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Alan S.

4 Reviews
2 Repeat Guests
$25/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 7.7 hrs
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds

Alan's Apartment

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Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Smoke-free home

About Alan

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
When I was growing up in Virginia, I was surrounded by pets - dogs, cats, fish, horses, sheep - and it was expected that I do my share and take care of them. Raised by a Veterinarian and a Marine Biologist, I was instilled with a love for animals, participating in feeding, playing, grooming, and monitoring their body language and health. Additionally, I have access to a wealth of information and experience that informs my responsiveness and care for pets.

Now in the city, I am an actor and musician with a flexible schedule and no less love for dogs! The key for me is to engage dogs in physical activity and play so that they live fully and don't feel stagnant. Walks should be fun and safe, going far enough to burn some energy but guided to avoid congestion and hassle. Regularity is also important to make your pet comfortable, so I aim to recreate routine habits that your dog is accustomed to.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

Alan S.

4 Reviews
2 Repeat Guests
$25/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Requires Meet-n-Greet to book
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 7.7 hrs
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated April 21, 2017

Credentials

Background Checked
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Course 101 Graduate
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Course 102 Graduate
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Web Training Complete
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Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Alan's Home
$25 /night
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 2 potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$40 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Daycare At Alan's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 2 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Check-ins
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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4 Reviews
Alan was a great host. I know my dog can be very feisty and active but he exhibited patience with him. I appreciate him and hope he will be able to keep Beckham again.
I boarded my dog with Alan for two weeks and throughout the entire time he complained about her behavior during walks. At first I was happy to share a few pointers and be transparent about her triggers. However as time went on, his complaints didn't waiver. He also questioned my dog's training history and reached out to DogVacay for help. I have a pit mix who is a rescue and requires attention and a firm leader. I'm not sure that Alan fit the bill. He continued to question the circumstances of my life, such as my recent move and recent living history as a means to justify my dog's behavior. I'm not saying he's an unkind person but I certainly didn't appreciate him prying into my business. I'm not sure how extensive his history with dogs actually is because he should've known that some dogs acclimate to new surroundings and people a lot quicker than others. This is a common trait in people as well! Everyone who's ever watched Daisy including her dog walker have never complained to me. Yes, there are some off days but they've been mature enough to correct the issue.

Also, when organizing Daisy's pickup Alan commented that I should be no more than 15 minutes early or late than the agreed upon time. I understand everyone has their own schedules but I was in the middle of moving the same weekend so there's no way I could've predicted that I wouldn't arrive early. Alan was overall unprofessional and his attitude is unacceptable from someone doing their JOB.
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Alan is extremely professional and was great with our energetic 65lb pup! He really understood her needs as a rescue during the meet and greet (probably because he is the son of a veterinarian!) and supported them as much as possible. The photo AND video updates were great because we could tell that our pup had a great time with him. We definitely look forward to using Alan in the future when it comes to puppy sitting and dog walking. :)
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