PLF is a full-service dog psychology, training, and canine care facility with programs that service behavioral and physical needs through a NON-KENNELING, comprehensive approach for your “Child with Paws”. We know how to give your dog a stress free vacation of his/her own!
As the only non-kenneling, family owned and operated, dog care facility in the Knoxville area that uses the “Dog Whisperer’s” dog-psychology techniques, we make KNOWING your dog our priority so we can see them as an individual and not a number. Insured and licensed, our facility is MORE than just a dog lover petting your dog but a licensed nurse assessing your pet! Now with more than 700 customers and 80% repeat business, we are certain your dog can do this too, see our “New Pack Members” link for the process for new dogs to join the PACK!
Non-kenneling dog boarding means visiting dogs are not kept in cages or “runs” for their stay, only at night. (we also do not use any “visual boundaries” either or children’s playhouses and call ourselves “cageless”). Your dog will learn the importance of being a dog and participating in a pack of dogs under supervision of our dog psychology-behavioral trainers, all under ONE FLAT RATE–all our competitors charge to walk them, feed them, play time, cuddle time, etc. NOT HERE! It really is one flat rate with add-on services of your choice and schedule needs. With 25 years experience, we are NOT a family looking to supplement our income. This is our primary focus and dedication. Please see our New Pack Membership and Promo page to see how to get your dog a PACK APPROVAL! (Please note: any services that you require that break up the cycle of PACK care WILL cost an additional fee. Read more below and come for a tour so you can see for your self.)
Sound to good to be true?
We are committed to giving your “child with paws” the best individual care while allowing them to “be a dog.” Dogs are pack oriented–meaning, being in a pack is their natural instinct. We all know if left to their own demise, the pack would kill each other working out who’s going to be “top dog.” This is why we keep a human with them at all times, a dog walker (in season) to keep them tired, activities to keep them entertained, and time in their beds at night to rest and start again the next day. View our public feedback on Google, and if it still sounds to good to be true, come for a tour and see for yourself. We specialize in meeting special needs for your dog at no extra charge (giving meds, special diets, physical handicaps) All of our customers tell us one of two things: #1 “As soon as i got off your exit, my dog went crazy in the car knowing where he was and wanting to hurry up and get to PLF to play!” and #2 “He slept upon his return home for the first 12hrs, only getting up to drink and potty!” bet you don’t hear that after you get your dog from staying in a crate at your local vet’s office or staying in a conventional kennel where they are lucky to get walked and typically come home with illness due to stress! We are proud to report that only 1 in 1200 that vacationed with us this past year needed to be treated for stress! (most kennels and vets have 1 in 3, that’s why “they provide the food!” This costs you an additional $75-100 on your return home in vet expense!)
Cost: offered at an hourly rate for play dates of $3.00/hr with savings of $14/day for 2 day minimum per week.(ask about our flat rate, daily daycare options!) OR daily rate vacation stays: Under 30lbs is $25/day, 30-60 is $28 and Over 60-80 lbs is $30/day. Call our office for information or schedule a FREE tour. (see our “New Pack Members and Promotions page for ways to save). The time you drop off the first day is the time you have on the last day to pick up or you are charged for another day. We believe it is our job to entertain your pup, so its just one flat rate. (no charge for walking, feeding, giving meds, etc.) Yes, it is, THAT SIMPLE! Pay an extra $20/day/dog and keep your pet out of the cage at night and in the owner’s bed! YES! WE WILL EVEN SLEEP WITH YOUR DOG LIKE YOU DO! (Limited space available for this service, and the dog must not have a physical disability to participate. Call our office for more information!)
WHAT YOUR MONEY COVERS: Dog Walker, Feeding, Supervised Cage Free time for 14hrs, 24hr staffing on the property, activities, updates to our pet parents, after hour availability for emergency booking, medication administration, health assessments, and more. See our “New Pack Membership and Promo” link for ways to save. We run the cleanest facility in town…come see for yourself!
Please note: NO TOURS can be done over major holidays or busy weekends when we are booked full for the protection of the PACK. For the dog boarding safety, we MUST keep them in a proper state of mind at all times, and tours disrupt this. We apologize for any inconvenience and are willing to work a tour in anytime outside of that if at all possible. But as our business grows and becomes more popular, we hope new guests will understand.
- Specializing (but not limited to) in the care of medically fragile dogs, to “well” to be at the vet
- Physically Handicapped dogs
- Dogs that need medication on a regular basis
- Coordinating care between vets while you are out of town
–”Individualized care, because I KNOW your dog. You are investing in a program for a place your dogs will want to return to for his/her care. NOT a one-time visit. I purposely do 90% of the care myself so that you the owner not only deal with me, but you have MORE than just “a dog lover” caring for your beloved pet while you go on a vacation you earned!” -Sona Pyle, LPN, AS, Owner of PLF
Customer Tara wrote: - Feb 29, 2012
“My dachshund Charlie is paralyzed from the waist down. I am very apprehensive when he is boarded. Sona and the staff at Puppy Luv Farms took excellent care of Charlie, including expressing his bladder. Charlie felt right at home with the dogs at PLF. I received texts messages and; photos daily so that I could see how well he was doing. Not all boarding facilities would know how to take proper care of a paralyzed pet. Sona knows how to handle these pets with her nursing background and; knowledge of dogs. When I picked Charlie up to go home, he wasn’t even excited to see me, because he wanted to stay. I will definitely be a return customer and; recommend this place to anyone that wants the best care for their dog!”
Customer Deb wrote:
“I would give TEN stars if I could! My boys LOVE staying with Sona and her dachshunds! We were delighted to find a non-kenneling boarding home at such reasonable costs. Every time my boys boarded with their vet or at Pet Safe Village, one would have explosive diarrhea for a week! They have boarded twice with Sona and come home happy and healthy! They always smell great too from the bath! The best part is the pictures she will text you showing them all having a ball! Recently my older baby passed on. His brother was so grief-stricken that he didn’t eat or get off the couch for a week. Finally, it occurred to me to take him back to Puppy Luv for a few days of playtime in her doggie day care program. he was eating and playing again in no time! We are so grateful to have Sona and Puppy Luv Farms! She understands that my dogs are my children and gives them an abundance of love when I have to go out of town. I wish I had found her sooner!”
Things to bring: (please write your dog’s name on everything!)
AFTER WE HAVE MET YOUR PET (SEE THE NEW PACK MEMBERSHIP PROMO PAGE)
- your pet’s food
- HIGH protein snacks (no Milkbones will be accepted) We recommend dry chicken strips. If you forget or would rather, your dog can eat from the Organic Bakery menu here on site at PLF! Cost is 10/wk and if your dog does not stay the full week, we will send him home with a doggie bag. PLEASE NOTE: all dogs must have these high protein snack for their blood sugar to be regulated from all the playing and exercise, so your bill will reflect a $10 fee/week for treats. If you don’t provide enough for the calorie intake we need to get your dog to eat, we will add bakery cost to your bill. Call ahead to see what your size dog and age needs. REMEMBER: they are playing and training here! NOT a conventional issue at boarding facilities of the vet or kennel.
- something that smells like home–typically a blanket or dog bed they sleep on
- shot records from your vet of Rabies, Bordatella (Kennel Cough), and DTTP
- you can request a copy of our contract to be emailed to you if you are in a rush to catch a plane. Email is: email@example.com
All reservations FOR DOG BOARDING: require a $50 deposit per dog (non refundable should you need to cancel, it is however, a credit on your bill at pick up) Book now to schedule “your dog’s vacation!!” For customers that need to cancel, sometimes things happen and you can’t go on vacation. Beginning 3/1/12, we will now hold your deposit on your account for you to use at a future date with a 72 hour notice (expect major holidays, this is then non refundable or a credit). Just give us a call when you are ready to reschedule!
Our policy for Major Holidays:
Our “PACK Pawtys” for all dog boarding guests have become very popular! (see the blue link below) To help cover costs this will be a flat rate fee added to your bill. In addition, just before you pick them up, we will have your dog washed and fluffed with a GO-Dana and their name on it! HOLIDAYS BOOK 2 WEEK MINIMUM IN ADVANCE!! The rate is a flat $20 per dog ($30 per dog for dual holiday weeks) a one time fee, not charged daily!!!. Holidays that it applies to:
- Spring break (Knox co)
- Memorial day
- July 4th
- Labor day
- Thanksgiving (all guests need to check in by 6pm Wed night)
- New Years
See pics of our previous holiday events here!
“We keep the PACK size small to give the best service possible to you and your dog! Quality care that ensures YOU and your dog have the best experience possible!” -the Owner
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OFFICE HOURS OF OPERATION:
TUES 4p-6p BY APPT ONLY for drop off and pick up at no service charge. Call ahead to schedule this
PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE CLOSED FOR LUNCH 12N-2P ON WEEK DAYS AND SAT.
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