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Veronica L.

13 Reviews
7 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 20 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Vaccinated

Veronica's Resident Pets

Sir Didymus ("Diddy")
Mixed
Male
6 yr 3 mo old

Veronica's Apartment

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Small Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Veronica

6 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Board and Train Program now available starting January 2017!*

*Please note $5 increase/service starting Jan 1. Thank you for a great year!

• Certified Dog Obedience Trainer (ABCDT, Animal Behavior College)
• Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
• Pet Sitting Certified (Animal Behavior College)
• Highly experienced with dogs of all size, age and behavior
• Current LA Animal Services volunteer
• Current Best Friends LA Canine Foster Parent
• Former Santa Monica Animal Shelter volunteer

Daily pooch activities:
* Two-mile morning walk
* Indoor play time
* R&R

Diddy (my own 15 lb. mixed breed dog), my partner Morgan and I live in a large one-bedroom apartment. You will receive consistent photos and videos of your pooch via text/email, and if you have an iPhone (or other Apple product), we can FaceTime as well!

An initial needs assessment will be done, along with a face-to-face meeting at my home, to discuss your dog's needs (and so you can see where your pooch will hang!).

Documents that you will need to fill out are:
- Dog's medical history and records (please provide medications being given (with dosage and frequency), allergies, microchip number(s), vaccinations and any chronic medical conditions).
- Veterinary authorization form (better to be safe!)

We look forward to hosting your pooch’s Vacay!

*Board and Train Program:
Are you traveling, lacking time to train your dog, or just need your dog to be out of the house (moving locally, having home repairs done, etc.)? Board and Train is a great option for your dog to learn basic obedience skills and basic family manners exercises, while offering more one-on-one training opportunities for your dog. The benefits of behaviors learned is dog safety and manners, and peace of mind for YOU! If you are looking to have your dog excel in the behaviors and obedience objectives below, try Board and Train!

• Sit
• Down
• Stay
• Wait
• Coming When Called
• Leave It
• Sitting Politely for Petting
• Walking Politely On-Leash
• Hand Signals/Verbal Signals

Using science-based methods and positive reinforcement, my proactive Board and Train program will give your dog its very own one-on-one training sessions in my home, each day. Depending on the behaviors you wish for your dog to accomplish, the timeline can range from 2-5 weeks total*. Depending on the training timeline and your needs, one demonstration and 2-4 transfer sessions* will be built in to the training program (approximately one per week). During these sessions, I will demonstrate what your dog has learned thus far, coach you on how to get your dog to perform learned cues, and we will review the training program goals.

Board and Train program prices:
$840 for the first two weeks (two-week minimum, to set your dog up for success = $60/day)
$350/week for each training week thereafter ($50/day)

*Exact training program timeline and transfer sessions are approximate (based on training needs) and determined after the initial consultation.
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Leash Pulling

Veronica L.

13 Reviews
7 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 20 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 4, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
This sitter has passed a background check, which searches a variety of criminal databases.
Home Checked
This Host has successfully passed our in-person verification visit and completed our 1-on-1 training program.
Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Facebook Connected
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Pack Promoter
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Web Training Complete
This sitter has completed an online presentation meant to provide an overview of sitting responsibilities.
Phone Interviewed
Serious hosts take the time to talk to us over the phone, get their questions asked and introduce themselves personally.
Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Veronica's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 1 dog /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Veronica's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Training
$60 /hour
Baths
$15 /bath
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13 Reviews
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Meet Veronica and Diddy! Veronica starts her day with a two mile walk, so even the most energetic dogs will get the exercise they need. The apartment has plenty of space for playtime. Best of all, the apartment complex has a gated outdoor area so there's no need to walk on busy Fairfax!

Veronica has great instincts for working with dogs. Not only is she certified in pet CPR, but she's also in the process of getting certified as a dog trainer. Diddy is a very sweet pup, and he seems very comfortable sharing his space with others-- even the window seat, a prime spot for sunbathing and people watching!
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We loved every part of the experience with Veronica, from her conscientious info-gathering, willingness to take care of our dog as well as visit our rabbits (who stayed home), and the super thoughtful (and funny) photo/video updates. Knowing Biscuit was in such loving, capable hands meant everything; also loved that resident dog Diddy supplied some canine companionship. I very much hope any future travel plans work with her schedule!
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This was my first experience with dogvacay, and I didn't know what to expect. But Veronica was very thorough and thoughtful in her initial evaluation, which made me immediately comfortable with leaving Bailey in her care. She is very warm and enthusiastic with him, and because she is a dog trainer, Bailey always comes home well behaved and tired. I get updates and pictures throughout the day, and Veronica is very responsive and accommodating with appointments. It has been an all around VIP experience. Awesome daycare/boarding.
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I cannot say enough good things about Ronnie (Veronica)! I live in San Diego, and when my job sent me to LA for a conference mid week, I was really nervous about finding someone to watch my mini schnauzer/border collie, Neko. I felt better about having her close in LA, so I found Ronnie online. Not only is she sweet & hilarious, but she's just got the gift of knowing how to deal with dogs. I got tons of photo & video updates of Neko playing with Diddy, her pup. She quickly got to know Neko, and before I knew it, she was sending me videos of Neko feeling right at home, snoozing away on her pup's bed with all of his toys underneath her. I will use Ronnie again any time I can! She's a gem, my dog was stoked, and I felt at ease & was able to focus on work while she handled the rest. Now I just wish she was in San Diego for my regular trips at home :-) Thanks, Ronnie!!!
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Ronnie is the most organized sitter we've had. She gathers all the necessary information upfront so she can best care for you dog. Ronnie was punctual, flexible and gave me regular updates. Her dog, Diddy, is very sweet as well. I highly recommend Ronnie to watch your dog.
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As a former professional dog trainer, I'm very particular about who my dog stays with. Ronnie (Veronica), who is in the process of becoming a trainer, was wonderful! She took excellent care of my dog over the July 4 th holiday, which is always a stressful time for dogs. I highly recommend her and plan on my dog being a regular!
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Ronnie always takes such great care of my dog. This time my dog was getting over a cough and she had to be given oral medication twice a day (which is not an easy task with my dog) and special food. She took such great care of her and when I picked her up she was happy and healthier than ever. My dog loves her and I can tell that Ronnie really cares about her too. Ronnie is the best!
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Ronnie was so flexible and understanding when I needed to change the times of my pick up and drop off times. My dog loves her. Ronnie always sends me videos and pictures of my dog relaxing and having fun while I'm on vacation. She is the best dog sitter I've ever had.
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Veronica was an AMAZING host, I would take Winston there again over and over! His tail was on rapid-wag from the moment we walked in. The house was clean and doggy-friendly and Veronica was prepared for everything.

Veronica is super kind and very VERY knowledgable about dogs, she might even be able to help out with some friendly training advice (if you're lucky) since she is a trainer as well.

I will definitely be taking Winston back to stay with Veronica on my next trip - which will is right around the corner. I'm sure he can't wait!

Thanks again Veronica! Talk to you soon!
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Ronnie is great! She sent me tons of photos of our dogs when I was gone. She's very professional and easy to work with. Maggie is looking forward to her next DogVacay with Ronnie and Diddy!
Veronica is simply the best!!! This was my first time using dogvacy and I could not have been more pleased. Veronica was friendly and knowledgable about dogs. I instantly felt comfortable leaving Chloe with her! During my trip she sent me pictures and videos of Chloe, each one better than the last. Chloe came home exhausted from playing with her dog Diddy all day. They got along so amazingly! And to think I was nervous leaving my baby with a stranger! I will definitely be using Veronica again!!!! I love knowing I can go away and feel completely rest assured that my dog is in the absolute best care! Thank you Veronica (and Diddy)!!!!!!
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What a great experience for my dog and for me! Veronica was accommodating, friendly, reliable and attentive. My dog is old, cranky and generally does not like anyone. She especially does not like staying at other people's houses. Right away, my dog warmed up to Veronica. Her warm vibe made my dog (and me) love her almost instantly. She seemed very knowledgeable about working with older dogs and she was even able to get my dog to take her oral flea meds! Best of all, she sent me pictures and videos each day that made me feel so much better about leaving my canine baby. I could tell she really cared about my dog and I trust her 100%. Veronica has watched my dog 3 or 4 times now and every time it is a great experience. It is so nice to know that she is in good hands. I would absolutely recommend Veronica to work with anyone's pet (even challenging ones like mine). She's the best!
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Veronica did a wonderful job with Dino and exceeded our expectations. She was very knowledgeable of dog care in general, and she went out of her way to accommodate Dino specifically. Her home was well kept and comfortable for our dog. She was also very flexible with us about scheduling. We would definitely go back to Veronica.
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Let me begin by saying our little 2yr old rescue is our world, so to hand him over to someone to look after was very daunting. However, Veroinca was awesome :) she reassured us every step of the way and was so understanding. Although Veronica is fairly new to Dog Vacay, she is in no way a novice. Veronica has incredible knowledge and experience in looking after dogs of all sizes, ages and characteristics. She's even given us w few hints and tips on handling different behaviours :)

Mackenzie (our 2yr old rescue) LOVES her and her doggy Diddy. Veronica sent us lots of videos and pictures of Mackenzie and Diddy playing which made my heart melt! We will 100% be booking Veronica again, probably even when we don't need to, just because Mackenzie loved playing at their house!

Thank you Veronica :)
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