Pet Sitting and Boarding in Boston

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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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Paul VBoston, MA

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Hi, My name is Paul and I have had rescued three dogs since 1997. I had a large Bull Mastiff / St. Bernard mix named Veego that passed away at around 15 in 2012. I have had a German Shepherd since 2005, Honey is currently 14 years old. I have also had a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Ben since 2007 that is about to be ten. I have pet sat for lots of friends in the past. Pitbulls, Rotweiller, Labradors, Boxer, Pug, Chihuahuas, French Bulldog, and a few Terriers. Seeing any dog always puts a smile on my face, from abandoned rescues to show dogs. I enjoy learning their unique personalities and quirks. I will treat your dog (and home) like I do my own, with love and care. I've also been vegetarian / vegan for over 25 years and like to stay active. Reliable transportation for North Shore and Boston.

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Ellie GBoston, MA

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“A walk a day keeps the vet away!”

Hi! I'm Ellie and the most important fact to know about me is; I love animals! I moved to Natick from California where I was a dog walker for five years. I grew up in rural NY, we always had at least two dogs plus a bunch more critters. I recently graduated from Humboldt State University were I studied wildlife biology so I can help save all the animals. I am a natural with dogs of all sizes, some training experience, lots of energy for walks, and I can't wait to meet your best friend!

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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

Jill YBoston, MA

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Hi my name is Jill and I am the proud owner of an English Bulldog, Queen Cookie. I recently moved to Boston and Queen Cookie is living back home in CT with her Grama. I miss walking my furry companion and figured WAG was a great way to fill that void. I am comfortable walying dogs from 10 pounds to 120 pounds and can not wait to meet your fur baby!

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Gabrielle SBoston, MA

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Hi there! My name is Gabbi! I'm a Boston native and I've loved animals my whole life. Being able to work with dogs is a dream of mine, so I'll always make sure your best friend is well taken care of!

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Collin MBoston, MA

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Hi! I am a very active person who loves the outdoors. I'm an avid runner and also enjoy hiking, backpacking, tennis, cooking, and travel. I look forward to getting to know you and your dog!

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Can run with dogs, Senior dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

Rebekah HBoston, MA

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Hi, my name is Rebekah. I grew up an animal lover in Maine, I started walking and sitting for my friends’ and neighbors’ pets more than 8 years ago and have loved it ever since! I have experience with dogs of all sizes and ages. As an outdoorsy, active person, I’d love to meet your best friend and take them out for some fun and exciting exercise! I know each pup is as unique as they are loved, and I can’t wait to provide you both with the caring Wag! experience.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, 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, Therapy training, Service training, Puppy training

Brenda WBoston, MA

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“Never met a dog I didn't love ❤”

I have been a lover of animals my whole life . Been dog sitting for friends the last 20 years . I consider myself to be a very dependable respon person who will give your dog the love and care it deserves.

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Elliott MBoston, MA

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Hi, I grew in a house with two corgis and a Labrador. I currently do not have a dog but love their company. I have worked as a dog walker before, and i’m excited to meet new dogs in my neighborhood. I’m looking forward to meeting your dog!

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James WBoston, MA

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I grew up with a Shetland Sheepdog/Collie mix and a Samoyed. In addition I love all animals. When I travel, I make a point to go the the local zoo, if one exists, and pet shops. Also, I lived overseas for twenty years, so I have learned to adapt to all kinds of new circumstances, conditions, surprises etc. Finally, I am conscientious, responsible, honest and reliable.

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Miriam LBoston, MA

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“Dog Walking, Training and Behavior Expert”

Hello! My name is Miriam and I am an enthusiastic 28-year-old who has had the privilege of working for a loyal client base in the greater Boston area for the past several years, which I am so grateful for. I take my work very seriously and strive to provide optimal care, treatment and safety for every dog! Please feel free to message me for any requests or further inquiries!

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience, Behavioral training, Potty training, Puppy training

Dog Boarding in Boston

With historic neighborhoods, lots of museums, delicious local cuisine and lots of pawsome green space to explore, Boston offers its residents plenty to keep busy! But when Bostonians decide to travel outside of their beloved city, the furriest member of the family can often be left behind.

Before you start searching for kennels to house your canine pal for your next trip, take a look at Boston dog boarding and dog sitting near you for affordable alternatives that your pup will love!

A stay in a comfortable in-home setting can lessen the anxiety your dog may feel being away from you, while providing calm, safe and personalized overnight care. Plus, many pet caregivers are also Boston dog walkers, which means that with your permission, your dog can have an adventure too! Whether exploring Boston’s history on the Freedom Trail, or enjoying riverside views along the Charles River Greenway, your dog will have a blast!

If you are looking for local dog boarders and sitters, read on to discover the average cost for overnight care in Boston.

Average Cost of Dog Boarding in Boston, MA

In this historic city, dog boarding prices can vary drastically, as can the types of accommodations available. Traditional dog kennels near you average around $60 per night, and include potty walks and often playtimes with other dogs.

Many Boston pet pawrents prefer to book luxury rooms at pet hotels and resorts that offer several amenities to keep pups happy and active. From completely crate-free rooms featuring orthopedic beds, couches and flat-screen TVs, to private outdoor patios, soothing music and gourmet treats, these deluxe suites have it all. With all these extras, its no surprise that prices can be a bit higher, ranging from $50 up to $115 per night.

While many boarding facilities include playtimes in their nightly rate, some can charge for access to group play, private playtime with staff, or other fun activities, such as walks and hikes. Meals and gourmet treats could also add on to your cost, as can grooming options, games, and even time on the treadmill. Also be aware of pick up and drop off times to be sure they fit into your schedule.

Even with all the extras, sometimes a facility just isn’t like a home. Wag! offers in-home Boston dog boarding that provides a cozy place for your dog to get pampered while you are away. And since prices start at just $39, its affordable too!

Average Cost of Dog Sitting in Boston, MA

When only your own home will do, overnight dog sitting may be the pawfect choice. Local dog sitters can charge anywhere from $50 to $85 per night, which usually includes 3 to 5 potty walks, meals, and playtime.

Be discerning when deciding on the best overnight care for you and your dog, as several dog sitting services can also charge extra fees, such as for administering medications, for longer walks, or if you have multiple pets. While most dog sitters in Boston base their rate on a 24-hour period, some can use 12-hour blocks or less, meaning you’ll be paying more for longer sit times. And anytime you are gone during the holidays, you can generally expect to have additional fees.  

If your dog would prefer to hang out at home until you return, Boston dog sitting through Wag! is a furbulous solution to keep your dog comfortable without breaking the bank. Starting at $39, overnight care in the best place in town is also the most affordable!

Dog Boarding in Boston, MA

Whether for one night or a week, finding great dog boarding near you is easy with Wag! These fully vetted caregivers will keep your dog safe and happy in their own home until you return.

Just download the Wag! App to get started! Once you create an account, you’ll be prompted for some basic information about your dog. Be sure to choose “Boarding” from the Overnight Care tab, and enter in the dates you need care for your canine pal. You can even add on transportation to and from your boarder’s home for an extra fee.

Continue on to see a list of furrific dog boarders in your area. Read over each boarder’s experience and customer reviews, and any specialties they may have. Some prefer to work with petite pups or large dogs, or even elderly pooches. Many have experience in other aspects of pet care too, such as dog walking, veterinary services, or training.

Once you selected the best dog boarder for your pup, use Wag! Chat to talk about your dog’s needs, their daily routine, or anything else they should know to help make your dog’s time in their home fun and anxiety-free!

You’ll know you made the right decision when the pictures and videos of your dog playing, cuddling or napping appear on your phone. And with Wag! Chat, you can message your boarder any time with questions, or just a check-in.

Dog Sitting in Boston, MA

For dogs who can’t be away from home, dog sitters with Wag! have them covered! These pawrific caregivers will watch your dog in your home so they can rest easy while you are away.

You can begin your dog’s staycation by opening up the Wag! App and choosing “Sitting” from the Overnight Care tab. Be sure to look over the list of dog sitters in your area carefully, taking into consideration their experience, reviews and any preferences they may have. Once you’ve found a match, discuss your dog’s care needs, or note any special requests through Wag! Chat.

Being without you is hard enough! By letting your dog stay at home with a caring dog sitter through Wag!, they can feel safe in their own place until you get back to them. And with picture and video updates from your sitter, you can rest easy seeing them relaxed and happy.

There are many reasons to choose a dog sitter or boarder through Wag! Most of these caregivers are pet parents themselves, and understand how important our animals’ welfare is. Watching your dog in a familiar and comfortable place means less fear and anxiety. And with 95% of Wag! boarding and sitting sessions ending in a 5-star review, its obvious Bostonians feel safe booking with Wag! If you’ve got more questions about overnight services through Wag!, be sure to check out our FAQ page.

No matter what takes you away from your precious pooch, book dog boarding or sitting with Wag! to keep your dog’s tail wagging until you return. 

Upcoming Dog Friendly Events Boston

Woofstock

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Duration
11am to 4pm

Woofstock

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What do you get when you combine canines, cocktails, live music, and a whole lot more? You get Woofstock, one of Boston’s best dog-friendly events! Held at the SoWa Open Market, this grrr-eat day out is the perfect excuse to enjoy cocktails like the Moscow Drool, Hair of the Dog Bloody Mary, the Greyhound, and more! You can also indulge in some food truck delights with your dog by your side. There are lawn games, a doggy play area, and live music to keep your paws moving. Best of all, bar proceeds and all VIP Swag Bags sold at the event benefit Last Hope K9 Rescue!

PAWS on the Trail 4K Fun Run/Walk

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$35.00

Duration
9am to 12pm

PAWS on the Trail 4K Fun Run/Walk

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If you love being active with your pooch, this is the event for you! Run to benefit Protection of Animals in Wakefield Society (PAWS), this 4K fun-run or walk is open to animal lovers of all ages and fitness levels. The course winds its way through the Reading Town Forest along scenic hiking trails and rocky gravel roads, promising plenty of beautiful scenery while you raise money for an excellent cause. So strap on your running shoes and get ready to raise a sweat!

Paws in the Park

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$10.00

Duration
10am to 3pm

Paws in the Park

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A day out at this festival is like no other ordinary trip to the park with your dog! Held at Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, this fun fundraiser raises much-needed money for homeless dogs — and lets you and your furry friend have a whole heap of fun while you do it. As well as a explore a huge range of vendors and exhibitors, your pooch can play games, try his paw at agility, and even sit back and watch the parade of adoptable dogs. There’s also face painting for the kids, a silent auction, and plenty of tasty treats, so every member of the family will go home happy!

Somerville Dog Festival

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Admission
FREE!

Duration
11am to 3pm

Somerville Dog Festival

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Organized by the Somerville Foundation for Animals, this free, family-friendly festival is all about having fun with Fido. Held at Somerville’s Trum Field, it features a huge range of canine-centric events including best trick and best costume contests, agility events, rally nosework, weightpull and kibble quest. Throw in training tips, free come-when-called classes, and the ever-popular Doggie Fun Zone, and you’ve got the makings of a paw-some pet event! All of these fun and games raise money for the Foundation’s Somerville Pet Food Bank, so people don’t have to face the heartbreaking choice of whether to feed their pet or themselves.

Barks & Rec

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FREE!

Duration
11am to 2pm

Barks & Rec

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Looking for a way to go out and about with your dog, get some fresh air, and spend some quality time with a whole lot of other like-minded animal lovers? Barks & Rec is just what you need. This fun-filled day out takes place in Peters Park and raises funds for local non-profit rescue groups. Event highlights include training demonstrations, live music, food and drink, a cornhole, raffle, and a number of other games and prizes. It’s good old-fashioned fun for you and your furry friend, so check it out each October!