Dog Boarding in Washington, DC
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What is dog boarding with Rover?
Dog boarding with Rover is an alternative to traditional overnight dog care in a kennel. Rover allows you to search thousands of local five star dog sitters who provide overnight dog boarding in their homes. Now instead of dog boarding in a kennel you can give your pup the personal attention it deserves from a background checked dog sitter.
Features pet owners love about dog boarding on Rover
High quality pet careRover has the largest network of five star sitters providing dog boarding services. Rover sitters are background checked and reviews help give confidence that sitters are trusted by other dog owners. Enjoy the peace of mind that your sitter will treat your dog like their own during your dog boarding stay.
Communication is just a touch or call awayDuring your dog boarding stay you can keep in contact with your sitter via the Rover App, text message, email, or a phone call with your sitter.
Photo updates during your dog boarding stayRover sitters love to take photos of your dog during their dog boarding stay. Enjoy getting updates of your dog enjoying their stay while you are away. If you receive 5 or more photo updates during your dog boarding stay we will put together a slideshow with the highlights of your dog’s stay.
Where will your dog stay during their visit?
Rover sitters provide dog boarding in houses, apartments, townhomes, condos, and more. Instead of your dog being stuck in a small kennel, like traditional dog boarding, they can enjoy the comfort of staying in a sitter’s home. If your dog enjoys going outside you can find a sitter with a yard or access to local parks where they can take your dog for a walk. To learn more about the amenities dog boarding sitters offer, check their profile page or contact them directly.
Is Rover dog boarding right for my dog?
Rover provides dog boarding to dogs of all sizes, ages, and needs. This includes puppies, older dogs, disabled dogs, dogs that require medication, dogs with separation anxiety, and more. If your dog has special needs that you want to ensure your dog boarding sitter offers, check their profile page or contact them directly.
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See what owners are saying about dog boarding in Washington, DCWashington, DC dog sitters were rated 5 out of 5 stars from 867+ reviews
Rebecca's review on Oct 14, 2019
Olga took great care of our two cats. She was prompt, thorough, and sent us pictures every visit of our little monsters. We were nervous to leave them alone for the first time since adopting them but they were in excellent hands! Will happily book again.
Chih Pang's review on Oct 13, 2019
I have the most hard dealing puppy ever, and Rachel handled it perfectly with daily picture update, she is the only human stranger my baby can get close to
Allison's review on Oct 02, 2019
Gabriela is amazing! We are very happy, repeat clients. We know our pup is in the best of hands while we are away and immediately look at her availability when planning a trip! Can not recommend her enough!
Kathryn's review on Sep 24, 2019
Susan did an amazing job caring for our 4-month puppy. She followed all instructions carefully, was super responsive and enthusiastic and left a detailed card with very cute pics. Would definitely book again!
Rena's review on Sep 05, 2019
Jennifer took such great care of our little guy. We hadn’t ever left him before and she gave us great peace of mind. We loved the pictures and the daily updates. Jennifer is professional and kind. We highly recommend her and have already booked Teddy’s next stay!
Top Dog Parks in Washington, DC
One-hundred-year-old Anacostia Park has 3.5 miles of paved trail along the river, a roller skating pavilion, and public access to boating and fishing. If you have kids, you can pretend to be pirates on the ship-shaped playground in the park. Leashed dogs are welcome at all National Parks, so bring your puppy for a day of hiking and exploring the beautiful natural grounds. The only aquatic garden in the National Park Service, Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens is a beautiful part of the Anacostia Park that boasts 30 acres of ponds with water lilies and giant lotus flowers and original greenhouses from the original owner, Walter Shaw.
Nicknamed “America's front yard,” the National Mall extends from the Lincoln Memorial on the west end to the United States Capitol on the east. This two-mile stretch of land, dominated by the view of the towering Washington Monument, is America’s most visited national park, with cultural institutions, art galleries, and memorials, sculptures, and statues. You can wander along the tree-lined streets with your dog to take in the amazing, historic scenery, or you can visit some of the world-class museums such as the Smithsonian Institution Museums, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, or the National Air and Space Museum.
Rock Creek Park was the third national park to be designated by the federal government, in 1890. This 1,754-acre park offers over 32 miles of hiking trails, a Nature Center and Planetarium, and even horseback riding. If you want help, Rangers regularly lead planetarium shows and hikes. In addition to Civil War fortifications and Colonial houses, you can see Peirce Mill, a working grist mill first built in 1829 and restored by the park service in the 1930s. In the summer, there is a concert series at Carter Barron Amphitheatre. For some water fun, you can rent kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards. Leashed pets are welcomed throughout the park, a favorite among dog boarders and sitters in Washington, DC.
The U.S. National Arboretum is 446 acres of gardens, exhibits, and long-term botanical research. Its intent is to increase the importance of landscape and ornamental plants, which makes it a beautiful place to wander any time of the year. There is even a popular National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, where you can see a collection of artistically sculpted miniature Japanese and Chinese trees. The Arboretum also houses 22 Corinthian columns that once supported the east portico of the U.S. Capitol. Another great picture-taking sport is the azalea blossoms, located near the Capitol Column Overlook and the Flowering Tree Walk.
Top Dog Neighborhoods in Washington, DC
Downtown DC is a bustling commercial neighborhood, with some of Washington’s most famous attractions. You can walk your dog around the area to catch a peek at the White House, famously located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, and other historic buildings. Make sure to also check out the CityCenterDC, a mixed-use development with upscale shopping. Since all the shopping is connected through several breezeways and an open courtyard, you can spend time window shopping and then get food at places like RareSweets or Dolcezza Gelato & Coffee. If you get a Washington, DC dog sitter, you can spend some time exploring the many museums in this area, including the Newseum—which unveiled its current building in 2008— Renwick Gallery, and the National Geographic Museum. Or you can check out a concert at DAR Constitution Hall, which gained status as a National Historic Landmark Building in 1985.
Founded in 1751, Georgetown is a charming neighborhood with waterfront dining, cobblestone streets, and stylish boutiques. It is very walkable, and you can take your dog past the former homes of John F. Kennedy and Julia Child, or walk along M Street to window shop the unique boutiques and stores in the area. Georgetown Waterfront Park offers gorgeous views of the city along the Potomac, while you kayak, jog, or bike. Some other trails include C&O Canal Towpath and Capital Crescent Trails. The famous Georgetown Cupcakes is a must visit, or check out DC’s cat cafe, Crumbs and Whiskers—though leave your dog at home for that, of course. For some fun touristy options, check out Tudor Place, Martha Washington’s family home, or the gardens at Dumbarton Oaks. DC dog walkers can also head to the gorgeous green campus of Georgetown University—the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in the United States—where famous alums like Bill Clinton and Bradley Cooper once studied.
Penn Quarter & Chinatown
Penn Quarter and Chinatown are cultural centers, home to popular museums like the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Newseum. You can walk in the neighborhood and visit the United States Navy Memorial, a plaza with a statue of a Lone Sailor and the Naval Heritage Center. You can tour Ford’s Theatre, where President Lincoln was assassinated, or Petersen House, the site of his passing. This neighborhood is also home to the Capital One Arena, where pro-sports teams Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, and the Washington Mystics play. Chinatown is anchored by the colorful Friendship Archway, which features 272 dragons. You can also check out a rooftop view from Crimson View, above the Pod Hotel DC, or Dirty Habit in the dog-friendly Kimpton Hotel Monaco across the street from the arena.
Woodley Park originated as the summer escape for 19th century Washingtonians, and you can see this influence in some of the remaining early row houses. It is home to the Smithsonian National Zoo, where you can visit 1,800 animals, including their famous giant pandas, elephants, and Komodo dragons. This neighborhood is also the entry point for Rock Creek Park, a large green park with trails, workout stations, and picnic spots. When you are ready for some grub, go to Connecticut Avenue for its many restaurants including Lebanese Taverna, Open City, and District Kitchen. Attention visiting dog owners: There are also two dog-friendly hotels in the neighborhood, Washington Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotel.
Why do dog owners love Washington, DC?
Founded in 1790, Washington, DC has long been a dynamic city full of politics, culture, art, and nature. The nation’s capital is an amazing place to live or visit. You can dive into the city’s past by visiting the many National Parks, Smithsonian Museums, or the White House. There are so many museums, art galleries, and theaters, that you would have to get a Washington DC dog sitter for many days just to cover even a fraction of the activities to do there. Each neighborhood, from Foggy Bottom to Columbia Heights, has their own flavors and attractions. It is a unique city where you can go from learning about Alexander Hamilton in a Smithsonian Museum to seeing the play Hamilton at the Kennedy Center of Performing Arts in the evening, with a stop by the National Arboretum in between. Washington DC is a very dog-friendly place, with over 300 restaurants that welcome dogs and many of them even host “yappy hours.” American brasserie is especially open to having dog customers, with a “Pups on the Patio” happy hour with treats, special menu items, and pet giveaways, where 10% of all sales during that time go to a different rescue each week. If you like trying different types of beer, there are many outdoor beer halls, like Dacha Beer Garden, Midlands, or Wunder Garten. And if your pooch is hungry on a warm day, head over to Art and Soul, which offers peanut-banana “pupsicles.” If you want to take a tour of Washington DC’s top sights, you can hail a Discover DC Pedicab or Nonpartisan Pedicab, which both welcome leashed pets on the majority of tours. Or if you prefer to spend active time with your pup outdoors, you can take them to any National Park, or bring them to Key Bridge Boathouse and rent a dog-friendly canoe, stand-up paddleboard, or kayak—they even have doggie life jackets available. You can also go shop at the East City Bookshop, where the staff always keeps dog treats behind the counter for your pooch. If you are visiting the city, you can rest up in your dog-friendly hotels like any of the fee-free Kimpton hotels, the Topaz Hotel, or the Fairmont Washington DC.