Doggie Heaven

Delivered 365 days a year


Bowhaus means excellent dog care.

Our staff is trained in canine body language, group play behavior, doggie first-aid and CPR, and we have over 35 years dog care experience between the lot of us.  Our facilities are sanitary, heated and cooled, 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 we hope to meet you soon!  


The History of Bowhaus

As told by: Lisa Sigg Manager 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 attractioncentered 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 recently participated in the annual Daycare Games held by the Dog Gurus. It's a national competition that scores individual employees in three areas. Gate boundary, group sits and dog recall. We had a lot of fun with it and so did the dogs. We will be making this an annual competition! The Dog Gurus named us as being a great daycare! Check out this link!


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!


Two great places for dogs...

Bowhaus Erie

You're currently at the site for our Erie Location.

Bowhaus Erie has a gigantic outdoor play area that's roughly 14,000 sq. ft, and an indoor play area that's 4,000 sq. ft.  We've been open since 2005 and we're having lots of fun.

Bowhaus Boulder

For information about our Boulder Location, open since May 2013, please visit its site at http://bowhausboulder.com

*Please note that our Boulder location has different rates


Bowhaus Erie 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.  Our play areas are simply the biggest anywhere.

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 run.  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! 


We offer "no-frills" baths which consists of a shampoo, conditioner and a towel dry for $25. You may also add a brush out (10-15min of brushing) with the bath or by itself for $10. We also offer nail trims/ dremmeling for $8.  Please note: We do not offer any grooming services to trial day dogs. We want their first day to be as positive as possible. 




Before registering, please be sure you have read and understood all provided information about the services you are interested in, and don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions!  Thank you.

Our dog loves going here; she always gets so excited that she doesn’t even say goodbye to us when we drop her off. We always feel safe and totally worry-free when she is at Bowhaus, which allows us to have a great time when away. And, She always comes homes exhausted and happy. As an added bonus, you can watch the dogs play outside all day on webcams, just to make sure they’re having a good time. This is a great business, too. The people are friendly and all seem to love animals, and they are very flexible and accommodating. They have let our dog come at the last minute due to emergencies on several occasions. This is truly a wonderful place!
— Anonymous, Lafayette
I’d like to thank you for taking such good care of my dog, Rudy. When you first met Rudy, he was a little shy and fearful, and, passive around more dominant dogs. The advice my Vet gave me about “doggie day care” centers, was that dogs learn bad behaviors there. Well, the opposite has happened, and Rudy has blossomed into a more outgoing, confident, and assertive dog. I realize dogs at Bowhaus have helped role-model acceptable behaviors within the “dog pack” for Rudy. But, I am very pleased that the philosophy and practice of people at Bowhaus has contributed to the growth in his personality. I’ve seen your kind and gentle care, I’ve seen your appropriate strict boundaries, and I’ve seen the high standards you expect from the dogs.
— Rudy's Mom

Bowhaus Erie


415 Jones Ct
Erie, CO 80516

Call: (303) 828-4989

E-mail: goodtimes@bowhaus.biz


  • Mon.–Sun.: 7AM–7:00PM
  • Check-ins: 7AM–10AM
  • Check-outs: 7AM–10AM, 4PM–7:00PM
  • 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. 

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