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Rover

Washington, DC
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Business Description

Rover offers doggy daycare services for pet owners throughout the local area. Its network includes thousands of pet sitters that are available to care for dogs while their owners work or travel. The service connects sitters with clients online or through its app. Customers can meet with sitters prior to booking, and services are available for a range of dogs, including high-energy puppies and dogs with special needs.

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4.4 / 5 (224)
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2.5 / 5 (31)

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City Dogs

Washington, DC 20009
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City Dogs provides dog daycare services in Washington. The cage-free daycare features 24-hour staff, climate control and air filtration, supervised play, separate groups based on size and play level, mid-day walks, and speedy pickup and drop-off for owners. The facility also offers overnight boarding, a grooming salon with a full menu of services, and obedience training for puppies as well as adult dogs. City Dogs actively rescues adoptable dogs as well via City Dogs Rescue and welcomes help from any willing volunteers.

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CleverDog

Silver Spring, MD 20910
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CleverDog has been handling dog daycare in Silver Spring for almost 20 years. Dogs have access to seven separate play areas for dogs of different sizes and temperaments and receive care from professional, insured employees. The center is disinfected daily, and dogs benefit from rubber flooring as well. Owners can view their loved one via the center's Live Pet Cams and can also request grooming services for their pooch from Master groomers. The facility has been recommended by local veterinarians as well as pet care professionals, and overnight, crate-free boarding is also available

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DogiZone

Rockville, MD 20850
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DogiZone is a dog daycare in Rockville. Clients can benefit from a fun, clean, and safe daycare facility that is open seven days a week and offers a cage-less environment as well as a team of DogiExperts who supervise playtimes. The company boasts having the largest indoor/outdoor climate-controlled facility in Montgomery County, provides themed events and birthday parties as well, and also offers private and group training, boarding, and taxi services. DogiZone started as Canine Obedience Unlimited in 2005 and is a member of The Dog Gurus.

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4.7
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4.7 / 5 (982)
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4.6 / 5 (128)

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Dogtown Maryland

Brandywine, MD 20613
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Dogtown Maryland has been a Brandywine dog daycare center for over 15 years. The daycare and boarding facility is owned by a husband-wife team, and guests get plenty of outdoor exercise, playtime with other dogs, training if desired, and grooming services as well. Dogtown features various runs with wooden decks, private cottages with deck, luxury cottages, and a group club house as well. The co-owner graduated from the Lackland Air Force Base's Military Working Dog Program, and his work experience includes being a sentry dog handler in the US Air Force and owner of a canine security school.

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4.6
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Just Fur Pets

Springfield, VA 22152
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30-year old Springfield-based Just Fur Pets is a one-stop-shop for safe off-leash dog daycare, boarding, grooming, training, healthy food and treats, and DIY dog wash. Daycare and boarding guests participate in games, activities, story and nap times, snacks and special treats upon request, and are supervised by engaged team members trained in canine behavior and body language. Just Fur Pets' groomers have nearly 20 years of experience turning dogs from whoa to wow. Staff trained in canine nutrition help clients select foods and treats appropriate for their dog’s health and activity needs. Positive reinforcement and behavior modification training is offered evenings and weekends. Just Fur Pets is a member of The Dog Gurus and World Pet Association.

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3.9

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Milo's Doggy Daycare LLC

Washington, DC 20012
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Milo's Doggy Daycare LLC is a Washington dog daycare service. The group provides daily 15, 30, or 60-minute walks, and dogs can take care of business, receive tons of respect,belly rubs, and personalized attention, and get the exercise they need. Walkers are fully insured and bonded and make sure to watch out for any signs of distress, dehydration, or other health issues as well. The team prides itself on long-term client relationships and also provides cat sitting, in-home overnight pet sitting, and the Canine Cab transportation service.

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5.0
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Paradise4Pets

Beltsville, MD 20705
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Paradise4Pets has been offering dog daycare in Beltsville for over 40 years. The family-owned facility boasts being the largest indoor and outdoor kennel facility in the Washington Metropolitan area with six wooded acres, 63 outdoor exercise areas, heated and air conditioned indoor runs, a vet on call, and professional bathing. Boarding services are also available, other small mammals, birds, and lizards are welcome, and seniors and military receive discounts. Paradise4Pets has also been an AKC certified breeder for thirty years and specializes in Golden Retrievers.

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4.5

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The Backyard Pack

Lorton, VA 22079
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The Backyard Pack offers dog daycare services in Lorton. Interested parties must already have Restricted, Limited, or Full Pack Membership, and those who are not members need to schedule an assessment. Dogs can play in the indoor play area and sunroom, are supervised at all times, and receive walks for potty breaks as well. The Backyard Pack also has a store on Amazon for various dog supplies and was voted Best of 2015 by Washingtonian Magazine as well as Best of for Lorton from 2012 through 2016.

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4.7
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4.8 / 5 (32)

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The Dog Eaze Inn

Woodbridge, VA 22192
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The Dog Eaze Inn is a Woodbridge dog daycare facility. The center has come to be a second home to many of its guests, and dogs can enjoy plenty of fun, outdoor activities, salon and spa treatments, food treats, and overnight lodging as well as develop social skills, get rid of energy, receive personal attention, and exercise. The Dog Eaze Inn prides itself on maintaining a clean, safe, and secure environment, supports a number of local animal rescue groups, and is a member of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce. The center won the 2009 Small Business of the Year Award as well.

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The Dog Stay

Silver Spring, MD 20910
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The Dog Stay has been a Silver Spring dog daycare since 2010. The brother-owned company has over 5,200 square feet of indoor space with separate open play areas for large and small dogs and welcomes guests seven days a week as well as on holidays. Dog owners can choose from a half or full-day option as well as multi-visit packages and can also take advantage of grooming services including nail trims, baths, and ear and anal gland cleaning. Open-air boarding and crate-boarding services are also available.

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4.5

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Vizsland

Washington, DC 20011
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Vizsland offers dog daycare in Washington. The center specializes in daycare and boarding for Vizslas, who require specific services due to their gentle, peaceful temperament and high-energy needs. Guests can run, play, socialize, nap, and hike with other Vizslas and enjoy park, playground, and indoor time as well with plenty of toys and a loving environment. The facility only takes a limited number of dogs each day to ensure personalized care for all, and the owner has a Vizsla as well and thus is very familiar with the breed and its sensitive needs.

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4.8 / 5 (10)
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5.0 / 5 (1)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

It can be stressful for dog parents to leave their fur babies alone at home while they’re away. They worry about their pooch being anxious, lonely, bored, and destructive. Plus, safety is a concern, along with the fear that their dog will leave unwelcome surprises for them in their home. If that describes you, dog daycare may be the solution.

Doggie daycare can help socialize your pup while ensuring that they have care, exercise, regular potty breaks, and safe supervision. Dog owners who use doggy daycare services provide additional reasons for their choice. It can offer a better quality of life for their four-legged friends, keep homes free of pet messes, and help with canine health and physical fitness.

What is a dog daycare?

Dog daycare is on-site, supervised daily care for dogs. Pet owners bring their animals to the daycare location on their way to work, then return at the end of the day to pick them up. There are commercial doggie daycare facilities and private, in-home options. Commercial daycare businesses usually have more staff and more dog clients than private ones.

What happens at doggy daycare?

Reputable, well-rated dog daycare operations typically offer several activities for the dogs they care for. That includes walks, playtime, naps, dog food, and water. Some providers also offer companionship, snuggles, and special options, such as dispensing medication, grooming, and training. When choosing a doggy daycare, ask about all the available services and whether visits or video observation are available.

Should I take my dog to daycare?

Answers to the following questions can help you decide on doggie daycare services.

  • Are you away from home for several hours most days of the week?
  • Does your pup engage in destructive behavior while you’re gone?
  • Is your pooch crated for several hours every day?
  • Does your dog walker report issues?
These concerns may indicate the need for doggy daycare.

How much is doggy daycare per day?

Rates vary, depending on location, demand, and competition. But the national average typically ranges from $25 to $40 per day. Half-day rates may also be available. Commercial dog daycare centers commonly charge a bit more than in-home providers. Many facilities offer price breaks on weekly and monthly packages as well as discounts to multiple dog families.  

How do I know if my dog likes daycare?

The following are signs your pup likes doggy daycare. She falls asleep on the ride home, exhausted from a full day of activity or she quivers with excitement when you mention the daycare and is beside herself with joy leaving the house. Also look to see if your pup exhibits positive body language at the daycare — like a wagging tail that means they're eager to see everyone.

How do I prepare my dog for daycare?

They’ll be around other dogs all day, playing and interacting. So, take your pup to a dog park several times for an introduction to dog language with other canines. Bring your fur baby to the daycare to meet the staff before using the service. Plus, walk your pup before drop-off and be upbeat and positive to avoid stress.

Do dogs learn bad habits at daycare?

Most doggie parents happily report that their pooches don’t pick up bad habits at daycare. Though it’s not unheard of. But adequate supervision and ample activity typically keeps your pup too busy and happy to act out. If you do notice your dog exhibiting new, unwelcome behaviors — like excessive whining or barking — rule out anxiety first.

Is a doggy daycare good for dogs?

Sending dogs to daycare rather than leaving them home alone all day is beneficial for most pups. They get the social interaction and activity they crave. That’s typically a good idea for puppies and adolescent canines, especially high-energy breeds. However, anxious, fearful, aggressive, or reactive canines may not do well in this environment.

When can dogs go to daycare?

Doggy daycare providers rarely take puppies younger than 12 weeks of age. Your dog must also be dewormed and up-to-date on vaccinations. Intact females should not go to dog daycare while they’re in heat. Finally, keep sick and contagious pups home. Get treatment and wait until they’re fully recovered to take them back to daycare.

Is doggy daycare good for puppies?

Doggy daycare can be a wonderful experience for puppies that are at least 12 weeks old. They learn how to behave around other dogs. Also, lots of activity means they’re less likely to be bored and become destructive at home. Early positive exposure to other dogs also helps prevent your pooch from developing anxiety or aggressive behavior towards other canines.

Can unneutered dogs go to daycare?

It’s rare to find a dog daycare provider that accepts dogs who haven’t been neutered. That’s because intact male dogs tend to be territorial, more dominant, and often aggressive around other canines. This may cause problems and legal liability issues.

Does dog daycare help with socialization?

The doggy daycare experience can help your pooch maintain socialization skills. However, don’t count on a daycare provider to be the sole means of teaching your pup socialization. Dogs who already enjoy being around other canines are the best candidates for dog daycare. Daily interaction then helps build on and improve that positive behavior. 

Is doggy daycare safe?

Safety is a critical standard for dog daycare. So, choose your provider carefully. Tour the facility first. Look for cleanliness, adequate lighting, a high staff-to-dog ratio, and separate areas for large canines, small dogs, and puppies. Roomy indoor play areas and fenced-in outdoor spaces are also good signs. Finally, be sure the facility is bonded and insured. 

Does doggy daycare help with separation anxiety?

Separation anxiety is typically caused by undependable schedules, the introduction of new people, the loss of a family member, or a move. Separation anxiety can be awful for your four-legged companion. Fortunately, doggy daycare is an effective countermeasure. It gives your dog a dependable routine with lots of mental stimulation and physical exercise, lessening the effects of separation anxiety.

Does Disney have dog daycare?

Walt Disney World’s Best Friends Pet Care provides doggy daycare to guests while they enjoy the park. It features 17,000 square feet of indoor space and 10,000 square feet of outdoor play areas and dog runs. There’s also a 25,000 square-foot dog park. The daycare employs 75 pet care providers.

Do you need a license to run a doggie daycare?

Licensing requirements for dog daycare centers vary, depending on the jurisdiction. No federal licensing requirement exists. So, many state, county, and local governments establish laws, regulations, and ordinances for businesses that board animals. Check with your local government administration office and your state board of agriculture to learn about any licensing or permitting requirements in your area.

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