On 160 acres of farm land, located in west Ottawa!
Camp For Your Dog Rather Than a Kennel? Yes!
We are permanently closing our doors on January 6, 2021. Please continue to use our services until then.
It is with a very broken heart that I’m letting you know that after much thought, several sleepless nights and many tears, I’ve decided to permanently close DAC after the holidays on January 6, 2021.
The pandemic has hit us hard. We rely on people travelling… for vacations, to visit family, to attend sports tournaments, to go to concerts, for work, etc. None of that is happening right now, and I believe that regular travel will not return to normal for at least one and likely two years. We have very few dogs boarding now and even with our regular daycampers, it is not financially feasible to continue on and run this business under these conditions.
Watching you park and get your dogs out of the car, barking, jumping and pulling towards camp, is the highlight of my day. Knowing that I won’t see this anymore, that our campers will no longer enjoy the freedom to run and play at camp with their friends and favourite Camp Counsellors, is heartbreaking to me. That vision has been the driver to keep going through the pandemic and try to keep camp open. We have tried our best to keep going because we love your dogs so much and I know they love camp. I know that you’ve come to rely on us and I’m very sorry that after January 6th, we can no longer offer our services. I wish this wasn’t happening.
I want to thank my amazing staff. DAC would never have been the same without them. I believe I have the best staff in pet care and I’m saddened that this is affecting them as well. They are all incredible and I wish them the best in their future employment choices.
From a business point of view… please continue to use our services until January 6, 2021. We’d love to see your dogs for the next couple of months. It is business as usual and if you have a booking prior to that date, we will be here to care for your dog. For those who have daycamp packages that will expire after January 6, I will be in touch with you to discuss how we will handle that.
Thank you can’t begin to explain what it has meant to me to gain your trust and care for your dogs. It has been my pleasure to get to know you and your pups and I will truly miss you all. It has been an amazing 11 years. Camp is not a business that just sells a product. We get to know and love our campers and in that sense, it is extra hard for us to close as we all feel like we are losing many friends. We hope to see some of you before we close in January so that we can say goodbye.
Ottawa’s favourite dog camp offering kennel-free boarding and dog daycare, located west of Kanata!
On 160 acres of beautiful farmland right on the banks of the Mississippi River, with a 2 acre fenced play park and 3000 sq foot indoor play area – dogs of all ages love camp!
Dogs at Camp provides kennel-free dog daycare and overnight dog boarding, serving Ottawa, Arnprior, Pakenham, Kinburn, Kanata, Stittsville and surrounding areas. Our Camp opened in 2009 and is celebrating 11 years of caring for Ottawa’s dogs this August! We have set the standard for kennel-free dog boarding and daycare in the capital region and take pride in our unique environment and new, one-of-a-kind recreation program designed specifically for our campers.
What Does Camp Look Like?
Our campers are great models - check out these photos! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest happenings at camp.
Dogs at Camp is a unique environment, where dogs spend their days playing with other friendly dogs, supervised at all times by our Camp Counsellors. We have large open spaces for dogs to run and play! Camp for dogs is not at all like a traditional dog boarding kennel. What does it look like? Here are just a few photos, but click below to see many more!
How About Some Video?
For an overall view of what your dog will do while staying with us, watch this video.
Who We Are
All of our staff are Professional, Experienced dog lovers who are "Dog Parents" themselves!
Our Camp Manager, Camp Supervisor, Recreation Leader and Camp Photographer, along with our Lead Camp Counsellors, and Camp Counsellors, all work very hard every day to ensure that every camper has a fun and safe experience at Camp.
The owner of DAC, Cheryl Caswell, has 18 years of experience caring for dogs in open environments. She is an expert in the field of kennel-free dog boarding/daycare, as well as experienced dog trainer and Pet First Aid Instructor. This knowledge provides a unique experience for your dog that is unmatched in the Ottawa area.
We share your love of dogs, and when it comes to the care of our own dogs, we expect nothing but the very best. We miss our dogs when we’re apart from them, and so we certainly understand that you’ll miss yours, too. We make camp fun, and do our best to ensure that each camper has a wonderful experience whether it be for daycare or boarding.
All Camp Counsellors are trained in Pet First Aid and Canine Communication, among many other things, to provide nothing but the best service to you and your dog.
Great location, outstanding accommodations, and the very best care for your dog.
We set the example for others!
We are truly kennel-free! All day long your dog will be free to enjoy our huge indoor play room and our 2 acre fenced dog park. Whether they want to run and play, watch all of the activity, or take a nap… our campers make their camp experience their very own! Our one-of-a-kind Recreation Program ensures we have something for everyone to enjoy!
Truly kennel-free, our campers sleep in small groups with other campers with whom they are comfortable. Our sleeping areas are clean and spacious. In some cases, individual sleeping arrangements are made if your dog is more comfortable sleeping alone.
We also care for special-needs dogs. Give us a call to find out more!
How Do We Compare?
You want the very best for your dog, and we understand, because we do too.
When you're looking for the right spot for your dog, it's natural to compare (and we encourage you to do so)! While comparing, consider the supervision and staff interaction that each facility offers for your dog. Do they engage your dog in physical and mental activities? How much exercise will your dog get? How much time will your dog spend alone? What is the experience/training of the staff? Do they offer walking and hiking trails? Swimming? What do they do in case of emergency?
Not all dog boarding facilities are alike. Compare us to the others.
• True Kennel-Free Boarding/Daycare
• 18 Years of Experience
• No Hidden Fees
• New Recreation Program
• Trained, Experienced Staff
• 2 Acres of Outdoor and 3000 sq ft of Indoor Play Space
• All Day Supervised Care
• Fully Climate Controlled
• Meet and Greet/Tour for Everyone
• Daily Social Media Posts
• Hiking and Swimming on Site
Call to find out how we excel in kennel-free dog boarding/daycare!
Where are we?
We're located just outside of Ottawa (20 minutes from the Canadian Tire Centre), and we serve Ottawa, Gatineau and the surrounding region.