We are the only dog daycare/boarding center in South Lake Tahoe that offers a cage-free setting, inside & outside play areas, and 24 hour care (on site).
Yes, as long as they are dog-friendly, people-friendly, and not space protective. We are cage-free and the pups play all day with dogs of similar sizes. Large dog and small dog areas. All male dogs must be neutered if over 8 months of age. Smaller males dogs (less than 20 lbs) do not have to be neutered. Female dogs must not be in heat. Call for puppy policy – puppies must have all their vaccinations completed - FULL SET OF DISTEMPER, PARVO, BORDETELLA AND RABIES. Therefore dogs under 4 months generally can not come to doggie daycare or boarding. If you are unsure how your dog would do in our cage-free environment, or your pup is a bit shy, we offer a free 1-hour evaluation of your dog's temperament to ensure safety for your dog as well as others. Please call to set up a free 1-hour evaluation. #530-542-2336 Please do not forget about your pups vaccinations: Bordetella (kennel cough), Distemper/Parvo, and Rabies. We can not accept your dog without proof of these vaccinations.
Our front office is open for drop-offs and pick-ups 7 days a week from 7am to 7pm. Although, we are staffed 24 hours a day so that your pups are never alone. Doggie daycare is available every day from 7am to 7pm. Overnight visitors can be dropped off from 7am to 7pm. We do prefer your pup to be dropped off for overnight boarding before 4pm, as it gives your pup more time to get acclimated, play, and get some energy out before bedtime. *We do not accept pick-ups or drop-offs past 7pm*
- Vaccine records emailed or uploaded ahead of time (preferred), or a paper copy with you at check-in. *Vaccines required: Rabies, Bordetella (kennel cough), and Distemper/Parvo. (Puppies need to have their first full set of vaccines completed, not just initial vaccines) - Collar on your dog with their name on it - Food for their boarding stay. We have a full kitchen and can accommodate any food items that need refrigeration or to be heated up. (If you do not bring food, we do have in-house food for your pups for a daily fee) - Medications with name of the medication, what it is for, and clear instructions for administration.
Please visit our website www.tahoebestfriends.com and click the "Make A Reservation" button on our Home Screen. This page will show you how to download our app-based reservation system, Paw Partner, where you can create your and your pets profiles, upload vaccine records, and make daycare and/or boarding reservations. For questions, call our front desk at #530-542-2336
We do not offer tours, although you can see the majority of our facility through windows in our lobby. You are always welcome to come into our lobby to check out Tahoe Best Friends and have our staff answer any of your questions.
We go to great lengths to ensure cleanliness of our facility. Our entire facility is mopped and cleaned daily, and all communal water bowls are disinfected daily. Although we do our best to prevent any injury to your dog, in a cage-free environment there is always the possibility of your dog getting a scratch or nick from playing roughly or getting in a minor disagreement. Our staff is always supervising on site, and does everything they can to prevent such injury, but dogs will be dogs! Although rare, it is possible for more serious injuries to occur. Luckily, both the owner of Tahoe Best Friends and our staff manager are Veterinary Technicians and have combined decades of experience in the animal medical field. We quickly assess the situation to determine what plan of action to take. Our concern is always what is best for your dog. Depending on the situation, we will either treat the injury on-site with first-aid supplies, or rush your dog to a veterinary hospital in town. (Our preferred vet: Blue Lake Animal Care Center) We always attempt to contact the owner to get their permission for our chosen course of action.
No cages or kennels anywhere on site! Our facility is completely open for dogs to roam and play. We have about 3000 sq ft inside, and 1500 sq ft outside. Tahoe Best Friends offers a home-style environment with couches, beds and blankets, and a TV room. At night, it's slumber party style! Our night staff sleeps in the rooms with the dogs so the dogs are never alone. We get out lots of dog beds and blankets at night, and the dogs either pick a couch, a bed, or curl up with our night staff.
We have many older dogs that come and enjoy Tahoe Best Friends. We are able to separate groups of dogs into different rooms and can keep your pup with more mellow dogs their own speed. We make sure our older dogs are comfortable and have couches or beds available for them to snuggle up on. As long as your older dog does well with small dogs, we often have our older dogs hang out in our small-dog room as well. Puppies tend to have a blast at Tahoe Best Friends! As long as they have all of their necessary vaccines and boosters, puppies are welcome to come play. We encourage it! Socialization in young dogs is crucial and what better place to get them socialized with other dogs and humans than Tahoe Best Friends?!
We ask to be notified 48 hours or more prior to your reservation in order to get your deposit back. ($20 deposit for daycare, $25 deposit for boarding) If you cancel your reservation within 48 hours of your scheduled reservation, your deposit will not be refunded. If you plan to re-schedule your visit, we can keep your deposit as a credit on your account. Please call our front desk if you would like to cancel or re-schedule your reservation. #530-542-2336
No! All dogs are welcome as long as they are dog and people friendly. 🙂