Pet Sitting and Boarding in Washington

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How it works

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Skip the kennel

Sittings take place at your home and boardings take place at your pet caregiver's home.

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Flexible transportation

All pet caregivers offer pick-up and drop-off for boarding services.

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Live updates

Your pet caregiver will send photos and videos throughout the service in addition to a thorough report card.

What is Wag!?

Wag! is the nation's fastest-growing network of pre-screened and insured pet sitters and dog walkers. In less than 15 minutes you can book a nearby dog sitter, daycare provider, or dog walker, who'll take complete care of your loved one - at their place or yours.

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Demetrius GWashington, DC

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Hi, I'm Demetrius! What can I say, I LOVE DOGS...I mean I love all animals but dogs are just the top! I've had dogs my entire life, from little fluffy white dogs to muscle bound pit-bulls. My most recent, an English Bulldog named Hollywood, unfortunately passed after 11 amazing years and I'm without a pooch for the moment. I hope you allow me the pleasure of taking care of your important family member while you are at work or away and I will treat him or her as if they were my own!

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Miguel AWashington, DC

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I grew up with dogs. I currently have two little fur babies of my own whom I love to death. When I was in highschool I took care of the neighborhood pets for income. While in grad school in California I was employed by a petsitting program through our student union. I’ve been around animals all my life and I’m very familiar and confident in handling all sizes, temperaments, and breeds.

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Ellen PWashington, DC

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I love animals and especially dogs! I grew up with a beagle and have been walking dogs for neighbors and family friends since I was in middle school. I have also done pet sitting where I stayed at an owner's house and was completely responsible for their pet's care while they were away. I'm willing to do whatever it takes to make sure you and your dog are satisfied!

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Louis SWashington, DC

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Hello, I'm Louis! I grew up in Maryland with a beagle named Milo and currently have a Shiba Inu named Thor. I started dog walking for my neighbors since i was 14 yrs old and I've enjoyed it ever since. I enjoy meeting new dogs and getting to know them, as I know that every dog is different. I will make sure to provide you with the best Wag! experience possible and make sure your dog is loved and taken care for.

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John EWashington, DC

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I am a 35 year dog owner who enjoys interacting, playing and taking care of dogs. I am currently a semi-retired teacher who has taught mathematics for over 30 years. I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors and would love to help take care of your furry family member by providing the exercise and interaction they need. I live with my wife and dog Marlee and have two grown daughters living in the area.

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Christin SWashington, DC

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Hi, my name is Christin! I am an animal lover, with an extra soft spot for dogs of every size and breed. I own a Jack Russell Terrier mix, who has kept me on my toes for the past 10 years. I am always happy to meet a new furry friend!

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Drew LWashington, DC

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“Love all pups of any breed and size!”

Hello, I am 30 and Currently live in Silver Spring with my wife Kim and our three-year-old terrier Tito. I have taken many dog training courses over my lifetime and love to keep learning. I have always had a dog or two that I take care of and couldn’t imagine life without them! I will treat your pup with the utmost care and safety just as it was my own. I look forward to walking your pup!

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience, Obedience training, Agility training, Behavioral training, Socialization training, Potty training, Puppy training

Christopher SWashington, DC

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Whether it's a walk around the neighborhood or taking a trip to the dog park, I'm always looking forward to my walks. I have experience with walking 50 different breeds of all sizes, and it's a pleasure meeting new pups. The more the merrier. The time I get to spend with a dog, young or not so young, small or not so small, makes the day that much better.

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Skylar SWashington, DC

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“Career Handler - Accommodating Professional Care”

I walk, sit, train, and exercise dogs for a living and I’m so thankful to support myself doing what I love. I’m great with high energy dogs, dogs that are stubborn, pullers, snappers, escape artists, dogs with dominance issues, addressing triggers, handling multiple dogs at once, senior/special needs, and any other scenario concerning safety. I’m attentive, patient, responsive, protective, and gentle, and will provide the perfect experience no matter your dog’s size, breed, or temperament.

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience, Obedience training, Behavioral training, Socialization training, Potty training, Puppy training

Elizabeth VWashington, DC

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Hello, I am Elizabeth, I have 2 beautiful German shepherds, Max and Terry. I grow up with pets and they give me experience to deal with very active dogs.

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Dog Boarding in Washington

Famous for being home to the country’s governing bodies, fabulous museums, and important historical monuments, Washington, D.C. is a must for any American’s vacation list. But when residents of the Capital need to travel out of the city for work or play, often their furry family members get left behind.

When you’re planning your next trip out of D.C., overnight care for your dog can be a top concern. But before you book a kennel, check out some of the furbulous options in Washington, D.C. dog boarding and dog sitting to keep your dog safe and cozy while you are away.

With comfortable in-home overnight care, your dog can rest easy and enjoy personalized attention. Many dog sitters and boarders are also Washington, D.C. dog walkers, and with your permission, can take your dog out on their own adventure! After trekking past several monuments on the Tidal Basin Trail, or searching for the remnants of forts in the foliage along the Fort Circle Parks Trail, your pup is sure to snooze soundly at the end of the day.

If you are looking for local dog sitting and dog boarding services, read on to discover the average cost for overnight care near you.

Average Cost of Dog Boarding in Washington, D.C.

When you’re on the hunt for the best local dog boarders, you’ll find several options to choose from. Traditional dog kennels near you can average between $40 to $50 per night, and include meals, potty breaks and often playtime.

Many D.C. pet parents want a bit more for their canine pal, and book luxurious private rooms that can offer raised, plush beds, access to outdoor patios, private or group playtimes, and relaxing music to fall asleep to. Dog boarding prices for these crate-free alternatives range from $46 to $92 per night.

While deciding on the best choice for your pup, be aware of what each boarding facility does or does not include. While some can offer food and playtimes at no cost, many will add on charges for house meals, longer play sessions, walks, or even administering medications. Dogs who aren’t as social may need one-on-one time with staff members. And you may also be charged for additional days or nights if you pick up your dog outside of designated hours.

For in-home accommodations that don’t break the bank, Washington, D.C. dog boarders through Wag! can come to the rescue. An overnight stay in a boarder’s home is a great stress-free option, and with prices that start at just $39, its affordable too!

Average Cost of Dog Sitting in Washington, D.C.

For some dogs, staying anywhere but their own home is just not an option. Whether they are shy, prone to anxiety during stressful situations, or just prefer to sleep in your bed, you may want to look for in-home dog sitters near you to keep an eye on your furry furiend.

The average prices for dog sitting in D.C. range between $55 to $80 per night. Most local dog sitters offer an overnight stay that’s generally around 10 hours, and include evening and morning potty walks, meals and playtimes. Another benefit of having a sitter stay in your home is that many will also bring in your mail, take out the trash, or do other small services around the house for you.

Be aware of any extra fees before booking, as some sitters can charge for longer walks, administering medications, or even longer sitting times. Some can add on fees for sitting during the holidays, while others do not offer any services during those peak times at all.

Starting at $39, Washington, D.C. dog sitting with Wag! is an affordable solution that pampers your dog in their own territory.

Dog Boarding in Washington, D.C.

Whenever you have to leave your fur-baby behind, they can enjoy all the comforts of home with a loving dog boarder through Wag! During their stay at the boarder’s house, your dog will be pampered with love and attention in a comfortable environment.

Start your dog’s stay by downloading the Wag! App. Once you create an account, you’ll be able to answer some basic questions about your dog. Then, click on the Overnight Care tab to choose “Boarding,” and add the dates you’ll be gone. If you need transportation to and from your boarder’s home, you can add that too for an extra fee.

As you continue, you’ll be able to view a list of pawtastic dog boarders near you. Check out each boarder’s experience, and look over reviews from previous customers. You can find boarders that specialize in certain types of dogs, such as petite pooches, big dogs, older dogs or even puppies. Many dog boarders through Wag! also have experience in other areas of pet care, so you may be able to get matched with a veterinary care specialist, or even a dog walker.

Once you’ve found the pawfect boarder for your dog, use Wag! Chat to discuss your dog’s needs, dietary requirements or particular habits. Give your dog boarder any information to help make their time together fun and anxiety-free.

You’ll know your dog is having a blast when the pictures and videos of your dog playing, cuddling or snoozing happily start popping up on your phone. And with Wag! Chat, you can message your boarder anytime.  

Dog Sitting in Washington, D.C.

While it’s never easy leaving your dog at home, dog sitters through Wag! can make the time great by caring for your pup on their own turf.

To book a staycation for your happy hound, just open up the Wag! App, and choose “Sitting” from the Overnight Care tab. When looking over the list of dog sitters, read over each sitter’s experience and reviews to find your best match. Then, talk over your dog’s needs and routine over Wag! Chat to create the best experience for your furry bestie.

When you choose a dog sitter through Wag!, your dog can sleep soundly in their own bed, and wake up to familiar surroundings, which can significantly lessen the anxiety they may feel while you are gone. And with picture and video updates from your sitter, and the ability to check-in anytime with Wag! Chat, you’ll never feel too far away.

So why is booking a dog sitter or boarder through Wag! the pawfect option for your dog? Many pet caregivers also have dogs of their own, and truly know how important safe and compassionate care is. In-home overnight care provides a calm place for your dog to be able to relax and enjoy their time. And with 95% of Wag! sitting and boarding sessions resulting in 5-star reviews, its easy to see why Washington, D.C. dog parents love Wag!

When you are planning your next trip, make your dog’s time in D.C. great by booking overnight care with Wag!

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events Washington

We the Dogs DC Yappy Hour

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$15.00

We the Dogs DC Yappy Hour

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Bring your dog to your next Happy Hour celebration with We the Dogs DC Yappy Hour! Get drinks from 6 to 8 p.m. on special days in November with We the Dogs DC at Maga Design, Inc. There will be plenty of time to enjoy drinks and social time with other dog owners in the D.C. area.

Maga’s designers will be on site to provide custom pet portraits for just $15. This $15 is a donation that will benefit the Puppy Rescue Mission, a local non-profit. Puppy Rescue Mission brings home the “battle buddies” of military men and women who are deployed overseas. They also help rehome stray dogs from Afghanistan.

Admission is free, but if you want a pet portrait, you will be required to pay a $15 donation. You will need to select a portrait session as well.

Santa Paws

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Admission
$25.00

Month
November

Duration
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Santa Paws

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Everyone loves photos with Santa! Bring your four-legged companions to Dock5 at Union Market in November to get a photo with Mr. Claus himself. Photos with Santa make the perfect Christmas card for your family. Get everyone in your family together, even your pets, for a memorable photo for $25.

The photos will be delivered digitally via email in early to mid-December. The event is sponsored by the Junior League of Washington.

Please remember that pets aren’t allowed inside Dock5, so plan accordingly. Doggy daycare will be provided, so you can continue to shop in the area.

Humane Rescue Alliance Holiday Toy and Treat Drive

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Admission
FREE!

Month
December

Duration
Entire month

Humane Rescue Alliance Holiday Toy and Treat Drive

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If you are interested in helping dogs in the Washington D.C., area this holiday season, join the Human Rescue Alliance and other local organizations to collect items they need to care for the homeless pets of D.C. Gather up any new toys, treats, and foods off of the wish lists from shelters in the area to donate to animals in need.

The Toy and Treat Drive runs from November to December. During that time, you can drop off any donated items to any of the three Fur-Get-Me-Not locations in the D.C. area. If you would like to make a monetary donation, contact the Humane Rescue Alliance today.

Thanksgiving Craft Beer & Wine Festival

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Admission
$20.00

Month
November

Duration
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Thanksgiving Craft Beer & Wine Festival

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In order to send Thanksgiving off properly, stop by the Thanksgiving Craft Beer and Wine Festival! The event features more than 50 beers and wines from local establishments. Spend the day enjoying good food, yard games, live music, and contests with your family and friends.

There will be giveaways and prizes throughout the day that you won’t want to miss!

Kids and dogs are both welcome. Request a water bowl and treats for your dog while your kids enjoy playground equipment.

KidsCamp! A Dog Gone Great Time!

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Admission
FREE!

Month
December

KidsCamp! A Dog Gone Great Time!

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Kids love dogs, but it is important that your children understand how to interact with our canine companions properly. In order to teach children boundaries and safety when it comes to animals, KidsCamp! created a week-long day camp for children aged seven and up.

Children and their dogs come to the camp where children learn how to read a dog’s body language and work with their pooch to accomplish a variety of tasks, including obedience and agility feats.

The camp runs in December during the Christmas break. Day campers will cost $495, while residential campers will cost $695.