Most of those listed below offer multiple services. So, look through all of the categories to find what you want. Here are tips to help you evaluate these businesses.
For dog walkers/sitters:
- Ask for references. Make sure there will be one person walking or sitting with your dog, rather than different people each time.
- Ask how the dog walker/sitter would deal with specific situations, such as your dog barking at another dog or peeing in the house.
- Find out whether more than one dog is walked at a time.
- Once you have hired someone, leave detailed instructions, and go over verbally: your dog’s routines; your veterinarian’s and your own contact information; medications; frequency of feeding and treats; what is allowed and what is never acceptable, such as “We never yell or use leash corrections or other physical corrections. Use only the harness and leash I have left for you when walking my dog.
- Visit to see if it’s clean. Notice whether dogs are barking non-stop or if you hear staff yelling.
- Ask about: staff experience, training and turnover; staff to dog ratio; whether someone is on the premises 24/7; if the dogs stay in rooms or are kenneled; where dogs eliminate and, if taken outside, how often; if there is contact between dogs and, if so, how dogs are grouped for play; how many dogs are together in one room; medical procedures; and methods to control the dogs, such as the equipment used to walk the dogs, how jumping and barking are handled, etc.
- Make your own preferences clear.
Board & Train:
We also have a Board & Train section. These are places that your dog can stay, while also working on manners or behavior. Most are in the trainer’s home, and the trainers all use positive methods. You will need to continue working with your dog at home, but it’s not a bad alternative for dogs with issues.
Mostly In-Home Boarding
House With a Heart
In-home boarding in Laytonsville; good with dogs needing special attention; fees benefit sanctuary for senior dogs.
Big Foot Walking Company
In-home boarding in Damascus; pet walking; vacation pet sitting.
Overnight & day care on eight acres in Dickerson, MD. Limited to three dog families at a time. Pick up and drop off available.
Bichons And Friends
In-home boarding in Rockville for dogs under 25 lbs.
Dog’s Day Farm
Outdoor and indoor active day care and boarding at a farm in Gaithersburg. Boarding dogs are supervised 24/7 with a variety of sleeping arrangements (mattress, raised dog bed, couch, cubicle, etc). Pick-up and drop-off service in Gaithersburg, Damascus, Montgomery Village, and Laytonsville.
Your Pet Retreat
In home pet care in Silver Spring. Large fenced property, supervised play and private indoor space for each dog. Special needs dogs welcome. Supports non-profit rescue.
Your Dog’s Second Home
Lorrie Van Akkeren
In-home boarding in Wheaton.
Pet Pal Services
In-home boarding and pet visits in Hyattsville, Takoma Park and northeast DC. Accepts special needs dogs (geriatric; blind or deaf; raw or special diet; incontinent; diabetic or needing other shots).
Mostly dog walking, vacation pet visits and pet sitting
Happy Hound Pet Care
Overnight pet sitting and vacation visits, dog running (in DC & Takoma Park), dog walking in Takoma Park, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Kensington, Chevy Chase and nearby areas.
Fetch! Pet Care of Silver Spring
Private dog walks, pet visits, vacation services, and dog boarding (in our sitters’ homes). Serving Greater Silver Spring and Takoma Park.
Daisy’s Pet Service
Dog walking and pet sitting in the Potomac area.
Active exercise and outings (swimming, hiking, active playtime, frisbee, agility) or more leisurely walks; in-home boarding; vacation pet sitting or pet visits in Maryland (Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville, Kensington, Chevy Chase) and Virginia (multiple locations).
Tails of the City
Vacation & overnight pet sitting; mid-day dog walking or running; pet taxi; waste removal. Serves most of Montgomery County, including Silver Spring, Bethesda, Takoma Park, Rockville, Potomac, Gaithersburg. Website gives contact information for branches in PG County, DC & VA.
Dog walking, including training walks, and pet sitting in Takoma Park and parts of Silver Spring. Experience with reactive dogs.
Pets n Poets
Dog walking & running, pet sitting, overnight and vacation visits, pet taxi, hospice care. Serves Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Wheaton, Kensington, Chevy Chase, NW DC. Ten (10%) of income goes toward their rescue effort.
A Walk in the Park
Dog walking and midday potty breaks, pet sitting, pet taxi, and pet supply delivery service in Montgomery County. Regularly accommodates last minute requests.
Pet Sitting by Patricia
Mid-day dog walking / running and vacation petsitting in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, northwest DC.
Dog walking services in northwest DC, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Rockville.
Forest Glen Pet Solutions
Midday walks, pet sitting, home boarding, pet transportation. Serves Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Garrett Park, Takoma Park.
Passionate About Pooches
Dog walking in Kensington, Bethesda and Garrett Park
All About the Dog
Morning and midday walks and pet sitting in the Kensington, White Flint and North Bethesda area. Last minute is ok. Good with administering meds.
Dog walks all over Montgomery County. Midday, on call short notice. Okay with problem dogs.
Dog walking and pet sitting in northwest DC. Specializes in elderly, disabled, or sick pets. Rescue dog discounts available.
College Park Pet Sitting & Dog Walking (C-Pup)
Dog walks & overnight pet sitting. Serves College Park, University Park, Hyattsville, Beltsville, Greenbelt, Riverdale, Adelphi, and surrounding areas.
Prance Around Pet Services
Dog walking, pet sitting visits, overnight care, pet taxi, and yard waste clean-up services in Germantown, Laurel, and surrounding areas.
Urbana Pet Assist
Dog walking; day & overnight pet sitting. Serving Urbana, Clarksburg, New Market, Ijamsville, Mt Airy, and surrounding areas.
Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters
Dog walking, pet sitting, overnight care & pet transportation in Anne Arundel County.
Dog walking, vacation services, and in-home boarding in the Fairfax, Shirlington, and Springfield areas. Special needs, geriatric, and fear-reactive pets welcome.
Board & Train
Pop Star Dogs
Two acre yard with personal air-conditioned/heated pet “condos” near the main house & with video monitors. Training in manners and behavior issues, including reactivity and fear, using the house, yard, or field trips. Option for videotaped sessions. Leave with a training plan.
Two week stays with meetings beforehand and afterward to develop plans for training and maintaining the new skills. Work on basic manners, puppy behavior, and impulse control. Continued advice by e-mail or phone for up to six months. No more than six dogs at a time; generally out of pens or crates interacting with other dogs and people.
Canine Lifestyle Academy
Only one Board and Train client at a time; only two additional boarding clients at a time. Home environment with six foot privacy fence to reduce sound and visual triggers for sensitive dogs. Can accommodate fearful, anxious, or aggressive dogs, since the dog doesn’t have to see other dogs or a person besides the trainer. Initial consult and follow-up plans. Well socialized dogs available for playtime, if appropriate.
WOOFS! Dog Training
Five hours of training per week plus play in day care. Initial consultation and day care assessment before starting Board & Train. Not appropriate for dogs that can’t do day care. Dog parent chooses 2-3 behaviors to work on. Two week minimum, followed by two one-hour sessions to teach you the skills you need to maintain your dog’s new behaviors.
Walking With A Friend
Boarding and day care with a trainer while working on needed training skills. Limited to two dogs in each two week session.
Opportunity Barks Country Boarding School
Boarding in a trainer’s home on five acres with woods and a stream. Daily walks, trail hikes, play groups. Several training sessions throughout the day to work on manners or behavior issues.
Liberty Hill Pet Resort
Boarding for dogs and cats in a home environment, with training available while boarding. Outdoor play yards, day care, heated swimming pool, and grooming. Playtime with staff for dogs needing special attention. Choose a package or individual services. 50 miles west of Washington, DC.
Coventry School for Dogs & Their People
Day care & boarding for day care clients. Individual “suites”; 24 hour coverage. Positive training classes & consults. Grooming.
Unusual kennel arrangements
Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat
Boarding; pet sitting; day care; grooming. Outdoor play in large play yards with compatible dogs (based on age, sociability, activity level); playtime with staff for more reactive or quieter dogs; indoor “gym” with toys/equipment; transportation.
Boarding for dogs and cats in a smaller, quieter facility. Daycare, outdoor play yards, and grooming. Playtime with staff is available for dogs needing special attention or handling with a large variety of interactive toys and equipment. Training can sometimes be arranged while boarding. Contact trainer Lindsey Reese, firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Dogs Club
Open kennels with big and small dogs separated; feeding separate; alone time. Before boarding, staff observes the dog for an hour, and you can watch on in-house camera.
Individual houses with exercise areas; supervised playtimes each day; house can hold up to 4 dogs from same family.
Happy Tails of Maryland
“Bed & Breakfast”; pet walking; day care, transportation.