At The Board Hound, our philosophy on daycare begins with the basics: safety, cleanliness, and fun. Our smaller play groups come with individual care and attention, while providing a low-stress, safe, daycare environment. Since safety is our first priority, we start with providing a staff to dog ratio of about 1 person to 10 dogs or less. This personalization ensures that your dog is always closely monitored. Since we opened our doors in 2013, this ideal has remained, and always will remain, constant.
We understand that not all dogs are the same so we match energy levels, comfort levels, and play styles to create the perfect playgroup with each dog in mind. These playgroups are continuously adjusted as the dynamics fluctuate thought the day to ensure that all the dogs stay safe, happy, and healthy. Our goal is to provide a positive play space for dogs to flourish and be dogs. Our approach is always fear and force-free.
Our daycare flooring is temperature controlled for comfort, and made of epoxied concrete to prevent paw and pad injuries. And because our floor and walls are non-porous, they are easy to clean and disinfect. Our play areas are thoroughly disinfected to provide an exceptionally clean daycare environment every day. Our play areas also include our trademarked RoofTop PlayTM space. Our unique outdoor play area provides your dog access to fresh air throughout the day in monitored playgroups, and cleaned at the end of every day. RoofTop PlayTM is approached just the same as our other play areas to provide a low-stress, safe, and clean environment.
At The Board Hound, we understand that every dog has unique needs while in daycare. We do our absolute best to accommodate any special request for your dog while in our care. We can accommodate a wide range of requests to suit your dog’s needs ranging from midday lunch to scheduled rest time. In addition to providing exceptional care for your canine companions, we are equally flexible and understanding of our clients’ needs. We offer early drop off in the morning before we open, as well as late pick up in the evening.
At The Board Hound, we are raising the bar for dog boarding in the DC area. Our goal is to set a higher standard for dog boarding while continuing to offer a competitive and affordable price. 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 by request. Because our facility is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, your dog will have around-the-clock supervision by our highly qualified staff. Our priority is to provide a safe and comfortable place for your dog, for short or long-term boarding stays.
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. For new clients, please visit our Getting Started page to find out more information about how to enroll your dog for daycare or boarding.
Bath & Nail Trimming Services
Bathing and Nail Trims are accommodated by request for dogs attending daycare or boarding. We also have a self-wash station that clients can use to bathe their dogs themselves. These services are offered for convenience and available to clients only. We will be able to perform these services so long as your dog allows us to do so. Because our priority is making sure your dog is safe and happy, we will not be able to complete these services if your dog is overwhelmed, anxious, or upset. We are not able to accommodate requests for haircuts or anal gland expression.