Dog Daycare

Voted Best Dog Daycare

We provide innovative, exciting and fun alternatives to leaving your four-legged friend alone at home. Dogs can run, play, splash in our pool, snuggle up with a buddy, get lavished with attention or simply hang out with friends in our indoor/outdoor playgrounds – all while under the close supervision of our trained and certified pet loving staff whose primary goals are safety and fun.

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Pool

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Outdoor

Plan your pet's perfect visit

Our Reservations Specialists are trained to help you create the perfect visit for your pet.

Personalize your pet's reservation at Davidsonville or Kent Island by calling or clicking the links below.

Come for a tour!

Performing a “surprise inspection” of any pet care facility is a necessary step in ensuring the health and safety of your pet.

We invite you to drop by anytime our lobby is open for a personalized tour of our complete facilities. Our staff will be excited to show you around and you will quickly see what sets us apart.

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Why choose us?

  • Provides physical activity, exercise, and stimulation – especially suited for young puppies and high energy dogs
  • Dogs can either enjoy group playtime and form special friendships or play one-on-one with a Daycare Attendant
  • Dogs receive lots of personal attention and close supervision throughout the day by our highly trained and certified pet loving staff
  • Dog Daycare can curb many behavioral problems such as chewing, digging and jumping
  • Builds confidence in many dogs who are timid or fearful
  • Offers a safe, more controlled environment for socialization and play in both “small dog” and “big dog” play groups to optimize the fun and quality of exercise
  • We require pets to pass a social evaluation to determine if they are a good fit with our current play groups. We also have plenty of offerings for pets who prefer not to socialize in play groups

Plan the Perfect Visit For Your Pet

Our Reservation Specialists are trained to help you create the perfect visit for your pet. Personalize your pet’s Davidsonville or Kent Island reservation by calling or clicking the links below.

Curbside Service Now Available at Our Davidsonville Location

Plan the Perfect Visit For Your Pet

Our Reservation Specialists are trained to help you create the perfect visit for your pet. Personalize your pet’s Davidsonville or Kent Island reservation by calling or clicking the links below.

Curbside Service Now Available at Our Davidsonville Location

Daycare Guidelines

Our expert dog daycare staff is specially trained in animal behavior, socialization, basic obedience, canine first aid and CPR. Before accepting your dog into our daycare program, we perform a comprehensive behavioral assessment. That way, we can make sure your dog’s play style and sociability are compatible with the appropriate playgroup to provide the consistency that every dog needs to feel confident and safe and most importantly have fun!

In addition to successfully completing our behavioral assessment, all dogs attending Dog Daycare must:

  • Be at least 4 months old
  • Be in general good health and have written proof of up–to–date vaccinations, including Rabies, DHLPP, CIV and Bordatella
  • Be spayed or neutered — Puppies under 6 months of age are exempt
  • Not be protective of space, water or toys
  • Respond to “No” or “Off” commands
  • Respond to their name and come when called
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dog in pool

Doggie Pool

Splashing with friends, bobbing for balls, leaps into the water – what could be more fun than Dogwood Acres' very own doggie pool? Our in-ground bone shaped pool has a specially designed filtration system, slip-resistant surfacing, and 4 fountains for even more splashing fun!

Ultimate Daycare

Boost your dog’s day! This program features an enhanced level of one- on-one attention and specialized enrichment to suit the personality of each of our Daycare or Playday dogs.  Activities change on a daily basis with a fully customized menu available for you to choose what your dog enjoys most.

  • Enhanced levels of hands-on care, mental stimulation & one-on-one attention
  • Tailored to meet the unique needs and personality of your dog
  • Group fun for social pups
  • Quiet puzzle time
  • Individual skill & play activities for introverted, senior or physically restricted pups

In addition to your pup’s normal daycare or playday fun, your pup will enjoy 2 enhanced play activities - one mid-morning “Play of the Day” plus 1 midafternoon “One-on-One Play”. An afternoon snack and quiet puzzle time are also included in your pup’s Ultimate Day!

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Play of the Day

  • Agility Day: Leap over, run through and weave between
  • Bubble Pawty: Popping, chasing, and chomping
  • Ball Pit: Rolling and diving in an extra-large pup-sized pit of balls
  • Woof Stick: High energy tug of war. Think giant cat toy
  • Fetch Frenzy: Long range, fast paced Chuck it or Frisbee
  • Mega Jolly Ball Bash: Chase & tackle them all around the yard
  • Sprinkler Splash: For dogs who enjoy a little warm weather water frolic

One-on-One Play

  • Bubble Pawty: Popping, chasing, and chomping
  • Woof Stick: High energy tug of war. Think giant cat toy
  • Fetch Frenzy: Long range, fast paced Chuck it or Frisbee
  • Find It: Talented canine noses sniffing out yummy treats
  • Mega Jolly Ball Bash: Chase & tackle them all around the yard
  • Puzzle Toys: Mental fun for quiet time
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CLEVER CANINES

(only available at the Davidsonville location)

FOR DAYCARE DOGS WHO HAVE COMPLETED LODGE & LEARN OR PLAY & LEARN TRAINING

Mastering good manners is only possible with consistent follow-up. Our Clever Canines Daycare Program is the natural next step as we partner with pet parents to ensure each pet’s ongoing success in demonstrating good manners while enjoying daycare.

This unique Daycare program consists of Ultimate Daycare Activities combined with training exercises to reinforce good manners and behaviors. Using the same training techniques and positive reinforcement used during learning sessions, dogs will master the good manners they need - examples:

  • Waiting for their turn or waiting at the gate before entering/exiting a play area or accommodation,
  • Loose leash walking,
  • Quiet puzzle time
  • Sit, stay, and more!

Got questions? Call us at 410-798-4776 (Davidsonville) or 410-604-9700 (Kent Island).

Dog Daycare Daily Schedule

7:00am – 8:00am
Arrivals

Dogs are checked in; their belongings and lunches are stored and they greet their playmates in the yard or their human playmate for the day.

8:00am – 12:00pm
Morning Playtime for Classic, Ultimate Daycare and Clever Canines

Dogs participate in any number of activities including chasing games, wrestling, climbing play equipment, splashing in the pool, darting after bubbles, and much, much more!

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Nap & Lunch Time

Lunches and snacks are distributed, special needs are attended to, and your dog gets some one-on-one time.

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Afternoon Playtime for Classic (Breakout Sessions for Ultimate Daycare and Clever Canines)

A less fast paced version of the morning activities including lounging in the shade and more one-on-one attention like belly rubs in the yard.

3:00pm – 4:00pm
Individual Attention

It’s dinner time for those who are sleeping over, salon time for those who need a bit of tidying up before going home, and time for other special needs that our guests may require.

4:00pm – 6:00pm
Pick Up Time

Each dog has an unwinding period before his or her owner arrives.

Sleepovers

Available any evening to continue the fun!

Dog daycare

I spent weeks touring and researching various kennels within a 60-mile radius of my home. For years, I've heard such great things about Dogwood Acres. So this was my first choice. When we arrived they gave me a tour and the place was immaculate! Thank you Dogwood Acres for taking such care of Ginger!

— Linda T.

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