
Pricing: $30 for full-day visit; packages available
1710 Camden Rd.

Best for: The helicopter parent
Web cams in the playrooms allow you to spy on your dog from the office; there’s even an app for your phone. A full-service spa means dogs can get their nails done or even have their hair dyed pink. Bonus: Rescued dogs can enjoy their first day for free.
Pricing: $27 for full-day visit; packages available
616 Springbrook Rd.

The Barker Lounge
Best for: The freewheelin’ pooch
If your dog dreads going in the crate, even for naps, take him or her here. The squeaky-clean doggy lounge is cage-free. Dogs are separated into groups based on their size and temperament, and they can romp around in indoor and outdoor play areas.
Pricing: $30 for full-day visit; packages available
1719 Montford Dr.

The Dog Knowledge
Best for: The aristocratic pup
There’s a yearlong waiting list at this members-only club. Walk inside to an enormous room with leather couches for the owners and a training area for the dogs. Around back is “Sam’s Town,” a dog village with soothing music and flat-screen TVs. And if your pup needs to practice his downward dog, members can participate in DOGA, dog yoga, for $10.
Pricing: $30 for full-day visit; packages available
1110 Pro Am Dr.

Best for: A homebody dog
Looking for a trustworthy dog lover to stay in your home? There’s an app for that. There’s also a website where potential dog-sitters post profiles with a picture and a description of themselves. Other owners post reviews and comments on the profiles, making your choice easier. Boarding, in-home sitting, and dog walking are available.
Pricing: prices vary

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