A comprehensive list of the 6 best doggy daycares in Charlotte

A comprehensive list of the 6 best doggy daycares in Charlotte
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There comes a time in every dog-mom’s life when she needs to put her pup in doggy daycare.

Esther is spoiled and comes to the office with me most days, but every once in a while I need to concentrate and get actual work done. It’s on these days that she goes to doggy daycare.

It wasn’t easy handing my fur princess over to complete strangers, but the good news is that Charlotte is home to several high-quality boarding facilities.

Here are my top picks for Charlotte doggy daycares, complete with all the details you need to make a good choice for your own canine child.

Club Fetch, South End

Club Fetch

Club Fetch has a Frenchie in their logo which automatically score points with me.

Known for: Luxury dog care with the most convenient location on this list (Convenient for me. This article is all about me.)

Application process: Very thorough application and full-day evaluation required

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends

Cost: $30/day

Other requirements: Dogs six-months and older must be spayed or neutered

Reservations: Required on weekends

Bonus: Almost every reviewer on Yelp talks about how impeccably clean their facility is.


The Barker Lounge, Montford Drive

barker lounge

The Barker Lounge is right across from 10 Park Lanes so you’ll always have a place to leave your dog when you go drunk bowling. (Fun fact: I once drank one and a half bottles of champagne at 10 Park Lanes and then was told that they had no more champagne but it turns out they were lying and just wanted me to leave.)

Known for: Top rated doggy daycare in Charlotte and the place where all my friends (two people) bring their dogs.

Application process: Register online and then they will contact you after they confirm vaccine records with your vet. If approved, you need to bring your dog in for a free trial day to see if they’re a good fit.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends

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Cost: $30/day and reservations are non-refundable

Indoor/Outdoor? Both

Other requirements: Must be 16 weeks or older, must be friendly to other dogs and people and not be protective of food or toys.

Reservations: Suggested but not required. (Note: they do fill-up most days!) You can reserve spots online here.

Bonus: They are good about posting pictures of your pup so you can see what they’re up to! (I mean, the lighting could have been better in these photos but I’ll let it slide.)

Another bonus: They have a state-of-the-art air purification/filtration system which probably still can’t handle Esther’s farts.


NoDa Bark and Board, NoDa

noda bark and brew

NoDa Bark and Board says that they have 30,000 square feet of space for my dog to play and this means nothing to me since I have no idea how big of an area that is.

Known for: Fifteen-year-old company that offers personalized care for dogs with special needs. (They have no problem administering medication or caring for dogs who may have what I like to call “guy issues” and need to be handled by only females.)

Application process: Fill-out a membership application

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Indoor/Outdoor? Both

Cost: $30/day ($27/day for NoDa residents)

Reservations: Not required

Here’s a photo I took creepily over their fence:

inside noda bark and brew fence

Bonus: They keep orthopedic beds on-hand for older or handicapped dogs which makes my heart happy.


Lucky Dog Bark and Brew, Wesley Heights

lucky dog bark brew

Did you know that Lucky Dog is more than just a dog bar? One reason you may not know is because they don’t post any daycare photos on their Facebook page (just a lot of memes and dogs from the internet). BUT, never fear, they have a private Facebook group where they post all their photos. Whew.

Known for: Being a dog bar that will also watch your dog when you’re not drinking.

Application process: Application and temperament test

Hours: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day, hands down the best hours on this list

Indoor/Outdoor? Both (they have a garage door that they open so dogs can decide when they want to go outside)

Cost: $25/day, the cheapest on this list

Reservations: Drop-ins are welcome and they told me that they never fill-up.

Bonus: They do a rotating break/play schedule where your dog gets quiet kennel time for 90 minutes and then play time for 90 minutes. This is great if you have a very rambunctious puppy that needs breaks.


Dogtopia, Madison Park

Dogtopia has the worst name on this list but they do offer some great options if you’re a helicopter dog mom like me. Fun fact: They’re a chain that opened in 2002 with over 40 locations.

Known for: I’ve never heard of them until I started this research.

Application process: Enrollment form and meet and greet with a 30-minute tour. They are the only doggy daycare on this list that charges for a tour ($15).

Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day except for Sunday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Cost: $29/day

Indoor/Outdoor? Both

Other requirements: Dogs must be spayed or neutered if over seven-months old.

Reservations: They take reservations through Facebook and Instagram (#somillennial) but they really only require reservations during peak times.

dogs-at-doggie-daycare

Courtesy of Dogtopia

Bonus: Dogtopia does fun holiday dog parties and even offer playroom webcams so you can be a 100% creepy dog parent.

Another bonus: They use the same flooring as human children daycares which helps protects the pads on your dog’s feet.


Animal Medical Hospital, Monroe Road

animal medical hospital monroe

Animal Medical Hospital is a pretty convenient place to have a doggy daycare, considering they’re a vet’s office and 24 hour urgent care.

Known for: Day care with direct access to vets if anything goes wrong. (Perfect for paranoid dog parents/dogs with actual health issues that you don’t make up in your head and then call your vet about and then your vet tells you to please stop calling her so much.)

Application process: Free evaluation with a pet counselor

Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day (Their actual day care ends at 5 p.m. but they’ll put your pup in a private kennel until you arrive.)

Cost: $26/day

animal hospital day care

Indoor/Outdoor? Indoor only

Other requirements: All day campers seven months or older must be spayed or neutered. Dogs must also be vaccinated and free of contagious health conditions (it is a vet’s office after all.)

Reservations: Required

Bonus: You can schedule bathing, grooming or even veterinary services while your pup is at day care which is super convenient.

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