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Angelo S.
Alexandria, VA 22306
84 Reviews
30 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Angelo's Resident Pets

German Sheperd
7 old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Angelo's House

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Outdoor area

About Angelo

I have been retired from the US Army since November of 2012, between going to school, I train and board dogs. I love animals, and I firmly believe all animals have the ability to be great, with great owners. We require a Meet and Greet at our location prior to committing to any new requests.

This allows both the humans, and the dogs to see where they will be staying, to ask questions, learn about the day to day stay while they would be here, and to see some of the longer term dogs we have for both Day care and Training.

Our approach is simple, we love them like we love our own, we play with them, as our own, we sleep with them as our own, and we discipline as we would our own.

Please note we do have Cats that are fairly dog friendly and don't run, however your dogs will need to have a fairly okay response with them and not prey on them.

We use no violent actions when disciplining dogs that misbehave, we use a combination of a water spray, and time outs, this shows the dogs we are alpha, and will only tolerate behaviors that are acceptable.

We have comprehensive training, we are familiar with medication needs for dogs given orally, our training starts with treats, and as they progress moves from food to play and fun rewards, to keep the canines diet on track.

We offer advice and suggestions for owners to better assist their owning experience, while we do not take aggressive dogs, we will provide advice on how to work on the dogs behaviors, and corrective techniques to assist in the eventual ability to one day board the canines in a home rather than a kennel.

We offer 5 dollar discounts for all Military branch's both active and retired, as well as rescue dogs, we strongly encourage rescue dogs, and adoptions and are committed to donating a portion of our profits to a dog rescue group.

So will all the places out there to watch your dog, you ask yourself what makes us different? We love , we care, we are always home, no dog is ever left alone ever, we take pride in that.

We know how to read a dogs emotions, many have feelings like our own, one must read the entire dog, not just ears and tail, but tongue, feet, eyes, brows, jaw, nose, every part of the dog tells a story about what they are feeling.

All that's left now is for you to request a time to meet with us, and see why our Pact is the best there is on any site and any level, my reviews speak volumes, but they mean little to those that have not seen, and talked with us to show you what makes us the best.

We have Daily, 2 week, 1 month, and 6 month specials that can save you hundreds from the typical kennel home, large fenced yard, cat integration services, and a great family ready to love your pets and family as our own.
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Angelo S.
Alexandria, VA 22306
84 Reviews
30 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated February 28, 2015


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Angelo's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/night
Daycare At Angelo's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Home Visits
$35 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
$35 /hour
$40 /bath
$65 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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84 Reviews
Angelo is excellent!
Angelo and his family were a god-sent for us. My parents were going out of the country for a month and I live in a condo that doesn't allow dogs over 25 lbs. And it was extremely difficult to find someone who would take care of a 130 pound dog for a month during the holiday season.

Pharaoh hadn't stayed anywhere before, so we were all nervous about the long term stay. He also happens to be an extremely stubborn dog when it comes to eating habits. All in all, he is fairly high maintenance dog. But Angelo took care of him like his own. He even gave him baths. Giving a 130 pound dog that hates water a bath is no joke. He took him on walks, played with him, groomed him, and did everything a dog owner would do for their own dog.

The whole family was very caring. I would highly recommend him. Great guy, great family, and very experienced when it comes to taking care of your dog.
Omar had a great stay with Angelo and his family while we were away for a week. We received frequent updates and photos. Omar even got cuddles on the couch - his favorite! Thank you!
Bella had a great stay with Angelo and family, as always.
As usual, Angelo and his family took fantastic care of Samson during Thanksgiving and Christmas when I was traveling to be with family. They are so reliably wonderful, and I trust them completely with Samson's care. I noticed that they even gave him a bath before I picked him up both times, and that was a lovely added bonus. I'm looking forward to him staying with them again as I continue to travel for work.
Awesome job! Thank you, Angelo and family.
Angelo is fabulous with dogs. His family is very accommodating and they have watched our pups several times.
Angelo & Family took great care of Daisy whole I was away for almost 2 weeks! Thanks so much guys!
Another great visit with team Angelo! Blue and Sydney came home well cared for once again. Thanks to Angelo and his family for taking such great care of both of our dogs while we were away.
Angelo was AWESOME! Pis'sant had a blast with his family and children! I can't imagine a better place for my dog and would gladly use them again!
Chester had a great Easter wkend with Angelo and his pet family.
Angelo and his family did a great job again, taking care of our dogs. Angelo answered my texts quickly to let me know that things were going well and made both dogs feel welcome.
Angelo and his family simply rock!!!
Our dog Max has quite a few health issues. His food needs to be prepared with many suppliments, he needs different anti seizure medications 3 times a day and of course special care in case a seizure happens.
Leaving Max with Angelo and his wife gives me the peace of mind I need when being away on a business trip.
Max loves being at Angelo's home!
( he is literally attached to Angelo's great wife and follows her everywhere:)
Thanks, Angelo...Chester, as always, came back a happy dog while away from home!
KC had a blast! She was too excited when we first arrived, so she was promptly taken to the back yard to run off some energy. KC loves the time she gets to stay and play with other friendly dogs! Angelo and his family come highly recommended from both KC and her family!
As always our experience with Angelo was amazing! He is our go to person to take care of Winston. Our dog always come back so happy from his stay.
I'm sorry for the delay in this review. I swear I'd done it earlier. We have a fabulous experience with Angelo and his family. They were timely, responsive and took great care of our dog. I highly recommend them!
I will never leave my dog here again. My dog had kicked two spots on her paws raw and they didn't even notice it when I picked her up. They have too many dogs at once.
As usual, Angelo and his family provided Samson with the best care! He just loves them, and I know he's always in good hands.
As always, Chester's stay with Angelo and his family was a great experience for him!
My super hyper AmStaff seemed tired when I picked him up and looked towards Angelo's front door kind of sad that he had to leave. I received two pictures of Jack while I was on a one week vacation, and Jack seemed happy. I will definitely use Angelo again for my dog's boarding. Thanks Angelo for taking good care of my hyper Jack.
Thank you to Angelo and family for taking such good care of Daisy while I was away. I know she can be a bit difficult but she seemed like she had a great time. I will definitely schedule again and continue Daisy 's training as well. Thanks again!
I've written several times about Angelo - he is simply the best. Read no further, book your stay with him as soon as you can.
Angelo, Nancy, and their family were fantastic. They were so friendly and welcoming during our Meet-and-Greet, and Samson just loved them from the beginning. They are wonderful people who really care for each and every dog under their care, and that was clear immediately upon meeting them and seeing how happy all the dogs were to be around them. I knew right away that Samson would be in good hands.

During my entire trip away, I felt completely at ease with Samson in their care. They even sent me a couple of photos of him, looking like a very happy puppy, just to update me. Even before my trip, Angelo and Nancy were incredibly kind and accommodating; I had to add an extra day to Samson's stay after everything had already been confirmed, and Angelo said not to worry about it and that they were happy to take him for an extra day.

When I came to pick Samson up, he looked like he was having the time of his life, and Angelo and Nancy updated me on the weekend and what he had been up to with the other dogs (a lot of playing and barking).

They completely understood his anxiety issues, and they kept him happy and comfortable, even suggesting a few ways for me to help him at home that hadn't even occurred to me before to try (getting him something called a Thundershirt to simulate a hug, recording my voice and playing it for him when I'm away at work, etc.).

Samson had such a great time that I don't think he wanted to leave when it was time to go home! I will absolutely entrust Angelo and Nancy to take care of Samson again when I need to take another trip. I'm sure that will make Samson very happy, too.
Angelo is fantastic! Winston comes home happy every time.
Riley loves staying with Angelo!
This was the first time I left Chester with Angelo and I am thrilled with the results! Chester is a very "energetic", very anxious rescue 60 lb. hound-type dog who, over time with me has developed into a very sweet dog but nevertheless needs some behavior training as well as has socialization issues with other dogs outside of my lab that he lives with and is his BFF. Chester was with Angelo for 5 days and when I picked him up today, he was happy to see me but truly had a sense of calmness about him. Angelo apparently spent a lot of time with Chester "bonding" with him and working on his socialization skills with other dogs. He gave me suggestions on how to curb Chester's barking, which can be excessive as well as other types of methods to increase his socialization skills.

Chester will definitely be going back to Angelo for boarding for my next trips! There will be no more kennels for my dogs as this is the best alternative to home.
My husband and I needed to board our yellow lab Maeby for one night over the weekend and Angelo's house was the perfect place! She LOVES to play with other dogs. Now, she will be sleeping for days!
I chose Angelo based on the other reviews and his background. He actually trains not only regular dogs but prepares Service Dogs as well, so he is very knowledgeable about dogs needs. I left my puppy Chipper with Angelo and his family and she came back to me better than I had left her. He did some minor training that has gone a long way. He also had her with some other nice dogs and the family was home at all hours to keep an eye on Chipper. She was taken in like a member of their own family and I already have plans to use Angelo and his family again to take care of Chipper!
From us Angelo gets 6 out of 5 stars!!!
He and his family took great care of our special needs dog Max so we had a peace of mind on our cruise in Alaska and for the first time could really enjoy being away from Max.
Max gets a ton of anti seizure medication at certain times of the day and all kinds of special food and supplements, which can really be difficult to manage sometimes, but Angelo and his wife had everything under control and Max had a great time and lots of activity.
We definitely recommend Angelo and will happily leave him in their care next time when we want to go on a vacation where we can not take Max.

Gabriele & Kevin
Angelo cared for our 2 Westies and Bichon for 3 days. It was the first time we left them with him, but after our pre-stay visit, we were comfortable with leaving them. He has a natural love and understanding for dogs. After their stay they were clean and happy. I'm sure their vacation was as fun as ours! The price and quality of service was exceptional and we highly recommend Angelo. Jim W
Angelo was patient and flexible about scheduling. Angelo took good care of Leo; I felt comfortable taking a weeklong vacation, knowing that Leo would be happy and cared for in Angelo's home. They sent us a few picture updates and were happy to tell us about his stay. It is obvious that Angelo and his wife have a lot of experience with dogs. I was worried that Leo wouldn't want to come home!
This is my second time leaving Reagan with Angelo, and I can confidently say I will only go to Angelo and his family from now on. He not only cares for your pup, but he also takes the time for one-on-one training. This time around, I came back to a Reagan that follows specific commands and is much, much better behaved.

If you're reading this review, I would encourage you to immediately book a stay with Angelo and look no where else.
Angelo was amazing. He took great care of our two bernese mountain dogs while my wife and I went on our two week honeymoon. We will definitely be using him again when we go out of town in the future. He was great with our two dogs and they came back to us happy and healthy.
I have a high-spirited two-year old German Shepherd and I have to absolutely rave over the care she got from Angelo and his wife. They went So Above and Beyond I won't even say what lengths they went to in our special circumstances for fear of giving other people ideas. I am very careful with my honey, and I do not give a second thought to dropping her off for a short or long stay with Angelo. I am nothing short of thrilled with finding him!
Never at dull moment when Riley's visiting Angelo! She always comes back happy!
Angelo took great care of my dog while I was away for a week. My dog seemed happy and well cared for upon my return. I will definitely use Angelo's services again.
My Havanese Zolie was extremely timid before boarding with Angelo. She would growl, bark and even use the bathroom on herself from sheer fear of strangers. It was heartbreaking. After staying with Angelo for a week, I came home to much much more confident and friendly pup! Angelo said she was comfortable enough to let Angelo wash her and she even wanted to sleep in his room! :) I've boarded with him twice and each time my dog comes home better than before. Angelo knows what he's doing! I would recommend his services to anyone! Great job! Zolie and I will see you soon!
Angelo was incredible with Reagan! Not only did he provide regular updates during her stay, he also took the time to teach me a few training tricks to help out with the development of my young pup as a first time dog owner. Also, Angelo guarantees 24/7 supervision of the all dogs, which is great. Reagan was exhausted and extremely happy at the end of her stay - I highly, highly recommend Angelo to anyone who wants a competent, caring and responsible professional to take care of your dog/kid.
Riley always has a great time when she goes to visit! She's always wiped out which is a great thing! I trust having her over there which is great! I'm already planning my next stay!
frances returned home happy and tired. thank you!
This was our dog Jackie's first DogVacay stay, an overnight. They took good care of her, including giving her oral meds, and she came home tired.
This review is a month late, but the fact that we are still here and happy says something! KC loves it, and we have picked KC up late several times with no issues. I cant say enough good things about Angelo!
We are still very happy with Angelo! KC comes home tired and happy every day. Thank you again, and we will see you again tomorrow!
Wonderful experience, Angelo and his family are amazing and they took great care of Winston. He came exhausted and happy.
Cowboy came home totally exhausted. Thank you Angelo.
We honestly couldn't ask for a better experience with doggy daycare for our dog! We started our rescue dog, Brink, with Angelo mid-April for daily doggy daycare plus 1 hour of training each day. It has truly made such a difference in Brink's discipline as well as level of anxiety that Brink previously had around other dogs. Both Angelo and his family have shown such an interest in Brink and truly are making an effort to help him and us with giving him the best care possible! They are such a reliable family which is a great feeling to not have a worry in the world when we drop Brink off every morning - not to mention it is a great sign how exciting Brink gets as we pull up to Angelo's house! I highly recommend Angelo for either doggy daycare or even a weekend stay. The prices are great and it is a huge relief knowing your dog is in a comfortable home rather than in a kennel/crate while you are away.
Picked up Maggie today after her first stay with Angelo and his family. She was healthy and happy...I couldn't ask for more! Will definitely be using Angelo again in the future!
Ember had a great time at Angelo's house! It was nice to get pictures of the pooch while overseas. The outdoor fenced area was great and I would definitely recommend your dog stay with Angelo and his family!
Petey and Pierre enjoyed their stay with Angelo!! He was very accommodating the moment we walked through the door. We treat our dogs as if they are our kids, so they were very nervous about being left behind. Angelo was very patient and helped them adapt with ease to their new environment. He kept me informed on how they were doing with pictures. I would definitely use his service again :)
Thomas family
Jolene had another great stay with Angelo and his family. As always, she came home as one tired pup. We have started training with Angelo as well, and the initial results are great. I highly recommend his services!!
Angelo did a great job! He is communicative, sent pics during the day, followed our food and medicine instructions to the letter and genuinely cares about the dogs. We will return.
Riley came back absolutely tired and happy! I am excited that I found such a great place to leave her when I'm out of town! She has so many dog friends over at Angelo's house that she loves going!
Once again a fabulous stay for the dogs. They are always happy when we take them there and pick them up.
Maggie had a great time with Angelo and his family. It was like she was on a great play date for a whole week!
We recommended Angelo to anyone! The training KC is getting is amazing and we always know that she is well loved and cared for. KC looks forward to going to Angelo's every morning.... we will be booking another month.
Riley was tired when she got home! I know she had a great time!
Angelo and his entire family were wonderful with our dog! We really appreciated their military connection as we are a military family, as well. We loved getting pictures of our dog emailed to us while we were away. We will definitely have them watch our dog again.
Angelo clearly loves dogs very much. He runs a regular doggy daycare out of his home, so your dog will have lots of playmates.
We are entering the second month of daycare and training for KC our GSD. She is doing amazing! Angelo is teaching her all the basics very well. I was testing KC on night with "Stay", but I forgot the command to let her go...... and she would not move without it! I walked away from her to ask my wife if she remembered the command( she didn't). Finally I had to pick KC up and move her. My recommendation to the owner is learn the commands :) My new favorite is "Focus." Now, I wish my kids listened to me as well as KC does. Angelo is doing a great job and we recommend him to anyone!
Oakley had a great time with Angelo and his family! She must have had a great time playing - she was exhausted when we got home and promptly curled up in bed for a long sleep. Doing the meet and greet was easy and helpful, and made me feel so much more comfortable leaving our girl there. Angelo and his family were great and easy to work with, and didn't mind when we were a bit later getting back to DC than we thought due to some awful traffic. Thanks for taking care of her!
This was our first time away from Remy since he was 8 weeks old, so clearly we were a bit nervous. But Angelo and his family were great with Remy, so attentive, and clearly Remy had a great time with them. Thanks so much!
Angelo was great with my pup. He took the time to get to know her (she can be skittish with strangers), and she didn't want to leave when it was time to go! That's always a good sign in my opinion!
Rosie had a great time. She was exhausted when we picked her up...
KC had so much fun on her first stay! I received an e-mail message about her, and I called about her twice and they were very informative. We tried them out for one day, and will now be getting a monthly plan. We are very excited about her new training, and she gets to play all day! Thank you to Angelo and his family for providing such a great service.
Angelo is the best dog kennel I have ever used and I have used a lot. He knows how to train dogs very effectively. Recommend to an military people because he knows what PCSing is all about and will take excellent care of your animals. MAJ Adams
I left my dog Jolene with Angelo the first time on New Year's eve. The overall experience was great and I would definitely use him again. Jolene came home happy and completely exhausted!
Angelo was great at responding quickly to my requests and posting pictures of my dog. This is a great and loving family.
The dogs had a great time as usual. Thanks for the pictures!
Angelo and his family were willing to accommodate my dog's needs and took wonderful care of him. There were more dogs in their house than I expected. Nonetheless, my dog seemed to be sad when he left their house, which shows how much he loved it there.
Tolphin stayed over Thanksgiving with Angelo and his family. They are warm and friendly people, and took very good care of Tolphin. He got to play with other dogs while staying at a normal family home, which is much better than boarding at a kennel. Angelo also sent me pictures of Tolphin at his house, which is very sweet. I live in DC. The drive over to Angelo's was a bit long given the traffic right before Thanksgiving. But in normal times it should be just an half hour trip. Overall, I highly recommend this host.
Angelo was very helpful, and it was very nice meeting him before my trip so that he and Sammy could meet one another. He was very reassuring about taking good care of Sammy. Sammy had a great time, and I received pictures all weekend letting me know everything was great. Sammy came home exhausted from all of the fun he had on vacay! I will definitely do this again for future trips!
Angelo and his family were fantastic with Lily!! We met him at a local dog park to get acquainted and Lily liked him right away. He was patient with her and she seemed to listen to Angelo better than she does us! Our trip away from Lily was suppose to be a short family vacation but turned into a much longer trip. Angelo was awesome in helping us as we dealt with a family emergency and kept Lily for longer than initially scheduled. Thank you Angelo for all your help!! We will definitely book with him again.
Jack was happy and tired from all the playing. Thanks.
Another great stay with Angelo. Appreciate the Pictures.
Angelo was a great host for my dog. I will for sure use him again.
Angelo and his family did a fantastic job taking care of Jake while I was away. Angelo was responsive, friendly, and very flexible as my schedule changed at the last moment. Thank you for such a great time! Jake can't wait to go back.
Angelo was great to my little rescue, Luca. I've always been wary because of her fear of others, but Angelo was so patient and helped her feel welcome. She even let him rub her belly! I will definitely be calling Angelo next time I need a sitter!
Angelo is very responsive, gave updates with photos, and took good care of our energetic pups. His family all helps with the care, so the dogs were able to interact with multiple people. He also trained our cat slayer to leave his cats alone!
Angelo was wonderful, and very helpful in letting us know what we needed to bring. I also really appreciated his methodology and taking the time to get our dogs acquainted with his dogs and settled in. We'll be using his service again!
Our dog was very happy with Angelo and family. they love animals. I´m sure i will leave my dog with them again.
Great, dogs came home and acted like the didn't miss us...seemed to miss there dog friends at Angelo's house more :) definitely recommend and would use again next time we need someone to watch our dogs. Thanks Angelo and family.
Angelo seemed very knowledgeable and experienced with dogs. My dog is an 80lb 2 year old yellow lab with lots of energy who he thinks he's a lap dog. He took right to Angelo and seemed very happy when I picked him up. I have a cat at home and the cat and dog do not get along - they are constantly fighting- Angelo sent me pictures of his cat and Odie hanging out together - now I know who the instigator is! I will definitely take Odie back and highly recommend Angelo.
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