Dogs have always been a passion for Carol Small, having owned dogs her entire life. Carol has two dogs, a Jack Russel named Little Dog, and a Doberman named Athena, both rescues. After extensive research and traveling to Bend, OR for intensive hands on training in dog pack behavior she opened her own Doggie Daycare / Kennel, Poochie Play, in February 2009.


Poochie Play is a spacious facility with thousands of square feet of indoor / outdoor play space. Carol strongly believes in doggie daycare being essential for dog owners that work to have a happy dog. Even just a few days a week, having exercise and socialization makes such a difference in their overall happiness.


Poochie Play offers a clean facility with hands-on staff and reasonable rates.


DayCare: We offer indoor / outdoor supervised play time Monday – Friday from 6:30 am – 6 pm. Saturdays from 8 am – 5 pm. We close for nap time from 12 – 1:30 pm. Since some dogs have allergies we recommend that if you want us to give your dog a snack during naptime that you provide it. Dogs have separated play spaces between large and small dogs.


Boarding: We offer boarding in the most modern kennel setting. Dogs are individually kenneled in their own kennel run with a bed. Dogs are not crated for overnights. We will allow a single blanket and one toy. We do not recommend large beds since it is difficult to wash these items should an accident occur. We also ask that you bring your dog’s food with you as to not upset their stomach. Dogs that stay overnight are welcome to participate in daycare as long as they are well behaved with no extra charge. Pick up on Monday – Saturday is by noon otherwise there is an extra fee. Late pick up on Sunday does not incur an extra fee.


Grooming: We offer full Service grooming by one of our expert groomers. Your dog can get a nail trim, bath, ear cleaning, a brush out, trim or a full haircut. Inquire for pricing.


Vaccines: Bordatella (Kennel Cough), DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Para Influenza, Parvovirus), and rabies. We will require proof of shots and additionally proof of a clean fecal test in the past year from your veterinarian.


About Poochie Play & Stay

Carol Small, owner




200 Shaw Road

North Branford, CT 06471


M-F 6:30 AM – 6 PM

Saturday: 8 AM - 5 PM

Sunday: 8 AM - 9AM or 5 PM - 6 pm