Carlsbad is Perfect Puppy Paradise!

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Tara P.

74 Reviews
32 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Tara's Resident Pets

German Shepherd Dog
5 yr 1 mo old

Tara's House

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Children at home (5-12 years old, 13-18 years old)
Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside

About Tara

5 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We live in a three-bedroom home with a medium size yard. Our garage is converted to an extra play room.

We have a cul-de-sac perfect for running a dog around in a secure location. We are approximately one mile from the beach and close to several "doggie" beaches.

We are an active family of six (four children). We are all dog lovers and our dog, Lily, goes just about everywhere with us.

We also take her to our kids' baseball games and she sleeps in the older boys' room. We take Lily on one of the dozens of trails throughout Carlsbad including the Batiquitos Lagoon nearby.

Our location is a perfect pet paradise for anyone vacationing here. We are a great alternative to a hotel. We have lots of love and fun to give and your pet will be well cared for.

We are special because we are very active, fun-loving, adventurous, and enjoy the companionship of dogs. My children will give lots of activity and attention. They drive us crazy wanting more dogs. This opportunity will provide a loving, responsible home for your pet, satisfy their need for more dogs while allowing Lily a doggie friend too.

We hope you will consider our perfect pet paradise! Aloha!

Brian, Tara, Chad, Joshua, Noah and Janaya

Fee Structure: Dogs under 40 lbs my fee Structure is $45 per day. For Large dogs 40 lbs. and up my fee structure is $50 per day. This includes puppies which require extra care and activity. Discounts available for multiple dogs.

$10.00 Fee increases for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Labor Day and July 4th.
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery

Tara P.

74 Reviews
32 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Tara's Home
$48 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Tara's Home
$48 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$25 /half-hour
$40 /hour
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
$15 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
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74 Reviews
My 4 month-old Cockapoo mix, Gunther, stayed with Tara and her family for three nights over the holidays. Having only had Gunther for 1 month, I was a little worried about putting him in boarding, but Tara did a great job of sending photo updates twice a day while my family vacationed in San Diego. Socialization for my pup is extremely important to me, and I was happy to see photos of Gunther happily playing with other dogs and people of all ages. Tara and her family are true dog lovers and would definitely bring Gunther back in the future.
Bailey fell in love with her dogs and her right away so I was happy as well! Would definitely use Tara again.
Best decision I ever made regarding the care of our dog! I will definitely use Tara again!
No problems or surprises, even with my 105 lb German Shepherd dog. Thanks, Tara!
Tara is great! She is so flexible and great with our rescue dog. I can relax when I'm away and know that our dog is in good hands when he's with Tara.
Tara was great! We needed an overnight sitting last minute and Tara was very accommodating and took great care of Lucy! I would definitely use her services again when in the area.
This was my first time using Dog Vacay, and Tara was GREAT! She took the time to get to know my dog and wanted to know what would make him comfortable in her home. Everything went super smoothly, and I will definitely use Tara again!
Tara and family took excellent care of our 3-year-old mixed-breed Sparky. Even though it was a short visit he came back happy, tired and better behaved.
Bosco had a great time and was well taken care of. We received pictures and an update on how he was doing every day. Highly recommend.
So happy! Scratch had a lot of fun and I didn't have to worry about him. Tara was so responsive! Can't wait to visit again!!
My 3 year old golden retriever, Leo just had his 6th dog vacay with Tara and her wonderful family. He stayed for 9 nights. As always, he was smothered with cuddles and love by the whole family which makes me feel great about leaving him. He had lots of walks and other fun dogs to play with so was always tired and happy. He even ran back into the house when we came to pick him up! I feel so lucky that we found a place for Leo to stay when we go out of town that is like his second family.
Tara and her family were extremely loving and welcoming to our little guy. He got so much love in fact, that he was a sleepy eyed pup when we came to pick him up! Thanks for accommodating our last minute reservation. We look forward to working with you in the future!
I was such a nervous helicopter mom afraid to leave my pup for the first time, but Tara took such good care of our little girl and I couldn't be more pleased! Will definitely be using her again!
Tara's home is a very nice environment and I would highly recommend her! She is very quick to respond to emails and texts and is flexible on drop off and pick up times. It's obvious she has a love for dogs and I felt very secure in leaving Zoe with her. 5 stars!
Another great stay for our little furry ones!
Excellent, whether for day care sitting, or overnight stays...this sitter is attentive to details for giving meds, etc., and we feel very secure entrusting them with the care of our dogs!
Absolutely awesome...a perfect, caring home for our little foursome!!!
Awesome family for dog sitting our little ones!!! Absolutely wonderful and the whole family is involved!!!
Excellent as always!!!
Absolutely awesome...Tara and her entire family are a complete package that represents the best possible caring situation you could want. Tara's children are involved, respectful, considerate and attentive to the little dogs, and we are just thrilled to have found such a great care situation for them!
Bosco had a great time!
Tara was a wonderful host. Cosmo seemed quite happy when I picked him up. Tara was very responsive to all calls/texts and updated me with pictures as well. I would definitely recommend.
We needed a last minute place to leave our dog while traveling through San Diego to go to Legoland for the day. Tara answered my request, she lives just down the street. Her and her family were so nice and she took great care of our dog. Will use her again when we're back in the area!
Tara was extremely accommodating, I would highly recommend her. We were in a pinch and she accepted Jules into her home the day of and took great care of her. She has title floor and a nice backyard so Jules didn't even have to wear her doggie diapers... Which her happy, I'm sure :)
Tara & her family must be the perfect, caring, heavenly dog sitters. Tara met Chip and us on his first afternoon sit and she was so thorough, caring and interested in knowing how to best work with Chip...he's old, and sweet, but can be a bit grumpy too! Tara let him explore around the living room, pet mat, and meet their family dog, Lily, and got used to the setting a bit before we left. He seemed as content as he could be! We returned and he was happy to see us, seemed to have a fine time. We have utilized Tara's care again, and will continue to do so...if there were 6 out of 5 stars...she would get it! Absolutely the best...
Tara is amazing! My dog had a great time with them. We are satisfied with her warm hospitality and strongly recommend her. Thank you so much, Tara!!
Tara is great and Higgins was well taken care of.
Tara and her family were SO wonderful! After a last minute change of plans, they welcomed my puppy Rosie into their home without any problems whatsoever. They were so flexible and really just lifesavers! Rosie had the best time playing with their dog Lily, as well as their three kids. She came home happily exhausted and ready to go back for more. I loved Tara and would definitely use her again.
Tara sends the cutest pictures! I always know my dogs are safe with her family while I am out of town. I have used her for about 6 months now and each time has been consistently professional, caring, fun for my dogs, and worry free for me.
Our Delcie is beginning to feel right at home with Tara and her family. I think this is her 4th or 5th visit. Delcie always gets plenty of attention and exercise!
Their service was customized to my dog's needs and he seemed to have a great time there.
Tara and her family are exceptional. We were looking specifically for a family atmosphere for Mojo's DogVacay, and this exceeded even our lofty expectations. Our big, red dog had a blast.
My two fur babys had another great stay with Tara and her amazing family! I recieved so many cute picture updates of my dogs playing so happily and getting loved on every second!! Tara is my primary sitter now. She has been so reliable which is needed when you are traveling and already nervous leaving your babies. I can't recommend her enough. Thank you for loving my dogs and caring for them like your own!
Tara was wonderful. When I arrived, she immediately made Max feel welcome, introducing him to her dog Lily, her daughter, and her home. He felt so comfortable that he didn't even notice me leave, and this is a dog with mild separation anxiety issues...

When I came back to pick him up in the afternoon, Tara was just coming back from a walk with Max. He was very happy, Tara had all of his belongings wrapped up to go, and that was (almost) that. Max was hesitant to leave her house -- that was the perfect finishing touch; he was so happy he didn't really want to leave.

It was a very easy experience for me, and a very positive experience for Max. I can't recommend Tara highly enough - she was warm and caring and made this a great experience for all!
Tara is a great host. She is compassionate and professional. She is very reliable. My dogs leave very relaxed and happy. They love going and have had multiple stays now. Her family is very active which is great for my dogs and their health. I appreciate her so much and always know my dogs are having fun, but more importantly they are safe. I love the photo updates during their stay. I will continue to use Tara for my pups!
Tara and her family were wonderful. Our dog didn't want to leave!
Sent my two Boxers over to Tara's (the second trip for one of them) and the had a great time. Tara really understands dog behavior and does well to ensure that all dogs have a great stay. I, and more so my two pups, look forward to their next stay.
Henry had another wonderful stay with Tara. We are so lucky to have found her and her family to watch Henry while we go on vacation. Whether it's one night or a whole week Henry always has a great time and is well looked after. He is also given a ton of love from Tara's kids. My mind is at ease when I'm away because I know that Henry is in good hands. Tara is the best! I appreciate everything that she does for Henry.
Great experience! Tara's whole family was involved with taking care of my pup and did so wonderfully. I visited Tara the night before for a meet and greet and gained full confidence in her and her children to provide a lot of love while I was gone. I'll definitely call on her services again!
Tara and her family are such good hosts that he can't wait to get out of the car and start his vacation. We pick him up a happy tired dog.
This is an amazing family!! We were in such a last minute bind & they were able to step in & help so quickly!! They sent updates while we were gone showing how well our pup was being taken care of!! I cannot express how grateful I am for y'all!!
Very sweet and extreme responsible kids. It was a pleasure to have Rocky spend time with them.
We are so grateful to have found Tara! Mimi, our black lab, was so well cared for and happy. We loved the photos we received while we were away, it put our minds and hearts at ease to know our pup was in good hands. Never again will Mimi be locked in a cage at a Kennel again! Mimi spent the weekend on vacation too, playing with Tara's dog Lily and her kids. Thanks Tara for taking care of our "baby."
Loved Tara and her family! They are so welcoming and treated my dog Charlie so incredibly well!! I really enjoyed all the photos that Tara sent with updates on how my girl was doing! And having my dog around kids when she isn't normally is a great plus! Charlie has bounds of energy and throughly enjoyed her stay. Not sure if she was exhausted or depressed from leaving! I will surely be using Tara in the future!
Tara and her family took care of Leo on Thanksgiving. They took such good care of him and he had so much fun! The family took him to Thanksgiving dinner with them at a ranch where he went on a long hike and was surrounded by many people, which is his favorite thing. The next morning they took him for another long hike at the lagoon. He came home tired and happy and we were able to enjoy our Thanksgiving dinner away from home without worrying that Leo was home alone for too long. We knew he was surrounded by people, dogs, and love with Tara and her family. Thanks!
Tara and her family really do have a puppy paradise! They took excellent care of our Corgi while we went through a move. He was so happy and chill when he came home to our new place that we could tell he had a wonderful time and was very well cared for! We will definitely use Tara's services again and highly recommend her.
Wow! Am I so glad that I found Tara! I bought my dog Ella, who is six months old now, from a breeder who lives about an hour and a half away. When we bought her the breeder told us that she would be able to dog sit when we are out of town. Unfortunately, she was out of town herself while we were gone! So we were a little nervous about trying to find someone else. I had asked all my friends and family and couldn't find anything. So at the last minute I went onto dog and started scrolling through the hosts. When I saw Tara and her family's profile, I knew I found the right place! The location really close, she was only about one minute from me. But I would've driven an hour or more to leave my dog with her! When I first met Tara and introduced Ella to her and her dog, we met outside so the interaction could be as calm as possible. When we walked inside I was very impressed with how clean and well-kept Taras house was. She has baby gates on the bottom floor so she can section off a couple areas for different dogs if she needs to. Her backyard was large and spacious, and dog friendly! Her dog Lily was an absolute doll, and I adored her kids. I knew the ment I walked in that this was perfect. And I'm so glad I decided to leave Ella there. I received pictures almost every day and it looked like my dog had more fun with her than she does at my house! Between all the other dogs and kids that come over, she was in her element! She was actually depressed to come home! She's an only dog at this time. I am so impressed with Tara's professionalism and way of doing business. But I am most impressed with her love, compassion, and kindness. I'm pretty sure I saw a couple tears in her eyes when I was taking Ella home! Which would be something that I would do if I ever got in this business! She reminds me a lot of me. And who better to leave my dog with! I have absolutely no complaints whatsoever about her. I never worried ones about Ella while I was gone. And her children are animal lovers just like her which is awesome! I met her husband when I picked up Ella, and our brief interaction showed his kindness and warmth. I will definitely be using Tara again! She is worth every penny for the peace of mind that my dog is safe and being loved. i'm also thinking about dropping her off for daycare sometimes over there just because she loved it so much! Thank you Tara and family so much! I'm sure Ella can't wait for her next stay!
Tara was amazing! She took such great care of our poms. They were walked and played with all weekend and you can just tell they were happy. We were delayed coming home and Tara was more than accommodating. I highly recommend her to anyone in the Carlsbad area needing a dog sitter; she is awesome.
I can't believe I haven't left a review yet! What an incredible, warm, loving family, that has become Rumi's second family. He is so happy when we pull up to Tara's house, and you can just see how much Tara and her kids love him. Thanks for taking such great care of our baby :)
Tara and her family were awesome! It was a last minute reservation and when I say last minute I mean last minute! I only gave her an hour notice and she was so gracious and accommodating! And from the photos I can tell that Bella had a great time! We will definitely use Tara in the future!
Tara agreed to take our puppy, Ella, as a last minute booking, just hours before we were scheduled to leave. What a savior! We loved all the picture updates! Ella was in great hands, and she came home exhausted! Will keep Tara and her family in mind for future bookings.
Thank you Tara and family for another happy weekend for Nugget as well as our family. We know he has a good time, gets love and exercise. The photos were greatly appreciated also. Candy
Tara was well recommended by our neighbor who has been using her services. We were concerned about leaving Ginger because she had never been away. We contacted Tara to set-up a meeting, she promptly replied and later we took Ginger to meet Tara's family. We really liked the set-up, and of course, Tara and her adorable kids. Tara stayed with our little girl for 1 week during our summer vacation. She kept us informed sending us daily pictures, twice a day with a quick message on how Ginger was doing. We could see ginger was enjoying her stay! She was having plenty of walks, socializing with big dogs, and Tara was also taking Ginger with her to run errands. Ginger is a 9 yrs. old toy poodle.
Tara brought Ginger to us when we came back. Ginger was so happy! She actually followed Tara to the car when she went to pick up Ginger's stuff. I would recommend Tara to anyone and I'll definitely use her services again. Tara is accommodating, caring and willing to do anything for it to work. We could not be happier with our choice. Thank you Tara,
Tara and her family took wonderful care of our Bernese Mountain Dog, Yogi. They provided great communication, with regular update and photos. It was so nice to know that he was in good hands - highly recommend!!
Tara and her family treated Sam as their own. He had the best time and after meeting Tara, I had no reservations about leaving him. He and Lily played the day away and he came home exhausted and happy. Tara had no problem taking on an exuberant 4 month old puppy and for that I am very grateful.
I am so happy that we found Tara through Dog Vacay! She took care of my one year old Golden Retriever for 10 days. As anyone who has had a puppy can imagine, that was no easy task. She was very reassuring and competent and capable of handling all of his puppy behaviors. I loved that all of her kids participated in caring for my dog. I could tell that he was always surrounded by love and affection which helped me be able to relax on my vacation. She also sent pictures regularly and let me know how Leo was doing. Highly recommend!
The moment we turned onto their street, Nugget got excited even though it had been almost a year since the first visit. He ran out of the car and right up to their front door. We enjoyed the photos that were sent while we were away showing us a happy busy dog.
Our new puppy had a great time on vacation with Tara. I was worried about him until the first picture arrived...he looked loved and happy! We will for sure use Tara and her family again!
Tara and her family were great with my dog, Lady. We were in a bind and made reservations with Tara with very short notice. Tara and her family were very accomodating and were very excited to spend time with my dog. We made arrangements for me to drop off Lady at her home, and I was very nervous since I had never used DogVacay before. When we got to the house, Tara met us outside and gave Lady a chance to get comfortable with her. Slowly she brought Lady into the house and Tara's two youngest kids were there to greet Lady. They were so excited to have her there. Tara sent me pictures of Lady on walks, but the ones I enjoyed the most were the pictures Tara sent me with Lady being loved on by her children. Those pictures really put me at ease knowing that Lady was being loved. Tara also sent little messages with the pictures just to let me know how Lady was doing. I would definitely send Lady to Tara next time we need to go out of town. Thank you Tara and family!
I left my Kai with Tara for a long weekend. Kai was in left in wonderful hands with Tara and her family. I to photos daily and saw how happy Kai was with all the walks and love he received from her and her family. He came back home to me content and a bit tired. She was so wonderful in making sure he was comfortable that I would not hesitate to use her again for my next vacation since she made every effort to make sure Kai was happy and comfortable during his stay with her.
We truly had a wonderful experience when our six month old puppy Hank went on a vacay to Tara's house. Before the visit Tara was very accommodating our (somewhat last minute) reservation, and answered every question I had. While we were out of town, Tara sent tons of picture and text updates - it was obvious Hank was having a blast with her family. We were able to enjoy our vacation while knowing that Hank was well taken care of. I am so happy to have found DogVacay and Tara... I cannot say enough good things and would recommend her to anyone!
This was my first time using Dog-Vacay and I was very pleased. I have left my dog Codi only a handful of times at 2 to 3 different types of boarding facilities and each time he came home and was very upset. It would take 2 to 3 days for him to start acting normal again. This time was a totally different experience. He came home happy (and very tired from playing so much). In fact, at times it seemed that he was missing Lilly (my husband thinks he may have fallen in love - Ha, ha, ha). Tara and family (and of course Lilly) were great hosts. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a home away from home for their loving pet.
Tara and her family were amazing with my dog Jasmine. I wouldn't hesitate to use her again.
Lucy had the best vacation ever at Tara's house. We were able to leave town with total peace of mind that our little doggie was in good care and safe. Tara sent us updated pictures daily which also reassured us Lucy was in good care. Tara was very patient during our meet and greet to ensure Lucy would be comfortable with the other dog and children. If Lucy can't go on vacation with us there is nowhere else I would want her to be then with Tara.
Tara and her family were Awesome! She watched our Golden Retriever while our family was in town for our wedding night. Our dog was part of the ceremony, so Tara worked with us to schedule a time to pick him up from the venue. She was on time and made sure we could enjoy our day without issue. She sent photos and video to our family during the reception to ease our minds. We were so pleased with the entire process. She took him on a hike and gave him tons of love. He was so happy when we picked him up.
Tara and her family were great! This was my first time on dogvacy and it definitely won't be my last. I scheduled a meet and greet, got to know Tara and here children (who were adorable and loved dogs), and felt really comfortable leaving my 100lb dog with them for a few days while we moved. She was great about sending pictures and updates and was very responsive to our ever changing schedule. Thanks so much for watching Yogi. 5 stars all the way.
Henry had a great time on his second stay with Tara and her family. He get's along great with the whole family including their dog Lily. It's nice for him to have another dog to play with while he's staying there. It is so nice to be able to leave Henry with Tara while we go on vacation and not have to worry about anything because we know Henry is happy and in great hands!
As usual, Tuscany was treated as family and had a great stay while we were enjoying Hawaii.
Tara and her family were great hosts for Henry while we were on vacation! Their active outdoor lifestyle and laid back home environment was a perfect fit for Henry. We will definitely use Tara the next time that we go out of town!
Tara and her family were awesome hosts. Nugget, our golden retriever had never been away from home. After initially meeting the family on a meet and greet, he ran right up to their home the day we dropped him off. He received plenty of love exercise, and attention. She sent messages and pictures letting us know what he was doing. We picked up a fed, bathed and happy dog.
Tuscany was treated as a member of their family which really helps us feel good about leaving home without her. We appreciated the pictures and stories they sent us during our vacation.
Tara and her family made us feel very comfortable leaving our "baby" while on vacation. Knowing our pup was in a safe, loving environment with plenty of human attention put us at ease. We would definitely recommend this family and this pet service.
Great family to leave your beloved dog for any amount of time. They treated Tuscany as if she was theirs!
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