If you want only the best for your four-legged friend, Houston is the place to be. From pooch parlors, to dog boarding, to the best off-leash dog parks, here are the best places to take your dog in Houston. — Amber Hilton

Barks 5th Avenue

10620 FM 1960 West
Houston, TX 77070
(281) 970-2284

Saks 5th Avenue may have the market cornered on fierce fashions for humans, but when it comes to the best places to take your dog in Houston, Barks 5th Avenue is a clear winner. This is more than just your average pet salon; Barks 5th Avenue offers everything from boarding to doggie daycare. Got a pooch that doesn’t know his place in the pack? Barks’ three-week doggie boot camp might be just what the doctor ordered. Barks 5th Avenue believes in providing only the best for your best friend, and the selection of raw diets, pro-biotic supplements and natural styling products proves just that. Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday (for boarding pick-up and drop-off only), 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Dog House Pet Salon

5917 Richmond Ave.
Houston, TX 77057
(713) 820-6140

This is one doghouse that Fido won’t mind being sent to. Offering some of the best pet grooming and boarding in the Lone Star State, The Dog House Pet Salon pampers your pooch while providing you with precious peace of mind. No need to hire a pet sitter for your next vacation; the Dog House offers private suites with antimicrobial flooring, raised bedding, and AC or central heat (depending on the season). No cages will be found here, and your dog will be treated to regular exercise in a fenced-in play area and companionship at no extra cost. Dog suites range from standard to penthouse, and cat suites are also available; multi-pet discounts are offered. The Dog House has taken the worry out of boarding by equipping their facility with Web cams, so that you can keep an eye on your pooch and ensure that he or she is getting the best possible care, even when you’re away. Other services include bathing, grooming and doggie day care; a boutique is also on site. Boarding pick-up and drop-off times are: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Millie Bush Dog Park

George Bush Park
16756 Westheimer Pkwy.
Houston, TX 77082
(281) 496-2177

Grooming is just one way to pamper your pooch. What man’s best friend really craves most is some one-on-one attention and good old-fashioned playtime. When you want to get out and have a good time with your dog and maybe even meet some like-minded folk, the dog park is the place to go. Houston offers several top-notch dog parks, but the Millie Bush Dog Park at George Bush Park is a nose above them all, certainly one of the best places to take your dog in Houston. This 8.68-acre park was the first off-leash dog park in the city and continues to be one of the most popular. It features three lakes and two walking trails, as well as plenty of open play space. Hours: 7 a.m. to dusk.