Many Minnesotans shudder at the thought of leaving their best friend in a cage while they travel to work all day. Luckily, there are enough dog lovers and doggy day cares in Minnesota that they don’t have to. Services provided allow clients to leave their dogs for the day, overnight or long term to be cared for by a competent dog-loving staff. Check out any of these doggy day cares before leaving your pooch alone.
Camp Bow Wow
2067 E. Center Circle
Plymouth, MN 55441
Camp Bow Wow prefers to be considered a day camp rather than a day care for dogs. The staff members go by the title of counselors and provide daily activities for the “campers” to keep them busy, active and happy. Aside from a day care, Camp Bow Wow offers overnight and boarding services to keep doggies busy while mom and dad are out of town. This spot has large areas for open play, inside and outside, sleeping cots for napping pups and daily treats. Camp Bow Wow is open every day of the year to accommodate holiday needs as well.
Pets Are Inn
Pets Are Inn is a different type of doggy day care. This service acts as a matchmaker to pair clients up with families willing to be hosts for dogs while the owners are away. Pets Are Inn offers transportation to pick up your pet and deliver them to a home of dog-loving individuals who will care for and love your pet while you are absent. All host families are pre-screened and often have years of experience dog sitting. They will even write you a list of what they did with your pet and how much fun was had while you were away.
Woof Dah! Inc.
12250 Portland Ave.
Burnsville, MN 55337
This independently owned doggy day care focuses on keeping dogs out of cages while providing them with quality care and love while you’re away. Dog ramps and tables are set up around the facility to keep dogs active throughout the day. An outdoor area is available year-round and dogs are encouraged to play and run as much as they can. Indoor swimming facilities and play areas are set up for doggy fun and games. A webcam system is also used so owners can check on their pets throughout the day.
Metro Dogs Daycare And Boarding
506 11th Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
Metro Dogs Daycare caters to all types of dogs and personalizes care plans for each client. It takes newborns to older pooches and helps with needs from potty training to caring for post-op or sick pets. There is always a trainer on staff that understands the needs of each dog and can even help with ongoing behavior or training issues. Metro Dogs also offers quiet rooms for older dogs, early drop-off, late pick-up and webcams with a smart phone app for owners to watch their dogs.
Pampered Pooch Playground
7020 Walker St.
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
The name says it all. Your pooch is pampered and loved while you are out bringing home the bacon. This indoor/outdoor facility is sparkling clean in a way that you wouldn’t believe. It takes only a limited number of dogs daily so that your pup is sure to have enough attention by the staff. There is also a trainer and groomer onsite to take care of any other puppy needs. Pampered Pooch is another service that offers “Pooch Vision” for you to watch your pet enjoy him or herself throughout the day.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.