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The Best Pet Grooming and Daycare in Toronto

Posted by Robyn Urback / October 29, 2012

pet grooming daycare torontoThe best pet grooming and daycare in Toronto knows your fur babies are not mere "pets." Pft. No, your dog is more than just the sum of his paws parts, and rightfully deserves access to all of life's luxuries when you're away (cold water, things that squeak, and plentiful naps, to name a few). Many of the daycares on this list come equipped with live webcam feeds, too, alongside groomers that take pet-primping to spa-milk-bath-levels (and pawdicures, of course). Head to any of these spots, and your dog will have the cleanest ears and derpiest slobbery grin around. Here is the list of the best pet grooming and daycare in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Pet Stores in Toronto

Urban Dog

Urban Dog

A bona fide doggie heaven, or should that be, “bone-afide?” Urban Dog has a total of 5000 square feet of play space for your pooch, complete with filtered water, splash pools, and helpful non-slip flooring, plus a live webcam feed for those pet parents who can’t resist checking in on their best friends. And after a long day of play-fighting, there’s a spa right on site to help (re-)tame the mane. More »

Timmie Doggie Outfitters

Timmie Doggie Outfitters

Timmie’s “wellness spa” is the ultimate way to pamper your pet. Eat your heart out, Vidal Sassoon. Both the Queen West and Leslieville locations offer hydrosurge massage, manicures and pedicures (pawdicures), haircuts, styling, ear cleaning, and more. Plus plenty of stylish accessories to compliment that new ‘do. Grooming is available daily by appointment only, and pricing generally depends on your pet's size. More »

Pawfect Spa

Pawfect Spa

A pawfect name, no? Pawfect Spa promises grooming and pampering at both its downtown and uptown locations, with a variety of grooming and spa packages from which to choose. You can indulge your dog in a Dead Sea mud scrub, a milk bath, of massaging de-shedding treatment, or else go with the standard cut and ear clean. Either way, your pup will leave sporting a brand new bow or bandana. Pricing depends on breed and size. More »

The Wagging Tail

The Wagging Tail

The Wagging Tail has a great newly renovated outdoor playground that is sure to get a few, well, “wagging” tails. The doggie daycare on Kingston road offers both daytime playtime and overnight stays, with the option to arrange both pick-up and drop-off for your pet too. And to cut down on that pesky separation anxiety (on your end, at least) The Wagging Tail lets you check up on your pet via live webcam feed. More »

It’s a Dog’s Life

It’s a Dog’s Life

It’s a Dog’s Life on Dundas West offers basically everything you need for your pup including training, daycare, grooming, and even puppy taxi services. Another big draw is its self-serve dog wash, which lets you primp your own pup starting at $20 per wash and dry. It’s a Dog’s Life also operates a special puppy daycare for dogs eight to 16 weeks, where young pups can play away without fear of snarl from a grumpy old dog. More »

Groomery Spa and Bistro

Groomery Spa and Bistro

While the shop itself might be a relative newbie on the Toronto pet spa scene, owner and top (dog) stylist Lawrence Le Voir certainly is not. With his trusty pal and superstar model, Joker, by his side, Lawrence will prim and prep your pet while he or she enjoys a good look out over the Queen and Sherbourne action. Isn’t staring out the window just the tops? Best to call the Groomery to inquire about pricing. More »

Petopia

Petopia

Hurray for running room! Petopia up by Eglinton and O’Connor has lots of space for daycare babies to trot and chase, with playgroups broken down into sections so that 10-week Bichon pup doesn’t mess with the fully-grown Great Dane. The facility also has space for (cage-free) overnight stays, as well as agility training, special puppy playgroups, and new duds to pick up on your way out. Regular rates for doggie daycare start at $37 per day. More »

The Hydrant

The Hydrant

The Hydrant is a place for playing! Not… that other thing. The Hydrant is perfectly situated for canine urbanites at King and Spadina, with human friend Lindsay ready to play with your pup for the day. Doggy daycare is priced at a flat $30 rate, with the option to opt for overnight boarding for an extra charge. And when it’s time to leave, don’t forget to check out the new snazzy collars that have just arrived in store. More »

My Dog’s Daycare

My Dog’s Daycare

The main haunt for Roncy pooches, My Dog’s Daycare is actually much more than a daycare, with grooming available on-site plus boutique shopping for this season’s latest in soft harnesses and things that squeak. My Dog’s Daycare tries to keep pack numbers small to ensure that each pup gets adequate scratch-behind-the-ears time. Daycare for a full day is about $35. More »

Cosmopawlitan Pet Boutique + Spa

Cosmopawlitan Pet Boutique + Spa

Five moves that will have him drooling…like waving around a treat or telling him, “Dinner’s ready!” Cosmopawlitan has not just a great name, but also a roster of services from facial trims and pawdicures to dental treatments and ear cleanings. Plus self-serve dog washes available on Sundays. Cosmopawlitan also offers operates a daycare and overnight boarding program, allowing you to treat your pup to a spa day or two when you’ll be out of town. More »

Happy Tails Dog Spa

Happy Tails Dog Spa

Along with its regular grooming services, Happy Tails offers an “Express Groom” on Mondays and Tuesdays wherein pups can get a good wash after a weekend of dog park antics. At half the price of a regular groom, this quick wash comes with ear cleaning, plucking, and nail trimming, too. The spa, like most, has a good selection of toys and treats by its door, and customers can also arrange for one-on-one grooming lessons to primp their dogs at home. More »

Unleashed in the City

Unleashed in the City

This is “playcare,” not daycare. Unleashed in the City is all about active, healthy pups, and promises lots of ball-chasing and pack running (along with the occasional couch snooze) during a day at its Ossington facility. There’s also the Unleashed B&B for overnight stays, which rings in around $40 to $50 per day. Unleashed also offers adventure hikes, fun runs, and puppy visits. More »

Discussion

28 Comments

evan / October 29, 2012 at 10:22 pm
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so um… are there any places to have a cat groomed in the city?
kitties / October 30, 2012 at 08:05 am
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My vet at Bay Cat Hospital will do lion's cuts on my cat, but not actual grooming
Cosmopawlitan replying to a comment from evan / October 30, 2012 at 11:36 am
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Hi Evan, Cosmopawlitan grooms cats! You can call us at (416) 598-4700 to book an appointment. Hope to meet your kitty soon!
Jessi / October 30, 2012 at 04:04 pm
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Shame you don't mention any cat grooming places as there are some great ones out there that have a special cat person to attend to our feline friends. I go to Spaw Boutique at King and Niagara. They do both dog & cat and are wonderfully trained. Highly recommended. I board my animals for $15 a day just north of the city at Willowdale Animal Clinic on Shappard Ave. - all the places you mentioned seem extremely overpriced.
Jessi dont stressy / October 30, 2012 at 06:04 pm
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Jessi, is it that hard to understand why it would cost more to board your animal downtown then it would in Willowdale? Extremely overpriced? I think your comment is extremely stupid and uneducated!
Eric / November 14, 2012 at 04:57 pm
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Comment to Jessi on overpriced boarding: there is a reason why Willowdale (or any place outside Toronto) is lower priced than downtown. It's location. How much would it cost you to pay for the gas to go back and forth to go up there? Another place not listed here for daycare is BarkPlace at Dundas & River; their prices are competitive.
Reaven / November 16, 2012 at 08:50 am
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Yay Urbandog! Best place we've seen...Clean and staff are so friendly and knowledgeable!! Genuine dog lovers! some of the others on this list are quite sketchy, surprised they were voted for....
Moi / November 20, 2012 at 08:35 pm
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Hey everyone
Is there a Dog Grooming place that travels to your home?
I saw a truck once in Toronto that was decked out.
Friend needs one for their doggie. Looking for someone to come to Richmond Hill. Thanks:)
SpawBoutique replying to a comment from evan / November 21, 2012 at 09:07 am
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Evan, here at Spaw Boutique we offer a cat bath and brushout, just a brush out, a lion trim with bath or without bath !
petna / November 23, 2012 at 04:35 am
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If your dog is continuously scratching the skin and fur coat, it is a clear indication that your dog has been suffering from some skin problems and it is the correct time to get a best pet shampoo that will cure your dog’s itchy skin
MARY replying to a comment from Reaven / December 21, 2012 at 08:07 pm
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address my golden has hip problems need some that will groom him with causing further pain looking foe a place that will be sensitive to his medica\l issue in mind when grooming
Ella / January 11, 2013 at 11:25 am
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Hi Evan,
K9 Toronto performs Cat grooming

Hi Moi,
Its called Mobile Dog Grooming. K9 Toronto does that
Eric / March 4, 2013 at 11:56 am
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In response to Suzy's comments on looking for groomer that is jpg certified and member of the odga, this does not guarantee that a groomer is good (contact Timmie's at Leslieville for his experience working with a groomer who said she was certified master etc.). Referral from other dog owners are the best guarantee to obtain the best groomer for your companion. Check out Yelp as well.
Amanda / April 3, 2013 at 05:04 pm
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I wasn't that happy with Spaw. Went there upon recommendation from the dog park. It was my first grooming experience and wanted to stay for a bit and take a photo. They wouldn't let me go into the grooming area, said I had to leave. Upon pick up the explained they were unable to cut all of my dogs nails. Wouldn't even reduce the price when I asked. Good job due shedding my dog but I don't think I'll go back because of the other issues. Yes, I did speak with a manager.
Kathy Cat Groomer / May 3, 2013 at 11:05 am
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Thanks for sharing this. I love Toronto. I'm not sure I'll dye my dogs hair green and pink though :)
New Toronto Condos / June 9, 2013 at 11:42 pm
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i love Timmies. for grooming and everything else dog in Toronto!
Petastic replying to a comment from evan / June 13, 2013 at 09:39 pm
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We do groom cats too!
Call us at 416-756-4488
natalie nate / July 30, 2013 at 11:30 am
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I love the way you've done with the dog but I don't imagine my dog wearing those fancy colors. Thanks for sharing this.
Mary / August 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm
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We've taken our two small dogs (Bichon) & (Bichon/Terrier) to Grooming by Neville on the Danforth near Coxwell for 10 years. My neighbours gave us the reference after taking their small dog there.

Linda is great. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her.
Denise replying to a comment from natalie nate / August 26, 2013 at 01:33 am
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Hi!
The poodle in the picture was not groomed in Toronto, the picture was taken at Woofstock.
Reena / October 16, 2013 at 09:33 am
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Thank you so much for sharing this great article
I also groom my pet for that I purchased dog grooming kit from Indianpetstore.com Daily give him bath with shampoo.
Aaron / November 12, 2013 at 09:04 am
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Another great daycare/grooming place not mentioned here is www.woofandshloof.com located at bathurst and st clair. They were voted best dog pamperer in 2013.
Amanda / January 1, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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Hello,

Just wondering if anybody has taken their dog to Tail Waggers in the Junction for daycare, boarding or grooming?
Doggy daycare Toronto / February 21, 2014 at 06:00 am
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Etobicoke based doggie daycare,offering dog care services in our 5500 sq ft indoor/outdoor playground. Supervised daycare activities, dog training, grooming and in-home boarding. For a healthy, well excercised dog increased brand awareness.
Dale / March 26, 2014 at 02:00 am
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Stay away from K925 on Carlaw ( at Eastern Ave). They , through sheer negligence, lost my 18 month shih tzu while boarding her. Their explanation for how she went missing is extremely flawed. They were not present at the time and left the dogs in the care of an employee whose abilities are seriously in question. It should be noted that K925 DID NOT have her harness and tags on when she went missing. The owners have made a public statement that they DO NOT feel responsible for her disappearance.
I have guilt for leaving my dog there while i went on vacation. There were many red flags that i ignored. I have witnessed alcoholic beverages being consumed during business hours, on many occasions when I went to pick up my dog, the owner Jane was unaware that my dog wasn't even on the premises ( she was often with her husband in his van) and on one occasion, she presented me with the wrong shih tzu ( oblivious to the fact that it wasn't mine). I have witnessed jim, the owner, driving with my dog on his lap. She has been missing for almost 7 months now. It has been hell. I would not want to see another person go through this. Avoid K925 at all costs
Pet Service Directory replying to a comment from New Toronto Condos / May 1, 2014 at 10:22 pm
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We love Timmie's too - please check them out on our site and give them a rating!
Dog Groomer Toronto / July 9, 2014 at 06:24 pm
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It's my pleasure to see your post here the idea you share is more useful for me. Thanks
George / July 31, 2014 at 08:21 am
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We just moved to Leslieville and are looking for a great dog walker and at-home boarder for our small dog. He is friendly, but very much an only dog. Any suggestions?

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