• Address: 3886 County Road M Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
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    Idlewild Kennel
SINCE 2005

Family owned and operated.

Life-long Door County residents John and Jean Tong opened Idlewild Kennel in 2005 and have established a loving and loyal clientele over the years, with generations of families and pets returning for our boarding services. As pet owners ourselves we guarantee your pet's safety and comfort at all times during their stay. We know that we have a special responsibility to not only care for your pet, but to offer a safe, loving and fun environment. That's what makes Idlewild Kennel "your pet's home away from home"!


Idlewild Kennel: A country bed and breakfast for your pet.....

Our intention here at Idlewild Kennel is to make the separation between family and pet as stress free as possible. Our facilities are situated on open land that we’ve divided up into play areas according to size and temperament to promote a safe environment. Your dog will spend the majority of their day being able to run and frolic to their heart’s content. There are unlimited belly rubs, hugs and kisses available to make them feel right at home. If your pet can’t be at home with their own family then they should be here with our family!

We invite you to make an appointment for a relaxed "get to know ya" visit with your dog. We'll have an opportunity to answer your questions while your pet gets familiar with the sounds and smells of Idlewild Kennel.


The Kennel

Our pens are constructed with sturdy, pet-proof materials and easy-to-clean floors. All surfaces are washed and disinfected daily. Each dog has an individual cot, with a nightly "turn down service" & "potty break" between 8pm & 9pm. Be assured that your pet has access to fresh drinking water at all times.



In addition to overnight boarding we also offer daycare services. Canine guests are grouped by similar interests, personality and activity levels for the best play experience. Day care provides your dog with an energy outlet as well as a way to remain active, especially during Door County's long cold winters!


The Cattery

Tucked away in a quiet area away from our canine guests, our feline friends get the respect they deserve with separate accommodations where they can climb, stretch and snooze. They enjoy a sunny atmosphere with window views of our front lawn area. Litter boxes are located in a private area on the lower level.



A copy of current vaccinations are required to be provided to us to keep on file. We may ask for verbal confirmation of expiration dates in order to secure a reservation. The following vaccinations are required.

  • Distemper
  • Bordetella
  • Rabies


We will provide, or bring your own.

When bringing your own food, we ask that you let us know the proper meal size for your pet. You may bring as many treats as you would like. We also have freezers and refrigerators in case your pet’s diet or medication requires them.



We offer regular medication administering at no extra charge. Please bring the medications in the original container so we know exactly what we are giving to your pet. If your pet needs food to entice them to take their medication please provide that to us. If the medication requires to be cut, we would appreciate it if you would cut the pills in advance.


If your pet would be more comfortable

You are welcomed to bring a blanket or bed from home. Beds should have a zippered cover that can fit in a laundry machine if needed. Before our guests go home we gather all their belongings and return them to you.


We will provide, or bring your own.

Idlewild Kennel is well equipped with all sorts of toys for your pet to play with. However, almost every pet has their favorites that they just can’t live without. Feel free to bring 1 or 2 of these toys to make sure your pet has all of the fun that he enjoys at home.


When vacation or travel plans arise, many families entrust their dogs or cats to Idlewild Kennel's modern pet boarding facility for boarding overnight, or for long-term boarding. In fact, they often enjoy their initial experiences so much that they become regular clients, and take advantage of our supervised daycare services as well.


Discover Our Fair Pricing


A safe, clean and secure overnight stay with outdoor exercise time when weather permits. Dogs boarding together in the same kennel must be from the same household.

  • Dogs: $ Call For Price
  • Multiple dogs from the same household
  • (reduced rates): $ Call For Price
  • Cats: $ Call For Price


Socializing with furry friends & individualized activities.
Monday-Friday ONLY.

  • Dogs: $ Call For Price


Active Duty Military 10% discount.
We accept Cash or Check.
Sorry, no credit cards.


Frequently Asked Questions

Take a moment to explore some answers to the most common questions we receive to help familiarize you with our facility and how we care for your four-legged family member.

For those boarders that have special medical needs we are happy to administer medications, at no extra charge, to the best of our ability.

You are welcome to exercise your own discretion concerning your dog’s diet. Included in the price of boarding are two daily meals of our kennel dog food, which is Purina Dog Chow. We also welcome personalized diets, so if your dog has any special dietary needs or you would just prefer to keep your dog on his home diet, you may bring your chosen food along for the stay. You are welcome to bring along your pets personal belongings such as toys, bedding, treats and whatever else you feel your dog will appreciate. We provide every dog with the basics. A a cot and food & water bowls. Please understand that there is always the possibility of damage to personal belongings (due to chewing or washing for example) so we recommend that you bring only items that are replaceable should they be damaged.

Your Dog should be current on Rabies, DHPP (Distemper) and Bordetella (kennel cough). We will need written proof of vaccinations. You can bring them for us to copy, or you can have your vet fax them to us at 920-746-4438. We recommend your pet being vaccinated at least one week prior to coming to Idlewild Kennel. Since vaccinations stress a pet’s immune system, it’s best not to also stress them with a new environment. Some pets may have a reaction to vaccines and this will greatly reduce the chance of that happening here.

Providing us a copy of your vaccination records PRIOR to check-in is recommended. We will REFUSE TO BOARD YOUR DOG IF our vaccination requirements are not met. This is NOT negotiable, it is for both the safety of your dog and the other dogs boarding with us.

Stongly Recommended

  • Monthly Heartworm Preventative
  • Monthly Flea/Tick Preventative

For more information about the 2019 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines

AAHA Vaccine Guideline

The fact that we live on-site means that your dog will be cared for around the clock, not just during business hours. While there are no employees physically in the kennel overnight, Angie is close at hand when she is needed. She checks on our guests when summer thunderstorms roll through, and is close-by to make sure that everything is as it should be. Dogs are cared for every day, INCLUDING holidays and weekends.

Yes. We do not discriminate against any breed. A good dog is a good dog and a problem dog is a problem dog, no matter what the breed.

We offer simple grooming such as baths, drying, brushing, and nail trims. For clipping and creative full-service grooming, we highly recommend our good friends at Birchwood Kennels. at 6552 Emerald Dr. in Sturgeon Bay. Jordan, Robin and Tanya are all experienced groomers who will treat your dog with care and compassion.

Idlewild Kennel is committed to offering exceptional care and outstanding customer service. If you have any special requests, just ask and we will let you know if we can accommodate them!


We'd like you to meet your caretaker Angie

Angie is the daughter of John & Jean Tong so naturally she has been a part of Idlewild Kennel since the beginning. Angie was born and raised in Door County. A graduate of Sturgeon Bay High School and the University of Minnesota, she spends most of her time caring for the overnight guests at the kennel, as well as helping run the busy front office. When not working at the kennel, Angie enjoys spending time with her family including her husband Joe and daughter Avary. Together they have a cat named Luna, and a dog named Frankie.