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Dear Playful Pooch Owners,

In light of recent concerns about the coronavirus we wanted to assure you that our team is following the latest guidelines and recommendations from health professionals and the government. We are on Denver’s list of essential businesses as a dog boarding facility. We are serving our customers who need us to take care of their dogs while they work. We want our staff, customers and the dogs to all be safe and healthy while dropping off or picking up at Playful Pooch. We are practicing social distancing and are in compliance with Governor Polis and Mayor Hancock’s most recent business restrictions.  

We will remain open and welcome your pups during normal hours of operation. We are following our normal cleanliness standards for the facility and have added additional cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces that our staff and customers may come in contact with. We do have fewer dogs here due to people staying home, schools closing and trips being cancelled. You are welcome to just drop your leash near the front gate and we will take care of the rest. We have sanitizer on the front desk in case you should need to use the credit card machine or touch anything else.

Thank you in advance for being such loyal customers. We look forward to taking care of your pups now and in the future when we get through this difficult time. 


Pooch Of The Week
Pooch of the Week: Biscuit


Meet Biscuit! She is a five year old Goldendoodle and has been visiting Playful Pooch since she was just a pup! She is very well behaved and playful at the same time. She loves coming to daycare and sometimes we think she is part human! She is a joy to have as part of our great group of dogs that come to play. 

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Playful Pooch Dog Daycare & Boarding is a BBB Accredited Business. Click for the BBB Business Review of this Pet Day Care in Denver CO

Colorado Association of Dog Daycares Gold Standard Accredited
Member of the International Boarding and Pet Services Association

Training Classes

We believe that positive reinforcement training is critical in developing a healthy relationship between a pet owner and their pooch.  While group classes at the big box stores may teach your dog to sit or stay, they just scratch the surface in helping to understand why your pal may drive you crazy sometimes.

We work in partnership with Misha May Foundation, a well respected Denver dog rescue and training company and the winner of the 2012 and 2013 Denver A-List Top Training Organization in Denver.  They offer a variety of classes held throughout Denver, to help dogs with unique behavior issues. Please click here to contact Misha May directly for additional information. 

Bring your young pup to Playful Pooch!

So why is it important to socialize puppies at an early age?

When you first brought your new puppy home, it was so exciting to pick out a new bed, food, a fancy collar and leash. and all those cute toys! But you also made a commitment to make sure they get plenty of exercise, social interaction with other dogs and people throughout the day, and to not leave them home alone.

While going to the dog park is a wonderful way to spend time with your pal. it is important that they first learn to play properly and interpret another dog's signals.  One bad experience for a puppy may lead to unnecessary trauma that may affect how they react to other dogs for the rest of their lives.

We encourage puppy owners to enroll in our daycare program. Your pup will be slowly introduced into a small group of dogs with similar play styles and temperaments.  Before long, you'll be experiencing fewer problems at home once your puppy is all worn out from playing all day.  They will also learn very basic obedience through positive reinforcement to help them learn to communicate in an effective way - not through jumping, barking or chewing.

Remember, daycare is a lot less expensive than a new sofa or your favorite pair of shoes!

Is Your Dog Feeling Lonely?

Many owners are unaware that their dog may be suffering from isolation. Dogs are highly social animals and crave interaction with living beings.  This interaction is a necessity for a well-balanced dog.  A dog who stays alone for 8 hours may seem fine when you get home, but being alone for so long can create a range of behavior problems.  Studies show that most dogs respond well to four or five hours of isolation, but not for longer times.

If you have to be gone all day consider taking your dog to doggie daycare here at The Pooch.  Sometimes one day of play will wear your dog out for a couple of days.  Also make sure that you set an hour or two aside every day for your dog. During this time,  play is vital - not only games they like to play but getting on all fours with them as well. 

Many people will not take their dogs out and about because they lack acceptable manners to go outside the home.  Some dogs are uncomfortable with other dogs, because they haven't been around very many other dogs, or learned to play appropriately. With gradual exposure in supervised playtimes at The Pooch, your dog will love going on walks in the park with you and meeting some new friends along the way!