Dog Boarding

Image of a bright doggy day care center For Dog Boarding in Northern Virginia, you can trust Sterling's Healthy Hound Playground kennel near Ashburn, Reston, Centreville, Chantilly, Herndon & Dulles 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.

Check out a Video of A Day in the Life of a Healthy Hound Camper!

With us, your dog will enjoy fun days of cage-free romping with his/her favorite Doggy Day Care companions, regular outdoor potty breaks, and 24 hour supervision (drop-off/pick-up during regular hours only) - not the usual Dog Kennel experience! In the evenings, your dog will enjoy a stay in one of our unique, private Canine Cottages that boasts a noise reduction panel roof, thick cushioned rubber matting, an elevated Canine Cot. A staff member is on-site at all times to make sure your pup is safe and sound. Dogs of the same family are welcome to stay together in the same cottage, or they may stay separately at your request. If you are boarding with us and traveling out of Dulles Airport (IAD), we offer free on-site, parking. We recommend to prearrange with Washington Flyer Taxi for the 5 minute ride to the airport.

2 Hour Grace Periods for Boarding Drop off's & Pick up's

Drop Off: Drop off after 5pm (we 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: 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, we do not extend them.

Preparing for your Boarding Stay

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. Even a t-shirt that smells like mom or dad can be soothing to your furry friend! Please make sure to label all of your dog's items with his name and last name initial / full last name.

Food: 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! Our meals take place at 6am for breakfast, 12-1pm for lunch, and 7pm for dinner.

Bowls: 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 bowls at home as your pup won't be needing them during their time with us.


We provide tours by appointment daily between the hours of 10am and 4pm. For all tours we ask that you kindly leave the pups at home as we will be taking you into the back of the house where the dogs are freely playing in day care.

Note: Due to the upcoming Holiday we will not be providing Tours from Thursday, 6/29 through Wednesday, 7/5. Thank you for your understanding!

Doggy Spa

Your dog will leave day care smelling wonderful.

Hypoallergenic shampoo available at no additional cost.

Basic Bath With our Basic Bath your pup will receive a soothing oxygen infused bath with our signature shampoo, then towel and blow dry, and finish with a quick brushing.
  • 25 pounds or less – $30
  • 26-65 pounds – $40
  • 66+ pounds – $50
Spa Bath Give your dog the works with our Spa Bath. This package provides your dog with everything included in our Basic Bath, as well as a nail trim, anal gland expression, and gentle ear cleaning.
  • 25 pounds or less – $45
  • 26-65 pounds – $55
  • 66+ pounds – $65

Bathing Add-On Options

Hair, Hair Everywhere! De-Shedding Treatment* - $25
This upgrade includes our highly effective two stage de-shedding shampoo & conditioner, a gentle scrub with our specialized tools and is finished off with a de-shedding brush and blow-out. Our process helps reduce loose hair and shedding for up to a week.

Blueberry Facial* - $5
Helps remove tear stains.

Shea Butter & Argan Oil Conditioner* - $5
Detangles and leaves coat silky.

De-Frizzing Treatment* - $5
Eases frizz and stray hair.

A La Carte Services  
  • Nail Trim - $15
  • Anal Gland Expression - $10
  • Gentle Ear Cleaning - $5
  • Face, Feet & Fanny (Trim between eyes, paw pad trim & sanitary trim) - $25
  • All of the Above - $50
*These shampoo options are not hypoallergenic and are not recommended if your dog has sensitive skin.

Prices may vary based on coat condition.