It’s Monday morning, and after a weekend full of fetch and belly rubs, it’s time to crate your sweet little puppy and head off to work. They give that old familiar cry — you know the one — that haunts you until you release them from their cage at 6 p.m. and they come bounding out with a day’s worth of pent-up energy. And after a hard day’s work, you have to take them on a long walk (after all, they haven’t gone to the bathroom for at least eight hours). Leaving your faithful companion alone for long periods of time can lead to excessive barking, destructive chewing, separation anxiety, and other behavioral issues. There must be a better way, you think. Luckily, a good doggy daycare can save you from this conundrum.
There are plenty of options for daytime dog care in the South Sound no matter your specific pet’s needs. Whether they are old, young, fat, neutered, intact, diabetic, or even a little naughty, there is a place for you full of puppy professionals trained in pet first aid and CPR. Which means no more feeling guilty for keeping your dog waiting during happy hour!
Camp Bow Wow Silverdale
This tried and true Entrepreneur Franchise 500 company is a leader in the industry after 17 years and has opened more than 150 locations, so only the best should be expected of the new Silverdale location. The daycare provides plenty of room to run, with one large indoor and five outdoor play areas, and even a tiny tot play area for those daintier teacup pups.
$19-26 per day | campbowwow.com
11762 Clear Creek Rd. NW, Silverdale
Wet Noses Dry Paws
As Tacoma’s first indoor dog park, Wet Noses Dry Paws has everything you or your dog could need. The dog daycare maintains an impressive ratio of one handler to every 10 large dogs or 15 small dogs, so safety is a main priority, and enforced using a strict three-strike policy that removes dogs for bad behavior. If that weren’t enough to put you at ease, a beer from the facility’s snack bar surely will.
$15-35 per day | wetnosesdrypaws.com
411 Fawcett Ave., Tacoma
The experts at Fort Fido know that our canine friends come in all shapes and sizes. So, they developed a program to suit each and every one of them — even the oft-forgotten medium-sized dog. Here, your dog can start in the puppy program and slowly move up as she grows, until she reaches her final size and comfort level.
$24-35 | fortfido.com
6908 27th St. W, University Place
Top Dog Daycare
Top Dog works hard to make your dog feel at home. Serving the Tumwater area, owner Deb has a special connection with the dogs, and works hard to socialize them and deter bad behaviors. This relaxed, off-leash environment is the perfect solution for a lonely, anxious dog that could stand to learn a trick or two.
$12-26 per day | topdogdaycare.org
2900 29th Ave. SW, Tumwater
Unleashed Dog Daycare and Wellness Center
Unleashed is a dog’s paradise — especially if that dog has aching joints or is recovering from a surgery. Besides a full-service dog daycare, Unleashed also offers hydrotherapy and canine massages that can help your dog with everything from rehabilitation to anxiety to strength training. And if your pooch has yet to master their doggy paddle, Unleashed even offers swimming lessons.
$23 per day | dogsloveunleashed.com
5624 South Durango St., Tacoma
If your dog dreams of wide open spaces, look no further than Fido’s Farm located outside of Olympia. Besides outdoor play areas with splash pools, covered areas for rainy day play, and indoor runs with heated floors, there are a variety of additional services that can be purchased if your dog wants a little extra stimulation. They can learn new skills through Fido’s Foundations, lose weight through Fitness for Fido, or practice herding and agility.
Starting at $25 per day | fidosfarm.com
9829 Evergreen Valley Rd. SE, Olympia
The Hound Hangout
Drop your pet off at the Hound Hangout, and they’ll never be bored. The indoor playroom is full of toys, while the outdoor play yard is fully furnished with fire hydrants and other seasonal activities. And to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the fun, there are webcams located in both spaces so you can watch your dog play all day.
$18-25 per day | goodkarmapetcare.com
414 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma
Friendly Grove Resort and Spa for Dogs
Your pup’s options are endless at Friendly Grove, where they can start the day in a play group, enjoy a mid-day snack, and then spend the afternoon in the spa, which offers services such as blueberry facials and pedicures. Plus, unlike most daycares, your dog does not have to be spayed or neutered to be here.
Starting at $42 per day | friendlygrove.com
2901 Friendly Grove Rd. NE, Olympia