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.
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 throughout 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 facilities are temperature controlled for comfort, with flooring 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 Shirlington location includes our trademarked RoofTop PlayTM space. Our unique outdoor play area is the only outdoor play space in Arlington, providing your dog access to fresh air throughout the day in monitored playgroups. RoofTop PlayTM is approached just the same as our other play areas to provide a low-stress, safe, and clean environment. Our Old Town location also features a fully-covered outdoor play space for dogs to get fresh air in any weather and any season!
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 in the 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.
Overnight Boarding Services
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. Because our Shirlington 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. Overnight boarding is only offered at our Shirlington location.
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.
The Board Hound’s training philosophy relies on science-based, force-free and fear-free training methods. Our training methods use pleasant forms of motivation to teach your dog new behaviors. All our training methods are supported by the ASVAB, APDT, AKC, CCPDT, and Humane Society of the United States. Motivators can vary between dogs, but are generally focused on food, affection, and play to reward and reinforce behavior.
The Board Hound is passionate about improving the relationships between dogs and their owners by building trust and making the training experience enjoyable for everyone. We will never use methods involving pain, fear, or force.
Our training services include, Play School, Board & Train, In-Person Private Training, Virtual Private Training, Brain Games (for daycare dogs), Group Classes, Behavior Assessments, and more!
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 at our Shirlington location that clients can use to bathe their dogs themselves.