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Erica T.

50 Reviews
26 Repeat Guests
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  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • 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

Erica's Resident Pets

5 yr 6 mo old

Erica's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Dog door access

About Erica

20 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I am a Full-Time Pet Sitter with a secure backyard. My mission is to provide the same love and attention that your dog gets at home and to provide you with a great, worry-free experience.

In addition to pet sitting, I am an Assistant Trainer with Synergy Dog Training (www.synergydogtrainingsd.com) and am currently working on my CCDT certification through CATCH Canine Trainers Academy. As a way of giving back to the community, I volunteer with the San Diego Humane Society’s Behavior & Training Center and was an apprentice (service dog) trainer with Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs (TLCAD). I am originally from the East Coast, a college graduate and a homeowner.

My five and a half year old pug, Sampson, and I specialize in caring for small-medium sized dogs and provide personalized care in a calm and relaxing home away from home environment. By default, your dog will instantly become a part of our family and will have heaps of fun! They will receive plenty of stimulation, exercise, socialization and rest and you will receive daily photo and video updates as I enjoy, and have a knack for, dog photography where I'm able to tap into my creative side and capture the amazingness of dogs while making their humans happy too!

Follow me on Instagram: @doglovesandiego!

*Requirements for Daycare/Boarding:
1. At this time, I only accept small to medium sized dogs (35 lbs. and under). All dogs must be social with other dogs, housebroken, neutered/spayed, up to date on all vaccines and on a flea prevention.
2. A Meet & Greet is required, as making sure that I am the right sitter is my top priority
3. After the Meet & Greet, I require one half-day of Daycare (@ the standard Daycare rate). This is to ensure the environment is a good fit, and to help ensure that your dog will acclimate quickly and have a happy, stress-free stay. This initial day of Daycare is a four-hour stay. An overnight stay will also be required for new clients requesting longer stays.


*DOG BOARDING: Straightforward, 24 hour pricing starts when you drop off, and you pay only the overnight rate for each 24-hour period your pet stays with me. Just pick up by the same time on their last day.

$50 per night (2 years and older)
$60 per night (Under the age of 2)
Family Discount: 2nd dog - less 10%

Board & Train: Custom program based on your dog's needs and your goals. Prices vary, starting from $75-$110 per day.

*DAYCARE (Weekdays, only): A great option to consider if you have plans for a day trip, a busy work day, or if you just want to socialize your dog. Flat daily rate. 7:30 am-6:00 pm.
$40 per day (2 years and older)
$45 per day (Under the age of 2)

Puppy Socialization: Prices vary.

*Dog Walks: $20 per walk, per dog.
A 30-minute leisurely walk in your neighborhood - just enough time to get in a little fresh air and some relief. Additional dog (from the same household) +$5. Offered within two miles of 92104.

*Holiday Rates: During the holidays, Daycare/Boarding can book up quickly so please book in advance. 2 night minimum stay required on Boarding ($5/night surcharge).

We look forward to meeting you!

Erica + Sampson

Why I love dog sitting:
Dogs have always been an important part of my life. I've owned 3 Pugs (Lola, Coal and Sampson), a Pit Bull (Z), a Basset Hound (Virginia) and a Terrier rescue mix (Roger). I enjoy meeting and helping people and sharing my home with the fury love of their lives. The unconditional love and affection that dogs provide is contagious and nothing brings me more joy than bringing a smile to their faces.
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Erica T.

50 Reviews
26 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 2 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated January 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Erica's Home
$50 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 2 - 4 hours/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Erica's Home
$40 /day
  • Watches up to 5 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$36 /hour
  • Willing to travel 2 miles
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
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50 Reviews
Erica was fantastic and her home is a puppy paradise :) She was very accommodating to our scheduling needs. She also sent plenty of pictures and videos of my baby during her stay. Reina looked like she was having so much fun, which made me feel good. I get more separation anxiety than my pup does... I highly recommend Erica. She will take great care of your pup!
Erica was a wonderful host to our 2-year old dog! He was nervous starting out as we do not leave him by himself much but by the end of his stay Erica had found ways to connect with him and ease his anxiety. Her dog, Sampson and our dog got along great. She will send you updates (and pictures!) frequently so that really helped assure us our dog was in good hands and allowed us to see what he was up to at her place. She is very experienced and professional and responds to questions and requests promptly. We were very pleased parents and glad we found Erica for future stays!
We had our regular sitter bail and move out of state at the last minute, leaving us in a panic and scrambling to find a competent and trustworthy replacement before we leave for vacation. Erica was extremely accommodating in scheduling a meet and greet with short notice, and Zoey fit in just fine. We are relieved knowing that Zoey will be in good hands while we are away.
I was very happy and impressed with Erica. Erica is very professional and quick and easy to communicate with. She has a great energy with the dogs and her yard and house is super dog friendly. I really appreciate the pictures of my dog during her stay. My dog had great time and will definely return.
Erica is great!
I was thrilled to find Erica with her training background. My pup is anxious and nervous and she understood his behavior, how to handle him, and properly introduce him into her home. She is professional, caring, and I love the updates and photos. I am confident my pup is secure and well cared for in her care!
Thank you so much for watching Ariel during our wedding! We are eternally grateful!

We have never left our dog with a sitter before, but everyone we would trust to care for Ariel would be celebrating our special day with us. Erica did an amazing job caring for her and the photos and videos throughout the weekend put our minds at ease. She is highly qualified and has the mot patience with dogs. Our Ariel requires oral medication twice a day and Erica was more than okay with providing that for Ariel during her stay.

We will definitely use Erica again for any future vacations!

Thanks again,
Samantha, Daniel, & Ariel
My dog, Indy, is a rescue with a history of separation anxiety. On the day-to-day, he tags along with me almost everywhere I go. So when I finally decided to go on a trip I couldn't take him on, I wanted to find someone who understood his needs and who could make him feel at home while I was away. I couldn't imagine a better person for the job than Erica. She seems extremely experienced when it comes to caring for dogs and made sure that she was the right fit for Indy before I left him overnight. Her home is also very dog friendly, complete with a sunny backyard. I'm almost definitely sure that leaving Indy was much harder for me than it was for him, but Erica handled it with grace and addressed all of my concerns. Over the course of my trip, I received several photos, videos, and status updates from Erica every day, which really helped to ease my mind. Indy ended up having a wonderful time with Erica and Sampson and I was able to enjoy my vacation knowing my pup was happy. I fully recommend Erica and plan to book more reservations with her in the future!
Erica was great! She was very knowledgeable about helping my dog get along with Sampson. She kept me updated throughout the day with photos and videos of my dog. I definitely feel good about bringing my dog back.
Erica is fantastic. It was nice going on vacation with the peace of mind that my girls were in good hands. Erica's place was nice and spacious, she had a yard, and has a great handle on caring for multiple dogs.

She sent photos and videos (lots of them, which we loved), and when the pups got home, they looked well and happy. I usually worry about Angel, my maltese, looking dirty whenever we go on vacation, but surprisingly, she had no tear stains or black paws, which was awesome! I highly recommend Erica, and her lovely Pug Sampson, to look after your furry babies!
From the start, Erica was professional and responsive. Our usual sitter wasn't available and with our usual kennel full, I found Erica at the very last minute. She replied to my emails quickly and within 24 hrs, we had a meet n greet and a trial daycare day all set up. This was for the Christmas holiday so we were really short on time and stressed about not being able to have our dog, Madie at her usual place. Erica totally accommodated us and Madie, in that regard. Her house is a calm and clean environment with plenty of indoor and outdoor space.

Erica kept us posted about Madie's stay via multiple text messages a day (video too), everyday, for the 5 days we were gone. While Madie is a very friendly, easy and sweet dog, she is 14 years old and prone to separation anxiety and usually comes back from the kennel completely exhausted. However her stay with Erica was markedly different, in a great way. Madie seemed calm and completely comfortable throughout (even making a few dog friends! Including Erica's adorable pug, Sampson!) and when we picked her up she was rested and immediately back to her usual self. This shows me that Erica is extremely knowledgeable and effective in her training and care of our furry family members. She even kept up with Madie's walking schedule! I highly recommend her services!
Erica is phenomenal - there isn't enough time or room for us to write how positive our experiences have been with her! Both my fiancé and I work from home and our dog (Biscuit) has a LOT of anxiety when not around us - not with Erica! Biscuit actually gets excited when she gets to Erica's house and it's very clear she enjoys being there!

Erica is extremely communicative - her turnaround time to bookings and messages and questions is exceptional.

We also really appreciate that Erica wouldn't just accept Biscuit just because - she vetted Biscuit to make sure that it was a good fit for both Erica and Biscuit.

Erica sends a lot of pictures and updates (which we love) and not only is Erica obviously very qualified to work with animals (which shines through in her demeanor with them) she also very clearly has a passion for it!

Erica is also very cognizant of us (as Biscuits mom and dad) and actively listening to what we tell her about Biscuit and then she applies that to give Biscuit a comfortable, fun and stress free experience. She also operates with the utmost of professionalism!

We would give Erica a million stars if that was an option!
We absolutely adore Erica and her dog, Sampson, and our dogs love staying at her place. She's great about sending pictures and keeping us updated throughout the day. We trust her completely and highly recommend her.
Erica was fantastic. She bonded with my dog right away and made sure he was comfortable in his new setting.

Her constant updates with pictures and videos of how he was doing with her dog and the other dogs there were awesome--my dog was having a great time!

Her set up and yard are great for dogs and I wouldn't hesitate to use her again or recommend her to others!
Erica is peerless. I hesitate to extoll her virtues only because I'm worried she will get so in-demand that I won't be able to get a booking anymore...
Erica was great. She took good care of our 7 1/2 month old puppy who is a bit of a hand full plus gets a bit anxious. She took time to introduce him to the other dog she was watching by letting him hang out with Sampson & herself until he was comfortable &,more relaxed.
She updated us with pictures of him playing & interacting with his new pals, the final one of him sleeping so we knew he was at ease and felt comfortable there!
We plan on visiting very soon again, (wish we could every day) especially since we do not have,a yard & Erica's is a perfect place for him to be!
Erica was awesome! She truly is a professional and we felt so comfortable leaving Scout with her. Scout had a great time with Erica and we were kept up to speed on his day through pictures and videos. We highly recommend that if you need a dog sitter in San Diego, contact Erica!
Artie is always so chill and happy when he heads home from Erica's, and he's always excited to see her when we drop him off at her place. :)
Erica was fantastic -- I'm just going to first throw that out there.

A little background, we have a dachshund-chihuahua mix, Chestnut, who is reactive on leash and has generally had anxiety meeting new dogs. Due to her particularities, we had at first wanted a friend to dog sit. However, it proved to be difficult to find a sitter. In comes Erica, who was recommended by our dog trainer.

Erica handled Chestnut wonderfully. At first we were hesitant of the situation because Erica has a pug at home, so we didn't know how Chestnut would like that. After an initial meet-and-greet and then a trial daycare run, Erica took in Chestnut for eight days. Erica handled Chestnut's introduction to her pug (Sampson) responsibly and smoothly -- we were thrilled to see Chestnut interact calmly and nicely with Sampson.

We didn't worry at all for the eight days. Erica is very responsive over text, and she send dozens of videos and photos a day. It really gave us a good sense of how Chestnut was doing.

Overall, Erica is a fantastic choice. It is evident that she is very knowledgable in dog training techniques that enhance her ability to watch a variety of pups. She is also very obviously good with dogs and has set up a great environment in her home for the dogs to play and relax.

We will continue to use Erica in the future for all our dog-watching needs!
Our dog, Yaqui, has been to Erica's daycare three times and I am amazed at how happy Yaqui is while under her care.

We get updates and pictures during her stay and I can tell she had fun while playing with other dogs in a safe environment; she just wants to relax after we pick her up.

I also notice a difference in how she acts around my kids now, she is calmer with them since she knows she has doggie buddies to play with. Erica also encourages Yaqui to practice the commands she has learned.

We are looking forward to continuing to bring Yaqui for daycare, over night stays and anything that Erica has to offer Yaqui.

I highly recommend Erica's daycare, she is reliable, honest and loves what she does and does it well.
We couldn't be happier with our stay with Erica! Our dog, Cali, stayed with Erica for two nights while we were away, and while we were gone, Erica sent us great photos and videos constantly. We could tell she was having a blast. When we picked her up, she barely wanted to leave. On top of that, Erica helped us work with Cali on her leash walking, which has improved a lot. We will definitely be staying with Erica again!
I can't say enough good things about Erica and her pug Sampson. I would give her 10 stars if I could. I had never heard of Dogvacay but it is a wonderful alternative to boarding and if you're anything like me, your fur baby is your child and I have yet to find a good person to watch over my “child” when I travel.

I was really impressed with Erica’s profile and reviews. She is a true professional and dog lover and the whole experience – from accommodating my schedule, setting up the Meet and Greet and trial daycare was absolutely fantastic. After five minutes of meeting with her, I knew that she was the person for the job.

She pays extra attention to all her dogs and went above and beyond to make my dog feel at home. I received so many pictures that reassured me that he was safe and having fun. She also kept me informed of how he was interacting with the other dogs and even his eating/sleeping habits. Needless to say, when I picked up him up he was happier and better behaved due to the positive interactions with Erica. I am so happy I found someone I can trust. I will DEFINITELY be using her services again!
Erica accommodated my request to add a night without much notice--sincerely appreciated! And Artie left her house calm and content, as usual. He loves his Erica.
Awesome as always!
It's one thing to know how your host does when all goes smoothly...I already knew that Erica is wonderful at shepherding play, that her dog Sampson is very accommodating and friendly, and that my dog loves being at her house.
When Finnegan exhibited some resource guarding issues during his week-long stay, Erica handled things expertly, calmly, and effectively. She texted me, we then chatted by phone, and everything was fine for the rest of the stay. That sort of experience inspires the peace of mind I want to have when leaving my dog overnight. I hope she doesn't get too famous to be able to still host us...
Paw-esome as always! Especially with her ability to accommodate last-minute booking. :)
Paw-esome as always!
Paw-esome as always!
Erica is my go-to petsitter for all occasions. If I need to be away for a weekend or if I need my Benito to just have a playdate. She's really reliable and responsible. I know that she cares about her doggy clients as much as she cares about her own dog, who by the way is a cutie pie! When I leave my beloved pooch with Erica for daycare, I know that I will have a peaceful afternoon when I pick my dog up because he will be tired. She keeps all doggies busy and entertained. Also, when I leave Benito with her, I don't worry about how Benito is doing because she keeps me updated throughout his stay. I have no children of my own, so my dog is basically my four-legged child and I wouldn't leave him with just anyone. I know that Erica will take great care of my dog. Also, she only takes in doggies that are well socialized, so I do't have to worry about Benito like I worry when I go to the park, or the dog beach. Last but not least, Erica is very knowledgeable in regards to dog training, and dog behavior, so you're not just leaving your pooch with the next door neighbor, you're leaving your pooch in expert hands!
If you want to know how happy your dog is with your choice of sitter, don't go by how happy she is to see you when you pick her up, go by how excited she gets when you near the sitter's house the next time.
Suffice to say, my dog Finn loves his visits with Erica.
Paw-esome as usual! Erica is a great communicator, and I know Artie is in great hands. :)
Finn made a new friend - Oreo - on this overnight - and he was already thrilled to be staying chez Erica. Erica is responsible, reliable, knowledgeable, curious, and energetic - all qualities one wants in a sitter.
Erica and Sampson are wonderful hosts. I feel that my 2 year-old corgi-lab is in great hands, and when I leave town for a trip, this is where he'll be - even happier than he is with me when I'm home!
Erica is an absolutely wonderful host. Our dog stayed with her for three days while my husband was out of town and I had to work, and each day she grew more and more comfortable thanks to Erica's care and conscientiousness. Her home is perfectly set up to host dogs, too, with a couple of different play areas in the back and dog beds galore. It's a clean, lovely home that I was happy to leave my dog at. Also, Erica's neighborhood is great for dog walks, and I received many updates, videos, and photos during each day of our dog enjoying herself.

If you're in San Diego and want a fantastic dog vacay, please book Erica!
Finn's first overnight with Erica and Sampson went wonderfully well. I loved getting loads of photos and videos, and I could rest assured that he was in well-trained hands. What Erica offers is special because of her full-time attention, her attention to detail, and her apprenticeship with an excellent dog trainer. Of course, it's we humans who need the training most!
Erica and her dog Sampson are wonderful hosts. It's one thing when your dog is happy to see you at the end of the day, it's a far greater reassurance when your dog can't wait to get out of the car in front of Erica's house as you come back for the second (and third, etc.) visit.
I appreciate how thorough and conscientious Erica is about choosing which dogs she has over, and the full-time attention she gives can't be surpassed.
I got lots of great pics and videos of my dog both playing and at rest, and I know my dog's body language well enough to see when he is content, which he was at Erica's place.
Erica was great! She sent lots of pictures and always gave me updates.. I was able to enjoy my time away knowing my dog was well taken care of! Can't wait to use her in the future!
Erica took great care of my babies, and sent me so many cute pictures to let me know how they were doing. I would definitely bring them back if I'm ever in need of a sitter in SD again. Thank you Erica!
As usual, Artie was well cared for at Erica's, with so many photos showing us the snuggles he was getting and the fun he had! :) Thanks for taking good care of our little fuzzmuffin while we were away! We're so glad we found you.
Erica was an incredible host!

First, Erica is very communicative. She responded to our inquiry almost immediately and answered any questions we had over email in short order. During our dog's stay, she sent reassuring texts, tons of photos, and a few videos. It helped put us at ease since our dog was a little anxious when he first arrived at Erica's place.

Second, and more importantly, Erica is really good at what she does. She helped calm our dog down and has really strong instincts and training that inform her care. When we first arrived, she was watching 2 other dogs with her dog Sampson. The other dogs were a little overwhelming for our dog initially and Erica decided to quickly take our dog on a walk with Sampson. It immediately instilled trust from our dog and eased his integration. Most dog hosts would not know to do this and it showed us that she really knew what she was doing.

When we picked up our dog the next day it was clear he loved Erica and was no worse for the wear. He slept the entire car ride home (and then some) after an active stay at Erica's.

Next time we're in San Diego, we'll definitely be calling Erica and Sampson again!
My girlfriend and I have nothing but great things to say about Erica. She accepted our DogVacay reservation super last minute when we found out that we had to take an emergency flight to New York due to an unexpected death in the family. She was extremely friendly and very professional when handling everything on the business end, as well as with the caring of our dog. She continually kept us up to date with everything that was going on on the west coast, while we spent time with our friends and family on the east coast. Her sweet pictures and videos of our little pup kept us reassured that all was well and brought us lots of laughs and smiles during our emotionally difficult time.

We highly recommend Erica to anyone looking for a sweet, friendly, experienced professional to care for their pet. Not only will she exceed your expectations as a pet sitter, but she will definitely leave a lasting and loving impression on your furry little friend.

Thanks again, Erica!
Great experience! This was the first time leaving our dog with someone. He came back better behaved then when he left us. He had a problem with jumping up on people all the time but Erica taught him not to do it anymore. I highly recommend her.
Erica did an excellent job. She's responsible and compassionate and my pup loved her. I received photos updates and Erica could not have been more communicative or helpful. I highly recommend her!
Erica was flexible and accommodating about my last-minute reservation. And judging by the photos, and his content demeanor when I picked him up, Artie enjoyed his time with Erica and Sampson, as usual! :) Thanks again, Erica and Sampson!
Erica was great! Updated me everyday on all the fun Alfie was having!
Artie's first overnight stay with Erica went really well! He came home happy and calm. :) He obviously enjoyed his time with her. Erica sent regular photo updates through DogVacay, and through text (per my request, since my Android phone isn't supported by the DogVacay app yet). Thank you Erica! We'll be back!
There aren't enough stars available. Erica gets all the stars! I received so many photos of my sweet, quirky Artie walking, playing, relaxing, and giving kisses to Erica that I am completely confident he had a great time and was well cared for. And I picked up a calm, happy pup. The great pics of his not-so-photogenic face are the icing on the cake! So glad we found you, Erica!
Oreo loves going to Ericas. She enjoys her playtime with Sampson and Erica. So glad I found such a caring doggie sitter for oreo. Oreo will definitely be going back for home sitting with Erica.
Erica and her pug are awesome! I was new to DogVacay, and I am officially converted. Will definitely book with Erica again! She is a dog lover, and very personable! Was also stoked to talk positive dog training with her!
Super fast response. Very friendly and accommodating. Erica's place was perfect and do close to the airport. She sends pictures, videos and updates. My dog had a great time and you can tell, Erica loves what she does. Great rates, with personal attention that is hard to find anywhere else. Would definitely recommend.
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