Carly recently booked dog boarding with Julia in Tempe
Julia was so great with my beagle copper and made sure to send me lots of photos and updates. She was super flexible about drop off and pick up time. Copper has had separation anxiety in the past and Julia was awesome with making sure she was well loved and having so much fun!
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What is dog boarding with Rover?
Dog boarding with Rover is an alternative to traditional overnight dog care in a kennel. Rover allows you to search thousands of local five star dog sitters who provide overnight dog boarding in their homes. Now instead of dog boarding in a kennel you can give your pup the personal attention it deserves from a background checked dog sitter.
Features pet owners love about dog boarding on Rover
High quality pet careRover has the largest network of five star sitters providing dog boarding services. Rover sitters are background checked and reviews help give confidence that sitters are trusted by other dog owners. Enjoy the peace of mind that your sitter will treat your dog like their own during your dog boarding stay.
Communication is just a touch or call awayDuring your dog boarding stay you can keep in contact with your sitter via the Rover App, text message, email, or a phone call with your sitter.
Photo updates during your dog boarding stayRover sitters love to take photos of your dog during their dog boarding stay. Enjoy getting updates of your dog enjoying their stay while you are away. If you receive 5 or more photo updates during your dog boarding stay we will put together a slideshow with the highlights of your dog’s stay.
Where will your dog stay during their visit?
Rover sitters provide dog boarding in houses, apartments, townhomes, condos, and more. Instead of your dog being stuck in a small kennel, like traditional dog boarding, they can enjoy the comfort of staying in a sitter’s home. If your dog enjoys going outside you can find a sitter with a yard or access to local parks where they can take your dog for a walk. To learn more about the amenities dog boarding sitters offer, check their profile page or contact them directly.
Is Rover dog boarding right for my dog?
Rover provides dog boarding to dogs of all sizes, ages, and needs. This includes puppies, older dogs, disabled dogs, dogs that require medication, dogs with separation anxiety, and more. If your dog has special needs that you want to ensure your dog boarding sitter offers, check their profile page or contact them directly.
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See what owners are saying about dog boarding in TempeTempe dog sitters were rated 5 out of 5 stars from 1,000+ reviews
Michael's review on Sep 30, 2019
Two words describe Lexi amzing and caring. She went beyonf.and above to take care of my puppy her and Liam showed so much move to my pop and their dog has such a good demeanor ,I highly recommend. Without doubt I would repeat again
Jessica's review on Sep 29, 2019
Kept me updated constantly and gave my niko his meds on time just the way I asked . Lots of play time at the park, definitely loved his stay! Will continue to use him as my dogs sitter. 10/10 ?
Michael's review on Sep 28, 2019
We were nervous about leaving our Boston Terrier with anyone. But, Char B was absolutely wonderful with her. Sasha loved playing with her dogs, was comfortable in her home and had a great time. She was smiling in all her pictures. We will definitely be using Char B as our dog sitter again.
Josh's review on Sep 20, 2019
Great family! Took great care of my pup cooper. Updated me with pictures throughout the week, played with him/showed him a ton of attention. I will most definitely be taking cooper back to tifni and johns house again. Highly recommended!
David's review on Sep 10, 2019
From the moment I met Kelsea , I knew I had the best person to board my shepherd with. She's very knowledgeable, kind, caring and a genuine Dog Whisperer. I will not hesitate use her Services again.
Azhar's review on Sep 05, 2019
Haidyn took great care of our pooch! She is very easy to work with and you can tell she loves animals. We really appreciated the great communication and all the pics.
Shannon's review on Sep 01, 2019
Amanda was fantastic! We used her for daycare while we were visiting family. She was extremely accommodating, quick to answer back, and very knowledgeable about fur babies. We look forward to using her again!
Top Dog Parks in Tempe
Home to the famous Hole in the Rock geological formation, Papago Park is situated where Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottdale all meet, and is the place to go to experience Arizona scenery. It’s 1500 total acres—with 296 on the Tempe side—and includes attractions like the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden, and the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park. It also has over 10 miles of trails to explore, making it great for hikes and walks for all levels (dogs included), and is home to the famous giant saguaro cactus. An interesting monument you should definitely see at Papago Park is Hunt’s Tomb, a small white tomb made in 1931 by Arizona’s first governor, George W.P. Hunt. He built it to entomb his wife, and was also placed there after his death in 1934, along with their daughter and his wife’s family at later dates.
With an entire neighborhood named after it, Kiwanis Park is a well-known Tempe park that has something everyone will enjoy. The park was originally established in 1972 with a 50 percent grant from the Bureau of Recreation. It has 125 acres of everything from sports fields to splash pads to playgrounds, and even has a large lake in the middle of it that’s perfect for kayaking or paddle boarding. It’s also home to the Kiwanis Recreation Center, which houses the community pool and other events. Walking paths also weave throughout the park, so it’s a great place to get outside and enjoy a walk with your dog.
In North Tempe near the Tempe/Phoenix city lines, Evelyn Hallman Park is a great place to go for dog walks, hikes, and to see some of Arizona’s finest displays of flora, fauna, and wildlife. Known formerly as Canal Park, it was originally established in 1973, and in 2006 was renamed Evelyn Hallman Park after the late Evelyn Hallman, who was the mother of Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman. She worked tirelessly to clean up and preserve the park. A man-made pond named the Evelyn Hallman Pond sits inside the park, and provides fisherman of all skill levels the chance to fish species like Rainbow Trout, Tilapia, and Largemouth Bass. A moderately sized walking path is also there, making it perfect for dog walks or runs.
On the banks of Salt River, you’ll find Tempe Beach Park. Established in 1931 and then completely renovated in 1999 with the arrival of Town Lake, it offers five miles of paved walking, running, and biking paths that encircle the whole Town Lake. This gives everyone on the trails a gorgeous view of the lake and of downtown Tempe as well. You can rent a paddle board to go paddling on the lake, or rent roller skates if you don’t want to walk on the path. Various Tempe city events are also held here every year, like the Tour de Fat, New Year’s Eve Fete, and Oktoberfest.
Tempe's Bark Score
How Tempe 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. Tempe received a 62 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 75. For the parks and fun category, Tempe received a 82 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 72.
Top Dog Neighborhoods in Tempe
There is so much to see and do in Downtown Tempe, home to the 660-acre Arizona State University. Take your dog on a walk and check out the popular Mill Avenue District; this area was originally centered around the Hayden Flour Mill, no longer in use but still viewable at the north end of Mill Avenue. If you get hungry, grab a bite at any of the many restaurants nearby, which include Desert Roots Kitchen, a vegan cafe 414 South Mill Ave #111 with a wide assortment of quick bites. For a fun sweet treat, try nearby Candy Addict—also at 414 South Mill—a candy shop with tons of delicious selections. Once you get your sugar fix, take your dog on a nice hike at the 25-acre Hayden Butte Preserve—also known as Tempe Butte or “A” Mountain. There’s a trailhead at Mill Avenue and Third Street that will lead you on a vigorous ascent. Love movies? Leave your dog with a Tempe dog sitter and head back to Mill Avenue to catch a flick at art house cinema Valley Arts Theater or the 11-screen AMC Centerpoint.
Situated between East Guadalupe Road, South Rural Road, and West Baseline Road, with Kiwanis Park itself flanking its west side, this neighborhood is a great place in Tempe for dog sitters, dog owners, and dogs! It’s a family-friendly neighborhood with lots of sidewalks, so there’s lots of space for Tempe dog walkers to give their furry friends some exercise. An obvious place to check out is 125-acre Kiwanis Park—home to Adornment, a steel, flagstone, and concrete sculpture by artist Michael Anderson—as well as the 52,000-square-foot Kiwanis Recreation Center. The center’s centerpiece is the Kiwanis pool, the only seasonal wave pool in the Tempe area. Grab groceries at the nearby Whole Foods Market or Albertsons, or do some thrifting for you and your dog at the Goodwill Retail Store in town.
Located, naturally enough, in the northern part of Tempe, the neighborhood of North Tempe has so many benefits for dog owners and dog sitters. If you’re looking for awesome parks to visit, be sure to check out 40-acre Evelyn Hallman Park and 600-acre Rio Salado Habitat. Both give you and your dog ample trails to walk and the chance to see some of Arizona’s beautiful scenery. Visit the Hall of Flame Fire Museum, just outside of North Tempe’s limits in Phoenix, to learn about the history of firefighting in the area. Rolling Hills Golf Course, established in 1972, is great for anyone who wants to get outside and play golf, and if you like water parks, definitely check out Big Surf—it has a wave pool and water slides!
Just west of downtown Tempe lies the neighborhood of Knoell Gardens. Right next to the main Highway 10, it’s very close to many amenities that everyone will enjoy. With lots of homes, condos, and apartments in this area, it’s a great area for families and for walking dogs. If you’re looking for any electronics, be sure to hit up Fry’s Electronics on West Baseline Road—they’ve got a huge selection. A quick drive across town will take you to the Arizona Mills, Arizona’s largest indoor, climate controlled outlet, value and entertainment mall. Over 185 stores are at the mall, including H&M, Nike Outlet, and more. The SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium is also at the Arizona Mills, and is the perfect outing to see some amazing sea creatures! With so many great Tempe dog-sitting options, it’s easy to find a caring local sitter and then head out for a day of shopping and sites.
Why do dog owners love Tempe?
Whether it’s dog boarding, sitting, or any of our other services you’re looking for in Tempe, there are so many things to see and do in the area. If you’re into gardens and plants and want to see some of Arizona’s native plant life, definitely check out the Desert Botanical Garden. It’s on the Phoenix side of Papago Park, but only about 2.5 miles outside of Tempe. Walk through and explore five thematic trails and get to know a whole new side of Arizona’s plants and wildlife. Take your dog on a walk around Arizona State University’s campus and enjoy the architecture of the University’s buildings. Tempe Town Lake is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys water sports—you can rent a paddleboard or kayak and explore the lake. Take a trip to the Phoenix Zoo and see the animals in their exhibits. The Tempe Center for the Arts is also a fun place to visit, and has great modern architecture to take in and explore. Tempe has great restaurants and something to satisfy everyone’s appetite. For the best outdoor patio, check out House of Tricks on East 7th St. Set in a 1920s bungalow, the restaurant boasts an impressive patio with a fire pit, bar, and tons of lush greenery. If you want to play some fun games while you eat, Culinary Dropout: The Yard is the place for you. Nosh on a grilled cheese and play some ping pong or cornhole. Burger fans have to try The Chuckbox, the go-to burger place in Tempe for more than 40 years. Like spooky stuff? Check out Casey Moore’s Oyster House. You will not only enjoy oysters, but you might even get a visit from the paranormal, as it’s apparently haunted. Grab a New York-style bagel from Chompie’s on E University for a taste of the Big Apple, and cure even the worst hangover with breakfast at Orange Table. If you’re looking for hole-in-the-wall ambiance, Spinato’s Pizzeria can deliver—and makes a mean pizza pie to boot. Tempe’s history dates back to the 15th century when a Native American tribe called the Hohokam was living in the area. In 1865, Fort McDowell was established about 25 miles northeast of present-day Tempe, which allowed for more towns to be built along the Salt River. The first two established settlements in the area were named Hayden’s Ferry and San Pablo, and were connected to each other by a ferry. Tempe got its name from pioneer Darrell Duppa, after he compared a Salt River valley in the area to the Vale of Tempe near Mount Olympus in Greece. In 1885, the 13th Territorial Arizona Legislature decided Tempe was the best place to build the Territorial Normal School, which later became Arizona State University. In 1894, the city of Tempe officially incorporated, after it was connected to neighboring cities by the Maricopa and Phoenix Railroad. The completion of the Roosevelt Dam, named after then-president Theodore Roosevelt, sealed Arizona’s future as a state in the union. They were officially admitted as the 48th state less than a year later. Since then, Tempe has expanded to become a prosperous suburb of Phoenix.