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SERVICE DETAILS & RATES

ENRICHED DOG DAYCARE

FOR YOUR DOG'S BODY & MIND

Don’t let your busy schedule interfere with your fur child's well-being. The Mindful Mutt provides the mental and physical exercise your dog needs to be healthy and happy.

What is enrichment? 

The Mindful Mutt's daycare revolves around the understanding that dogs need reliable routines and boundaries, as well as mental and physical stimulation.

 

We believe your dog is technically "training" 24-hours a day, whether you realize it or not. Dogs learn from their environment like sponges absorb water, and they benefit from thoughtful, consistent leadership both during a training session or out in the real world. Without direction from leadership, dogs think they either must fend for themselves or there are no rules and it's the Wild West out here. (And, for the record, this is NOT the Wild West; This is Boston.)

Our daycare program is different from the "play-all-day" and "indoor dog park" models of daycare you might be familiar with. Our program enriches your dog's daily routine, reinforces positive behaviors, and can even teach an old dog some new tricks! 

We provide every dog with:

  • Supervised playtime to practice appropriate socialization in small groups based on size and disposition

  • Enrichment activities such as the doggie treadmill, agility, balance activities, puzzles, and doggie "games"

  • Basic obedience with positive reinforcement of good behaviors throughout the day

  • Scheduled nap-time for mental/emotional balance and preventing overstimulation (which can manifest in excessive barking, mouthiness, pacing, panting, humping, etc.)

  • Walks and potty breaks outside

The Unlimited Monthly Membership includes first notice of The Mindful Mutt news and promotions, and daily personal report cards for your dog after each visit.

IS YOUR DAYCARE PROGRAM A GOOD FIT FOR MY DOG?

We require a temperament evaluation for all dogs, which is a full-day of daycare. The full-day temperament evaluation is better than a short 15-minute visit because it allows timid dogs to warm up, excited dogs to calm down, and all dogs to show their true personalities over the course of the day. We watch for elevated levels of stress/anxiety (such as panting or barking excessively), interactions with dogs and humans (red flags are: baring teeth, growling, snapping, and any other acts of aggression), and the dog's general comfort level in the daycare space.

Please understand that our daycare environment may not be a good fit for your dog, and THAT'S OKAY! There are a lot of factors that go into a dog's success in any environment and how they interpret their world, and we always have to do what's best for each individual dog! If, for any reason, your dog does not thrive in daycare, we are more than happy to help you with some other options that might be a better fit! We are a resource for you and the dog community!

HOW DO I SIGN MY DOG UP TO START DAYCARE?

The first step would be going to the Client Sign In page on the website and creating a profile, which includes vaccinations of course. The vaccines we require are Rabies, Distemper (DHPP/DAPP) and Bordetella. And then you can select any day for your pup's first day and we will manually change the rate to $20 for you. Our first day is discounted to $20 and we use the day as a temperament evaluation. It includes an entire day of daycare, and is fully refundable if it turns out not to be a good fit for any reason.

Please note: Dog Daycare is not a replacement for obedience training. Consistent obedience training at home will allow us to positively reinforce wanted behaviors during daycare. Our program is also not designed as behavior modification training, and we do enforce behavior rules to keep a safe and calm pack environment.

Rates

$45 per day

+$35 additional dog from same family 

Pre-paid Packages

3 days per week $129 ($43/day)

4 days per week $168 ($42/day)

5 days per week $200 ($40/day)

Recurring Unlimited Membership

$680 per month

Hours

Monday - Friday excluding some holidays

Drop Off: 7:30am - 10am

Pick Up: 3pm - 6:30pm

Cancellation Policy

The Mindful Mutt is currently unable to accept new clients for daycare at this time. 

Cancellation is required by 6:30pm the day prior to your reservation. After 6:30pm the day prior, a cancellation fee of $20 applies. 

The no-show fee is also $20.

Please give us advanced notice to offer the space to another family.

 

Thank you for understanding.

OVERNIGHT BOARDING

YOUR DOG'S HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Our overnight rate includes at least 4 hours of supervised playtime: 2-3 hours in the morning, and 2-3 hours in the evening with walks and potty breaks throughout the day. A full day of daycare is available at an additional $20.

Boarding rates are per 24-hour period. An additional half-day can be added for the daily daycare rate.
(Ex: Drop off Friday morning and pick up Monday afternoon/evening equals 3 overnights plus one daycare day.)

A temperament test will be performed during your Meet & Greet / First Day of Structured Daycare. You can schedule the Meet and Greet day by creating a profile through out CLIENT SIGN IN page, and selecting any available day for structured daycare, which will manually be changed from the regular rate of $45 to the discounted Meet & Greet rate of $20.

The pups sleep in a crate (provided) at night after long days of playing and socializing with their friends. We are unable to offer cage-free options at this time.

Rates

$75 per overnight

+$55 additional dog from same family 

Extended Stays (14+ Days)

$65 per overnight

+$50 additional dog from same family

Add Structured Daycare

+$20 per dog per day

Cancellation Policy

Since we offer only a small number of boarding spots each day, we require a 50% deposit once your reservation request is approved. The remainder is paid at the start of the reservation.

Cancellation two (2) weeks to five (5) days before reservation results in loss of half of the
deposit amount (equivalent to 25% of the total reservation).

Cancellation less than five (5) days before booking will result in the loss of the
total deposit (50% of total reservation).

Thank you for your understanding.

Pick-Up and Drop-off Hours

Monday - Friday (except holidays):

7:30am - 10am or 3pm - 6:30pm

Saturdays: 10am-1pm

Sundays: 5pm-7pm

Most Holidays: 5pm-7pm

No pick-up/drop-off on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Years Day.

We do not offer custom pick-up / drop-off times. 

The Mindful Mutt is currently unable to accept new clients for boarding at this time. 

DOGGY PLAYGROUP SATURDAYS

THE SOCIALIZATION YOUR DOG NEEDS

Dogs play and socialize in small groups during our Saturday puppy sessions. They will practice basic obedience skills in addition to supervised playtime. This is a great way to introduce your puppy to daycare. Use this time to run some errands, grab brunch, or just have a few well-deserved hours off from your full-time dog duties!

You can drop off your pup at any point during the session as long as they are picked up no later than 1 pm.  All dogs must have their Rabies, Bordetella, and Distemper vaccines completed (usually around 3 months old).

BOOKING PLAYGROUP: After creating your profile, please scroll down to Appointments and select Saturday Doggy Playgroup from the drop-down menu.

Rates

$27 per session

Hours

Drop Off: Anytime between 10 am - 1 pm

Pick Up: Anytime between 10 am - 1 pm

The Mindful Mutt is currently unable to accept new clients for playgroup at this time. 

ENRICHMENT CLASSES

HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR CANINE BFF

The Mindful Mutt partners with Hannah Sigel of Boston K9 Tutors and Eric Arnstein to offer several class options taught by experienced and engaging trainers. Our goal is to offer resources that help improve the relationships and communication between dogs and their humans. Meet the trainers, view class descriptions, on our CLASSES page.