Best Doggy Day Care in Washington, D.C.

January 31, 2014 8:00 AM

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Washingtonians are busy, so when you’re unable to keep your pet entertained during the day, rest assured that there are doggie day cares that can provide your pet with a long exhausting day to keep them healthy. From pack play to individual walks, these top five build on the previous Best Pet Day Care In DC article.

Fur Get Me Not
4140 S. Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 933-1935

Fur Get Me Not in Arlington offers a friendly dog day care. Each canine is evaluated based on their size, energy level and temperament so that they may be placed in the appropriate day care. There are three different areas that are supervised and pets are given nap time or quiet times to ensure that all dogs feel great. Fur Get Me Not also has the opportunity for dogs to alleviate themselves outside. There’s additional services like grooming, special bedding and transportation that make it convenient for pet owners. Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on the weekends, doggie day care starts at $23 for a half day.

Olde Towne Pet Resort
8101 Alban Rd.
Springfield, VA 22150
(703) 455-9000

Open every day for day care, Olde Towne Pet Resort offers half-day or all-day care both inside and out when it’s nice. Pick-up and drop-off times are whenever it’s most convenient for you. When the dogs aren’t romping around together, they get nap time breaks when needed in suites, so that they aren’t crated. You can watch your pooch on the webcams while you’re away. Prices are $35 for the day and $25 for a half day.

Olde Towne School For Dogs
529 Oronoco St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-7643

For the owners that need a little training for their canine companion, there’s the day care for dogs option at the Olde Towne School For Dogs. Day care training is for three weeks where owners can drop off their pups as early as 7:30 a.m. and then pick them up by 7 p.m. The dogs will receive at least 30 minutes of training three times a day for four days. Old Town Alexandria is the perfect place for your pet to learn to behave correctly with all of the distractions of shoppers, people exercising and urban wildlife like squirrels. If you can’t get your best friend to the school, there are plenty of dog taxi services to get your pet to class on time.

Related: Best Places To Hang With Your Dog In The DC Area

Planet Pet
1711 Florida Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 986-6301

A member of Planet Pet is on site at all times every day of the year. There’s even a valet service that picks up your pet curbside from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. during the week. Dogs can be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the week and Sunday, and until midnight on Saturday. Day care starts at $5 per hour or $35 for up to nine hours. Dogs must go through a two- to three-hour evaluation at least twice before they are eligible for boarding.

1232 9th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 789-0870

Located in the Shaw area of DC, Wagtime offers doggie day care for $35 per day, and power walks. The day care is an open and social day care that is separated into small, medium, large and elderly dogs, but dogs can go into different groups depending on their energy level. Wagtime offers the comfortable Kuranda beds to sleep in and there’s always a staff member on site to keep things copacetic. Fido must go through at least two hours of a socialization interview before he can join in for the day.

Related: Best Dog Walking Services In Washington DC

Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at