Day Care

Enjoy a Day at The Ranch

Your loved one is safely driven, via the 101 Hwy, to our beautiful Ranch location where they are cared for and engage in social activities with other dogs.

Day Care

The K-Nine Solutions Ranch is in beautiful Santa Ynez California surrounded by picturesque mountains, rolling hills and wide-open spaces! It’s a great place, where a “dog can be a dog!” The K-Nine ranch is known for its caring, experienced staff, and outstanding customer service. We follow an “open pack” concept with plenty of indoor and outdoor areas for dogs to play, socialize, learn and relax.

At the K-Nine Ranch we have a very different business model than other daycare and boarding facilities. What makes us unique from our competitors is that we are first and foremost dog trainers. We've created a model with a structured day that supports training opportunities for all dogs. The trainers and kennel staff work together to create a safe and positive environment for dogs that is enriching both physically and mentally. We encourage fun and activity, but we also reinforce good manners and obedience all day long.

Every dog gets a free daycare & boarding evaluation prior to their stay at the K-Nine Ranch to make sure they are a good fit for the ranch. Some dogs are very outgoing and curious while others are more reserved and shy. We always make sure your dog is ready to be introduced to our pack and will not be overwhelmed. We take our time introducing them to the play yards so their experience is a positive one. If all goes well, owners may leave their dogs in daycare for the remainder of the day for free. Boarding dogs, like daycare dogs, get full access to the play yards all day. Boarding accommodations include private kennels in well ventilated, heated rooms complete with comfy beds and fresh linens. The K-Nine Ranch accepts long-term and short-term boarding requests and a staff member is on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Training walks and other services may be added to a standard boarding stay if clients would like to keep their dog sharp and consistent with their rules and commands.

We see many dogs who have spent a lot of time alone, in the shelter, or simply spend more time with humans than dogs. The daycare and boarding environment can be challenging for them. Our goal is to socialize dogs, bolster their confidence and teach them to relax and have fun with other dogs. We give them every chance to succeed and BE A DOG!

Transportation to The Ranch: For a small transportation fee, we are happy to pick your dog up from your home, or you can drop your dog off at our Santa Barbara location for transportation to The Ranch. Your dog is kept safe and secure in our fully equipped van and will travel via Hwy 101 to The Ranch. WE DO NOT TRANSPORT DOGS VIA 154!

K-Nine Solutions is a veteran owned and operated business and proudly offers Veterans and Active Duty members of the military as well as first responders, 10% off daycare, boarding and training. Santa Ynez Valley residents also get a good neighbor discount. The ranch has been inspected and permitted (#2019-14) by the County of Santa Barbara and K-Nine Solutions is licensed, bonded and insured.

Daycare Rates (Santa Ynez Valley residents… Please inquire about our Good Neighbor Special Pricing!)

  • Daycare Day with transportation from SB location = $40
  • Daycare Day with no transportation = $34
  • 10 Pack of pre-paid daycare = $350 with transport to/from SB Shop 
  • 1/2 Day rate (up to 5 hrs) = $25 (no transport)
  • Pick up/Drop off at your home (if within our service area) = $15 each way

*Santa Ynez Valley Residents please inquire about our "Good Neighbor Discount”

Boarding Rates

  • Nightly Rate = $65 With transport from SB location $75
  • 10 Pack of pre-paid nights = $625
  • Late Checkout (pick up after 12pm) = $25

*Santa Ynez Valley Residents please inquire about our "Good Neighbor Discount”

Transportation to and from ranch

  • Pick up and drop off from SB Haley St. location $10 round trip
  • Pick up and drop off from your home $30 round trip (MUST BE SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE)

FREE DOG EVALUATION! Register for a FREE 1/2 day evaluation today.

Register for a FREE 1/2 day evaluation today. 

We do an evaluation for all dogs to make sure they are a good fit for the ranch. As you know some dogs are very outgoing and curious, while others are more reserved and shy. We always make sure your dog is ready and will not be overwhelmed. We take our time introducing them to daycare and the play yards so the experience is a positive one.

We match dogs/puppies with dogs of similar temperaments, so it is not just by size.  Our kennel staff is in the yard supervising at all times. If we see a dog getting tired or overwhelmed, we give them a break and put them in another yard to lounge a bit.

The evaluation is free, so if you are interested in setting up a visit to the ranch please let us know.


Daycare and Overnight Boarding Policy

Reservations and Check-In

Please call any time during to make a reservation. You may bring your dog in any time on the day you are scheduled to Check-In. To guarantee your reservation, we require a one night’s deposit to hold the space. This deposit will be applied to your Invoice at Check-Out. Please see our Cancellation Policy below.

Reservations during Holiday Periods require a $75 nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit. Our Front Desk is closed to the public on the following Holidays and will not Check-In or Check-Out Pets on these days:

  • New Years Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • July 4
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Check Out

Check Out time is 12:00 p.m. for all Pets on the day of scheduled departure. For Pets checking out after 12:00 p.m., a late check out fee of $25 per dog will be added. We are happy to release Pets to authorized people other than the Owners if the Owner cannot meet the scheduled 12:00 p.m. Check Out Time. Full Payment is due at time of Check Out. Pets not picked up before closing may incur same nightly boarding charge for each unscheduled night’s stay.


Non-holiday deposits are refundable if the reservation is cancelled 48 hours prior to scheduled Check-In time. Refundable deposit will be refunded to a credit card. The $75 deposit for Holiday Periods are nonrefundable, nontransferable and will not be kept on record for future stays.

If you are unable to Check-In or Check-Out your Pet as scheduled, you may designate another responsible person to do this for you. You must notify us with the person’s name and telephone # with authorization. All payments are due prior to Pet Checking Out and being released from our Facilities.

Holiday reservations will be at full capacity. Altering existing reservations is not recommended and can only be done if space allows.

Note: Early Check-Outs during our Holiday period will be charged for the entire stay.


The K9 Ranch is happy to waitlist your pet when our facility is at full capacity and is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Your request must be reserved with a refundable deposit. All cancellations will be treated as stated above in our Cancellation Policy.

Vaccination Policy

The K9 Ranch meets all USDA requirements for boarding facilities, and one of the ways we do this is by requiring all pets staying with us to have up-to-date vaccination records on file. The required vaccinations for Dogs include Rabies, Distemper/Lepto/Parvo, and Bordetella. We Cannot Accept Your Pet For Boarding If We Do Not Have Up-To-Date Vaccination Records! Even if your Pet has had the vaccinations, if we do not have the records, we cannot accept your Pet into our facility. To ensure a worry-free Check-In, we require vaccination records at least 72 hours before the date of your Check-In. We also request a hard copy of the vaccination at check-in.

Vaccinations should be given at least 2-5 days prior to visiting us for boarding or daycare. In particular, if you get a Bordetella intranasal vaccination we cannot allow your Dog into our facility for at least 24 hours.

Proof of your pet’s vaccination will not be kept on file. We require vaccination records be faxed or emailed 72 hours in advance of your arrival to help simplify and speed up your Check-In. We also request a hard copy of the vaccination at Check-In.

Titres are accepted in lieu of vaccinations. The K9 Ranch accepts Pets at twelve (12) weeks of age as long as they have at least two (2) series of their Bordetella and Distemper vaccinations.

For All Dogs and Puppies;

  • DHLPP: Initial puppy shots required, Booster thereafter every three years.
  • Rabies: At 16 weeks of age, thereafter as required by law.
  • Bordetella: Recommended every six months, required yearly.

While vaccinations are very helpful in preventing the spread of infectious disease, they do not provide 100 percent protection. Therefore, at The K9 Ranch we do our very best to ensure that our facility is as sanitary as possible. We follow industry standard cleaning procedures. We also train our staff to be on the lookout for any signs of illness in any of the pets in our care. Vaccination records can be emailed to: [email protected].

Collars and Personal Items

You may send your pet with their flat collar, but we do not keep leashes. We are not responsible for items left at Check-In or Check-Out. The K9 Ranch provides all pets with a dog cot and clean fleece bedding. If you wish to send comfort items with your dog, a flat bed or blanket is preferred. You may leave one durable chew toy for them to enjoy in their kennel suite. Please label all dog belongings with your dog’s first and last name. The K9 Ranch cannot guarantee that personal items will be returned, or be returned undamaged, so please do not bring items that are not replaceable.


To reduce digestive upset we encourage owners to bring their dog's normal food. Please bring only enough pre-measured food to cover your dog’s entire stay. Please label the food container with your dog’s name and feeding amount. Please do not bring bowls, scoops or cups. If you prefer, or if you forget your dog’s food, we will provide a high-quality, age-specific food for $10.00 per day. Please advise us of any food restrictions, and or allergies.

The K9 Ranch feeds twice a day. If your dog requires more than that, please let us know, we are happy to accommodate. For dogs that come together, but need to be fed separately, please be sure to note this at the time of your booking.


The K9 Ranch Staff are happy to administer any veterinarian prescribed medications your Pet requires, with the exception of injections. Please make sure to tell our staff when making a reservation that your Pet will need medication. As required by the USDA, medications must be brought in their original container from the vet or pharmacy and be clearly labeled with your Pet’s name, veterinarian contact info, and dosage. There is no charge for administering prescribed medication with the exception of medicated baths. Nonprescribed medications, supplements, ointments, etc. will incur a $7.00 per day charge unless these supplements are included in individual baggies along with the Pet’s food. The K9 Ranch cannot guarantee that the Pet will ingest them, however. If any medications have to be administered after hours, a $25.00 surcharge will be applied.

The K9 Ranch reserves the right to refuse any Pet that is not up to date on vaccinations or shows signs of illness or injury. Any Pet that shows evidence of fleas or ticks will be given a medicated bath at the owner’s expense.

Elder Care

The K9 Ranch has your Pet’s best interest in mind. It is important to us that we can provide the best care for your dog. As a Pet ages, the risks while Boarding increases; therefore, we may charge a Special Needs rate of $75/night for boarding of dogs that require additional time and attention to manage. All canine guests over 9 years of age will be asked a series of questions to determine their eligibility for overnight boarding.

Elder Boarding Considerations

  • Is your dog indpendently mobile?
  • Does your dog have any debilitating medical conditions?
  • Does your dog have incontinence issues?
  • Does your dog have any special needs?

If we deem your dog requires more support than we can offer on site, we may recommend a pet sitter or medical board for your Pet. Please let us know and we can refer one to you.

Rescue, Shelter, Foster Pets

Because the stress of relocating to a new home on top of kenneling can affect a Dog’s immune system, we require a 10-day waiting period for Boarding or Daycare for Dogs coming from these types of organizations. This policy is in place to help ensure that Dogs are healthy and not incubating any contagious diseases.

Veterinary Care

If any dog needs emergency medical attention, the K9 Ranch reserves the right to transport the animal to a veterinarian of its choice and/or administer medicine and/or give other advisable attention within reasonable and sole discretion and judgment at the owner’s expense. We will make every attempt to contact you within a reasonable time before doing so.

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