Never a kennel and always a blast

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The most unique feature of 3 Dogs Boarding and Daycare, and one that owners Anne Graves and Mike Lauria are very proud of, is cage-free boarding.  “People just naturally like the idea of not having their dogs confined in cages,” says Lauria.  “I’ve spent plenty of time working for more traditional kennels, and I can say that cage-free boarding greatly reduces the stress dogs experience from kenneling.  They’re not reacting to things moving around their cages, and not reacting to each other.” 

3 Dogs is divided into two roughly 2,000 square-foot spaces, one for boarding, one for play.  During the day, when dogs are there for boarding and day care, Graves and Lauria can host up to 70 dogs.  Every new canine client is carefully evaluated to make sure they’re a good fit, and the dogs are grouped based on energy level and play style.  After those in daycare are picked up or shuttled home, dogs in boarding remain out of kennels, even at night.  “The dogs come into the boarding room and they’re just loose,” says Lauria, “but they are constantly supervised by staff on-site, 24 hours a day.”   

Lauria has worked in various capacities with dogs for nearly 20 years.  Graves was a veterinary technician and wildlife research volunteer in South Africa.  “That was amazing,” she says, “but I realized I wanted to get back to domesticated animals!”   

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In the five years that Lauria and Graves have operated 3 Dogs, they’ve developed an appreciative client base — of both people and pups.  “The dogs that come in for boarding and daycare literally drag their owners through the door because they’re pulling on the leash so much!” says Lauria.  “They really do have a blast and the owners see that.” 

3 Dogs Boarding and Daycare

5430 NE 42nd Ave, Portland

503-206-3028 *