Happy Dog Kennel (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)

  • 6516 N Cliff Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
  • +1 605-332-0595
  • Rated 4.3/5 with 50 verified reviews.
  • Website
  • Monday: 7 AM-6 PM
  • Tuesday: 7 AM-1 PM,4-6 PM
  • Wednesday: 7 AM-1 PM,4-6 PM
  • Thursday: 7 AM-1 PM,4-6 PM
  • Friday: 7 AM-6 PM
  • Saturday: 7 AM-1 PM,4-6 PM
  • Sunday: 7-9 AM,4-6 PM

Happy Dog Kennel Customer Reviews Summary

We’ve analyzed all available reviews for this breeder and summarized our findings below for your convenience!

This specific golden retriever breeder has mixed reviews. Some customers had a positive experience, praising the staff, environment, and care provided to their puppies.

However, there were some negative reviews mentioning issues such as lack of communication, additional charges, kennel conditions, and failure to follow instructions. One review even mentioned a dog's tail being bandaged with duct tape.

These negative experiences deterred some customers from returning and prompted them to seek alternatives. It is important for potential customers to be aware of these concerns before buying a puppy from this breeder.

Key Takeaways: - Positive reviews highlight the breeder's amazing people, caring environment, and treating puppies like family. - Some customers appreciate the ease and understanding of the process, such as accommodating a dog's stay due to surgery and payment arrangements.

- Customers were satisfied with the care provided during their dog's stay, mentioning bathing, nail trims, playtime, and socialization. - Negative reviews mention lack of communication about dog injuries, unexpected charges, hot and humid kennels, dogs being expected to poop on concrete, and failure to follow instructions.

- One concerning review mentions a dog's tail being bandaged with duct tape without notification or proper care. - Excessive food consumption and failure to accommodate grass training were mentioned as issues.

- The negative experiences led some customers to pledge not to return and seek alternative boarding centers. - Additional comments on social media suggest that others had similar negative experiences, such as their dogs acting strangely after staying at Happy Dog Kennels.

Happy Dog Kennel Reviews

We’ve compiled a list of the most helpful reviews for this breeder below. We’ve included both positive and negative (if applicable) reviews to give you a better idea of the type of breeder you’re considering.


Alyssa Nelson

Amazing people and environment. My puppy was treated like family and loved his stay. 100% recommend sending your fluffy friend to this incredible establishment!!!❤️


Mike Huber

Excellent care for our dog while we took a 10 day trip. He was bathed, trimmed nails and happy from all the play time with staff and other friendly dogs. Thank you Happy Dog for a great vacation for everyone!



Owner was super nice! My mom had surgery and needed a place for her dogs to stay while in the hospital. They took them right away within the hour I had called and they keep them there until they could be picked up! Super easy process and they were very understanding of my mom’s situation! We just pay after we pick them up!


chris rieger

Do not take your dogs here. Dropped my dog off on Wednesday and picked her up on Monday and when she came out her tail was bandaged with duct tape!!!! They never called me to tell me my dogs tail had been broke or give her proper care! Stay far away from here if you love your dog.


Alexander Spake

Our dog had cuts on its face and we weren’t notified about any issues that he had gotten into a scuffle or had a mishap. We were also charged an entire extra day for picking up past 1 PM and weren’t notified of the policy until the card was already in the reader. Kennels were hot and humid and dogs were expected to poop on concrete. I sent an exact amount of dog food needed to feed them for the time they were there and we were given excess food. Instructions not followed.

Will not be returning.


Renee Bruggeman

We used Happy Dog Kennels this weekend. She was dropped off with about 6 cups of food and returned with more than half gone… she’s 6 pounds and eats maybe a half of cup a day on a free-feed schedule. She was there for 17 hours. Cried the entire way home and had serious constipation followed by diarrhea. She is grass trained and was expected to just “go” on a concrete slab connected to her kennel outside.. which she didn’t. We requested she be taken out on the grass to accommodate but that clearly didn’t happen in the 17 hours she was there. I’ll never use them again. Terrible place. She smelled horrible upon leaving and even a bath couldn’t get the smell out yet. I will have to bathe her again tonight. —- Update: Upon asking for further recommendations for a different boarding center on Facebook, 3 other people commented that their dog had a bad experience at Happy Dog Kennels: “would cower and pee in the corner when the owner tried to pet their dog”, “our poor dogs were acting strange when we picked them up too”, “had a bad experience with happy dog in the past”.