Houston Dog Ranch
9602 Dalecrest Dr, Houston, TX 77080
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10/25/2010Provided by Citysearch -
In two words: Houston's Best. Our one-year-old Labrador Retriever is in love with Houston Dog Ranch and its wonderful, skillful trainers, groomers, and staff. We have relied on HDR for almost everything dog-related practically since we brought our Lab home--multiple levels of training classes, grooming, and doggie daycare in particular. HDR takes a special interest in our boy, and everyone at the facility seems to know him by sight. We feel we've avoided the first-year Lab-puppy ""nightmares"" we worried about (chewing, destroying furniture, over-excitability) largely due to the excellent training we received at HDR. The facility, with its running field, bone-shaped doggie swimming pool, and ""'hotel' rooms"" for dogs, are unmatched in our opinion. (Labs, of course, love to swim, and ours comes home from HDR after his ""play"" day and sleeps for two days it seems! He's worn out from all the fun!) HDR has truly enhanced our first-time dog-ownership experience. Don't miss this place.
01/01/2010Provided by Citysearch -
What a wonderful place for any dog to be able to spend time. The staff at HDR have always gone above and beyond in caring for my Eskie Kodi. I would recommend the Houston Dog Ranch to anyone who wants their pet to experience the best. In fact I feel so strongly about the Houston Dog Ranch and the staff that I wrote them the note below expressing just how I feel about them and wanted to share it with anyone interested in finding a place for their pet to flourish and grow. HDR Staff I just wanted to take a few minutes to thank all of you for taking such great care of Kodi during the Christmas holidays. As Kodi and I drove up the driveway to check him in all of the staff was calling out Kodi's name saying hi to him. What a great feeling your staff gave me as a pet owner. I could go away from Houston feeling assured that Kodi was in the best care available. You guys go above and beyond in your care of Kodi! I would leave him with any of you at anytime. Tonia, you and of your staff are the greatest!! Kodi has been coming to the 'ranch' for almost three years and has been slowly molded into a 'new and improved' pet over these years. He began his journey at the ranch with Tonia alone in the HDR field just learning how to react with other animals. Having been abused by another animal made this a daunting task for Tonia, so I thought. She worked with Kodi weekly until he was ready for a 'day-board' stay and finally a 'sleepover' at the ranch. Tonia kept Kodi in the office with her during these sessions so that he would come to trust and love the staff while working on his fear of other animals. After months of work with Tonia and Colleen, he was able to start in the small dog daycare program at the ranch. It has now been almost two years since Kodi was able to join the daycare sessions. Kodi has been given a new lease on his doggie life. He has gone from a scared animal to a loving, quite loquacious pet that loves his Friday's with the HDR staff. He even, at age eleven is now able to join in agility classes on Saturdays. I owe all of you guys at the ranch a giant thank you for helping Kodi become the pet he is today. Thank you Tonia, Colleen, Abby, Delia, Diane, Leslie, Katie, Janna, Stacey, Tracey, Alison, and of course his man Chad for all the love and hard work you have given Kodi over the years. Kodi's vet fondly refers to the ranch as 'Tonia's Playhouse', but I would have to say it has been Kodi's DREAM HOUSE since he has been able to be the puppy he was born to be there.
12/09/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have been going to The Houston Dog Ranch for over 2 years. I have used their boarding services as well as the Doggie Day Care. My dog went every Friday to the Big Dog Day Doggie Day Care. I thought they were a wonderful place. And my dog loved it. This past year they have hired a new ""dog watcher"" for the doggie day... care"" by the name of Delia. She is rude and condesending. And it seems that she is valued more by the owner Tonia, than the paying customers. My dog barks too much. Can you believe it? Right. They don't want him to come to doggie day care because it hurts Delia's ears. She had to wear ear plugs, poor thing. What kind of business does she think she's in? I have a good, happy playful excited dog. Dogs bark. I have contacted several other doggie day camps and they laughed. I won't be going back to the Houston Dog Ranch. They are too expensive anyway. They do have a nice place, but they do not value their long time customers and they have such a long wait list for others to get it that they just threw me and my dog to the wind. Shame on you Tonia!
02/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Great Staff. Excellent Positive Training. Amazing Facility. We were concerned about having to board our dog so soon after adopting him. He was rescued during Ike and had been in a number of different shelters and foster homes. He couldn't have been happier at the Ranch. At a recent training session at our home , he had tons of kisses for Colleen, his trainer there, the minute she walked in the door.
My pets have stayed at the ranch on numerous occasions, long term & short term. Each time I pick them up, I feel guilty taking them back home - my place seems so boring! The cabins are adorable, even my Jack Russell dirt dogs love swimming in the pool! The staff is super friendly and I feel totally safe leaving my babies in their care. I couldn't as for a better ""vacation"" for my pets!
The Dog Ranch is a wonerfull recreation of a western town - just for dogs. There they can rest, play, and learn with a caring staff. Nestled in a convenient area with easy access to I-10, it is easy to get to - there is even has a bus to pick up the pets.
I give it 10 woofs.
We live in a high-rise and means that our dog is always on a leash when outside. On Wednesday mornings when I get the harness out for Bailey, he starts running in circles because he knows that the dog bus is coming to pick him up. When he gets to the Houston Dog Ranch and can run and play in a SAFE inviornment he is extatic. When the bus brings him and his friends home in the late afternoon, they are exhausted. Most of the other dogs I know who attend HDR are the same, tired and happy. I love the report cards each day.
I could write several pages on how beautiful and well kept the Dog Ranch is, but the owner Tonia is the reason the Dog Ranch is such a great place for our dog(s). She is definitely a great dog lover and is someone we all want taking care of our dogs when we need someone else to. As a matter of fact, I have never met anyone who cares as much about my dogs as I do, until I met Tonia. Her love for dogs also extends to her staff. She is very particular about who she hires and lets take care of your dog(s). If you love your dogs as much as I do, then this is definitely the place for you. This is the only doggy day care I trust 110% with my family!