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Boarding Kennels for DINOS

Below you’ll find a list of boarding options recommended by the Team DINOS fans on Facebook. Happy Boogie

These boarding kennels have been a good fit for their DINOS, particularly those that are not social with other dogs. Every dog is an individual and there are many types of DINOS, so please keep in mind that what works for one DINOS family, may not work for another.

This list is a great place to start your search and there are a wide range of options below. Some offer small, private home-like boarding, while others are giant resorts with luxury packages. Contact these facilities and ask for a tour. Get to know the staff and find out how they handle dogs of varying temperaments and social skills. Determine if their training and handling skills are a good fit for your dog and in line with your own training/handling philosophies. Here are some questions to ask. Make an informed choice!

The list is always expanding, so be sure to check back and if you’d like to recommend a boarding option, leave a comment or email me:

Please note that being included in this list is not an endorsement by the author of this blog.


AZ Cave Creek: Partners Dog Training

CA Dublin: Dublin Creek Kennels

CA Oakland: Citizen Canine

CA Oceanside: Bark Ave Resort and Kamp

CA San Jose: Canine Corral Dog Daycare and Overnight Care

CA San Francisco: Mighty Dog Walking & Boarding Services

CA San Francisco: Pet Camp

FL Hawthorne: Sun Kiva Kennels

FL Lake Mary: Hollywood Houndz Boutique & Spa

FL Riverview: Canine Cabana Florida

GA Athens: Pawtropolis and Helping Paws Rescue

GA Atlanta: Happy Healthy Pup  

GA Atlanta: K-9 Coach

GA Cumming: Just Pets Veterinary Hospital  

IL Chicago: Paradise for Paws

IL Chicago: Stay. A Modern Dog Hotel

IL Frankfort: K9 Tail Shakers

MA Boston: Fenway Bark

ME Greene: The Dog Rehabilitation Center of Maine

ME Portland: Forest Ave Veterinary Hospital

ME Saco: Suntar Kennels

MD Owings:  Countryside Kennels  

MI Romulus: Curreys Family Pet Care Center

MN Eden Prairie: Wag ‘n Woofs

MN Lanesboro: A Dog Spot

MN Minnetonka: Auntie Ruth’s

MN Plymouth: Plymouth Heights Pet Hospital

MN St. Paul: Dog Days

MO Hillsboro: Green Roof Kennel

NC Raleigh: Suite Paws Pet Resort & Spa

NH Manchester: Gail Fisher’s All Dogs Gym

NJ Millstone: The Green Leaf Pet Resort

NV Reno:  Canine BNB

NV Reno:  Honey Bear’s Country Kennels

NY Fishkill: Pet Pleasers

OH Burton: The UltiMutt Inn & Pet Resort

OH Seville: Comfort Kennels

OR Tigard: GoInBark 

PA Freedom: Lucky Paws Pet Resort

PA Pittsburgh: Paws Here Awhile  

PA Reading: Peacock Bridge Kennels

RI Providence: Outbound Hounds

SC West Columbia: Barnwell Oaks Kennels

TX Flower Mound: Canine Courtyard

TX Seabrook: The Majestic Pet Hotel & Boutique 

TX Round Rock: Action Pack Dog Center

TX San Antonio: Becker Animal Hospital

UT Draper: K9 Lifeline

UT Salt Lake City: Doggie Mannerz

UT Zion National Park: Doggy Dude Ranch

WA Monroe: Mystic Mountain Retreat  

WA Sequim: Dungeness Pet Resort

WI DeForest: Aunt B’s Pet Resort and Spa


Lethbridge AB: Bogdan’s Boarding Kennel and Dog Training Centre

Edmonton, AB: Kennels Bed and Biscuit

Calgary AB: Whiskers & Wags Pet Services

Abbottsford BC: LAPS Special Boarding Program

Vancouver BC: Bronte Pet Services

Bloomfield ON: Winstead Dogs

  1. Kathy and Wayne #

    So happy to see a couple in Ut, especially one near zions national park. I would highly recommend K9Lifeline in Draper. I have taken the Pack to Basics seminar at K9 Lifeline and find their staff and Heather Beck, owner very educated and their training programs very effective.

    December 8, 2012
  2. Colleen Talbot #

    Do you have any ideas for Vermont?

    December 8, 2012
  3. Niki #

    How about Arizona? Scottsdale/Phoenix area?

    December 10, 2012
    • leightonblog #

      We have a training school in Cave Creek (Phoenix) Arizona, that specializes in behavioral issues. We also offer boarding for dogs, including those that are unable to be boarded for “behavior”. Dogs also get outside playtime, and in many cases, socialization as well. Our staff are trained in working with dog issues, and can assist with specific needs.

      Feel free to come in for a visit or tour, or call us at 480 595 6700.

      December 10, 2012
  4. I’d love some recommendations for the NoVA/DC area. My DINOS has no where to go now that we’ve moved away from awesome Pawtropolis in Georgia 😦

    December 10, 2012
  5. Janet Wager #

    Just to add one to your list. Winstead Dog training and Boarding at 206 Gilead Road, Bloomfield, Ontario, Canada KOK 1G0. Dogs are never exercised together and the owner has worked with dogs of all temperaments for over 35 years.

    December 10, 2012
  6. leightonblog #

    I am the Training Director of Partners Dog Training in Cave Creek AZ.

    We offer specialized training in behavior modification, but also offer boarding, dog sports such as agility, dock diving and personal protection.

    We have a ten acre facility, with an indoor air conditioned kennel and training center. Dogs get to go outside daily, and also get daily training sessions.
    These are normally obedience based, but also could include agility or dock diving.

    We use motivational food-reward based training, but also teach that light compulsion is needed. We run about twenty classes a week, and train about 2,000 dogs annually.

    We also work extensively with Arizona Siberian Husky Rescue (more than 12 years), Rescue a Golden, German ShepherdRescue, Desert Lab Rescue and Mayday Pitbull Rescue.

    About us:
    Resident Dog Experts NBC TV Channel 12 EVB

    December 10, 2012
  7. Happy to see Comfort Kennels in Ohio made the list! One of fosters is a huge fan!

    December 10, 2012
  8. Thanks for the shout-out! My business partner Lauren and I started Bronte Pet Services because we both have DINOS (lovely with people, selective/reactive with other dogs, especially on-leash).

    Vacation planning always had the added stress of sending our loved ones to a kennel with other dogs they weren’t interested in interacting with…or paying high rates for in-home boarding and still worrying whether the caregivers really understood the special challenges of handling our dogs. We are so happy to provide solutions to DINOS guardians, and can ensure that we have a whole arsenal of tools at our disposal when walking a DINO: treats, clickers, body blocks, preventative street crossing, and even a spray bottle if another dog is persistently ambushing us!

    We love DINOS!

    December 11, 2012
  9. Breanna #

    I use Willow Run in Belgrade, Maine. It is a drive for me but I trust them and staff are incredibly understanding. We did short visits at first now my dog can go there comfortably. He is fearful of people and the staff took the time to slowly introduce themselves. I think they literally went through a bucket of treats the first day we went.
    I dropped him off for a weekend a few weeks ago and he actually was excited to see one of the staff members, a man!

    February 26, 2013
  10. Love the big list of recommendations, but also the tips on looking for a good dog kennel. It’s definitely important that you trust the kennel or pet boarding company you use!

    December 3, 2013
  11. We are a pet store and dog boarding facility in Pasadena, CA and love all animals as if they were our own pets 🙂

    June 2, 2014

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