33 pet sitters, pensions, daycares for dogs in the region

Whether it’s a local boarding house, pet sitter or dog daycare, make sure your companion is taken care of when you’re away from home.
Courtesy of Camp K9

Several dog walking services, including paw buddies, also offer pet sitting services, in which they spend the night or a few hours a day with your pet. Paw Pals owner Ryan Plie says not all dogs and cats do well in kennels or day cares, so pet sitters may be a better option for these animals.

Plie says care is more personalized and offers more individual attention. “We only deal with one pet or one household at a time,” Plie says. “We can also visit pets where they are most comfortable: at home.” In addition to dogs and cats, Plie says they’ll keep basically any animal, including rats, snakes, chickens, guinea pigs and geckos. Some additional pet sitters are Green Dog LLC, Pet Sitter A+, Rest Easy Pet Sitting LLC and Paws Away Pet Sitting.

An alternative to in-home pet sitting or a kennel is home boarding, which allows owners to bring pets into their homes. Many companies, including DogMa Home Boarding & Hiking, offer multiple services. A “DogMa” will stay with your pets or take your pets home, depending on your situation. Pet Sitter A1 Westside also allows dogs to stay with the owner in Nakoma. Hotel K Pet sitting and dog walking also offers overnight stays.

Or you can drop your dog off at a boarding house, where your companion can receive round-the-clock care and participate in activities. Several options are available in the Madison area, including Camp K9 Pet Resort and Day Camp and Paradise Paws Camp & Resort LLCwho recently won the Best of Madison award in the pet daycare and boarding category.

Take your dog to a local dog daycare for daily socialization and exercise.

  • Camp K9 Pet Resort & Day Camp, 4934 Felland Road
  • Dog Daycare, 1201 N. Sherman Ave.
  • Dog Haus University, 825 E. Johnson St.; 502 S. Park Street
  • DogMa Home Boarding & Hiking, Locations Vary
  • Duncan’s Dog Daycare, 4351 E. Towne Way
  • Happy Dogz, 3148 Deming Way, Middleton; 6060 McKee Road, Fitchburg
  • Hickory Hills Kennel, 7241 Kemrite Drive
  • K9 Crush, 2918 Progress Road
  • K9 Daycare at 5, 5520 County Cove Road
  • Pack Leader Doggie Daycare, 5843 S. Bird St., Sun Prairie
  • Lucky Dog Daycare, 2855 Capitol Drive, Sun Prairie
  • North Paw LLC, 2320 Mustang Road
  • Paradise Paws Camp & Resort LLC, 6583 Pederson Crossing Blvd., DeForest
  • River Paws, 5305 River Road, Waunakee
  • Ruffin’ It Resort, 635 Struck St.
  • Ruff Life Dog Care Center, 4896 Kirkwood Drive, Waunakee
  • Tabby & Jack Holistic Dog Daycare, 4166 Monona Drive
  • The Dog Den, 1019 Jonathon Drive; 410 Atlas Ave.
  • The Dog Hut LLC, 4311 Triangle St., McFarland
  • The Puppy Den, 3124 Syene Road
  • Unleashed, 2416 County Highway MN, Cottage Grove
  • Waggin’ Tails Doggie Dude Ranch & Pet Lodge, 6249 Nesbitt Road
  • Zen Dogs Center, 1050 Lillian Street, Waunakee

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Richard F. Gandhi