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Terrence B.
Oakland, CA 94603
151 Reviews
75 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 6 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Pet Requirements

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

Terrence's Resident Pets

Bella
Mixed
Female
8 yr 8 mo old
Ernesto
Pit Bull - Bull Terrier
Male
4 yr 8 mo old
Pepe
Papillon
Male
7 yr 8 mo old

Terrence's House

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

About Terrence

27 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Board your dog with a certified professional this Summer.

I am a certified professional Dog Trainer/Behaviorist with 27 years of experience training and rehabilitating dogs, and 17 years of dog boarding. I am a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a graduate of the former San Francisco ASPCA Dog Training Academy(the Harvard of dog training schools), a professional member of the Pet Sitters International Association, and am dog CPR/emergency care certified. I have my professional certification in Dog training and degree in Animal Behavior with a specialty in science based teaching methods(the clicker among others), and working with very aggressive dogs. I have two dogs that are well socialized with dogs of all breeds, shapes, and sizes. Before any reservation is accepted, a meet and greet is mandatory.

Each dog that comes to the Dog Balancing Hotel gets a daily walk, interaction with other dogs, and structured activities to enrich their experience at the Dog Balancing Hotel. I offer dog training, access to an excellent dog groomer, vet, and your dog will be supervised 24/7. I will make sure the your dog(s) stay warm in the winter(we have heating), and cool in the summer (three wireless temperature controlled ceiling fans and a air conditioner) while you enjoy your vacation or weekend trip. We feature DogTV for your dogs entertainment during downtime, aroma, and sound therapy to keep the dogs calm and comfortable.

If you are having behavioral issues with your dog, I work with the owner to counter-condition those behaviors, and teach good behaviors to replace it. The Dog Balancing Training Center and Hotel is a extremely sociable place for dogs. I encourage the dogs to interact with each other to build and improve their social skills, and dog on dog communication skills. As a dog care professional, I will make sure your dog has a first rate visit, and return to you relaxed, well cared for, and with a personal evaluation of your dogs behavior. I follow the American Pet Sitters Association guidelines for dog boarding.
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
Terrence B.
Oakland, CA 94603
151 Reviews
75 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 6 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Moderate

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated September 25, 2016

Credentials

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.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Terrence's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 1 walk/day
  • Pets will sleep in a crate
Training
$75 /hour
151 Reviews
Terrence is a great host! My dog Holly stayed with him for three weeks during the summer. He posted pictures of her on his Facebook page and sent me a couple of messages on how she was doing. She was happy and relaxed when I picked her up. I appreciate the tips I got on my dog's behavior, especially on how to get her in a calmer state.
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Terrence is very knowledgable and professional.
Jax our Jack Russel did not have a dog vacation. He was traumatized the entire 10 days he was there. Although I asked while we were on vacation how he was doing and was told fine. We had asked if he had experience with dogs that had not been socialized and he assured us he did . Jax freaked out to the point of foaming at the mouth the entire time and only fell asleep through pure exhaustion . For 10 days straight this happened and the best he could do to help the situation was cover his crate with a blanket and extend his time outside the cage from 10 to 20 min. Jax is still very jumpy and scared 5 days later He is showing signs of aggression towards people. Who knows what else happened to this poor dog while there. If your dog isn't accustomed to being around other dogs Do Not take him there
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Terry is awesome. Terry is the only person who I trust to care for my boxer and toy poodle when we are away. His doggy hotel is clean, large spaces for the pups to run and roam. The room with spa sitting for the pups is no joke. Terry really took the time to understand the need of our dogs. Thank you Terry for another great stay.
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When you need a good dog sitter, look no further. Terry has an awesome space just for the dogs. He keeps it clean. We have used Terry's service almost every month. Our dogs love it.
Can't get any better than Terry's Dog Hotel. Very relaxing atmosphere. Our dogs love Terry.
Our dogs always have a great time at Terry's.
This was our first experience using DogVacay and it went pretty smoothly. Terry took good care of our doggy for two weeks. Even though he was a bit farther from where I live/work, I liked that he is a trained professional dog handler and has a system down for caring for pets, it gave me peace of mind that my dog would be taken care of responsibly while I was out of the country.
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Terrance is an outstanding dog sitter. We are delighted with the care and attention our dog received and look forward to leaving her with him again. We’ve had some poor experiences with dog sitters in the past and now I’m hesitant to leave her with just anybody. But his depth of knowledge and breath of experience made me feel secure leaving her with Terry. At his suggestion we reluctantly got a crate to make the transition easier. Turns out our dog loves the crate, it's her happy place and she is a happier calmer dog at home. The one drawback is that his pick-up/drop-off times are a bit limiting and it would help if he put that information into his welcome email. But that’s a small inconvenience compared to the security of knowing that my dog is safe and well cared for.
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Terry takes excellent care of my dog every time I need to board her. He is a certified dog trainer who understands dog behavior and dog psychology. Terry creates a stress free environment for my dog and I am free from needless worry whenever I board her at Terry's Dog Balancing Hotel. I highly recommend Terry's services!
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Had a great experience! Will definitely return.
Terry is such a great dog sitter. His doggy hotel is top notch, comfortable and safe for all paws.
Thank you Terry for watching Koa and Duke. They had a great time at your hotel.
Koa had another great stay at Terry's hotel. Terry is our go to guy now. He updates pictures on FB and sends messages letting us know how our dog is doing.
Terrence kept our 9 month old, highly energetic puppy Khaleesi, for a few days last month. When we were looking for someone to keep her we were worried because she is so extremely energetic and needs special attention. After reading all of his great reviews, my husband and I decided on Terrence, despite the reviews we were still worried. But all of that worry went away during the meet and greet. Terrence is amazing! He has everything set up so nicely for all the dogs that stay. Khaleesi roamed around and became comfortable very quickly. After 4 days we picked her up and she was like another puppy, so calm and relaxed. Terrence is very knowledgeable and gave my husband and I some great tips on how to handle our energetic puppy. Thank you so much Terrence!!
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Terrence is the best! I love the personal attention he gives to each dog. He is a professional dog trainer, so I know she's in good hands. Khloe comes back so calm after spending time with Uncle Terry!
We have two dogs and hadn't found a place to board both until now. Terrance is great, the facilities are perfect for our dogs and both came home without being traumatized. He managed both through the July 4th fireworks. We also gained some insights into our dogs behaviors.
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Because of the first boading for my little baby, I was really worried about him. But when I pick him up, I knew he seems very comfortable. I really appreciate his kindness and help.
We are so happy with the care our dog, Yuba receives from Terrence! He has a wonderful set-up, with a chance to rest, play with other puppies and even walks. Yuba happily runs in to greet Terrence each time we bring him!
Terry is very professional and provided our dog with great care and structure while we were away. He brings a thorough and thoughtful approach to his business and treats his clients - both the dogs and their owners - with respect. After a week with Terry, our dog came home calm and required very little readjustment. I will feel comfortable turning to Terry again the next time we need boarding services.
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Best in the Bay! Been taking my dog to Terry's for 3 years now, at least a dozen times a year... I can't believe its been that long.
Terrence definitely understands dogs! He's an excellent resource for training and behavior tips. Your pup will be in good hands.
Terrence is an excellent dog sitter/ trainer. He is passionate about what he does and it shows by how informative he is and how knowledgeable he is. This was our first time using DogVacay and a dog sitter. We used big name companies before and we were not informed about our dog's stay at all. Our dog, Mickey, was nervous, but once he adjusted he relaxed and enjoyed himself. We are so grateful for being referred to Terrence. We will use him in the future.
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This is a long overdue review for our Earl's stay with Terry. First and foremost, Terry was very knowledgeable and experienced. He gave us a lot of recommendations on challenges we were dealing with which we have since applied. As for the stay, we were given updates with details on his Facebook page which is great though we wished it was a little more frequent. But at least we got updates at all. I know our guy was in good hands when we picked him up, he still wanted to follow Terry around. Can't wait to have Earl stay with Terry again.
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This was my 1st time using Dogvacay and only the 2nd time my dog has had to stay away from home. Because her first experience boarding elsewhere was so negative (she came back from the kennel with diarrhea and her sleeping schedule was upside down from stress) I was very weary of boarding. Well thanks to Terry's dog behavior knowledge & routine my 1 year old dog came back perfectly normal with no disruption from her schedule, behavior, or bowel movements. terry took the time to explain some training points which I appreciated. This man knows his stuff. I will be returning with my dog.
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This was our first time away from Coco since we got her as a puppy so we were very nervous about leaving her for 2 weeks! Fortunately Terry took great care of her and she had a lot of fun playing with his dog Ernesto every morning. Since we were not able to access Facebook where we were going, we appreciated that Terry emailed us photos of her every few days so we could see what she was up to. Terry also practiced walking with Coco, as she tends to pull on the leash. At the end of her stay, he gave us helpful tips on how to continue practicing walking with her and other useful training tidbits. We noticed that she seemed to be more calm after her stay at Dog Balancing Hotel as well. We would not hesitate to leave Coco with Terry next time we go out of town.
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Terrence clearly puts a lot of experience and thoughtfulness into the dogs' stay. I appreciated the structure and routine that he brought to Pepper's time with him, including play and exercise but also Kong and nap time!
Our second boarding experience with Terry was in mid-October 2015, so this review is way overdue. Terry did not disappoint again--from the initial email communication to pick-up, Terry was consistent in his professionalism and care of my Moobie. He gave my partner and I a full report of Moobie's behavior and stay, and again provided great advice and reccommendations. He also spent extra time with me and my partner with questions we had about potentially adopting a 2nd dog into our family--which is amazing because Terry is a very busy man! Thanks again Terry, and we look forward to more future reservations with you! -Rhea, Michael & Moobs
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Terry rocks. He always takes great care of our young lady, and he's patient with her when she is less than lady like! With Uncle Terry as our guide, she's growing up into a really great dog! As a first time dog owner with a smart, energetic, and goofy pup, his observations and suggestions are invaluable. We can't wait to start some training with Terry on her jumping and communication skills!
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Terrence took amazing care of my boys Bucket and Dewey! This was the first time I boarded them, but I had full confidence Terrence would be able to handle any situation. Dewey had a blast, but Bucket had a harder time adjusting. Terrence made a point to let me know about this right away and I really appreciated that. He also posted pictures of them on his FB page, which was very nice. Both pups seemed at ease when we picked them up. Would definitely book with Terrence again!
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Terrence is the best! His set up is such that our pup is going to a hotel. He is incredibly aware and thoughtful about how to introduce dogs to his place, to each other, and make each dog (or puppy) feel comfortable. We wouldn't go elsewhere.
Terry always creates a safe environment where Nom can relax. She absolutely adores him, and he shares amazing insights what improve our relationship! She's grown up so much in the past year, and Terry's a big part of her becoming an amazing pup.
what can I say? Leaving my dog(s) with Terry while I'm away is guaranteed peace of mind for me and a fun time for them.
Terry's is great because my pup is happy with routine and structure. She loves Terry's dogs, and I know she's both safe and happy. She pulls me like a sled dog from the car to his gate.
Terry is awesome! From the initial introduction email, through drop-off, and collection, he communicated effectively and with passion. He has a great set-up for his four-legged guests, too! I felt completely comfortable having my dog stay with him.
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We can't say enough good things about our experience with Terrence. This guy really knows what he is doing! Our dog is challenging due to his fear/aggression issues with strangers and Terrence knew exactly how to handle him. After a 5-day vacation, we came home to a happy pup who was clearly comfortable with Terrence and his surroundings during his stay. We will be trusting our dog in his able hands from here on out!!
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Terry really helped us out when we were in a jam. We were able to schedule a meet-and-greet within 24 hours and felt very comfortable with his style and approach to taking care of our pup. Plain and simple: he knows dogs. As a result, he caters his techniques to create a positive experience for dogs with different quirks and needs. Our dog is high energy but has a weak leg, and Terry was able to give him the exercise he needed while keeping an eye on that leg. Terry also gave us training tips on how to work on different skills with our easily-excitable dog. We were also impressed with the thought and care put into his facility. We already booked another stay for an upcoming trip.
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Terry is the best. It's as simple as that. Tatanka always enjoys staying with him--and I enjoy not having to worry about my dog while I'm away. I know he'll be safe, well taken care of, and happy. Peace of mind = priceless.
Bella had another wonderful stay with Terry. She always returns to us in a calm, happy state. We will continue to use Terry's service when we need a sitter!
Terry was a real sweetheart and very accommodating...Gabby and Chloe came home happy and healthy...We are already booked for our next pet holiday with him. Thanks Terry from Nicole, Cassidy, Gabby and Chloe!
Being a 1st time dog owner and a very particular person, I had much anxiety about boarding my pup for an entire week with a complete stranger. After weeks of research, I found dogvacay.com. I checked off every option in the search filter and even though it yielded a handful of hosts, Terry stood out the most.
As I read his detailed profile and 100+ reviews, I felt my anxieties lessen and sent him a message. He quickly responded and with detail.The meet-&-greet was easy to set up, and we met on-time. Punctuality: already a good sign.
During the meet-&-greet, Terry was very detailed and thorough in explaining how his facility operates. He was honest without being rude or pushy, which I greatly appreciated. He has a wealth of knowledge about canines and speaks about it with passion, which is indicative of how much he enjoys his work. His facility is well-kept and clean, and one can tell that he put much thought and consideration into its layout.
As expected, I thought of and missed my pup like crazy, so the pictures/updates on Terry’s Facebook page was greatly appreciated.
Pick-up was a breeze and, again, on-time. Terry was kind enough to spend some time with me and discussed my pup’s stay, and even offered tips and advice which some people usually pay $200 for a 5-week course to learn.
Terry and his business are professional-grade, and at the same time, he maintains a great sense of humor and is very personable. I would use him again, and I highly recommend him!
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Terry is great! You can tell that he's passionate about what he does. He knows a lot and gives you tips after your dog's vacay. Mocha, my German Shepherd, looked like she had a great time with Terry. She really took to him and learned a few new things. She wasn't crate trained before, but Terry said Mocha easily walked in and out of her crate after some training. I would definitely recommend Terry to take care of your dog!
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Plank's stay with Terrence went off without a hitch. The pick up and drop off procedures were seamless and Plank came home happy and well cared for. I would recommend using him to board your dog and I am sure Plank will be seeing him again soon.
Terry is great with my energetic and sometimes sassy puppy. She always comes home calm and socializes so much better for weeks. She even asked me for belly rubs! Who is this dog?!?! Thanks again, Terry!
Terry is awesome. Our Boxer stayed with Terry twice already. He is easy to work with. Our dogs love Terry. He is easy to work with and has great communications. He posts pictures on Facebook. You won't be disappointed with Terry and your dog will be in great care by Terry.
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Our dog had such a great time with Terrence for a week this summer. We received photo updates of our dog during our trip.
Thanks, Terry for once again taking good care of Katie. Also for the follow ups and pics.
The dogs had another wonderful stay with Terrence this weekend. They're always excited to go stay and always come home in the greatest mood. I'm very grateful to have found Terry and Dog Balancing.
Bailey had another awesome stay with Terry - it is so great to go away for a weekend knowing Bailey is well cared for.
Piti, my dog, loves Terrence! And I was very impressed with Terrence's knowledge of dogs and his entire operation. Piti came home like he had been on a vacation too, totally relaxed. The whole family was very satisfied.
Terrence is the perfect DogVacay host for anyone looking for safe, comfortable boarding for their beloved dog. I had recently adopted Katie and didn't know her history, therefore I did not want to board Katie at a home or facility where strange dogs are left unsupervised. Terrence's years of dog training and his in depth knowledge of dog behavior as well as his boarding facility provided the perfect combination of care.
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Outstanding experience with Terry - my dog Bailey was not only well cared for but also came back to me so much more comfortable in his own skin. I look forward to continuing to have Terry look after Bailey.
Terry was great! He accomodated me on an additional day and gave me a recommendation on changing Ace's food. I would definitely book with him again.
This is our pup Biscuit's second time with Terry ... it is clear that this is our dog's home away from home. There is thought and structure to his approach, and with his years of experience training he also provides some insight into our dogs behavior. I've lookeda around and this is our #1 choice for Biscuit.
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Terrence was great with my dog, Hobbes. I boarded him for 3 days on last minute notice for July 4th weekend. He promptly set up a meet and greet. His facility is excellent. It is extremely clean and the dog area is very relaxing and is very well planned out. He is a very knowledgeable dog trainer so I appreciated his expertise in taking care of my dog. I was initially concerned about crating my dog in a traditional boarding area since he roams free at home. However, when I picked him up, he was laying down very comfortably in the crate and seemed very relaxed. I think Hobbes enjoyed his time here!
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I took my dog Ace to Terry for the 4th of July Holiday weekend. I felt very comfortable leaving Ace with Terry as he is very knowledgeable about dogs. He also allowed me to extend my reservation for an additional day which was great. He gave me some great advice and also told me to switch the food I was feeding Ace which I did. I will definitely book another vacay with Terry when the need arises.
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Terry has a nice and unique set up for the dogs - a separate area that is clean, calm and thoughtfully structured. I felt confident that Buck was well cared for while we were on vacation.
When my son picked up Katie she was happy and playful. It was obvious that she had enjoyed her vacation with Terry. I will definitely bring her back the next time I travel. Thanks.
As always, my dogs had a good time with Terry. Anya isn't very social, but she opened up and revealed some of herself to him, and he in turn taught her how to dance. Everybody wins!
My husky was very happy when she got home. I also picked up alot of pointers from Terrence regarding my dog and hukies in general. I highly recommend Terrence.
Once again, Nom had a great time and got all the structure she needs to feel calm and relaxed. Terry always has great insights, and I feel fortunate to have him around. His operation provides tremendous safety, care, expertise, and VALUE.
We've left Princess with Terry twice now and already scheduled another doggy vacation. He combines dog training skills with boarding so we are confident she is in good hands! This is a great option when we can't take her with us.
Even though Bennett can't tell me about his experience, I like how he is mellower now at home. I liked all the tips Terry gave me at "checkout" time, too. Thanks, Terry!
We and our puppy had a great experience with Terry. During the meet and great, Terry clearly and thoroughly explained his approach to dog boarding, which made us super comfortable leaving our puppy with him for 10 days. While on vacation, we appreciated the Facebook photos and updates about how our puppy was doing. On pickup, our puppy looked great and was super happy, and was very affectionate towards Terry. Terry gave us some great pointers and recommendations to work on with our puppy, and even included our puppy in some of his puppy training classes during the boarding period. He also took her for extra walks given her high energy! All in all a great experience, and we'll definitely use Terry in the future.
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Like everyone else, I had a great experience with Terry. He really knows dogs, and my hyper mutt was noticeably calmer after staying with Terry. When I picked him up yesterday, he was clearly very fond of Terry, which I take as a sign that his stay was a good one.

I first came to DogVacay looking for an in-home boarding setup with tons of cuddle time and walks and all that stuff. I was initially a little skeptical of Terry's setup, since at first glance it looks more like traditional boarding, which my dog is not a fan of. It's not traditional boarding. Terry provides thoughtful and empathetic structure to every minute of every day that a dog stays with him—from quiet time in the crate to the daily one hour walk. He also posts periodic photos to his Facebook page, which is a nice touch.
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My dogs loved it here!
We've had our new dog for only 3-1/2 months and were reluctant to leave him any where at all, but a pressing family matter required us to do so.
We had a preliminary meeting with Terry and we discussed our dog's history. His enthusiasm as a dog trainer made us feel that this was the right place for ours. He gave us training and dietary advice
and indicated what kind of care and training he would provide
during our dog's stay. The accommodations were nice, our pooch would have fellow company as well as receive proper exercise. Our new dog definitely learned some old tricks. When we picked him up, Terry reviewed our dog's stay and accomplishments made. He again reinforced his advice and is there for us to call upon him for additional training. We will definitely again use Terry and Dog Balancing.
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Once again, my puppies came home from their one week visit to Terry happy and well cared for. I can't say enough good things about Terry and his caring services!!!!
As always, Nom was happy and healthy when I picked her up. She LOVES coming here, and Terry has such wonderful insights and advice!
I forgot to add that doing this was really easy, painless for me as the dogger owner, smooth, and the people at Dog Vacay are consistent, supportive, and stay in contact! Thanks again Terry and Dog Vacay.
Terry is amazing! I took my tightly wound up terrier Ziva there while I went away. She hadn't been away from me in the 6 months I've had her. She is so relaxed! He not only hosts dogs, but is a certified trainer and behaviorist. He thought about my three dog household while I was away, and gave me solutions to solve them. His vacation villa is called Pepper's Place. It is structured. He does not have a free wheeling place with dogs running to and fro. At first I wondered about this, but I really, really do like this. I know my young, willful terrier would've only been more wound up as a terrier is naturally. I love this place. It is safe, extremely clean, soothing, structured and I will bring Ziva back, as well as my other two for an occasional day stay. Thanks Dog Vacay, and Terry. I have told all my friends about this incredible alternative to big boarding kennels. It's also less expensive, and insured. I feel sure that anyone would be convinced after a meet and greet with Terry!
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Terry is the best--that's all there is to say about it. I tend to be a worrier when it comes to my dog. And it used to be that having to board my dog when I was away was a huge stress. Huge. But that all changed when I met Terry. I do not worry AT ALL when he's taking care of my dog. He understands dogs as well as or better than anyone I've ever known. And he CARES about dogs as much as anyone could. Our dog is always excited to get there and when we pick him up afterward, he's HAPPY, probably a couple of pounds lighter (which he needed!) and tired out--in a good, I've-been-having-a-blast-hanging-out-with-with-my-pals kind of way!
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We were happy to see our puppy on facebook. We chose terrence because we new kiki would be well looked after and safe. We would definitely use terrence again. Anh.
Terry, Bella, and Ernesto are great. Nom was focused, calm, and happy when I picked her up. Terry gave me wonderful tips and insights into her behaviors that are helping me to have a better team leader relationship with Nom. Terry's set up and low number of dogs at any time makes me feel that my pup is safe and getting the attention she needs. Most of all, I boarded with Terry because my dog needs structure, and he really came through on her needs for leadership! She's even better about her crate now. :)
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wonderful as always! I think Tank considers Terry a second dad.
Princess Sophia is the most important living creature in the world to me.
This was the first time we had been separated, since she came into my life.
Because she was so little, my only need was to know she was safe. Terry put me at ease immediately at our first meeting.
When I picked her up a week later, she was perfectly fine, happy and healthy.
Thank you sooo much Terry. You Rock!!!
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As always, our pups came home with many happy tails after staying with Terry. When we go to drop them off, they nose at the gate, anxious to start their vacation...Terry rocks!
I selected Terry to care for Katie because I like his kennel set up and his approach to dog training. Katie comes home calm, happy, and well cared for. I will definitely book Terry again. I can go away and not worry about her when she is at Terry's.
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Another awesome stay! My big baby was happy and healthy when I picked him up. I know he can't wait to stay with Uncle Terry again. :)
Thanks Terry!!! You have a great boutique dog spa and resort. Milo loves being there. I don't think twice about his safety and well being... hard to admit but I think you may take better care of him than I do. Thank you for all of the dietary coaching, I was over feeding him and he was looking more like a piglet than a poodle.
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Once again 5 stars - Milo is full of life and energy. I can tell he had a great time. He actually gets excited when we pull up to your house.
5 - stars for sure. Terry is the best!!! Milo will be back
I am so happy to have met Terry, he's the best! He knows what dogs need and my elderly (and very excitable) German Shepherd, Argos, comes back from Terry's dog hotel happy, relaxed, and on better behavior than he has ever been. Terry is an amazing trainer and a super fun person to be around. I have left Argos with Terry twice now and will be back again.
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Terry is awesome! Going to book again in a couple weeks!
Meet-N-Greet
Terry took time to explain his training principles. I strongly believe in pack leadership myself and I was relieved Terry shares the same foundation.

Boarding Experience
With Terry’s help, my beautiful pup overcome some fears and gained confidence. And he seems to be more engaged and focused on me. His recall improved. He pays less attention to “unbalanced” dogs and chooses not to play with them and sets boundaries with dominant dogs.

I spend a LOT of time and energy training my pup and I was concerned whether or not I’d need to retrain him when I brought him home. But there’s absolutely no need. In fact, he behaves better now. Terry helped to bring out the best in my pup and sharpened his existing skills. I HIGHLY recommend Terry. He knows how to work with any dog and any temperament.
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The outdoor space wasn't exactly what I expected (mostly concrete), but Terrence took good care of my dog on a short notice reservation.
This is the best place to leave your dog if you need someone who knows the proper way to care for a dog. Terry goes the extra mile every time. He takes such good care of my dog that, to be honest, I'm a bit jealous and I might just make my next vacation at the dog balancing hotel as well ;) . But seriously, you can go on vacation and not have to worry about for a second that your dog isnt getting the proper care and attention. Still my 'go to' place for my pup.
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Our dogs had another great stay with Terry! We are happy to have him nearby. Our girls are always relaxed and enjoy their time there.
Terrence is very knowledgable and loves what he does. His facility is very clean and has relaxing music playing in the area where all the dogs stay. I would recommend Terrence for anyone who is looking for a professional, experienced and knowledgable dog sitter.


Thank you Terrence!
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Terry accepted our dog a day early on very late notice, and as always, provided great care while we had a weekend getaway. Thanks Terry!
The rest of the reviewers aren't lying -- Terry is awesome. He has a ton of experience and is excellent at reading dogs and understanding their behavior. During the initial meet-and-greet, he really took the time to describe his philosophy, give an explanation of the daily pack routine, and give a tour of the living quarters for the dogs. I immediately trusted him and knew he would take good care of my dog, Bella.

He is also extremely personable and I really enjoyed chatting with him when dropping off and picking up Bella. She had a blast with Terry and I will be contacting him anytime I go out of town in the future!
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I just boarded my beloved pit bull mix with Terry at Dog Balancing for the first time, after many years with another company.
I was very pleased. Terry is very knowledgable about dogs and thier behavior, and about thier owners behavior:) He is a very effective leader; seeing him walk 5 or 6 dogs down the street with perfect order is very impressive! My dog was very comfortable at his place and with him as soon as we arrived for our meet and greet.It was great to be able to see pictures of her posted while I was away. My dog came back to me happy and relaxed and looking great. (She even learned a thing or two!) I was unexpectedly stuck out of town an extra day and Terry handled it in stride.I have already booked my next boarding with him, and would feel very confidant in recommending him.
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Terry has boarded our prince and princess Westies before. They always come home happy and clearly having had a great time. Terry is the best!
We were so happy to find Terry after our previous dog sitters had to stop boarding on short notice. Our pugs had a great stay and came back relaxed and at ease. Terry is so great with dogs. We got a couple message updates and photos during our trip which were greatly appreciated. The pugs seemed to enjoy their stay and we plan to book with Terry again in the future.
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I just moved to Oakland and needed to go out of town for business. I always have a bit of anxiety when leaving Brandy with someone new. Terry is very knowledgable. It worked out great and I will definitely bring her back.
I must admit that since our Dobie is 100% house dog, we had concerns about her adapting to a civilized crate environment. His approach provided a clean, serene setting in which he NEVER had to force her to enter the crate. She did so voluntarily. I knew the real test would be in how our dog responded to us when we returned. Last time we tried a high end crate kennel in Oakland, she ignored us for days after we picked her up. This time she was a happy dog with no complaints. Terrence also had excellent suggestions for keeping our dog fit, likely extending her life.
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Terry is an absolute delight! He loves what he does and it shows. He really knows his stuff, and you can tell that all the dogs are super happy to be there. He provides a calming, stable environment for your dog. There's never more than 5 dogs there to enjoy the aromatic, fanned (air-conditioned if needed), pleasant dog room; with Mozart! The yard with faux fire hydrant is designed perfectly. Nori was comfortable from the interview to the moment I picked her up.
I loved that Terry posted picture of her progress on Facebook and kept me posted via email as well. She learned how to walk in a pack and got along great with her new friends. Terry even honed in on the fact that Nori lives for Toys, so they played "fetch" in the mornings. (she doesn't always bring them back.) ;)
I will definitely be rebooking with Terry and Dog Balancing! :)
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Terry was GREAT!! We have a cattle dog named Cody, who is antisocial to pretty much everyone but his family. We were worried to leave him with any caregiver, as well as finding a sitter who would agree to take care of a dog with a semi aggressive personality. At once, Terry put our minds at ease, he basically claimed he would let Cody be. From the beginning, Cody was calm and relaxed and he seemed to approve if his sitter. Also, Terry was nice enough to put photos on FB letting us see our pup while we were away. We will definitely choose Terry again for any care we need in the future!!
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Perfect as always--Terry is the only person I know in the bay area who I can leave my dog with and have my mind totally at ease while either on business or vacation. He is excellent at what he does and Star comes back happy as ever each time I return.
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This is the second time I've boarded my dog with Terry and he does a great job. I dropped off a dog with a beer gut and came home to one that looked fit as he was a couple years ago. Terry knows that dogs need rules; fun has its place but order does too. Terry will love your dog but he won't spoil it.
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This might be my 4th review for Terry. This time I was in a big pinch with moving and traveling for 10 days so I needed to leave Rodney for 3 weeks... the longest time we've been separated. Terry called and posted pics to FB frequently and I was very at ease. Rodney's discipline doesn't skip a beat and always comes back more trained. I've made the trip from Palo Alto and San Francisco to drop off Rodney here and the travel time ain't no thang.
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Terry is a very experienced professional that I am thankful we found for a 4 day long weekend during which we needed to board our 8 month old dog. He appears to do this pretty much full time, and has a backyard and kennel room where he usually keeps about 5 dogs at a time. I'd note this is more of a kennel set-up, with crates for the dogs and a regimented routine, than it is just a family house, which can be good or bad depending on your preference. I believe a strong pack leader is the most important psychological factor for a dog, though, and Terry certainly has that. He is very generous with tips and feedback on your dog, which all made a lot of sense. Unfortunately, Zorro was still extremely stressed after his time there, and exhibited quite a few negative symptoms the day we picked him up. That could be due to any number of factors though, many outside of Terry's control. I would still be happy to use Terry again in the future, but we may also consider alternatives such as a sitter at home just to see if Zorro responds better to remaining in a familiar environment. I would stress the importance of being realistic about any kennel stay, and how any dog will manifest anxiety, while giving a ton of credit to Terry for giving all that he can and being such an expert in dog psychology.
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I can't thank Terence enough for taking such good care of my sweet Libby girl. I was really impressed with the facility, not only just how clean it is but how beautifully Terence set everything up. The dogs are in a temperature controlled facility with music and aromatherapy. You do not get a sense that this is a boarding kennel, but rather a boarding spa.

Terence is also wonderful with all the dogs. He is responsive, professional, caring and overall just a wonderful person to work with. I highly recommend him!
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My two pups had a great time with Terry. One of them can be a bit anxious around other dogs, and has been quite frazzled when we've picked them other care facilities. Not the case with Terry - both pups were happy and stress-free when I picked them up. We look forward to using Terry again soon!
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As always, Terry was a great caretaker for our dog, Adobe. Terry is kind and effective with dogs, and he is a great conversationalist, to boot. He provides a service that is a mix between traditional kennel boarding and doggy daycare/training, which suits our dog and family's needs perfectly.
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Princess had a great stay with Terrence. It was her first visit and a long one - 10 days - so I was worried about leaving her. But Terrence is very dog knowledgable and sent regular updates and photos and pretty soon I was relaxed and enjoying my vacation. When we got back, Princess looked great and as an added bonus, our walks together improved from her Terrence time! She actually passed another dog without getting all excited! Thanks Terrence. Until next time...
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Terry was great for Apollo. My pet sitter didn't work out last minute like the day before I was supposed to leave on my trip. Terry was extra accommodating with my work schedule to drop Apollo off before my trip, and to make it worse my flight was delayed coming home and I was late picking up Apollo as well. Terry was more than welcome with the situation.

As far as Apollo he had a great time. He has never been crated and suffers from anxiety. Terry was able to help him overcome his anxiety and help him use the crate provided for him.

I will be using Terry again in the future.

Thank you so much.

Ryan
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Mamba had another great vacation with Terry. She is doing better and better with other dogs and it is just amazing! I guess we need to go to vacation more often ;) Thank you Terry
Once again, my dogs had a good vacay with Terry. He is so sensitive to their needs and responsive to their wishes that they feel quite at home, relaxed and comfortable. That is huge because one of them was formerly a feral street dog, afraid of everyone. With this visit, Terry became his friend and he overcame his fear. Thank you Terry!
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Terry was incredibly kind and informative. My dog has grown because of this experience. She was able to socialize with dogs both young, old, big and small. Terry takes great pride in what he does and it shows. Thank you Terry!
Each visit just gets better with Terry. This review is for our 4th longterm visit... we already have our next stay planned for 8 nights in July. Rodney gets great 1:1 time with Terry, his pack, and an assortment of other dogs he trains daily. Terry has expert instincts and assessments of each dog that comes through his gate which provides a safe and happy environment. I get invaluable 'balancing tips' each time I drop off/pickup and I love seeing Rodney's behavioral improvements!
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I always leave my dogs with Terry and they're always happy to be there. During our conversation, Terry commended me for providing a relaxed environment where my dogs can flourish; I return that--the environment at his place allows my dogs to flourish even away from home. Terry understands dogs and what they need, and that's really worth more than five stars.
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We've been working with Terry for over half a year now. We bring our 4-year old pittie mix, Manu to Terry's daycare three times a week primarily to keep our dog socialized and well balanced. Manu is a 100-lb, super energized dog and would be a challenge for anyone, but Terry handles him like it's everyday business thanks to his experience, patience and knowledge.

We also use Terry for long term care. Either way, Manu always comes back relaxed and very happy.
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We are a fortunate couple that found a professional to take care of our four legged family member, when we travel.
At the Dog Balancing Hotel, we never need to worry about our dog; she is well cared for, looks better when we come back, and enjoys the time with Terrance and her selected playmates
Sincerely
The Olson Family
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Terrance was great to work with, very exact in every detail from drop off to pick up and everything in between. The yard and "hotel" where they stayed were immaculate to say the least, very clean and detailed down to the lavendar aromatherapy to keep everyone cool, calm and relaxed. Terrance know dogs and treats them well and likewise the dogs respected him. They came home happy and relaxed from their own little vacay as well. We interviewed different people and noticed that different people brought out different behaviors from our dogs so it was good to see the different energy levels/behaviors brought out by the different potential hosts. We chose Terrance because he provided a little more structure/balance that we felt the girls needed even though we would have preferred more off leash adventures. We enjoyed receiving the little update on them while we were away and it made our trip less worrisome knowing they were in good, capable hands.
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Terry - Once again you have provided excellent care and customer service. Out miniature Poodle, Tyler passed away a month ago and we recently adopted Milo, a poodle-whatever. Milo is all of 6 pounds and a great escape artist. We were very nervous about leaving him especially in a new yard. Thank you for showing us how you have added fencing to prevent little dogs from squeaking through AND the escape preventer that you made that goes on the dogs collar. A very clever shape that is too big to make it through the fence even if the dog was somehow able to make it out. That made us totally comfortable in leaving him. I also thought it was interesting that each dog does a perimeter check when they arrive and that you have taken precautions for the "jumpers" so they can catapult off the trash bins to freedom.. It is obvious that you have taken every measure to make sure our dogs are safe. Because you supervise the play time we did not have to worry about Rocco and Milo's roughhousing with other dogs that might get carried away. Thanks again!!!
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We just picked up Mamba from Terrence, she seems happy and tiered. Mamba makes a few new friends which is great because she hasn't been very friendly lately. I'm glad that we chose Terrence (even though we have to drive for 40 minutes) and we will come back for sure!
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Just picked up my pup Rodney from his second visit with Terrence and I can't emphasize how much we enjoy Dog Balancing. I drive about 35 miles to Oakland because my pup has the biggest smile when I drop him off and pick him up. Just check out Terrence's facebook page for the pics - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dog-Balancing/508616652534799
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Terry is an absolute expert in every sense of the word. He provided excellent care for our dog who definitely needs some extra care. He has an excellent setup for the dogs that you can tell he has put a lot of time and effort into. We have, without a doubt, found our new "go to" place with the Dog Balancing School.
I received great, positive updates from Terry while our dog was in his care and not once did I receive any complaints or problems from him about Stars behavior because he is, through and through, an expert. Extremely satisfied with my experience and we will be enrolling in classes with him in the very near future!
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Terry once again provided a warm, welcoming place for our 2 Westies to stay. They came home happy and tired from all the play and attention they got while we were off having some human time without them. I am soooo glad that we have met Terry!
Maggie had a really great time at Terry's place. She had so much fun that she slept the whole afternoon after we picked her up (usually she's excited all the time!).Terry really knows what he is doing and explains everything so we were not worried at all.
We will come back for sure!
Thanks Terry.
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I carefully read all of the reviews before selecting your place for Rocco to stay. I was impressed by the overwhelming positive responses given by the people who had left their dogs in your care. I appreciated your professionalism and the way that you you create a safe environment for the dogs to play in because Rocco is a smaller dog. You carefully pick pairs and trios of dogs to share the play yard at one time. Thank you for not just letting all the dogs play all at once, and watching for the best combinations. Safety is really important because you have a mix of different size dogs, and I appreciate your care that you gave to Rocco's safety. I also liked the regimen that you have, for taking care of the dogs, keeping your facility impeccably clean, and the walks that you take the dogs on. I was a little surprised at the one review, where the woman claimed that her dog lost 8 or 10 pounds - did she weigh the dog? I really don’t see how this is possible, even over a week’s time frame, unless the dog was sick.

Please add my positive response and evaluation of your facility to the many others in overwhelming support of your business. Rocco will return for many future visits. Thank you.
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I can't say enough about Terrence. He's absolutely the BEST. My dog has a great time staying at the Dog Balancing Hotel. He gets to socialize with other dogs and I know he's being extremely well taken care of by someone who really cares for dogs and takes the time to get to know each one.
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This was my first time I had used dog vacay, when I started meet and greets I was quite impressed and wanted to pick the best fit. Terrence, with 5 stars, seemed to be perfect for us and our dog. He said that I brought the food so I measured it out in exactly what she needed for her stay. I was very shocked when he gave me half the food back and said that he didn't think she needed to be fed that much because he thought her breed (or what he thought was her breed) should be thinner. He did not bother to contact me to discuss this matter of changing her diet. She lost 8 lbs during her 7 day stay which was very disconcerting along with her chewing her collar off. However, Natti did make a great friend who she played with nonstop, that is, until Terrence said he had to separate them for playing "to well" because they did not respond to his commands. Dogs will be dogs I suppose. I know Terrence has a very good track record which is why I picked him to watch my puppy. However, when paying someone ahead and giving them direct instructions on how your dog should be fed, because she is a fast growing puppy and coming home to a pup almost 10 lbs lighter is concerning. This is only my experience as I know many others have had some quite the opposite, however I will not be using Terrence to watch my dog again in the future.
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Our dog had an excellent time with Terry. She came home exhausted from spending so much time playing with Terry's dog. Our dog was recently diagnosed with Addison's disease and she requires a daily pill and someone to just watch and make sure her behavior is normal. She did great with Terry and had no problems at all. I would definitely recommend Terry as a fantastic dog sitter!
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Terry had our 2 Westies for 2 weeks and they almost didn't want to come home. He has a wonderful, climate controlled indoor area for them to play when the weather is unfavorable, and a yard that is dedicated to dog play and needs. During New Years Eve, when fireworks were being detonated in the area, he spent time with the dogs, provided aroma therapy and kept them happy. He clearly knows how to "read" dogs, and is extremely affectionate with his charges. 8 paws up for Terry!
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Our dog Bandit had a great stay with Terrence over the Christmas holiday! Terrence take meticulous care of his dogs!! Thanks!
Terry took care of our dog, Adobe for a week while we were out of town for the holidays. We could not be happier with the care that Adobe received. Terry obviously takes his profession very seriously and his skill shows both in our dog's attitude and through the training advice that he sent us home with. We will definitely come back and will recommend this service to others. Thanks, Terry!
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Terry took great care of Wendy while we were gone over thanksgiving. It's great that he keeps a space customized for dogs, is so present with them and has the experience to add observation and training while he's boarding her. I suspect if she could speak, Wendy would ask to go back again this Christmas.
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This year my family decided to come visit me for Thanksgiving and I needed a place for my puppy Rodney to stay while we toured the coast. My "Go To" sitter was booked so I needed to start the process of finding a new home and sitter, which is always tough... emotionally : ) Thanks again to Dog Vacay, I found Terrence who had 21 reviews & 5 Stars across the board (now 22 : )

Terrence was terrific with acquainting Rodney and I to the new home, his pack, and training philosophies. I left feeling very comfortable and had no worries throughout my vacation.

I'm very happy to know Terrence and Dog Balance Training, and would highly reccomend.
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Great experience
As always, my dogs were comfortable and relaxed when I picked them up--they've stayed with Terrence before and they seem to enjoy it. And I feel confident that they're in good hands.
This was my first time to leave my two Welch Corgis @ Dog Vacay other any boarder. My dogs and I and could not have had a better experience. Terry is a customer service boarder extraordinare. His facility is immaculate and the setup is designed to make every dog and owner feel comfortable, ssafe and happy. Terry has extensive knowledge and skill in dog management and relating to each individual dog's needs, wants and personality ie., he speaks "dog." Consequently, Terry's kennel is an orderly, highly organized and peaceful environment. I definitely will board my dogs with Terry without reservation, in the future.
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Terry was awesome! You can tell he really loves dogs and knows his stuff.

When you leave your dog, they're not only getting attention and a place to sleep, but training too!

Terry was very accommodating and flexible with pick up/drop off times too. All around, a very, very good experience.
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It is pretty clear that Terrence understands dogs and has an extensive background in behavioral training. There is no doubt in my mind that my dog was well taken care of while boarded with Terrence and he came home with a smile.
Louis loves going to stay with Terrence, he always has a great time and is exhausted and happy when I pick him up.

Not only does Terrence have an excellent facility to host the pups in, but he is always well in control of the pack.

I will definitely be booking with Terrence again!
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This was the second time I've left my dogs with Terrence, and I was not disappointed. Someone else's four dogs is a huge project but he did it easily. He understands dogs and enjoys their company. That's enough for me!
Terry is awesome. I was dreading having to leave my dog for three weeks because he's the world's biggest baby, but Terry was very reassuring and quickly put me at ease. He's so enthusiastic and his experience, love for dogs and understanding of them are immediately apparent. It was a huge relief knowing that we were leaving Tatanka in such good hands.The way Tatanka hit it off with Terry's dog during our meet-and-greet left me hopeful that he would enjoy his 'vacation' as much as we would. By all accounts, he did!

I would absolutely recommend Terry and will definitely be booking him again whenever the need arises. We seriously could not have asked for a better fit or a better experience for our dog.
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Terrence was an absolute godsend for my family. I left my dog with him for our first time ever being apart. I was a bit anxious about boarding her and how she would respond. During the meet and greet Terrence explained the way each day goes for the dogs clearly to put me at ease. It's obvious he knows dogs and loves caring for them. There was plenty of room for her to play with other dogs and everything was spotless and secure.
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Terri was great with Dottie. He sent pictures so I felt better leaving her and seeing how well she was adjusted. Terri is very knowledgeable and loving towards all the dogs. I like the fact that Dottie is not left alone and has Terri's dogs to play with. I will definitely use him again.
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Terrence was an instant fit for me and my dog, and he is very accommodating with my schedule. Buckeye came home happy after her first night staying with Terrence, and I was happy because she was able to play with other dogs. I feel a major sigh of relief that I found him because I will be traveling a lot in the next few months, and now I know Buckeye will be very well cared for while I'm away! Terrence's vast experience in dog training and behavior is easily apparent in his interaction with and observations of the dogs in his care, and he constantly gives great advice on how I can be better with my dog. He has nice good-sized inside and outside areas for the dogs to lounge and play in.

I'm also getting some training sessions from Terrence so I can Buckeye and I are more balanced all the time and I'm very excited about it!

I would recommend Terrence to any friend who might need dog boarding or training.
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Terry is great, Louis had an amazing time and was relaxed and happy when I picked him up from his vacation. He had a great time with both the resident and visiting dogs, I love that my puppy was able to make some friends while staying with Terry!

It is clear that Terry knows what he is doing when it comes to the dogs, and had some great advise for me as an owner to build an even better relationship with my dog. In fact we are having him over to our house for a consultation so he can assess Louis and my roommate's puppy in their natural environment!

I will definitely be booking with Terry again as well as scheduling some training and daycare sessions!
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You did a great job.
Terrence has been very accommodating with my schedule and needs. He is also training Roma to be a better behaved doggy and have provided valuable insight regarding interaction with Roma. I would recommend Terrence to any friend who might need dog boarding or training.
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Wow, what an incredible find I have in Terrance! He is absolutely terrific! My two dogs adore him, they just spent the last month in his care while we were out of the country and we came back to two happy, well loved dogs. And he even trained them to lay down on command! He is just terrific - besides being great with dogs, he is flexible with the schedule and very reasonably priced.. I don't worry about what to do with the dogs when we go out out town anymore. I highly recommend him!
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Terrence is very accommodating, down to earth, and full of good advice. After our meet & greet I felt confident he would take great care of my dog. When I picked him up 2 weeks later, the dog was better trained than when I'd dropped him off. I will definitely have Terrence board my dog again. He also offers training classes.
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Terry is the best! He is an expert with all dogs, and has recently renovated his home and outdoor area to be even more dog-centric and comfortable for the hounds....I feel entirely safe leaving my dog with him.
Terrence was a great host and took good care of Rico over the weekend. His prices were fair, he had enough space for him and good playmates. Also, very convenient and flexible around pickup and drop off, which made a big difference.
Terrence is great with dogs! He made me feel at ease from the moment we met and I saw how his house and his life revolve around his dogs and those he cares for and trains! He is very experienced with dogs, is home all day with them, and takes great care of the dogs in his home. His day is structured to create a comfortable experience for the dogs; with walks, outside time, play time, and indoor time. Because he trains dogs as well, he is very good with tips and appropriate boundaries for the dogs visiting. Amber had a great time there and we look forward to her next stay! Thanks Terry!!
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Terrence understands dogs. This made a huge difference to mine--he kept my 2 big dogs, each one nervous about a different aspect, and he understood and dealt perfectly with their anxiety. I will definitely bring them back!
Terri was a great host. He asked me alot of questions about Dottie and did a great job of making her feel at home. He sent me pictures of her playing and sleeping which put my mind at ease. Terri has alot of experience as a dog trainer and he also has 3 dogs of his own. I was happy that Dottie had playmates and that Terri is there to supervise her all the time. Terri also went out of his way, giving me training tips and recommended this great ointment for her elbow callous problem. When I picked up Dottie she was happy and relaxed. My dog is part of my family and I felt very comfortable leaving Dottie with Terri. I would highly recommend Terri to anyone needing a dog sitter.
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