Dog Boarding & Training at Schulhof Animal Hospital in Westport, CT

Westport Dog Boarding Kennel

Dog Boarding

Why rely on a friend or untrained pet sitter to take care of your pets while you're on vacation, out of town for business or merely at the office all day? Schulhof Animal Hospital's pet boarding facility offers your pet a safe, comfortable and fun place to stay so you can be sure your pet isn't lonely and is well cared for. We offer a high touch boarding experience with three one-on-one walk and discover services out in the fresh air every day as part of our basic board. And by buying one of our special packages, which are an incredible value, your pet will be insured almost constant attention.

Your pet's stay can also be enhanced with medical or wellness care with services such as pedicures, grooming, behavioral and nutritional counseling, yearly check-ups, dental services, flea, tick, and parasite prevention, and even laser therapy for aches and pains. And your pet will always be attended to by highly trained veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians all immediately over seen by veterinarians should your companion develop any kind of problem.

Dog Boarding Packages include:

  • 7x4 Single Suites and 7x7 double Suites, or cozier quarters for pets that are comfortable in smaller spaces
  • Fresh Air Exercise including fetch or free-style play* (you choose what kind)
  • Pupsicle frozen treats (made in house)*
  • Social Time*
  • Comfy Bedding
  • Senior Care*
  • Rescue Remedy (for those that are feeling a little anxious)

* indicates there is an additional charge for this service.

For a slight additional charge, we also offer a Go Home Fresh Bath, teeth brushing, and grooming in our Hair Care Salon.

The Particulars

We also require that all guests are up-to-date with their vaccines:

Dogs are required to have:

  • up to date Rabies vaccination
  • up to date Bordetella vaccination
  • up to date Distemper/Parvo vaccination or valid titer
  • up to date Bi-Valent Flu vaccination
  • a negative Fecal test within 90 days of scheduled boarding

To make certain your pet is in good health, our trained staff will perform a head-to-toe check, take their temperature, and check their weight immediately when your pet arrives. If we find any conditions that we feel should be treated we will contact you immediately. We will perform a second head-to-toe check at time of discharge. If we find any conditions that we feel should be treated we will contact you immediately.

Due to the infectious nature of kennel cough and canine influenza, if your dog has boarded at any other facility within two weeks prior to your scheduled boarding with us, your dog will be kept separate from the general population for the first few days as a precaution.

For safety and hygienic reasons, we DO NOT accept bedding or toys, as we cannot guarantee that they will be returned to you. As a general precaution we do not leave toys or chews in the cages with the pets.

Dog and Puppy Training at Schulhof

Dog and Puppy Training at Schulhof

We have constructed a new Puppy Socialization and Dog Training area with artificial turf and a shade structure in the fenced in area at the back of the animal hospital.

Doggy Day School – Begins February 28th, 2023!

Announcing our Doggy Day School Enrichment Program, starting just in time to get your pup behaving before the Summer vacation!

In Doggy Day School your pup will learn to be well-behaved in multiple situations! The Program will happen in conjunction with Doggy Day Care, and be a once-a-week, day-long, experience for a series of 8-weeks. Pet parents have a choice of Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Each dog’s curriculum will be custom-tailored to their individual training goals and each day will end with a go-home review to teach Pet Parents how to transfer the new skills to at-home life.

Day School activities will be scheduled around improving your dog’s behavior, providing enrichment, and socializing. A morning private training session will be followed by rest and then a playtime to decompress, followed by a second afternoon training session.

Robyn Bartomioli

Before starting Day School, a consultation will be scheduled to discuss your dog’s current behavior and which goals you would like to achieve. From there we will establish a training program that will best set you and your dog up for success.

Day School sessions will be facilitated by Robyn Bartomioli, who has a four-year degree in Canine Management and Training from SUNY Cobleskill.

The 8-week, one-session-per-week, series is $972. Follow up Day School days are $135. The initial consultation is $99. And you can be assured that all of the dogs in the Day School environment are current on their inoculations and are parasite free, as we require up-to-date rabies, Bordetella, a second DHPP shot, and a negative fecal exam.

Group Doggy Training Classes

Why is dog training important?

Dogs are MUCH move loveable when they do not jump up on people, especially strangers, walk by your side on and off leash, instead of dragging you down the path, come when called, especially when a dangerous situation arises, or sit and stay on command, especially when you are dining outdoors or with a group of people. Dogs need to know you are in charge, or they will take charge, and their needs and desires may be different than yours… the majority of dogs are surrendered because of behavioral issues.

What will my dog/puppy learn?

Over the course of time, in our training sessions, your dog will learn to obey the commands, Focus, Sit, Down, Stay, Leave It, and Drop It, as well as Loose Leash Walking and Coming when called. We can also help you solve a variety of behavioral problems, such as Chewing, Jumping, and Nipping, as well as Aggressive Behavior.

Julia King

Who will be training my dog?

Julia King, who is from Germany, is a professional Dog trainer certified by the Animal Behavior College in 2015. Julia has been training Dogs for over 13 years, using positive training methods in different parts of the country. She has worked with all ages and breeds of dogs with many different behavior problems and volunteers her spare time fostering dogs and volunteering with local rescues.

Julia offers 6- week Group Beginner and Advanced Obedience Training courses, which meet once a week, one hour per session, with 3-5 dogs each. Julia also offers individual sessions for dogs with behavioral problems such as nipping, chewing things they shouldn’t, jumping on people, and using the house as a toilet.


Up to date Rabies, Bordetella, and Distemper/Parvo vaccinations are required. Dog aggressive canines cannot participate in group classes, but need to be seen individually.

Call and reserve your spot in one of our training programs today!