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Elisa M.

9 Reviews
2 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 20 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

About Elisa

6 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I am a mature, responsible pre-med post-bacc student. I separated from the Department of Defense in 2013 and began supporting myself through school taking care of and training dogs in 2015 after working with an applied animal behaviorist to help my mother’s dog, a rescue with extreme anxiety. I have my own business as a professional dog walker and in-home dog sitter and I have over 250 hours of training experience. I hope to complete 300 training hours and sit for the exam to become a certified dog trainer next year. I specialize in dogs-especially rescues -with anxiety and leash aggression. I have a strong love for large and “breed restricted” dogs such as “Pitt Bulls”/ Bully breeds, Rottweiler, Mastiffs, etc.

I volunteer with the Alexandria Dog World Rescue and to date have helped train and place several dogs for them into loving homes.

My promise to you: I will love and treat your dog like he or she is my own. Your dog will never be left alone for more than 4 hours/6 hours max (rare). You will return to a relaxed dog and a mess-free home. My student lifestyle allows me to provide extra attention your dog may need while you are away, as this can be a high stress time for a dog. When you return home, you will know your dog was well cared for.

Services I provide (these are flexible and will be modified based on the specific needs of your dog(s):

Walking/exercise: 30 minutes to 60 minutes. If you have two or more dogs that require different exercise levels, let me know and I can tailor a visit so everyone’s needs are met.

Training (can be done in conjunction with a walk or overnight stay as may be appropriate for training to help with leash aggression, pulling, jumping, etc.).

In home/overnight stays – I will stay over with your pup. If your pup is used to sleeping in bed with you, let me know and I will also allow it.

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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Elisa M.

9 Reviews
2 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 20 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$35 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 8 miles
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$40 /hour
  • Willing to travel 8 miles
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
$40 /hour
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9 Reviews
Elisa was awesome! She showed up on time and was patient while it took me awhile to get going. I was a little frantic because I was running late but she took my dogs right away and played with them which occupied them and allowed me to finish packing. She sent pictures and updates throughout the visit which I appreciated very much. We can't wait to have her over again.
Those of us who love our dogs know how hard it can be to find a dog sitter we trust - well, look no further. Elisa has a natural ability to treat and care for pets as though they were her own, and to do so while keeping the family informed and at ease. While you hope nothing goes wrong while you are away, if it does, Elisa is that rare person I'd trust to handle it.

We have two large rescue mutts who are sweet but can sometimes be a bit of a handful. However, they're usually in perfect health. When we left for vacation, one of them had what we thought was very minor scratch on her lip (a vet in the family had told us it was no big deal and did not require treatment just days before we left). To make a long story short, our poor dog ended up with a serious infection and Elisa not only realized something bad was going on but arranged for the vet visit and subsequent treatment with complete confidence, so when we got home, Laika was already on the mend.

While a medical issue is the last thing you want to happen when you're thousands of miles away, we knew our dogs were in the best possible hands. We would say that Elisa took care of our dogs the way we would have done, except she also has a background in dog behavior and some medical knowledge, so they were probably even better off. I don't even want to think about what could have happened if they had been with someone else.

Simply put, Elisa did a phenomenal job and we would recommend her to anyone!
Elisa was great! She came and did a home visit to meet our dog a few weeks in advance. When we were gone she took photos for us and spent extra time here. She is a wonderful sitter. Would absolutely use again!
Elisa was wonderful with our two pups. One is an energetic and super loving hound mix, the other is a smart yet apprehensive herding mix. Both dogs took to her and it was so nice knowing they were in great hands. The pups can't wait to have her back again!
Elisa is the best dog sitter we've ever had! I was a little apprehensive having never used DogVacay before, but Elisa made me feel much more comfortable during the meet and greet by demonstrating her knowledge of dog behavior and explaining her usual approach to new dogs. I have a suspicious herder mix that was a tough rescue, and so naturally is very untrusting of people. Elisa was very patient letting our girl slowly get used to her. By the end of the first day, Elisa was sending us pics of our suspicious dog actually smiling, relaxed and happy with her new friend! Our dog only smiles for a few people, so that face really is the best review I can give!
Elisa is awesome! Dogs were happy and everything seemed to go well. We're having her again in a few weeks.
Elisa did such a wonderful job taking care of our dog! I really appreciate being connected with such a caring, trustworthy pet sitter! We will definitely call on Elisa's help in the future. Many thanks!
We were so very lucky to find Elisa! She stayed with our pups for 7 days, helping makmade our vacation stress freShe sent photo updates everyday along with messages letting us know how they were doing. Elisa is a natural when it comes to taking care of dogs. She is also extremely knowledgable with training techniques and informed us of ways to make our dogs' lives a lot happier. We are so very grateful for Elisa and plan to work with her as long as she'll have us! :) e.
Elisa did a great job watching our dogs at our home. She is very knowledgable about dogs and I knew they were in good hands. Also, her rates are very reasonable. I look forward to using her again.
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