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Boston's Best Dog Experts

Looking for top talent to take care of your pup in Boston? We've asked over 100 local pet parents for their recommendations, talked to the business owners, and also checked hundreds of local Yelp reviews to show you the most trusted local pet service providers. From dog walkers and dog sitters to dog groomers and dog trainers - here are the best pet services Boston has to offer.

The Urban Hound

Specialties: Dog boarding, daycare, walking, grooming, and training

Address: 129 Malden Street, Boston, MA 02118

Website: https://urbanhounds.com

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-urban-hound-boston

Olivia Whitton, the Operations Leader & Marketing Manager, said:

The Urban Hound was founded in 2003 by Rebecca Willson. She started the business wanting to provide the dogs of Boston and their owners with excellent care, based around compassion and love. Now, The Urban Hound has grown into a multi-service company, and we still pride ourselves on maintaining the same values held from day one. We strive to be a part of our clients’ families and to treat their dogs with the same standard of care that they would. We offer dog boarding, daycare, walking, grooming, and training to the dogs of Boston and beyond.

Harbor Hounds

Specialties: Daycare, Grooming

Address: 256 Marginal Street, Boston, MA 02128

Website: https://www.theharborhounds.com

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/harbor-hounds-boston

Owner Sara Noonan told us:

We are an exclusive full service daycare/grooming facility where our daycare is more of a lifestyle! Dogs are the most forgiving, endearing species to myself and my staff and there is no greater joy than being able to work with them on a daily basis. Dogs teach us so many important factors that play monumental roles in our day to day lives including compassion, loyalty and unconditional love; and that’s why we love surrounding ourselves with them!

The Common Dog

Specialties: Daycare, boarding, training and grooming

Address: 57 Garden Street, Everett, MA 02149

Website: http://www.commondog.com

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-common-dog-everett

Owner Laura Donnell said:

The Common Dog is Boston’s premiere dog Daycare, Boarding and Training.  Having opened our doors in 1997, we have 20+ years of dog loving experience behind us and our services are second to none.  Providing a fun, safe place to call their “home away from home” is what we do.  The dog life was a calling for me that I could not shake – I have owned and worked in different industries but working with the dogs is where I belong – it is my calling. 

The Wizard of Pawz

Specialties: Grooming

Address: 1053 Belmont St. Watertown, MA 02472

Website: thewizardofpawsgrooming.com

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-wizard-of-pawz-watertown

Owner Dorothy Alden said:

We’re a small holistic grooming salon focused on the whole dog, not just their haircut. We use veterinarian grade, limited ingredient shampoos to treat and relieve skin conditions and to give softest, shiniest, healthiest coat. All of our services include the best options for the dog at no additional cost; we believe that coat and skin health aren’t ‘extras,’ they’re part of our duty and joy as groomers to provide. The haircuts we provide range from basic pet grooms to advanced show cuts, always focused on the dog’s well-being and comfort. We’re committed to going the extra mile to deliver the highest quality complete care for clients and owners. 


Here Comes the Groom

Specialties: Grooming

Address: Serving the Braintree Area

Website: http://www.herecomesthegroom.net

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/here-comes-the-groom-braintree

Owner Wendy St Pierre said:

My journey started with my wheaten terrier Teddy and our hiking adventures.  The journey continued when I made the conscious decision to change my career 6 years ago.  I started part time in a salon setting and took classes,  went to grooming shows and watched teaching dvds obsessively.  Two years later I started house call grooming and 1 year after that I obtained my mobile salon trailer. I love everything about dogs. I continue to learn daily and improve my skills on a constant basis. 

Ride and Groom

Specialties: Grooming, Mobile Dog Spa

Address: Serving the Somerville Area

Website: http://www.therideandgroom.com

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-ride-and-groom-mobile-dog-spa-somerville-2

Founder Colleen told us:

I started The Ride and Groom Mobile Dog Spa in 2012 in response to my time working for a large corporate grooming company. I was frustrated by the business approach I saw there where more attention was paid to the profit and less on the quality of the work and comfort of the pups. This inspired and motivated me to create my own salon, where dogs would get the careful attention and pampering I would want for my own pets. Working one on one I'm able to really ensure that each pet gets extra TLC and the grooming process is a little less stressful for them. 

Paws to Consider

Specialties: Walking, sitting, transportation

Address: 24 Halifax St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Website: https://www.pawstoconsider.com

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/paws-to-consider-jamaica-plain-2

Founder Joel Israel told us:

Paws was founded in 2002 with one mission; to provide the best affordable 5 star dog walking service to the then under-served local community. Over the years Paws has grown through word of mouth and now offers a multitude of pet care services to much of Boston. By blending the care, professionalism, and safety of your neighborhood dog walker with the convenience and accuracy of modern dog walking technology, Paws has found the best of the both worlds to ensure your dog gets the very best dog walking experience!


Paws About Town

Specialties: Walking and Boarding

Address: Serving the Newton Area

Website: https://www.pawsabouttown.net

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/paws-about-town-newton

Co-Owner Lauren said:

My name is Lauren, I am Co-owner and original founder of Paws About Town.  I started the company 12 years ago after realizing My heart wasn’t in the Marketing field.  I grew up with dogs and found I had a connection with them. They provide an unconditional love and respect, but don’t have a voice.  By providing a high standard of care with walks and in home boarding, we feel we can help be their voice.  We remain a small family owned company which helps us keep that priority as the main focus.  

Boston Paws

Specialties: Daycare, Walking, Pet Spa, Vet, Pet Taxi

Address: 313 Belgrade Ave, Roslindale, MA 02131

Website: http://bostonpaw.com

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/boston-paws-roslindale

Owner Rachael said:

Simply put, Boston Paws was founded out of a love of dogs! There is no better companion in this life than a dog, so why not create a space for them that is fun, safe, and will overall enrich their lives?  We want to be leaders in this industry and do so by keeping up with current training/safety techniques, being knowledgeable in the pet food industry, being first aid/ cpr certified, volunteering our love and time at local shelters, and constantly expanding. We just want your dog to be its happiest...because at the end of the day a tired, happy dog is a good dog.

Happy Puppy Grooming

Specialties: Grooming, Mobile Dog Spa

Address: Serving the Quincy Area

Website: http://www.happy-puppy-grooming.com

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/happy-puppy-grooming-quincy

Owner Weronika Wiktor-Lund said:

Since I was a child I always loved animals and my biggest dream was to work with them. In 2011 I went to grooming academy through Petsmart and became a groomer. On May 3rd, 2013 I opened Happy Puppy Grooming Mobile Grooming Service, because I always wanted to limited the pets’ stress to a minimum. There are no cages and no waiting time for pet parents. There is just me, a pooch to groom, and my two rescue dogs to make them more comfortable. I love what I do and my goal is to make dogs feel comfortable and loved, as well as to have them enjoy grooming more. Happy Puppy Grooming helps pet parents give their animals only the best care. 


Stinky's Kittens & Doggies Too 

Specialties: Dog and Cat Grooming

Address: 110 Bristol Rd, Somerville, MA 02144

Website: http://stinkyskittens-doggiestoo.com

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/stinkys-kittens-and-doggies-too-somerville-2

Owner Jo-Ann Keith shared this with us:

I have been serving the community for 20 years. Offer dog and cat grooming, in home cat & exotic animal sitting service along with pet food, treats, toys and gift ware for pets and their humans. We love all animals and the people who love them.

Jeana’s Dirty Dog Salon

Specialties: Grooming

Address: 298 Concord Ave Cambridge, MA 02138

Website: http://jeanasdirtydog.com

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/jeanas-dirty-dog-salon-cambridge-2

Owner Jeana Ward told us:

Animals are my life, I have learned so much from them over the last forty three years as a Groomer. For twenty three years I have owned and operated Jeana's Dirty Dog Salon Incorporated, I am thankful to say. I feel the secret to my success is relying on what experience has taught me and keeping my customer's on a recurring schedule to avoid problems that can result in a unattractive look or potential health issues. The food I sell is a human grade diet made locally by The Catered Canine. The products I sell are the same that I use with my own pets and in my grooming. Our goal is to help you offer your pet a long, happy, healthy life. Good health begins within for all of us and grows out. It shows up in many ways in the skin, coat, ears and the list goes on. These changes sneak up on us in everyday life. Seeing your pet regularly allows me to be familiar with your pet's anatomy and possible warning signs in need of attention. I believe that good health begins with diet and a lot of love.
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