All About Planet Canine
Planet Canine opened in October, 1994. It was inspired by a daycare center that was opened by the San Francisco SPCA. Dogs have always been an integral part of our lives and we wanted to create a comfortable, enjoyable place for them to stay and play while their people were off at work. By popular demand Planet Canine soon began to board dogs overnight.
Steve Leeder, the owner of Planet Canine, is a natural with dogs.
He is calm and balanced & the pack leader and our pups are charmed by him.
We operate differently from more conventional kennels in that the dogs spend quite a bit of time together, upwards of 8 hours a day. We seek to create an away-from-home pack for your dog to be part of.
Dogs are supervised when they are in the Pack. Our staff is on-hand to ensure that your pal gets attention & plays nice. Our purpose at Planet Canine is to allow your dog to be themselves in a safe, caring environment.
About our Location
Our location is a 1500 sq. ft. converted warehouse with an attached yard. Our sleep areas are all indoors. We have several different sleeping accommodations depending on your dog's temperament and training. All dogs eat and sleep separately unless they are from the same household. Water is available in all areas of our establishment, 24 hours a day. We rarely take more than 25 dogs; and that is only during our busy seasons.
Our outdoor play yard is 15’ x 125’ overall; fully fenced with 16’ cyclone fencing. We are able to separate this area into two play yards should the need arise. We use pine shavings which are easy on the dog’s feet, sanitary, and fun to play in. There are play structures, an igloo for hiding out and, of course, a fire hydrant for the dogs. Play pools are available in hot weather. Dogs have access to both indoor and outdoor areas during group time.
What's for Dinner?
Our rates include food and bedding, though you are welcome to bring your own food should you choose. Our House brand is Merrick, an excellent, all natural line of dog foods containing no wheat, no corn, no soy and no by-products. Dogs are fed twice daily. We have a refrigerator for storing special foods and medications and are willing and able to accommodate most 'special needs' dogs.
For bedding, we use soft, cushy, rugs and blankets. Occasionally a night-time tug-o-war might ensue; cedar and foam beds go home in plastic bags more often than not. Should you insist on using your home bed, we will do our best to give it back to you in one piece, but we cannot guarantee it's safety. Some folks bring a tee shirt, that they have worn, for their pup to sleep with. This can be a comfort for newcomers at bedtime.
News Dogs on the Block
New dogs are introduced gently to the group situation. We do this after you are on your way, dogs react differently when their human is at hand. It is easier on the both of you if we introduce after you have left. Not to worry though, we keep an eye out for physical cues of stress through-out your pup's day. If your dog does show signs of stress we will slow things down for her. For very shy dogs it can take more than one visit to feel completely comfortable. If we feel it is not the proper setting for your dog we will not hesitate to tell you. The comfort and care of your pup is our first priority.
Playing with toys is a limited activity. Night-time toys are welcome, but as with beds, their safety cannot be guaranteed. Dogs are pack animals and they are quite happy playing in a group without the distraction and competition of toys.