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SERVICE DETAILS & RATES

STRUCTURED 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 structured dog daycare? 

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 structured daycare program is different than 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

Transportation to and from daycare is available for Brighton/Allston & Brookline neighborhoods.

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

Please note: Structured 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 

Transportation $7 per one-way / $10 round-trip

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

Transportation Discount: $4 per one-way / $7 round-trip

Hours

Monday - Friday excluding federal holidays 

Drop Off: 7am - 10am

Pick Up: 3pm - 7pm

OVERNIGHT BOARDING

YOUR DOG'S HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Home environment boarding with cage-free boarding options, as well as crated options based on your dog's preference. 

The Mindful Mutt started years ago boarding dogs in Deanna's (the owner's) Brighton apartment. By permitting only dogs who fit well into the pack, she finessed the dynamics of cage-free boarding and dog behavior in her home and has served hundreds of happy clients.  Now, at The Mindful Mutt's new facility, the overnight boarding bedroom is designed to emulate the home environment, making your pup's stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Does your dog sleep on the bed? They can do that during their staycation at The Mindful Mutt! Is your dog crate-trained and you want to continue their training during their stay? We can make that happen as well! 

A temperament test will be performed during your Meet & Greet. 

Structured daycare is included in the overnight rate.

Scheduling a daycare visit prior to your dog's first boarding experience is recommended to acclimate your dog to the facility and to observe behavior in the daycare setting (in addition to the initial temperament test during your Meet & Greet).

Rates

$65 per overnight

+$45 additional dog from same family 

Extended Stays (14+ Days)

$50 per overnight

+40 additional dog from same family

Hours

Drop Off: 7am - 10am

Pick Up: 3pm - 7pm

PUPPY PLAYGROUP SATURDAYS

THE SOCIALIZATION YOUR PUPPY NEEDS (up to 1 year old)

Puppies 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 puppy duties!

You can drop off your puppy at any point during the session as long as they are picked up no later than 2 pm. (Transportation is not available for Puppy Playgroup Saturdays). Puppies must have their rabies, bordetella, and distemper vaccines completed (usually around 3 months old) and must be under one year old to participate.

Puppy Playtime Meet & Greets occur during our Saturday sessions. Your puppy's well-being is our first priority. On the first day, you will be asked to be "on-call" just in case your puppy does not flourish in the playgroup, and they need to be picked-up. In this case, the playgroup fee will be returned to you promptly.

Rates

$30 per session

Hours

Drop Off: Anytime between 10 am - 2 pm

Pick Up: Anytime between 10 am - 2 pm

ENRICHMENT CLASSES

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LIFE SKILLS by Chromatic K9

The Life Skills curriculum consists of four different topics: House Etiquette, City Etiquette, Adventure Etiquette, and Social Etiquette. These courses are intended as general education classes for the average pet owner and their dog. A follow-up e-mail with curriculum and "homework" are included with each class so you can continue training with your dog at home.

Life Skills are offered with rotating topics, and you are able to attend any/all depending on your dog's needs. You are also welcome to attend the same course more than once.​

Rates

$60 per class

$200 for 4 classes within 60 days of purchase

Class Times

Wednesdays 7pm - 8pm starting November 3rd

GROOMING

STYLING & SPA SERVICES

The Mindful Mutt provides one-on-one services for your pet, with a focus on a fear-free experience. Unlike most multi-groomer salons or big-box chains, all pets are dropped off at set appointment times and groomed from start to finish. This approach reduces stress and is extremely beneficial to pets that have physical and behavioral needs that cannot be met at other salons.