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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored dog daycares on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best dog daycares in Fairfax, VA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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Affectionate Pet Care

Affectionate Pet Care is a cage-free pet boarding facility based in Fairfax, Virginia. Services include daycare, dog walking, training, grooming, pet transport, as well as special daycare options for work days and vacation schedules. They also offer clients dog photography services from their 'Pawtographer'. Affectionate Pet Care uses state-of-the-art equipment that provides customer's pets with a safe and soft engineered environment to play in. Affectionate Pet Care prides themselves on their individualized care for every customer's pet. Founder and operator Amy Mercadante has over two decades of professional dog daycare experience and is an AKC approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Fairfax, VA, 22031 (703) 250-5233


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Central Barks

Central Barks, located in Chantilly, Virginia, is a cage-free dog daycare serving customers throughout Northern Virginia. Services include dog daycare, overnight boarding, and more. They offer a large, indoor facility that includes the feeling of being outdoors with an air filtration system to keep air clean, as well as a swimming pool. Central Barks also offers grooming services for appointment and boarding customers. Additionally, Central Barks keeps staff on-duty 24 hours a day to ensure customer's pet's safety. Central Barks prides themselves on their well-trained staff who all receive a minimum standard of training, employees are also certified in dog first aid and CPR

Chantilly, VA, 20151 (571) 336-1199


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Dog Tales Daycare

Dog Tales Daycare is a dog daycare center serving customers throughout Northern Virginia. Services include overnight boarding, daycare, dog training, dog birthday parties, and much more. Additionally, Dog Tales Daycare offer customer's extra services for their dogs during their stays such as massages, extra walks, special treats, and more. Additionally, they offer grooming options such as bathing and nail trimming. They also offer live dog webcam via the Dog Tales Daycare website for customers to view their dogs remotely. Dog Tales Daycare prides themselves on catering to each dog's needs and preferences. They are members of the International Boarding and Pet Services Association.

Chantilly, VA, 20151 (703) 263-7252


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Dog University

Dog University, based in Vienna, Virginia, is a dog day care and training facility. Services include dog daycare as well as overnight boarding options including extra grooming options such as baths, nail trimming, and more. Additionally, Dog University offers dog training services such as a specialized boarding school program, private lessons, group lessons, and more. Dog University also offers lifetime training packages which include lifetime training and off-leash courses. James Oliver, founder and operator, has over four decades of dog training experience and specializes in working with troubled and aggressive dogs. Dog University aims to build strong relationships with their customers through loving, trusting, and respectful care for their dogs.

Vienna, VA, 22182 (703) 759-3648


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Howladay Inn

Howladay Inn is a no-kennel dog daycare and boarding service providing care for customers in and around Woodbridge, Virginia. Services include dog daycare that is structured around open play time and regular feedings; Howladay Inn also strictly supervises all outdoor playtime to ensure pet safety. Additionally, Howladay Inn facilities include bedding for dogs to lounge in, open crates, and plenty of water and food. Howladay Inn also provides tours of their facilities for prospective customers by appointment. Holladay Inn prides themselves on maintaining their customer's dog's health, happiness, and safety during their stay with frequent attention and regular feeding.

Woodbridge, VA, 22193 (703) 670-2788


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Nova Pets

NOVA Pets is an integrative pet care facility including a wide range of pet care options, serving customers throughout the Chantilly, Virginia area. Services include dog day care, pet boarding options, as well as grooming for all breeds. Additionally, NOVA Pets offers veterinary services for personalized diagnostic, medical, and preventative care; they also offer a free exam for first-time clients coupon via their website. They hold accreditation with the American Animal Hospital Association ensuring a high standard of excellence in their facilities and technology used. NOVA Pets has over two decades of experience and pride themselves on extensive training all of their vets, groomers, and caregivers.

Chantilly, VA, 20151 (703) 378-9791


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Performance Dogs

Performance Dogs is an outdoor sports camp for dogs based in Mananas, Vrginia. Services include all-inclusive dog daycare and overnight boarding; during their stay at Performance Dogs, dogs will spend most of their time outdoors doing activities such as basic obedience training, swimming, agility and obstacle courses, and much more. Performance Dogs specializes in dog training using structured play and stimulation for dog's minds and bodies as well as naturalistic, humane training techniques. Performance Dogs has over a decade of training experience and pride themselves on making dogs happier and healthier via their training. Founder and operator Stephen Mace has thousands of hours of training experience and has authored a book on dog training.

Manassas, VA, 20110 (703) 585-5765


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The Animals' House

The Animals' House, founded in 2001, provides customers throughout Northern Virginia with dog day care services. Services include full-service dog daycare and boarding including specialized options such as midday walks and more; The Animal's House offers their services to dogs of all sizes and abilities. Additionally, The Animals' House offers dog obedience training options, agility classes, dog boot camp training, and more. The Animals' House pride themselves on their comprehensive, quality, and convenient dog daycare and boarding options. The Animals' House holds certifications with the Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Canine Good Citizen, and others. Founder Kathy Benner has over a decade and half of professional experience and has a certificate in Exotic Animal Training and Management.

Sterling, VA, 20165 (703) 433-1300


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The Dog Eaze Inn

The Dog Eaze Inn is a professional pet care service offering daycare and other pet services to customers throughout Northern Virginia and the DC metro area. Services include dog daycare and lodging services such as grooming and spa treatments, overnight stays, and more. Additionally, The Dog Eaze Inn provides several activity packages for individualized experiences. The Dog Eaze Inn prides themselves on caring for customer's pet's and maintaining their utmost happiness and well-being during their stay. The Dog Eaze Inn is the 2009 winner of the Small Business of the Year Award. Owners Kim and Kelly Campbell have many years of professional dog care experience and ensure their staff is well-trained.

Woodbridge, VA, 22192 (703) 491-1564


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The Pawkeepers

The Pawkeepers is a dog daycare service providing clients throughout Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. with quality pet care services. Services include short-term dog daycare including a pre-visit consultation and evaluation. Additionally, Pawkeepers offers their customers dog daycare options in the event of a last-minute situation such as a medical emergency or social function. The Pawkeepers aim to provide customers and their dogs the highest standard of care while keeping dogs happy and healthy. They pride themselves on their team of Pawkeepers who are trained intensively and certified to provide the highest level of care and reduce pet anxiety during their stay.

Woodbridge, VA, 22193 (703) 580-5166


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