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Best Dog Daycares in Alexandria, VA

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Alexandria, VA
$10 off first booking! Rating

Why choose this provider?

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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Alexandria, VA Rating

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Arlington, VA 22206 Rating

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4.5 (56)
4.6 (18)
5.0 (1)

Why choose this provider?

The Board Hound has operated out of the Arlington area since 2013. Its location is within walking distance of the famous Shirlington Dog Park, and the facility offers owners and their pets 24/7 staffing and holiday hour availability while promising to closely monitor pets and give each one a uniquely individual experience. Customer reviews on Yelp indicate it has achieved this goal, crediting the company’s careful evaluations showing intent, care, and concern for each animal. The Board Hound emphasizes safety first, and to help with this, it keeps a staff-to-dog ratio of one person per 10 pets. It also accommodates owners’ special requests.

Springfield, VA 22150 Rating

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5.0 (5)
5.0 (4)

Why choose this provider?

Romp N Roam is a mobile dog daycare with cage-free boarding that is insured and bonded in the state of Virginia and works out of Springfield. It has won Best of Annandale twice for dog boarding from the Annandale Awards Program, and the owners have more than three decades of experience, having started in the pet care business in 1987. Mobile daycare works similarly to grooming services in the sense that a licensed professional will pick up the dog (or dogs) from the owners’ house and bring them back at the end of the day. A typical day consists of alternating trips to local dog parks or planned five-or-six-mile hikes to keep dogs from growing complacent.

Arlington, VA 22206 Rating

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4.0 (96)
4.6 (10)

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Wag More Dogs of Arlington is a pet boarding, daycare, and grooming business that serves pet owners in Arlington and the surrounding area. The owner is Kim Houghton, a former advertising professional with the Washington Post. She left that position after 21 years to pursue her dream of working with animals and has since earned her certification as a Pet Care Technician. She also does volunteer work with Lost Dogs Rescue, Pets on Wheels and various other local canine groups. Houghton has served on the board of ArlingtonDogs, and she helps out with the Canine Community Areas (aka dog parks) of Arlington County.

6137 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310 Rating

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4.5 (24)
4.9 (22)

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Hometown Bed & Biscuits provides Alexandria residents with a nurturing environment for their pups to socialize for a half or full day or as a daily routine. The facility also offers feline and canine overnight boarding accommodations tailored to meet their specific needs. Additionally, Hometown Bed & Biscuits offers a full range of veterinary services delivered by its three board certified veterinarians. Its groomers help keep pets looking and feeling their best.

6118 Rose Hill Dr, Alexandria, VA 22310 Rating

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4.2 (46)
4.6 (24)
3.5 (11)

Why choose this provider?

Sonny's Place provides personalized attention for its dog day care guests in Alexandria. The facility offers a large playroom for pups of equal size to socialize while supervised. Sonny's Place also delivers two long walks each day, so dogs have plenty of opportunity for healthy exercise. The care center's other services include overnight boarding and in-home pet sitting and dog walking. Additionally, the team offers bathing and spa services as well as grooming.

Fairfax, VA 22032 Rating

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4.8 (18)

Why choose this provider?

Animal Paradise is licensed, insured, and bonded, which serves the Northern, VA explicitly as well as D.C. and Maryland. The company carries certification in Pet CPR and CPDT Training, and it has over a dozen years of experience in pet services. They offer full services mobile dog training, dog walking, pet sitting, doggie daycare and residential boarding. All residential boarding is cage-free, offered out of the owner's residence. Owner Laura handles all pet sitting jobs in a client’s home to ensure the following of proper protocols. Military discounts are available to active and retired personnel, and Animal Paradise works during all major holidays.

Alexandria, VA 22301 Rating

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4.0 (80)
4.8 (19)

Why choose this provider?

Your Dog’s Best Friends serves pet owners in the DC Metro area as well as Arlington and Alexandria. The owner is Paul Haire, a real estate professional and animal lover, who had the state-of-the-art facility built for and designed around pets with an emphasis on safety. During its time in business, it has received the readers’ choice award for Best of DC from the Washington City Paper and Best Pet Boarding from the Alexandria Times. While at Your Dog’s Best Friends, dogs and their owners can benefit from walks throughout the day, professional grooming, training, and socialization.

Compare our Top Dog Daycares

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Alexandria, VA$10 off first booking!
The Board Hound
Arlington, VA 22206
Romp N Roam
Springfield, VA 22150
Wag More Dogs
Arlington, VA 22206
Hometown Bed & Biscuits
6137 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, VA 22310
Sonny's Place
6118 Rose Hill Dr, Alexandria, VA 22310
Animal Paradise
Fairfax, VA 22032
Your Dog's Best Friends
Alexandria, VA 22301


  • 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.