All-day open play at our newly renovated, interactive, climate-controlled facility.
Separate play zones for every dog's personality. A midday walk through Historic Old City. Plus, see it all on our free webcams
Conveniently located in Old City, Philadelphia
The Ruff Life offers daycare from 7am to 7pm. Whether you're at work, school, or just away for the day, we provide your pup a great day out. Once you've registered your dog with The Ruff Life pack, using our services is a breeze. Drop-off and pick-up are easy, no advanced scheduling needed (but appreciated), and payments can be made online, on the phone, or in person
Our separate play zones are based on each day's specific needs.
Regardless if your dog is 9 lbs or 90 lbs, a puppy or a senior citizen, a top dog or a wallflower, we make sure your dog is with similar or complementary pack members. Every play zone has plenty of toys and activities for your pup's entertainment. And, not to mention, plenty of comforts including fresh water, beds, mats, and perches. Your pup is sure to come home both mentally and physically rejuvenated
We know that your dog is a part of the family.
Take comfort in knowing your dog is in good hands with The Ruff Life staff. There's even extra peace of mind (and a bit of entertainment) with our easy to view webcams
Daycare includes all-day open play, and one midday walk
Dog Daycare – a la carte
Dog Daycare – 10 pack
(That's 10% Savings)$270.00
Discounts available (same owner only)
Offering overnight care 7 days a week!
With comfortable suites that feel like home. Upon check-in, your dog will receive a "Ruff Life Resort Treat", participate in daycare activities, and be shown to his or her suite for the night. Due to limited availability, overnight lodging is reserved for regular daycare clients
Overnight Lodging provides your pup a place to stay, play, and relax while you're away.
Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, your dog is sure to have a good time. At night, your dog will receive dinner and a walk just as he would at home. Then it's rest time where your pup will be tucked in to his or her own premiere suite. In the morning, your pup will get breakfast and a morning walk
Lodging includes dinner/breakfast service (The Ruff Life offers a range of quality food options, or you may bring your dog's food at check-in (no add'l charge, food must be in sealed plastic containers). We will discuss your dog's diet prior to overnight stays), daycare, and potty breaks
Overnight - per 24hrs (additional daycare fares may apply)
Pricing: 20% (same suite)
Jackie Pack Leader
From an early age I knew I wanted to spend my life working with animals. After attending the University of Delaware where I majored in Agriculture Education with a focus in Animal Science, I became a pet care specialist and store manager at The Ruff Life. Ultimately I had the opportunity to purchase the business and fulfill my lifelong dream. Now I get to spend everyday walking, playing with, and caring for other's beloved dogs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all breeds allowed at Daycare? Lodging?
Yes, assuming your dog is friendly and can play nicely. We never discriminate by breed or size, but we do not tolerate aggressive dogs
My dog is aggressive toward other dogs. Can he/she attend Daycare? Lodging?
No, any dog who shows aggressive behavior will be separated immediately, and will not be allowed back in the future. Please understand that a daycare environment is different than home, and dogs may play differently than they do at home. Sometimes behavior issues can be apparent within minutes, and sometimes issues may not develop for several visits. If your dog isn't a good fit at The Ruff Life, it doesn't mean you have a bad dog, but we cannot tolerate aggressive dogs, those who play too roughly, or those who escalate certain circumstances
My dog plays better with dogs of similar size. How will you ensure my dog will be comfortable at Daycare?
Our flexible play areas enable us to pair your dog with playmates of similar size or temperament
How old does my puppy need to be to attend Daycare? Lodging?
Your puppy can attend as soon as he or she is up-to-date on vaccinations. Give us a call and let's discuss!
My dog is sick. Can he/she come to Daycare?
No, if your dog is showing signs of illness, we cannot allow your dog in daycare until he or she is healthy. This is for the safety of all our members. Some signs to look for include: sneezing, coughing, runny nose or eyes, diarrhea, and/or persistent vomiting
How does your overnight (Lodging) care work?
We offer Monday through Friday overnight lodging to all regular Ruff Life pack members. Our overnight care offers spacious suites for your pup to rest. Your dog will get a morning breakfast service, and an evening dinner service. Additionally, your dog will be walked in the morning, midday, and evening. Your pup will also participate in daycare activities. Weekend overnight care Coming Soon!
Can my dog attend Lodging if he/she does not regularly attend Daycare?
Due to limited availability, we reserve overnight lodging for our clients who use daycare services on a regular basis. Please inquire for additional information on becoming part of The Ruff Life Pack
Are you open on weekends?
No, we are open for daycare and overnight lodging from Monday through Friday only. Weekend hours for daycare and overnights Coming Soon!
Are you open on holidays?
No, we are closed on Holidays. These include but aren't limited to: New Years Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Thursday and [Black] Friday, and Christmas Day
Do you have a webcam?
Yes! You can check-in on your dog anytime throughout the day. We run our webcam from 11am to 4pm. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see pictures of your pup at play
How do I pay?
You may pay by credit card, cash, or check. Members using our daycare and lodging services must keep a credit card on file. Payment is due upon pickup
Can I tour your facility?
Of course. Give us a call and we will schedule a time. Since we are in session most of the day, please understand we have limited availability for tours. You can also see our space on our webcams and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
How can I ensure your facility is safe and clean?
We are licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which means we pass an annual inspection in order to operate. Not only do we meet these standards, we strive to go the extra mile to provide a clean and safe environment. Just ask our own pup, Franklin, who spends his days at The Ruff Life
Will my dog go outside?
Yes! We provide a midday leash walk for our daycare dogs, and additional morning and evening walks for our overnight dogs
How do I join the pack?
Just complete our our application and agreement forms. Call or email us to discuss your dog's first day!
What happens if I'm running late?
Please let us know as soon as possible. After normal hours, we charge a late pickup charge of $0.50 per minute that you are late. After 15 minutes late, we reserve the right to board your dog overnight. He or she will be walked, fed, and tucked in until morning. Overnight fees will be assessed
Please print your completed application and agreement forms.
In addition, we require a current vaccine certificate showing valid rabies and bordetella vaccinations, and any other vaccines your vet recommends. By law, we cannot accept any dog into daycare without the proper forms (application, agreement, and vaccine certificate). There are no exceptions to this rule.
Call or email to discuss your dog's first day!
New dogs must be scheduled for a first/trial day. Walkins are not accepted for new dogs.
disclaimer:pricing and availability subject to change.
Our daycare offers a clean and fun place for your pup to stay, play, and exercise. A first of its kind in Center City, our overnight lodge provides your dog a comfortable place to rest while you’re away. We pride ourselves on offering a top notch experience for dogs and their owners alike.