Lucky Dog Camp ~ A Fun Dog Getaway!
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Michael E.
Nevada City, CA 95959
165 Reviews
101 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 8 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
Must Be Spayed or Neutered

Michael's Resident Pets

Sidd
Mixed Breed
Male
2 yr 4 mo old

Michael's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Air-conditioned inside
Dog door access

About Michael

7 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
**IMPORTANT NOTICE** : From Oct 10th - 18th, my response time to get back to you for any new Inquiries and Requests may take up to 24 hrs, as I will be at a week-long conference. My access to phone and email messages will be limited to non-conference hours. Your patience and understanding is greatly appreciated. ~Michael ***************************

Lucky Dog Camp is my home-based doggie Daycare, and overnight Boarding business, located on a large, forested half-acre, just two miles from historic downtown Nevada City, in the Sierra foothills.

If you're planning a trip and are unable to take your pooch along, you can rest assured your precious family dog will have as much fun as you, maybe even more, by staying with the pack at Lucky Dog Camp!

Here inside the large, fenced backyard, dogs are free to hang-out, romp, & play with a friendly, social pack. Usually, I can manage dogs of all sizes or personality types, including dogs who display mild anti-social behavior.

For even more fun and exercise, the pack and I get out for several daily adventures, including hikes on local trails, swimming in the creeks, and visits to the dog park. At night, or in inclement weather, the pack always stays indoors on warm, cozy beds.

Additionally, I also offer personalized problem behavior consulting and re-training. For more information, ask about my Pack Socialization Boot Camp.

Recently, I spent a year doing advanced training, and working closely with a well-known Animal Behaviorist. I also volunteer at Sammie's Friends Animal Shelter helping to improve the shelter dogs lives and chances to be adopted by a forever-family.

Please contact me to discuss your specific needs, and to schedule a Meet-n-Greet visit.

Thank you and woof, woof from the LDC pack!

~Michael (aka Top Dog)
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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
Michael E.
Nevada City, CA 95959
165 Reviews
101 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 8 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated September 20, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Michael's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 0 walk/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At Michael's Home
$23 /day
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/day
Training
$65 /hour
Baths
$25 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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165 Reviews
We have boarded our two dogs twice with Michael. He knows dogs and remains calm but in control of them . The dogs leave their stay with him happy but tired. One of our dogs has some special needs. Michael was attentive to detail in caring for her and she did very well.
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Michael always does a great job.
Fab per usual, this sitter LOVEs my dog and my dog LOVEs going to his Lucky Dog Camp to play with other pooches, go on off leash walks, and just generally have a vacay.
Fab per usual, this sitter LOVEs my dog and my dog LOVEs going to his Lucky Dog Camp to play with other pooches, go on off leash walks, and just generally have a vacay.
Fab per usual, this sitter LOVEs my dog and my dog LOVEs going to his Lucky Dog Camp to play with other pooches, go on off leash walks, and just generally have a vacay.
Fab per usual, this sitter LOVEs my dog and my dog LOVEs going to his Lucky Dog Camp to play with other pooches, go on off leash walks, and just generally have a vacay.
Fab per usual, this sitter LOVEs my dog and my dog LOVEs going to his Lucky Dog Camp to play with other pooches, go on off leash walks, and just generally have a vacay.
Fab per usual, this sitter LOVEs my dog and my dog LOVEs going to his Lucky Dog Camp to play with other pooches, go on off leash walks, and just generally have a vacay.
Always reliable and caring.
Michael is amazing and my dog loves going to the lucky dog camp! She gets so excited when we get close! Michael sends us text pictures so we can see how much fun she is having. It makes it so nice to leave her when she has so much fun too! And when she comes home? She sleeps for a couple of days because she played so much! I highly recommend Michael!
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I really liked the way Michael introduced my dogs to the other dogs by bringing them out a few at a time to let my pups get used to them. He is a good handler as well. I recommend him.
Micheal is a good soul and I can tell he loves my "Cooper". Michael has a perfect for our dog that loves dogs and people.
Dropped off our senior dog Duke for a week. He had plenty of friends and playtime. He came home REALLY tired, so tired we thought he was sick. Took a couple days and he was back to normal. I definitely would recommend Lucky Dog Camp for big dogs with lots of energy or old dogs who think they are young dogs. Michael takes really good care of the dogs.
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I am so very grateful to Michael at Lucky Dog Camp. Tucker always has a great time there. Not only does he behave better with other dogs and people when he comes home, he had a place far from the fourth of july explosions which saved him from a whole lot of stress. I really appreciate Michael's skills, the environment he creates for the dogs is so helpful for Tucker's social skills and confidence. It is great to be able to leave our dog there knowing that he will be safe and benefit so much more than he would in a typical kennel.
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This was our first time leaving Ari and I felt totally confident leaving him with Michael ! Michael let me know right away how Ari was settling in so I could relax ! He really cares about the dogs he takes care of and gave great advice about helping socialize Ari and what dogs would be good for him to play with ... Ari has been sleeping since I picked him up !! Thank you Michael for being so professional and kind to me and to Ari! Great first time experience ! Jayne G.
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Mandy loves going to Michael's when I'm out-of-town. She really enjoys playing with the other dogs. For me, it means the world to me to know that she is being well taken care of and that she's happy while I'm gone. Thank you Michael!!
Michael was great! Super easy to connect with and totally professional. He sent me a pic of my dog during his stay without my even asking and I loved that! My pup came home happy, well exercised, and content. We would definitely use Michael again if we are in the area. Thanks Michael!
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Our 5 month old Golden Retriever puppy came home happy and tired from all the play with Michael's other dogs. I highly recommend Michael and I'm sure we'll be back.
MIchael is very warm and tuned in to our dog's needs.
We trust Michael with our family member Max. Michael understands K9 behavior and personality and takes his trade seriously. Professional and competent.
Perfect first time stay, we will be back! Thanks for all the photos!
My dog had a great stay! Michael is the best!
Michael is an excellent, caring professional and our dog Ben had a great stay with him while we were visiting out of state relatives. It was great to be able to leave our furriest family member with someone we trust while we were away!
As always, this was a great little vacation for our dog. Michael is very good at training an teaching dogs to be good dogs. He uses Caesar Milan's methods and he is very good at it.
I had a wonderful experience with Michael at the lucky dog camp. I had a great trip knowing my dog was happy and safe. I have already booked more time for Wilson to stay at the camp.
Izzy had a great time playing with the other dogs at the camp. One of the few times we've actually seen her tired. We will take her back for sure!
Best of the best dog sitters in the world! Michael and Lucky Dog Camp are second to none!! Mago always is happy to be there and gets excited when he realizes where we are headed. Doggy rompin' fun all day!
Always amazing! Michael is the best. I wouldn't send Mago anywhere else really. He always has a great time at Lucky Dog Camp!
This was our first visit to Lucky dog. Michael was great with our dog Bear! Thanks! We will be back
Mykah loves Lucky Dog Camp!
Michael is always very warm and friendly.
Rawley had another great weekend with Michael and the other dogs! Rawley gets the excersize he needs, and socialization.
Our dog, Ole, a 3-year old yellow lab has so much fun staying with Michael. When our SUV turns into Michael's driveway, Ole begins to wine in anticipation and he jumps out to greet Michael without looking back at us. Michael sends us photos which means a lot when we're out of town and missing Ole. He is always playing in the large shaded back yard with other pals.
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Another great stay for Rawley! He came home happy and tired from all the fun!
Michael is very conscientious in his care of the dogs he takes on. I appreciate Michael's honest, clear, and frequent communication regarding all of the dogs health, safety, and well being. Our dog Cedar seemed to have a great time . . . he came home at Noon and slept for the rest of the day (after five days with Michael and the pack). Cedar would have stayed had we let him. We are so happy to have found Michael and Lucky Dog Camp. No doubt we will use his services again in the future.
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Wonderfully knowledgeable sitter and wonderful setting for the dogs.
Michael is wonderful. G just loves him. Michael takes special solo time with G because he loves that best. I so appreciate his care for every dog's unique needs!
As usual, Murph came home happily tired. Michael even kept us updated with texts and photos of the adventures and fun Murph was having at Lucky Dog Camp! It is SO reassuring to know he is so well cared for while we are away.
Michael understands dog behavior and knows how to migrate doggie visitors into the pack. I'd highly recommend Lucky Dog Camp to others. My pup came home tired and happy.
Michael is really wonderful with our dogs. We can relax knowing that they are in great care with Michael! They have fun too and enjoy their stays with him.
We were going camping for the weekend nearby and were unable to bring our dog. This was the first time we had ever left him for a whole weekend. Michael was gracious enough to book our reservation even though he had never met our pooch before (of course Ranger had to pass the meet & greet meeting when we arrived, which he did). I spoke with Michael on the phone for quite awhile before making our reservation, and could tell that he was very knowledgeable about dogs, and that we were on the same page in regards to dog training and behavior. When we picked up Ranger this afternoon, he was happily exhausted. We also saw a picture of him with some of the bigger dogs that were with him over the weekend, and it was obvious that he was happy and well-cared for. If we lived near the area we would not hesitate to use Michael's services on a regular basis, and we definitely recommend him.
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Michael is great! My boy is so happy to arrive at dog camp. He jumps right out of the car and runs to Michael. Need I say more...Thank you Michael!
Blue remembered Michael from our Meet & Greet from several weeks earlier. Blue showed no separation anxiety from me at all. This is a dog who is glued to me!
Michael is sensitive to new dogs entering into the environment and ensures appropriate measures are in place to create a calm environment for all of his K9 guests. His home is completely set up for his business.
When we picked Blue up more than 24 hours later, Blue was happy, relaxed and clean. Michael provided details of Blue's stay. Blue clearly had a fun visit at Lucky Dog Camp!
Michael is a professional and knows dogs of many breeds. He is certainly in the right business. We look forward to calling on Michael for his services again.
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My dog ran off joyfully with Michael, then slept all day on his return. Happy pup!
Eva loved staying with Michael, he took great care of her, she didn't want to leave! I felt completely comfortable leaving Eva in Michael's care.
Michael was patient, knowledgable and caring. I am so happy I have a safe and fun place for my pup to go while I'm at work. We've already booked our next reservation. Karen and Buster
I know my dog is in safe hands and extremely happy when I leave him with Michael.
Awesome as usual!
Michael runs a great facility Tula loves. He keeps us informed, and is a pleasure to deal with.
Michael was WONDERFUL! He took care of all of our dogs while we were celebrating our wedding. Our dogs came back happy and healthy. Thank you!
Great host. I know my dog is in good hands. He gives reports how my dog is doing during the stay with pictures and after. He takes the dogs for walks and also has a nice big yard and indoor area for them to be in. He obviously has a lot of experience training and working with dogs.
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Great host. I know my dog is in good hands. He gives reports how my dog is doing during the stay with pictures and after. He takes the dogs for walks and also has a nice big yard and indoor area for them to be in. He obviously has a lot of experience training and working with dogs.
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Great host. I know my dog is in good hands. He gives reports how he's doing during the stay and after. He takes the dogs for walks and also has a nice big yard and indoor area for them to be in. He obviously has a lot of experience training and working with dogs.
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We can always count on Michael to take excellent care of Chipper. We were traveling internationally this trip, so it was really delightful to get pictures of Chipper and notes from Michael on how he was doing. I so appreciate Micheal's service as he does not "crate" the dogs, but they live as his own pets, while they are in his care. Such a treat!
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Very knowledgable about dogs and their personalities!
Atticus comes home like a 5 year old after 3 days of Disneyland.
Our dog can be a little nervous sometimes, but he absolutely loved this place, and Michael was a natural with him. The space he's got is also lovely. Highly recommended.
As always, Michael is awesome! Mago loves to go to Lucky Dog Camp, and always has a great time!
Chaco loves going to visit Michael E. It's always a good experience!
Return client - and would return again.

Michael has created a really special place with Lucky Dog Camp. He's exquisitely attuned to the individuality and needs of each dog in his care. Even after a two year absence, my pooch perked up and got very excited when we pulled into the driveway.
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We appreciated Michael's flexibility in scheduling and our dogs enjoyed the extended play date over a long weekend. Both dogs were kept busy socializing with the other doggie guests and walks in the woods surrounding Lucky Dog Camp.
Johnny B. Good loves Michael and the Lucky Dog Camp. It doesn't get any better. He usually gets back to us happy and tired from playing all the day long. Truly a Lucky Dog Camp...
Michael is a great host - clear communication, excellent set-up, and efficient transfer of my dog into and out of the yard. Thanks for making things so easy! We'll be back!
Michael is thoughtful and pays careful attention to detail. He understands dogs and takes care to ensure they do well. He took care of us on short notice, which was a great help.
We've left Nikita overnights with Michael many times now. Nikita is always happy to see Michael the next time.. so clearly, he's got some charm going on with our white german shepherd. Michael is really caring and does his best to make sure each dog is having fun. Our dog was a little sad to leave us for the week at first; but he took special care to make sure she felt better.
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Michael is awesome, I feel like I'm leaving my dog with someone that is obviously knowledgable about dogs and will treat my dog well. I feel he's safe and can go have a great time, as they do off leash walking if dogs are suitable to that as well as play outside in the yard.
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I've used Michael on multiple occasions. Each time has been a great experience for my dog and I! I wouldn't take my dog anywhere else!
Michael provides a good second home for Bailey. We have come to trust that Michael knows Bailey and treats her like family when she visits. We have visited on four occasions, both short and extended stays. Bailey is not the most sociable dog with other dogs (She's a people dog). She is not aggressive, just can't be bothered. Michael gives her space and takes her on walks. When Bailey returns home she is happy, but the visit was good for her. He provides comfort, outdoor fun and safety.
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Piper had a great time staying at Michael's with all of the other dogs! We picked her up the next morning and she slept the entire, long, car ride home! Highly recommend if you're in Nevada City for the weekend!
Michael is a very knowledgeable, aware and concerned caretaker of his canine charges. I am always pleased and impressed with his observations and attention to the needs of Charlie during his stay with Michael. We feel quite lucky to have discovered Luck Dog....
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Lucky Dog Camp is great! Michael is truly an expert with dogs. We highly recommend him.
Michael is a great host - very diligent and thoughtful. He's flexible and willing to work with contingencies. I appreciate his organized setup and G is happy to see him even after awhile!
Michael is amazing! His knowledge of dog behavior combined with his caring manner in which he respects them is a rare combination. I never worry about my "Angel" when under Michael's care. A blessing indeed!

Thank you thank you Michael,
Laurie and Angel
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Lucky Dog Camp is my dog's home away from home.
Awesome!
Michael is always excellent. A wonderful place to leave your dog, caring and stays in touch with photo's and notes, while you are away from your pet. I love the fact that they don't have to be in a cage, but can sleep in their own bed at his place He takes them on walks and treats them as his own. I highly recommend him!
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I was on a cross country trip and needed to leave my dog for 5 days while we did a road biking trip - Michael usually does a pre-visit to meet the dog, but since I live in Colorado, he took the time to call the dog walker out here that has had my dog for overnight stays to get "references" instead. My dog is an energetic, dominant cattle dog and doesn't always like men, but he took to Michael right away and had a great time during his stay!
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Another great time for Rawley at Michael's. He came home tired from all the great playtime.
Another excellent stay. Michael is dedicated, kind and most trustworthy. Thank you Michael.
Michael is awesome with our dog! This was the third stay Nikita has had with him and she looks forward to it every time. Sometimes I think she has such a good time with Michael she wants to stay longer.
Rawley always loves going over to Michael's and playing with all the dogs there. This is Rawley's "home away from home" favorite place!
My dog, Atticus, seemed to be like his at-home self when I picked him after his first overnight at Lucky Dog Camp. Unlucky every other time from any other dog care facility. Michael is very in tuned with the dogs temperament and behaviors which gave me the assurance that my oversized puppy (90 lbs) would be safe. Also he was helpful in providing some training tips for me to work with Atticus. I highly recommend Lucky Dog Camp and will continue to use Michael's services.
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Michael does a great job and Gandhi always comes back happy and tired. Thanks Michael!
Michael is very personable and professional. It is obvious that Michael truly cares for dogs! My dog doesn't warm up to others very easily, but did very well with Michael and the other dogs at Lucky Dog Camp. Michael made sure to ease Molly in and make sure she was feeling comfortable. I'm confident Michael goes out of his way to make dogs feel very lucky to be staying at his dog camp! =)
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My husband and I recently adopted a dog from a rescue facility. We have had a few behavioral and training issues with him and enlisted Michael to help since he was so good with our other dog. Michael was very patient with Maverick and slowly gained his trust. Within the first hour Michael was interacting with him without a leash, successfully introducing him to other dogs, and provided us with recommendations on how to work with Maverick on our own. We plan to have Michael work with Maverick on his stays at daycare and help us as we further work to train Maverick.
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Michael was his normal caring and attentive host...and Charlie returned to us fully spent and slept like a log all night...rd
We were SO lucky to find this spot. Michael has really set up a great spot for pups. It really feels like a private dog park. But without the poorly behaved/unsupervised dogs you can find at the actual dog parks...

When you arrive, Michael pays a great deal of careful attention to introducing the dogs to the place little by little and to each other and was very in tune with intra-group pup dynamics, which left us feeling very confident leaving our dog with him. He has a great presence with dogs. The place is perfectly dog-centric, not a sanitized kennel, and the dogs have nice indoor, outdoor, shaded and sunny spaces.

Our dog really seemed happy and relaxed there w him and his pack.
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We are so grateful that we found Michael to care for our dogs. Due to our busy schedule of work, we are having to fly every other month somewhere across the country. We were hesitant to get dogs due to the worry of leaving them with someone other than ourselves. We feel so relaxed having Michael as the caregiver for our two high energy dogs. Not only is Michael extremely responsible, (and in total control of the dogs) but it is also obvious that he loves what he is doing.
Our two dogs cannot wait to get from the car to his yard each and every time they arrive on his property. You can also see their anticipation of the fun that they are about to have. Happy Dogs!
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Michael is always amazing and Mago always has a great time. Mago was so excited to get there this time, that he ran laps around Michael's backyard when he got out of the car! I couldn't imagine sending Mago anywhere else.
Bodie loves Lucky Dog Camp.. asked me today when he's going back!
As always, Michael is amazing with Mago! Mago loves to go to Lucky Dog Camp, and recognizes when we are almost there. He gets really excited, and practically jumps out of the car when we arrive. I am so grateful for Michael and the dogs at Lucky Dog Camp. Mago had an amazing time and always comes back better behaved! Thanks Michael!
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We left our dog Shadow with Michael while we went on vacation. During our vacation Shadow became ill. Michael called us immediately and kept us posted daily (sometimes 2xs a day) of Shadow's condition. His concern and care for Shadow was well above the norm. His handling of the situation was very professional. We unconditionally highly recommend Michael.
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As always, I am happy to lead Chaco with Michael E.
Michael is simply wonderful with Shelby. She always has a great time. Michael makes sure to send us pictures so we know she is happy and having fun.
Michael really knows dogs. My girl came home happy and calm.
Pearl and Nina have stayed with Michael several times and I can't believe how excited they are when his home comes into view. They know the way now and start to bark and wine about a mile away. They are so excited to be there, they could care less about my leaving. My dogs were never boarded before Michael and I am so pleased with their care.
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We had a great experience at Lucky Dog Camp. Michael allowed us to do a late check in and even met us at a location near our hotel to pick up our dog and take him to "camp" (for a small fee). This was because it was very dark and he was worried we would have difficulty finding Lucky Dog Camp. He kept in touch via text messages and pictures of our dog having a blast with the other dogs. When we came to get our dog the next day, the setting was very "camp-like" and in a pretty forested area. I'm sure our dog had a blast running around and hiking in the area. I would recommend this camp to anyone with a friendly, well-behaved dog.
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Rawley has a great time at Michael's! He loves playing with the other dogs, and taking walks or going to the dog park with Michael. He comes home happy and tired! Michael is great with all the dogs he has in his care, and pays attention to each dog and his/her needs. We chose to leave Rawley with Michael over leaving him at home with a house/pet sitter, because of all the love and attention he gets, as well as the socialization and play time with other dogs.
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Mago had a great time. He had never spent the night away from us, but had no problems at all. Michael and the dog pack made Mago feel right at home. We will definitely use Michael and Lucky Dog Camp again soon. Couldn't be happier!
Jack is at Michael's at least once a week. He has an exceptional time every time! I love the pictures that Michael sends of Jack playing with his buddies. I know Jack is in good hands when we leave him. You can tell he has a wonderful time, because he doesn't want to leave nor is there any hesitation on Jacks part when we drop him off. Always a great experience.
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My dog, Mia, loves to go to Michael's for the day. She gets to go to all kinds of fun places with other dogs to run and play fetch. Michael does a great job screening the dogs that become part of the pack, so I never worry about my dog when she is at Michael's for the day. Michael even texts me pictures sometimes of from the day's play.
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Looks like my new girl, Ryleigh, has voted - and she says she had the best time at Lucky Dog Camp. I never had a doubt that she would be well cared for, and having other pups to play with is such a perk! Many thanks, Michael! We'll see you again SOON!!
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Our dog loved being at Michael's. He took very good care of her . She enjoyed the walk and playing with the other dogs. She is a cockapoo that is 11 yrs. old
We are so thankful to find a place our dog is happy while we are away - Michael is great to work with and so helpful.
This was our dog's second stay at Lucky Dog Camp and she came home happy and well cared for. Loved getting regular text updates about our dog during our vacation. It set our minds at ease so we could relax. Will definitely be back for our next vacation!
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Michael is the best and might I add only person that I care to leave my dog with.
My dog Jack loves going to Lucky Dog Camp. He runs and plays all day. Michael is awesome he has a natural way with the dogs and clearly the dogs love him. He offers variety for the dogs, walks free play outings it is great. I trust him completely with Jack and plan to take Jack weekly for Doggie day play! I highly recommend Michael to take care of any 4 legged kids.
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This was the first time we had to leave our puppy (4 months old) for several days and so we needed to find the right environment for her. Jessie had a great time at Lucky Dog Camp! Michael was a wonderful caretaker, it was so great to know that she was playing with other dogs and enjoying herself while we were gone. We will definitely bring Jessie back for future stays at the camp!
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Michael is very good with Elmo, whcih hlps us to feel comfortable leaving Elmo in his care.
I found Michael on Dog Vacay - and boy, am I glad I did (and my dog would agree!). Michael's property is built around and for dogs - and he's adjacent to acres of wilderness for daily group walks. He seems very attuned to keeping his pack happy. Our dog was there for a week. We know it was a success because immediately after picking up our pooch to go we realized we'd left her bed behind. When we got back to Michael's, she perked up and looked very happy and excited to be back at Michael. The proof was in the wagging.
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Michael was perfect caregiver for Remi during her stay with him. She has dog issues and he worked well with her. I appreciated the picture he sent me with Remi in the pack.
My dog had so much fun, she didn't know what to do when she came home. It was our first time leaving her and Michael kept us updated with text messages and pictures. Knowing she was having fun helped us relax and enjoy our time away. She will definitely be vacationing at Lucky Dog Camp again!
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What a Pleasure! We wanted to be picky about who was going to take care of our pup, make sure she got a work out, and not kept locked up all day.

Michael took her on hikes everyday, played with the dogs in his back yard multiple times a day, and sometimes even got to go to her favorite dog park.

He even sent us photos of the pups playing every few days.

Nala didn't wanna leave..
BEST DOG SITTER EVER!
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I am so grateful to Michael for taking such good care of Jake and Tucker. I appreciated the pictures he sent...I wondered if they wouldn't want to come home with all the fun they were having!
Excellent care for sociable dogs in a private, wooded setting. Michael treats each guest-dog with skill, consideration, and patience. The dogs bond with each other and amuse themselves with canine interests. Michael takes the pack on outings and walks every day. Marco looks forward to Lucky Dog Camp visits and then sleeps for a day after he comes home. We would highly recommend Lucky Dog Camp for a stress-free vacation for your dog.
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Lucky Dog Camp was fantastic, and we'll definitely be boarding there again! Our dog is sort of a handful, but he came back clean, exercised, and very happy. Michael was very communicative throughout and sent text pictures of our pup playing with his new buddies. Definitely a great place.
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Great concern and interest for dogs......my dog loved it and will return!
Michael took great care of our 1 year old german shepherd while we were away in Arizona. He sent us updates throughout our trip which assured us Nikita was having a good time. Upon picking her up, it was clear she had a great time with Michael and the other dogs. We'll definitely be reaching out to Michael again the next time we need a few nights of boarding!
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Aviar did great on her overnight with Michael at the Lucky Dog Camp -- we are so pleased with our experience. Michael went above and beyond to work with us on the timing of drop off and pick up of our pup. She was happy, and tired from playing with the other dogs there, when we arrived back to get her.
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Michael is obviously very devoted to his charges total well being. This is evident from the initial meeting and Michael's very deliberate exploration of the pet's behavior and socilaizaton level, and his introduction of the pet to those "lodgers" most compatible, and with whom relations can be built. From there, it is on to monitored play to discover broader behaviors as well as to build greater pack bonding. Through Michael's deliberate introductions our Charlies problem of "ball possessive" behavior was rendered non-existent - good job Michael!
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Michael took Gandhi to Hirschman's pond on a hot day - he came back happy and tired!
Michael did a wonderful job with our girls, Pinkie Pie and Shippou. This was only our 2nd trip ever that we couldn't take them on (first time we learned that they definitely weren't kennel material), so we definitely wanted to make it a good experience. Michael is incredibly knowledgeable and truly has a heart for the pups in his care. He is also the only guy my girl, Shippou, (an opinionated Malinois mix) has EVER taken an instant liking to. Points in my book! :)

Since bringing them home, we've also noticed some of their irritating quirks have vanished. A wonderful combo of great trainer, a bunch of exercise, and a nicely balanced pack of dogs. Thanks Michael!
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Tilly was very well cared for and had a very good time. I want to board her there again in in. July. Julie Cobden
awesome as usual Michael.. Bodie and I thank you!
Elmo thanks you, and I thank you.
Khaos stayed with Michael while we went to Costa Rica. We were so worried about finding a place to take care of her the way we would and when we returned, Khaos was happy to see us of course, but she had made lots of friends and didn't want to leave! She loved the hikes and she even went swimming! I loved the picture update while we were gone. We will use Michael again to hang out with our pup when we go out of town.
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It is always a good sign when your dog bounces out of the car and beelines for the house because they are so excited to be there~ Michael is the best!
Thank you Michael.. .Bodie had a great visit. Easy drop off, ready to go at pick up. Very easy. Lots of other dogs to rumble and play with.
Michael has a great set up. He's very friendly, and so is the pack. Gandhi came home happy and tired from a great day of fetch, walk and play!
Elliott travels around a lot and loves being with dogs and humans he can manage. It took one (1) day for him to start running from the car to the patio to be with his new friends.
Michael is wonderful with the dogs, takes them for hikes and there are lots of things for them to do at home too.
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Michael is awesome. I always know that he is taking good care of Chipper. Michael treats Chipper like he is his own. I love that Chipper gets to sleep in his own bed while we are gone. No worry's on my part when we are away. I appreciate the fact that Michael takes them on long adventurous walks and much more. It really is like a "camp for dogs" If Chipper could talk, I know he would say it was a Fun time. Thanks Michael!
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Trixi was very happy and content when I picked her up this afternoon. She had visited with Michael and the pack for 6 days while we were on vacation.

Michael takes really good care of our pets, including taking them out for 3 walks (Trixi's favorite thing) each day.

When Trixi is at Lucky Dog Camp, I never worry. I know she is happy and well cared for.
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Excellent. Thanks Michael.
This man is a great pet sitter and trainer. When hosting your pet he spends time with your dog, our puppy had a great time and he gave us updates.
Rawley had another great stay at Michael's house. He played a lot with the other dogs, and went on some great long walks.
Jack, my aussie pup, had his first overnight stay with Michael and the pack-it was clear he had a great time! Michael was very deliberate in his introduction to the 6 dogs that were already there, introducing Jack to a few at a time while I was still there. It was reassuring to me to be able to see that the other dogs were calm and not aggressive. Jack never met a dog he didn't love, but the feeling is not always mutual. Michael had to put him in the car to come home-he was happy to see me, but also didn't want to leave his new friends. I wholeheartedly recommend Michael to care for your dogs. His calm, firm but gentle way with the dogs seems to be just right.
Jack has been sleeping a lot since he's been home-I think he got a lot more exercise and playtime than usual while he was there!
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Maggie's first visit to Lucky Dog Camp and we felt very comfortable leaving her in Michael's care. He has all the "creature comforts" and activities that made her feel at home. He was very conscientious, asked all the right questions of us and had the right answers to ours. I'm sure Maggie will be happy to visit again.
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Bernard loves Michael so much he walked 3 miles to his house for this visit - we didn't even have to drop him off! I am sure your dog will love Michael too.
Colt loves going to see Michael. So much so we sometimes wonder if he wouldn't rather live there. Michael spends so much time with the dogs, and usually has a good mix of even tempered dogs that Bernard loves to hang out with. We feel so comfortable leaving Bernard with Michael.
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Michael was very flexible and very kind when Rose stayed for the weekend.
We have had a very difficult time finding a place for Chaco to go when we need to leave him. Now, after 4 years, we have found the perfect place with the perfect person. Thank you Michael : )
Rawley had a great time in his "home away from home" stay with Michael. He enjoyed the company of other dogs, long hikes/runs on the property, and lots of play time. Michael was very good with all the dogs he had that weekend, and we will definately bring Rawley back the next time we need a "dog sitter"
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Michael takes very good care of Tillie, she seems very comfortable there.
Always good to have Gaia with Michael.
I feel great about leaving Gaia with Michael. He has a great space for the dogs and he really spends time with them. Gaia comes home happy and well exercised and now when we aproach his house for another day she is extremly happy we are doing so.
Michael is wonderful! I loved getting the daily pictures and seeing how much fun Daisy was having.
Michael was awesome. Very caring, helpful, kind and loving with Chipper. LOVED that he sent us pictures of Chipper 3 or 4 times during his stay with Michael. I loved the fact that the dogs could sleep in their own beds in the house. I highly recommend Michael and his "home away from home" for pets.
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L: Loving - Michael truly cares about his charges and their well-being.
U: U will enjoy peace-of-mind and the comfort of knowing your dog is with a capable handler.
C: Canine satisfaction - Dogs receive constructive individual attention and reinforcement of healthy behaviors.
K: Kennels cannot compare!
Y: Yorkies and Great Danes and everything in between are welcome.

D: Dogs get to explore, adventure, and snifferize to their hearts' content.
O: Outstanding value!
G: Greatest dawg haven around!

Thanks again, Michael!
Karen, Cam, and (woof!) Charlotte
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Michael and his Lucky Dog Camp is wonderful for Gaia my one year old baby.I love how Michael set a very calm and orderly tone to take Gaia and myself into his space. It is clean and orderly (love the garage with carpets for interim space before house). I also love that he sends photos and notes via smart phone to update the days festivities. Gaia is well exercised, and happy at end of day. Lucky dog Camp is a great find.
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Michael was very friendly, and very willing to accomodate our needs. He is a real "dog person", and we felt that our dog Elmo was in good hands. We particularly like the homey environment.
Michael seemed to take a personal interest in Tillie and we feel that she was extremely well cared for. We appreciate that Tillie had time with other dogs in a home setting with a caring and skillful "alpha Dog" pack leader like Michael. We are also delighted with the opportunities Michael provides for active time outside.
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I was from out of town and when Michael and I talked on the phone, he put me completely at ease. I was planning on staying with relatives when I was in the area and He was willing to work with me on taking Mina out for day trips during her boarding time. I loved the pictures Michael texted me and I could tell Mina was loving her time there too. When I picked her up, Mina didn't seem in a hurry to leave (quite different from our previous boarding experiences). Michael provided a wonderful experience for Mina and I was able to relax with my family. If I am ever in the area again, I will definitely be giving him a call.
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Max had a great time with Michael and "the pack" at Lucky Dog Camp. When we picked him up from his 5 day stay, he was as happy as ever. Michael was great about sending photo updates and communicating with me from the time I booked the reservation through the end of Max's stay. I would book with Michael again and refer him to a friend.

Thanks Michael!
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Michael was an excellent choice for our dog. He took Sampson in last minute, which was a relief. We met Michael the night before and Sampson felt comfortable with him. Michael sent photos and comments during the week, which I appreciated. He went for walks and played with other dogs that week. Our dog enjoyed his stay at Michael's house and Sampson looked depressed for a few days. I would highly recommend leaving your pet with Michael.
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I appreciate Michael's conscientious care for my dog and it is clear he really loves what he does and is committed to giving great care to the dogs. My dog loves being at his dog camp!
The Lucky Dog Camp is a forest retreat with room to spare. Our Great Pyrenees, Charlotte, had as much fun on her vacation with Michael as we did on our own! He took time to understand her temperament and personality and in doing so, helped her handle her separation blues. He thoughtfully encouraged her to be engaged, and to explore, and play. Michael is a sensitive and consistent handler and is a true master of creative canine enrichment. He is definitely the guy to see for every dog owner's peace of mind. Thanks again, Michael!
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Michael is really good with our dog.He spends time walking, feeding and training.
Bernard came home, and it seemed like he wanted to go back. On short trips we usually have family check in on him, but or next short trip will probably be spent with Michael.
Buddy is one of the "regulars" at Lucky Dog, and sometimes I think he'd rather be there than at home with just me! Michael has done a stellar job of making the "camp" a real home, and he's even accommodated special needs for food or medicine with no hassle. Thank you, Michael, for giving me & Buddy the best possible experience.
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Great experience all around~ excellent service and care~ thank you!! We'll be back!
Great stay! Our Aussie puppy needs to get rid of so much energy! He was well cared for and exercised and seemed to be very happy with his stay! We will definitely use him again!
We had left our boy, Jax, with Michael, in the past with great results knowing he was safe & well cared for. This time we , also, had a foster dog named Mimi, whom we needed to leave with Michael along with Jax. We knew both dogs would be well cared for, again, & would receive the exercise they both needed being Border Collies. Once again, it was a stressless trip & very comfoerting to know that all was well with them! Michael is the best!!
His knowledge of dogs & his attention to their body language keeps everybody in control when there are several doggie guests at the same time at Happy Dog camp. We couldn't be happier with Michael's service!
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This was the first time we had used Michael & his Lucky Dog Camp & we were thrilled with the results! Jax, our 3 yr. old Border Collie, was right at home at Michael's place & took to Michael right away! When we returned to pick him up he wasn't in the least that anxious to leave so we know he had a fun time there. It was so comforting to know that we now have a place we can leave our precious boy where he will be in safe care, get the exercise he needs & the cost is so reasonable!! We were able to have a fun & relaxing trip overnight & now know that we can go out of town for longer periods of time, too, & Jax will receive the same great care! Michael is, also, very down to earth & a great guy!
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Michael is so knowledgeable & down to earth to deal with & it is such a pleasure to bring Jax there to stay with him when we can't take him with us. The only problem we have is that Jax is TOO comfortable there & never wants to go home. Jax is a Border Collie & Michael knows they need a lot of exercise & Jax certainly gets that at Michael's place! It's very comforting to know that our boy is in safe & reliable hands while we're away. We used to have to pay much more for someone to stay at our house when we're gone so we're very glad we've found Michael & The Lucky Dog Camp!!
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I love leaving Mandy with Michael! I go on vacations or business trips knowing she's not only in good hands, but that she is excited and happy to be there. I highly recommend Lucky Dog Camp !
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