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Ryan S.

12 Reviews
6 Repeat Guests
$75/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Ryan's Resident Pets

Mini
Dachshund
Female
4 yr 4 mo old

Ryan's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets
Dog door access

About Ryan

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We all know dogs are pack animals and I want to give your buddy a fun loving pack to join while you're out of town or at work!
My name is Ryan AKA. The Doggy Guy, and this is what I do full time. So you can be sure that your little buddy, is not only safe and well cared for but having awesome experiences with a controlled, well balanced, great pack of dogs around our beautiful dog friendly area. Contact me for a free meet and great and when possible to to schedule a free pack walk or daycare session so that I can get to know your dog and we can see if it is a good fit before you leave town.
I prefer to do most of the Pick up and Drop Off. Owners are encouraged to visit my place with their dog after a meet and great, when possible, on at neutral site or your house, but it works best your dog is not dropped at this initial visit. From that point I have found that if I pick up the dog and bring it to my house so that it feels like it is going on an adventure and not being dropped of or abandoned. At the initial meet and greet I will bring a bandanna to leave with you that has the scent of my house so you dog can familiarize itself with me and my house. When I pick up the dog I will put your dogs name on the bandanna and bring it back with me because it now has the owners scent on it which they can sleep with or can be used during the day to help reduce stress when necessary. I Have a Little 8lb. Mine Dachshund Blue Healer mix that is pretty much with me all the time. She is a great dog and really helps me get an idea of the temperament of potential pack members. I am very lucky to be able to be selective on who joins the pack. Not many dogs don't pass the temperament test but again in order to insure good pack dynamic and stability I am careful not to take any unnecessary chances and error on the side of caution because again safety is definitely the number one goal. It is also because of this fact that I can assure you that it is a really good thing for your dog that I will likely have dogs from other homes staying with us while your dog is staying with me.
Also the house I live in is located in the amazing Hope Ranch Annex area where lots are extremely big because many of them have horses, and so the Yard is huge. over 4,500 sqft. with a few trees so there is plenty of shade, but also plenty of sunny spots if you dog loves to lay out in the sun. Dogs are also welcome inside anytime where there is a few couches and beds they they can lounge around on. The room where the dogs sleep is climate controlled so your little buddies don't freeze during these few winter months here in Santa Barbara.
I have been a dog person for as long as I can remember. As a Military kid living in the Philippines I befriended a stray yellow lab in the neighborhood. I played with this dog for several months before one day she followed me home pushed inside the house and had 11 puppies on my bed. From that day forward I was fascinated with dogs and loved puppies. And it has been pretty clear that they gravitated toward me as well. my family has had a number of dogs while I was growing up and all of them bonded quickly to me and I became their best buddy in the family. I feel like I have had an intangible natural ability with animals from a very early age. I have a Masters in Social Work and have worked in County Child Protective Services, and as a social worker for a local Hospice organization, but in summer of 2012 I can very clearly recall sitting at the dog park, after a long day with hospice patients and their families, trying to figure out what I truly enjoyed doing most. That’s when it hit me, the feeling I had everyday after work driving home and looking for ward to nothing more than throwing on a pair of shorts and jumping in the car with Mini to head to the dog park. That is the day The Doggy Guy was born. It wasn’t long before I quit my day job and began working with dogs full time. I decided that I needed to get a job working with dogs and make sure that it was really something that I could do long term. After working at the local cage free boarding facility for a year it was clear that I had found the job that would make it feel like I “never had to work another day for the rest of my life”. At that point I left that job and started walking dogs on my own. Since going out on my I have built quite a list of people in town, please see my reviews for testimonials from many of those who will vouch for my skills and experience working with them and their dogs.
I know how tough it is to decide what to do with our little buddies when leaving town or at work and I will work hard minimize separation anxiety in dogs and maximize confidence and comfort during their stay as well as help them gain valuable socialization skills with the other dogs in my care
Because I only accept dogs under 40lbs owner don’t have to worry about their little dogs being bullied intimidated scared or preyed on by bigger dogs.
I really think your dogs will love the vibe of our pack and you really should contact me so we can see if it would be a good fit.
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Can administer oral medicine
Can administer injected medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Ryan S.

12 Reviews
6 Repeat Guests
$75/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 29, 2016

Credentials

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Ryan's Home
$75 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Ryan's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$15 /half-hour
$25 /hour
  • Willing to travel 2 miles
Training
$50 /hour
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12 Reviews
Ryan was great with Maximus! Clearly cares about the furry babies that he watches over. Very flexible and responsive to our requests and sent photos of Maximus chilling with the pack! Highly recommend if you and your pet are visiting Santa Barbara!
Ryan is really a nice person and PDD had a good time with him. Would definitely recommend him. Thx
Ryan was so amazing. My puppy Frankie had a great time, and the best part was that Ryan sent pictures of my happy pup playing in nature. Highly, highly recommended, and I will definitely call Ryan again when I visit Santa Barbara in the future!
Last minute reservation, quick response. Dogs loved it. Thanks!
Ryan is very professional and is good with dogs. Our German Shepherd had fun at his first boarding and love the walks with the pack at the dog park.
Ryan was great. We needed a 24 hour place for our boxer, Dexter. He took him and he loved it. Got to go to dog park and had a blast. Thanks he came home and slept all day!!!
Ryan was great! The moment our golden retriever, Callie, met him, she was super excited. My girlfriend and I were going to be out of town for a few days and didn't know what to do with her while we were gone, but we found DogVacay and found Ryan who instantly accepted the request. He sent us pictures of her while we were gone and she seemed to be having the time of her life with him and many other dogs. 10/10, definitely would go to Ryan again when we go on our next vacation!
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Ryan was AMAZING! He was super responsive to messages and sent us pictures, was totally flexible about pick/drop off times. It was our first time using dogvacay or any dog sitter in general - we'll definitely be coming back our pups loved him!
Ryan was great! We met before the stay and were happy. Of course, we were very anxious to leave our dog but he proved to be the best dog sitter ever. We got pictures and updates. He took great care of her, taking her to the beach and for a hike; her favorite thing! I would use Ryan again without any hesitation.
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Ryan took Dex on lots of adventures while I was gone and sent lots of pictures!
This was our first time using doggyvacay.com and we will definitely use it again. Ryan did a great job, kept our Leia safe, took her on a long walk to the beach, sent us pictures and updates. With the pics and updates we felt assured that she was having a good time because we could see the smile on her face.
You can tell that Ryan is a natural with dogs and we think Leia could tell that also when she first met him.
Thank you Ryan!
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