Doggy Daycare in the Tri-Cities

We’re headed to Dogsville – it’s coming up this year for sure. We moved from our townhouse just before Christmas, into a detached house – yes, one with a decent fenced backyard and a garden that goes all the way round.

In other words, after a gap of almost ten years without one, we’re ready for dog again. And Port Moody is a wonderful place to be dogful; there are awesome hiking trails, shoreline boardwalks, off-leash parks and plenty of pet shops for supplies.

There are also a number of dog daycare and boarding kennels available – here’s what I’ve been able to round up so far in my research.

Doggy Daycares

doggy daycare tri-citiesThere are a number of doggy daycares in Port Moody and neighbouring areas. These are places where you can drop your dog off while you are at work. Usually they offer an exercise area (indoor and outdoor) with segregation for older/smaller dogs away from the ruff and tumble of the bigger, younger pups.

Be prepared:

  1. Vaccination records are required before your pooch can play; ditto neutering or spaying, or at least bitches in heat should be kept home
  2. A short period of socialization on your first few visits, where staff will check that your dog is socially acceptable with the pack
  3. Minimum attendance – usually daycares like mutts to visit at least once per week so that they stay current with the crew (furry and human)

Some daycares offer off-leash or outward bound hikes, while others have a wash station to cope with muddy feet. A taxi service or early/late pick up and drop off are bonus services to watch out for, as is the opportunity for overnight stays and in-house grooming.

K9 Social Club
2809 Murray Street, Port Moody

Uptown Dawg
2615 Murray Street, Port Moody

Paws n Tail
#40 – 2710 Barnet Highway, Coquitlam

The Dog Patch
645 Laurier Avenue, Port Coquitlam

Dapper Dog
Unit #13, 1750 McLean Avenue, Port Coquitlam

At Home and the Personal Touch

All the above daycares run from purpose-built or commercial properties, providing space to exercise and many furry pals to play with.

But if your hound is more of a ‘goes his own way and doesn’t like the crowds’ kind of pooch, maybe a personal touch in a smaller pack might work.

Wild Thyme Dogs (604.340.2925) in Anmore provides daycare and boarding in a home-based setting, and posts awesome update pics on Instagram.

Meanwhile, Joanne runs Who Let The Dogs Out? (778.871.9115) providing on-leash neighbourhood walks and adventure hikes for local mutts, big and small, for the last five years. She provides the service for hounds in and around Suter Brook and Newport Village, as well as the rest of Port Moody and Coquitlam. Joanne notes that in addition to the regular shots, it’s also important to have Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccinations up to date, since she transports the dogs all together in a van for group adventure walks. By the way, the van sounds quite luxurious, with air conditioning for the summer months, plenty of water and tinted windows. Joanne, who provided the gorgeous happy hound photos for this post, also adds that spaying and neutering is required, and that basic training is an asset but not mandatory.

Then, at the end of your day, don’t forget to cozy up together over treats at Three Dogs Bakery in Suter Brook. This store was a big hit with my old guy when we lived in Vancouver, and I’m very pleased that it’s moved to Port Moody. Just one more reason to add dog to our lives.

Please note: Unless indicated, inclusion in this review does not signal approval or validation by the writer. These are merely the resources available to dog owners in and around the Tri-Cities. Both you and your dog should personally check out each facility to see if it is a good fit for your needs.

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