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James R.

61 Reviews
27 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
No Puppies
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Mastiff

James's Resident Pets

Other Pets & Animals: Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents

James's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About James

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs

Hi! I'm a professional dog guy. I have been boarding dogs at my home for many years. I've worked in kennels/daycare's before and after attending Dog Training School. I have been doing it full time since.

I've cared for hundreds of pets. rodents, reptiles, cats, ferrets, and of course doggies. :-)

Professional care by a professional in the pet field. Safety and activity is the goal.
Certified in dog and cat first aid (Former lifeguard for 6 years as well).

INDOOR: Basement is all for the dogs. They ARE allowed on ALL furniture, comfy couches, chew toys, and windows to look out from. Wrestling, playing games, sleeping, toy chewing, house watching, and lounging are some of the things pups love to do here.

OUTDOOR: Big fenced-in backyard (Dogs are only let out supervised) with many smells :) Dogs will be cared for according to client's requests.

DOG PARK: Great dog park nearby which I am licensed to visit, and do so often. I am familiar with the regular visitors.
Your dog WILL have fun there(If requested).

He/She will spend all day with me doing a bunch of fun stuff!

Pictures were taken during: Dog Vacays, Dog Training Sessions, Dog Sitting visits, , backyard, or especially cute events :)

Let's Meet 'n Greet... check out the open space, comfy couches, and what does your dog like to do ?
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling

James R.

61 Reviews
27 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 3 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 14, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At James's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At James's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$30 /half-hour
$45 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
$89 /hour
$20 /bath
$5 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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61 Reviews
James was thorough and friendly. I appreciated all of his questions about Teddy at our meet and greet. Ted got to play with some other pups and run around in the yard. Drop off and pickup was easy.
Our dog, May, seemed to make herself at home at Jame's house. She came home happy and healthy.
I appreciate that James cared for our 2 dogs, Bria and Parker mostly by themselves. They are Jack Russell terriers who don't always get along with other dogs upon first meeting them so they require a bit of monitoring early in a new relationship with other dogs. Also one of our terriers is very afraid of thunderstorms. Unfortunately, while we were away, there were storms several days in a row. He managed to calm her and send us pictures.

Most importantly, Bria and Parker appeared to be well cared for and safe. He sent several pictures and responded to our emails.
Even though my dog was not used to living with other dogs, James did a great job by helping Iiro feel good, enjoy and make friends. Iiro had a great time. I also liked the photos and video of my dog. So I could see how he was. Thanks again James
James is a great host, he is a knowledgable trainer and a true pro in the k9 society
Our dog always has the best time with James. He takes very good care of her and she always seems so relaxed when we pick her up!
James was wonderful to work with and our sweet Winnie came home happy! We received photos and a video of her playing with a fellow dog-guest and it really set us at ease while we were away. I think Winnie had a great time, because she's been awesome from the moment we got home (she normally mopes a few days after we've done traditional kennel-boarding). We really appreciated that James took the time to get to know us and Winnie before we set up boarding as well.
Thank you, James!!!
Skylar had a wonderful time with James! Thanks so much!!
As somebody else mentioned in the reviews, when I went to pick up my dog it took me more than 15 minutes for him to answer the door, and when he open up he just gave my dog said "it was fine and I will call you later". I didn't have any updates from him during the stay, just when I ask for it. After the visit it took me two emails and one text message to get an answer regarding if my dog could stay another time with him, after three days he said no. I know my dog is a bit "unruly" as he said, but is not aggressive. I think he wants a perfect dog.
James is great, knowledgeable and kind. Penny had a great stay with him, and will be staying with him again in the future. Thanks James! Daniel in Rockville
Our Pitbull Macy has separation anxiety issues and we were worried about leaving her with a stranger but she did so well with James. He is so knowledgeable about dogs and their psychology that he was able to work with Macy and keep her cheerful and her tail wagging instead of just staring out the window waiting for us to come get her.

Macy has found a new playhouse. Highly recommended.
Once again, James is a wonderful host! My dog Charlie loves staying with him. I highly recommend James.
James was great. Seemed very knowledgeable about dog behavior. My dog didn't appear abnormally stressed after his visit. I had some last minute scheduling issues and he was very flexible. Will definitely use his service again.
James did very well, he really bonded with our Parker
Sully was comfortable with James from the meet and greet to the last moment of his stay. It is apparent that James loves working with dogs and dogs love him. It is nice to know we can go on vacation and leave our fur baby in such great hands!
Vinnie seemed happy and calm when we picked him up. He didn't seem over excited to see us, which I'm sure means he had a very nice time with James and the other senior doggies that were staying there at the time. We will definitely request James's help for any future needs.
James was awesome. His professionalism & genuine love for my dogs was very evident.

He took his responsibility very seriously. I think my 'boys' had more fun than I did on vacation.

I would highly recommend James. And I hope my 'boys' can stay over again.
James was great! He has a lot of training knowledge and I felt very comfortable leaving my dog with him. He takes the time to get to know you and your dog, and my pup Ava had a great stay!
Quinn had another wonderful stay with James! I highly recommend him.
Cody had another great sleepover with his buddy James. We had a last minute need for Cody for a stay over due to a family medical issue, and James was there to help as always. As always, Cody had a great visit and I appreciated James' scheduling support. I am so thankful that I can always count on his help and his excellent care for my "best friend."
My dog, Zeina, is very timid and fearful of other dogs. I could not believe my eyes when James sent me photos of Zeina hanging out with other dogs! He is truly an amazing trainer and I am so happy to have found him on Dogvacay!
You can instantly tell from the initial meet and greet that James loves boarding and interacting with dogs. Throughout Tofu's stay, he kept us in the loop and kept notes on the small behavior changes, looping us in when necessary. James will definitely be our first choice for any future boardings.
Asher had a great time. He came home tired which is always welcome :). James sent some great pics of his stay as well.
Quinn had another awesome stay with James. It is great to know that he was in good hands while we were away. We brought home a tired happy pup, again! Thank you James!
James is great as always! Charlie has fun with James at home and he's a happy dog when we drop and pick up. Highly recommend James.
Our dog loves staying with James. She always seems so happy when we pick her up. Thanks, James!
We feel incredibly fortunate to have found James. Our dog, Spot, has had 2 phenomenal stays with James (1 week and 2 weeks), and both times, we were able to enjoy our vacations knowing that Spot was in good hands. From the moment we met James at our "meet and greet", we sensed his professionalism and expertise in the canine arena (we call him the "dog whisperer"). He took his time getting to know us and Spot, including his likes/dislikes, habits, and "areas of opportunity" (at the time, Spot was a whiner when he didn't get the attention). Thanks to a protocol which James uses for drop-off, there never is any separation anxiety, and Spot immediately acclimates to his new environment. James treats Spot and all the other dogs as if they are his own, and proudly sends pics regularly of all the fun being had in the basement, backyard, or dog park as well as the quiet/sleeping moments. Also included with the pics are general updates of how things are going, which again, allows us to not worry one bit. Based on Spot's experiences, we are now considering some sort of "daycare" arrangement so that Spot can remain social and see all of his friends more regularly. Oh and that whining that was mentioned previously ... it's now gone since James has cared for Spot. If you have any apprehension about leaving your dog in someone else's care, know that you will have made the best decision by choosing James!
Just picked Cody up from his home away from home with James. I know he is happy to see us, but he sure seemed to have had a great time! We received a video & 3 awesome pictures of him lounging and playing. It's so wonderful to be able to drop him off on the way to the airport for a work trip, pick him up on the way back, and never have to worry about how he is doing! Thanks so much to James for another great stay - see you again in August!
James is an awesome dog trainer! He went to our home and successfully worked with us to get our dog from pulling and going crazy with squirrels. I also board my dog at James house which is perfect and my dog has a fantastic time. James is patience and loving with all dogs and knows the proper way to treat and train a dog. I am so glad I found James!
Yoda had such a great time with James. When we pulled up to the house, Yoda was very, very excited. While we were away, James kept us informed as to how the stay was going, and it looked like Yoda had a really good stay. The pictures he sent were really funny and captured Yoda's personality.
He did not wake up to let us in one morning and could not be roused. Strange experience altogether.
James was excellent with the care he provided for our fur-baby during the weekend of our wedding. He kept up updated on her and how she was doing with the other dogs. He was even very accommodating with Brooklyn's complex raw diet. Brooklyn seemed very happy and at home when I picked her up. James did an excellent meet and greet to get to know Brooklyn, my husband and myself so that he knew Brooklyn's history. I will definitely use James the next time Brooklyn needs to be boarded.
Molly had a great time! She is getting older and is starting to have problems jumping up on to things. We purchased a small set of stairs for her to use and James was kind enough to teach her how to use the stairs during her stay. He is extremely helpful and truly cares about our pup.
Thanks, James!
Cody had another great stay with James this weekend! My dog has really become so comfy with James that he hops in the truck when it is time for his vacay - and the first time he stayed with James he was so timid and worried! We are so happy to have this home away from home from our dog when we go away without him.
Cody had another great visit with James this weekend. What a wonderful, stress-free time we had, knowing that he was a happy dog, visiting with his friends and having a great Dog Vacay weekend!
James was wonderful! My husband and I did a few meet-and-greets before deciding to go with James, and we knew within the first few minutes that our dog Quinn would be in great hands at his home. James took the time to get to know Quinn, asking us a number of questions about him, his habits, etc. He was very professional throughout the whole process and we picked up a tired and happy pup after a 3-night stay. We have boarded Quinn at more traditional boarding places before, and I must say this is SO MUCH better! Knowing that Quinn was in good hands and someone’s home allowed us to be able to relax and enjoy our vacation. I would definitely recommend James and our pup Quinn will be back there in the future!
Cody had his second great stay with James R this past week. What a relief it was to be on travel for work and never worry for a moment about our family pet. I can't overstate the benefits of having James as Cody's host - flexible drop off & pick up schedule on topic of in-home care at a reasonable cost. I wish I could think of a bad thing to say just so I wouldn't have to worry about James R getting too many clients!
James was fabulous. Each step of the process was professional, courteous and thorough. Most importantly, Maggie was happy and well cared for. From the meet & greet to pick up we felt it was the most positive experience for us as well as Maggie. We will definitely consider James in the future and highly recommend him to others.
I can not thank James enough for the wonderful way in which he took care of my Poppy dog.

I constantly received updates and pictures that I could share with family and friends in South Africa.

The moment I entered James's home I knew that Poppy would be happy to be stay with him. A true dog haven. James allowed Poppy to express her needs and to guide him as to where she would be comfortable to sleep and be. She felt totally at ease from the first moment we met James.

The Poppy I brought home after a 19 day stay with James was totally different to the dog I left behind. She would usually wine to be fed first or whilst we eat our meals. We are able to have our meal first whilst she patiently watched us until we fed her. As a dog trainer and whisperer James is totally tuned into the needs of animals and is a master at behavioral change.

James we feel blessed to have found you and for sure I know that Poppy would love to return to her home away from home.
James was great with our black lab Amina. He was very professional and responsive. The meet-n-greet, drop off and pick-up all went smoothly. His father seems super nice too. Amina went out of food for the last day so he gave her some of his own dog food, that was really nice. We also loved the photo updates! We will definitely have Amina stay with James again when we travel. Thanks again James!
We really appreciate how flexible James is with watching our pup. We both have somewhat unpredictable work schedules, so it is nice to have a pup sitter who will work with us. Thank you, James! Janeen and Dustin
James was an excellent host for our 2-year old Corgi mix, Cody. It was our first time using DogVacay and we are very pleased with the entire experience. James is very experienced and made us very comfortable at our meet & greet. He understood Cody's personality from the start & provided excellent counsel on how to have a successful drop off. We received regular updates while we were away & couldn't be happier with the outcome. Cody was clean & happy when we picked him up. We will definitely try to book with James for our future trips when Cody can't go with us.
Our dog loves staying with James! He is also very flexible with scheduling, which is significant for us because our schedule is always changing. Thanks, James! Janeen and Dustin
Our dog loves staying with James. After two weeks, we got her back and she was very happy and relaxed.
James welcomed my dog into his home over Thanksgiving, for which I'm very grateful! The pictures I received clearly showed my dog having a blast with the other dogs that were there at the time. James took great care of her -- I'm very pleased!
James was flexible in taking my dog one day early so that I could leave town before a snowstorm hit. I really appreciated his flexibility, even though he already had other dogs in his house.
I am so happy that I found James. He took great care of my dog, which I could see for myself with the picture updates that he sent. He is great with dogs, and I am definitely going to use him again!
Lucy had a blast and we loved the updates/photos from James during her stay. We highly recommend James and will definitely use him again!
When I went to pick Grimbal up he was cuddling on the couch, completely happy to be there. He had a great time,with lots of walks and play times. James is conscientious and caring - a great host!
At this point, my dog is so comfortable at with James that, if I take too long getting her into the car in the afternoon, she actually attempts to run back into his house! I think she wishes she lived there now.
James is a great host and our dog loves being there.
Charlie is a happy dag and James does an awesome job!
Our dog always has the best time with James. She is so relaxed when we pick her up. James is also a great host to work with, always takes great care of our pup.
James was excellent as always. Not only did he give a 5-star care to my dog while I was having a baby away in a hospital, he also explained to me how to introduce the dog to the baby. James sent me great photos of the dog having a blast and I was calm that she is having great time.
Our dog loves staying with James. We usually take her for daycare during the week, and occasionally overnight depending on the schedule. She is always happy to get dropped off and doesn't cry anymore. Thanks James!
Working with James was a pleasure! He really took the time to understand how our dog spent her time and tried to maintain her normal routines and sleeping arrangements. She came back home well taken care of and relaxed!
I cannot put into words how happy I am with the care that was provided by James — he is absolutely wonderful! I am very happy (and I am a hard person to please!) Not only did he agree to take my dog on a short notice due to an emergency, he also was very knowledgeable about how to handle the dog's issues. Diva, has a lot of anxiety issues and James knew exactly how to approach her and make her feel at home. He is a professional trainer who understands dogs better than their owners. James was very responsive, both via phone, text, and e-mail. He was sending pictures and making sure I know what's going on. I feel like Diva had a better vacation than me. The very next time I have to leave town, I have just the guy — very excited I found James, from now on I will definitely leave my dog with him every trip I take.
Our dog loves staying with James. She is a small breed dog, so we worry about putting her in traditional kennels with larger dogs. James has a small breed dog, so our little ones loves going over to hang out, and we don't have to worry about her getting trampled.
As always five stars for James, no words to express the happiness for the great moments of joy of vagabundo. Thanks again.
Our greyhound Marvin had a wonderful stay with James over the christmas holiday! He was able to get out his zoomies in the fenced yard, have lots of attention and play time, and nap and lounge as he pleased. We look forward to having Marvin stay with James in the future!
James was very professional and accommodating picking Kit up and dropping her off. The photos and updates on her stay were also great while I was traveling.
There are no words to describe the supreme service of James PAWSOME with my beloved vagabond, very friendly service, a lot of empathy, a lot of game and great moments. He was so happy that it took him some time to get into the car. Thanks and I will highly recommend your service to everybody who really love their pets and wants the best for them. Thanks James.
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