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Tacoma Dog Boarding Services

Back Of House K-9

Back Of House K-9

5.0 (11)
We specialize in dogs that others won't board or train (aggressive, high anxiety, etc). We offer a safe environment for all types of pets and working dogs.  High anxiety and problem dogs are welcome into our private boarding center.  We also offer a home-sweet-home kennel that mimics a home-like setting, complete with a bed to cuddle on for house-trained pets. We also have two separate fenced yards and plenty of free space to play!   We offer: Specialized Boarding Basic Obedience Trailing Lessons Behavioral Modifications Scent Detection Deer Shed Detection  Deterrent Dog Training  ... View Profile
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Claws For The Cause

Claws For The Cause

5.0 (8)
I became a dog trainer 11 years ago, and started my pet sitting business, Claws for the Cause, in 2009.  I'm pet CPR and First Aid certified, pet psychology certified, and insured. I'm able to give most medications without problem (including IVs for dogs and cats). I love to work with all species, not just dogs and cats. I currently see ferrets, sugar gliders, rabbits, Guinea pigs, bearded dragons and other lizard species, cornsnakes, various python and boa species, geckos, and more.  I'd love to provide loving, reliable care for you and your pet companion, whether it’s for training or sitting. For more info on my services ... View Profile
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5.0 (7)
I understand the importance for fur-babies to receive love and attention when they can't be with you! Their safety, comfort, and happiness is my top priority! My home is completely doggie-proof with a huge, fenced back yard. Doggies are under constant supervision and NEVER crated, caged, or locked up while in my care (unless otherwise instructed by owner). In addition to being a life-long dog owner and lover, I also have an AAS in Vet Technology along with several years of professional experience in working with animals. I worked in an animal clinic for seven years and managed a mini-horse ranch for four years. I'm now a graduate student at ... View Profile
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4 Paws Dog Resort

4 Paws Dog Resort

5.0 (4)
Do you want to know that your dog is having a fun vacation while you're away on a trip?  If so, 4PawsDogResort is the place to go!  My name is Nancy and my husband, Dave, and I will welcome your dog into our family home - where we have a fenced in yard and I am home full time.  I pay close attention to your furry, loved one and they love it here!  I have been dog sitting for over 35 years. We usually have 3-4 furry guests at a time - along with our dog, Penny.  She's a 9-year-old, border-collie-mix who is a great hostess.  The dogs get to go on an adventure to an off leash park or the trails - usually once a day. ... View Profile
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Shaggy Shack Pet Resort & Spa

Shaggy Shack Pet Resort & Spa

5.0 (1)
We are a licensed fully staffed daycare, boarding, grooming and discount pet supply located on 5 acres of fun! Owners live on site. Check us out at or Facebook 
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Pets Come First!

Pets Come First!

I’m one of the best dog walkers you’ll ever meet because I’m trusting and caring to all dog types. I can accommodate for any needs they may have. Every dog is different and I am nothing if not patient and understanding when it comes to walking them and taking care of them. If you need them to feel loved and have fun then I’m the girl you call.
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Frequently asked questions

What is dog boarding?

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 dog boarding opportunities for your dog near your home. Dog boarding kennels provide your dog a safe and secure place to call their home away from home while you are away. Dog boarding is sometimes accompanied by other services, such as dog training and dog grooming.

How much does dog boarding cost?

Dog boarding 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. While the cost of boarding your dog may depend on a number of circumstances, most companies charge per day and/or night. Overall, you can expect the range to be between $25 and $85 each night.

What vaccinations do dogs need for boarding?

Dogs need proof of Distemper, Parvo and Bordetella (kennel cough) annually and Rabies every 1-3 years. Puppies must be 10 days past their final round of distemper/parvo vaccination before kennels will accept them for boarding. Vaccinations need to be given no less than 7 days prior to boarding. If this is the dog's first Bordetella vaccination, it must be given 2 weeks prior to boarding.

How old does a dog have to be for boarding?

For all breeds of dogs, most dog kennels require the dog to be at least 4 months old (12 to 16 weeks) old. This is because all certified kennels require incoming puppies to have had their first round of adult shots at 12 weeks, followed by the second round at around 16 weeks.

What do I need to take my dog to the kennel?

When preparing to take your dog to the kennel, remember to:

  1. Be up to date on their vaccinations. Vaccinations need to be given no less than 7 days prior to boarding.
  2. Pack plenty of your dog’s usual food for the length of their stay.
  3. Pack any medications or supplements that your dog may need.
  4. Pack your dog's leashes.
  5. Write a list of any special instructions you may have for your kennel regarding feeding times, portions for food, your local vet's phone number, and where you can be reached.
  6. Don't forget to pack your dog's favorite toys. An old t-shirt that smells like you can also make for a great cuddle toy!

What is the difference between dog sitting and boarding?

The difference between dog sitting and boarding is the length of stay and attention of care. Dog boarding is like hotel, where it's typically an overnight stay at a kennel where your dog is around other dogs. On the other hand, a dog sitter will watch your pet at either their or your home, or they may just stop by to care for your pets two or three times per day.

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 check out local dog sitters near you.

How long before boarding does dog need a Bordetella shot?

In general, puppies can receive injectable Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines between 6 and 8 weeks of age and booster shots when they're 10 to 12 weeks old. Adult dogs generally need booster vaccines for Bordetella in intervals of six months to a year. If this is the dog's first Bordetella vaccination, it must be given 2 weeks prior to boarding.