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Matt S.

34 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Cats, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents, Caged birds, Reptiles

About Matt

5 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Having made a living as a dog-sitter / walker for five years and counting, I think it's fair to say that I'm a professional -- more than that, I think I've found my calling!

I have worked with dogs of every size and disposition, and I've also helped those who have had serious medical issues. The bulk of my career has been spent in New York City, but I recently moved back to San Diego, which was my home for ten years, and I know it well!

Working exclusively out of your home (as my current building doesn't permit canines), I will be able to maintain your routine all the more effectively. In fact, I bet that if we could ask our furry friends, they'd express a strong preference for having me come to them -- doing so means that my focus is solely on your pooch or pooches, and my attention is diverted by nothing other than the occasional house-related task (i.e. collecting the mail, feeding the fish), which I provide at no additional cost, of course!

Aside from sits, I am also available for in-home daycare and walks! So, just let me know what you need, and I'll send you a custom quote ASAP.

I look forward to hearing from you!
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Matt S.

34 Reviews
21 Repeat Guests
$35/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 5, 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.
Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$35 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
Dog Walking
$12 /half-hour
$18 /hour
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
Home Visits
$12 /visit
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$8 each way
  • Willing to travel 1 mile
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34 Reviews
Matt took great care of our pups and our bird while we were on our honeymoon! I would highly recommend him. Great communication and he even sent us photo updates.
Matt was great! He made us feel very comfortable leaving our 2 large dogs with him. Our 90 pound dog had recently been in a bad dog fight and needed to have meds and special attention while we were gone, Matt had no problem with this. I was very happy with his great service and will definitely be using him again in the future! Thanks Matt!
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I can’t praise or recommend Matt highly enough. He’s one of those rare, wonderful finds who comes along only once in a while – if at that. Several years ago, when looking for someone to take care of my Golden Retriever, Logan, every day while I was at work, I came across Matt’s profile here on DogVacay. Accompanying his profile were a list of recommendations, virtually the length of the page, from dog parents who were effusive in their praise; a summation of outstanding personal and professional qualities that, eventually, I would find were all true. And, so, I hired him, and he helped me – very happily – for several years until his recent move to San Diego (a sad day for me, very lucky for you). Here's what I know: Matt’s reliable, conscientious, kind, punctual and, above all else, thoroughly trustworthy. He’s a good man. I recommend him without reservation.
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Honestly, was a little hesitant to have someone stay in my apartment and watch my dog. Although it's super convenient, you just never know. Matt helped change that opinion. He was great, super communicative with the meet & greet and booking and sent daily notes on Grover while I was away. I returned to a happy dog and a clean apartment. Would definitely use Matt again. Great experience.
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Matt has been a huge blessing in our lives. I travel a lot for work and it is great to know that Ranger and Dixie are in great care of while I am away. Our dogs do best in our home vs. staying in another, so I trust Matt with not only our dogs but with our home.
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Hats off to Matt for taking such good care of Henry, and for going the extra mile when my flight was canceled, putting me home a day later. His flexibility and positive, can-do attitude helped to ease my worry knowing that my dog was taken care of while I juggled flights to get back home.
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The big test! Matt stopped by a day after I returned to pick up something he forgot. My dog, April, started crying because she could not go with him. April gives him the highest honors. As for me, my apt was clean, trash emptied--etc. Trust me, but, for the total picture, trust April. She knows best, and she wants to see Matt again. My cat, Lily, had a big crush on him, too.
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Matt is great and we will use him again!!!
As a new New Yorker and first time DogVacay user, I couldn't be happier (or luckier) to have found Matt. My dog, Henry, is an Australian Shepherd and smart as a whip, but not overly friendly. Matt quickly made friends with Henry and sent a few photos and updates while I was out of the country. It was comforting to know that not only was my dog being taken care of, but my home too. A million thanks to Matt!
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Matt has been taking care of our pup, Astro for a full year this August, and we cannot be more impressed with his services over the many times he's watched our dog. Not only is he incredibly friendly, but he responds promptly, is reliable, sends updates often, is caring and responsible. Our dog loves him too! We are leaving NYC for opportunities on the West coast and only wish we could take him with us. Thank you, Matt!
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Matt is pure awesomeness! Our dog, Astro, has been under antibiotic treatment for a week when we had to travel for business. Astro had some accidents and was also a bit more anxious, probably due to the antibiotic treatment. Matt was very kind to keep checking in whenever possible, and rushed to clean up after Astro. Matt was very caring and will definitely use his service next time.
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Thank you Matt. Sofie is so lucky that we found such a great guy to take care of her when we are away. You are the best.
Excellent experience! We were relaxed during the holidays because we had the feeling that our dog was well taken care of. Dablin was glad to see Matt and he was happy when we picked him.The communication with Matt was very good, he sent us pics of him and messages letting us know how he was. We will definitely ask Matt to care Dablin again!
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Always pleased -- my dog is excited to see Matt, comes back happy, and he's very nice to work with. Couldn't be happier!
Always an excellent stay with Matt. He sends us pics of our dog, and lets us know the funny little things she does. She LOVES going over to his house!
As per usual, Matt took great care of our pup. We are so happy we found him!
I felt great leaving my dog with Matt! He's very gentle and kind with Cosmo, and he was eager to care for Cosmo just as I would. Matt sent me pics while we were away and was very flexible about our drop off and pick up time. I will definitely ask Matt to care Cosmo again!
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Matt is great -- love that he is home and gives my dog that comfortable, working at home vibe -- Isabella loves him and is always excited to see him -- he sends pictures and takes her to a wonderful park to play -- I feel a thousand percent confident that she is safe, happy and well taken care of!
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Matt has been so great to work with. He is super reliable, very responsive, flexible in working with our schedules and just provides great customer service overall. And not to mention, our dog Rex loves him! We definitely hope to continue working with Matt going forward....
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Louie stayed at Matt's place for 12 days after we did a one day trial stay and he had a great time, Matt was really communicative, caring and thoughtful and I felt very safe leaving him in his care, I would surely keep using Matt every time I need to and I recommend you will do the same.
For those of you who are worried about the cat like I did, don't! I was amazed to see how they get a long when they live together and Matt even sent me a picture of Louie sitting across from a cat which I was sure is impossible.
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Matt and his girlfriend were wonderful dog sitters for Sammy. I could tell that she liked them a lot, because she jumped up on the couch and snuggled with them! Matt sent me two pics of Sammy while I was away on a four day trip, and I got email updates too. He handled my questions before, during and after the vacay, and he was as careful with Sammy as he would have been with a dog of his own! He did not hesitate to reach out and check with me if he had a question about anything. I would DEFINITELY ask Matt to dog sit Sammy again!!!
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Wow! Where do I begin? First of all, Matt is such a nice guy. Upon meeting him, I knew that he was trustworthy. And over the course of getting to know him more, I can tell that he really enjoys what he does! And he does it well!
He always keeps me informed as to how my pup did in his walks. Every now and then, I get pics of my dog, Rocky, on his walks or overnight stays. Because we happen to live close by, Matt is very flexible with additional walks here and there. When my dog stays overnight, Matt picks him up and drops him off the following day!
I'm so glad I found Matt for Rocky to hang with when I'm not around. I highly recommend him!
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Matt is a true lifesaver. I was out of town for work, and my husband was working outside the city. Matt picked our poor pup up from the vet and kept him company in our home until my husband could get home. He has been completely accommodating, flexible and compassionate with our crazy situation. Matt is the best!
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We'd never left our pups with anyone other than family, but we had to go to Europe for 10 days. It was a long time, and needless to say we were pretty nervous. But Matt was an awesome pet host! He sent us regular updates with pictures, he responded to every inquiry right away, and he is super-responsible. The dogs obviously had a great time and were very comfortable. They will stay with Matt whenever he's available and we have to go out of town without them. Highly recommended.
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Dropped dog off on Thanksgiving day and he had a great time with Matt.
So glad to find Matt in our neighborhood! Knowing Sofie is being cared for by him gives us peace of mind... thank you Matt from Sofie and from us!
Matt provided a great experience for Sofie and I am so glad to have such a great guy in the neighborhood! From the first email, to her arrival home, Matt was just the best. Thank you from Sofie and me!
Communicates, flexible. He sent me photos so I could see my 4 legged child was ok. Tootsie came home tired :)
Matt was fantastic! He constantly sent us pictures of our baby girl while we were away, which really made us smile and know that she was doing well. He is great at communication and friendly to deal with. Currently trying to book him again!
This was Starfox's first dog vacay and I must say Matt did an amazing job. He was very responsive to my questions and emails, flexible with my schedule, and sends me great photos of my dog. He also went out of his way to return my dog food! More importantly, he was great with Starfox. My dog immediately bonded with Matt during their first encounter. Starfox seemed to be having a great time with Matt considering the fact that he spent most of the day resting after I picked him up. I will definitely be reserving future vacays with Matt.
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I was a little hesitant at first using DogVacay, but Matt alleviated my concerns. He did a great job caring for my dog, Astro while I was out of town. He's a down-to-earth, honest, and friendly guy, and we felt comfortable with him watching our dog. He was always reachable at a moments notice with photos and updates and even travelled crosstown to pick Astro up. Our dog seemed to get along well with him too. We will use him again in the future.
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Matt took excellent care of Beethoven and sent several photo updates. He was also very accommodating to our schedule. I would definitely board with Matt again.
I could tell Matt took great care of Abby judging by how happy (and tired) she was when we got her back. Matt is really responsive to emails and calls and was really accommodating by letting us drop her off at 7:30am. He's responsible and super nice to boot. Will definitely be using him again. Thanks, Matt!
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Matt was a wonderful host! Cookie came home happy and rested and she didn't pick up any bad habits while she was away. Matt was very gentle and loving to Cookie. He had no problem asking questions and was happy to take my instructions. He kept us updated on her visit regularly. We will definitely use him again!
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