Call: (415) 383-2111
230 Shoreline Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941

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Why does my dog have to have an assessment before he can stay with you?

Our first concern for all our dogs is that they are safe and happy! We spend focused time with your dog, slowly introducing them to other dogs to play. An outdoor environment is great for most socialized dogs, but some are more comfortable with a different kind of play. If that’s the case, we are also happy to try and work around their circumstances.

Can I just drop in for a tour and assessment?

We always show the facility to new customers during the assessment, but if you would like to see it before setting the assessment up please do let us know! We’re happy to tour you around.

Unfortunately, we cannot take walk-ins for assessments. We have set periods daily, so please fill out the application and one of our trained staff will get back to you as soon as humanly possible so you can snag a spot!

Viewings are allowed from 7:30AM-12:00PM and 1:00-3:30PM every day. Meal times and shutting down/opening up times are exempt, as we are moving dogs throughout the facility.

Do I have to pay for a assessment?

An assessment is $25.00, is required in advance, and will be put towards your dog’s first day of daycare or boarding after they’ve passed.

What do I need to bring with me to the assessment?

A filled out application is required ahead of time (available on our website), copies of up to date vaccinations either faxed, emailed, or brought in person of DHPP (or some variation of), Rabies, Bordatella, and Canine Influenza, proof of current flea/tick treatment, a collar that follows the guidelines–and of course, you and your pup!

So if my dog comes for an assessment and you find they are too nervous, does that mean they can never come back?

In a lot of circumstances, it takes a few tries for a dog to acclimate (especially if they are in a fairly new home). We are often happy to have your dog come again later on for a few hours and see if they just take a little more time to adapt!


Do I need a reservation for daycare?

Most of the year, you do not need a reservation for daycare. You may drop your dog off between 7am and 7pm, but preferably before 3pm so they have time to play before dinner and shut-down. However, major holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas,New Years and Spring break) we require advance notice. Please email us to check availability!

Do I need a reservation for boarding?

Yes, you always need a reservation before boarding your dog. Some Holidays may require a minimum stay and prepayment (ex: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break) which we take in advance. Please email us for inquiries!

Do I need to make reservations for daycare and boarding reservations during holidays and peak seasons?

YES! Reservations are needed to ensure space for Boarding and for Daycare during holidays and peak seasons. Minimum stay and prepayment will apply during certain holiday periods. 

Inquire via email for the following periods:
  • MLK Weekend
  • Ski Week through Mid February
  • Easter Weekend
  • Spring Break
  • Memorial Day through Labor Day through Summer Break
  • Columbus Day Weekend
  • Thanksgiving Week
  • Christmas through New Year’s Week

What happens if you send out the “At Max Capacity” message?

We unfortunately cannot take any more dogs once we hit our daily maximum capacity. We try to avoid having to turn dogs away by requesting you set up appointments ahead of time (again, holidays/peak periods are required), but walk-ins are okay when it’s any regular day of the year. Just keep in mind, we can only handle a certain number of dogs! Their happiness and safety is our number one priority.

Our high energy groups, especially for large dogs, fill up quickly so please sign up for our mass notification list! 


What time can I drop off my dog?

We have boarding dogs in addition to daycare, so we are always staffed 24 hours a day. However, we open our doors and are ready to greet new dogs each day at 7am. We do not accept any dogs after 7pm!

How late can I pick up my dog?

Regular pick up is until 7pm, but late pickup can be arranged for an additional charge until 10pm. If you are going to send someone else to pick up your dog, please give us written notice & permission.

Are you open on Holidays?

We are open 365 days a year, 24/7! Holidays are our busiest time and usually require a pre-paid reservation.


How old does my puppy have to be to come to AlphaDog Lodging?

We love puppies! Currently your puppy must be 4 months or older to visit.


Should I bring my dog’s food?

Yes, AlphaDog Lodging prefers that your dog stay on their regular diet. Please label the container/bag with name and feeding directions. You also have the option of your dog being fed our house food however; dry Kirkland lamb and rice kibble.


Can you give my dog medication while he is staying with you?

We are happy to give your dog their necessary medication! Please label it and give us explicit directions. However, we are not a medical facility and are not equipped to give shots or administer any complex medical treatment. We do however have a partnership with Camino Alto Veterinary Hospital in case those kinds of emergencies arise.

In House Specifics

Do you have puppy cams on the yards?

At the moment, we unfortunately do not, but we do post pictures on our Instagram as well as send out pictures to those who sign up for our “Pupdates” service. If you do choose to sign up, you receive pictures of your dog while they board with us. You can either sign up for this on the sheet posted in the lobby or send an email to with both your dog’s name as well as yours.

Where do the boarding dogs go at night?

We have 3 kennel buildings and a crate room, but for any dogs that have a difficult time being away there’s a few spots on the bed with the overnight staff!

Our kennels have runs attached so the dogs can go to the bathroom and roam a bit before lights out. Each kennel has a bed, water, and if you bring anything along those join in too (blankets, plushies, etc.). Our crate room has various sizes and types, as well as the ones provided by owners for their specific dogs. Each crate has a bed, the room has standing fans and again any belongings that came with the pup.

Same family dogs are put together at night unless otherwise specified.

Does outdoor play mean my dog will always be in a cageless environment?

Although we pride ourselves on our outdoor yards and group-centric play, most dogs do need time to rest. Each dog is evaluated individually and is placed in play yards based on temperament, sociability, size and age to determine such.

If your dog is also part of our high energy groups (especially for the large dogs), we do small groups. They rotate out between the kennels with runs, private yards, and group play on yards depending on our daily numbers.