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Dog Boarding Kennels Boston MA

Local resource for dog boarding kennels in Boston, MA. Includes detailed information on dog boarding kennels that provide pet kennels and doggie daycare, as well as services for boarding dogs like personal playtimes, group playtimes, dog grooming, and indoor and outdoor dog pens.

Tails of Boston
(617) 480-1033
Boston, MA
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Boston Pet Sitters
(617) 367-7387
Boston, MA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Errand Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Happy Pet Care
(617) 202-9988
Brighton, MA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Doggie Day Care, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Petiquette Pooch Concierge
(617) 733-3923
South Boston, MA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Overnight Pet Boarding, Pet Transportation, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Michael McLaughlin dogsRbarkin.com
(617) 388-5688
South Boston, MA
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Grooming, Doggie Day Care, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Strut Your Pup Plus
(617) 784-5328
Boston, MA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Errand Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Dingo's Dogsitting
(617) 590-3721
Charlestown, MA
Services
House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Overnight Pet Boarding, Doggie Day Care, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Tails n' Trails
(781) 351-9090
Brighton, MA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Doggie Day Care, Errand Service, House Sitting, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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MonumenTails
(617) 820-9993
Charlestown, MA
Services
House Sitting, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Lucky Dog Cambridge
(617) 308-3651
Cambridge, MA
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Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Overnight Pet Boarding, Doggie Day Care, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Boarding Kennels for Dogs

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You’ve been planning a trip with your honey for weeks. You have your rooms booked, your airfare. You’re going to have a wonderful time on vacation, right? Then why do you feel so guilty? Is it because you’re leaving your dog behind? Every year people go on vacation and have a less than perfect time because they are worried about their best friend at home. Perhaps it’s not even a vacation. Maybe you have to travel for work. What’s the answer? Leave your dog with Aunt Sadie who may forget to give him his pills or accidentally let him get out? Ask a friend to check on him everyday?

Fortunately there are other alternatives. For some people the answer is a boarding kennel. Far from being a cold, sterile prison-like environment, many boarding kennels these days offer amenities that make your pet feel like he’s on vacation himself. Some boarding kennels are almost like spas for pets.

When you begin considering boarding kennels in your area you should begin by visiting the facilities in person. Check for cleanliness. Does it look and smell clean? Is it well-lit and ventilated? Is this a place where you would like your dog to spend a few days? Is it pleasant and warm enough? Or is it properly cooled in the summer time? Are the kennel runs large enough? How are the people? Do you like them? These are the people who will be caring for your dog so your impression of them is very important. Ask if the kennel is accredited by the American Boarding Kennels Association (719-667-1600). The association can tell you if the kennel meets accepted standards and is accredited.

After you have visited the kennels in your area and chosen one you can begin to prepare your dog for his stay. You will need to have your dog’s vaccinations up to date. Kennels won’t allow your dog to stay unless he is current on his rabies vaccination. Your dog will also probably need a bordatella vaccine for kennel cough. Kennel cough is a respiratory illness similar to a cold in humans that is often spread among dogs in a kennel. It’s passed around something like the way colds are passed around in airports. There’s not much you can do to prevent them, even in the cleanest facilities, but the bordatella vaccine can lessen your dog’s chances of catching a cough, and the vaccine is recommended.

If possible it’s a good idea to take your dog by the kennel to let him see the place before you plan to leave him. Let him meet the staff and become familiar with the surroundings. Even a brief visit or an overnight stay can help your dog become accustomed to the place before his longer visit.

Remember to provide as much information as possible about your dog to the staff. Make sure they know about your dog’s medications and dosages; allergies; special food; how he gets along with other dogs; and whether or not he is afraid of certain things. Most kennels invite you to bring your dog’s food from home for him if he eats a special brand. If your dog is afraid of loud noises, such as thunder or fireworks, be sure to mention this or any other phobias to the staff. If your dog is afraid of black dogs or cats or anything he may encounter at the kennel, be especially sure to mention this fact to the staff.

You may also make special requests about who your dog is housed with or allowed to exercise with. Boarding kennels typically house two dogs of similar size in each kennel run, but they want to make sure that the dogs are compatible. If you are taking two dogs and they are friends, be sure to request that they are kenneled together. If your dog has any particular dislikes as far as other dogs go, or if he’s afraid of some dogs, make sure you mention this to the staff on behalf of your dog.

Don’t forget to supply the kennel with the name, phone number and address of your veterinarian so he or she can be contacted in case of emergency.

You can make your dog feel more at home by bringing some items from home with him. Bring a special toy or his favorite blanket. You can even take something that belongs to you, such as an old shirt to help comfort him while you’re gone. No need to wash it. You want it to carry your scent so it will remind your dog of you.

As you’re getting ready for your trip remain cheerful and calm. If you are excited and hectic in your packing you’ll alert your dog that something is going on. By the time you’re ready to take him to the kennel he’ll be feeling the stress of the trip. Instead, get his things together in advance and take him to the car as you would for any car trip.

When you take your dog to the kennel on the big day it’s important that you try to remain calm and positive. Your dog will take his cues from you. If you are emotional and tearful your dog will be upset about you leaving him. Try to avoid long, sad goodbyes. The best way to handle things is to hand your dog’s leash to one of the staff, let them distract your dog with something, and quietly slip away. Your dog will feel much less stress if you leave quietly.

If you travel a lot your dog will get used to visiting the kennel and become familiar with the staff and the whole experience. He will start looking forward to seeing other dogs and playing with the people at the kennel. Many kennel staff know their doggy guests well and look forward to seeing them again.

After a few trips to the boarding kennel you and your dog will become familiar with the whole experience. Your brief separations will not seem nearly as stressful. You can relax while you’re away knowing that your dog is being well cared for; and your dog can rest and play, knowing that you will soon be home.

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Dog Kennel

Dog kennel service can be simple set ups or full-fledged dog hotel. Some pet boarding services you may find include a dog sitter that can come into your home. However, not all dog boarding facilities offer this option so it is important to familiarize yourself with the dog kennel facilities so you know your pet will be safe and well cared for.

A pet boarding service is usually classified as a dog kennel if it has the capacity for six or more dogs at for dog boarding at one time. This varies from state to state, but is a rule of thumb most business follow. A dog hotel on the other hand will typically accommodate a dozen or more dog at a time. Depending on how social your dog is you may want to consider small or large dog boarding facilities.


Pet boarding services at a dog kennel often include a dog sitter, dog walker, and someone who feeds and bathes your animal during their stay. They is usually someone in charge of daily exercise for your pet as well. Fancier dog hotel establishments treat the dog boarding experience more like a spa vacation. At these places your dog may be able to get massages, special grooming services and even gourmet food choices which you can select from before departing. Ultimately you want to choose a dog kennel where your animal will be comfortable, and that may mean fancy or it may mean just a great place to run with adequate food and water.

Opinion Corner
Pet owners in Massachusetts shared their opinions about Eco-Friendly Pet Products
Do you have a dog/cat in your household?
Yes: 77%
No: 23%
How often do you buy toys and accessories for the pet?
More than once a month: 20%
Once a month: 38%
Less than once a month: 24%
Once a year: 7%
Rarely/Never: 11%
How important is it to choose Eco-Friendly products for the pet?
Not at all important: 13%
Not very important: 22%
Neutral: 42%
Somewhat important: 18%
Very Important: 5%
Would you pay a premium price for Eco-Friendly products over conventional products?
Yes: 22%
No: 55%
Not sure: 24%
Source: Survey.com
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