My name is Joanna, and I'm located in beautiful Santa Cruz, a doggie paradise just 5 minutes from Pleasure Point, the Santa Cruz Harbor, and close to Nisene Marks, Westcliff Beach, and Lighthouse Field.
I'm an experienced dogsitter and walker and have excellent local references. As a volunteer for the Santa Cruz County Shelter and foster for Golden Gate Labrador Retriever Rescue, I have cared for many types of dogs, and worked on basic training, separation anxiety, potty training, socialization, and leash manners.
A typical day for your dog will include a beach trip or nature hike (on or off leash - your choice), playtime with my lab Maya, swimming, fetching, socializing, napping, and of course treats & lots of love! Neighborhood walks here are safe and scenic, and I'm walking distance from Chanticleer Dog Park.
If your dog isn't fond of the beach or has social issues, we can keep walks limited to on-leash...my dog is a great role model for puppies and fearful anxious types.
Here, your dog will get lots of exercise and fresh air, basic training when requested, and transportation back and forth to your home if needed. They will have 24-hour supervision by me personally. I will never leave your dog unattended in my home for more than 1-2 hours. Most of the time the dogs come along with me on my daily errands, I have ample room and bedding in the car.
For safety purposes, I have a limit of 3 dogs in my home at a time, so your dog will not be overwhelmed by a large pack.
My house is completely dog-friendly with a large fenced-in yard, offering both sun and shade. They have access in and out of the house. Guest dogs are welcome on the couch and my bed, or sometimes they prefer their own crate. They are welcome to play with my dog's toys, we don't mind sharing (as long as they don't!)
Dogs are fed separately to avoid any potential food & resource guarding, and treats and toys are also monitored closely to avoid potential spats.
I can customize a rate package to fit your needs - discounts for longer term stays, dogs with special needs, and regular bookings for example.
I welcome all friendly dogs, as long as they don't have a history of any people / dog aggression. My resident lab is well balanced and enjoys company, she is very gentle with smaller breeds and shy / submissive types, and tends to make them feel at ease. She is not a fan of aggressive play or overly hyper pups, and will correct when boundaries are crossed.
MY TERMS OF SERVICE:
Dogs can be dropped off anytime after 9 am, but must be picked up before 10 am the final day of boarding, or a daycare charge of $40 will apply. I can usually accommodate earlier drop offs.
RATES ARE BASED ON AN STANDARD 8 HOUR DAY.
LATE PICK UPS are an additional $20.
PUPPY POLICY: Dogs UNDER 1 YEAR of age are an additional $15 / day.
HOLIDAY GUESTS: (Thanksgiving Day, Xmas Eve & Day, July 4th, Easter, New Years Eve/ New Years Day) an additional $20/ per day surcharge will apply.
I require that all guest dogs are spayed / neutered if older than 6 mos, up to date on vaccines, and flea & tick control. Unfortunately I can't take dogs with excessive barking or resource guarding issues.
Please feel free to contact me for more information and references!
I look forward to meeting you.
Joanna & Maya
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