Dog Daycare

Available at our Hershey Rd. Location

Dog Daycare in Elizabethtown, PA

We know a one-size-fits-all approach does not work for every dog, which is why we offer different types of daycare experiences tailored to meet the unique characteristics and needs of your dog. We offer Puppy Social Skills Daycare, Traditional Daycare and Enrichment Daycare.

Canines are lovable, social animals, and when dogs attend our Daycare programs, they are happier, more confident, and better behaved as a result of socializing with their canine friends and our passionate and professionally trained pet care team here at Playful Pups.

Our Daycare Programs include a balance of social interaction, mental stimulation, enrichment activities, group play, daily naps or quiet time, all based on your dog’s preferences and playstyle.

 

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CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION OR LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AMAZING DAYCARE OPTIONS!

An appointment is required for all daycare evaluations.

Evaluation Day for Doggie Daycare

Every dog joining our daycare program will be scheduled for a Daycare Evaluation, which includes a comprehensive behavioral evaluation performed by our behavior assessment coordinators.  Once you complete your first day, we will review whether our Traditional Daycare, or Enrichment Daycare program, will be the best fit. Based on your frequency of visits for daycare and need for additional services, we will assist you with determining which monthly daycare package is the best fit for you and your dog.

We also offer a monthly Perks Membership program that offers many fun discounted features, ask one of our team members for details!

Read more below on why our clients bring their dogs back for daycare, year after year.

Why Playful Pups Retreat's Daycare?

The Safest Dog Daycare Around!

Playful Pups Retreat has the safest playgroups and enriching activities and comes highly recommended by our current customers and local leading veterinarians. Our team is extensively trained in dog behavior and pack behavior. Our training includes thorough study of dog body language, anatomy, behavior, pet CPR and First Aid. This ensures our pet care team can proficiently assess each guest behaviorally and physically. All of this contributes to the best daycare you’ll find in Central Pennsylvania!

Once here your pet will enjoy an active and enriching day. We also offer TrainingBathing services and Overnight Boarding at our Milton Grove Road location.

Why Do I Need Daycare?

Benefits of Dog Daycare

Daycare activities ensure a mentally and physically healthier pooch.

Playful Pups Retreat’s dog daycare can help alleviate behavior problems such as separation anxiety, destructive chewing, and barking. These behavior problems can be a result of being left alone, being under-stimulated, or simply a lack of adequate exercise.

If you spend time away from home during the day and do not want to leave your best friend home alone or your dog simply has too much energy and not enough ways to exercise, then Playful Pups Retreat’s dog daycare may be a perfect fit for you and your dog.

  • Highly recommended by leading veterinarians
  • Loads of fun playing, socializing, and making new friends
  • Dog-safe playground equipment and outdoor play yards with room to romp and play
  • Super fun doggie splashpad for Summer fun!
  • Birthday parties, doggie arts and crafts, and holiday festivities

Doggie Daycare can make a major difference in both you and your dog’s life. Doggie daycare provides exercise, playtime, fresh air, and an opportunity to build socialization skills and burn off all that excess energy!

  • Socialization with dogs and people can help a dog learn how to navigate confidently in our world.
  • Socialization can also reduce new experience anxiety, which can lead to unwanted behaviors such as excessive barking, chewing, or nipping.
  • Well-socialized dogs, on the other hand, remain calm, taking things in stride.
  • Beginning proper socializing is ideal when your dog is still a puppy, but adults can also learn.
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CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION OR LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AMAZING DAYCARE OPTIONS!

An appointment is required for all daycare evaluations.

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Choose the Best Doggie Daycare for your Dog

Choosing the best doggie daycare for your best friend is an important decision. Convenience, location, amenities, and cost are considerations but there are other essential factors to consider:

Safety First. Nothing matters more than safety. A reputable facility will put safety first. We achieve this through:

  • Formal training for staff on canine behavior and safe dog interactions. All employees who handle dogs are thoroughly trained. 
  • Dogs should go through a play style assessment. This assessment determines the dog’s attitude toward other dogs.
  • Dog daycare groups should be divided by size and play style. We evaluate each dog to determine the best playgroup based on play style, size, and temperament.
  • Constant Supervision is a must. Most pet parents assume all facilities provide this. Unfortunately, it’s not a reality for most pet care facilities. It is for Playful Pups Retreat. We have reliable, passionate, and well-trained staff to ensure the pack is monitored the entire time.
  • To ensure the health and safety of all pets that stay with us, we require each doggie daycare guest’s vaccinations are current against the most common canine illnesses. We verify current vaccinations with each veterinarian. This extra step provides peace of mind that your dog is playing with healthy dogs.

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION OR LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AMAZING DAYCARE OPTIONS!

An appointment is required for all daycare evaluations.

Introducing our Playful Pups Perks Membership Program

Join our exclusive Perks Monthly Membership Program and get access to these Paw-some benefits and much more!

As a Perks Premium, Perks Plus, or Perks Basic member, you will enjoy an assortment of FREE and discounted services for your furry family member.

  • Free Daycare Day during your pup’s birthday month
  • Free Daycare event attendance
  • Free Monthly Basic Bath
  • Free Monthly Poochie Pedicure
  • Express Check-in and Check-out for overnight lodging stays
  • 10% Off Overnight Lodging
  • AND MUCH MORE

Ask one of our team members for details on our monthly Perks Membership Program and we will help you decide which Perks level is best for you and your lucky pup!

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Day Boarding

Our Day Board service is an all-day stay for your dog in one of our boarding accommodations and includes one activity. If you need a fun, safe place for your dog during the day due to long working hours, or if you need your pup to be out of the house for guests or to have work done in your home our Day Boards are a perfect option! We have comfy, climate controlled rooms and loving staff to care for them while they spend the day with us. Not all dogs love having strangers in their home and we are happy to offer a wonderful alternative to give you peace of mind.

Day Boards are a wonderful way to give your pup an enjoyable day at our doggie resort where they can get love and affection from our amazing staff, as well as participate in our array of fun activities that will provide them with mental and physical stimulation. We offer an assortment of discounted activity packages that you can add-on to your day board, but we do include one activity in the price!  Don't forget to treat your pup to a spa day so they are fresh and clean when they come home!  We offer Basic Baths, Premium Baths and Poochie Pedicures!

During their day with us dogs can take a Nature Walk through our beautiful 19 acre wooded property, have some Cuddle Time with staff, play with toys or frolic in our splash pools during a Sports Time session or if they enjoy playing with other dogs, they can have a  Poochie Playgroup with a couple furry pals!  For those pups who are extra treat motivated or those doggie Einsteins out there, we offer Brainy Games or for an additional fee you can upgrade your activity to Training Time to get a refresher on basic manners.

Day Boards are available Monday through Friday. Drop of 7am to 9am and you may pick up any time until 7pm. Call to speak to our Reservation Specialist for more information or to book a Day Board!

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CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION OR LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AMAZING DAYCARE OPTIONS!

An appointment is required for all daycare evaluations.

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Day Boards are a great option for many reasons, including:

  • A long day at work or a fun family day trip
  • Clean the house with the dog underfoot
  • Having a repairman at your house or work being done at home
  • You need to paint without dog fur in your paint pan
  • To prepare for guests or a party
  • You want to get your dog used to staying with us to prepare for a longer boarding stay

Whatever the reason, we are here to provide a fun, safe and healthy environment and have loving and highly trained staff who will care for your pup all day!

Call us today at let our Reservation Specialist plan a Day Board experience for your dog!

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION OR LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AMAZING DAYCARE OPTIONS!

An appointment is required for all daycare evaluations.

Dog Daycare FAQs

Canines are lovable, social animals who enjoy being in a pack. When they can’t be with their human family, we believe they’re happiest when they’re socializing with other dogs in our safe and stimulating doggie daycare program. Playing and socializing will help make your pup a happier and often better-behaved pet. That’s why Playful Pups Retreat doggie daycare includes social interaction, mental stimulation, play, needed daily naps, and quiet time and is tailored to the needs of each dog who attends our facility.

CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE AN EVALUATION OR LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AMAZING DAYCARE OPTIONS!

An appointment is required for all daycare evaluations.




I love how friendly and caring staff is. Rocky loves being there, I can leave him there knowing he will have fun with his furry friends and be loved by his human ones. I would not change this place for any other.

Karen Z. of Palmyra PA




The individual care and concern the staff give each dog is second to none. I was very worried how Cass as a recent rescue would do in a kennel, but it was clear the staff gave him the time he needed to adjust and knew how to handle a shy dog.

Kendra J. of Washington PA