We Are zen.

We believe in creating a safe and nurturing environment, where dogs can thrive and have fun. Dogs are social creatures just like us, but what does it mean to be social? Social relationships are formed through familiar, positive interactions. Can you imagine if every day your work environment changed; different bosses, managers and staff? Things would be pretty chaotic and uncomfortable, right? Dogs feel the same way!

Our philosophy is to provide calm energy and clear communication with all Zen Dogs. We believe our methods and practices encourage dogs to be in their natural and balanced state of mind.



We strive to honor the true essence of dogs as beloved family members and Zen Dogs Pack members

We promise to provide your dog with love, leadership, understanding, exercise and balance each day.

We want to be a positive influence in your dog's life, and nurture good behavior.

We hope to teach people a new insight on dogs through training, nutrition and natural products to enhance the quality of everyone's life together.

We strive to build a trusting, dependable and lasting relationship with you and your dog.



All dogs must be evaluated for social suitability in advance of any service.

All dogs must be current on vaccines, titers accepted. Spayed/neutered on a case by case basis.

All daycare and boarding dogs must be over 15 pounds and have exceptional social skills.



“Zen Dogs saved my foster dog's life. He came from the streets of Chicago and had few social skills. He did not like other dogs. He was reactive on a leash and very difficult to walk. He had been kicked out of a couple of foster homes and had no place to go. Cynthia was my only hope. She and her staff did an amazing job rehabbing his behavior. He was eventually adopted!”

Lauren Rhone
FCACC Foster

“I've known Cynthia Russell for years. Zen Dogs is a reflection of her long track record of knowledge and skills in training and caring for all the dogs who call Zen their home away from home. It's easy to honestly recommend their services, simply because of the expert care and the incredibly "zen" environment found there.”

Bruce Silverman, VMD, Owner
Village West Veterinary

“Cynthia and Zen Dogs have been fostering malamutes for us for over a year now, and we cannot say enough good things about them! The facility is fabulous, the employees are smart and dog savvy, and Cynthia is top notch. I would highly recommend Zen Dogs for boarding, training, or just a fun doggie daycare experience for dogs of any breed.”
Vicky Meluso 
Executive Director