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Houston Dog Ranch - 31 Reviews - 9602 Dalcrest, Houston, TX - Specialty Animal Services Reviews - Phone (713) 465-2275

Houston Dog Ranch

9602 Dalcrest
Houston, TX 77080
(713) 465-2275
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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 ...


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...

Like no place else for dogs we've ever seen ... 10/25/2010

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. more

Dog Dream House 1/1/2010

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. Pros: Best place in town for your pet to relax and learn!! more

Think Again about this place 12/9/2009

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! Pros: Pretty Place Cons: Condesending people more

Doggie heaven Doggie heaven 3/10/2009

My dog loves this place! The staff really cares more


Great staff!! Beautiful facilty!! This place is one of a kind. I strongly recommend the Houston Dog Ranch to anyone looking for dog trainers and/or boarding. Pros: Staff, Facilities, Location more

Fantastic 2/24/2009

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. more

The Houston Dog Ranch is the place to go! 2/24/2009

The Houston Dog Ranch is a one of a kind place! My dog has been going there for over a year now and he loves it. The staff there works extremely hard and takes great care of the dogs! I know with out question that when i leave my dog there he's going to have a great time and i know he's in good hands. When i go pick my dog up and i can see all the dogs out there running around the pool you can tell the dogs are having a great time. If you need a place to take your dog during the day or board them over night there should be no question about it The Houston Dog Ranch is the place to go! Pros: Everything is great about this place! more


Houston Dog Ranch is the most amazing home away from home for my beloved animals. I would never leave my animals anywhere else. It has everything a dog and dog owner could want. Pros: Swimming, Running, Playing, Boarding, Training, EVERY THING!!!! more

THE BEST PLACE!! 2/24/2009

You just have to try this place! My dogs GO NUTS when the bus pulls up! They hear it before I see it! They run and play to their hearts content. When they come home, they are relaxed and calm. It is the best place for my dogs. \r \r The facility is so beautiful.... it does not feel like you are in Houston. A must for any dog lover! Pros: every size boarding space, beautiful grounds, close to I-10 more

What a Great Place for your Dog! 2/24/2009

If you haven't been to the Houston Dog Ranch, you are truly missing one of the most beautiful places to bring your dog and treat him like part of your family. The grounds are magnificent, the staff is amazing and makes a difference in your dog's life. They have always gone over and above to accomodate our pet's need. more

Houston's Best Doggie Daycare 2/24/2009

This place is amazing. When you arrive, it is hard to believe it is for dogs...the groomed lawns, swimming pool, overnight suites, etc. Then when you meet the owner, Tonia, you will never send your dog anywhere else. She is a wonderful person who will take great care of your dog. I highly recommend The Houston Dog Ranch for all dog lovers! more

The Doggone Best Doggie Daycare in Houston 2/24/2009

The dog ranch is an exceptional facility with an exceptional staff. The pets and their owners are treated with the utmost care and consideration. My dog loves to go ""socialize"" around the dogbone shaped swimming pool. All of the dogs are temper tested to be sure that they can get along with the other dogs-so no fights break out during the fun. This is a must see facility and a must try for any lucky dog! Pros: Incredible accommodations and oozing with charm! more

The best place to leave your dog. 2/24/2009

The owner, Tonia Whilden, takes great pride in what she does, she is the most hands on owner that I have ever seen. The Houston Dog Ranch was designed with your dog's best interest in mind. It is a great place to leave your dog for the day or you can take advantage of the luxurious dog suites for overnight stays. Where else can your dog swim in a pool shaped like a doggy bone. more

Living the High Life 2/24/2009

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! more

Most amazing pet facility in Houston 2/24/2009

I was given the grand opportunity by the owners of the Houston dog Ranch, to work with them during the planning stage of putting together this amazing facility. The concepts and the unique ideas they had, blended perfectly with one of the products my company supplies and install and I was fascinated by them. They saw the value and long term benefits of our K9 grass and took full advantage of it. This product helps them to maintain a very clean and safe environment for the animals in certain areas, with minimal maintenance required. We installed much of this product throughout the property and they continued to add more over the years. I've worked with many great owners and excellent pet facilities all over the State of Texas. But Wade and Tanya Whilden, owners of the Houston dog Ranch are like super stars to me and the facility is fantastic. In closing, I want to say thanks again for the opportunity you gave me and my company Foreverlawn Houston to work with you on this great project.\r \r Sincerely,\r Chris Harris\r President\r Foreverlawn Houston LLC\r more

Dog Lovers Paradise 2/23/2009

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! more

Houston best dog facility 2/23/2009

It is a campus like atmosphere when you show up at the dog ranch. My viszla starts wagging her tail uncontrolably with excitment everytime we make the turn to enter the dog ranch. Once you arrive you and your dog are treeted like family. I have a high energy dog and the exercise and workout she gets at the dog ranch is just what she needs. They also have a pick up and delivery service that is great when your schedule is demanding. We also love the dog ranch because we no longer feel guilty when we have to board our dog overnight or for the weekend because we know she is getting plenty of exercise and play time. Besides the great service and programs provided at the dog ranch the facilties are amazing. It looks more like a summer camp for kids than a dog facilty, you have to see it to believe it. For those who want to provide the best for their pets I highly recommend it. more

There is no place like home, except for HDR. 2/23/2009

You never have to worry again about where to board your dogs when you leave town. The staff truly loves dogs and will make sure your dog has a great time. My dogs never like to go anywhere, but the minute we pull up at the ranch, they both jump out the car and are ready to go play. If you are looking for dog daycare, you have found the right place. My dogs come home exhausted, and love to go play with the pack. HDR has thought about every last detail, even down to report cards for owner's so you know what your dog did while you were gone. \r \r Pros: Perfect home away from home. Cons: none. more

A Dog's Dream! 2/23/2009

The Houston Dog Ranch is the best! The facilities are immaculate, the staff is superb and the dogs have a wonderful time here. My dog has been coming to the Ranch since it opened. He looks forward to playing with his friends on ""Big Dog Days"". He actually whines when he arrives because he can hardly wait to get out of the car and then he drags me to the gate to go in. He plays and swims until nap time and then he gets up and does it again until pickup time. I can count on him being loved, well taken care of and well exercised when he is there. The boarding is fabulous and the training is great! This is a ""dog's dream"" place! Your dogs will have a blast and you will never worry about them. Pros: Clean, safe, professional, convenient more

The Ritz for Dogs 2/23/2009

The Houston Dog Ranch rocks! I highly recommend it for anyone needing a place to send their dogs. The facilities are beautiful and clean. Especially the private cabins - they are like the Ritz Carlton for canines! Wish I could check in myself.... Pros: Staff, Amenities, Location, Ease of use (with the bus) Cons: People can't check in! : ) more
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