Dogs for Better Lives is very proud of our custom-designed facility. We provide a very happy, clean, safe, spacious, and luxurious environment for your dog.

Dogs for Better Lives is a luxury “home away from home” for dogs while you are traveling. Our goal is to provide the very best in comfort, enjoyment, cleanliness, and safety for your dog.

We offer:

Personalized care for your dog
Safe and healthy environment
Socialization and play
Luxurious accommodations
Indoor and outdoor areas for freedom of movement
We know leaving your dog can be difficult so we are happy to provide a tour and show you where your dog will be staying either prior to arrival or at time of check in.
If you are staying in the area and wish to pick up your dog for a few hours each day, please just notify our staff at time of reservation and we will be happy to accommodate.

Before your dog comes to stay:

We are glad you have chosen Dogs for Better Lives as your pet(s) destination while you are away. To ensure the safety and comfort of all our guests, Dogs for Better Lives has a few simple requirements for our boarders. Please review our requirements and if you have questions call Dogs for Better Lives at (508)564-4088.


We must have proof of the following vaccinations prior to boarding. Your veterinarian may fax the records to us at (508)564-4757 or email to

For the safety of all dogs, we cannot accept any dogs that do not have proof of up to date vaccinations, no exceptions.

  • Rabies – Current within 1-3 years per veterinarian requirement
  • Bordetella – Current within 1 year (recommended every 6 months for daycare)
  • DHPP – Current within 1-3 years (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvo virus)
  • Canine influenza – Presently not required but strongly recommended
  • Negative Fecal – Current within 6 months to participate in Daycare

All dogs must have their required vaccinations at least 14 days prior to entry.

Fleas & Ticks

Cape Cod has a heavy population of both fleas and ticks. Therefore, we require that all pets be on a veterinarian recognized product for flea and tick protection in order to protect our facility from any infection and thus, protect all of the pets. If your pets are found to have external parasites, they will need to see a veterinarian for treatment at your own expense.


All dogs must be heartworm negative and be on monthly veterinarian approved heartworm preventive medication.


All dogs must have their own food upon check-in. Please prepare each meal serving size in a separate bag or container with your dog’s name on it. Do not bring your own bowls. We have our own that go through an industrial sanitizer after every feeding. If your dog requires a slow feeder though or any other special feeding device for medical reasons, those are allowed and need to be provided by the owners. Please notify a staff member when making your reservation.


Each suite is equipped with a complementary raised cot style bed called a Kuranda Bed. If you wish to provide your dog with toys, blankets or beds from home we are happy to accommodate but caution that items can become wet or chewed when in a kennel environment. Dogs for Better Lives is not responsible for loss or damage to any personal items left with your pet.

Dog Suites

We offer 2 sizes of suites for our dog guests. All have inside tempered glass doors so they can enjoy the company of their fellow pets and observe the activities of our dedicated staff.

Note: Each suite is cleaned daily using Rescue Accel, all water and food bowls are cleaned in our industrial sanitizer, complete cleaning protocols and products utilized for cleaning can be provided upon request.

Boarding Price List

Large Luxury Suite* $50.00
8×8 indoor and 8×8 outdoor run. 20% off additional dog if boarding together.
*Large suite with webcam $60 (reserved on a first come, first serve basis)

VIP Suite* $60.00
8×10 indoor and 8×10 outdoor run. 20% off additional dog if boarding together.
*VIP suite with webcam $70  (reserved on a first come, first serve basis)


Check-in/Check-out Times

In order to ensure each suite is sanitized prior to each dog’s arrival, check in and check out need to be within the below timeframes.

  • Monday-Friday Check In: 2pm-5pm, Check Out: 8-11am
  • Saturday & Sunday: Check In: 2-4pm, Check Out: 9-11am

Arrivals and Departures outside of these times may be available for an additional night’s fee. Please call us for more information.

A credit card is required to hold your reservation but you may cancel without penalty by 11am the day prior to check-in. If you do not cancel and do not show, your credit card will be charged the full fee of the reservation.

Boarding Extras

  • Play Time: $15.00 per 20 minutes, Extra time for your dog to play and burn off energy.
  • Oral medication: $5.00 per day, please call us prior for specific instructions and confirm our availability to provide.
  • Oral medication: $5.00 per day, please call us prior for specific instructions and confirm our availability to provide.
  • Potty Breaks: If your dog does not relieve themselves in their outdoor area, we can provide additional breaks throughout the stay or until it is no longer needed. $15 per day
  • Tuck in Time: $5 per day, Staff will read a bedtime story from a nursery rhyme book to help your dog wind down and sleep.
  • Frozen Peanut Butter Kong: $5 per treat
  • Frosty Paws Ice Cream Treat: $5 per treat
  • Exit bath for dog under 20lbs: $30
  • Exit bath for dog 20-40lbs: $40
  • Exit bath for dog 40-60lbs: $50
  • Exit bath for dogs 60lbs or larger or dog with long coat: $60