Dog Boarding in Flagstaff
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Heather took our reservation on short notice. She accommodated my travel days and times. My senior dog Daisy spent 5 days with Heather and her dog Chico. I always find sitters with dogs are a better fit for my canine friend Daisy.
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mdimages20's review on Jul 12, 2019
Natasha and her family were great for our dog. I feel that they took care of kJ as one of their own, and we’re available right when we needed them.
Kayla's review on Jul 10, 2019
Kaitlyn took great care of my puppy Filson. She sent lots of pictures throughout the day and he got to play with her puppy which was great. I would definitely recommend her.
Tanner's review on Jul 10, 2019
Finn loved his stay! He went to the creek, on walks, got all festive for 4th of July and we got many updates from Emma. Would definitely use again!
Barbara's review on Jul 08, 2019
Jake was well cared for by Alexis. She was very flexible as our plans changed, sent pictures and was quick to respond. Jake seemed very happy and will be excited to see her again should the need arise!
Jess's review on Jun 30, 2019
Ron took awesome care of our high energy jack russell mix-he was communicative and friendly and super easy going. We could tell our baby had a good time and was well cared for, would definitely use again-highly recommend him!!
Emily's review on Jun 24, 2019
Hayley was great! She made our 1 year-old lab feel at home and spoiled her with walks, the dog park and couch time. Happy puppy = happy us!
Julia's review on Jun 14, 2019
Our 20lb dog Casey seemed relaxed and happy both in the pictures Melony sent us, and when we picked him up. The children and Melony's dog all were clearly comfortable with welcoming Casey into their home. The house and small yard were clean and homey.
Christine's review on Jun 05, 2019
Rebecca was great with Lacy! She absolutely had a wonderful day with Rebecca and looks forward to seeing her again soon.
Top Dog Parks in Flagstaff
Just west of downtown at 191 N Thorpe Road, popular recreation site Thorpe Park is 219 acres of green-space bliss for Flagstaff dog sitters and their charges. Frequented by locals for its 18-basket disc golf course—which snakes through the park’s Ponderosa pine forest—it’s also a favorite among Flagstaff kids thanks to two playgrounds complete with bright purple and green tube slides. Flagstaff mountain bikers and joggers head to Thorpe Park to get their daily workout in, and an off-leash dog called Thorpe Bark Park area make it easy to ensure your pup gets plenty of exercise. Four lighted tennis courts ensure Wimbledon wannabes get their practice on well into the evening.
Dog owners in Flagstaff head to 2400 N Gemini Road to stroll the easy, 2.2 mile Buffalo Park Loop where leashed pups are welcome and there are stunning views of the San Francisco Peaks and Mount Elden. Now a city park, Buffalo Park—built atop McMillan Mesa—used to be a zoo and wild west attraction that drew up to 4,000 visitors a week in the 1960s. Its former iteration is commemorated with a bronze buffalo statue near the park entrance. In 1973, the Flagstaff City Council converted it in the stunning public green space it is today—it’s so stunning, in fact, the Arizona Daily Sun named it one of Flagstaff’s “Iconic 50” places.
Wheeler Park is a 2.5-acre green space at 212 W Aspen Avenue, across the street from Flagstaff City Hall. It’s home to Flagstaff Hullabaloo, a popular music and arts festival held each June and has been voted best local festival six times. July brings “Art in the Park,” a celebration of creative works. In fall, however, Flagstaffers flock to the park for Flagstaff Oktoberfest, an outdoor beer festival that includes polka dancing and a bratwurst-eating contest. Whatever fun event is happening, the tree-shaded space is a perfect spot of Flagstaff dog boarders to take their furry friends on hot days, and people watch, catch some live entertainment, and get some exercise.
Dogs are welcome to stroll the five acres of grounds at Riordan Mansion State Historic Park at 409 W Riordan Road. Built by architect Charles Whittlesey in 1904, the 13,000-square-foot home belonged to lumber-mogul brothers Timothy and Michael Riordan, who shared the manse along with their wives, also sisters. (The family also built Lake Mary, which today supplies Flagstaff’s drinking water). Since 1978 it has belonged to Arizona State Parks, but the public opening wasn’t until 1983. With their proximity to Arizona State University, these leafy grounds are a popular spot for a picnic or some al-fresco reading, and Flagstaff dog sitters will find it a lovely place to enjoy Flagstaff’s dry, semi-continental climate.
Flagstaff's Bark Score
How Flagstaff got their Bark Score
We love crunching numbers almost as much as we love caring for dogs, which is why we came up with the Bark Score. It's all about how dog-friendly a city is, and is determined using census statistics, local business information, and our own data. Flagstaff received a 55 out of 100 in vet availability, which includes the number of emergency veterinarians, regular vets, specialists, and the average premium for pet insurance in the area. For pet services—like groomers available, number of dog trainers, and count of Rover sitters—this city earned a 68. For the parks and fun category, Flagstaff received a 74 for its number of dog parks, sunny days, and dog-friendly restaurants and hotels. And last but not least, for quality of dog life which includes overall dog population, average yard size, and number of dog-friendly property rentals, this city earned a 65.
Top Dog Neighborhoods in Flagstaff
Just east of Mars Hill, the Historic Downtown and Railroad District is home to numerous 1890s buildings as well as Heritage Square—at 22 E. Aspen Avenue—a gathering place that frequently hosts live entertainment. Historic buildings like the Weatherford Hotel, built in 1898 at 23 N Leroux Street, lend architectural interest to any stroll through the city. Flagstaff dog boarders can also leash up their furry friends and go window shopping at the area’s many boutiques, including the Flagstaff Chocolate Company, in the Old Town Shops at 120 N Leroux Street, and its hundreds of candy selections. Popular restaurants at the Old Town Shops include Bigfoot BBQ—voted best barbecue 10 years in a row—and the dog-friendly Diablo Burger. Discerning carnivores, rejoice: Diable uses only 100%, locally raised beef in its delicious burgers.
This gated golf community includes a stunning 18-hole course designed by Jay Morrish and shaded by sweet-smelling Ponderosa pines. Homesites include Walnut Canyon, situated alongside the Coconino National Forest, and Pine Canyon, where some land parcels come with views of the San Francisco Peaks. Flagstaff dog owners will find fells pup lovers in this exclusive neighborhood; in 2018 its annual charity event, Concert in the Park, raised funds for Paw Placement, a no-kill shelter that has placed more than 800 animals in Flagstaff homes. Love hitting the trails? A short two-mile hike from the neighborhood is Walnut Canyon itself, a stunning national monument where, 800 years ago, the Sinagua Indian constructed cliffside dwellings.
Originally designed as a second-home hub in the 1960s, Kachina Village is a Flagstaff bedroom community of about 1,000 households. It’s 10 miles south of downtown Flagstaff, and Interstate I7 divides the community from neighboring Mountainaire to the east. Flagstaff dog boarders should head to the Raymond County Park—established in 1972 with land donated from Dr. R.O. Raymond—a 12.5 acre green space that underwent a 1.2 million dollar remodel in 2010, and now has plenty of ADA-compliant sidewalks in addition to two ramadas for hosting parties, a baseball diamond, and a pond with a Watchable Wildlife viewing platform.
A bedroom community with a bucolic vibe, Mountainaire neighbors Kachina Village to the west and is located 10 miles south of downtown Flagstaff. Its 417 households include mobile homes, single-family homes, and multi-unit dwellings. Flagstaff dog boarders seeking supplies can hit up the Mountainaire Country Store at 106 Mountainaire Road, while the Mountainaire Tavern, nearby at 110 Mountainaire Road, is the place for dinner and drinks, lunch, or a bone-sticking breakfast. Dog owners who go for country living will enjoy the outdoor culture of this community—think ATVs and target practice, but should also keep in mind that Coconino County does have a leash law.
Why do dog owners love Flagstaff?
Once a drive-through town along Route 66, Flagstaff—the Coconino County seat—has become a popular spot for retirees, what with its temperate four-season climate; its proximity to the Grand Canyon; its stunning views of the San Francisco Peaks; and its vibrant downtown. Oh, and its home to the Orpheum Theater, one of Arizona’s premier concert venues. But Flagstaff’s also a college town, hosting 25,000 students at Northern Arizona University. Full-time residents number only around 67,000, so the academic influence can be felt all around town. Sinagua, Anasazi, and Cohonina Indians were the original inhabitants of this area, home to the largest contiguous Ponderosa pine forest in the United States. In 1876, a cadre of former Bostonians known as the “Second Boston Part,” showed up—Flagstaff is named for the flagpole they constructed from a Ponderosa pine. It developed into a railroad town and by 1886, and became the biggest railroad city on the railroad between Albuquerque and the west coast. That whole train vibe can still be felt in the Historic Downtown and Railroad District, where you’ll find the Hotel Monte Vista at 1,100 North San Francisco Street. The hotel has hosted celebrities including Anthony Hopkins and Michael J. Fox. Flagstaff dog sitters will love the highly walkable downtown area. Known as Arizona’s Craft Brew City, Flagstaff has much to offer in the beer-making arena, and breweries like he Flagstaff Brewing Company, at 16 East Route 66, and Mogollon Brewing Company, at 15 North Agassiz Street, offer ample opportunities to post up with a cold one. The sprawling patio area outside Mother Road Brewing Company, at 7 S Mikes Pike Street, is renowned for being dog friendly, and Trail Crest Brewing Company, at 1800 S Milton Rd #11, welcomes pups too. With 288 days of sunshine and plenty of great outdoor areas, Flagstaff is a superb spot for dog walking. From the parking lot of the Lowell Observatory—where the planet Pluto was discovered—hikers can access The Flagstaff Urban Trail System and pick a path to explore the Mars Hill portion of the Observatory Mesa. The 215-acre Buffalo Park is another popular tramping spot for Flagstaff hikers. Another way to enjoy the outdoors: Flagstaff’s many festivals, where well-behaved leashed dogs are often welcome. Pickin in the Pines Bluegrass Festival is among the most famous, while the Hullabaloo Festival in downtown’s Heritage Square attracts a music-loving crowd to this mountain town every summer. Whatever you love to do, there’s plenty for you and your dog to enjoy in “Flag.”