We specialize in small group play (Mon-Sat). Reservations are highly recommended.
All new dogs get first 1/2 day for FREE for temperament testing.
You can add an outside walk, training or grooming to their day, too.
Our overnight pups are in daycare all day and sleepover on comfy beds at night with our attendants. You can add enrichment activities to their stay, too!
(Pet sitter stays are limited & based on availability - email to request)
We have some great trainers who can work with your pup during daycare or in private lessons at your home.
See our Training page for more details and pricing.
A trained dog is a happy dog!
We are pleased to offer a few levels of training for your dog with one of our staff trainers.
Day training & agility: 1 hour training with our dog trainer during daycare, most weekdays (reservations required)
Structured walks: 30 min structured walks (during daycare) with our trainer, most weekdays (reservations required)
Private lessons: 1 hour session, most days/evenings (appointment required)
Group classes: 6 week class starts on July 10 (Puppy & Beginner classes)
We keep our playgroups small, so reservations are highly recommended since we have a lot of regulars.
Our daycare groups are separated based on size and temperament. We specialize in small group play and our dogs thrive in that environment. If you become a subscriber, you will get 1-3 pack walks included in your dog's daycare day. Inside & outside daycare is the best!
You will get a report card every daycare day with pics and details on what your dog was up to in playgroup.
Reserve your spot today to join the fun!
Our trainer, Heather, will work with your pup on basic obedience during daycare (leash manners, recall, basic commands (sit, down, wait, come, leave it), fetching, searching, nose work and agility). She can also take your pup for a 30 min one on one structured walk. If you need to work on more complex issues, please book a private lesson
We love celebrating birthdays! You can add a bark-uterie board to your pup's day OR some enrichment activities. We bring out the bacon bubbles and have a birthday photo shoot with treats for everyone. You have the option for a personalized cakes for the b-day pup, too (with 7 days notice)
We will take a small group of dogs out for a pack walk or beach day every afternoon during daycare (weekdays only). These are an add-on features to daycare or overnights and require a reservation. (Please note: beach days are for dogs who have been in training and tested for off leash recall)
You can add on a 10 min outside time break for your pup for one on one time with an attendant in our small outside space with turf. You can add a 15 or 30 min enrichment session. This is highly recommended for high drive/energetic dogs since this is great mental work
Our daycare dogs treat the indoor daycare setting like an indoor dog park. It does not look (or smell) anything like your home. We are cleaning constantly and disinfect the entire facility daily, but our dogs know they can go potty inside and that's ok. You can always add outside time, a pack walk or training if you want your pup to get some time outside each day, too.
We do our best to do a quick health check when each dog arrives for any services, but we are not a veterinary facility.
It is true that when groups of dogs get together, they bring with them all the diverse bacteria, viruses, and parasites that they were exposed to in their own separate lives. Then they play, lick each other, exchange saliva and roll around for hours.
Will your dog get sick though?
That all depends on what exactly was passed around and your dog’s individual immune response (which can also depend on your dog’s age, breed, genetics, diet, etc).
If you want to avoid an environment where dogs can be exposed to communicable illnesses and parasites, you should probably avoid daycare since no daycare where dogs are socialized in groups can guarantee your dog won't be exposed to possible illness.
The best way to avoid the most harmful diseases are vaccinations, which we require (rabies, parvo, distemper, canine flu & annual fecal test for parasites).
Some illnesses that are common in a social setting (esp with puppies with low immunity) are canine cough (aka kennel cough), giardia, papilloma (puppy warts) and conjunctivitis (puppy pink eye).
So, if you want your dog to engage socially with other dogs and experience the world beyond their home and your vet feels they are healthy enough for group play, we are here for you!
On the rare occasion that something happens during your pup's stay with us, we will attempt to contact you first. If we cannot reach you, we will contact your emergency contact. (We always recommend an emergency contact who is IN town if you are traveling or someone who can make decisions for you in your absence). Finally, we will contact your vet to see how they want to handle it. If it is after hours, we will take your pup to the emergency vet in our area. All vet bills are the responsibility of the owner.
We do have some insurance limitations with pit bull breeds and wolf hybrids, so it's a bit complicated. We do assess pit/mixed breeds individually though, but they have to be extremely social and non-reactive. Please contact us if you have any questions
We are pretty well known for our flexibility with overnights. Most of our staff has the ability to take some overnight pups home at night and if we have just a few pups, we usually let them go home with a staff member (at no extra cost) for that night. We will check with you first though. If you are requesting a sitter for the entire stay, the rate is an extra $10/night.
Most nights all of our overnight pups are in facility with our overnight staff, plush beds and lots of playtime & nap time.
First of all, congratulations on your new family member!
We highly recommend allowing enough time for your new dog to get comfortable with their new home before introducing them to daycare. This can take weeks, so we do ask that you have your new pup for at least 3-4 weeks before bringing them in to the daycare setting.
Highly social dogs may adjust quickly to their new life and will be ready for daycare sooner. But, it is really important that they feel confident before having them in a new pack setting.
We require all dog to check-in for daycare or overnights before 12noon.
The pack is super active in the morning and we want all dogs to be on the "same page" with their energy level and play time as much as possible. Since most dogs arrive between 7-8am on weekdays, there is a ton of play going on and nap time starts around 12noon for many of them. So, if you are bringing your super energetic dog at 11:45am, they will most likely arrive to a room full of tired pups who want to nap and rest now. Then, your pup gets frustrated and we don't want that. We also take most of our pictures for report cards in the early morning and we don't want your pup to miss that fun :)
We require rabies, parvo, distemper and the canine influenza vaccinations. We also require an annual fecal test for all dogs. These records need to be uploaded to your profile and reviewed by staff before first day (and continued attendance when they expire)
We require that all males are neutered by 8 months and females are spayed by 12 months. We do not allow females in heat. This is for the safety and well-being of all dogs in group play and we appreciate your cooperation.
This is an interesting question and the short answer is... sometimes. Your dog may attend daycare for months or even years and then suddenly you get a report card about new behaviors (barking excessively, whining alot, snapping at other dogs, fence guarding and rushing gates, etc). We try to be as transparent about your dogs behavior on report cards each day, but we write them in the mornings and their behavior may change as the day goes on and we may chat with you at checkout. Sometimes it could be a health issue and we may recommend checking with your vet. But, yes - some dogs "age out" of daycare and it's just too much for them as they get older.
This is when we take our lunch breaks and try to get most of the pups to nap. Some dogs are in the facility for 10-12 hours for daycare and longer for overnights and it can be exhausting for them. We have found that having a dedicated time that is quiet without customers coming in and out really helps them rest. We also need our humans to get some breaks, too. Don't worry - a human is always with the pack.
If you MUST pickup during this time, please ring our doorbell and be patient since it might take a few minutes to get to you.
Jen Klair started Wags & Ruffs in 2018 with one goal in mind - creating a safe & fun place for dogs when they are away from home. She has a life-long love of animals and had a successful pet sitting business for many years when she lived in Tahoe with her husband and family. After running an online retail business for over 15 years, she wanted to return to working with animals and founded Wags & Ruffs in 2018.
At Wags & Ruffs, we love dogs and believe they should be treated like members of the family (yours and ours). While your dog(s) are with us, they will be supervised and loved as one of our own. All of our dog attendants have been trained in dog safety. All Wags & Ruffs staff have a deep love for dogs and are skilled in pack management. Take a look at our Prices page to see all of the extras we offer and don't forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook - and download our app.
*First Half Day is Free!
We take fun seriously - and safety is always our number one concern. All dogs get a FREE initial half day visit for a temperament test where we will introduce him/her to our dog groups that are always supervised by one of our dog attendants. We cannot allow any dogs to join the Wags & Ruffs group play who are aggressive to dogs or people.
We like to schedule your first free day with our staff trainer to evaluate your dog(s) personality. Please schedule your first free day on Monday-Friday with drop-off between 7am-10am. Please call us to schedule if you can't make it during that time.
*Free first 1/2 day does not apply to out of town visitors
4085 Pacific Highway, San Diego, California 92110, United States
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Overnights check-in by 12noon.
Overnights check out between 9am-2pm.
Lobby will be closed every M-F from 12noon-2pm for lunches and nap time. If you need to pick up your dog during this time, please ring the doorbell. Thank you!
Please remember that if your pup has not been with us in daycare or overnights in the past 6 months, they will need to come in for at least 2 daycare days before their next stay in facility.
Enrichment time (15 min session, $10; 30 min session, $20) - add on to your dog's day, esp if they are high drive & get bored easily. Pack walks, structured walks & day training are also available most weekdays