Dog Daycare

Pittsburgh Outdoor Doggie Daycare

While you are hard at work, running errands, cleaning the house, or even getting ready for that big event in your life, try our canine pavilion exercise yards. Dog daycare is a fun day where you bring your dog to socialize, romp and run, splash in the wading pool, fetch and chew toys and balls with other social friendly dogs and our professional staff. Dog Daycare offers dogs an opportunity to continually develop and instill great social skills, build confidence and tolerances, and gives your dog a wonderful outlet to exercise and interact.

“A well exercised and trained dog is a good dog.”

What will my dog do during Dog Daycare?

Exercise, socialize and play with other friendly dogs of a similar age in our unique sky lighted pavilion exercise yards while being monitored and supervised to ensure the play remains appropriate, fun and safe for everyone. While at Daycare all dogs are given periodic breaks to relax and mentally process what they have learned socially and also giving them an opportunity to positively experience being kenneled with all the new sights and sounds that go along with it for future boarding if you would require a home away from home while you are on vacation.

Since our daycare guests do mingle with others, we require proof of inoculation of DHLPP, Bordetella (Every 6 months) and Rabies. All dogs must have received the bordetella vaccination at least 10 days prior to their visit to Misty Pines. The waiting period will allow your dog to build optimal immunity to the vaccinations which will make your dog less susceptible to catching or transferring any unwanted viruses. This includes new and updated vaccinations. Your pet cannot be over due for vaccinations – NO EXCEPTIONS.

Daycare Training and/or Grooming can also be scheduled on days that your dog is at daycare. Please call for an appointment and fax vaccination records to the Misty Pines office at 412-367-7387.

Daycare is available Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Extended daycare hours available Tuesdays and Thursdays.
7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

1/2 Daycare:
Daycare Training:

Daycare Boot Camp:

$30 (over 4 hours)
$20 (up to 4 hours)
$40 plus cost of daycare (1/2 hour)

Benefits of Dog Daycare

Dog Daycare in Pittsburgh area

There are many benefits your dog receives from Dog Daycare. Daycare can alleviate destructive behavior problems and separation anxiety and give active dogs and puppies an outlet for energy. Puppies receive many additional benefits apart from great exercise. A dog that enjoys regular dog daycare is less likely to develop behavior problems. They learn proper play and proper use of their mouths.

Once a dog is well established in a regular dog daycare, owners will notice that their puppies and dogs develop favorite playmates and special friendships. Human friendships develop from dog daycare as well. Many of our clients make special arrangements in order for their dog’s special friends to come and play on the same days.

A well socialized dog will readily interact and play with other dogs. Certainly, dogs have differences of opinions and have occasional spats amongst one another but these should only be minor episodes in their lives. Once they quickly resolve their differences, life resumes as usual. A dog that is well socialized rarely harbors animosity and would rather have fun sniffing and playing, than quarrel.

Our goal at Misty Pines is to provide the highest quality of specialized care for your dog in our Daycare program. To ensure we are capable of such a high standard of care we will require reservations for Daycare and limit the number of dogs that participate on a day-to-day basis. While your dog is at Misty Pines for Daycare they will receive mandatory breaks throughout the day to make sure they are receiving a healthy amount of mental and physical rest. In addition, we will have programs for your dog to participate in during Daycare such as obedience training, nature trail walks, treadmill training, agility and much more. We offer our Daycare Card which entitles you to one free day of daycare for every 10 punches on your card.

Every dog is an individual and our goal is to find out what program benefits your dog and which program your dog enjoys the most while they attend Daycare. Please call our office if you have any questions or to schedule a daycare reservation for your dog.

Intact Male Dogs in Dog Daycare

Misty Pines is dedicated to the health and safety of your dog while visiting our facility. Male dogs that are sexually intact often become pushy or confrontational as they mature, especially toward other male dogs. Behavioral changes associated with testosterone in adolescence most commonly begin after six months of age.

Many daycare facilities do not accept intact male dogs for group play. Managing the social dynamic created by intact males in a large group requires specific skills and carries additional challenges and liability for staff and other dogs. Not all dogs are good candidates for group play.

Misty Pines accepts certain intact males that have been assessed by our trainers for daycare. There are additional fees for intact males attending daycare or that are receiving play times during lodging. This fee applies to male dogs over the age of 8 months that are intact.

1/2 daycare:

$60 (4 to 8 hours between 8 and 5)
$40 (up to 4 hours between 8 and 5)

Daycare Programs

Our conditioning and exercise programs will help get your dog in shape and help him/her stay fit and active. Short sessions throughout the day help with the initial training and give the dog a well deserved break after each 5 minute period.
AGILITY $15 / 15 minutes
Jumps, Scrambles, and Dog Walks! Your dog will have a blast running and playing on all of our Agility obstacles. If your dog doesn’t know how to do an obstacle, we’ll teach them.
PLAY BALL $10 / 15 minutes
For the ball chasers and retrievers. A Misty Pines staff member will throw a ball or special toy for your dog to run, fetch and play with.
CUDDLE TIME $10 / 15 minutes
A staff member will spend one on one time with your dog. A great option for first time boarders, shy dogs, geriatric dogs and any dog that loves people.
WALK $10 / 15 minutes
A Misty Pines Pet Care Technician will spend special one on one time with your dog taking them for a leisurely walk around our park and hiking trails.
Kong – Your dog will enjoy a stuffed Kong. $5 / 15 minutes.
Ice Cream – Your dog will enjoy an ice cream treat. $2.50
OBEDIENCE TRAINING SESSION $40 / 30 minutes or $20 / 15 minutes
The Misty Pines professional trainers will work with your dog on any commands you would like. Some of the most popular requests we address are jumping up, pulling on leash, sit and down, stay and come. Your choices are unlimited. Whatever your need, we can help.
This is a good solution for dogs that need professional handling but are not good candidates for long term boarding. Dogs will come to Misty Pines Monday through Friday from 8:00 am till 4:00 pm for two weeks. This will come out to 10 days of training over two weeks. Click here to read more about our Boot Camp and Daycare Boot Camp options.
SWIMMING $40 / 30 minutes
Half an hour swimming in our Dog Pond with one of our staff members. They can have a session of water retrieving, diving off the dock after retrieving bumpers.
Certain dogs need help acclimating to Daycare. Over a 1 hour period your dog will be given 4 cycles of being taken to the Daycare Yard for 10 minutes then brought in for a 5 minute rest. These constructive encounters, followed by a brief time of relaxation, will help ease your dog into the Daycare atmosphere and help build positive associations with a group of dogs.

Window Looking Out on Dog Daycare
Misty Pines’ Dog Daycare offers great inside seating and a large viewing window for owners to observe their dog’s play and interactions.

Birds need to fly,
Fish need to swim,
And dogs need to run and socialize with other dogs.