Overnight Dog Boarding

At The Board Hound, our goal is to set a higher standard for dog boarding. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide individual suites for dogs boarding with us, while also having the ability to provide shared suites for dogs in the same family, or as requested. Our boarding dogs have 24-hour, on-site care. The Board Hound is the only boarding facility in Arlington with on-site overnight supervision, and one of the only facilities in all of the metro area. Our priority is to provide a safe and comfortable place for your dog, for short or long-term boarding stays.

Boarding Availability

We are ACCEPTING boarding reservations for all dates at our Shirlington location. Reservation request can be accommodated for current Shirlington and Old Town clients.

Please email us at shirlington@theboardhound.com to request a boarding reservation.

Please note: If your dog has not attended daycare or boarding with us at our Shirlington location within the last six months, you will need to complete at least one half-day of daycare prior to scheduling a boarding reservation.

Every boarding dog is automatically enrolled into daycare, each day. Our boarding dogs are monitored very closely and given a unique boarding and daycare experience based on their individual needs. All dogs in our facility must be dog and human friendly, and pass the daycare evaluation prior to scheduling boarding. Overnight boarding is only offered at our Shirlington location.


Boarding Pricing

For dogs staying two or more nights, the charge will be $65 per night (daycare included) for the first dog. Each additional dog will receive our multi-dog discount ($10 off) and be charged a rate of $55 per night (daycare included).

A dog staying only one night will be charged a max rate of $92 ($27 for each day of daycare, $38 for overnight). Each additional dog will receive the multi-dog discount (up to $15 off) and be charged a max rate of $77 ($22 for each day of daycare, $33 for overnight). If your dog is dropped off after 5 pm you will not be charged the daycare rate for the day of drop off. If your dog is picked up before 10 am the following day you will not be charged the daycare rate for the day of pick up. Drop off and pick up times only affect one-night boarding stays.

If your dog has an Unlimited Monthly Daycare Package, it will automatically be applied to all boarding stays while the package is current. There will only be a charge of $38 for the cost of each overnight.

Additional Boarding Services

House food can be provided at $2 per meal, per dog, as requested. Owner-provided, and individually portioned, meals are free of charge.

Walks can be requested while participating in boarding for $10 per walk, a maximum of four walks can be requested per day.

Late Pick-Up and Early Drop-Off are complementary for dogs boarding with us, Monday through Friday.

Transportation is offered free of charge for boarding dogs dropped off prior to 12pm (noon) to our Old Town location for boarding at Shirlington. If boarding drop off occurs after 12pm, a $20 fee will apply.

Holiday Surcharges of $10 per night ($50 maximum, per boarding stay) are applied to each night that we are closed for daycare. Additional dogs are charged $5 per night ($25 maximum). These dates can be viewed via the Calendar.


Bath & Nail Trimming Add-On Services

Bathing and Nail Trims are accommodated by request for dogs attending daycare or boarding. We also have a self-wash station at our Shirlington location that clients can use to bathe their dogs themselves.

Standard Bath includes Top Performance Fresh Pet Shampoo, Ear Cleaning, Brush, & Blow Dry (daycare & boarding dogs only): $35

All-Natural Bath includes Top Performance All Natural Green Tea & Mint Shampoo, Ear cleaning, Brush, & Blow Dry. This option is best for dogs with sensitive skin (daycare & boarding only): $40

Nail Trim Add-On (daycare & boarding dogs only; with bathing service): $10

Nail Trim Only (daycare & boarding dogs only): $15

Self-wash (Shirlington location only, for daycare & boarding clients only; Walk-ins welcome!): $20

Boarding Registration & Requirements

In order to uphold the highest safety standards possible, all our dogs are required to successfully complete our daycare evaluation and trial day of daycare before they can attend boarding with The Board Hound. The evaluation and trial day are very important for the well-being of your dog, our staff, and all other dogs in our facility. Since all our boarding dogs are automatically daycare throughout their stay, this process gives us the opportunity to get to know your dog, and for your dog to get to know us, while enjoying all that group socialization has to offer. We also introduce them to our overnight suites so they become familiar and comfortable with the overnight accommodations.

During the evaluation (4-hour minimum) we are able to establish a behavioral profile for your dog. This profile is used to determine the appropriate play group and daycare, and rest plan for your dog and to ensure that our boarding environment will be a positive experience. We understand that a dog’s behavior is always adjusting as each dog builds confidence, learns the rules of socialization, and gets comfortable in a group play setting. As a dog’s behavior changes, we are able to adjust their personalized plan for boarding as needed.

Our evaluations are always 100% free and includes the trial day of daycare at no additional cost. Once your dog has completed a Drop-Off Daycare Evaluation, you will be able to schedule boarding reservations as needed.

If your dog was evaluated at our Old Town location, at least a half day of daycare at the Shirlington location will be required to schedule a boarding reservation.


Here’s how to get registered for our boarding services

  1. Please complete and submit a New Client Registration Form to info@theboardhound.com.
    • If your dog is a current training client, there is no need to submit new paperwork.
  2. Please submit your dog’s up-to-date vaccine records to info@theboardhound.com. You may also fax them to 866-924-1480.
  3. After submitting your complete application, please schedule your free daycare evaluation at either location.
  4. Once scheduled and confirmed, you will receive an email confirmation for your appointment(s).
  5. Prior to your first appointment, please visit our Policies page to review current policy and operational procedures.

Requirements for your Dog to Participate in Boarding

For puppies under 16 weeks of age, a training consultation is required prior to scheduling a drop-off evaluation. All puppies must be at least 10 weeks of age, and they must be vaccinated with the first two rounds of Distemper & Bordetella prior to scheduling a drop-off evaluation, or boarding reservation.

For dogs over 16 weeks of age, up-to-date Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella vaccines are required prior to scheduling an evaluation. The Canine Influenza vaccines is not required, but recommended. Titer testing will be accepted in place of vaccine requirements. If you are interested in waiving the vaccine requirements for health reasons or otherwise, please contact us.