The average cost for a dog boarder is $40 per night. Hiring a dog boarder to watch your dog, you will likely spend between $25 and $85 each night. The price of dog boarding can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local dog boarders or get free estimates from pros near you.
Boarding your dog will cost about $40 a night, depending on where you live, the size of your dog, and how long of a stay your pet needs. It happens to the best of us—we have to go out of town or work on a big job and there’s no one to look after the dog. Thankfully, there are a fair number of boarding opportunities for your dog near your home.
It can be hard to leave your dog with someone you don’t know, but there are a number of factors you can take into account when searching for the best place that can give you peace of mind with your final choice.
While the cost of boarding your dog may depend on a number of circumstances, most companies charge per day and/or night.
For example, The Sparta Pet Palazzo in Plano, TX, has rates starting at $29/night for boarding, as well as a daily daycare price starting at $18/day. AMG Pet Resort in El Segundo, CA, goes above and beyond to provide you and your dog with all the amenities that you could possibly need.
Standard doggie kennels are available from $39- $69/night, but if you really feel like spoiling your dog, you can upgrade to a “Deluxe Cottage,” fully equipped with a TV, DVD player, and orthopedic mattress for $84/night.
Many dog owners need to board multiple dogs, or need dog boarding for more than one night. For this reason, you’ll find companies offering discounted rates for more than one dog, or boarding for more than one night.
AMG Pet Resort, mentioned above, for example, will only charge an additional $25/night for each additional dog, as long as the dogs are sharing the same room. The Bowhaus Pet Company in Pasadena, CA, offers discounted rates for 5-, 10- and 25-day packages, with 5-day packages costing $25/night and 25-day packages costing $19/night.
Packages are a great investment for dog owners who are frequently traveling for work, or who have a long vacation coming up in the near future.
Some dog-care professionals will watch your dog at your home for you. Pupsicles Dog Care in Denver, CO, provides this service for $71/night for one dog, and only $75/night if you have two dogs.
While in-home dog care might feel uncomfortable to some because of giving a stranger access to your home, having someone stop by can be much less intimidating for the dog than having to stay in a crate or small room overnight with other dogs around. If you are one of those dog owners who would rather your dog be in his or her own home while you are out of town, you may want to look for a company that offers this as a service.
Sometimes you can drop your dog somewhere a few days and also get all his or her grooming done at the same time. Many dog boarding services provide add-on services—some are complimentary and included in the boarding price, while others offer them for an additional cost.
For example, TLC Pet Boarding LLC in Fort Lauderdale, FL, offers a list of grooming services in addition to their standard nightly boarding rate of $30/day. The Barkway in Denver, CO, also provides grooming services on top of their boarding. Their boarding starts at $40/night, but they also offer shampooing, nail clipping, and anal gland expressions services, starting at only $12.
Many animal hospitals, infirmaries, and veterinarians will offer boarding services as well, though the price tends to be a bit higher since that same space could be used for a sick pet. However, many dog owners feel more comfortable keeping their dog under the supervision of trained, experienced animal hospital or veterinary clinic staff. The Animal Hospital of Boca Raton in Boca Raton, FL provides exactly that—it serves primarily as an animal hospital, but also provides boarding and grooming services whenever necessary.
Overall, finding the right boarding option for your dog will depend largely on what’s available in your area and your personal preferences. In the end, the boarding service that’s close by with prices that suit your budget, trained staff, and one that caters to your pet’s needs can be found. Thanks to good online research, you can make sure your dog won’t be boarded up just anywhere, and s/he’ll be in a place that provides quality service and cares for your dog.
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