Dingo’s FAQs

A question I’m often asked, especially by owners of smaller dogs, is ‘do you separate dogs based on size?’. The short answer is: yes. We separate dogs based on a number of factors, size being one of them. We also separate by temperament, age, play-style, and “proclivity”; by “proclivity” I mean that some dogs naturally gravitate towards certain members of their pack and away from others. I liken it to children at school, or adults at a dinner party – we’re drawn and attracted to certain members of our species, sometimes for reasons that are obvious and other times almost energetically or inexplicably.

Based on these factors, we will separate dogs as needed in one of five separate “play pens”. The inside of our daycare has three separate play-area’s as well as a smaller play area for little dogs and/or rest time. We also have a 2000 square foot outdoor play space that is sectioned off into two separate play areas that are around 1,000 square feet each. Both outdoor play pens are covered by pea pebbles which are replaced annually and disinfected, weather permitting, daily.

If you are the owner of a small dog and you prefer that your dog solely interact with dogs his/her size or smaller, we are happy to accommodate such a request.

We offer doggy pick-up and drop-off services for clients living in Beverly, Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott, Lynn, Little Nahant, Hamilton and Wenham. The cost for a pickup or drop-off is $6 each way. Morning pickups are scheduled between 7:30AM and 9:30AM depending on where you live. Dogs scheduled for a “Half-Day” with drop-off can expect to be home between 12 noon and 2PM. “Full Day” drops are completed between 3PM and 5PM. For a more specific pickup or drop-off window, please contact management along with your city/town of residence.

Dogs are typically transported in either our grape-colored “short bus” or, our Toyota Sienna. The bus is equipped with several crates that have been bolted to the ground as well as regular bus seats. Dogs that are well-behaved and sit still for the ride are welcome to ride on the seats along with our “bus monitor” who is sent out with the driver for every trip. If you prefer your dog to ride in a crate, just let us know and we will be happy to accommodate this request.

We ask clients to be sure that their dogs are ready for pickup and that their bladders and bowels are empty when we arrive. If you’re not home, please leave the leash out for us in a highly visible location.

If your dog tends to get “car sick”, we ask that you let us know and refrain from feeding him/her before pickup; a packed breakfast or lunch can be sent with your dog in cases such as these.

If your dog has a tendency to chew his leash or harness, please communicate that to management so we can try to make arrangements to avoid this.

Finally, if your dog needs to be crated or gated in a certain area of your house at drop-off, please communicate that to us as well.

In our experience, we have noticed that some dogs, particularly those that are sensitive to loud noises, are bit fearful of the bus initially. Typically, this subsides once they realize that the bus is the vehicle (literally) taking them to their “happy place”. We will aid in this acclimation process by shutting the bus off at pickup and/or coming equipped with high value treats and a friendly voice/touch. The bus monitor will sit with nervous and/or new dogs to help calm them down. After all, the first day of school with a bunch of new friends can be nerve-wracking for anyone.

Transportation reservations should be placed 24 hours before service is needed. Last minute reservations or cancellations may be subject to an additional fee as we staff and plan our routes the night before.

For additional questions about our dog transportation services, please email management at: info@dingosdogsitting.com.

Yes, we do offer overnight dog boarding but to be clear, we are not a kennel. The way in which we board dogs is a bit unconventional in that we do not offer “sleepover’s” at the daycare facility on Tozer Road. Instead, we match our dogs with an appropriate staff member based on size, temperament and availability, and the dog stays overnight in the staff member’s home. The dogs we board are able to attend daycare during the week, but they spend weekends and holidays, days on which the daycare is closed, solely with the staff member who is boarding them. Dogs who do not do well in a group setting have the option of foregoing daycare all together, in which case, they would be boarded solely at the staff member’s home. Rates as follows:

Boarding with daycare: $65/day

Boarding without daycare: $55/day

If you need boarding, the first step would be to fill out our boarding forms located in the “Contact Us” section of our website.

The daycare is open from 7AM to 6PM Monday through Friday; however, we will open as early as 6:30 for clients if requested. The daycare is closed on Saturday and Sunday.

Daycare closings due to inclement weather are decided on a case-by-case basis. Typically, if Beverly Public Schools are closed, the daycare will also close, or enact a “late start”. Snow closures and delays are announced via email and posted on all our social media sites.

We are closed for the following holidays:
  • New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • "Boxing Day" (12/26)

To be eligible for enrollment at Dingo’s Dogsitting Doggy Daycare we will need the following from you:

A Vaccination Report and Vet Records. Your Vet can fax these to us at: 857-588-7706. Please insure your dog is up to date on his/her Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccination. The canine influenza virus vaccine is not required but it is recommended.

Proof of a negative stool sample within the past six months to be sure your dog is free of parasites.

Completed and signed Dingo’s Dogsitting Forms. Forms can be downloaded here: http://dingosdogsitting.com/contact-us

Dogs must be spayed or neutered by one year of age and show no signs of aggression.

Please check the mouth and paw-pads of your dog prior to enrollment to insure he/she is not presenting with the canine papilloma virus, a benign but contagious virus that presents in the form of warts. For more info on what is anecdotally knows as “puppy warts” see our blog post about it here:

Please make us aware of any health issues your dog may be experiencing ahead of time. Does he have tendinitis or favor a certain leg? Prone to ear infections or conjunctivitis? Sensitive stomach? Allergies? These are all things we would like to know prior to your dog’s first visit so that we can be proactive about his/her care.

Also, please fill us in on your dog’s temperament; if you run out of space on the forms, use the back. Does your dog love toys but have resource aggression? Food aggression? A tendency to mount or mark? Has he/she been known to jump fences? Chew items like furniture? Eat inedible objects? Does he prefer women over men or vice versa? The more information we have the better. We will share this information with staff in order to mitigate issues before they happen.

Your dog needs to be current on the following vaccinations: Rabies, DHPP, Leptospirosis and Bordetella (the kennel cough vaccine). The vaccine for the canine influenza virus is recommended but not required.
Dogs must have had all three rounds of “puppy shots” before attending daycare; typically, this is around 4 months of age.

Yes. You can book reservations online directly from our website or Facebook page. Online bookings are available for doggy daycare, transportation, walks and boarding. After you reserve a service, a confirmation email will be sent to you indicating that we have received your request. Follow either of the links below to book your dog’s services with us now:



We accept cash, check or Venmo payments.
Yes, we give tours before 8AM or after 5PM as those are our non-peak hours. There are dogs at the day care during those time frames, but in fewer numbers, which will give you better access to both the indoor and outdoor play spaces.
Six months. Remaining passes not used within six months will be forfeited.
While we make every effort to insure the dogs in our care are not eating pea pebbles from our yard (or anything for that matter), we cannot simultaneously watch all thirty to forty dogs at once, especially because many dogs will eat things in a surreptitious manner whilst sniffing. If we notice a dog eating pebbles we will correct him and bring him inside, but if your dog is known to eat non-food items to excess you should probably find a doggy daycare that does not utilize pea pebbles (or mulch or sand) for their outdoor area.
While we do remove dog collars in our play areas, as well as utilize our own Dingo’s leashes for pickup and drop off, due to the unpredictable nature of dogs, we cannot assume liability for your dog’s accessories whilst in our care. We recommend that all clients purchase a martingale collar for use while at Dingo’s. A martingale collar will prevent your dog from backing out of his collar and should eliminate the need (in most cases) for a harness. For very large dogs that pull excessively, we recommend an Easy Walk Harness in addition to the martingale collar. Just as I don’t send my son to his (human) daycare in his best outfits (lest they return home stretched, ripped and/or stained), we recommend you save your fancy coats and collars for non-daycare days. Please leave flea collars at home as well as these are easily broken during play.