Dogwood Cage-Free Day Care & Boarding

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  • 8652 Venice Blvd

    Los Angeles, CA 90034

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  • 310-559-3647

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We have been bringing our dog, Jake, to Dogwood for daycare and boarding for over a year now, and he absolutly loves it! Kate and Mick are so good to him--and to my husband and me! Recently, we moved to Honolulu, leaving Jake at Dogwood

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We have been bringing our dog, Jake, to Dogwood for daycare and boarding for over a year now, and he absolutly loves it! Kate and Mick are so good to him--and to my husband and me! Recently, we moved to Honolulu, leaving Jake at Dogwood

Pros: friendly, love the dogs, clean, safe

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We've been bringing Champ to Dogwood for three months and couldn't be happier! Champ is a profoundly deaf, very high energy aussie puppy who's also afraid of dogs. We were very concerned to find a place where Champ would get loving attention and feel safe and happy. Dogwood is just that place. There's plenty for Champ to do -- a big partially-covered outdoor play area where the dogs romp and play, but plenty of calm indoor space as well, where he can nap, watch tv, and take a break. This is great for Champ who loves to watch other dogs, but needs some downtime on his own.

We found Dogwood when we were in a pinch for a 10-day visit --after two days of "day care" at Dogwood, we felt very confident leaving Champ with Kate and Mick. Kate checked in with us during the trip to reassure us that Champ was doing well and to put our minds at ease (he is our baby!). Ever since then, Champ has been going to Dogwood a couple times a week for day care, or as we call it, "camp". Mick or Kate greets him (and us) by name in the morning and he leaps towards them happily. At the end of the day, he is happy and tired. It's clear to us that Champ is well taken care of and loved at Dogwood!
I should add that the review below makes me think they are speaking about another place... Kate and Mick really make personal connections with your dog. As I said above, taking care of Champ is not so easy - but they happily agreed to "speak" to Champ with our hand signals, and are very supportive of his progress. We've asked to go to the back to peek at Champ with his 'friends' at play and there has been no problem! It's clean and tidy, the dogs are happy, and there's no "overcrowding" or filth.

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We've been bringing Champ to Dogwood for three months and couldn't be happier! Champ is a profoundly deaf, very high energy aussie puppy who's also afraid of dogs. We were very concerned to find a place where Champ would get loving attention and feel safe and happy. Dogwood is just that place. There's plenty for Champ to do -- a big partially-covered outdoor play area where the dogs romp and play, but plenty of calm indoor space as well, where he can nap, watch tv, and take a break. This is great for Champ who loves to watch other dogs, but needs some downtime on his own.

We found Dogwood when we were in a pinch for a 10-day visit --after two days of "day care" at Dogwood, we felt very confident leaving Champ with Kate and Mick. Kate checked in with us during the trip to reassure us that Champ was doing well and to put our minds at ease (he is our baby!). Ever since then, Champ has been going to Dogwood a couple times a week for day care, or as we call it, "camp". Mick or Kate greets him (and us) by name in the morning and he leaps towards them happily. At the end of the day, he is happy and tired. It's clear to us that Champ is well taken care of and loved at Dogwood!
I should add that the review below makes me think they are speaking about another place... Kate and Mick really make personal connections with your dog. As I said above, taking care of Champ is not so easy - but they happily agreed to "speak" to Champ with our hand signals, and are very supportive of his progress. We've asked to go to the back to peek at Champ with his 'friends' at play and there has been no problem! It's clean and tidy, the dogs are happy, and there's no "overcrowding" or filth.

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This is a 2010 update...We have been bringing our dog Champ to Dogwood a few times a week since summer 2008 and we love it!! More importantly, so does he! It's a special place!

Kate, Mick, and Barbie take great care of Champ. You can tell

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This is a 2010 update...We have been bringing our dog Champ to Dogwood a few times a week since summer 2008 and we love it!! More importantly, so does he! It's a special place!

Kate, Mick, and Barbie take great care of Champ. You can tell

Pros: personal attention, great place, great people - our dog loves it

Cons: no sunday pick-up, we live 30+ mins away so not so convenient for us!

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There are so many warning signs, don't ignore them. First of all they really hate it when you try to peek into their kennel. The guy gets very very angry and cusses at you. They only allow certain days and certain time slots for open house

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There are so many warning signs, don't ignore them. First of all they really hate it when you try to peek into their kennel. The guy gets very very angry and cusses at you. They only allow certain days and certain time slots for open house

Pros: Close to where I live

Cons: Expensive, inconvenient hours, cash/check only, discriminates breeds, extremely rude

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There are so many warning signs, don't ignore them. First of all they really hate it when you try to peek into their kennel. The guy gets very very angry and cusses at you. They only allow certain days and certain time slots for open house where you can see the actual kennel. Why? Because they're hiding something you don't want to see-- overcrowding, filth, everything. Secondly, I really hated how Kate kept making me guilty that my puppy is too full of ** and needs obedience training. Her obedience training is a rip off and doesn't do jack. Even Petsmart classes are better, and they're not that great in the first place. They're the only place that takes cash or check only, no credit card. Hmm, sounds pretty convenient when Uncle Sam audits, since technically on paper they only have less than 10 dogs instead of 50-80 in reality, eh? This Kate woman is so tired the end of the day she snaps at everyone, even her assistant and her customers. The only reason they have businesses is because there's no competition in the area. Trust me, Dogwood is not really what it looks like. Do your research.

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There are so many warning signs, don't ignore them. First of all they really hate it when you try to peek into their kennel. The guy gets very very angry and cusses at you. They only allow certain days and certain time slots for open house where you can see the actual kennel. Why? Because they're hiding something you don't want to see-- overcrowding, filth, everything. Secondly, I really hated how Kate kept making me guilty that my puppy is too full of ** and needs obedience training. Her obedience training is a rip off and doesn't do jack. Even Petsmart classes are better, and they're not that great in the first place. They're the only place that takes cash or check only, no credit card. Hmm, sounds pretty convenient when Uncle Sam audits, since technically on paper they only have less than 10 dogs instead of 50-80 in reality, eh? This Kate woman is so tired the end of the day she snaps at everyone, even her assistant and her customers. The only reason they have businesses is because there's no competition in the area. Trust me, Dogwood is not really what it looks like. Do your research.

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This place used to be good, really really good. A few years ago, it was nice, clean, and Kate was very helpful. It's been around for a few years, but Kate and her companion really needs a vacation. She's gotten so rude to the point that I think she doesn't want to run the daycare anymore. I think she's pretty much lost it. The place is no longer clean, and let me tell ya, the place is so heavily guarded that they freak out whenever I tell them I want to see the backyard. Something fishy's going on, but I think they only clean up the place whenever people have appointments with them. Also I think they really abuse some of the dogs to "train" them because my dog's been having behavioral problems. In addition I think she must have some family problems of her own because she says the most unflattering things, and her companion cusses at me, a long time customer. I can hardly believe it. Maybe she needs a shrink. Maybe that sort of attitude is acceptable where Kate and her companion came from, but it's totally unacceptable here in civilized world.

The place used to be good, but it's gotten downhill, really really downhill. Avoid at all cost.

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This place used to be good, really really good. A few years ago, it was nice, clean, and Kate was very helpful. It's been around for a few years, but Kate and her companion really needs a vacation. She's gotten so rude to the point that I think she doesn't want to run the daycare anymore. I think she's pretty much lost it. The place is no longer clean, and let me tell ya, the place is so heavily guarded that they freak out whenever I tell them I want to see the backyard. Something fishy's going on, but I think they only clean up the place whenever people have appointments with them. Also I think they really abuse some of the dogs to "train" them because my dog's been having behavioral problems. In addition I think she must have some family problems of her own because she says the most unflattering things, and her companion cusses at me, a long time customer. I can hardly believe it. Maybe she needs a shrink. Maybe that sort of attitude is acceptable where Kate and her companion came from, but it's totally unacceptable here in civilized world.

The place used to be good, but it's gotten downhill, really really downhill. Avoid at all cost.

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This place used to be good, really really good. A few years ago, it was nice, clean, and Kate was very helpful. It's been around for a few years, but Kate and her companion really needs a vacation. She's gotten so rude to the point that I

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This place used to be good, really really good. A few years ago, it was nice, clean, and Kate was very helpful. It's been around for a few years, but Kate and her companion really needs a vacation. She's gotten so rude to the point that I

Pros: Used to be good

Cons: One of the worst. Bad attitude run by people who are uncivilized

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When I first took my dog there they were nice and attentive to me and my dog. Once I went a few time they were rude. They do take good care of your dog though. If you can get past the rudeness you will like it. Would I go back. Yes

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★★★☆☆

When I first took my dog there they were nice and attentive to me and my dog. Once I went a few time they were rude. They do take good care of your dog though. If you can get past the rudeness you will like it. Would I go back. Yes

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Lots of people mentioned that the staff is rude. Yes! They are very very rude. The first time I took my puppy in I felt rushed by Kate and her helper. Another time I tried to calm my puppy at the front gate but the man was very impatience and said he has things to do. Basically they're very busy and just want to minimize interacting with the customers. Keep in mind that I also tried other kennels besides Dogwood as well (Doggie Central, Club Fido, etc) and they're very noisy. You see, I tried very very hard to teach my puppy to not jump on people and to not bark, but everytime I go to these other kennels, he'd end up "untrained" and start jumping on people and bark. The reason is that the workers in the other kennels actually pet and praise jumpy and noisy dogs! I was soooo ticked off with the other kennels that I sware I'd never go to them. A lot of dog lovers here complain about how tough Kate is to their dogs. Well, let me just say that this is not a place for your dog to get pampered and loved. This is a place where your dog is trained and educated to be calm and quiet. I personally believe that if you truly love your dog, you would provide your dog the best training and EDUCATION a dog can have, instead of spoiling your dog. A well trained dog can go to more places, is less annoying to other people, and is more loved. Hence, that is why I prefer Dogwood, where they use tough love to encourage calm and quiet behavior. For all of these reasons, I'm giving 3 stars to Dogwood despite their apparent rudeness.

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Lots of people mentioned that the staff is rude. Yes! They are very very rude. The first time I took my puppy in I felt rushed by Kate and her helper. Another time I tried to calm my puppy at the front gate but the man was very impatience and said he has things to do. Basically they're very busy and just want to minimize interacting with the customers. Keep in mind that I also tried other kennels besides Dogwood as well (Doggie Central, Club Fido, etc) and they're very noisy. You see, I tried very very hard to teach my puppy to not jump on people and to not bark, but everytime I go to these other kennels, he'd end up "untrained" and start jumping on people and bark. The reason is that the workers in the other kennels actually pet and praise jumpy and noisy dogs! I was soooo ticked off with the other kennels that I sware I'd never go to them. A lot of dog lovers here complain about how tough Kate is to their dogs. Well, let me just say that this is not a place for your dog to get pampered and loved. This is a place where your dog is trained and educated to be calm and quiet. I personally believe that if you truly love your dog, you would provide your dog the best training and EDUCATION a dog can have, instead of spoiling your dog. A well trained dog can go to more places, is less annoying to other people, and is more loved. Hence, that is why I prefer Dogwood, where they use tough love to encourage calm and quiet behavior. For all of these reasons, I'm giving 3 stars to Dogwood despite their apparent rudeness.

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Lots of people mentioned that the staff is rude. Yes! They are very very rude. The first time I took my puppy in I felt rushed by Kate and her helper. Another time I tried to calm my puppy at the front gate but the man was very impatience

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Lots of people mentioned that the staff is rude. Yes! They are very very rude. The first time I took my puppy in I felt rushed by Kate and her helper. Another time I tried to calm my puppy at the front gate but the man was very impatience

Pros: Quiet, quiet, quiet. Encourages calm dog, no rough playing. Clean.

Cons: Expensive. Rude unapologetic staff. Strict rules. Inconvenient hours. Horrible traffic going in/out

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I have been taking my dog, Wiley, to Dogwood since he was 10 months old. The owners treat Wiley like their own. I bring him in at 7am and am greeted with a warm hello every morning. I live in Sherman Oaks and although there are some other

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I have been taking my dog, Wiley, to Dogwood since he was 10 months old. The owners treat Wiley like their own. I bring him in at 7am and am greeted with a warm hello every morning. I live in Sherman Oaks and although there are some other

Pros: outdoors, great hours, dogs are up to date, and everyone is friendly

Cons: none that i can think of

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When I tried to look over the fence at my dog, I was told to "f*ck off" by one of the owners. I was stunned. I was not standing there long, nor had the dogs seen me. I immediately demanded my dog and then Kate, the other owner, barely

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When I tried to look over the fence at my dog, I was told to "f*ck off" by one of the owners. I was stunned. I was not standing there long, nor had the dogs seen me. I immediately demanded my dog and then Kate, the other owner, barely

Pros: outdoors

Cons: Bitter, miserable owners who will treat you like dirt

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I am very suprised with some of the previous reviews because my chocolate lab, Pippa, has had great care and supervision at Dogwood! The interview process is extensive but the result is a safe environment for properly behaved canines,

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I am very suprised with some of the previous reviews because my chocolate lab, Pippa, has had great care and supervision at Dogwood! The interview process is extensive but the result is a safe environment for properly behaved canines,

Pros: a professional approach to dog care

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I began taking my two labs to Dogwood about 3 years ago?and today I continue. I drop off every morning, and pick up everyday after work. My dogs are always happy, well cared for, and treated with love. I knew it would be a wonderful

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I began taking my two labs to Dogwood about 3 years ago?and today I continue. I drop off every morning, and pick up everyday after work. My dogs are always happy, well cared for, and treated with love. I knew it would be a wonderful

Pros: Safe...healthy...fun...reliable.

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We have been a customer since Dogwood opened in 2001. I had visited other day cares and left one in tears because I couldn't leave him in unsupervised squalor. The yard and playrooms at Dogwood are spotless, he never smells like a kennel. Their indoor/outdoor setup is the best. Dogs should be outside running, playing and doing what they do. At another daycare, I can hearing barking from my car. A barking dog is not happy. Dogwood is bark free because dogs are content. If the staff doesn't feel a dog is suited to day care, theyll give up a client rather than have unhappy dogs. I appreciate their interview process. All dogs are tested for compatibility and updated vaccinations are mandatory. I like knowing my dog is happy and well cared for.

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We have been a customer since Dogwood opened in 2001. I had visited other day cares and left one in tears because I couldn't leave him in unsupervised squalor. The yard and playrooms at Dogwood are spotless, he never smells like a kennel. Their indoor/outdoor setup is the best. Dogs should be outside running, playing and doing what they do. At another daycare, I can hearing barking from my car. A barking dog is not happy. Dogwood is bark free because dogs are content. If the staff doesn't feel a dog is suited to day care, theyll give up a client rather than have unhappy dogs. I appreciate their interview process. All dogs are tested for compatibility and updated vaccinations are mandatory. I like knowing my dog is happy and well cared for.

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I agree with the "beware" comment. I took my dog in for his interview last week. The first thing the cold woman owner did was separate me from my dog. I thought she was taking him into the pen to get acquainted with the other dogs but was

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I agree with the "beware" comment. I took my dog in for his interview last week. The first thing the cold woman owner did was separate me from my dog. I thought she was taking him into the pen to get acquainted with the other dogs but was

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I have been to numerous doggie daycares (both at home and when traveling for work) that I absolutely loved. I thought this place would be one of them as well. But NO. Most places are fantastic with the dogs as well as considerate to

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I have been to numerous doggie daycares (both at home and when traveling for work) that I absolutely loved. I thought this place would be one of them as well. But NO. Most places are fantastic with the dogs as well as considerate to

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The folks at the West Los Angeles dogpark where I take my 5 month old Australian Shepherd all rave about Dogwood. So when I took my pup there for the first time I already had high expectations -- which were all met or exceeded. A large

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The folks at the West Los Angeles dogpark where I take my 5 month old Australian Shepherd all rave about Dogwood. So when I took my pup there for the first time I already had high expectations -- which were all met or exceeded. A large

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Dogwood is great. I've been taking my dog to to Dogwood since I found him 2 years ago. He is a street dog who was rather stressed when I found him. Dogwood has a very family feel to it. The dogs are loved and well taken care of while they

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Dogwood is great. I've been taking my dog to to Dogwood since I found him 2 years ago. He is a street dog who was rather stressed when I found him. Dogwood has a very family feel to it. The dogs are loved and well taken care of while they

Pros: great people, perfect size, amount of dogs

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My husband and I looked at every doggie daycare in LA, and there was no contest....Dogwood is the only place I would trust to take care of our dog. Zeus loves going -- he comes home at night happy with a spring in his step, and can't wait

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My husband and I looked at every doggie daycare in LA, and there was no contest....Dogwood is the only place I would trust to take care of our dog. Zeus loves going -- he comes home at night happy with a spring in his step, and can't wait

Pros: Cleanliness, sedate atmosphere, not overcrowded

Cons: none!

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At first Dogwood really seems to be the perfect place. They are strict with their policies but it is only to protect your dog, so that's good, right? Well not if you have a normal life. A meeting gets pushed to a later time or is

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At first Dogwood really seems to be the perfect place. They are strict with their policies but it is only to protect your dog, so that's good, right? Well not if you have a normal life. A meeting gets pushed to a later time or is

Pros: They have nice facilities.

Cons: Staff

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I would NOT recommend this place to anyone who loves their dog.\r
We tried it on a recommendation from a coworker and the first day we brought our dog there everything seemed fine. She was really tired at the end of the day and we thought

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I would NOT recommend this place to anyone who loves their dog.\r
We tried it on a recommendation from a coworker and the first day we brought our dog there everything seemed fine. She was really tired at the end of the day and we thought

Pros: Conveniently Located

Cons: Untrustworthy staff with a nasty attitude. Suspect poor treatment of animals.

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I feel as if I found a miracle! Dogwood is so clean and calm, I almost forgot I was at a doggie daycare facility. The experiences I've had at the other doggie daycare places has not been so wonderful. I am extremely overprotective of my

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I feel as if I found a miracle! Dogwood is so clean and calm, I almost forgot I was at a doggie daycare facility. The experiences I've had at the other doggie daycare places has not been so wonderful. I am extremely overprotective of my

Pros: calm, clean, caring

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After checking out the other options, I found DOGWOOD is the BEST!!! DOGWOOD doesn't accept every dog that comes their way -- that means no aggressive dogs, no dogs that don't fit in with the rest of the crowd -- in other words, no

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After checking out the other options, I found DOGWOOD is the BEST!!! DOGWOOD doesn't accept every dog that comes their way -- that means no aggressive dogs, no dogs that don't fit in with the rest of the crowd -- in other words, no

Pros: professional caring owners; unique kennel

Cons: that Dogwood has one location -- they should be nationwide!

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I do not recomment Dogwood to people who truly care about their pets. The people that work there act like you are more of a nuisance when you ask questions or have requests as to how to treat your dog. How would you feel if you handed

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I do not recomment Dogwood to people who truly care about their pets. The people that work there act like you are more of a nuisance when you ask questions or have requests as to how to treat your dog. How would you feel if you handed

Cons: Staff, Facilities

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We have been a customer since Dogwood opened in 2001. I had visited other day cares and left one in tears because I couldnt leave him in unsupervised squalor.

The yard and playrooms at Dogwood are spotless, he never smells like a kennel.

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We have been a customer since Dogwood opened in 2001. I had visited other day cares and left one in tears because I couldnt leave him in unsupervised squalor.

The yard and playrooms at Dogwood are spotless, he never smells like a kennel.

Pros: Clean, Caring, Indoor/Outdoor

Cons: We have none

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At last, I found the perfect cage-free doggie daycare & boarding facility for my dog at Dogwood. The staff are mature, experienced and knowledgeable people who really care about dogs. I looked at several other facilities that couldn't

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★★★★★

At last, I found the perfect cage-free doggie daycare & boarding facility for my dog at Dogwood. The staff are mature, experienced and knowledgeable people who really care about dogs. I looked at several other facilities that couldn't

Pros: outdoor areas, calm, sane atmosphere, mature & caring staff

Cons: couldn't find one!

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My dog LOVES this place. It is not overcrowded, the staff knows my dog and best of all, it has lots of OUTDOOR space for the dogs to play. I went to several other places that were recommended and they were all inside, overcrowded and my

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My dog LOVES this place. It is not overcrowded, the staff knows my dog and best of all, it has lots of OUTDOOR space for the dogs to play. I went to several other places that were recommended and they were all inside, overcrowded and my

Pros: OUTDOOR play areas, comparatively inexpen, dogs love staff

 

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