SOUTH PORTLAND — A new dog day-care center has opened in South Portland.

Mutty Paws opened last week in the old Union Oil building on Lincoln Street.

Kris Klinges, who has five years experience working at other kennels, said Mutty Paws has a 5,000-square-foot outdoor play area with a sand pit for digging.

Mutty Paws has capacity for 85 dogs. 

In addition to boarding dogs, Klinges said Mutty Paws staff meet with dog owners to discuss training and behavior goals. Mutty Paws staff will discourage poor pet habits, like eating from the table, excessive barking and digging.

“We develop a lesson plan and make suggestions for following through at home,” said Klinges.
Mutty Paws will host a grand opening event on Nov. 19.

The company has two full-time staff and two part-time employees. Klinges hopes to hire more workers as business picks up.

Mutty Paws charges $25 per day and an additional $10 for an overnight stay.