Darren's Dog Walk Express

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Darren Y.

66 Reviews
43 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • 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

Darren's Resident Pets

5 yr 6 mo old
Marbles the Rabbit
6 yr 4 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents

About Darren

3 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Hi Everyone! My name is Darren and I'm looking forward to meeting you and your best pal. My wife and I have a 5 yr old chihuahua/mini bull terrier mix named Romo that we adopted in August '13 and a 6 yr old rabbit named Marbles.

After 13 years, I was laid off from my IT job, so I was given the opportunity to pursue my love of animals. I started with DogVacay in Oct '13 providing overnight boarding and daycare. In July of 2015, I ceased providing these services due to a homeowner's insurance policy issue, so I'm now focused on other pet services.

I offer daily visits for dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and other like small animals, and dog walking, so please click on my Service & Rates tab for full details. If you want to get to know me a little better before contacting me, feel free to read one of my 5 star reviews.

*Please note that my primary services are dog walking and daily visits. In order for my profile to be active, DogVacay requires overnight boarding, daycare, or pet sitting to be chosen as a primary service. Although I've chosen pet sitting, it's not a likely service I'll provide since I have my own pets to care for. Thank you for your understanding.

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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Leash Pulling

Darren Y.

66 Reviews
43 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 19, 2016


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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 8 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 8 miles
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 8 miles
66 Reviews
Great service. Darren took good care of my dog Kanika during his visits while I was travelling and sent me updates and pictures of my dog, so I was not worried about Kanika! Will definitely book again for future travels!
Darren is super professional and a breeze to deal with. I'd both recommend him and use his services again myself.
Great experience. Darren is a wonderful! Highly recommend.
I booked Darren at the last minute to take care of our dog over Christmas. He was great! He send me pictures of our happy dog every day and answered all my questions. I will definitely use him again!
Darren is awesome! He did a great job of taking care of my two small poodles! It was like doggie camp for them!
Darren was great. He was accommodating with the late pickup and drop off times given our flights and really easy to deal with. Our dog had a great time!
Darren was the epitome of professionalism - he even emailed me a questionnaire about my dogs before I dropped them off. I was impressed that he has gates set up in the house to prevent dogs from slipping out the door.
Our dogs returned from their stay with Darren happy and healthy.
As always, Darren is great. He texted me the day before to confirm what time I was dropping Rosie off and is always so responsive. Rosie could not wait to get into his house and was wagging her tail as soon as we stopped the car in front of his house!
This was my first time having Rosie with Darren, and he was great! My Rosie has some health problems and has some special needs, and Darren was so accommodating with her. He made sure that she had everything she needed and gave her the extra care that she needs.
Longest stay for Dexter to date! He had a blast. I think he may have actually been upset to leave. Thanks, Darren :)
Another great visit!
As always, two paws up!
Another great stay with Darren!
Darren is walking our puppy twice a day. He is reliable, trustworthy, and visibly a dog saavy professional. Highly recommend!
Darren was wonderful. Super responsive and responsible. Our family loved getting the photo updates of Ollie! We have used Darren twice and will definitely book Darren again for our next trip!
Thanks, Darren for another wonderful experience for Rosey and Zoey! They love going to your place, always look forward to it and always come back home happy. It was so nice to get your updates and pics while we were away. We were able to enjoy our trip, and so did our dogs!
Darren was great! My dog has a heart condition and is on a variety of meds: Darren was very conscientious in getting to know what his medication/feeding regimen is. He also took the time to try to train my dog to use his doggie door, sending me texts and photos all along so that I could see his progress. I also loved the fact that my dog was able to sleep with Darren and his family in their bed at night: my dog sleeps with me at home, and I know this added touch made him feel like he had found a home away from home. Finally, when it was time to pick him up, Darren had my dog and his belongings packed up and ready to go. Most importantly, my dog looked very relaxed and happy. My dog had a great experience with Darren, and I will definitely be a repeat customer!
Another great stay with Darren! His wive even sewed Ulysses toy back together after he ripped all the stuffing out :D
I would highly recommend Darren. Our dog is treated like their personal pet. We come home to a very happy dog.
Once again, an awesome experience with Darren. He's such a flexible, welcoming, professional and responsive host, and Toby (a pretty anxious pup) is really comfortable in Darren's care. So grateful to have found Darren. Thanks, DogVacay!
Darren was great!! He was very accommodating to my very early pick-up/drop-off times and tried to keep to Lilah's schedule as much as possible. He asked me to fill out an info-sheet about Lilah which gave me peace of mind that she was staying with someone who was responsible and professional. He shared some cute pictures of her stay and had her and her things all packed and ready to go when I came to pick her up. Definitely will be booking with Darren again and strongly recommend you give him a try too!
Darren was a FANTASTIC host. It was the first time boarding my dog with a 3rd party home and Darren made it extremely simple and painless. He took Frank ( my 10 month old Lab/Pit) on multiple walks a day and sent me pictures of all the fun he was having. I would highly recommend Darren to anyone who wants a simple and cheap place to board your dog.

Thanks Darren!!
We are so lucky we found Darren. He is amazing. Chunk loves him and every time he comes home he is happy. He doesn't have that panic that he used to have when he was boarded at even the nicest doggie hotels.
Darren is great. He can have quite a few dogs at his place, but he does a good job making them all feel comfortable.
Darren is great and willing to work with our schedule. We take our pup there on Sundays for a few hours.
Thanks Darren for such a wonderful, worry-free visit -- we'll be back!
Darren was very accommodating and Ulysses had a blast playing with his dog! Loved the pictures!
Darren was great -- very flexible for drop off and pickup, very responsible, and Buster seemed to have a fun time!
Another good visit with Darren!
Our pup Lindy goes to Darren's on Sunday mornings and she had another good visit this week!
Lindy had another good stay with Darren!
My scheduled dog sitter bailed on me last minute, but Darren came to the rescue! He took care of my dog better than me... haha. It was nice that he had a back yard and he made sure to take pictures every day. Overall, freaking awesome. So awesome that I just booked another week long stay with him. Thanks Darren!
We love Darren! He is so great with our dog and very flexible. I'm never worried when I leave Chunk with him.
Another great stay with Darren. Dexter is so tired from all the playtime!
Loved seeing the pics of my pups on Darren's FB page while I was gone. They even had socialization with other dogs while staying at Darren's. I love that they were in a home, cozy setting. They hope to stay with Darren again!
We dropped off our dog Lindy with Darren on Sunday morning and she's working through some separation anxiety. Darren was great! Lindy is fine as long as she is with someone and Darren took good care of her while she was away from us. Lindy settled right in with Darren and Romo and was happy when we came to pick her up!
Yet another great stay at Darren's!
Another wonderful stay for Dexter at Darren's house!
Darren was awesome with my dog Dexter during an overnight trip I took to Napa. Dexter came home happy and sleepy. Darren was great about posting pictures and updates. You can tell he really loves what he does. Excited to rebook.
Darren, Was great and Rudy had a great time and even better that Darren lives right around the corner and was flexible with my drop off and pickup times. Will definitely use again for my next trip. Vance
My puppies and I had a great experience with Darren. He is reliable, trustworthy and, love dogs. His place is spacious and very welcoming. I got daily updates/pictures of my dogs and was always happy to see they laying down on Darren's couch like they were at their own house. I highly recommend Darren.
Darren was easy to communicate with and flexible with drop off and pick up times. Our two dogs Fritz and Pixie came home happy. We will definitely use Darren again.
2 paws up from Cooper.
Darren was so great to Merlin during his stay! We really appreciated how kind and attentive he was - especially since Merlin was very nervous at the start of his visit. Darren made sure Merlin felt at ease and at home - and he sent us lots of updates on his progress which helped calm our nerves as well. Thanks for taking such great care of Merlin. We will definitely use Darren again in the future!
We had a great experience.
My first time booking with Darren. He was very prompt in responding to inquiries and set up an meet-up date the next day. I had a last minute reservation and he made sure everything went smoothly. My dog Tennessee loved the stay and the attention he got.
Tennessee loves Darren and Romo! The daily pictures Darren sent me helped eased my mind a lot on my trip. Darren was also really flexible about drop off/ pick up times, which I really appreciated due to my early morning flight.
Maybe loves Darren and Romo! Thank you for making us worry free when she stays over.
We left our 5 month old puppy for his first time away from home with Darren. Needless to say we were a little anxious about leaving our pup for the first time, but Darren did a fantastic job! He made everything so seamless and was very responsive and accommodating before, during, and after our trip. Plus he posts great pictures of the dogs playing and sleeping which are fun and make you feel at ease. We will definitely use Darren again!
Darren has been really great for our puppy Leo. Leo's a shy guy and can't be left alone just yet, so having Darren and Romo as caregivers and playmates during the week have positively impacted Leo's confidence and sociability.

Leo comes home happy and tuckered out after a playdate at Darren's. Thank you Darren!
Excellent !! Very very loving and caring!! Highly recommended:)
Jaxon gets a nice walk and lots of attention at Darren's.
Great job with Jaxon again.
Bailey had a great time with Darren and Romo! This was her first stay with non family and she had a blast. Bailey can be a bit shy with new people but she warmed up to Darren immediately. We will definitely be using Darren again! Thanks so much for treating our family member like your own!
Darren is very sweet to Jaxon and Jaxon really likes him. Darren always takes very good care of Jaxon's 'special needs', and I appreciate it.
This was our first DV experience and it was wonderful. Darren was responsive, professional, friendly, and great with Toby who is timid around new folks. We had to cut our vacation short by several days and Darren and DV were flexible about refunding the unused days (we paid Darren for an extra day, feeling badly we'd shortchanged him). We also really appreciated that Darren helped us out by taking Toby a day earlier than ideal him, and offering to take our friend's dog as well. Darren's home is lovely and provides both coziness and plenty of outdoor space. A 5 star sitter, and one we will use again!
Our two dogs stayed with Darren over Christmas week. We loved seeing the photos Darren posts of his doggy guests. Seeing that they clearly had made themselves at home at Darren's made us feel much better about leaving them for the week. The dogs were happy and healthy when we picked them up. Not like when we board them at large kennels - then they are typically stressed, exhausted and often have stomach upsets for a while.
I met with Darren before the stay so we could make sure the dogs were compatible. Darren was always professional and responded promptly to email communications. I highly recommend Darren.
Darren took great care of Tofu and posted pictures on his Facebook page to show how she was doing. He is mindful of how dogs may or may not get along so initiated a meet and greet before accepting Tofu. Plus due to unexpected plans, he was also very accomodating when I needed to have Tofu stay an additional night. Would not hesitate to have her stay at Darren's place with his friendly dog, Romo.
Darren did a great job with Jaxon again! He and his wife were on the floor playing with other pups when we arrived for Day Care. That was a good sign! Every one,(animals and humans ), seemed happy and Jaxon walked right in and joined them. Darren seems very kind and interested in all the dogs. He takes good care of Jaxon.
Jaxon had another nice visit at Darren's. He napped and took it easy which is always fun for Jaxon!
Darren was an amazing puppy guardian! We left our two rambunctious pups with him for a full 7 days (the longest they had ever stayed without us) and they had a great time! He posts daily pictures so you get to check in with them, and his dog Romo was the sweetest and made instant friends with our pups.
The dogs seemed to have a great time and got plenty of attention and exercise. Bonus, the dog bed we left with them had a hole in it when I dropped it off, and when we picked it up Darren had even sewn up the hole! Definitely recommend him for your pup-sitting needs.
awesome sauce! thank you! it's always comforting knowing you'll be here (home visit) on tuesdays for apple b/c i'm an especially neurotic pet owner and i know she'll be in good hands with you and romo...
Darren us very calm and laid back and that's just what my dog, Maybe, needs. She can have separation anxiety and I can tell that she is very calm with Darren. I never have to wonder about my Maybe. He puts up pictures on his facebook page daily. I love that he takes her on daily walks because she could stand to lose a few lbs. and I apppreciate that they are rarely left at home without him. I highly recommend Darren and am very happy to have him and Romo!
Darren is great. Jaxon was well taken care of and enjoyed his visit.
Jaxon seemed very calm when I picked him up and the pictures Darren sent looked like he had a pleasant time. Jaxon is an old guy so it is good he has Romo to play with sometimes. You can tell Darren really enjoys dogs. We are booking again!
Letting your dog stay with other people can be difficult, but seeing how much Darren cares for his own dog, Romo immediately put us at ease. While we were gone, he sent us regular updates. It is obvious Lola enjoyed her stay with Darren and Romo and we wouldn't hesitate to use him again!
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