Mike the Dog Man - Minneapolis

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Michael C.

10 Reviews
3 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 13 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Pets OK for House Sitting
Dogs, Fish, Rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, or pet rodents

About Michael

10 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Greetings Minnesota doggies!

My name is Mike and I've been a dog lover for my entire life. That doesn't quite emphasize just how much I adore dogs though. Growing up with three dogs in Massachusetts (two Basset Hounds and a Beagle), I've never known a moment where my clothing wasn't covered in dog fur.

Upon graduation from college in New York City, I took it upon myself to provide personalized, private walking and sitting services for various demanding clients across Manhattan. For three years, I regularly walked the same 5 dogs, in addition to dozens of others over the course of my time in the city. Whether they be puppies, seniors, big or small, long haired or short, I loved them all equally with all my heart as if they were my own. Many of my dogs' "parents" are now personal friends.

Newly resettled to Minneapolis, I am looking to bring my years of experience, reliability, and love to your beloved pets here in the Cities. I am ready and willing to provide a variety of services, from simple walks and belly rubbing to transportation, and daycare or overnight stays at my home, or yours!
These services also include a personalized email detailing our adventure, or several emails over the course of an extended stay. Please feel free to reach out with any and all questions, and please check out my photos! I provide pet photography as well.

Last but not least, feel free to check out my article on dog walking featured on Business Insider.

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-walking-dogs-for-a-living-taught-me-to-be-a-better-human-2015-9

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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

Michael C.

10 Reviews
3 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 13 hours
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 22, 2016

Credentials

Background Checked
This sitter has passed a background check, which searches a variety of criminal databases.
Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Course 102 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Facebook Connected
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Pack Promoter
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Web Training Complete
This sitter has completed an online presentation meant to provide an overview of sitting responsibilities.
Pay through DogVacay for:
Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$40 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • Willing to travel 30 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 30 miles
10 Reviews
Mike did a great job with our dog, Chip! He sent us daily (hilarious) text updates while we were away, and even a few picture. We would definitely recommend Mike to dog parents in need of a sitter!
Mike did a great job for us during an overnight stay with our dogs at our house. The communication before, during, and after this booking was perfect and it seemed obvious to us that the dogs did great while he was around, even our shy and timid Corky. Everything about this experience gives us confidence about our next booking with Mike and we are very comfortable giving him an outstanding recommendation to anyone reading this review.
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Mike has a lot of experience with dogs and is very reassuring and professional, a terrific host!

This was our dog's first stay with Mike and we are thrilled to know him. He was very quick to respond to our reservation request, Junebug LOVED him instantly when he came over for our meet and greet, and he was more than accommodating with our schedule, even offering to pick her up and drop her off for us.

We were delighted with the daily updates and photos of our beloved girl so relaxed & happy and it was evident that Junebug was very well taken care of during her stay.

We will definitely book with Mike in the future when we need to leave town. Having someone that provides our dog with such good care and attention is golden; it really takes a lot of the stress and worry out of our travels. Mike is the best!
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We can't say enough of how pleased we were with Mike's services. We were very lucky to have found him and for him to be able to provide us with his services with such short notice. We immediately felt comfortable with Mike the day we met him. He came over for a pre-visit to meet us and meet our dog Tyson. We loved that he gave us updates multiple times a day and he took care of Tyson and even loved being around our crazy cat. I'm pretty sure they both missed him very much when he left because they slept the whole time when we got back. Mike did a great job with Tyson especially with giving him his medications he needed multiple times a day. I would refer Mike to any of my friends and family and we'll definitely use his services again!
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Mike was the best buddy! He visited us prior to meet Oskar, our German Shorthaired Pointer and me. You could tell right away that he has a way with dogs. Oskar wanted to play with him right away :)
Mike sent text updates every day, some with pictures, a nice touch! He followed all dog/house instructions and left the house tidied up.
I would definitely recommend Mike, especially if you have a high-energy dog like our little Oskar.
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Mike was great! Our pup Emmett was recovering from a bout of illness, so I was a little worried, but Mike took great care of him. Mike sent me regular updates and Emmet was happy as a clam when I returned! Mike came over to meet with us before we made the reservation, just to be sure it was a good fit, and was really accommodating with my travel schedule. Would highly recommend!
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Mike did an excellent job taking care of our elderly dog, Paco, while we were on vacation. Mike came and stayed in our home for seven nights. Before we left, we met with Mike at our home and went over all the details of taking care of our dog, and got a chance to get to know Mike better. He did a great job of meeting the needs of our elderly dog and dealing with Paco's many "issues" -- medications and other idiosyncrasies. Mike understood where Paco was at in his life. Amazingly, Mike was able to get him to eat most of his food and take all of his meds, which we often cannot do. Paco seemed genuinely happy and more energized than usual when we returned. Every day that we were gone, we received an email from Mike on how things were going. This communication was great and really put us at ease about how the dog was doing. Mike was honest, too, giving us the good and the not as good news about our dog. We were able to relax and enjoy ourselves knowing the dog was in good hands. We highly recommend him.
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Mike stayed at our house with our fur babies for one week while our family vacationed in Mexico. Mike is very trustworthy and responsible. He updated us on the pups, collected our mail, and took out the trash. No only did we come home to a clean house, but healthy and happy puppies! We would definitely recommend Mike to care for your pets. Our trip was worry free knowing our pets were being well cared for in the comfort of their own home. Thanks Mike!
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If you are looking for a dog sitter, Mike's your guy!! He stayed at my home with my 2 beagles for 5 nights. It was the first time leaving my babies with someone, and he made me feel very comfortable. He came to visit my pups prior to making the reservation which helped my shy dog warm up to him.

I came home to 2 happy healthy dogs, which is a win in my book! He is very quick to respond to messages and will give you picture updates, which was appreciated! Will definitely use him again :)
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Mike was great... he was willing to meet before we reserved time in order to prove he wasn't an ax murderer (he isn't), he worked as a professional dog-walker in Manhattan, so he definitely knows dogs, he texted us photos of he & Teddy (our goldendoodle) on walks & just chillin', he let Teddy watch the new season premier of House of Cards with him, let him sleep on the bed, and took him to his work to meet his friends. All & all, Mike is the coolest.... Hire him!
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