The Best Dog Boarding in Madison, WI

If you’ve been feeling the urge to get out of town, you might feel a bit hesitant to leave your dog behind. Your furry BFF is part of the family for sure, but it’s often difficult to bring him along on vacation, and if you’re traveling for work, it’s just about impossible. Maybe you’re not traveling at all, but you need to get Fido out of the house so you can have some renovations done or host a family member who is allergic to your canine pal. Whatever the situation, dog boarding services might be the answer for you.

If your dog finds boarding in a traditional kennel to be too overwhelming and you’re not sure how you feel about having a dogsitter stay over in your home, have you considered boarding your pup with an individual person or family? On Rover.com, there are dozens of Madison, Wisconsin, dog boarders who are up for snuggles, games of fetch, and otherwise entertaining your dog while you’re away.

We’ve looked at pages of Rover.com dog boarders and have compiled a list of our 10 favorites, which you’ll find below. We took into account what their specialties were, whether they have safe places for your dog to play, and what types of dogs each one would be the most well-suited for.

Best Dog Boarding in Madison, WI

Melinda O.

10 years of experience
Walks dogs twice daily
Fenced yard
Responds quickly

Rating 5.0

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Our top spot goes to Melinda O., who lives in Sunset Village. She loves all doggos and will provide care to just about any of them. You can read more about her and the other people who offer dog boarding in Madison below.

The Best Madison, WI Dog Boarding Overall: Melinda O

Melinda made the top of our list of the best Madison, Wisconsin, dog boarding providers. Her house is dog-friendly and is filled with dog toys, dog beds, and love. She has two Labs of her own, so your dog will have someone to play with. All dogs go for morning and evening walks, and in between, they can go run around and play in the fenced backyard. Melinda can handle dogs with special needs, puppies, and senior dogs.

Melinda has 10 years of experience and has passed the Rover background check. She gets back to potential clients quickly and sends photos of what her charges are doing. She can administer oral and injected medications. There are no children in the home, which is great for dogs who aren’t used to small humans, and your pup will be happy to know he can choose where he wants to sleep while you are away.

Services

  • Boarding ($35)

What We Like

  • Passed Rover’s background check
  • 10 years experience
  • Can administer meds
  • No children in the home
  • Fenced yard
  • Two resident dogs
  • Two walks daily

Featured Reviews

Sally had a great stay with Melinda and her dogs. Melinda sent photos and videos which was great to see Sally having such a great time. We’ll definitely be looking at Melinda’s calendar the next time we need somewhere for Sally to stay! -Paul E.


Mindy was an awesome sitter! She sent a ton of great pics, and my dog seemed to have an excellent time at her home and interacting with her dogs. -Patrick F.


Contact Melinda to book her services.

The Madison Dog Boarding Runner Up: Jose E

Runner Up

Jose E.

6 years of experience
Works from home
Fenced yard
Has no dogs

Rating 5.0

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Jose E. came up as a close runner up. He works from home, so he will be there all day long to give your dog ear scratches and to take him out to potty. He lives in an apartment, but he has a fenced area where your pup can play and run around. He’ll take your pup on daily walks and runs to keep her tired and happy.

Jose is comfortable administering various types of oral and injected medications. He has experience with many large breeds, including Shepherds, Greyhounds, Pitbulls, and more. He can manage senior dogs and special needs dogs. He doesn’t have a dog of his own and he takes on only one client at a time, so if your dog doesn’t play well with other dogs, Jose might be the right choice for you.

Services

  • Boarding ($35)
  • Doggy Day Care ($30)
  • Dog Walking ($15)

What We Like

  • Passed Rover’s background check
  • Uses the Rover app for photos
  • Has 6 years experience
  • Has no dogs
  • Fenced yard
  • Goes for walks and runs
  • No children in the home

Featured Reviews

Jose was very accommodating with our last minute request for daycare. Always prompt on answering any questions I had and took care of Logan very well. Logan came home tired, I am sure he had a blast! -PK L.


Jose was awesome!! He was very patient with our rescue dog. He kept us updated throughout our trip with pictures and texts. We also appreciated his flexibility when our return flight was delayed. Highly recommend! -Samantha L.


Contact Jose to book his services.

The Best Budget Dog Boarding: Daina P.

Best Budget Boarding

Daina P.

29 years experience
Was a vet tech
Hosts small dogs only
Near dog park

Rating 5.0

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Daina P. is a surprisingly affordable dog boarder with experience as a vet tech and with animal rescue. Note that she only accepts small dogs in her home, but she will watch dogs of all sizes in her clients’ homes. Daina has a cat and lives in an apartment. She has an unfenced yard and lives in a quiet residential area close to a dog park and also trails, so there is plenty of opportunity for exercise.

Daina is comfortable administering various types of medication, knows doggie first aid/CPR, and can work with senior and special needs dogs. There is just one step from the ground into her house, making it easy for dogs (and people) who cannot climb stairs. There are no children in the house and no resident dogs.

Services

  • Boarding ($20)
  • House Sitting ($25)
  • Drop In Visits ($15)
  • Doggy Day Care ($19)
  • Dog Walking ($15)

What We Like

  • Passed Rover’s enhanced background check
  • 29 years of experience
  • Knows first aid/CPR
  • Former vet tech
  • Takes small dogs only
  • Cat in home
  • No dogs in the home
  • No children in the home
  • Goes for walks
  • Lives near a dog park

Featured Reviews

Daina is a phenomenal drop-in sitter. She is very attentive and such a positive presence with my pup. She is very reliable, excellent at communication, and goes above and beyond. A bonus is her background and expertise with animals, especially from a behavior vantage point. Highly recommend her for any pet services you may need. -Kelsey C.


Daina is one of the most passionate people I know when it comes to animals. Top-notch care and a person you will be 100% comfortable with around your beloved pets. -Cynthia S.


Contact Daina to learn more about her services.

The Best for Social Dogs: Thomas M

Best for Social Dogs

Thomas M.

10 years of experience
Has one dog
Goes to a dog park
Works from home

Rating 5.0

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Thomas M. offers plenty of opportunities for your dog to play with others, making him a great choice for those whose dogs are sociable with other four-legged critters. He also has a dog of his own who loves to play. He takes only one dog at a time, though, so even though your dog will get plenty of socialization, he’ll also get enough one-on-one attention. This dog boarder is located near the Capitol.

Thomas requires a meet-and-greet, which is a great way for your dog to meet his and for you to get a good feel as to whether Thomas is the right fit for you and your furry pal. There are no cats or children at the house, and while he doesn’t have a yard, this Madison dog boarder will be taking your dog for potty breaks and exercise every couple of hours.

Services

  • Boarding ($40)

What We Like

  • Passed Rover’s background check
  • Has 10 years’ experience
  • Uses the Rover app for photos
  • Takes dogs for walks
  • Has a friendly dog
  • Goes to the dog park
  • No cats or children in the home
  • Takes one client at a time

Featured Reviews

Thomas is wonderful. My dog loved him and in fact, I think she misses him. Thomas is responsible and friendly. He sends regular text updates with pictures. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to leave my dog with him. -Anthony R.


This was the first time we left our pup with Thomas. It was wonderful. He was there for a solid week. Thomas was in touch with us the whole time we were away and Franny came back to us happy and playful. We found him randomly on Rover and will definitely use him again. You can trust him! -Alison M.


Contact Thomas to schedule a meet-and-greet.

The Best for Non-Social Dogs: Natalie B

Best for Non-Social Dogs

Natalie B.

10 years of experience
Has no dogs
Takes one client at a time
Flexible schedule

Rating 5.0

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Natalie B. made our list because her home and schedule are perfect for dogs who don’t want to be social with other dogs. She lives in an apartment with no dogs of her own, and she takes only one client at a time. She is a nursing student with a schedule that will allow her to walk your dog several times per day. In between, he can expect cuddles and naps on Natalie’s comfortable furniture.

Natalie is comfortable administering medication and can take small, medium, and large dogs. She sends photos and is responsive to messages. She’s also flexible with drop-off and pick-up times. If you’re looking for a sitter who will keep your dogs safe and happy, Natalie might be the dog boarder for you.

Services

  • Boarding ($30)
  • House Sitting ($30)
  • Doggy Day Care ($25)
  • Dog Walking ($18)

What We Like

  • Passed Rover’s background check
  • Uses the Rover app for photos
  • 10 years experience
  • Has no dogs
  • No cats or children in the home
  • Goes to school nearby
  • Lives next to a park
  • Takes one client at a time

Featured Reviews

Natalie was amazing! I need a last-minute overnight for my 6-month puppy. She put my mind at ease and sent many updates and pictures. My pup came back home happy, tired, and safe. I highly recommend her and trust her. -Rudi Z.


Natalie did a great job with Smokey! She sent frequent updates with photos and was always quick to reply in regards to scheduling, pick-up and drop-off times. I will definitely request Natalie to watch Smokey again. -Emily K.


Contact Natalie to learn more.

The Best Vet Student Dog Boarder: Gabby S

Also a Vet Student

Gabby S.

10 years of experience
Is a veterinary student
Can take many types of animals
Has one dog

Rating 5.0

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Gabby S. made our list of the best dog boarders in Madison in part because she is a veterinary student. Who better to take care of your pup than someone who is going to school to learn how to treat them medically? Gabby is great with all types of dogs, and she can also watch cats, birds, goats, and other types of animals.

Gabby lives in an apartment and doesn’t have a yard, but she can take your dog for walks and play outside on a long leash. She has a dog of her own, too, so your pup won’t be lonely. She can administer medication and is comfortable caring for senior dogs or dogs with special needs. She can work with you if your dog has certain behavioral issues; just be sure to let her know if your dog is sociable with others and what his needs are.

Services

  • Boarding ($50)
  • House Sitting ($65)
  • Drop In Visits ($25)

What We Like

  • Passed Rover’s advanced background check
  • 10 years experience
  • Uses the Rover app for photos
  • Has one dog
  • Lives near a park
  • Veterinary student
  • Goes for walks
  • Can care for other types of animals

Featured Reviews

Gabby was wonderful. I felt My dogs were happy when I got home.. She has a comforting knowledge about her that I knew my dogs were in good care before I left. -Virginia V.


When my dog Gonzo was ill and in his last year, Gabby helped me by watching him while I was out of town for work, and also helped me make some decisions about his veterinary care, using her experience working at a veterinary clinic. In my experience, Gabby has always been a skilled and compassionate caretaker of animals and I strongly recommend her. -Michael S.


Contact Gabby to talk about your dog’s boarding needs.

The Best for Dogs With Special Needs: Jennifer C

Good for Special Needs

Jennifer C.

10 years of experience
Knows dog first aid and CPR
Is an animal behavior consultant
Has two dogs

Rating 5.0

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We chose Jennifer C. as one of the best dog boarding providers in Madison because she is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She can handle dogs with certain behavioral issues and will even consider aggressive dogs, depending on their bite history. Jennifer has a doggie daycare in her home during the week, then has outings planned on weekends for her charges as well as her own two high-energy dogs.

Jennifer has a fenced yard and also takes walks around a lake and visits a dog park, so your dog will be nice and tired by the time you pick him up. She knows dog first aid and CPR, and she is also comfortable giving medication and taking care of senior dogs and those with special needs.

Services

  • Boarding ($60)
  • Drop In Visits ($15)
  • Doggy Day Care ($27)

What We Like

  • Passed Rover’s enhanced background check
  • 10 years of experience
  • Uses the Rover app for photos
  • Knows dog first aid/CPR
  • Member of the IAABC
  • Comfortable with special needs
  • Provides exercise and socialization
  • Fenced yard

Featured Reviews

Jennifer’s day care was top notch! They took great pictures of Bandit including one of the best I’ve ever seen. He came home super tired which is rare for my energetic husky pup. -Andrew E.


It was so great to have Gibson be able to go to doggy daycare everyday during his stay with Jennifer. She did a great job caring for Gibson, and we’d definitely have her board our dog again! -Emma C.


Contact Jennifer to discuss boarding your dog.

The Best for Energetic Dogs: Cody F

Best for Energetic Dogs

Cody F.

7 years of experience
Knows dog first aid and CPR
Goes on long walks
Has two resident dogs

Rating 5.0

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Cody F. is a dog boarder who takes seriously his mission to tire out your dog with long walks, short walks, tug-of-war, outside play, and playing with his two dogs. If your dog has energy, this boarding experience will help expend some of it. He also gives plenty of ear scratches and belly rubs, so no worries if your dog is more of a snuggler than a runner.

Cody has a fenced yard and two medium-sized dogs for your dog to socialize with. He can administer oral medications and care for senior dogs. He also knows doggie first aid and CPR. He will walk your dog with a harness, gentle leader, or collar, as he has experience keeping dogs safe and secure in all three, so whatever your dog is comfortable with, Cody is also comfortable with.

Services

  • Boarding ($28)
  • Drop In Visits ($13)
  • Dog Walking ($15)

What We Like

  • Passed Rover’s background check
  • Knows dog first aid/CPR
  • 7 years experience
  • Has two dogs
  • Takes dogs on long walks
  • Fenced yard
  • Can give oral meds
  • Experienced with senior and special needs dogs

Featured Reviews

Cody was wonderful! He took care of my Reggie (on pretty short notice) and was great to communicate with and kept us up-to-date with lots of photos! Reggie came home very happy and tired. I highly recommend Cody for others and will definitely contact Cody for future boarding. Thank you so much for taking such good care of my boy!! -Rhian B.


Cody took great care of my two dogs Lucy and Jack while I was traveling for work. They got along well with Cody’s dogs, which was nice for them to have play mates! Cody was great with sending updates and pictures and keeping them active during their stay. I would recommend him to anyone looking for boarding! -Laura B.


Contact Cody to learn more and to schedule a meet-and-greet.

The Best With Lots of Reviews: Gen A

Lots of Reviews

Gen A.

4 years of experience
Knows dog first aid and CPR
Member of IAABC
Has one dog

Rating 5.0

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Gen A. is a popular dog boarder in Madison and has 171 reviews at the time of publication. She is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, and her previous customers say she’s great with dogs. She has a dog of her own, a somewhat dominant female, so she prefers to care for submissive female and male dogs under 60 lbs. Gen has worked with rescue dogs and is happy to continue any training that your dog is currently practicing.

Gen has taken training to care for fearful dogs, so if yours is fearful she might be exactly the sitter you need. She also requires up-to-date vaccinations and flea and tick treatments of all of her charges; this should help you feel confident that your pup will stay safe and flea-free in her home. Gen will do her best to stick to your dog’s regular routine to help him feel as comfortable as possible.

Services

  • Boarding ($50)
  • Drop In Visits ($20)
  • Doggy Day Care ($25)
  • Dog Walking ($20)

What We Like

  • Passed Rover’s background check
  • Uses the Rover app for photos
  • Knows CPR and first aid
  • Member of the IAABC
  • Can handle fearful dogs
  • Prefers dogs under 60 lbs
  • Has one dog
  • No children or cats in the home

Featured Reviews

Gen has been great. we have booked her on a reoccurring schedule to check in with our puppy once a day. she spends 15-20 minutes with him, lets him out, and plays with him. She always let’s me know when she is starting and ending her check-in and sends picture updates. -Stefanie H.


Gen has been great. She was quick to respond to my request and asked a lot of questions, which showed she really cared. My dog was so calm and comfortable around her. Everything went so well! -Brittany G.


Contact Gen to book her services.

The Best Who Also Watches Cats: Julio M

Also Watches Cats

Julio M.

5 years of experience
Cares for dogs and cats
Has two dogs
Lives near a dog park

Rating 5.0

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Sometimes you need care for your cat as well as your dog, and Julio M. loves both species and will treat them like his own. He lives in an apartment with a dog park on the property, so your dog will be able to get plenty of exercise. He also has two German Shepherds of his own to keep your pets company, and he and his dogs (and yours, too) can go hiking on trails, swimming, running, and so on.

Julio knows how to train dogs, so he can work on some obedience if your dog is interested or in need of that. He can administer oral medications, too. There are no children in the home, and he doesn’t have cats of his own. Julio prefers to take dogs who are over a year old.

Services

  • Boarding ($30)
  • House Sitting ($30)
  • Drop In Visits ($15)

What We Like

  • Passed Rover’s background check
  • 5 years of experience
  • Cares for cats
  • Lives near a dog park
  • Fenced yard
  • Has two dogs
  • No cats in the home
  • No children in the home

Featured Reviews

Julio did an amazing job with my Lacey! Normally she hates when I leave for the weekend, but she was almost sad to come back home. Julio took care of her as if she were one of his dogs, and it showed with how happy she was when I picked her up. From timely responses, to a friendly personality, and check-ins throughout the weekend, Julio is all around a fabulous sitter! -Abbey J.


Julio was prompt in returning messages and the dogs got along great. He walked them and took them to the dog park regularly. Would definitely recommend Julio for this again. -Sarah & Peter C.


Contact Julio to discuss boarding in his home.

Important Considerations to Keep in Mind

Before boarding your dog, it’s important to think about your dog’s personality and the things that you prefer when looking for a sitter. Here are some questions to consider before booking services. Thinking these through will allow you to narrow down your field of potential dog boarders and will give you some things to talk about during your phone call or meet-and-greet to be sure that the person you choose is the right fit for you and your dog.

  • Does your dog get along well with others? Some dogs do and some don’t, but if yours doesn’t, it is best to choose a sitter who doesn’t have dogs and who doesn’t take more than one client at a time.
  • Does your dog get along with children? Again, if yours doesn’t (or if he has not ever been exposed to young children), choose a dog boarder who doesn’t have kids in the home.
  • Is your dog trained to potty outside, walk nicely on a leash, and go in a crate? All of these need to be mentioned to your sitter, particularly if the answer is no.
  • Does your dog have comfort items? If he sleeps on a dog bed or uses a blanket, make sure your dog boarder is comfortable with you sending these items along. (If you’ll be buying a new dog bed, check out some of these travel beds here.)
  • Does your dog have any allergies or food sensitivities? You will need to pack extra food and snacks to avoid a situation where the sitter unexpectedly runs out, particularly if your dog is allergic or sensitive to ingredients in typical dog treats and foods. Always mention any sensitivities to anyone who cares for your dog.
  • Does your dog need medication? Make sure the person boarding your dog is able to administer it.
  • Does your dog have special needs? Many dogs have issues like separation anxiety, fear of bicycles, food guarding, accidents in the house, and so on. Never neglect to mention these quirks to someone taking care of your dog. They need to know what to expect so they can keep your pup as safe and happy as possible.

Following the tips above and referring to our list of the best dog boarders in Madison, Wisconsin, will help you to stay comfortable while you are away from home. And if you think you will miss your dog too much? Check out our list of tips for traveling with a dog. Maybe he can come along on your trip with you!

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