Frequently Asked Questions

Do you not allow any breeds?

Unfortunately, yes. Due to Prince George’s County Bully Breed Ban, we cannot accept any Pitbull terriers, Staffordshire terriers or any dogs “which have the appearance of being predominantly of the breed(s)” mentioned above. Here is the link to the County Code. While the legislation is being contested in court currently, Paradise for Pets will not make any changes until a final decision has been made in the legislation.

What are your hours?

Monday-Thursday – 8am to 7pm

Friday – 8am to Sunset

Saturday – Closed

Sunday – 9 to 11am & 5 to 7pm

How do you group dogs?

We try to find the perfect group of friends for your pup by matching them with dogs in similar age, temperament and size. We introduce your pup to the group in a safe and calculated manner, to insure the safety of everyone. And if for whatever reason, someone in the group is not happy after a bit, we just find them a new group!

Is there an interview process?

Paradise for Pets asks that you bring your pet in for a complimentary day of daycare to allow us to do behavioral assessment. We require full disclosure of any past incidents with other dogs and people and that your dog is friendly towards the staff.

Do I need to book a tour?

Nope! You can come by anytime we are open, but we recommend coming in the middle of the day when we are least busy and there are fewer chances of being interrupted. 

What vaccines are required?

We require up to date Rabies, Bordetella, and Distemper vaccines. We also require  your dog have Flea/Tick preventative April-October, but encourage you to use one year round.

Does my dog have to be spayed/neutered?

We do not accommodate intact males or intact females that would be in estrus (heat) during their stay. Puppies that are too young to be spayed/neutered will be assessed on a case by case basis.

What does a normal day look like?

Breakfast is served at 7:30am and then the dogs are let outside weather permitting. They are outside playing with their groups until about 4:30pm as long as the weather is good. Then about an hour later they have dinner and settle in for the night. The manager and assistant manager live on the property and do checks throughout the night to make sure everyone is okay.

What is a Late Check out fee?

Our rate is per night. If you pick up before 1pm there is no charge for the day. After 1pm there is a half night’s charge, meaning half of the nightly rate.

Do you provide food?

We do. The food we provide is included in our boarding price. We feed our guests Nutro’ Natural Chicken & Rice in Small Bites Formula. And for every 10 lbs of dry food, we mix in a pint of wet food of the same brand. If you prefer that we feed your dog the food you bring from home, there is an additional $3 per feeding charge.

Can you administer meds?

We can! Any kind of medicine your pet is on, we can administer. There is an additional charge of $3 per dose. We will not be able to accommodate pets that need insulin injections.

What should I bring from home?

All you need to bring is your pup and their vaccine records! Food and treats are welcome at an additional fee (our food is included in the per night cost). We ask that you do NOT bring toys, beds, blankets or anything sentimental from home. These items can often promote resource guarding in your pet and others. We have lots of beds and toys that are neutral territory! 

What happens if there is bad weather?

If it is raining, snowing, too hot, too cold or any kind of crazy weather, we bring the dogs into our indoor kennel. Our kennel is heated/air conditioned to the perfect temperature to keep our guests comfortable. They are still with their groups while indoors and have ample space (5.5’x30′) to play to their heart’s content. Or if they prefer to take a snooze, each run has a large bed and a sheepskin rug to make it feel like they are right at home.

What happens if a dog gets hurt?

We have a veterinarian on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In the rare case of an extreme emergency, we take your pet to either Beltsville Veterinary Hospital or Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital. Once the main emergency is handled, we will call you or your emergency contact to let you know.

Do I need to have a reservation?

For daycare, no. For boarding, yes. We do offer walk-in boarding reservations, but we cannot guarantee that there will be a spot available. We recommend always making a reservation.

Do you have an age requirement or limit?

Our age requirement is usually four months or that the pup has up to date Rabies, Bordetella and Distemper vaccines, whichever comes first. We do not accept new guests over the age of 13.

What forms of payment are accepted?

We accept all major credit card (Mastercard, Visa, Discover, AMEX), Cash, and Personal Checks!

Do you provide any discounts?


New Customer Special: ONE free day of boarding, requires 3 days of billing.

New Day Care Customer Special: First day is free for all new Day Care customers.

Weekly Discount: 10% discount on stays of 7 days or more!

Multiple pet Discount: $2 off per dog per day

Referral Benefit: Refer us to a new customer and receive 10% discount on your next visit. Make sure your friend mentions your name at registration.

Active Military Discount: 10% off

Senior Discount: 10% off

How big are your pens?

Our indoor pens are 5.5’x30′. Our outdoor yards are 30’x45′ on average, and come equipped with sunshades, a shower system, a dog house and all the water your pet cares to drink.