Gone are the days when leaving home meant having to leave your pup alone for hours.
Many pet boarding centers offer a day care option for busy and working pooch parents who want their dogs to get lots of activity and socialization during the day.
Here are some venues that your fury friend can head to for fun and fitness.
WHEN | WHERE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays/ Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; 40385 County Rte. 48, Southold
INFO: 631-765-8844, facebook.com/dogtown; dogs must first take a $29 temperament screening and must be up-to-date on vaccinations (including kennel cough)
COST: $36 daily; ten-day, 20-day and monthly packages for daycare are also available (package holders receive extended hours on weekdays)
FIDO FUN: Features large outdoor and indoor spaces, with obstacles and other play things.
WHEN | WHERE: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; 4076 Hempstead Tpke., Bethpage
INFO: 516-862-3848, dogtopia.com/newyork-bethpage
COST: $46 daily for nonmembers, $35 for members; half-day and weekends: $30 nonmembers, $23 members. Monthly memberships and five/ten/twenty-day passes are available; a $25 temperament and socialization assessment is first required before daycare services can occur. Vaccinations (including for kennel cough) must be up to date.
FIDO FUN: Indoor play space featuring obstacles for the dogs to climb; webcams offering live views of the playrooms are available to view virtually via the facility’s website.
WHEN | WHERE: 6:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays; 30 East Chestnut St., Massapequa
INFO: 516-407-7058, pawllywood.com
COST: Daily rates start at $24; discounted packages for longer stays are available; a free temperament assessment must be passed before daycare services will be permitted. Vaccinations (including for kennel cough) must be up to date.
FIDO FUN: This 9000-square foot facility features eight play yards and spaces, with four inside and four outside; live web cams showing play spaces are available on the Pawllywood website.
Fido Fitness Club
WHEN | WHERE: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 910 Railroad Ave., Woodmere
INFO: 516-569-3647, fidofitnessclub.com; dogs must be vaccinated (including for kennel cough) and must be brought in for an assessment before admission into daycare.
COST: Day care: $45 full day, $30 for 90 minutes up to 4 hours, $20 for up to 90 minutes
FIDO FUN: The climate-controlled facility offers inside space equipped with obstacles for canine play.
The Hydrant Hotel
WHEN | WHERE: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays (no day care Sundays), 845 Raynor Ave., Riverhead
COST: From $35; package deals available
FIDO FUN: The 14,000-square-foot facility features both an indoor and outdoor space, with monitored playtime.
Best in Show Pet Resort
WHEN | WHERE: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday; 244 Herricks Rd., Mineola
INFO: 516-742-7387, bestinshowpetresort.com; all dogs must first be tested for temperament before initial admission; vaccinations (including for kennel cough and influenza) must be up to date.
COST: $33 daily; packages are available
FIDO FUN: Dogs play inside or out; there's a monthly "Puppy Bowl" dog party where participating pooches can have fun and score treats.
Camp Bow Wow
WHEN | WHERE: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday; 174 Miller Place, Hicksville
INFO: 516-595-7297, campbowwow.com; all dogs will be accessed for temperament and comfort with socialization before initial admission; vaccinations (including for kennel cough) must be up to date.
COST: $39 for a full day ($24 up to five-hour half-day)
FIDO FUN: At this 7,500-square-foot cabin-like facility, the dogs are called "campers" and the staffers "camp counselors." Four areas are designated for play, and can be viewed virtually through web cams on the facility’s website.
Hounds Town USA
WHEN | WHERE: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in Garden City (516-888-9708), Hicksville (516-935-0005), Island Park (516-889-7777), Deer Park (631-522-1322), Ronkonkoma (631-467-1643) and Farmingdale (631-465-9170)
COST: Rates vary per location; weekly discounts and packages available. All vaccinations (including for kennel cough) must be up to date.
FIDO FUN: Indoor play areas feature activity sets for the dogs to explore; locations and features vary in size.
K9 Clubhouse Dog Hotel
WHEN | WHERE: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at, 358 Little East Neck Rd., West Babylon
INFO: 631-422-1971, k9clubhouse.com; all vaccinations (including for kennel cough) must be up to date.
COST: $25 daily; $15 for four or less hours
FIDO FUN: Play space is mainly indoors, there is an outdoor area as well.
The Social Hound
WHEN | WHERE: 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends (starting in April 2021); 130 C Belle Meade Rd., Setauket
INFO: 631-675-0024, mysocialhound.com
COST: $35 daily, $25 half-day (up to six hours); multi-day packages are available; a $25-$30 temperament and socialization assessment is required before continuing daycare services will be permitted. Vaccinations (including for kennel cough) must be up to date.
FIDO FUN: Indoor play space features obstacles and artificial grass designed specifically for dogs.