Dog Walkers & Vacation Care

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:

  1. Ask for references. Make sure there will be one person walking or sitting with your dog, rather than different people each time.
  2. Ask how the dog walker/sitter would deal with specific situations, such as your dog barking at another dog or peeing in the house.
  3. Find out whether more than one dog is walked at a time.
  4. 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.

For Facilities:

  1. Visit to see if it’s clean. Notice whether dogs are barking non-stop or if you hear staff yelling.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

Sher Polvinale

In-home boarding in Laytonsville; good with dogs needing special attention; fees benefit sanctuary for senior dogs.

Big Foot Walking Company

Jude Evans

In-home boarding in Damascus; pet walking; vacation pet sitting.


Carey Benadon

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

Jill Siegel
301-762-6022 (noon – 9:00pm)

In-home boarding in Rockville for dogs under 25 lbs.

Your Pet Retreat

Jeanne Lishia

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

Maureen O’Shanesy

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

Cristina Izaguirre

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

Jaime Deason

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

Joan Rogers

Boarding, pet sitting, and day care in a Potomac home, surrounded by two acres.

DogOn Fitness
301-717-1026 (MD)
703-627-4462 (VA)

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

Kathryn Sabath

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.

Perfect Pair Animal Care

Erika Hunter

Daily visits and overnight pet care in Montgomery County. Good with special behavioral or health needs.

Dog’s Day Pet Care

Matt & Kelly Brown |

Outdoor, active day care at a farm in Gaithersburg. Overnight stays at their home, with adventure walks and playtime during the day. Pick-up and drop-off service in Gaithersburg, Germantown, Montgomery Village, Damascus, and Laytonsville. Daily dog walking/play at your home also available.

Pets n Poets

Susan Faucon

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

Amy Stevens & Noelle Donati

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

Patricia Beatty

Mid-day dog walking / running and vacation petsitting in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, northwest DC.


Jessica Lamb

Dog walking services in northwest DC, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Rockville.

Forest Glen Pet Solutions

Pamela Gallo

Midday walks, pet sitting, home boarding, pet transportation. Serves Silver Spring, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Garrett Park, Takoma Park.

Passionate About Pooches

Annette Swain

Dog walking in Kensington, Bethesda and Garrett Park

All About the Dog

Jan Ebert

Morning and midday walks and pet sitting in the Kensington, White Flint and North Bethesda area. Last minute is ok. Good with administering meds.

Happy Canines

Kelley Carpenter

Dog walks all over Montgomery County.  Midday, on call short notice. Okay with problem dogs.


JJ Scheele

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)

Shannon Sanford
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Dog walks & overnight pet sitting. Serves College Park, University Park, Hyattsville, Beltsville, Greenbelt, Riverdale, Adelphi, and surrounding areas.

Prance Around Pet Services

Joelyne King

Dog walking, pet sitting visits, overnight care, pet taxi, and yard waste clean-up services in Germantown, Laurel, and surrounding areas.

Urbana Pet Assist

Salima Chadly-Martin & William Martin

Dog walking; day & overnight pet sitting. Serving Urbana, Clarksburg, New Market, Ijamsville, Mt Airy, and surrounding areas.

Jen’s Gentle Pet Sitters

Jennifer MacQuillan

Dog walking, pet sitting, overnight care & pet transportation in Anne Arundel County.

Pampered Pets

Sabina Poinelli

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

(Frederick, MD)
Heather Cole, KPA-CTP

Two acre yard with personal air-conditioned/heated pet “condos” near the main house & with video monitors. Training in manners and behavior issues using the house, yard, or field trips. Option for videotaped sessions. Leave with a training plan.

Unleashed Joy

(Ellicott City, MD)

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.

WOOFS! Dog Training

(Arlington, VA)

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

(Gainesville, VA)
Roni Campbell, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA

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

(Bucks County, PA)
Leigh Siegfried, CPDT-KA

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

(Bealeton, VA)
Mary Ann Robertson, CPDT-KA

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

(Columbia, MD)

Day care & boarding for day care clients. Individual “suites”; 24 hour coverage. Positive training classes & consults. Grooming.

Unusual kennel arrangements

Dogwood Acres Pet Retreat

(Davidsonville, near Bowie)

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.

Beechnut Kennels

(Edgewater, MD)

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,

 All Dogs Club

(College Park)

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.

DogTown, Maryland

(Brandywine, MD)

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.