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Boston’s Best Doggy Day Care

January 31, 2014 6:00 AM

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(Photo from The Common Dog)

(Photo from The Common Dog)

Many dog breeds simply cannot tolerate being left alone during the day. For example, Jack Russell terriers are too intelligent to spend most of their time alone, so they may act out when their owners leave for work. Even dogs that are known for their relaxed attitudes, such as bullmastiffs, can benefit from having doggy and human company when their owners are away. That, and prolonged trips, are why every city needs great doggy day cares like these standouts in Boston.

(Photo from The Common Dog)

(Photo from The Common Dog)

The Common Dog
57 Garden St.
Everett, MA 02149
(617) 381-6363
www.commondog.com

The boarding at The Common Dog is adorably like a hotel, but there is one feature that stands out. This doggy day care has a “wet and wild splash park” so dogs can cool off, run around and marvel at the mists and sprays that hit them and their friends on hot days. Another amazing feature is a doggy shuttle. Dogs are picked up at several locations and buckled into the shuttle for their ride to day care, overnight care or spa treatments. If a dog needs a little help with its behavior, this day care also has training programs.

(Photo from The Pawsitive Dog)

(Photo from The Pawsitive Dog)

The Pawsitive Dog
274 Southampton St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 541-1000
www.thepawsitivedog.com

The Pawsitive Dog is a place dogs will love, but only because of the interactive approach to dog sitting. The day program offered by the Pawsitive Dog is a training program that keeps dogs happy and teaches them a number of ways to socialize better with humans and other dogs. This approach to day care requires owners who want to interact with their dogs better and do not mind putting in time with the professionals at The Pawsitive Dog to do so. It also has camps and overnight training.

(Photo from Fenway Bark)

(Photo from Fenway Bark)

Fenway Bark
88 Black Falcon Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 464-4364
www.fenwaybarkonline.com

The baseball theme does not stop with the name at Fenway Bark. Dogs that come to stay at this doggy day care spend their time in an indoor park designed to look like a baseball field, complete with the green faux grass. When it is time to rest, each day care client has its own room for a nap in an orthopedic bed. There is a splash pool for cooling off after running around and an activity program that exercises each animal. An on-call veterinarian located a few blocks away also provides peace of mind.

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(Photo from Urban Hound)

(Photo from Urban Hound)

Outbound Hound
37 Hartford St.
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 997-8766
www.outboundhoundboston.com

Outbound Hound takes a somewhat unusual approach to doggy day care. Play days are all about taking animals on what this day care calls field trips. Dogs go on adventures to the many dog-friendly parks and play areas in Boston. Dogs are taken in the doggy shuttle to off-leash play areas and then returned home when the play is done. Dogs can also stay in home environments provided by Outbound Hound when they require boarding.

(Photo from: Outbound Hound)

(Photo from: Outbound Hound)

The Urban Hound Hotel And Daycare
129 Malden St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 755-5775
www.urbanhounds.com

Everything from walks, training and feeding to playing is available for dogs that are kept at The Urban Hound. It offers luxurious grooming packages that rival human spas. Even the decor is somewhat posh in a modern animal sort of way. Day care boarding packages can include training for dogs from puppies to old dogs. The numbers of day care packages alone make this place worth a visit.

Related: Boston’s Best Dog Walking Services

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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