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Steven O.

46 Reviews
31 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered
Must Be Vaccinated
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents

Steven's Resident Pets

Shelby
Australian Shepherd
Female
5 yr 9 mo old

Steven's House

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Outdoor area
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Steven

21 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
As a dog owner for over 20 years I know that they are not just our pets but members of our families. Whenever I have to leave my 5 year old Australian Shepherd Shelby for an extended period I always make sure to find a trustworthy, caring home where she will get the attention and exercise that you're just not going to find in a typical kennel scenario. This is just the kind of care that I can provide for your family members.

I am currently working out of my home, which means lots of free time for dog related activities. Its a nice sized house with plenty of yard space. More than enough room for frolicking or just stretching out and relaxing. In addition, I'm in a lovely Pikesville neighborhood with quiet streets - miles of potential walks. I am also a member of the Paw Point dog park in Lake Roland, and if you are as well it would be great fun having your dog join us when Shelby and I go to socialize with other dogs. In short you can expect that any member of your family will be treated like one of my own.

For potential new guests I recommend arranging a meet-n-greet prior to creating a reservation request. A meet-n-greet is a great way to determine if our dogs are comfortable with each other, plus it gives us a chance to talk and for me to find out a bit more about your pup's needs and your expectations.

I look forward to hearing from you and meeting your precious family.

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Steven O.

46 Reviews
31 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 4 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 28, 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.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Steven's Home
$35 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$45 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for more than 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Daycare At Steven's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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46 Reviews
Steven is a warm and easygoing host who makes our beagle mix feel completely at home. Excellent communication before and during the stay. Thanks!
Steven is a great dog host. He is always my first choice when we need a dog sitter!
My family recently went on vacation for 6 days and it was our dog's first time being away from our family boarding overnight with someone else. We were concerned about finding the right sitter for our yorkipoo then we came across Steven who had years of experience, we arranged a meet & greet to see how our dogs connected, no problems during short introduction. Steven was very professional interested in our routine, very knowledgeable about dog behavior, I was able to ask him questions. Overall our dog had a great time when we were away met new friends who Steven was also watching. I would definitely recommend Steven to anyone who was looking for someone to treat your dog like their very own. Communication was great & he was flexible!

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Steven was very thorough in asking questions about our dog, to make sure that she fit in well with the other doggy guests. We received several pictures while we were on our stay, and our dog was very happy when we came to get her.

We would definitely send our dog to stay with Steven again!
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Steven O was fantastic for us. We had a meet and greet, which is always a good idea especially with a "HUGE' dog like our dog Simba. Steve listenened to our concerns and even offered helpful advice to help us on our first DogVacay. He sent us daily udates with pictures. We would definitely use Steve again!
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This was our first time using dog vaycay. We just moved 12 hours from home, so we no longer have family to watch our dog Harper when we go away. We were a little nervous at first, but Steven was an awesome host. Like all the other reviews we really appreciated the daily photo updates. We liked that he was willing to meet before hand to make sure it was a good fit. He was very thorough with his questions and expectations which made us feel very comfortable leaving Harper. It went so well that we've already made our next booking. I think she may just like him more than us!!
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Amazing sitter. Dogs came home happy. We received daily email updates as promised which made our family feel like our dogs were in great hands. Would totally leave our dogs in Steven's hands again.
Steven is amazing and we are SO lucky that we found him. We hope to use him for YEARS to come!!
Steven was a warm and conscientious host who took excellent care of our beagle mix. We received daily emails and pictures showing us the good time she was having. Steven seemed very tuned-in to the individual characteristics of the dogs he was caring for. We would not hesitate to use him again.
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I received pictures every day of my dog during his stay with Steven and the other overnight guest. One thing I wasn’t a fan of was an email stating that my dog has “hyperactive moment here and there, and as such can be a bit of a nuisance now and again.” Other than that one email I was happy with the service.
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This was our first time using dogvacay and so happy we found Steven to take care of our corgi Chase. Very impressed with the level of communication we received and it was nice knowing that Chase felt right at home. Will definitely have Chase stay with Steven again!
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Steven is very thorough and engaged in his dog sitting duties. I have no doubt that my dog is in excellent hands when staying at his home.
Our six month old Golden Doodle pup enjoys her visits with Steve. He takes great care of her and we have total peace of mind when Molly is with him. We appreciate pictures during her stay . Steve can usually accommodate on short notice which we really appreciate.
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Our dog loves staying with Steven! We trust him and appreciate the e-mail updates.
Steven did a wonderful job watching Finley. He was able to accommodate us on short notice when we had an invitation from friends. Steven took time to ask in depth questions about Finley's daily habits and we were very impressed with his professional manner. Even though Finley only had an overnight stay, Steven updated us with pictures.

We would definitely use Steven again!
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Excellent stay with Steven. Mickey enjoyed the daily walks and the other dogs. Great communication. Mickey came home in excellent shape. Will be using Steven again! Thanks!!
Steven was the best host I've had through Dog Vacay by FAR. He was knowledgeable, caring, flexible with drop off and pick up times, and made Sterling feel right at home. I was most impressed by his concern for Sterling's needs. I've had hosts before that have rolled their eyes when I was concerned leaving my dog. Steven went so far as to ask where Sterling likes to sleep, how often he eats, and how his anxiety might show up when I drop him off. I would recommend Steven 100%!
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Steven O took the best care of our miniature schnauzer, Emi. He took her for long walks every day and even allowed her to sleep in his bed. She came home clean, happy, and well rested. I will definitely take her to his home again!
Steven was great with my two little dogs! It was their first time being away from family members so they were a little worried and so was I. However my worry was assuaged when Steven sent us pictures of how the two were doing and a message as well; they seemed like happy little clams. Thank you so much for taking care of my little ones while we were gone!!
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Had a last minute change of plans and Steven was totally accommodating. As always, our pooch was happy and relaxed when we got him home - no break in routine. Steven is a pleasure to work with - can't recommend him highly enough.
Our pup's second stay with Steven was as great as the first. We had total peace of mind and came home to a happy, untraumatized dog. Have already booked our 3rd stay.
This was Otto's first time being away from us for more than just an afternoon and evening, and naturally we were pretty worried as to how he would fare in his usual spoiled condition. In this regard, Steven was the best dog-sitter we could find. Even before Otto's stay, Steven was asking us details about how he acts at home, his schedule, routines, etc. Throughout our vacation, Steven was sending us daily status updates with pictures of Otto, calming us about how well Otto was adjusting to a new home. If we ever need to leave Otto by himself again, Steven is definitely our top and only choice.
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I can't say enough good things about Steven. From the meet and greet, to setting up the stay, to during the stay, and then the pickup; Steven was extremely easy to work with and very professional. I never once worried about my pup while I was away because not only did Steven send pictures daily, but he also gave detailed descriptions of how my pup was settling in every day. Steven is big on making sure that all of his guests get enough exercise, so he takes them on frequent walks every day. Overall, I think the biggest thing is knowing that the person you are trusting your pup with while you are away cares as much about your furry friend as you do, and that is very clearly the case with Steven. I would highly recommend Steven's services to anyone and I will definitely be using him again in the future. Thanks again, Steven!
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Our pup, Scout, had a great stay with Steven over Spring Break. He kept us updated with messages and pictures, and we know Scout was well cared for during the week. Thanks again, Steven!
We left our Standard Poodle with Steven for 10 days and were totally satisfied with the experience. We received periodic messages and photos of our pooch and felt assured that he was safe and being cared for and loved. When we returned home, he seemed completely relaxed and happy - no signs of the trauma that sometimes results from a kennel stay. Steven, his lovely dog, Shelby, and his family provided our pup with the perfect home-away-from-home. We can't recommend him highly enough!
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Steven cared for our dog as if it were his own! We couldn't have asked for more. He was responsive to, and understanding of, our concerns about our rescue dog who needs a bit of extra TLC. I am thrilled to have found such a great caretaker.
Every visit Sam has had with Steven has been great. This last visit, we were away for over 2 weeks and were so comfortable leaving Sam with Steven knowing how much he cares! We received updates and fantastic pictures!
We highly recommend Steven! Sam thinks he's the best!
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Steven was a perfect host for my dog. I felt totally comfortable leaving him with Steven and I know that he received quality care. Steven even took him to a dog park. Can't recommend him highly enough.
Our dog has had 2 great stays. We feel very comfortable with Steve and will use him in the future.
I cannot express how great Steven was! I had a problem with a boarding place last minute and was desperately looking for someone to take care of my baby, and Steven was SO flexible and willing to work with me! We talked on the phone and allowed me to come by that day to see if Sadie would be a good fit for his house. He was very thorough, asked me a lot of questions, and made me feel SO comfortable about leaving Sadie with him for the full week and a half. Steven was great and sent me pictures and updates every day and Sadie had an AMAZING time! Again I cannot express how great Steven was and how comforting it was to know my baby was having a great time and was being well cared for. I would definitely recommend this service and Steven O for anyone's boarding needs!
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Steven was a wonderful host, very professional and obviously knowledgable about dogs. We met with him prior to her stay, which I think is critical to assure that the fit is good for all. My timid mini poodle had a great stay, and I recommend Steven to anyone who is looking for a competent, kind, and insightful host.
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Steven did a great job taking care of Finley and Huck. Communication was frequent and detailed..and I felt confident that my boys were in good hands. Both Finley and Huck appeared happy and well taken care of when I arrived to take them home. Steven clearly knows dogs well...and was both observant and patient of Huck's 5 month old puppy behaviors. Thanks for a great experience.
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Our beagle, Daisy, had an overnight stay with Steven and Shelby. We met with them beforehand to make sure the two dogs would be compatible (they were) and to go over any questions we had and discuss Daisy's habits/needs. Steven made sure to carefully introduce Daisy to other guest dogs during her stay since she is a shy puppy :) We even received some photos of Daisy relaxing during her stay. I highly recommend Steven and definitely plan on booking with him the next time we need a dog sitter.
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What a wonderful experience. Steven is so great with Sam and he had such a great day with Steve and Shelby that he was a little sad when he came home. I would recommend Steven to anyone who wants their pets taken care of with lots of love.
He was terrific but said he was not a good fit for my puppy
Steven and Shelby were both Pawtastic with my daschund beagle, Kyway. Steven is the first host whom asked for a completed survey to get to know my dogs needs and behavior prior to her stay. I was truly impressed with his attention and care for my dog. We will definitely be using his services again and recommend him to others as well!
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We left our precious bulldog, Sarge, with Steven for one week while we were on vacation in Florida. Our entire family felt so comfortable after meeting Steven and his sweet dog Shelby. Steven is a loving caretaker who wants to take care of your dog like you do in your own home. He sent us daily email updates and pictures, which my sons loved! It made us feel better knowing that Sarge was having such a good time. I can't thank Steven enough for his expert loving care of Sarge. We will absolutely use him in the future!
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I was recently referred to DogVacy by a family member. I did a search for hosts in my area and found a number of convenient choices. Steve O's profile jumped out at me.

I contacted Steve and he recommended a meet & greet so we, and our pups, could get to know one another. It went great. Steve could not have been nicer or more professional. His dog, Shelby, is a sweetheart. I felt completely comfortable with Steve, and so did my dog Brookie.

I reserved a weekend stay for Brookie soon after we met. Steve was flexible and accommodating, made pick up and drop off as easy as could be (for me and Brookie) and kept in touch over the weekend with email updates and pictures. This is the kind of attention you just can't get from a traditional kennel.

I plan to have Brookie stay with Steve whenever we travel without her. I recommend Steve without hesitation.
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Steven watched our 10 month old lab pup over the weekend and did a great job! I knew that he was in good hands the entire time, with Steven sending pictures in emails of their walks and whether or not his favorite ball had gone missing yet. I would definitely recommend Steven, especially if you value someone who is conscientious.
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Steven watched our pug Yoshi while we went out of town and it all went great. He sent us daily updates with pictures and I didn't feel nervous at all with Yoshi staying with Steven. He lives in a nice, quiet neighborhood with ample room to walk dogs. His dog Shelby is very sweet and Yoshi was fine around her. I'm very glad we found Steven on dogvacay!
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Steven was great. He kept Oliver active all weekend even through the rain. I would definitely recommend him!
Steve is a terrific pet sitter and I recommend him highly. His home is warm and inviting, and his dog Shelby is very friendly and welcoming. Steve lives in a nice suburban neighborhood with minimal traffic. Many of his neighbors also have dogs, and they can also be seen walking their pets. Steve sent me daily photos to show how my dog was doing. I would definitely use Steve again!
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Tosha clearly had a comfortable, stress-free time with Steven and his dog Shelby which is incredibly sweet and friendly. At the meet & greet, they really took the time to make sure that everyone involved was comfortable with one another, which we really appreciated. We are so happy to know that there's such a great place for Tosha to stay when we need it! Thanks to Steven again!
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Steven was great! Made me feel instantly comfortable and our dog never looked back once when we dropped her off! Shelby is so sweet and Steven sent photos and updates which we really appreciates it. Would highly recommend him and will certainly hve our dog vacay with him again!
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I contacted Steven after we lost our original dog sitter two days before our flight. Steven not only responded quickly, but was able to meet with us that night to make sure he'd be a good fit for our girls. Steven, his mother, and his dog are all so friendly. He made sure he knew what he needed to and that our dogs got along well with his, and even gave us some advice on our dogs for future stays when we picked them up. He sent us updates and pictures during our trip and was very easy to communicate with. Our girls always looked like they were having a good time and were well taken care of. He was thoughtful of their needs and even was able to work with our timid girl laying down on walks. She's 90lbs and can be quite stubborn, so this isn't easy for everyone. I felt very comfortable leaving our dogs with him, even on such short notice, and when we need someone to take them in again, he'll be the first person I contact.
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Steven and his sweet pup Shelby were very friendly and took good care of our two dogs while we went away for the weekend. At our meet and greet we all took a short walk together so the dogs could get comfortable with each other. Steven asked us some questions about the dogs and told us what we would need to bring with us when we dropped the dogs off. He was very accommodating with our schedule. As promised, Steven emailed us a couple of photos during the 48 hours we were gone with some amusing commentary about the dogs ("Ace's tail should be registered as a lethal weapon" - ha!). We wouldn't hesitate to use Steven's services again!
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