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Let us be their home away from home.
You wouldn't leave family home alone or pawn them off to a friend for a few days, would you? “Family” gets cozy sleeping arrangements, lots of entertainment and special treatment. We understand what it means to take care of your dog in the way they deserve. At Dogaholics, your dog will play with other dogs during the day and have private kennel resting time at night. Our staff is on property 24/7 and committed to their constant care.
Plus, your pup will enjoy one of the largest outdoor play spaces in Chicago!
24 Hour Care
Includes nightly boarding and daycare (starting at 5pm on the first day of your dog's stay)
• One dog $60 per night or $50 for 7+ nights
• Two dogs $75 per night or $65 for 7+ nights
Illinois Licensed Kennel Operator, Fully Insured and Bonded
Drop Off & Pick Up
Boarding stays begin at 5pm the first day of your dogs stay. Should your dog need to arrive before 5pm we are happy to accommodate, regular daycare prices will apply.
Pick up and drop off times outside of our regular business hours need to be arranged when scheduling your appointment. Our boarder is able to accommodate these needs at the times frames listed below and can be reached at 708-846-8446.
Monday-Friday 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturdays 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sundays 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
*Please note, our boarder cannot answer billing questions, book grooming appointments or handle package changes. These requests should be directed to our Client Services Staff at 773.549.9000 or at Southport@dogaholics.com
What to Pack?
We will provide your pup with a food dish, a private and spacious kennel, as well as lots friends to keep them busy and happy. We only ask that you bring their food in a labeled, resealable, airtight container. We also encourage you to bring any creature comforts that may make their stay more enjoyable, like a blanket from home or their favorite stuffed animal.
Additionally we can administer any medication your pup may need for non-contagious health issues while they are here. We ask that you include detailed instructions and any special additives you may use at home like hot dogs or peanut butter.
All dogs must be current on the following vaccinations: Rabies, Bordetella, Distemper, Parvo, Lepto, as well as have a negative fecal test confirmation every year. Dogs are required to be spayed or neutered. Puppies under 8 months of age, who have not had the procedure yet, are allowed to attend daycare.
Bacteria and parasites can be passed easily from dog to dog, so only healthy dogs should attend daycare. If your pet is showing any symptoms like diarrhea, vomiting, warts, eye discharge or rashes, please leave them home while they are contagious or until your veterinarian has approved your dog's return to daycare.
For the safety of the entire pack we will separate your dog from our play group should we notice your pet experiencing any of these symptoms, we will contact you shortly after so that together we can form the best plan of action. We reserve the right to turn away dogs who seem unwell or are exhibiting symptoms listed above.
Age Requirements and Considerations
While puppies 16 weeks old with all of the previously mentioned vaccinations are welcome to daycare, it is our recommendation that your pup enroll at 6 months. Puppies younger than 6 months have underdeveloped immune systems which may put them at risk for contracting mild germs that an older dog would have no issues with. Just like with human daycare, there is the potential for bugs and colds.
Dogaholics loves our senior dogs but asks that you consider a few things before sending them to daycare or boarding. Senior dogs, much like young puppies, can be more susceptible to high and low temperatures. They often tire easily from exercise and have greater sleep requirements than their teenage or young adult counter parts. Additionally dogs who have trouble getting up and down stairs at home may also struggle moving up and down from our boarding area which is located on our second floor.
Newly Adopted Dogs
It is our recommendation that newly adopted dogs 8 months or older should refrain from enrolling in daycare for at least a month to allow for adjustment into their new home. This time after adoption is key for your dog to find its place within your pack at home. Introducing a newly adopted dog to a daycare environment can sometimes be confusing and stressful for them. We want to allow time for you and your new dog to build a close, secure bond to set you both up for success. We encourage you to enroll in one of our training classes or visit our play park during weekly open-play hours in this time of transition. Please reach out to us if you have any questions.
A safe play environment is our number one priority. This is why we take enrollment seriously, requiring all new clients to pass a health and behavioral assessment test before beginning daycare or boarding.
What to expect:
You and your pup arrive for the assessment. We'll ask you a few questions about your pup and experiences that they've had.
We'll take your pup back to meet the pack, and after 15 minutes we'll let you know if we'd like to continue the assessment process or if we're not a good fit.
We'll have you sign up for our daycare platform.
You can run some errands and come back in 2- 4 hours while your pup adjusts to our environment.
We'll let you know if your pup passes and explain everything you need to know about daycare and boarding at Dogaholics!
Our tests consist of Q&A time with you and one of our dog handlers. We will then take your dog back to the play group and slowly introduce them to the other dogs.
Our entire process of paperwork, screening and enrollment takes approximately 3-4 hours.
After you have scheduled your assessment, please send current vaccination records and proof of a negative fecal to Southport@dogaholics.com.
We cannot confirm an assessment with out current vaccination records on file.
*Assessments are weather permitting. We reserve the right to reschedule assessments for any reason*