Dog Boarding in Downtown Toronto

Vacationing in the best dog boarding facility in Toronto? Paws up!!

Whether you’re off for a short weekend or an extended holiday, our short and long-term dog boarding service is the place for your pup!

If you are going on a vacation, doesn’t your dog deserve one too? Make a reservation in our dog boarding suite! Your pup will enjoy plenty of super comfy sofas and orthopedic beds to lounge on. They’ll also have bones to chew on, unlimited staff snuggles and a personalized meal service! Our experienced staff are happy to administer medications and handle raw food. Picky eater? No problem! We keep a variety of yummy smelling treats and add-ins handy to ensure that your pup enjoys every single meal.

If your dog is still feeling a bit nervous, a Daycare Attendant will take them to a separate, quiet room for some cuddle time. Our dog boarding program is designed to be a low stress environment, as we are focused on ensuring that every dog feels safe and comfortable during their stay with us.

During the day, your dog will socialize, make new friends, and play in our super huge playground and facility. If you are missing your best friend while you are away, check out our Facebook and Instagram pages! We post plenty of pictures of the dogs in action all day long! Does your dog need a bit of extra primping? Add a bath, brush and pawdicure to your reservation for the ultimate pampered pup!

What will my dog do during the day during his dog boarding vacation?

Your dog will run and play to his heart’s content! He will play with his doggie daycare friends, splash in the pool, slide down the slide, and jump through agility playsets! When he’s tired, he can climb up on the many sofas or on a Daycare Attendants lap for some cuddles and quiet time.

Do I need to bring his bed?

You’re more than welcome to bring his own bed however we do offer orthopedic beds for all our suites – no matter the size of your pup!

What else do I need to bring for my dog’s boarding vacation?

We ask that you bring his food because we don’t want to switch his food too quickly. Sometimes, when food is switch too quickly, diarrhea may ensue – and that doesn’t make for a great dog boarding experience. We understand if you’re in a rush, let us know what brand of food your dog likes and we’ll happily pick it up. If your pup doesn’t have stomach issues with switching food, then we’re happy to feed him our food.

Will there be someone there overnight with my dog?

Our Daycare Attendants leave roughly 11pm in the evening and return roughly 6am in the morning. Each dog is separated into their own suites with an orthopedic beds, toys, bones, and water for the night. After playing all day, our guests are so tired that they happily wander into their suites to hunker down for the night. Studies have also shown that dogs get a better night sleep (when in a different place than home) without a person around. This allows the dog to get a good night’s sleep to be happy and alert and ready to play come daybreak!
Our premises are secured with state of the art technology for heat detection, smoke detection, glass breaks, and unlawful entry.

My dog eats slowly. How do we ensure no other dog eats his food?

This is common among some dogs but rest assured that every dog eats separately and is given roughly 45 mins to an hour to eat. This is to ensure they’ve digested their food properly. If a dog goes out to play too quickly after eating, they could throw it up or worse, stomach bloat which may require surgery.

Can my dog get a bath after playing?

Yep! We do dog bathing – check out our dog bathing page for more information.

Next Steps for Dog Boarding?

Is your dog ready for his new adventure? Give us a call today at 416.461.4788 or bark at us by email (info@pawsplaygrounds.com) to get started!

Dog Boarding rates: $60 per 24 hours
Dog Boarding Package: $1080 for 20 Sleepovers (no expiration)

Dog Boarding rates during peak season (Dec. 18 – Jan. 3): $75 per 24 hours

Dog Daycare in Downtown Toronto

Playing in the best dog daycare in Toronto?

You know that the second you walk through your door after a long day’s work, your dog will pounce on you!

Here at Paws Playgrounds in downtown Toronto, we believe that every day should be an adventure for your dog! That’s why our 10,000 square foot dog daycare and dog boarding facility features tunnels, slides, and even splash pools! Your dog can play and explore all day, while making new doggie friends of all shapes and sizes. For those lovely winter days, we also have a large indoors with rubberized mats and agility playsets! After all of that playing, your pup can cuddle up with their new friends on one of our many super comfy couches for a well deserved rest. And you can rest assured that your dog has enjoyed a fantastic day, playing in a fun and safe environment while you had to be away.

If your dog prefers a more chill experience, our indoor daycare room offers plenty of squeaky toys and balls to chase after. The indoor daycare room also has several cozy beds for lounging, and all of the staff snuggles a dog could ever dream of! Many of our smaller pups and senior dogs find our indoor dog daycare room the perfect spot to romp the day away at their own pace.

Both the indoor and outdoor dog daycare and playground areas are climate controlled for your pup’s ultimate comfort. Both daycares are also fully monitored by our trained staff members at all times. We strive to ensure that every dog is happy and engaged all day long! And when it comes time to go home, your best friend is calm and ready to snuggle all night long!

Dog daycare Toronto can make a world of difference for both you and your pet. If you are struggling with a dog who is bored, destructive, overweight, or in need of some extra socialization, we can help!

What does a dog do all day in a dog daycare?

Your dog will run and play to his heart’s content! He will play with his daycare friends, splash in the pool, slide down the slide, jump through agility playsets, and climb on the jungle gyms! When that’s enough, he can climb up on the many sofas or curl up on a Daycare Attendants lap for some cuddles and quiet time.

Do you take them for walks?

No, we don’t take them off the premises as we can not control the environment outside our dog daycare facility. But rest assured, the amount of exercise your dog gets from running and playing is far above a regular walk. Your dog will be tired when he gets home!

Is there an outdoor area? Indoor area?

Oh yes! Our dog daycare has the largest outdoor playground space in Toronto! We have over a 1/4 of an acre for the pups to run and play all day – splash pools, agility sets, jungle gyms – all for the happiness of your pup! And yes, we have an indoor dog daycare for those lovely Toronto winter days that is climate controlled.

My dog eats lunch. Can he have lunch at doggie daycare?

Yes, absolutely, and rest assured that every dog eats separately so no other dog will eat his food. Each dog is then given roughly 45 mins to an hour to eat to ensure they digest the food properly. If a dog goes out to play too quickly after eating, it’s possible that they could throw it up or worse, stomach bloat which may require surgery.

I have a small dog. Is a dog daycare the right place for him?

We have a separate small dog daycare for those little ones who are anxious or frightened of the bigger doggies. It’s a fun environment with toys, bones and a sofa and where one doesn’t need to be worried about getting trampled on.

Can my dog get a bath after playing?

Yep! We do dog bathing – check out our dog bathing page for more information.

Is your dog ready to play in the largest dog daycare in Toronto?

Is your dog ready for a brand new adventure? Give us a call today at 416.461.4788 or bark at us by email (info@pawsplaygrounds.com) to get started!

Dog Daycare rates: $40 per Full Day
Full Day Daycare Package: $720 for 20 adventures (no expiration)

Dog Daycare rates: $25 per Half Day
Half Day Daycare Package: $450 for 20 adventures (no expiration)

Taxi rates: $5 for pick up and drop off
Taxi Package: $90 for 20 days

Dog Bathing in Downtown Toronto

Dog Bathing in Downtown Toronto!

Go on, doggies – go play and get dirty!! The dirtier they are, the more fun they had in the process! We offer dog bathing, hair brushing, nail trimming, and ear cleaning for all sizes of dogs.

Let’s face it, dogs roll in mud, dirt, dead fish – anything that we find smelly is what they feel is their best scent ever! Sound familiar? We offer onsite dog bathing – because we know they like to find the smelliest things to roll in.

The dirtier they are, the more fun they had in the process! We offer dog bathing with oatmeal shampoo, hair brushing, nail trimming, and ear cleaning for all sizes of dogs. So if your dog’s been boarding with us or he’s come to play for the afternoon, we’d be more than happy to give him a big ole soap ‘n’ suds bath.

Dog bathing takes anywhere from an hour to 2 hours to complete. If your dog is a regular here, he’ll play for an hour play first to get some energy out.

But there are countless options in Toronto for pet care, so why should you choose us?

Service – With our dog daycare and dog boarding here at Paws, we see each dog as an individual, and every visit will be tailored to your pup’s unique needs. Whether he or she needs encouragement to make friends, reminders to play gently, or help reading other dog’s signals, our staff will praise, correct, and remind as often as needed. Are you working on any special tricks at home? Let us know and we will continue working on them during visits!

Suites – Our custom suites are designed to emulate your home so our pups feel like it’s home away from home! Make a reservation in our dog boarding suite, where your pup will enjoy plenty of sofas and orthopedic beds to lounge on, a 40 inch television for movie nights, bones to chew on, unlimited staff snuggles and a personalized meal service!

Safety – After years of working with dogs, we are well aware of the many dangers that lurk in off leash parks. From foreign objects to broken fences to unpredictable dogs, taking your pup to an off leash park is risky business. We are equipped with a triple gating systems, an 8 ft tall locking security fence as well as state of the art monitoring cameras. Both of our climate controlled dog daycares are cleaned daily and the dogs are always supervised by trained staff. Every dog who comes to our facility is thoroughly screened and evaluated before joining our pack.

Next steps?

Give us a shout at 416.461.4788 or email us at info@pawsplaygrounds.com to book an appointment and discuss your dog’s bathing needs.

For dog daycare and dog boarding, we begin with an initial consultation to assess your dog to ensure they will fit in with the pack and that you’re comfortable with your pup coming here. Your pup will then be placed in a group based on their energy and fitness levels. Our high energy group runs and plays for the majority of the time, whether it’s around the jungle gym or up and down the slides while our lower energy group socializes at a slightly slower pace.

Individual dog bathing start at $40.

Dog Walker in Downtown Toronto

Dog walker? Who said dog walker?

Someone said dog walker!! Bark, bark, woof, arf! Grab the leash and sit by the door!! They’ll have to trip over us to get out!! Woof!

Seriously, who doesn’t enjoy lovely playtime with friends while taking in the sights, smells and sounds around us? Chances are, your dog knows how to spell the word “walk???. We offer dog adventures in our private playground so that this gives your dog an opportunity to exercise, socialize with other dogs and integrate with the pack. Our playground provides the more gregarious of our four-legged friends with a new and fun environment to explore and release energy, while our more bashful buddies learn from the pack how to play with other dogs at our dog daycare.

With over 10,000 square feet, our dog daycare is the largest outdoor private playground in downtown Toronto. We offer jungle gyms, playsets, agility equipment, slides, and even splash pools in the summer! We also have a large indoor climate controlled playground for those chilly winter days. After a fun-filled and exhausting day, the pups can retire to our custom built dog boarding rooms with their very own orthopedic beds to dream of chasing cats!

So what are the next steps?

Give us a call at 416.461.4788 or email info@pawsplaygrounds.com for an assessment. We begin with an initial consultation to assess your dog to ensure they will fit in with the pack and that you’re comfortable with your pup coming here. Your pup will then be placed in a group based on their energy and fitness levels. Our high energy group runs and plays for the majority of the time, whether it’s around the jungle gym or up and down the slides while our lower energy group socializes at a slightly slower pace.

Dog Adventure rates: $20 per 3 hour adventure
Taxi rates: $5 for pick up and drop off

Dog Adventure Package: $450 for 20 adventures with pickup and drop off ($360 without.)

Pet Taxi in Downtown Toronto

Paws Playgrounds is happy to offer our Pet Taxi service!

Our pet taxi service region includes Dufferin to the west, Victoria Park to the east, Danforth to the north and Queens Quay to the south. If you are not in the service region, please give us a shout and we’ll what we can do to accommodate the pick up.

Our east side pet taxi runs hourly and our west side pet taxi has 2 runs per day.

Here at Paws Playgrounds Dog Boarding and Dog Daycare in downtown Toronto, we believe that every day should be an adventure for your dog! That’s why our 10,000 square foot dog daycare and dog boarding facility features a huge outdoor playground, complete with tunnels, slides, and even a splash pool! Your dog can play and explore all day, while making new canine friends of all shapes and sizes. For those lovely frosty winter days, we also have a large climate controlled indoors with rubberized mats and agility playsets! After all of that playing, your pup can cuddle up with their new friends on one of our many super comfy couches or orthopedic beds for a well deserved rest. And you can rest assured that your dog has enjoyed a fantastic stay, playing in a fun and safe environment while you had to be away.

But there are countless options in Toronto for pet care, so why should you choose us?

Service – With our dog daycare and dog boarding here at Paws, we see each dog as an individual, and every visit will be tailored to your pup’s unique needs. Whether he or she needs encouragement to make friends, reminders to play gently, or help reading other dog’s signals, our staff will praise, correct, and remind as often as needed. Are you working on any special tricks at home? Let us know and we will continue working on them during visits!

Suites – Our custom suites are designed to emulate your home so our pups feel like it’s home away from home! Make a reservation in our dog boarding suite, where your pup will enjoy plenty of sofas and orthopedic beds to lounge on, a 40 inch television for movie nights, bones to chew on, unlimited staff snuggles and a personalized meal service!

Safety – After years of working with dogs, we are well aware of the many dangers that lurk in off leash parks. From foreign objects to broken fences to unpredictable dogs, taking your pup to an off leash park is risky business. We are equipped with a triple gating systems, an 8 ft tall locking security fence as well as state of the art monitoring cameras. Both of our climate controlled dog daycares are cleaned daily and the dogs are always supervised by trained staff. Every dog who comes to our facility is thoroughly screened and evaluated before joining our pack.

So what are the next steps?

Give us a call at 416.461.4788 or email info@pawsplaygrounds.com for an assessment. We begin with an initial consultation to assess your dog to ensure they will fit in with the pack and that you’re comfortable with your pup coming here. Your pup will then be placed in a group based on their energy and fitness levels. Our high energy group runs and plays for the majority of the time, whether it’s around the jungle gym or up and down the slides while our lower energy group socializes at a slightly slower pace.

Choosing a dog daycare and dog boarding facility

dog eating birthday cake whilst dog boarding

 

Questions To Ask When Choosing a Dog Daycare and Dog Boarding Facility

Congratulations! You’ve just brought a new dog into your family and you’re looking for him to get some exercise and socialize during the day and/or board whilst you’re away on holiday. So what are the next steps? How do you choose a dog daycare and dog boarding facility? How do you know if it’s a reputable facility? It can be a daunting decision as you want the best for your fur baby. We completely understand and have compiled a few questions to get started along your journey to finding the perfect dog daycare!

  • Where will my dog be playing, sleeping, and eating?
      1. Every reputable dog daycare or dog boarding facility will be pleased to show you where your pup will be eating, sleeping, and playing. Though it’s not uncommon to have specific hours during which a tour can take place, be wary of any facility that won’t let you see the spaces that your dog will be occupying – everything should be transparent!
  • Who will my dog be playing with?
    1. This is an important question because sometimes small dogs don’t like being around big dogs or sometimes older dogs prefer a slower pace to life as opposed to being around rambunctious dogs. A good dog daycare or dog boarding facility will understand this difference and place the dogs in various play group based on size, temperament, and energy levels. Also, the best facilities will conduct personality assessments on each dog to ensure good playful group dynamics.
  • What does the facility look and smell like?
      1. When you book an appointment to visit the dog daycare, ensure you walk around the play areas and sleeping areas and have a good sniff! Lingering smells of urine, feces, stains and dirt can be signs that general cleanliness and upkeep is poor. You obviously want to ensure that your dog’s home away from home is as welcoming and clean as possible. Of course, accidents happen, especially with puppies, but look for signs of long neglected stains and smells.
  • What about emergencies or injuries?
      1. Ask specifically what happens in the unfortunate event of an injury to your dog and what procedures are followed should that it occur. The most reputable daycares will notify you immediately with the description and extent of the injury with a recommendation of care and then follow your directions. Reputable dog daycares will also have a policy in place should the owner not be reachable. Typically this takes the form of a vet authorization form, which will allow the daycare to seek care for your pup.
  • What insurance coverage does the company have?
      1. Every business will have some sort of general liability insurance but when it comes to your pet, you’ll want to ensure that any bites, scratches, or injuries are covered should your furry friend be injured at doggie daycare. Read over the contract that each daycare facility provides carefully as some will require that you have your own insurance while others may require you to pay the company’s deductible should you need to make a claim.
  • How experienced are the staff? Are they bonded?
      1. You’ll want to know who is handling your dog, what experience he or she has, how long the staff has been at that specific daycare, and if they’re pet first aid certified. These are important questions as it speaks volumes to the overall care by the daycare and dog boarding facility. If the daycare attendants are happy people, you know your pup is in good hands. You’ll also want to know if the employees are bonded. The bonding process involves a criminal background check of the employees. This is especially important if your daycare arranges a pick up or drop off service from your home.
  • Local Regulations and By-Laws
  1. Obviously, local regulations will vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but there are a few general things to look for across jurisdictions.First – are they’re any regulations about how many pets can be looked after at any given time? In Toronto, there are limits on the number of dogs that can be walked on the public streets at the any time (3 dogs if you don’t have a dog-walking license and a maximum of 6 dogs if you do). The number of dogs that can be housed in a private dwelling is 3 dogs but in a commercial property, there are no limits to the number of pets that can be kept. Be sure to ask your daycare if they have a staff to dog ratios and if there any limits of the number of pets at any given time. Take into consideration of size of dogs and size of facility when hearing these numbers as 10 Yorkies are not the same 10 Huskies should the dog to staff ratio be 10 dogs to 1 staff.

    Second – for boarding, are there any regulations about keeping animals overnight? In Toronto, unless you are an Animal Hospital or a Vet Clinic, there is no zoning category that allows for animals to be kept overnight without a zoning by-law variance. Though this by-law section is rarely, if ever, enforced, asking your daycare and boarding facility about this can demonstrate their professionalism and willingness to operate and comply with the local regulations.

 

There’s a lot to digest in the questions above but this should get you started to selecting the right dog daycare for your dog! Feel free to contact us for further information or check out our website. Any questions that you can think of that we haven’t covered above – feel free to leave a comment and we’ll incorporate it into the next version of this article.

Breed of the Week: Kuvasz

kuvasz

Meet our lovable and courageous gentle giant breed this week, the Kuvasz! These big hairy dogs have a naturally sweet temperament and love to be around the people their family. Although having a Kuvasz may mean a lot more hair in your house, they make it all worth it with their wonderful personalities!

 

The Kuvasz is a very old breed originating from Hungary. Original Kuvasz’s were much larger than the ones we see today. During the 14th century, only royalty were allowed to own a Kuvasz. They became very popular with royals who enjoyed hunting game, as the Kuvasz was a great hunting companion. As time passed, the Kuvasz started to become more accepted for common-folk to own. Farmers were big fans of the Kuvasz as they made fantastic guard dogs for sheep and livestock. The breed continued to be used as a guard dog for livestock all throughout the 1900’s. This breed makes an excellent guard and watch dog as his size alone can be quite intimidating. They have a very loud and deep bark (but they only make noise when necessary) and they are naturally very wary of strangers.

 

Kuvasz today are smaller in size compared to their ancestors, but still remain to be known as a gentle giant. They absolutely love their family and are very loyal dogs. Kuvasz’s do have a tendency to be wary of strangers still, just like their ancestors; be sure to do a lot of socialization with them so they know not to be aggressive or fearful towards strangers. Although they may seem big and tough, they are sensitive dogs and respond best to positive training as opposed to any gimmicks or harsh training methods. Most Kuvasz’s are great with other dogs and pets, but some can be very nervous or anxious around them, so it is extremely important before deciding to get this breed, that you have committed to training and socializing your Kuvasz for the rest of this life (not just while he’s a puppy!).

 

The Kuvasz sheds quite a bit and also is prone to mats with that thick double coat of his. Be sure to brush him with a good quality slicker brush 3-4 times a week to keep his coat looking its best. They will also need to see the groomer for hair clipping on a regular basis. They amount of time in between grooms depends on the individual dog as well as how long the owner prefers to keep the hair, but generally every 4-6 months.

 

Kuvasz are great family dogs and will always stay loyal to their family. Although very bonded to ‘his people’, Kuvasz don’t typically have much separation anxiety. To keep him from developing separation anxiety, make sure to not make a big deal about leaving or coming home, wait until your dog is calm before giving attention and affection. The Kuvasz may not be for everyone as this breed generally needs continuous training and socializing throughout most of his life. But if you are looking for a wonderful and outdoorsy companion, the Kuvasz might be the right dog for you!

Natural Ways to Deter Fleas

puppy running

One thing all dog owners can agree on, no one likes fleas! As small as they are, they can be a big nuisance to not only your dog, but your whole household. It is recommended that you discuss with your vet the best flea prevention for your dog. Most people choose to use topical applications of medicated flea control. This week we are looking at some natural methods to help protect against fleas.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar          Who knew the wonder remedy has benefits for dogs too? Some dog owners have found adding a little bit of apple cider vinegar to their dog’s water can help to deter fleas. Approximately 1 tsp is enough for a 40lb dog, diluted in about 1 Litre of water. If you find your dog doesn’t like the taste, you can put a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water into a spray bottle and just spray down your dog’s fur. Depending on how comfortable you are with the smell of apple cider vinegar, you can also spray down the dog bed and any other furniture he typically goes on.

 

DIY Flea Bath           If it’s getting to be around flea season, you can pre-emptively give your dog a homemade flea bath. Just combine 2 cups of water with the juice of 1 lemon and about ½ cup of his normal doggy shampoo. Mix well, and use in place of his regular pet shampoo during his next bath. Your dog will smell lemony fresh while also keeping pesky bugs at bay!

 

Go To The Beach!               Many dog owners swear by the use of salt on fleas. If you’re worried that maybe you’ve seen one or two fleas around, take your dog to go swimming at a dog friendly beach! The salt from the water may ‘dehydrate’ and kill the fleas. Because this method hasn’t been studied, this method is not recommended if you’ve seen many fleas on your dog. Be sure not to do this method too often, as the salt will also start to dehydrate your dogs skin and dry out his hair.

We hope that these natural remedies help you and your dog stay happy, healthy and free of fleas!

Breed of the Week: Scottish Deerhound

scottish deerhound

Our featured breed this week is the majestic and always happy Scottish Deerhound. These long-legged dogs have a very quiet nature, they much prefer to avoid any chaos, and watch from a comfy couch instead!

 

The Scottish Deerhound breed dates back as far as the 13th century. Back then, only people who were Dukes or higher ranking could own this breed. During the 13th century there was a large decline of deer in England, most of them had migrated to the Scottish Highlands resulting in a very high concentration of deer in that area. The Scottish Deerhound breed was developed to help control the population of deer. These dogs are very long and lean, shaped almost to mimic the deer so that they could effectively track down, chase and hunt them. During the 18th century, breech-loading rifles gained popularity, and more and more deer hunters were using guns instead of depending so heavily on the Scottish Deerhound. During World War I, the breed almost became extinct, and they still remain to be recognised as a very rare breed.

 

The Scottish Deerhound is often described as graceful and undemanding. They are rarely ‘needy’ and generally don’t have many issues with separation anxiety.  An adult Scottish Deerhound is graceful and very fast. Although they can run like nobody’s business, they are also very comfortable and happy to lounge indoors on the couch with you. When they do get outside, make sure it is a very large area they can run around and that it is fully enclosed as reliable recall can sometimes be an issue with this breed. They need daily activity to stretch those legs and get out some energy.

 

Scottish Deerhound puppies and teens are often not as graceful as the adults. Similar to a young Great Dane, Scottish Deerhound puppies can be quite awkward when running and playing as they are still getting used to their very long legs. Scottish Deerhound pups need extra exercise for all that puppy energy, and they love to play with everyone!

 

Although very intelligent and a great natural temperament, the Scottish Deerhound can be a bit stubborn to train. They need someone who is very consistent and patient to help communicate what is expected of them. They require a lot of socialization around small animals otherwise they are often likely to chase small, fast moving animals (sometimes including small dogs and cats!).

 

With their wire-hair coat, they require brushing once or twice a week. They can easily get tangles in their hair after romping in the yard, and easy fix is to rub in some baby oil to help loosen any knots or tangles. They do require hair trimming, but they frequency will depend on each individual dog, typically every 3-6 months.

 

The Scottish Deerhound is a gentle quiet breed that loves to run fast. Although they may not always come back when called, they make great family pets and generally get along with everyone they meet. This majestic breed makes a wonderful addition to laid back families with lots of open, fenced in space to run around!