Dog Boarding
Dog Boarding in Northern Virginia

Dog Boarding

$25/night + Day Care $32 

Dog Boarding in The Dulles Virginia Area.

For Dog Boarding in Dulles, Virginia you can trust Sterling’s Healthy Hound Playground kennel to provide your dog with a safe, calm and caring Dog Hotel environment to reduce the amount of stress your dog experiences while you are away.


While with us, your dog will enjoy fun days of cage-free romping with his/her favorite day care companions and in the evenings, your dog will enjoy a stay in one of our unique, large and private Canine Cottages. A staff member is on-site at all times to make sure your pup is safe and sound.

Sick Dog Policy

At this time we generally accept healthy dogs that do not need medical care or attention. If your dog is on any medication or has a non-contagious health condition, please contact us prior to your dog’s stay to ensure that we will be able to accept them for day care and boarding. Due to the nature of our business, we do not accept any dogs with health conditions that are contagious to other dogs.

The Healthy Hound Playground Difference

  • Regular Outdoor Potty Breaks
  • 12 Hours of Continuous Cage-Free Day Care
  • 24/7 Onsite Attendants
  • Experienced Attendants Trained by On-staff Animal Behaviorist
  • Large Standard 24+ sq ft Canine Cottages Complete with Cushioned Rubber Matting
  • Expansive Facility Featuring 24 ft Ceilings
  • 3 Separate Day Care Areas Covered in Cushioned Rubber Matting Spanning over 4,500 sq ft
  • Safe, Clean and Comfortable Climate Controlled Indoor Environment
  • Multi Dog Discounts on Day Care & Boarding
  • Free Onsite Parking at HHP for Dulles International Airport
  • Drop-off or Pick-up 365 Days a Year
  • Medication Administration at No Additional Cost


Take A Virtual Tour

We are confident that you and your dog will find the experience at Healthy Hound Playground second to none.


Preparing for your Boarding Stay:

Multiple Dog Households
  • Dogs of the same family are welcome to stay together in the same cottage, or they may stay separately at your request. There is no difference in cost.
Overnight Items
  • While we do provide our signature canine cots, it is often helpful for some dogs to have items in their kennel that remind them of home.
  • Please feel free to pack your dog’s bed, a blanket, and/or favorite toy. We want your pup to have what he or she needs to be as comfortable as possible when in the kennel at nighttime.
  • Please make sure to label all of your dog’s items with his first and last name.

  • Our meals take place at 6am for breakfast, 11am-12pm for lunch, and 7pm for dinner.
  • We provide all meals with high quality stainless steel bowls that are cleaned after each use.
  • Unless your dog uses a ‘special bowl’ like a slow feeder for example, kindly leave all dog bowls, measuring cups and can lids at home. Make sure to label the bowl with first and last name if possible.
  • Some dogs have sensitive tummies and owners may find it best to keep them on their own food during their stay.
  • Please feel free to bring in your dog’s regular food in pre-portioned amounts for each meal you would like him or her to have.
  • You may also bring in a large container of food, and indicate on drop-off how much you would like us to feed at each meal.
  • We do provide house food as well for any dogs that do well on various brands of food. No dog will go hungry!

What to Pack in your Pup’s Suitcase? What to Leave at Home?
Dog Bed, Blanket, Favorite Toy Bowls, Scoopers, Can Lids
Food – For dogs with sensitive tummies (pre-portioned baggies or one large bag) Food – if your dog prefers our House Food made by Kirkland
If your dog uses a Slow Feeder, pack it!
Collar with Name Tag
Any medication needed
*Label all items with Fido’s first & last name






Pricing Example:

Drop-off: 7am Friday; Pick-up: 1pm Sunday

2 days ($32/day), 2 nights ($25/night) & 1 half day ($20/half)

Total = $134

Grace Periods

2 Hour Grace Periods

Drop-off after 5pm (close at 7pm) and you will not be charged for day care for the day of drop-off – just the nightly fee ($25).


Pick-up before 9am Monday thru Saturday (open at 7am) & before 11am Sunday (open at 9am) and you will not be charged for day care for the pick-up day.

Note: After grace periods are over, normal charges are in effect.

Dulles Airport Parking at HHP

If you are boarding with us and traveling out of Dulles Airport (IAD), we offer free on-site parking at our facility.

We recommend prearranging with a taxi service for the 5 minute ride to the airport.

A Day in the Life

Healthy Hound Playground

Northern Virginia’s Premier Dog Day Care, Boarding Kennel & Grooming Salon & Spa.

Party Inside
Potty Outside!

Client Reviews

  • Our dog LOVES LOVES Healthy Hound. She practically jumps through the door from the second we get there so she can start playing with all her friends. I really like that the dogs get walked every few hours so they can go take care of business outside and the staff is great across the board. We will never take our girl anywhere else.
    Warren, Fairfax, Lab Mix
  • My dog and I both love Healthy Hound Playground! Everyone who works there is wonderful and clearly loves dogs! My dog is a rescue from a rural kill shelter who had not had a lot of contact with people or other dogs. Everyone there is so kind, and their facilities are well-maintained and perfect for my dog's socialization. Also, they walk your dog outside at regular intervals. I highly recommend Healthy Hound Playground.
    Joanna, Reston, Aussie Brittany Spaniel
  • Outstanding place, we have two pups that start getting excited when I'm sitting at the light to turn in, superior staff and extremely accommodating. Highest of recommendations! The best that we have ever used.
    Joseph, Herndon, 2 Handsome Black Mutts
  • This is such a wonderful facility!! My Cinnamon absolutely LOVES coming here to spend the day playing with her canine friends!! (She loves the human ones, there, too!) She's now a regular bi-weekly visitor, and is even starting to understand when I tell her "we're going to Healthy Hound today" and starts wagging her tail!! Brandon and his team are just terrific, and I know Cinnamon is in very good hands. After a day of playing, she comes home exhausted, healthy and happy -- JUST the way I want her to be!!! I absolutely would highly recommend Healthy Hound Playground to other canine parents!!
    Andrea, Reston, Terrier Mix
  • Go and see for yourself! I started researching daycare facilities several months before I got my puppy (that's how much I care!). I found the Healthy Hound Playground far superior than other facilities in the area. The staff are excellent - from the front desk to the owners - extremely professional, knowledgeable and caring. The facility is large and spotless. They also offer training classes. I took my first class yesterday, and already see improvement! The most important thing? Lilly, my German Shepherd puppy, can't wait to go and play! And when I pick her up, she's happy and ready for a long nap! That says it all! Thank you Healthy Hound Playground! Keep up the great work!
    Amy, Sterling, German Shepard
  • The "Party Inside, Potty Outside" philosophy at HHP is hugely beneficial for dogs like ours who lived for a long time in a shelter situation and were not properly potty trained. Our dog was still not housebroken at 7 months old when we adopted her and training her to potty outside was a very challenging process. Based on my experiences with my other dogs at different facilities, I am certain that a week long stay somewhere without the same commitment to taking the dogs outside would have caused her to backslide. (Not a fun way to "celebrate" coming home after vacation!) The diligence of the HHP staff in taking the dogs outside ensured Lark kept her hard-earned "house manners".
    Meredith, Vienna, Terrier Mix
  • After 14yrs with another kennel we tried HHP. I was a little nervous but as soon as we walked in I knew my pups were in good hands! It is a very friendly clean environment and the staff were very understanding and gave me a personal full report when we picked them up. I really appreciated the fact that they took beds, toys, and leashes. At pick up they returned everything just as it was. It is the first time we have picked up our dogs and they weren't over excited to leave! Thank you so much Brandon and Shayda!!! I'm considering doing doggy day camp now!
    Mikala, Sterling, Pug and Gorgeous Mutt
  • My mini-goldendoodle Teddy has been going to Healthy Hound anywhere from 1-3 times per week since he was 6 months old. As soon as we turn down the street he starts barking and howling. Teddy is now 19 months old and loves his doggy day care. He is excited when he walks in and he is exhausted when he leaves (usually fast asleep by the time we reach 28). We have used the playground for boarding as well and it has been a great experience. The staff and owners are friendly and always greet Teddy and I as we come in. As a first time dog owner I never imagined sending a dog to day care, now I can't imagine not doing that. It has become the highlight of his week. As soon as I tell him he is going to the playground he will follow me around the house, wagging his tail, until it is time to leave. Many times he will just sit in the car waiting for me!!!
    Michelle, Ashburn, Golden Doodle
  • Both me and my dog (Kacee) LOVE Healthy Hound Playground! I ask Kacee in the morning if she wants to go see her friends and she gets so excited! She is always happy to see the staff there and they are happy to see her too! She is even happier leaving then she is going in, and much more tried to boot! She has always been a little shy of meeting people on the street, but goes right up and loves the staff when she sees them. Healthy Hound Playground is not just a local business but a key part of my dogs happy life! Highly recommended!
    Dan, Reston, Black Lab



365 Days a Year
Day Care & Boarding Drop-off/Pick-up:
Monday through Saturday: 7am-7pm
Sunday: 9am-7pm