Supervised by caring staff members, your dog will be comfortable in our custom-designed dog boarding facility. We provide spacious, clean, and safe accommodations for your pets.

Dog Boarding Suites

We offer 3 different size suites for our guests. All have inside tempered glass doors so they can enjoy the company of their fellow dogs and observe the activities of our dedicated staff.

All suites allow access to a private, fenced outside run, so your dog has the freedom to go safely outside. Other than when the weather is inclement, the suite door connecting with the outdoors is kept open so your dog can come and go as they please.

Suites are provided with soft Kuranda beds for luxurious resting.

VIP Suite

Our largest suite, 8×10 feet inside with a door leading to a private, covered 8×10 foot outside patio where your pet can exercise and enjoy some Cape Cod fresh air. The VIP Suite is also big enough to accommodate 2, 3, or more dogs. A webcam is also available for one VIP so you can watch your dog while you are away.

Large Luxury

Our next size suite is 8×8 feet inside and 8×8 feet outside and has the same amenities as our VIP suites, including a door leading to the outdoor patio, and soft Kuranda beds/toddler beds with a mattress for resting. These suites are also large enough to accommodate 2 or 3 large dogs.

Luxury Suite

Our smallest but still comfortable suite is 8×4 feet inside with a door leading to the 8×4 foot outside patio. This suite can have either a Kuranda bed or a soft padded or pillow bed.

At Dogs for Better Lives we provide the best environment for your dog to be treated well and feel safe


Before your dog comes to stay:

We are glad you have chosen Dogs for Better Lives as your dogs 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.

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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

  • Rabies – Current within 1-3 years
  • Bordetella – Current within 1 year
  • DHLPP – Current within 1-3 years
  • Canine influenza – Presently not required but strongly recommended

We prefer that all dogs have their required vaccinations 5 days prior to entry.

Fleas & Ticks

Cape Cod has a heavy population of both fleas and ticks; therefore, we require that your dogs are on a veterinarian recognized product for flea and tick protection in order to protect our resort from any infection and thus, protect all of the dogs. If your dog is found to have external parasites, they will be taken to the nearest available veterinarian for treatment and your account will be charged accordingly.


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


Dogs for Better Lives requires you to provide your dog’s own food during their stay. Please either prepare each meal in a separate baggie or provide specific instructions on quantity and frequency your dog eats. If you do not provide food, you will need to purchase one of the bags of food on site prior to check in.


Do not bring toys that are valuable or irreplaceable (all toys should be clearly marked with your dogs name). Dogs for Better Lives is not responsible for loss or damage to any personal item of toy left with your dog.

Boarding Price List

Luxury Suite $37.00
8×4 indoor and 8×4 outdoor run. 20% off additional dog if boarding together.

Large Luxury Suite* $47.00
8×8 indoor and 8×8 outdoor run. 20% off additional dog if boarding together.
*Large Luxury Suite with Webcam (optional – reservation required) $10.00 extra per day

VIP Suite* $57.00
8×10 indoor and 8×10 outdoor run. 20% off additional dog if boarding together.
*VIP Suite with Webcam (optional- reservation required) $10.00 extra per day

Any dog departing after 11am on day of check out will be charged for another night’s stay.

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.

Holiday Peak Periods:

  • February Vacation
  • April Vacation
  • Memorial Day Weekend
  • July 4th (July 2-6)
  • Labor Day Weekend
  • Thanksgiving (November 21-26)
  • Christmas / New Year (December 23 – January 3)

Holiday Peak Period deposits are 100% refundable if the reservation is cancelled at least 72 hours prior to the scheduled check in date.

Holiday reservations will be at full capacity – altering existing reservations is not recommended, but we will do everything we can to accommodate changes.

Early check outs during our Holiday Peak Period will be charged for the entire stay. If you have any questions please call or email us.

Boarding Extras

  • PLAYTIME (One-on-one individual play session with staff member) – $15.00 for 20 minutes;
    Same family additional dog – $5.00 ea.
  • POTTY BREAKS 3X PER DAY – $15.00
  • ICE CREAM TREAT – $4.00
  • NAIL TRIM – $15.00
  • BATH:
    • SMALL: $25
    • MEDIUM: $35
    • LARGE: $45
  • PILL ADMINISTRATION – starting at $4.00 per day*
  • INJECTION ADMINISTRATION – $5.00 per injection

* Please discuss your dog(s) / cat(s) medical requirements with the front desk staff. Additional fees may be added in certain situations.