The Downtown Dog Resort & Spa's diverse 10,000-square-foot facility helps its canine guests sleep, exercise, and stay healthy all in one spot. During daycare sessions, pups are matched with friends of similar sizes and temperaments before they clamber over jungle gyms and dive into pools. Doggie treadmills help pooches jog off extra pounds, and obedience training teaches them to avoid the temptation of biting on a check-raise bluff during a game of poker. At night, boarding pups settle into small and large suites replete with heated floors, elevated beds, and overhead air-conditioning. In addition to creature comforts, the hotel also keeps vets from the adjoining Swan Harbor Animal Hospital close to dole out health screenings and respond to any issues that might arise.
Dogs frolic freely through Charm City Dogs' 3,600-square-foot facility, traversing while enthusiastically making new pals with the other pups. Indoors, the dogs are divided into two rubber-floored play areas; one space is reserved for smaller and calmer dogs, and one space houses larger, more active ones. Staffers oversee the canine romps, often adding toys and treats into the mix to keep things interesting. Dogs hang out in Charm City Dogs for both day care and overnight boarding; owners can even bring messy pups over for bathing sessions.
Featured in several top Baltimore publications, dogma pampers pawed pals with convenient, self-serve bathing stations, nutritional pet foods, and a fully stocked pet-supply boutique. Hoist dirty dogs into one of the large stainless-steel tubs situated along the bath wall to suds away mud, grass, and overpowering canine cologne during a 30-minute stretch. Each bathing session equips owners with aprons, towels, and a dryer, but customers must bring their own shampoo or purchase it from the shop's wide selection of all-natural products.
Your wash includes all cleaning supplies: an apron, shampoo, towels, dryer, brushes, and the latest skateboard videos to keep your puppy entertained. SoBo's friendly staff can also help you walk (or push) your pooch up the ramp into one of SoBo's extra-large tub stalls (elevated for ergonomic ease), and can also offer you some useful tips on using the facilities in case you're not house-broken. Like the darkest magic, that mass of matted hair, slobber, toenail gunk, and waggy tails will transform back into your happy, yappy ball of unconditional love right before your eyes.
Most Popular Service: Dog walking and pet sitting
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Pro Tip: Before service begins for new clients, I schedule an in-home "meet & greet" consultation.