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Joe C.

21 Reviews
8 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

Joe's Resident Pets

9 yr 1 mo old

Joe's House

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

About Joe

49 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Joseph A. Chilcote is a personal dog trainer for clients in east central Pa. He is also a dog-boarding host to clients of DogVacay. Let Joe show you the difference between just boarding your dog with a sitter and boarding your pet with an experienced handler who takes the time to work with your dog and has the experience to tackle any problem that pops up. Amazing things can happen when your dog returns to life in a pack, even if you think your pet can be a little dog aggressive.

At DogVacay, you can "instantly" book your dates. That makes booking quick and easy for returning clients!

First Things First!

"Meet and Greets" (M&G) are important (and mandatory) for dogs and owners. The meet-up is primarily for the dog(s) to get acquainted with Heidi in a neutral location with Joe. During this time, the dog owner can get a sense of what to expect. Owners are able to ask Joe any questions they may have about boarding and/or training their dogs.

Joe loves to talk dogs! He is all about their mental well-being and happiness during their stay and beyond. If you are experiencing a particular behavioral problem with your pet, mention it to Joe and he can work on it while your woof is in his care!

All meet and greets and drop-offs for boarding take place at:
Quarry Park, 7991 Quarry Rd, Alburtis, PA 18011. This is where the dogs have a chance to get acquainted, work off the day's energy and play.
**(be aware they changed the name from Lower Macungie Township Park but for some reason neglected to take down the old sign. They now have 2 different signs)!

Quarry Park is where your pup will be spending socialization and exercise time during their stay! This park is one of the biggest parks in the state and is, hands down, the best place locally to take the dogs out for fresh air, fun and exercise! A tired dog is a happy dog! We have two to three dog-run sessions per day at the park. The importance of socialization and exercise cannot be overstated. They sleep better, digest food better, eliminate better and get along better. Pack-runs help canines of all ages and sizes maintain good mental and physical well being. Of course, we plan accordingly if your dog is very old or has physical problems. Fear not!


Joe Chilcote has 49 years experience with dogs of all kinds. After being around canines for that long, suffice it to say, Joe knows dogs! All are welcome. The only exceptions are non-housebroken dogs or non-spayed females in heat, for obvious reasons. If the dog is "red zone" (extremely aggressive or attack prone) with humans or other animals, that is not going to work, However, mild aggressiveness can be dealt with and likely cured while here.

Joe is a dog-speaking-specialist! He has a patient understanding with them and deals with each dog on their own personal level of consciousness. While here, Joe provides your pup with some free, light training. He zero's in on any apparent bad habits of each dog and works to correct them. Joe also looks for hidden insecurities, fears, moderate aggressive behavior and other problems that bar a dog from being a calm, mentally balanced member of the pack. "Dog's, like children, need structure, guidance and socialization. We need to establish and maintain the boundaries of acceptable vs. unacceptable behaviour. The absence creates confusion and uncertainty and affects the balance and unity of the entire pack.” Firm structure, loving care and cohesion of the pack is why dogs love being here and quite often, hate to leave! It’s a little like doggie boot camp complete with a routine, exercise, basic training, socialization, all with a mixture of firmness and love. Many good things can happen when your dog stays with Joe!

When home with Joe, the dogs are all together in a little pack, free to explore, play with each other, lounge, take a nap chase a ball or chomp on a Kong. They are free to roam around at all times. No cages just comfort, play and sleep!

** You may bring a small cage if the dog "really needs it." Other than that, one bowl and enough food for their stay is all you need to bring. If they have a favorite sleeping pad you can bring that along but it isn’t really necessary.

In closing, when you need a safe and happy place for your dogs to stay when you go away that have no cages and are cared for 24/7, call Joe Chilcote.
Bookings fill fast all through the year. Please don't put off a booking until the last minute. We only take so many at one time. Thanks for reading and have a woofin' great day!

INTERESTED IN FORMAL TRAINING? (an additional Service)
** Addressing Special Problems or Breaking Undesirable Behavior.
Ten years ago, Joe started working with owners and their dogs in a personal training capacity. "Many people adopt rescues only to find out later that they added a problem-child to the family and don't know what to do. Sometimes, the relationship distorts familial harmony and adds stress and worry to the "pack" and that isn't good for we humans or our doggies." Every dog is different as is every person. Our goal is to bring balance to the dog and new skills and techniques to their owners.

You can - but don't have to board your dog with us during training. However, if you feel you need to have some intensive training for your pup, boarding them with us will yield a faster and more cost effective training process. In this case, we would recommend one to three or more weeks, depending on the problems.

Joe loves the challenges of correcting mentally unbalanced animals or dogs with bad habits and unacceptable behavior. He takes a lot of pride in helping dogs find inner peace, both in their world and ours.

Joe can be reached through DogVacay and is happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Joe C.

21 Reviews
8 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 23, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Joe's Home
$39 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Joe's Home
$39 /day
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/day
$50 /hour
$70 /bath
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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21 Reviews
Took very good care of Bruce. He needed medicine at one point and Joe was able to bring him to our preferred vet for care. He also came back MUCH more obedient and notice small changes in his behavior (all positive!)
Absolutely wonderful experience! Joe was great! The dogs loved staying with him and when they came home they didn't want to leave Joe's pack.

Joe was courteous and mindful. He kept my epileptic puppy's meds straight and my older, tougher, dog in-line and happy.

I highly recommend Joe and will ask for his help again on my next trip.
We were new to DogVacay and new to leaving our two dogs with someone we didn't "know". We needed to go out to town last minute for the holiday and we found Joe through this site. Even though he was a bit further away from where we were (about 40 minutes) he had great reviews so we decided to do the Meet & Greet. Joe quickly set us at ease and our dogs immediately took to him! He is very knowledgable and we felt very safe leaving the boys in his care. He sent us the BEST pictures every day and gave us detailed updates of their activities! He took them for park runs to get out their energy and worked with them on staying together with the pack. When we came to pick the dogs up we could tell they loved their stay and were loving the pack life with Joe! We are so thankful to Joe for taking care of our dogs and we will definitely be boarding with him again when we go out of town!
Joe was great with my boxer, Cooper. Cooper can tend to be leery of other dogs, and Joe did a great job introducing him to other dogs and making him feel comfortable. Cooper made new friends while boarding with Joe. He also took the dogs for pack runs twice a day and sent us lots of pictures, which made us feel good knowing Cooper was doing well.
Cooper got lots of excercise and was very happy staying with Joe. I would recommend Joe to anyone. Thanks Joe!!
Joe is Incredible!!! He is kind,patient and loving toward the dogs. We drive 40 minutes so our dog could have the best care. We left for a long weekend and Rocky was in great hands. He adjusted well to the "pack" and came home a relatively calm puppy. Joe not only takes great care he also has a genuine understanding of the dogs needs. He works accordingly around the behavior of the dog. We highly recommend Joe, and will be using him again on our next trip.
This is the second time my two pups stayed with Joe. The first time was only Friday-Sunday but this time they were with him for 10 days. I got regular picture updates while out of town and they both looked ecstatic in the pictures. When we brought them home, they were so tired from running around they slept for a whole day. Our German shepherd mix rarely gets to play with dogs his own size (since our other dog is 1/3 his size) , he made friends with joes dogs Heidi and Sam. If we need we'll use joe again when we go out of town.
Joe is amazing! My poor Dunkin is a very timid and shy dog. Joe lovingly and patiently helped him adjust to his new surroundings. I would have zero hesitation in leaving Dunkin in his care again. I think Joe was just as excited as I was with the progress Dunkin had this week. Thanks again Joe!!!
Joe was great with my dog Katie. It was nice to be able to leave her with him and his "pack" instead of being locked in a kennel. Thanks again, Joe!
Joe was amazing. We were very impressed and felt so comfortable leaving our 2 dogs Koko and Kandi with him. He kept us updated with pictures throughout their stay. We will most definitely utilize his services again.
I would definitely book with Joe again. He is very good with dogs and I can tell that my dog had a good time. He came home tired, and that is a lot to say for a two year old Border Collie. Overall an excellent experience for both the dog and for us.
Joe knows and understands dogs. Our dog could not come to a wedding with us and she was in great hands while we were away. Joe gave incredible updates throughout her vacay and when we returned she was sad to leave Joe's care. One of the perks to her visit was the companionship of other dogs in a non caged environment.
As a first timer using DogVacay and Joe, I could not be happier. I have 2 German Shepherds which are true to their breed...huge separation issues. I am not quite sure how Joe was able to keep my 2 dogs from having any stomach issues but he did it. I was extremely happy to receive updates through out my vacation which included pictures showing me how happy my dogs were. It is a good thing that I am not a betting person, as I would have lost everything because NEVER would I have thought I would get my 2 dogs back without stomach issues. Joe really does know dogs\mannerisms and gives each dog the attention they need. I am so impressed that I will no longer have my son watch the dogs when I go on vacation, I will be using Joe instead. I will not allow my dogs to be with anyone hence the reason I always used my son (he was on not available this time which is why I went with Joe). My dogs are part of our family and I am very protective of them. I also am very much aware that no matter how much I trust them, they are still animals and very large ones at that so they can not be with just anyone. Joe really understands not just the breed but all dogs. My female has a massive prey drive and I am always trying to stay one step ahead of her so I can be ready with a correction should she need it. Joe was on it...he was able to do the same. My dogs took to him instantly. Anyone looking for someone who knows what they are doing Joe is the one!!!
Joe was wonderful with our dogs Saben and Ellie. He took them to the park twice a day and provided a safe and comfortable place where they could relax and play. Such a relief to know we don't have to worry about our beloved pups when we are away!
I was unsure if my dog would want to come home after spending nearly a week with Joe and Heidi. They are a great team and I have already recommended his home and services.
Sophie enjoyed her stay and Joe took her to the park to run with other dogs, something that always thrills Sophie
Joe was absolutely wonderful with my boy Odie. I got pictures and updates, which always makes you feel good when away from your children. Odie loves to run and play with other large dogs, and Joe guarantees that to happen.
Joe hosted our 3 year old jack russell/maltese mix. She had a great time with Joe and seemed very at ease around him. We will be using Joe again the next time we need a dogsitter.
Joe boarded our 6 month old Vizsla, Zuke, for 9 nights while my husband and I were on vacation! It was Zuke's first time away and first big experience meeting other dogs. He was very anxious at the meet and greet but Joe made us feel comfortable that he would take great care of Zuke and get him acclimated to other doggies! Zuke had a great time and made some doggy friends! Joe sent us updates and pictures everyday, he was a great host and it was an overall good experience!
Joe did wonderful with my two babies Madison and shadow. While we didn't sign them up for training, he worked with them on some poor mannerisms. Madison is very nervous and does not do well when put in a kennel and she was perfectly fine when we brought her home. Last time she was in the kennel she was stressed for a week, when we brought her home from Joes she started playing immediately. Madison also takes a while to get used to new situations and she jumped in his car without a fight.
Joe is amazing! He and his dog Heidi met us for doggy play dates on three separate occasions prior to Cosmo’s stay. It was very important to him and very much appreciated by us that he took such a genuine interest in getting to know us and our dog plus making us feel as comfortable as possible before our trip. During his stay, Joe took our pups out at least twice a day for some vigorous exercise. This usually involved other dog park regulars all meeting up for dog runs and wrestling. I love that Cosmo had regular socialization with tons of other dogs as well as people! We had daily pictures and updates for the entire week! Even came home to an entire cd filled with additional pictures of Cosmo and his new friends! Joe also took great interest in Cosmo’s training. As neither my husband nor I are professional dog trainers and Cosmo is quite excitable, we have been able to cover the basics in dog training but felt as though Cosmo just needed something a little extra. As soon as we picked him up we noticed a huge difference! His manners have greatly improved, he’s able to contain his excitement, focus, and preforms without hesitation. Joe even taught him a few extras, but also made sure that we understood different methods and approaches to upkeep with his current and future training. Plus shared a lot of tips and advice! I almost think Cosmo is a little sad to have left. Joe is very informative, passionate, and caring. We would defiantly recommend him to anyone!
Joe was great with our pups, Franklyn and Shay! He played with them a lot, kept us informed, and we came home to a house which had been watched over and left as clean as we had left it, and with very happy dogs!!
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