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Most dog owners feel their pets are not just an animal, but more a family member. Making the decision to allow someone else to meet fido’s needs during the work day or a vacation can be a tough one. Luckily, the South Bay area has a good selection of quality doggy day care and boarding facilities. Here is a list of five of the best.
50 S. Montgomery St.
San Jose, CA 95110
The recently relocated Pawin’ Around provides doggy day care and boarding services. The facility has a large indoor play room that is divided to accommodate smaller, larger or more sensitive dogs’ needs. Full- and half-day care is available every day of the week, and pets can be fed a raw food diet. Staff at Pawin’ Around is dedicated to providing a fun and safe environment, and actively interacts and plays with each dog.
4428 Pearl Ave.
San Jose, CA 95136
San Jose’s 2 Paws Up is open seven days a week, 365 days a year for doggy day care and boarding. Staff is trained in pet safety, CPR and first aid. The business welcomes all dog breeds after individuals pass a temperament evaluation. Day care dogs are not fed meals, but medications can be administered free of charge.
734 S. 1st St.
San Jose, CA 95113
Downtown Dogs has been a San Jose business since 1998 and was awarded Metro’s Best of Silicon Valley in 2013. It offers day care, overnight care, training and spa services. Staff is experienced in the differing aspects of many breeds and uses positive discipline when supervising play times. The facility has three playrooms with play structures and agility equipment, dogs have access to plenty of water, treats and toys and webcams are available for remote viewing. Downtown Dogs can also be partially rented out for doggy birthday parties.
500 El Paseo De Saratoga
San Jose, CA 95130
Located inside of the El Paseo Petco, Pooch Play offers weekday doggie day care and can arrange for dogs to visit with the store groomer. There is no overnight boarding. During playtime, dogs are grouped by size and employees closely supervise all interactions. The professional, communicative staff also has a webcam to allow owners to remotely watch their dogs throughout the day.
480 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose, CA 95123
The Furry Pooch is a doggy day care and boarding facility with a unique focus on fun and eco-friendliness. The spotless facility has recycled flooring, is decorated with zero VOC paint and is cleaned with non-toxic supplies in order to ensure dogs’ health. Day care is available seven days a week, and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays for those with long commutes. There are private suites for napping and eating amid the day’s schedule of fun and activities, and all social interaction is closely monitored for safety. The friendly staff will even post doggy photos and updates to its Facebook site to ease the minds of anxious owners.
Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.