Dog Daycare2024-04-15T13:50:51-04:00

Dog Daycare

Palo alto & San Jose

Choosing a Daycare

Daycare is an excellent way to give dogs the socialization and exercise they need while learning appropriate interactions with humans and other dogs. They also gain lots of exercise by playing with other dogs, toys, or staff, providing stimulation of both mind and body. Downtown Dogs gives dogs a chance to be part of a “pack” in a safe, monitored environment, when their owners are not around.

Is Daycare Right for Your Pup?

While most dogs enjoy playing and wrestling with other dogs, there are some that do not. Some dogs do not like to share toys or treats or are nervous around people. They may find daycare to be too stressful and would prefer to be in their own home environment. How a dog reacts at daycare depends on their socialization experiences. If you are unsure if daycare is right for your dog, we can discuss any concerns you have with you.

What Makes a Great Daycare?

Over the last few years, dog daycare has grown quite popular. However, not all daycares are created equal. Every daycare facility is designed and run differently. With so many choices, we want you to be informed when making your decision, and choose a facility in which you feel your dog will be safe and well cared for. It is important that you visit the facility and ask questions so you feel comfortable in your choice. Here are some questions to ask when checking out a daycare facility for your dog:

Downtown Dogs has been in operation for 26 years, opening in 1998. Downtown Dogs is under new ownership as of 2022, with a highly skilled and caring team dedicated to providing the highest level of dog services.

Our staff to dog ratio varies based on the size, activity level, and personality of the dogs. We try to maintain a ratio of one dog handler to 15 dogs although this can vary. Our staff comes from a variety of backgrounds, but all have a common interest. They love dogs! All our staff members are required to complete a 20-course training program through The Dog Gurus and a minimum of two weeks hands-on training with our senior staff prior to being left alone with the pups in our care. Training includes orientation and covers topics such as learning theory, body language, group dynamics, appropriate play, and signs of stress. In addition, our dog handlers attend quarterly internal meetings to discuss pack dynamics, foster teamwork, and brainstorm activities for our clients.

We accommodate the various dog personalities by engaging them in Tiny Town, Dogsville, or, Ruff City where they can romp and wrestle, run back and forth, and play fetch. Some may enjoy a game of chase, racing around our playing structures, or jumping from slide to slide, while the older, mellow dogs just enjoy getting petted or brushed. The smaller guys have a room of their own to play in without the worries of a big paw.

As soon as our furry friends arrive in the morning, we ensure they will have a blast! Our structured morning playtime includes lots of free time to run and burn off energy and a wide selection of toys and play equipment to keep them entertained. But it doesn’t stop there! We have many other fun activities such as bubble time, command practice, fort building, and agility challenges.

By noon, it’s naptime! From noon to 2pm, our pups can recharge in their individual cozy crates. If you want to take it up a notch, you can check out our additional services offered during this time. For example, your pup can indulge in one of our weekly treats, enjoy a stuffed Kong/Pupsicle, try our 1-on-1 enrichment activities, take a leisurely stroll, or be pampered with our grooming services.

After a refreshing nap, our pups are ready for more playtime! Each room is equipped with a wide array of toys and play structures for them to enjoy. Open play allows them to unleash their inner joy and have a wag-tastic time!

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Downtown Dogs San Jose

734 S 1st St
San Jose, CA 95113


Downtown Dogs Palo Alto

885 Commercial St
Palo Alto, CA 94030


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Tasty Meals & Treats

Indulge your pup’s taste buds and stimulate their mind with our scrumptious selection of meals and treats. From nap time during daycare to evenings when they’re boarding with us, we offer a diverse range of mouthwatering options.

  • Stuffed Pupsicles and Kongs assorted flavors
  • Brain teasers
  • Home cooked weekly treats (menu changes weekly)
  • Meal toppers
  • Bully sticks and trachea treats
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Enrichment Activities

  • Rally-O
    This is a fun spin on traditional obedience training! We will walk through a course of fun tricks that help your dog practice and polish basic commands.
  • Nosework
    In beginner sessions, we introduce the command “find it” and work on puzzle games. In intermediate sessions, we play hide-and-seek games with treats or toys hidden in different boxes.
  • 3D Stay
    This is ideal for dogs needing extra practice learning the “stay” command. In this activity, a staff member will use the 3D’s (distance, duration, and distraction) to help your dog learn to “stay.”
  • Agility
    In this introductory agility course, we help your dog practice high jump, tunnel, and weave poles.
  • Heeling Games
    This series of games is designed to help your dog learn the “heel” command and train your dog in loose leash walking.

Birthday Packages

Is someone having a birthday? This special day deserves a special treat for Fido and Spot. Our packages include:

– Birthday themed photo with backdrop printed in a 4X6 card or keychain!

– Nose work activity with photo’s

– Special Birthday Treat at Daycare

– Special Birthday Cupcake to enjoy at home!

Plus your pup always gets a free day of daycare the week of their birthday! (Must be requested at time of pickup)

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Pup Dates

This is a fun new way to stay up-to-date on your favorite pup while you can’t be with them. With pup-dates, you’ll get 5+ photos and a 10 to 30 second video of your beloved pup, with a little note attached so you can see how they’re doing. Get ready for all that adorable puppy cuteness with pup-dates!

*msg and data rates may apply.

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Turn Down Service

Take your pup’s favorite cuddle time and give it a special upgrade with our Turn Down Service. It’s not just an ordinary snuggle. This upgraded experience comes complete with a bedtime story of choice and a special treat. What better way to get your pup relaxed and ready for sweet pup-dreams!


Top Dog Daycare Questions

What are your hours?2023-09-05T18:14:44-04:00

Our lobby hours are Monday through Sunday from 7am to noon and 2pm to 7pm. Our daycare hours are daily from 7am to 7pm. Our facility is staffed 24 hours a day, allowing for pick up and drop off of day/overnight guests any time, but is only open to the general public during our posted lobby hours. Guests arriving/departing during non-lobby hours need to provide advance notice of when to expect them.

Why does my dog need to attend daycare before boarding?2024-04-05T00:16:14-04:00

Since the majority of your dog’s overnight stay will be spent interacting with other dogs and staff, we need to make sure they will be comfortable in our facility and have a fun time. For this reason, we require new clients to attend at least 2 days of daycare prior to staying overnight with us. Some dogs may require more days based on temperament and comfort levels. During these visits, we work to help your dog become familiar with our environment and staff so they’ll feel comfortable whether you’re away for five hours or five days.

This also gives our staff a chance to get to know your dog and any special needs they may have before they stay overnight with us. Also, if at any time during your dog’s introductory visit they are having a tough time, we can get in touch with you immediately.

When can I drop off/pick up for daycare and boarding?2023-09-05T17:41:00-04:00

For a full day of daycare, you can drop off and pick up anytime during the 7am to 7pm daycare window (we request no drop offs/pick ups from noon to 2pm to allow us to work on activities with the pups at daycare. For half days, you can drop off or pick up during either the 7am to noon morning window or the 2pm to 7pm evening window. If you need to drop off outside of the 7am to 7pm window, there will be an extra early/late drop-off fee. (We request boarding drop-offs to happen prior to 4:30pm to ensure proper check-in and that dogs have ample time to play before settling in their room for the night.)

Boarding drop off is after 7am on the day of arrival and pick up is prior to noon. Clients with an existing daycare package may use a daycare visit in lieu of the late check-out fee.


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“Amazing! Truly a treasure in the Bay Area – good value for your money, responsible and caring employees, responsive, clean, reliable, etc.”

Christina L.
“Everybody there clearly loves dogs and is invested in their care and wellbeing. Highly recommended!”
Rob C.
“They are extremely caring, have an easy online reservation system, and run lots of themed programs for your dogs.”
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“The staff gives a personalized and compassionate touch to the pups that makes a world of difference from other places.”
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“Downtown Dogs has great teacher to dog ratios, interaction is on point, and just overall cleanliness along with communication.”
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