On-site Overnight Supervision
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 for Current Boarding Clients
The Board Hound is FULL for overnight boarding on Saturday, October 9th. Requests will be waitlisted, and accepted if space becomes availble.
We are ACCEPTING boarding reservations for all other dates at our Shirlington location. Reservation request can be accommodated for current Shirlington and Old Town clients. Our Old Town location does not offer overnight boarding services.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
To uphold the highest safety standards possible, all our boarding 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.
Here’s how to get registered for our Boarding Services
- Please complete and submit a New Client Registration Form. If your dog is a current training client, there is no need to fill out the form.
- After submitting your complete application, please schedule your free Daycare Evaluation at the Shirlington location.
Note: New client registration for daycare and boarding evaluations will reopen on November 1st for appointments in January 2022.
- Once scheduled and confirmed, you will receive an email confirmation for your appointment(s).
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.
Overnight Cost: $45 per night
Daycare While Boarding: $30 per day*
Additional Dog Overnight Cost: $30 per night
Additional Dog Daycare While Boarding Cost: $30 per day*
*If drop off occurs after 3pm on the day of arrival for boarding, there is no charge for daycare that day. If pick-up occurs before 12pm (noon) on the day of departure, there is no charge for daycare that day.
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.
Enrichment opportunities are available to your dog while participating in boarding. Those options can be viewed on our training page.
Late Pick-Up and Early Drop-Off are complementary for dogs boarding with us, Monday through Friday.
Transportation from our Old Town Location is offered free of charge for boarding dogs dropped off prior to 12pm (noon) for boarding at our Shirlington Location. If boarding drop off occurs after 12pm, a $20 fee will apply for transportation. There is no option for transportation from Shirlington to Old Town.
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
At The Board Hound, our daycare was established to enrich the lives of the dogs in our community through healthy outlets for play and socialization. Our smaller play groups come with individual care and attention, while providing a low-stress, safe, daycare environment at our locations in Arlington and Alexandria. Since safety is our first priority, we start with providing a high staff to dog ratio of about 1 to 10. This personalization ensures that your dog is always closely monitored.