The doggie shuttle picks up Scooby every Thursday and takes him to camp at Markim Pet Resort in Carmel Valley. It sounds ridiculous, but since our housekeeper and gardener come on Thursdays it’s just easier to have him out of the house. Otherwise, he’d tail them around.

Trust me, if he wasn’t having a blast at camp, I wouldn’t send him. He’s 70lbs of pure muscle and very needy. If he didn’t want to go, he wouldn’t get on the shuttle. He is totally wiped out when he comes home.

There’s more room on the La Jolla shuttle, so let me tell you about why it’s beneficial for him overall. If you don’t live in San Diego, I’m sure you can find a service near you.

About Camp Run-A-Muck

Basically, the dogs can run around together in a safe, supervised, spacious environment. Big dogs are together and little dogs have their own area. There’s plenty of shade, things to climb on, and people to hang out with. During summer months, on certain days, the dogs can swim in the heated pool.

If you don’t want to put your dog on the shuttle, pull up to the doggie valet at Markim at drop-off where you don’t have to get out of your car. To enroll in camp, your dog will need to go through an evaluation first, to make sure he or she is a good fit.

The Shuttle (Temporarily Out-Of-Service)

The shuttle picks up Scooby around 8:00am and drops him off around 4:30-5:30pm. The dogs ride safely to camp inside kennels. Cost to/from La Jolla is $12 each way, $24 round trip. We buy packages so our discounted camp rate is $28 per time. The shuttle to La Jolla runs on Thursdays but heads to other parts of San Diego on other days.

The Benefits Of Dog Day Camp

Scooby goes every Thursday because of the activity at our house plus:

  • We travel a lot so it makes me feel better to board him at a place he’s familiar with. He can go to camp during the day and sleep at Markim at night while we’re gone.
  • It gives him exposure to other dogs. Dogs are meant to be in pack.
  • I can have him taken out of camp for one-on-one training every once in a while.
  • He gets more exercise on camp days than I could ever give him.
  • He’s very attached. It’s helpful for him to be around other people.
  • I can be gone from the house all day without worrying about letting him in or out.
  • Sometimes, I’ll schedule grooming in the late afternoon so he comes home from camp clean and with clipped nails.
  • It gives me a break from walking him.

Basically, it’s convenient, he likes it and good for all of us. We’re very happy with the service so give it a try.

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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