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Stephan M.

89 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 6 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated

Stephan's Resident Pets

Baxter
Border Collie
Male
5 yr 1 mo old
Ash
Siberian Husky
Female
14 yr 3 mo old
Marley
Labrador Retriever
Male
5 yr 1 mo old

Stephan's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Stephan

40 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Welcome! My name is Stephan. I am a long-time high school English teacher who works with students with mild to moderate disabilities. I love my job and I love working with dogs. I am also currently taking courses towards certification as a licensed dog trainer and would be happy to offer any advice or help you may need in training your canine friend. I live in a well-established neighborhood close to plenty of parks and the Truckee River Walk. My house is extremely dog-friendly and I have a big backyard with lots of running room for your four legged friend. I have two dogs of my own. They are my kids. Ash is a retired therapy dog and Baxter is the newbie on the block and in training to become one. I take dogs with me everywhere, every chance I get. Whether it's a small stay at Desert Dog Village (a.k.a. my house) or a longer one, rest assured your dog will return to your loving and open arms happy, well-rested, and content. And with tail wagging of course!

“IF A DOG WERE YOUR TEACHER”
If a dog were your teacher, you’d learn stuff like…
When loved ones come home, always run and greet them. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy. When it’s in your best interest—practice obedience. Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory. Take naps and stretch before rising. Run, romp, and play daily. Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body. No matter how often you’re scolded, don’t buy into the guilt thing and pout… run right back and make friends. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough. Be loyal. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.

*As a free additional bonus get an original piece of your dog's artwork after your dog's second visit. It's DesertDogArt© of course!

*Free unlimited updated pictures via text message or email of your dog's stay!

*Skype with your dog for free!

*More fun & exciting services coming soon!

"My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already think I am." ~Author Unknown
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Leash Pulling

Stephan M.

89 Reviews
39 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 6 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 2, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
This sitter has passed a background check, which searches a variety of criminal databases.
Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Facebook Connected
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Pack Promoter
Pack Promoters are active members of the community who promote DogVacay and hosting best practices.
Disaster Relief
This sitter has completed training for the DogVacay Disaster Relief Program and volunteered to help displaced pets in the event of a natural disaster.
Phone Interviewed
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References Checked
Our team reaches out to each of our host's references to provide an extra level of confidence and verification.
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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Stephan's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Stephan's Home
$20 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
Home Visits
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
Training
$35 /hour
Baths
$15 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 25 miles
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89 Reviews
Gus was very happy playing and meeting new doggie friends at Stephan's. I would definitely recommend him.
This was my first experience using DogVacay. I left my military foster dog, Nikolai, a very sensitive and gentle Borzoi with Stephan while I vacationed in Mexico for 9 days.

When I reached out via email to Stephan he was responsive. He suggested a meet & greet with his dogs to ensure Nikolai got along with them. I was a little nervous because Nikolai is so shy and timid, I was worried he'd be overwhelmed by Stephan's three other dogs. When I met Stephan, my first impression was of friendliness and mellowness. He is very easy-going and kind, and his house and yard are dog friendly.

Every day of my vacation, he'd send me pictures of Nikolai along with a little note of how he was doing. Nikolai was so comfortable that first night with Stephan that he ate (many dogs won't eat the first night in a strange place). Those pictures warmed my heart and I felt he was in good hands.

When I got back home and picked Nikolai up, Stephan mentioned that he even crashed in the family room with the dogs a few nights, like a big doggie slumber party. He seems to truly love dogs and accepts all kinds - big and small, of all temperaments. Nikolai is very shy and sensitive and Stephan made sure he was given lots of attention and felt at home.

I would definitely recommend and use DogVacay, and Stephan, again. As a matter of fact, I've already had the opportunity to recommend DogVacay to another friends.
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Stephan was great! My boy Was happy and I felt worry free with him being with Stephan.
I am constantly amazed at how happy Henry (my 100 lb lab) is when he comes home from Stephan's house. He actually was hard to get into the car - he wanted to stay and play. Not only do I book stephan almost every other weekend, but I am seriously thinking of doing just day care for Henry a few days a week because he likes it at his house so much. Thank you Stephan!!!
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Rosie had a great time staying with Stephan and the other dogs. Easy to tell Stephan really loves all his guests. Rosie will undoubtedly be back again whenever we are in town
First stay we were apprehensive, came back for a second stay, and Lassen could not wait to be there. What more to say ...if I have to leave her, it will be with Stefan
Our dog had a great time. There is a huge yard for lots of play time, and it is air conditioned inside. We loved the picture updates!
Our recent vacay was as great as the first one! Stephen is compassionate about his 4 legged visitors. We had a little confusion with the booking and Stephen made it work out with no problem. Cowboy gets excited when he sees him and loves his vacay's with him. My family and I feel very comfortable when we are away knowing that Cowboy is happy and having a great time. We get daily pictures and updates, which my kids love! Looking forward to our next trip in a few months!
Thank you, Stephen!!
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It appeared as if my dog had a great time. When I picked her up, she was absolutely exhausted from playing with other dogs. Stephen uploaded some really great photos, and they all show a happy pup. Highly recommend and will use again.

Family of Taylor the Dog
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Stephan provided an amazing experience for me and my dog Molly. He was attentive and receptive and provided the perfect dog sitting I could have asked for! He sent wonderful pictures and updates while Molly was staying with him. I did not worry about my dog the entire time I was gone!
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I have always had friends take care Henry (my 100lb yellow lab) and never used a "sitter". I was called on a trip at the last minute and Stephan was available. As soon as we pulled up to his house, Stephan was SO accommodating and friendly to Henry. I got photos everyday and saw Henry eating and playing with his dogs. Henry usually doesn't eat the first day, but he was feeling so comfortable and loved that he was a chow hound from the beginning of his visit. Did he miss me at all? I don't think so...... I am booking with Stephan from now on! Thank you!!!!
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Stephan did a great job watching my dog. I loved the receiving the photos and updates and he seemed to have a great time.
We needed a pet sitter on short notice during the holidays. Like most dog owners, our pup, Cowboy is part of our family. We were apprehensive about kennels & are SO grateful we found Stephen! No kennel, no "vet" feeling, a comfortable home with a friend that really cared for our dog. Stephen was very flexible with his schedule to accommodate our needs. Our 2 children were sad about leaving Cowboy & Stephen was great about helping them feel better. We received pictures and updates daily! It really made us smile and relax to know Cowboy was in great, caring hands. He can't wait to go back & play with his new friends!!
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Great with updates
My two English Bulldogs are always happy when they leave which tells me when they're there, they're happy. He is very thoughtful and send many photos.
Remy can be a little difficult but Stephan handled him with ease. He took the time to acquaint Remy with the dogs in his house and was attentive to Remy's little quirks. I called on Stephan at the last minute and was really appreciative that he was able to provide services on short notice.

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Stephan is great! We always feel comfortable leaving our 2 dogs with him. He keeps us updated and is flexible with drop off and pick up times. They have a wonderful time and are well taken care of.
I needed a last minute dog sitter, and I have never used a kennel/boarding facility for my dog. I was very nervous initially to use a random stranger, as well, but Stephan made the drop off and pickup process really easy and made me feel comfortable from the first meeting. He updated me with pics through the DogVacay website, and all of my anxiety and worries were put to ease with the frequent updates. His dogs are very friendly, and they welcomed my dog quickly and easily. I would definitely recommend him if you need to board your dogs. The whole process was easy breezy, and I'll definitely be using Stephan again in the near future.
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Stephan made me feel completely at ease with leaving my pug(child) with him. He updated me with pictures and videos throughout her entire stay. If I'm ever in the area I will no doubt be using Stephan again. Thank you so much!!!
Easy and comfortable. Stephan's love for dogs shows through in how he treats our dog.
Bodie always has fun and comes home tired. The picture updates are wonderful.
My dog had a great time and came home tired and happy. Wonderful job by Stephan!
It was wonderful having Stephan dog sit for us again!!!! He watched Brianna for us last year and this time it was Brianna and our newest member of the family, Sniffer. We love the fact that he is located in a great part of Reno. He updated us regularly and took very good care of our dogs. He was patient with our little Sniffer who is a barker and does not warm to people easily. We felt very at ease with Stephan. Stephan knows a lot about dogs and how to care for them. He has his own dogs as well. We plan on using Stephan every time we come to Reno if he is available. I highly recommend Stephan to all families!!! You will not be disappointed!!! Thank you Stephan!!!
The Gonzalez Family
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Safe, busy, happy dog. Thanks, Stephan.
Drop off and pick up with Stephan were very easy and he went out of his way to accommodate our schedule. The dogs seemed to have a great time at his house! We would definitely use him again.
My dog Boomer gets very excited when we arrive at Stephan's home. I feel at ease leaving my dog with Stephan.
Bodie's first time at Stephan's. He came home tired and happy from playing with the other dogs. We will use him again.
Very accommodating. I was under a time crunch and Stephan was great to work with. Reasonable number of pets were there, with both outside and inside capabilities.
Communication and transfer was easy and fast. I loved the mini videos and photos. Stephan responded to all of my questions and concerns. He is a caring host and my dog Boomer sees his place as his second home. Boomer has a great time at his place.
We received photos and videos of our pup's stay at Stephan's almost daily! He had fun running around outside with the other dogs. Being a shy guy, Stephan told us it took him a bit to get settled in, and we really appreciate the patience and honesty on getting him acclimated. The outdoor space is a huge bonus, great for dogs large and small!!
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We've left our two-year old Lab, Toby, with Stephan several times and have always been impressed and happy with his relaxed yet capable way with the dogs in his care. However, on our last trip, Stephan went WAY above and beyond! We flew into Reno at 9pm, only to find our car with a dead battery, so I called Stephan to say we were waiting for AAA and would be late picking Toby up. He immediately offered to bring Toby to us at the airport so we could head out on the 40 mile drive home as soon as the car was started! Thank you, Stephan - you're the BEST!
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Maggie loves this place. Stephan always sends pictures and videos and you can tell that our dog loves it here! He is always accommodating and works with our schedule to make drop off and pick up work. We'll be back soon.
Stephan was great! Very flexible for our drop-off and pick-up times. The dogs had a great time and were well taken care of. We will definitely take our pups there again in the future!
Another 5 star stay! Stephan takes such great care of our dog that I would never think of boarding at another facility. Our dog comes home tired and happy.
Another great stay at Stephan's. Maggie has such a great time when she stays here. Stephan sent a video of Maggie playing and it was obvious she was having a grand time! I don't worry about Maggie when she stays with Stephan, it the perfect home away from home.
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It's so easy to coordinate drop off and pick up time with Stephan. I very much appreciate being able to communicate via text or phone. Stephan is usually very responsive which makes the process fast and easy. Meanwhile, my dog Boomer thinks Stephan is part of his family. It's easy to relax throughout my trip knowing that he is being well taken care of. Thank you Stephan.
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Our first visit was exceptionally good for our Labra doodle Yogi. Stephan stayed in touch with us with daily updates & photos and made special effort to get to know Yogi. Stephan is knowledgeable , responsive, responsible and knows the pack order. We all had a good experience and we will certainly be back and can easily recommend him to others..

Larry & Claudette
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Boomer gets very excited when we arrive at Stephan's home. Another 'oh so fun' boarding experience at Stephan's has passed for my dog Boomer. This time more than ten days long. As usual, he returns being happy and being very playful in my home. Every time I get a kick out of Boomer's aliveness after his stay at Stephan's. I appreciate Stephan's input about Boomer and his caring. He has become part of the pack. My flight took off early and I missed my connecting return flight. Stephan was very generous and flexible with this special situation. I very much appreciate his kind attitude. He has a big, caring heart. Stephan never misses to say a special good-bye to Boomer; I think he misses him too. Also, I have noticed that Stephan never fails to say thank you for the business, showing his appreciation. Thank you Stephan for all the wonderful photos while I was out of town.
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Stephan was absolutely amazing with our dog Riley!!!! He accomadated our needs last minute, and we couldn't have asked for a better doggy sitter. We got pictures of Riley everyday day playing and having fun at his house. His dogs are very polite and made Riley feel right at home. Stephan even helped show us how to stop Riley from jumping up!!! We will definitely use Stephan again, he is "Pawsome"
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Sweet Pea had another great visit with Stephan. Stephan is very flexible with drop-off/pick-up times, even on short notice.
This was our dog's first experience being "away from home" without family. Stephan was great with him, he was happy when we picked him up. We would definitely bring him to Stephan again.
Stephan took great care of Sweet Pea and sent lots of picture updates. She was in a very happy mood when I picked her up so I'm sure she had a great stay. He took special care to help her around the house since she is blind. Thanks :-)
Stephan was great! Our dogs came home tired and happy. Thank you so much!
Stephan is great! I had a change of plans and had to cancel at the last minute, but he has such a great place. All dogs happy and very welcoming- very lucky animals to have such a gracious host. He's a quick responder and goes above and beyond expectations. I would trust Stephen with my dog without hesitation, and I think he should expand to small children.
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3 nights of boarding in a row for our dog. She had a great time! She came home happy and tired-perfect ending to her stay at Stephan's.
I left my dog for the first time with Stephan. He sent me pictures of her everyday and that made me feel at ease. I am happy that I could trust him with my family member. I will take her back she seemed very happy while she was there. Thanks Stephan!
We loved leaving our dog with Stephan! We knew he would be safe and well cared for the moent we arried. The ease of drop-off and pick-up times made our trip worry free!! When we picked up our dog, he was happy, clean and off we went!! Thanks Stephan for taking good care of our baby!
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Stephen is the dog whisperer. He seems to have a special bond with canines and is genuinely interested in getting to know our dog and getting her to relax and feel like she's at home. After our initial meet and greet, we had no worries that Emily was in good hands. We Highly recommend Stephan!
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Stephan is always so accommodating. We needed to drop our dog early-before 8 am and he said "no problem". After she spent the day there, she came home tired and content. She really enjoys his dogs and his house.
Rufus had a blast!!! He even got lots of "specialized" training. Our flight was delayed and Stephan was very accommodating for Rufus spending an extra day.
Another great stay at Stephan's house of fun. Our dog came home happy, healthy and tired.
Rufus had a blast!!! Stephan is amazing with animals and is a natural "Dog Whisperer". It was great to have pics sent to us while Rufus was playing with his three amigos and he came home groomed and happy as a clam!
Stephan and his dogs were great to my dog. I would highly recommend him and his pups as a future doggy sitter!
Super service! We were very comfortable having Boo vacation with Stephan. Plus, Stephan kept us updated on Boo with photographs and quips. We will definitely use this service again!
Stephen is conveniently located close to Reno High School. My dog loved staying with Stephen and his big dogs. Boomer got the socializing/play time he needed. His big yard provides enough space where the dogs can chase each other and get running time, something Boomer loves. Stephen is very easy to communicate with and flexible. I liked his quick check ins via texting, fast and easy going, great positive feedback and photos.
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Stephan was great! We were heading out of town last second and he took a reservation the day before! Plenty of space for the pup to run around and have a good time. Thanks Stephan!
Molly really enjoys going to Stephan's for vacation. She loves playing with the other dogs. This was the second time that Molly has vacationed at his house. Much better than putting her in the kennel for 10 days at a time.
I was anxious to leave our beloved dog in a stranger's home but after reading the great reviews and talking to Stephan, I immediately knew this would be a perfect match. Stephan allowed our dog to stay two nights on short notice and when we went to pick her up, she didn't want to get in the car. The pics he sent over the weekend revealed why-our dog had a great time! Stephan knows dogs and he makes sure your dog has a great time.
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He took pretty good care of our lovely Kim! Thanks because of that
The doggies always look forward to their daily walk with Stephan when we are out of town. They are usually waiting at the door for him!!
We have never left our dogs with any "strangers" but we didn't have a choice for our wedding when all of our normal dog sitters would also be busy. My husband and I did not feel comfortable putting our two dogs at a boarding place. After reading all of the great reviews about Stephan I knew we had found a place for our babies.

One of our dogs is very timid and unsure of new people and the other is very playful and loves attention from strangers. Stephan was wonderful with both of them. He is very responsive and sent photos of our girls. I didn't worry about them with Stephan and I would definitely book with him again.
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Thanks so much for everything Stephan! Will definitely leave our babies with you again when in the area!
Stephan was able to to take Molly on reasonably short notice. He had four other dogs there during her stay. They all appeared to get along well. It was a great relief to us that our dog would be well cared for while we were away, Thanks, Stephan.
What an amazing experience to have our Kellee in Stephan's home! He was so patient with her, as she had some separation anxiety. He even slept in the living room with her and the other dogs, his included--a true slumber party!! Stephan is kind, devoted to animals, and experienced. We would recommend him to anyone and everyone, cannot say enough good things about him! We are so grateful to him and to Dogvacay for the opportunity to board our beloved dog cage-free. Thank you!!!
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This was our first time leaving our 9 month old Boxer puppy for an extended amount of time. We found out last minute we would be going on vacation for about a week and half. Stephan was able to accommodate our pup with very short notice. We couldn't have been more happy with the mini vacation our pup had! Stephan sent us adorable pictures and updates throughout his stay, reassuring us that our pup was having a great time! This is a great option for someone that knows they don't want to leave their dog in a kennel.
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Stephan took care of my dog on pretty short notice because my usual couldn't watch her that weekend. He was kind and professional and his home was unique and clean. Lexi the dachshund was excited to see me when I picked her up and she seemed to have had a good time. The pictures that he sent were cute, and he always responded promptly to emails.
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This is the first time I used someone outside of my circle of chihuahua-owning friends to care for my four pound chihuahua, Teddi. Stephan was awesome! He knows a great deal about dogs and gladly shared some of his knowledge with me to make my sweet chihuahua even better behaved and, well, sweeter. I would not hesitate to recommend Stephan to anyone who needs care for their canine companion.
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We had very happy dogs because Stephan was there every morning to take them on their walks while we were away. It gave us peace of mind since our dogs are very much dependent on their routine. Stephan was responsive and dependable. Would use the service again.
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Thanks for taking care of FIN. He didn't say, but he looks to have had a great time.
Ivar loves playing in the pool at Stephan's house!
Stephan was wonderful to work with. Izzy stayed at Desert Dog Village for nearly three weeks. This was the longest time period that she's ever been away from home. I was very fortunate to find Stephan after our plan to have Izzy stay with a friend fell through. It was such a relief to know that she was in Stephan's care. He sent regular pictures and updates. I was pretty sure that she was having a better vacation than I was! As others have mentioned, he truly is the pack leader and you can tell that he genuinely cares about the dogs. His home is welcoming and perfectly set up to accommodate his dog visitors with a clean and comfy interior and huge yard for the dogs to run and play. I can't recommend Stephan highly enough. Izzy is already looking forward to her next stay at Desert Dog Village.
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Stephan was great. The Meet-n-Greet was super. He made sure that my dog "Carter" was properly introduced to the "pack".
I felt very comfortable leaving Carter. I got updates on how Carter was doing. Stephan was very flexible about pick up and drop off.
Totally "Pawsome".
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Ivar, my seven month old Springer Spaniel, has been to Stephan's house on two occasions for dog daycare. He has a wonderful time playing with the resident dogs and the other guests. He especially loves the kiddie pool in Stephan's yard. Stephan really knows the dogs and is very good about selecting his "pack" and picking play partners. I would not hesitate to recommend this host for either daycare or overnight services.
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Stephan was a perfect match for our needs. He was very professional and caring. We felt comfortable leaving Tara with him; and, Tara seemed happy to be with him. We would highly recommend Stephan as a great caregiver.
I was very nervous to leave my dogs in a dog boarding kennel especially since one of my dog (Simba) gets separation anxiety. He can get really upset and nervous very fast and quickly. I had left him for a week with a relative before and when he came home he was extremely different in a sense that he wasn't the same puppy that I had before the trip which made me worry a lot. After that experience I knew using a boarding kennel was completely out of the question because I have no idea how exactly they would be treating him.
So I jumped onto dogvacay and found Stephan. He had a plethora of really good reviews which had eased my anxiety. He also replied very fast and was able to take care of my dogs on a short notice. Stephan is extremely knowledgeable about dogs and if you're ever leaving a dog in his care, you shouldn't worry one bit. I explained to him different problems my dog had. He read both of my dogs personality and knew what to do and how to deal with them. He made sure to give me updates and pictures while I was on my trip which made me happy to see that they were actually being taken cared off and played with. I came back and was pleased to see both my dogs were happy and they both enjoyed their stay. I was even happier to see that Simba (while he did encounter some anxiety issues) was doing great during the stay and after! I will definitely make sure to leave my dogs in his care next time. He also is certified in a lot of different areas like dog CPR and has a lot of advice if the event that you need it comes.
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Stephan is no doubt the Leader of the Pack, and knows his ways very well around multiple dogs...an excellent artist and photographer as well! Woof, woof!! ~(~_~)~ Ricky
Stephan is experienced and knows his ways around dogs VERY WELL...that always provides extra peace of mind, especially in multi-dog situations! He is definitely the leader of the pack--a TOP DOG! Woof woof!"~barks Ricky!
This was our first experience using dogvacay, and we couldn't be happier with the results. Stephan was great with our two girls. From our initial meet and greet with Stephan and his dogs, it was clear that he was a knowledgeable and responsible dog person.

Cooper and Freckles appeared to be having a fine time in the photos he sent daily. Though tired from their adventures when they came home, they did not seem to be at all stressed, as has sometimes been the case when they have stayed at boarding facilities.

W highly recommend Stephan, and we will definitely feel secure entrusting our girls to his care again.
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Stephan made everything simple. The first person who I contacted was unable to meet my needs. Dog Vacay put me in contact with Stephan. He was able to take our last min. Reservations and happy to help. He made drop off and pick up quick and easy. Our dog Jamie loved him right out the car door. Next time in Reno we know where we going.
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Stephan did a wonderful job watching our puppy Barley! Barley is only 6 months old, and Stephan in the process of becoming a dog trainer gave us some great tips, Barley came back a new dog too! Stephan gave us updates daily, text messages and all the pictures we wanted. We totally felt good about who we left our dog with, we knew he was in good hands. We thank you soooo much Stephan!
Sara and Donnie
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This was Rielly's 2nd stay with Stephan and was just as good as the first. He has a nice home with a big yard and was very attentive to my pup. He seems well educated on dog behavior and gave me some training tips as well. I will continue to use Stephan anytime we visit family in Reno.
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What a find in Stephan! My second experience with DogVacay was as good if not better than the first!

Stephan truly is the dog whisperer. Not only did he take my dogs on fairly short notice, he worked with my 6 month old pup, too. She had better manners when I picked her up than when I dropped her off.

I have 100% trust in Stephan and highly recommend him.
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I know this review is long overdue, but Stephan was amazing with my dog! His dogs played really well with her and definitely wore her out! Not to mention he was very easy going with our last minute changes! I'm so glad that we decided to go to Stephan! If you choose him you will not regret it!
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Duke has stayed with Stephan at Desert Dogs several times and he continues to have the best dog vacay a canine could dream of. Duke loves to spend time and hang with the resident dogs and he also enjoys meeting new friends during his stay. Duke and Baxter are buddies and are joined at the hip! Stephan treats Duke as his own and even takes him around town on field trips, in addition to specialized dog training and time. Duke's favorite thing to do is hang with Baxter and sleep on the sofa. Quite the life at Desert Dog.
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I feel so lucky to have found Stephan. It was a last minute reservation and he was professional and very caring throughout the whole process. The best part was that my sweet Nina had playmates and a huge yard to burn all that energy! She stayed with him for 7 nights and I received updates with photos everyday. Don't hesitate to trust and leave your loved dog with him. It is a five star service. He loves animals and it shows. I will count on him in the future. Thanks Stephan! Nina will miss you and her new friends:-)
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Stephan was exteremly flexible with my last minute booking, even in the holiday season. He offered several options for us including offering to pick up Rielly if we needed. We ended up dropping her off at a very nice home with a large, beautiful backyard where she made a great new friend in Baxter. Stephan was excellent with he and obviously really loves dogs, Rielly had a great time and Stephan gets an A+ rating from us. We will be using him any time we visit family in Reno and highly recommend him to anyone needed pet care in the Reno area.
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Stephan did a great job! My dogs were as happy as ever. It was like I never left them! He sent me some great pictures, and I could tell my dogs trusted him. I will be going to him again in the future!
Stephan really went above and beyond with my dog Kima. He was accommodating, flexible and friendly - he even went so far as to rig up an extension to his gate so that my dog couldn't jump over the gate. He communicated with me frequently and I felt like Kima was in great hands - especially since he's had some dog training experience.

I recommend him wholeheartedly!
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Stephan's home is a great place for dogs. He's got a great yard and nice super friendly dog pals for visitors. I can tell Lady had a great time there, and she looked better than ever after her "vacation"! Lots of walks, treats, and playtime. I'll definitely have my dog visit there again when I need to go away. Stephan really welcomes his guests like family.
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