Every Dog Has Its Day

That's why we have doggy daycare 7 days a week.


Bowhaus means excellent dog care.

Trained in dog group behavior, doggie first-aid and CPR, our staff has over 30 years dog care experience between the lot of us.  Our facilities are sanitary and climate controlled, and we excel at providing a Positive Social Environment for your dog, in which they are safe and tend to enjoy themselves, a lot.

Enjoy browsing our site, let us know if you have any questions, and feel free to schedule a tour of our facilities!

The History of Bowhaus

As told by: Lisa Sigg Manger of our Erie site

Dan Nicholson always had a passion and love for dogs. He also had a passion for entrepreneurship and providing gainful employment for himself and others. One day, while Dan and some friends were skiing in Crested Butte, it occurred to him that those two passions could collide! He originally had an idea to create a tourist attraction centered around dogs playing in the majestic Colorado Rocky Mountains.This idea did not pan out but, years later, Dan read an article about the first dog daycare that had opened in Boston, The Common Dog. Within the month, Susan Nicholson had found a dog daycare business for sale, and helped his dream become a reality.

    In the fall of 2001, Dan and Susan bought The Critter Nanny. They renamed it Bowhaus and moved the business to their new home in a neighborhood of Lafayette, Colorado called Brownsville. They opened just in time for Thanksgiving of that year. The dogs boarded in the finished basement and played all day in the backyard. If you have noticed, there is a little shed in the outdoor play area at the Erie location. That shed used to be the office/lobby that Dan used for pick ups and drop offs.

    The term Bowhaus comes from the highly influential German art/design/architecture school "Bauhaus." "Bauhaus" had it's hayday in the early 1900's. It's mission was to bring art to the masses, rather then exclusively to high society. The Bauhaus was chased out by the Nazi's for fear of their alleged "Communist Intelectualism." Just as the German art school, Bowhaus Dog Daycare wants to provide a fun and safe environment for dogs of all lineage and walks of life.

    After a couple years of operating Bowhaus in Brownsville, a neighbor started complaining about the traffic the business was generating in the nice, quiet neighborhood. Once this happened, Dan knew it was time to look for a bigger space for his booming venture. After much time, energy, and countless hoops he had to jump through, Dan and Susan opened Bowhaus Erie in October of 2005.

    Business boomed, and in 2012, a building in Gunbarrel that Dan had had his eye on went up for sale. A long time client and commercial realtor helped Dan and Susan invest in the building which was already zoned for kennel space. The Gunbarrel location had it own set of challenges that Dan had to overcome but, finally Bowhaus Boulder opened it's doors in June of 2013! 

    Dan Nicholson knows that dogs are social creatures that benefit greatly from group play, and human leadership. He has successfully built a wonderful, welcoming place where dogs and staff alike can enjoy his vision. For the future, Dan hopes to expand Bowhaus and become a leader in canine care. He believes in his cause and also in his employees.

    As of 2016, I have been working for Dan 9 years. Whenever I see him, he resonates enthusiasm and pride for this environment he has created. I feel lucky to be a part of Bowhaus.


"I believe the dogs are better cared for if the people caring for them are also cared for."-Dan Nicholson, Owner/Operator, Bowhaus Inc.

We are a donation site for Colorado Pet Pantry. Please consider donating some pet food so families in need can keep their pets!

We are a donation site for Colorado Pet Pantry. Please consider donating some pet food so families in need can keep their pets!


Want to find out more about the Bowhaus Team? Interested in becoming a Bowhauser? Check out our Bowhaus Team Page!


Two great places for dogs...

Bowhaus Boulder

You're currently at the site for our Boulder Location, in the Gunbarrel neighborhood.

Bowhaus Boulder has an outdoor play area that's roughly 5,000 sq. ft, and an indoor play area that's nearly 3,000 sq. ft.  We've been open since May of 2013 and we're having a great time.

Bowhaus Erie

For information about our Erie Location, open since 2005, please visit its site at http://bowhaus.biz

*Please note that our Erie location has different rates

Bowhaus Boulder Services

Our daycare services are the best anywhere, because our staff are not only genuine dog fanatics, but are trained to understand dog body language, how to manage social groups, and doggie first-aid.  And now we have daycare 7 days a week!

Learn more about our daycare services, including pricing! 

Boarding at Bowhaus includes full days of daycare, so your dog can hang out, play, and simply enjoy being a dog with other dogs before being tucked in at night in their own private kennel.  We make sure they have everything they need to stay happy and healthy throughout their visit.

Learn more about our boarding services, including pricing and what to bring for your dog! 

Energy Healing for Dogs

Dogs are great candidates for healing work, unlike humans, their minds do not have the wandering thoughts or monkey mind as I call it. I have worked on dogs and cats with cancer, anxiety disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and fearful behaviors. Whether or not your pet has an existing issue, a session can be a relaxing experience for them. My practice space is cozy but vibrant. I play music and light candles to provide the full experience. Treats are used throughout the process for positive reinforcement. I welcome the opportunity to guide your animal through a ReiKiki session at Bowhaus, we will work together based on your pets’ needs! 

Learn More about our additional services and how to schedule an appoinment!

We know you're busy and that your dog has no sympathy! Whether your dog is staying with us or is home for the day, we're happy to get them out for the exercise and sniffing adventure they so instinctually need.  We offer both regular walks and high energy runs perfectly suited to your dog's pace and energy level.

Learn more about our additional services, including pricing! 



You must register online and call to make a reservation before bringing in your dog(s). Before registering, please be sure you have read and understood all information about the services you are interested in, and don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions!  Thank you.

I just wanted to let you all know how much we love Bowhaus Boulder! My partner and I have three dogs that frequent your location for daycare on a regular basis. Thank you for providing excellent care, love, affection and wearing them out! We love taking them home after a long day of play to have them crash and sleep for hours! You guys rock! Thank you!
— Anonymous from our SuggestionOx
My wife and I are so pleased at the service our dog receives. Everytime we drive by or stop by our dog is just having the time of his life playing with the other dogs. This place is very clean and has adequate shade and play areas for our lab. The management team and employees are true dog lovers and it shows . Highly recommended.
— M.L.
I have been taking my dog here on and off for a year now. The owner, Dan, and the staff are very accommodating in so many ways and offer very personal service. You also get a report card every day telling you how your dogs day went. They also have dog daycare on the weekends which is nice since other places just have someone let them out a couple of times a day.
— J.H.
We just wanted to say thank you for the report cards, photos and videos.  We end up stopping midday to check email for them each day.  We...really appreciate the glimpse into their day.  With these report cards and the web cams we are able to watch our boys play.  ...thank you so much for taking such good care of them...
— S.C.
Thought I’d take this opportunity to tell you that I greatly appreciate the care you provide for Percy.  Your patience with and understanding of his ‘terrierness’ is a gift to us.  He loves to go to Bowhaus and begins getting excited when we turn off of 63rd. He loves to run and play. Thanks again.
— J. G.

Bowhaus Boulder (Gunbarrel)


6560 O'Dell Place
Boulder, CO 80301

Call or text: (303) 802-7790

E-mail: goodtimes@bowhausboulder.com

  • Lobby Hours: 7AM – 10AM and 4PM-7PM
  • Check-ins: 7AM – 10AM
  • Check-outs: 7AM – 10AM  and 4PM-7PM for boarding and daycare
  • Note: If you need to pick up outside of these hours, please call ahead and give us time to prepare your dog for pick up. Picking up or dropping off outside of these hours is disruptive to the pack so we try to keep the comings and goings to these times. 

*We're across Lookout from King Soopers.  Turn North onto Spine from Lookout, then right on O'Dell, right into our parking lot at the front of our building.  Click the location marker on the map to open Google Maps.



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Interested in bringing your pup(s) in? 

We do need you to register before we are able to make any reservations for your dog(s). Please follow the link below, and then give us a call at (303) 802-7790 once you've submitted your registration!