Services & Pricing

When comparing pricing, please be aware that at Shady Acres we include many services that are charged as add ons at other facilities. All playtime, medication administration, and feeding of owner food is included.

Dogs play outside

Dogs play outside in our large shade covered yards with friends the majority of the day. Other facilities will charge you a boarding rate and additional fee for playtime or daycare.


In order to provide the absolute best care to all animals, and tailor our services to your pet’s needs, all dogs require an evaluation prior to participating in daycare. You can book your dogs evaluation through the client portal online or call us for more information.



$ 50
  • All Play Time Included
  • Pool Time
  • Additional Dogs $40/dog/night*


$ 55
  • All Play Time Included
  • Reserved Pool Time
  • Tuck In Treat
  • Additional Dogs $45/dog/night*


$ 65
  • All Play Time Included
  • Luxury Oversized Room
  • Luxury Raised Bed
  • Reserved Pool Time
  • Tuck In Treat
  • Additional Dogs $55/dog/night*
* Additional dog discount is offered for dogs from the same owner sharing a room.

Individual Boarding

Shady Acres Pet Ranch is primarily a group play facility. Dogs play in large social groups throughout the day. While we do accept dogs that do not enjoy socialization with other dogs, or dogs that are unable to participate in group play, they require more one-on-one staff time.

Our Individual Boarding service provides 4 potty breaks, one-on-one care and attention from a staff member, and a dedicated space during their stay.

Individual Boarding is required for all dogs that are unable to participate in Group Play.



$ 15
  • All Play Time Included
  • 4 Potty Breaks
  • 1x1 Staff Play Breaks
  • Reserved Pool Time
  • Tuck In Treat

Puppy Boarding

Over the years we have found that puppies have specific needs in order to give them the best boarding experience.

Our Puppy Boarding provides extra potty breaks, more one on one care and attention from a staff member, and a dedicated space during their stay. In addition to standard outdoor play times, Puppy Boarding adds 3 additional potty breaks with a staff member.

Puppy Boarding is required for all puppies 6 months and younger. Puppy Boarding can be booked for dogs older than 6 months that need additional potty breaks or outside time. Only Puppy siblings share rooms, adult dogs board in their own rooms.


$ 65
  • All Play Time Included
  • 3 Extra Potty Breaks
  • Reserved Pool Time
  • Chew Toy
  • Additional Puppy $55/dog/night*
* Additional dog discount is offered for dogs from the same owner sharing a room.

Doggy Daycare

Our Daycare program is designed for social dogs who enjoy playing in groups with other dogs throughout the day. Dogs play in groups of 15-25 throughout the day in our large shaded play yards and pool area.

Dogs will be evaluated for their fit into our daycare program. Please call to schedule your evaluation.


$ 30
  • Reservation Required
  • All Play Time Included
  • Pool Time Included
  • Daycare Drop-Ins without a reservation will incur a $5 drop in fee for a total of $35 / Day. Please reserve your Daycare!


Available Monday-Friday
Boarding Enrichment Add-on Available All Days

Our Dayschool program is designed for dogs who do not enjoy socialization in groups. Dayschool dogs receive one on one attention from staff members during their day.

A dedicated Dayschool staff member will prepare a fun day of activities tailored specifically to your Dog. These activities include Brain Game Puzzles, Playing Fetch and Frisbee, Outdoor Walks, or Treadmill Exercise depending on what your dog enjoys.

Micro Socialization can be used for Dogs who enjoy one-on-one time with another dog, smaller groups of 2-3 dogs, or dogs who are needing to be introduced to, or work up to, socialization.


$ 45
  • Reservation Required
  • All Play Time Included
  • Mid-Day Treat
  • Activities Throughout Day:
  • Brain Games
  • Fetch and Frisbee
  • Outdoor Walks
  • Treadmill Work
  • Micro Socialization

Spa Bathing

Includes Shampoo, Cream Rinse, Ears Wiped, Light Brushing, & Fragrance

Prices Based Upon Size & Hair Length




Extra LArge

1-20 lbs

21-60 lbs

61-80 lbs

80+ lbs

$25 Short

$35 Short

$40 Short

$50 Short

$30 Long

$40 Long

$45 Long

$55 Long

De-Shed Furminator Services Add $20-$80 Depending on coat and Size

Other Services

Nail GRind $20

Ears Cleaned $5

Bluebery Facial $5

Teeth Brushing $5

Check Out Time

We operate much like a hotel, our rooms are charged per night and per dog.

Our check out time is 1pm, this allows us to prepare our rooms for other dogs that are arriving on your departure day.

If you check out after 1pm there is a late checkout fee of $25.

We do not charge this fee on Sundays because pick up is only from 3pm-6pm.

Food and Medications

  • Medications: No Charge
  • Client food individually bagged in ziplocks by feeding: No Charge
  • Client food not individually bagged by feeding: $5/dog/day
  • Kennel food: $5/dog/day

Holiday Booking Deposit Policy

Holiday bookings require a 50% deposit. During holidays we reach capacity and early cancellation of your reserved space is critical. The deposit is refundable if canceled 14 days prior to start of your stay. The deposit for holiday bookings not canceled 14 days prior to the start of your stay, including early returns, is non-refundable.

Peak Season Rates

Due to the increased demand and higher labor costs during peak occupancy periods, we implement a $7/night price adjustment per pet during the following times:

Peak Days

  • Spring Break / SXSW – March 8-24
  • Easter Weekend – March 29th-April 1
  • Memorial Day Weekend – May 24-28
  • Summer – June 1 – August 31
  • Labor Day Weekend – August 30th-September 4
  • ACL Festival – October 4-7 and 11-14
  • Thanksgiving – November 21 – December 3
  • Holiday Season – December 15 – January 5
After Hours Pick-Up Fees:

After Hours Pick-Up can be requested in case of emergency situations. Availability of after hours pick-up is not guaranteed, it must be requested by client and confirmed by staff. After hours pick-up is not offered in cases of convenience, a staff member must be dispatched, and paid, to accommodate your request and these requests are granted for emergencies only.

Please call Shady Acres for details.


Within 1 hour of opening/closing


Within 2 hours of opening/closing

Frequently Asked Questions

At most boarding facilities dogs are kept in kennels all day and night, they are walked 2-3 times a day for 10 minutes each walk. This means that your dog spends 23 hours and 30 minutes of every day locked in a kennel.

We never charge for playtime. Most facilities will charge you for extra walks, but to equal the amount of playtime your dog receives at Shady Acres each day, you would need to spend hundreds of dollars per day at a typical facility.

Shady Acres was designed to lower dogs stress and give them the fun experience of playing with other dogs the majority of the day.

No, dogs play outside in groups all day. All play time is included in your pricing.

No, all dogs are placed in play yards with access to the pool throughout their stay. If you would like to guarantee your dog receives pool time each day, you can choose our Deluxe or Luxury boarding which provides your dog reserved pool time each day.

No, we do not charge any fees to administer medications.

Yes, we ask that you bag your food by feeding. If you do not bag your food by feeding, we will charge $5 per dog per day to prepare your meals by feeding.

Yes, we charge $5 per dog per day to feed our kennel food.

The simple answer is efficiency, accuracy, and storage.

One of the most time consuming activities for our staff is feeding. We must focus on accuracy of meals and medications for each dog we care for and that takes time.

When we started out, most owners brought bags of food with instructions on how much to feed and what times. For each dog we would need to refer to those instructions, measure food, take the food to the room, feed the dogs, then return to the storage cubbies for the next dog. We would also have owners drop off large storage containers and bags(sometimes 50lb bags) of food with a scoop. We do not have the storage space for these large containers or bags.

By asking owners to prepare their food by feeding, we were able to be more efficient. We also know that you have measured and prepared the correct type and amount of food for each specific feeding.

We are a small family owned facility that can only board a limited number of dogs. As we gained popularity in the Austin area our facility began to operate at capacity most of the year. This started to cause a logistical problem.

About 80% of our outgoing reservations were being picked up after 4pm and about 90% of our incoming reservations were being dropped off before 10am. This meant that between 10am and 4pm we would have double the amount of dogs we could handle.

Having a 1pm check out time allows us to clean our rooms, prepare for incoming dogs, while not compromising the level of care we provide for each animal.

We do not have any breed restrictions.

All dogs 8 months and older must be spayed/neutered. There are a couple reasons why dogs must be spayed/neutered to stay with us:

We are a group play facility, all dogs play in large groups outdoors for the majority of the day. We can not have intact animals in the play groups.

Even if intact dogs were allowed to stay in rooms and not participate in groups, other dogs sense intact animals and it causes all of the animals behavior to change.

We do not recommend placing bedding inside rooms. When dogs stay away from home they can become nervous and will often times chew on and ingest bedding. This can lead to serious health concerns including the need for surgery.

If you request bedding, and sign a bedding waiver, we will provide fleece bedding for your dog.

We do not accept toys to be placed inside rooms. When dogs stay away from home they can become nervous and will often times chew on and ingest toys. This can lead to serious health concerns including the need for surgery.