7672 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 312-4969
“Must play well with others” is Poochie’s mantra—and they mean it. Before you can sign up your dog for daycare, he or she has to undergo a temperament evaluation. Once accepted, he’ll be placed with dogs with energy levels similar to his. Can’t drive Fido down to South Sarasota? No worries—just call Poochie’s pet taxi. $255 for a 10-day package.
2101 17th St., Sarasota, (941) 366-2267
After your pup aces his socialization interview, he’ll get tons of play time and access to Camp Bow Wow’s “counselors”—all educated in dog behavior and certified in CPR—and, if he’s staying overnight, he can sleep in his own cozy cabin with a fleece-lined cot. Helicopter dog parents can monitor everything via live web cams. $26 for a full day, $19 for a half day.
After a personality profile and temperament test, your pooch gets access to Bayside’s five-star amenities, including hour-long group play sessions, trail walks, pool dips, cuddle time, a run on the treadmill and—if Fido’s staying overnight—tuck-in service that includes lap time and a belly rub. Grooming services, including blueberry facials and mud baths, also available. $19 for a half day; $28 for a full day; visit baysidepetresort.com for more info and locations.
10615 Technology Terrace #104, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 758-8226
If it’s space your pet craves, Woofdorf Astoria’s got it in spades, in the form of a 15,000-square-foot yard—10,000 feet of which is professionally installed artificial turf. Dogs also can enjoy a 9,000-square-foot, rubber-matted play area, and if they’re staying overnight, luxuriate in their own suite with 24/7 access to Woofdorf staff. $17 for a half day, $25 for a full day.