The Retreat for Top Dogs

#1 Dog Day Care & Boarding Facility in DuPage

Dog walking ahead of human.

What We Offer

Top Dog Retreat constantly strives to be your dog’s favorite destination. Established in 2010 as the first full service facility within Elmhurst focused on dog daycare, boarding, and enrichment services, our goal is to break the mold of your standard doggy daycare or dog boarding business and prioritize your dog’s physical and mental health while in our care. That is the Top Dog Retreat promise to each one of our clients that we care for them like the big family we are. 

Our Services


Your dog will be pampered by a professional staff dedicated to providing a safe and happy environment.


From dawn until dusk, every day brings new adventures here at Top Dog Retreat. Your pooch will love meeting new friends while improving their overall socialization skills. 


As a pet parent you must be concerned about the health of your dog. The cleanliness and beauty of your puppy is important since it keeps them germ-free and boosts their overall mood. Our experienced and friendly team provides excellent grooming services for your dogs. Check out everything we have to offer.


Your dog will love the opportunity to participate in an array of mental stimulation exercises to make their stay here at Top Dog Retreat even more fun. Sessions can be added to any daycare or boarding stay.



Acknowledging the significant impact of Dog Training on the overall quality of life for both you and your pup, Top Dog Retreat stands out. Our professional dog trainers in Elmhurst employ positive motivation techniques, working diligently to transform your dog into a stellar companion.

Why Choose Top Dog Retreat?

Playing Doesn’t Get Any Better

Exercise, socialization and fun are Top Dog Retreat’s ingredients for Play through the dog days of summer, the confinement of a cold winter, or all year round. Daycare can be an excellent addition to the partnership you have with your dog. Rescued dogs can build confidence, puppies learn how to play with others, active breeds can run, play and interact to “wear their batteries down”.

Stay As Long As You Need

A “Lodge” to meet the needs of each Retreat guest is what you’ll find at Top Dog Retreat. Whether your family member will stay one, two or multiple nights, they will enjoy clean, comfortable accommodations from a variety of sizes and services to make them feel completely at home.

Learning for an Enriched Life

Learning means discovering how to interact with others. Learning is stimulating, through coordinated playgroups. Learning is training, from experienced, qualified trainers. In an atmosphere full of friends, interaction and teaching, dogs will uncover capabilities and talents that will help them grow.

Dog chewing on orange ball.
Dog being fed a treat.

Shop Your Pup’s Favorites

Come shop our bow-tique! Does your dog need some swag? Top Dog Retreat’s own Bow-tique is the place. Stop in and see our collection of accessories and snacks for your pup! Your pooch and wallet will thank you for it. 


Dr. J. Vernot

My 9.5 year old bloodhound comes to Top Dog Retreat twice a week for daycare and stays for boarding when I am out of town. She loves coming to play with all of her “young friends” so much that she starts to howl when we arrive. I’m sure that all the love and fun and exercise is keeping her young!

Luaunna H

I am really happy that we found Top Dog Retreat and Sasha is happy too. Our confidence in the experience she has when there is very high, evidenced by the way she drags me into the facility when I drop her off. We are also grateful for the boarding so she is in a familiar environment, and we can vacation worry free. Everyone is very nice, seems to know Sasha well, and they like her. I also am aware that they care for Sasha’s special needs when there are thunderstorms or other weather changes. I highly recommend Top Dog Retreat.

Megan D

Top Dog Retreat has been a blessing! They are thorough, professional and courteous. I transferred my dog from a different daycare, and I can tell you first-hand that Top Dog Retreat should be called Top Notch! They evaluate your dog, take the time to speak with you on their observations, and most importantly my high-energy dog is well taken care of!

Colette C

Top Dog Retreat has brought us major peace of mind … all of our worries about who could care best for our dog when we are not able, have been alleviated. Our dog Duke attends daycare and occasional boarding, and he can’t wait to get there and play. The staff is top notch with handling him and giving us tips on how to be better dog owners! We couldn’t be happier with our choice! We love Top Dog!

Jill M

Since the day we first came to tour Top Dog Retreat, we have loved it. The facility is top notch, the staff well trained and knowledgeable, and the customer service is excellent. Josie comes for periodic daycare and boarding. She loves walking in the door and is never anxious to leave. We were most impressed with the evaluation process to assess her personality and ability to interact with different types of dogs. We know she is happy and in good hands when she is at Top Dog Retreat.

Lori R

We love Top Dog Retreat! Our dog loves Top Dog and doesn’t want to come home…which makes my kids sad; ) The best experience is bringing Remy because she’s so happy and tired when we pick her up! Great group of people — very professional and nice! A++++

Mark S

We started bringing our dog CiCi to Top Dog Retreat after realizing that using a dog walker wasn’t giving her the exercise and mental stimulation she needed. Now, when we walk in their door at 7am her whole backside is wagging — every time. Dogs can’t fake being happy and excited. CiCi loves coming to Top Dog Retreat…and she returns home tired and happy.

Paul K

We have been customers at Top Dog Retreat for well over a year and a half now. I can honestly say the staff have been lifesavers. To say that our dog is “energetic” would be a tremendous understatement. Not only is Bear able to get all of that extra energy out, I know that he is in a safe environment with professionals that truly know their craft. Donna, Jan and the team are great about reinforcing good behavior and not allowing bad habits to fly as “OK”. We have seen marked differences in Bear’s general behavior and attitude, responsiveness to commands, as well as he no longer views the couch as his.