Welcome to Connecticut's ORIGINAL doggie daycare! Back in the mid '90s we introduced the concept of dogs playing together in large groups to the area. As trainers, we recognized then, the need to properly meet dogs' natural social needs to enhance their training. 25 years later dog daycare's have become commonplace. We appreciate being often imitated, but still, never duplicated! Our four daycare yards offer a massive 30,000 + sq ft of play area, and our daycare dogs love all the new playground equipment, pools, and splash pads! We have two different play surfaces, Synthetic Grass, as well as Engineered Safety Fiber, which is federally regulated, and approved safe for public schools and playgrounds, to ensure your pets safety. Also, for your pets safety we have EIGHT full time daycare personnel on staff, trained to ensure your dog's day is safe and fun! Many others have one, two, or maybe a third person on staff for their daycare. We ensure the most comprehensive supervision in the industry. Don't settle for second best, bring your pet to the largest play areas, with more supervisors on hand, and the most competently trained staff!

We offer discounts to both active and retired military, first responders, as well as VIP discounts for our regulars, in addition to package discounts! There are plenty of ways to save!


John, & Shayna Franco oversee our large daycare staff.  Our talented staff of trainers and daycare supervisors include- Katie Mitchell, Nichole Chasse, Michael Begansky, Amanda Beaulieu, Cassie Henks, Kaitlin Crawford, Sadhana Yoder, Abby Farina, and Liza Van Blarcom. They are all trained to not only watch the dogs play, but to utilize their training knowledge and experience to avoid injuries and maximize your dogs day of fun! To date, three other area daycares have contracted us to train their staff how to run a safer dog daycare yard.

Our daycare guests enjoy a day romping & wrestling with their furry friends or lounging by one of the kiddie pools in the warmer weather. For older, shy, or very small guests, we have a smaller and calmer play area to enjoy. We still get outside during inclement weather too! While we have a large indoor daycare area of over 4,000 sq ft, most of the dogs want to get out to the oversized outdoor yards to really let loose, so we bring the dogs who don't mind the cold, out for 20-30 minute intervals, then back inside to the warmer play area! The staff rotates too, nobody wants to stay in the cold too long! Our favorite compliment is when our clients tell us how tired their dogs are after a day of play at the Resort!


Check out our dog daycare once, and you'll be hooked! Dogs over six months must be spayed or neutered. Vaccinations are required. 


*All dog's attending Doggie Daycare must have proof of Rabies, Distemper, & the Bordatella vaccine.


*New dogs need an appointment for their first day, to be safely introduced into the pack.

*Dogs that have not been to daycare for two months or more must also make an appointment as a "new" dog.

*If your dog was seen as an evaluation by us in the past, and has not

attended daycare for one full month, you must make an appointment

as a "new" dog.


*Doggie Daycare is available Monday - Friday from 6:30am - 7:00pm.

We do not provide Doggie Daycare on Saturdays or Sundays.

Daycare is $33.00 per day or you may be interested in one of our

daycare packages that will save you money!

Daycare packages:

Block of ten: $313.50 ($31.5 per day)

Block of twenty: $594 ($29.70 per day)

And No Expiration dates!


Full day (6:30am - 7:00pm) doggie daycare- $33.00

1/2 day doggie daycare (any 5 hours)- $23.00


*Daycare while boarding is $22.00 per day.   




Meet our Doggie Daycare Staff












A few Testimonials from Doggie Daycare



"I've brought my dog Sophie here for Four years now and I've always felt comfortable leaving her in their care. She comes home exhausted but happy. And it's an absolute convenience for me to drop her to Day Care and have her groomed by the time I pick her up. I highly recommend John Gagnon's."

Theresa Forsythe

"My Dogs love John's Pet Resort. They are always excited to go and when I pick them up you can tell they both had a great time. My older dog Rex enjoys doggy daycare. When I drop him all the other pets going to the resort that day have the same excitement as my dog. He can't wait to get in and play with his friends. John's staff is amazing. I live in Meriden and drive the extra time to Colchester because my dogs enjoy it so much."

Kent Givens

"We’ve been extremely grateful for John Gagnon’s and their staff for several years. One of our dogs is life reactive and we went to a few trainers who wrote her off. The staff at Gagnon’s immediately took to her and saw through her acting out for what it was - anxiety, not aggression. They’ve made it possible for us to have a life outside of our home as their facility is the only place, aside from her house, that Pippa is comfortable. In fact she seems to know the days she’s going to daycare as she wakes up with extra pep in her step. It’s extraordinary to see a dog who screams and alligator rolls when she sees dogs typically, happily prance back to spend the day with dozens of other dogs. There’s also nothing better than walking back to our car after drop off and hearing how excitedly the staff is greeting our dogs by name (not knowing we are even listening).

Aside from them quite literally being Pip’s lifesaver, our recent experience with them took their service to a new level. While we were away they reached out to let us know both of our dogs were sick. They went above and beyond, even taking them to the vet, getting them medication, and making sure they had the best care. The staff stayed in close contact with us and we were able to breathe easy knowing our dogs were being looked after by people who loved them. Couldn’t be more grateful or impressed by the way everyone handled the situation. Thank you!"

Sam Kling


"We really like the Doggie Day Care in John Gagnon's Pet resort!  It is very helpful because the staff are experts so our dog gets socialized good with other dogs. When she is back home she is very tired and happy! She also behaves better after daycare. We feel that she gets treated well even though she's so energetic and out of control. The price is great as well, but it is a bit far away. We will always take our dog to John Gagnon's Pet Resort!"

Olga Reyes

"Our dog, Jewel loves boarding & daycare at JGPR. She gets so excited when we pull in the parking lot The staff is great too and we know Jewel is in good hands while we’re away."

Kristi LeClair

“My dog Sofi absolutely loves going to day care, and this has given her much needed social skills with other dogs.

We love John Gagnons !!”

Jeff B.

“I heard about the 'pet resort' from a couple of co-workers. I brought my little rescue pup in for an assessment with John and a couple of day care days. She's a new dog - outgoing and confident!”

Lisa C.  

"Our dogs are always exhausted when they come home. it means they had a great time hanging out with everyone. Thanks again!"

Keith Masse

"The staff at John Gagnon's is highly skilled and caring. My dog is a new rescue with issues that made other daycare's were reluctant to work with him. He is flourishing at John Gagnon's!!"

Debra Kulak


"I brought my fearful young rescue dog to this daycare facility and they worked with her to get her used to playing with other dogs. After a few times there she was doing great! The staff is very well trained and the play yards are big and beautiful! Highly recommended."

Jane Pattavina​


"We love bringing our one year old puppy there. I think it helps with his socialization, and it wears him out!"

Heidi Perham

"Nothing but great things to say about John Gagnon's Pet Resort. My dog enthusiastically goes to doggie daycare once a week to get his wiggles out! The staff is consistently knowledgeable, friendly and professional. We've boarded our pup several times over the past two years and will continue because of the good care he receives."

Jennifer Boehler


"My dog LOVES to come there for doggie daycare. At the end of the day he comes home VERY HAPPY and RELAXED. Keep up the great work!!!!!!"

Jim Averso


"Hunter always has a wonderful time playing at daycare! Great experience for a dog to mingle with their own kind!"

Paulette & Ron Ganoe


"Just wanted to thank John and the staff for everything they do every day!!! Our German Shepherd, Sadie, is a happy part of the daycare family one to two times a week and she loves it as much as we do ! It's so nice to drop her off in the morning and not have any reason to think about her care until we pick her up at the end of the day!"

Joanne Sommers


I just can not tell you how much Shi has improved since coming to the Resort, but I know you see it too. The staff is fabulous. Your trainer has bent over backwards for us, but all the staff is wonderful. Shiloh loves you all -

Mary Skinner


"Mason passed out 10 minutes after coming home from his first play day at John Gagnon's Pet Resort. A BIG Thank You to your trainer for spending the evaluation time with him!! You are all so wonderful."

Andrea Pastorello


"My one year old lab LUCY loves the daycare experience.  She is high energy and your facility has saved my sanity.  Your place was suggested to me by a Dr. Busch at the vet clinic down the street after I took her in about the 5th time for chewing up items she shouldn't  (even though we had tried to be very vigilant!) She starts whining at the end of the road leading up to your place because she is so excited.

Pat Harris (Lucy's Mom)


Check out our Testimonial page to read more testimonials from our clients!

John Gagnon's Pet Resort

227 Upton Road

Colchester, CT 06415



860-537-2999 Fax

           Business Hours


Monday-Friday 6:30 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday 7:00 am - 2:00 pm 

Sunday- 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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