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Pet Boarding Services

Boarding Rates

Pittsburgh pet boarding

Sandy Hill Kennels boards all breeds of dogs.  With housing for over 90 dogs we have the ability to accommodate the individual and specific needs of each family.

Our base boarding rates include:

-- a minimum of 4 playtimes a day in one of our artificial lawn play yards

-- use of indoor/outdoor runs or x-pens

-- two feedings per day

Note:  grooming, training, and walking can be arranged for an additional fee.  

Dog Boarding Rates:


Under 20 lbs. $30.00/day
20 - 49 lbs. $31.00/day
50 + up lbs. $32.00/day


Pittsburgh pet boarding

Each dog is provided playtimes four to six times per day in one of our artificial lawn play yards.  Please let the staff know upon check-in if your dog enjoys playing catch or has any other activities that might make your pet’s playtimes more enjoyable.

Also, if your dog enjoys playing with other dogs, please let us know and we will try our best to find a suitable playmate or play group for your dog.


Dogs can be walked for an additional fee of $5.00 per walk/dog around the property.  Dogs can be walked in the AM and/or PM.  We use choke collars for safety during the walks.  You may bring your own harness or gentle leader, if you prefer.


Sandy Hill Kennels provides two feedings per day at 8 am and 1 pm.

We serve Iams Adult Mini-chunks dry dog food.  You may bring your own food or use ours at no extra charge.  You may also bring your own canned food.

If a late day feeding or 3rd feeding is requested, there will be a $2.00 fee added to your daily bill.  Please request additional/late feedings upon check-in.  Excluding diabetic dogs, all late feeds will be given at 5 pm.

In addition, we use gravy on everyone’s food regardless if they bring their own food or use ours.  Please mention if your pet has food allergies or sensitivities, or if you prefer that a gravy not be used.


Medications are administered at a rate of $1.00 per dose or application.  For oral medications, we use cheese or peanut butter to help administer the medication.  If your dog takes the medication using something else, please bring it at check-in.

Insulin is administered at a rate of $6.00 per injection.  Late feeding is included in medication charge.

In addition, there is a specialized care classification for pets that require additional care due to a specific health condition or due to declining health.  Specialized care will be on a case to case basis and generally apply to pets that are diabetic or geriatrics with immobility issues or pets requiring special assistance.  Specialized care is an additional $5.00 per day.


Dog or cat grooming can be arranged during your pets stay for an additional fee.  We will schedule your grooming appointment for the day of pick up.  For early morning pickups, the pet may need groomed the day before.  For grooming services, click here.

Billing Policy

Sandy Hill Kennel’s billing policy is as follows:

Clients are charged for a day of boarding on the day the pet is dropped off (regardless of time of drop off) and for every day that the pet is at our facility.  Clients are not charged for boarding on the day they pick up if the pet is picked up before noon.  If you have any questions, please ask our staff for any clarifications to our billing policy.

Vaccination Requirements

Sandy Hill Kennels requires Bordetella (6 month or 1 year dose), Distemper, and Rabies vaccinations.  We suggest that the Bordetella vaccine is given at least 2 weeks prior to boarding.

If your pet's vaccination report does not accompany him/her upon arrival for boarding, a $5.00 fee will be added to your final bill for a phone call to your veterinarian for verification of your pet's vaccinations.

Rabies Vaccination:

PA  State Law now requires us to keep paper copies of all current rabies vaccinations for any animal in our facility.  Please be sure to bring a copy of your current rabies vaccine (or vet receipt showing the rabies vaccine) on your next visit.  For your convenience, you may also fax or email the report to us prior to your stay.  Our fax number is (724)898-2868 and email is 

For the health of all pets staying at our facility, we do not accept dogs that are not up to date on their vaccinations.  In addition, Sandy Hill Kennels does not administer vaccines to pets.


Training services can be provided at an additional fee.  Please let us know if you would like any training services while your pet(s) board at our facility.  For a list of the available Kennel Education Services, click here.



Difficult dogs will be charged an additional $5.00/day on top of base boarding rates.  Difficult dogs are those that cannot be handled or that can only be handled by limited kennel personnel.  This includes dogs that are fear aggressive, cage aggressive, overly dominant, or hard to handle.  Each dog will be assessed on an individual basis.  If you are interested in having one of our trainers work with your dog, please click here for more information.


Pick-up / Drop-off Times

The hours for drop off and pick up are between 9 am - noon and 3 pm - 7 pm.  Please note, we do not allow outside bedding and/or crates.  We provide each dog with double sided lambs wool beds.  Older or arthritic dogs receive an additional rug.  We also provide the feeding bowls and water buckets.