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"They are around the corner from my house. She has an open area where they play as well as a living room where they can stay and get out of the pens. She is able" to give medication without extra charge. I take my dogs food and toys when I bring her over. The pricing is fair compared some other places that charge for every pill given and other things.

-Linda H.

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"I buy a package of 20 visits. They have an outdoor exercise area and I like that. It is a good yard outside for the dog. They are convenient. It is close enough" to my home that I can walk there. They provide boarding, day stuff and grooming. I am perfectly happy. I keep going there and I have no complaints.

-Carol W.

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When I first started bringing my puppy to
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in
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, I thought it was a good experience. My puppy seemed to enjoy time there and the staff gushed over my dog. By the time my puppy was 4 months old, the staff suggested that my dog needed to be put on a pinch collar during daycare time. Since I had never had a dog, I consulted my veterinarian about this because it seemed overly harsh for a young dog. She said under no circumstances should a dog under 8-9 months of age be put on a pinch collar because it could damage nerves and muscles that were still developing. I conveyed this to
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and this is when my experience started to change. I was first told that they were dog experts and that my vet was being overly cautious and that I should listen to them. I've known my vet for almost 10 years and have a lot of trust in my vet. I had known these people for 2 months. I instructed that I didn't want to try to the pinch collar until my pupppy was 8 months old. The next 4 months, I was told almost every day what a bad dog I had. There were exceptions, especially the handler
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who worked with my puppy and always talked about what great potential my puppy had, but most of the time I got an earful about how bad my puppy was. By "bad" they described pretty normal puppy behavior: rambunctious, mouthing, insecurity, trouble walking on a leash, etc. And by no means will I say that my puppy was
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at home or be unrealistic about behavior. My puppy's breeds are known for being overly excited and it's been a lot of time and effort to train my puppy. But I was sold a "puppy program" that sounded like these were experts in handling puppies and helping to properly socialize them. What I was sold and what I was getting weren't adding up but it was also my first dog ever and I had some self-doubt about my gut instincts. When my puppy turned 8 months old they started using the pinch collar on my dog. They started to describe what a good dog my puppy was, but when my puppy came home, there was depression, lashing out and fear. I thought it was maybe just an adjustment period. I tried the pinch collar myself on a few walks and it took weeks to redevelop the good relationship I had with my dog before that experience. The puppy program price expired when my puppy turned 9 months old and I was offered a nice discount on adult dog daycare prices. I decided to buy a good amount of days. About 3 weeks later, they extended the puppy program to be until 12 months. I asked if there was some deal we could make since I had just spent over $1,000 on adult dog days but now my dog was considered a puppy again. I was told the manager would call me. The manager never called me about this. When my puppy was 10 months old I attended an event which the owner was in attendance at. She told me how much my dog hated her. All I could think was, "well, what did you do to my dog?" Quickly after that incident, my dog contracted parvovirus. I immediately called
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to alert them to the condition since my dog had been around other dogs there. I was then informed that they had had several cases of parvovirus, but no owners had been alerted to these conditions. I am positive it was this environment where my puppy contracted the disease. It cost $1,200 to cure my puppy of the virus. Even though I would have spent much more to have my puppy health and happy, I still couldn't believe that
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didn't shut down to do a thorough cleaning after they knew about the first case of it. I asked about being refunded for my days and was told a manager would call me. The manager never called me about this. I instructed that I no longer wanted my dog on the pinch collar and brought my puppy only once a week, just trying to get my money's worth. Again came the reports about how bad my puppy was. My puppy was also enrolled in obedience school at this time and the trainer's had nothing but positive things to say about my puppy's behavior and that the "bad" traits were completely normal and could be remediated with positive enforcement. The depression and lashing out ceased immediately after the pinch collar was removed. On my puppy's first birthday, I brought dog treats for the dogs and doughnuts for the staff because on a dog's birthday they usually take pictures and post on their Facebook and I thought it was fun. When I picked my dog up, I found out they didn't celebrate my dog's birthday, with no explanation as to why. I thought it was very rude. Around this time, I was told that my dog wasn't welcome at daycare because the staff couldn't control my dog's behavior. I again asked about refund options. I again was told a manager would call me. And again, the manager never called me. I started taking my dog to a new daycare facility that was recommended by my trainer and wow, life turned around. My dog is now utilized as the greeter dog for new puppies and has such a playful happy attitude that it brings tears to my eyes to be around my dog. I recently adopted a 2nd puppy whose demeanor is quite the opposite of my first puppy. I took the new puppy to
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thinking that I would just use up the days I bought to not
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out on so much money before taking the new puppy to the new daycare facility. When I went to pick up the 2nd puppy from the first day at
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, I was told that I owed money for the day. I explained that I had days left on my account. I was then told that days only apply to certain dogs. This logic blew my mind...had my dog paid for those days? No, I had. Why on earth would be they attributed to the dog? It's entirely possible this was in fine print somewhere, but I believe this should be in big bold letters because it's a policy that makes little to no sense. Again, I was told a manager would get a hold of me. Again, the manager has never called me. I have over $600 worth of days that I can't utilize because my first dog isn't welcome there and they can't be applied to my 2nd dog. I feel like I was scammed out of this money and the lack of response is so unprofessional. I would like to say that
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at the front desk and
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the handler are shining stars at this place, but overall I had a very poor experience. A few of the women handlers also seem okay, but unfortunately I didn't exchange names with them.
- Katrina W.
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My dogs always look great after coming back from
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. They are extremely friendly and do such a great job. This is the only place I trust to get my dogs groomed.
- Helina F.
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We had an unfortunate leak in our home causing us to move to a hotel. We also had to find a kennel for our dogs and cat. I called and made arrangements with
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. I explained our situation that insurance was paying and I was unsure of our check out date. Was told that it would be Fine.
About a week later I received a call from the owner who had been out of town. She was unprofessional and well, pissy. She had no idea how long my dogs were there and had no payment. I explained that this was all discussed with the first
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I spoke with and the owners response was, "She's not the owner. She quoted you wrong. You need to call your insurance and ask for more money." First, as the owner, you should ask the person/employee/family member who was running your business these questions before calling and attacking a customer. Second, if your business quotes and agrees to an amount, you stick to it.
About a week later, another phone call, "You need to come wash your dogs, they stink. You can take them to the groomers down the hill." I explained that were were not in the financial position to take the dogs to the groomers at that time, but I would be willing to come there and wash the dogs. "No. You're not capable of keeping my drains clean of hair." I can bring my husband and I'm sure between the two of us we can manage. "No."
The third week our dogs were there, I receive another phone call, "You need to come get your dogs. I can't handle them."
I called every kennel option within 10 miles of us. No one had space during the Holiday Season. I called the owner of
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and explained that I had called everyone in the area and would continue to
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. Her response was, "they just need to go. But you kitty can stay."
I moved my dogs and cat a few days later to a kennel 22 miles away!! About two weeks later while visiting our pets at the new kennel one over the owners mentioned that our dogs were substantially thin based on their breed. She was feeding them extra (canned food) in order to get them back to proper weight! WHAT!?!?!
I called
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to explain that I was extremely unhappy with how I was treated and now how my pets were poorly treated and possible malnourished! The owner basically said sorry but was not willing to renegotiate on the price!
I do not recommend this kennel. Unprofessional business owner, not customer service oriented, and is unable to care for the animal in her care due to her age.
- Stephanie E.
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Their staff is excellent - very friendly and cordial -- which is important to me. I typically wait less than 20 minutes to be seen when I arrive for my vet appointments and not at all for my other appointments.
- WILLIAM H.
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I have been using this vet for about 5 years. The vet and staff are very professional. My cat really likes going here and you can tell the vet really cares about animals. They have reasonable pricing. I have had no problem at all with scheduling. I can usually get my cat in within a day or two.
- Perla P.
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We board our dogs there and we get them groomed there. They have an amazing price for our huge dog. We have three dogs and two of them get stressed out about being in a kennel, but they're happy going to
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. You can see they treat their dogs good. They give them back to you looking and smelling fantastic and looking great. They're kind and it's extremely clean. It's a beautiful place.
- kevin A.
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My dogs enjoyed the large play yards and had a great time. They love going there. Highly recommended AAA
- Cindy K.
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We originally asked
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to watch them for 10 days while we were out of town. Our plans changed, and we adjusted to only 3 days. She was flexible and without complaint. The price of services are not listed anywhere on the website. She charged $18/visit on regular days and $23/visit on holidays. This is a much better price than boarding our pets, but is more than we pay typically for someone to feed our dogs at home ($20/day)
She requested an introduction appointment and tour of our home, which we provided. She was punctual to this appointment.
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was nice and did take good notes as well as "starting a file". She left the packet with us and requested that we leave it with the payment upon her first arrival. She requested the key be dropped off at her home prior to the start date in a lockbox that she has.
We followed all of the instructions. During our trip, she made no communication efforts with us. We arrived home and the check was gone, but all the paperwork and instructions she requested were still on the table. She made no contact with us after the dates had passed to ensure we had arrived home and our pets received care, or to return our house key. Other than the check being gone, there was no evidence that
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was in our home. This is both good and bad in my opinion.
After a week, we called to get our key back. While it was a timely return -- it required several phone calls to arrange for the exchange later that day. When she returned our key, it was provided to us on a plastic ring with our names on it. When my husband asked what happened to the keyring we had provided with the key she simply stated she didn't know and she couldn't accept any type of keyrings with keys. (i.e., she removed it and did not return it).
As far as we could tell, our dogs had been fed and watered as requested. Nothing in our home was disturbed. But we were not impressed. Honestly, we've had better help from neighbor teenagers for a much lower price. We don't need our dogs to be coddled, but it would be nice to hear from whomever is watching them that all is well with your dogs and property while you are away.
- Ryan E.

All Animal Boarders in Ellicott City, MD

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A Tail Above Dog Training

8336 W B & A Road
Severn

Aardmore Veterinary Hospital

3130 Loch Raven Rd
Baltimore

ABBEY ANIMAL HOSPITAL

8858 Belair Rd
Nottingham

ACADEMY ANIMAL HOSPITAL

5915 Belair Rd
Baltimore

Advanced Veterinary Complex Inc

501 E Main St
Reisterstown

Airpark Animal Hospital

1000 Littlestown Pike
Westminster

Animal Medical Center of Bel Air

142B N Bond St
Bel Air

Anne Arundel Veterinary Hospital

4800 Ritchie Hwy
Baltimore

Bark In Style

8824 Dogwood Rd
Windsor Mill

Barton Manor Kennels

1329 Deer Creek Church Rd
Forest Hill

Bay Country Veterinary Hospital

1197 Generals Hwy
Crownsville

Bed & Bones

13010 Wainwright Rd

BEL AIR VETERINARY HOSPITAL INC

1501 S TOLLGATE RD
Bel Air

Belquest Kennel

18745 Penn Shop Rd
Mount Airy

Best Friends Fur Ever

1009 Philadelphia Rd
Joppa

Brenner Animal Hospital

10100 Washington Blvd N
Laurel

Camp Bow Wow Columbia Dog Daycare & Boarding

7165 Oakland Mills Rd
Columbia

Canine Lifestyle Academy, LLC

4400 Bartholow Road
Sykesville

CAT HOSPITAL AT TOWSON

6701 YORK RD
Baltimore

CHARM CITY DOGS

401 N Gay St.
Baltimore

Christie's Critter Care

14026 Tall Ships Drive
West Friendship

CIRCLE KENNELS

15432 WOODBINE MORGAN RD
Woodbine

CITY PET CENTER

504 S Haven St
Baltimore

Club Pooche

9147 Red Branch Rd
Columbia

Country Clipper

1537 Buckhorn Road
Sykesville

COUNTRY COMFORT KENNELS & CAMP FOR PETS

2102 MOUNT HOREB RD
Street

Country Critters

8103 Foxwell Rd
Millersville

Countryside Vet Clinic

4866 Montgomery Rd
Ellicott City

COUNTRYSIDE VETERINARY CLINIC

4866 MONTGOMERY RD
Ellicott City

Cozy Canine Camp

1267 Generals Highway
Crownsville

Daly Pet Care

5804 Greenspring Ave
Baltimore

DEER PARK BOARDING KENNELS

4815 WARDS CHAPEL RD
Owings Mills

DEER PARK KENNELS

4815 WARDS CHAPEL RD
Owings Mills

Dogtopia

12212 Clarksville Pke
Clarksville

DOGWOOD ACRES PET RETREAT

439 W CENTRAL AVE
Davidsonville

Dover Saddlery Inc

1041 Maryland Rt 3N
Gambrills

Downtown Dog Resort & Spa

200 W McComas St
Baltimore

Dunloggin Veterinary Hospital

9105 Frederick Rd
Ellicott City

EASTERN ANIMAL HOSPITAL

6404 EASTERN AVE
Baltimore

Eldersburg Veterinary Hospital

1527 Liberty Rd
Eldersburg

Falls Road Animal Hospital

6314 Falls Rd
Baltimore

Falls Road Veterinary Hospital

10229 Falls Road
Potomac

Family Veterinary Clinic

1413 Defense Hwy
Gambrills

FOLLEY QUARTER STABLES

3925 FOLLY QUARTER RD
Ellicott City

FOR TOP DOGS

8330 WOODLAND RD
Millersville

FROM THE HEART DOGGIE DAYCARE

8574 LAURELDALE DRIVE
Laurel

FULTON ANIMAL HOSPITAL

11845 SCAGGSVILLE RD
Fulton

Greater Annapolis Veterinary Hospital

1901 Generals Hwy
Annapolis

Greenbrier Veterinary Clinic

223A Brierhill Dr
Bel Air

HAPPY DOG CARE

10246 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City

Hereford Bed & Biscuit

1201 Brandy Springs Road
Parkton

Highland Groomery

13401 Clarksville Pike
Highland

Huffard Animal Hospital

8073 Ritchie Hwy
Pasadena

Jarrettsville Veterinary Center

3961 Norrisville Rd
Jarrettsville

JD's Pet Services, LLC

8018 Brightwood Ct
Ellicott City

Kitty's Canine Clips

1937 Lincoln Drive
Annapolis

LIBERTY ANIMAL CLINIC

8130 LIBERTY RD
Windsor Mill

LOBLOLLY FARM

5025 BLACK ROCK RD
Hampstead

Long Last Kennels

12000 Park Heights Ave
Owings Mills

Luna's House Inc

2801 Pulaski Hwy
Edgewood

Luthervile Animal Hospital

506 W Seminary Ave
Lutherville Timonium

Lynn Animal Hospital Inc

6215 Baltimore Ave
Riverdale

MISTY RIDGE ANIMAL RESORT

2922 OLD LIBERTY RD
New Windsor

NOAH'S ARK BOARDING RESORT INC

8074 VETERANS HWY
Millersville

Noah's Ark Veterinary & Boarding Resort

8074 Veterans Hwy
Millersville

Northwind Animal Hospital

10019 Harford Rd
Parkville

OAK PARK KENNELS

2133 MONUMENTAL RD
Halethorpe

Paradise Animal Hospital

6350 Frederick Rd.
Catonsville

Paradise For Pets

12561 Old Gunpowder Spur Rd
Beltsville

PERFECT PET RESORT

840 W BAY FRONT RD
Lothian

Pet Vet

12186 Clarksville Pike
Clarksville

PetSmart - Baltimore

9921 Pulaski Hwy
Middle River

Preston Country Club for Pets Inc

7363 Old Columbia Rd
Columbia

Reisterstown Boarding Kennels Inc

14454 Old Hanover Rd
Reisterstown

Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital

7515 Brooklyn Bridge Rd
Laurel

Route 140 Veterinary Hospital Inc

2866 Baltimore Blvd
Finksburg

Severna Park Veterinary Hospital

4 Evergreen Rd
Severna Park

SOUTH ARUNDEL VETERINARY HOSPITAL

85 WEST CENTRAL AVE
Edgewater

SPCA of Anne Arundel County

1815 Bay Ridge Ave
Annapolis

Sunchaser Kennels

13416 Liberty Rd
Union Bridge

The Canine Training Center

13785 Burntwoods
Columbia

THE COVENTRY SCHOOL INC

7165 OAKLAND MILLS RD
Columbia

THE SYKESVILLE VETERINARY CLINIC

20-C LIBERTY RD
Sykesville

The Village Vet, Animal Medical Center

1620 Sulgrave Ave
Baltimore

TIMONIUM ANIMAL HOSPITAL

1626 YORK RD
Lutherville Timonium

Towson Veterinary Hospital

716 York Rd
Towson

VALLEY ANIMAL HOSPTIAL

2734 Woodridge Ct
West Friendship

VCA Animal Hospitals

10665 Rt 108
Columbia

VCA Columbia Animal Hospital at Hickory Ridge

10788 Hickory Ridge Rd
Columbia

We've Gone To The Dogs

1219 Old Taneytown Rd.
Westminster

WEST FRIENDSHIP ANIMAL HOSPITAL

12800 FREDERICK RD
West Friendship

WESTVIEW ANIMAL HOSPITAL

5800 JOHNNYCAKE RD
Gwynn Oak

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