My Home,.. Your Dog's 2nd Home
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April B.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
35 Reviews
36 Repeat Guests
$39/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Pet Requirements

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

April's Apartment

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Outdoor area
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About April

15 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
They call me "The Dog Mama". I'm an avid animal advocate and professional pet sitter with 8+ years of rewarding experience. I n addition to being a pet sitter, I am a dog trainer and behaviorist.

PLEASE READ THIS E NTIRE BIO BEFORE MESSAGING ME. IT WILL ANSWER MANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS AND GIVE YOU VALUABLE INSIGHT INTO MY HOLISTIC APPROACH TO PET CARE.

All of the animals I look after are special to me and I take care of them as if they were my own. I've hosted many hap py dogs o ver the years and my goal is always to make th em feel comfortable and completely at home in my home. Because of the nature of my job, I'm home through out the day. So all day your dog will be getting plenty of love, personalized attention and all the walks or exercise that they need. I als o take pride in providing the calm home environment that most of us feel pets prefer over large boarding facilities.

I also specialize in long-term pet care. I like to give dogs a chance to get to know me and me them (shh.. they don't know I'm a dog sitter. They just think we're pals and that's how I'd like to keep it.. lol). If you like taking your dog to a different sitter every time you go out of town, I'm probably not the dog sitter for you. Sometimes this can be useful for training purposes.. you may be wanting to socialize them to as many people as possible or maximize their exposure to as many different environments as possible. And while my home is very welcoming(**), I don't want it to be a revolving door(***) and I hope you can understand that. I look at pet care like a parent looks at child care(*). If you feel the same way and are looking for the security of a carefully selected community, hand picked by you, to entrust your (fur) child to, then I'm the dog nanny for you : )

I've met many K9 friends over the years and consider many of them to be family. As you can see from my revisit rate, the dogs that stay with me consider this their second home and many pet parents count on my availability and will only trust me with their dogs. I'm grateful for that trust and proud of the fact that there are usually happy wagging tails around my home. For that reason, I do not offer 'private' dog sitting. Other members of my K9 family may come and go during your dog's stay. If your dog is not a fellow dog lover (All Sizes) my h ome will probably not be the best fit for them.(****) With that being said..


****Because Safety is always the first priority, I can not board non-social d ogs.

*There may be a puppy fee for dogs 1yr and under.

**Rates for major holidays may vary.. inquire about a custom quote before booking.



IF IT SOUNDS LIKE WE WOULD BE A GOOD FIT, I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU AND YOUR DOG : )



** Meet & Greets are from 11a - 7p

***Pick ups & Drop offs are from 9a - 9p
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Can administer oral medicine
CPR / First-Aid certified
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues
April B.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
35 Reviews
36 Repeat Guests
$39/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within a few days
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Strict

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated August 10, 2016

Credentials

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
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At April's Home
$39 /night
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • 3-4 potty breaks/day
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$68 /night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for 1 - 2 hours/day
  • Willing to travel 20 miles
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$30 /hour
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Home Visits
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 5 miles
Training
$50 /hour
Baths
$20 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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35 Reviews
April is beyond amazing!!!! Her knowledge and intuition with dogs is boundless. She was fantastic with little Lady Agatha. I was a nervous basket case leaving her with someone new, but even before I left her at Aprils house, I knew she was going to be happy, safe and sound. I would recommend April beyond anybody else ever, Agatha had a great time and I got updates and photos everyday. I feel so lucky and blessed that I found April on Dogvacay.
Awesome, amazing April .xxxxxx
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It's the first time I left oro with a baby sitter . April took good care of oro,keep on posting pictures?smd send me messages updating me on how his doing ,I was very please with her
Once I dropped off my dogs, it was difficult to get ahold of April. She never actually gave me her phone number despite me asking via DogVacay messages and giving her my number - luckily it was listed on DogVacay. There were times it took 12+ hours for her to get back to me via text, and she only replied after I sent her messages via Dog Vacay that I could not get ahold of her via text. I felt uncomfortable not being able to easily reach her. Also, she would only use WhatsApp (texting app) as opposed to traditional texting which made me feel uneasy.
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April has kept my dog, Bella, a few times now and I would highly recommend her as a host. She sends pictures and updates and is very flexible for drop off and pick up times. She is very good with the dogs and Bella loves her stays with April.
April did a great job watching our one year old Boxer pup, Larry. She was very kind and easy to set things up with -- available for a week long stay last minute when our original option fell through. She sent us a video updates throughout the week, and let us know he had adjusted well and was having a blast with the other puppy there. April is clearly great with the dogs, and is a new trusted babysitter we're very glad we found.

(She also gave us an adorable sweater since he was cold during his stay. We're very grateful!)
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April is amazing! I left her with a peeing dog and came back to a potty trained pup. I would highly recommend her services!!
April is a really great balance of knowledge and caring. Its clear from the moment you see her with the Dogs that she is assertive in a very Loving way. She is also SO knowledgeable about dog health, behaviors, training, discipline, food, etc...You get a really strong feeling of safety when you leave your dog with her and are sure that she will be great to your pup. My dog seems to have had a great time, he was all tail wags around her! Definitely recommended!
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April was awesome!! She sent me pictures of my pups everyday which I really enjoyed! She also answered any questions I had and made me feel secure about leaving my babies at home while I went on vacay! I would highly recommend April! She's awesome!
Amazing as always!
April Is Amazing! Thorough, kind and best of all Stoli and Bailey LOVE her! We are honored to be a part of her doggy family!
I feel very comfortable leaving my precious cargo with April. I've done so at least 3x at this point. Repeat business is always the best recommendation!

She sends me pics and keeps me posted on funny things the dogs are doing which I appreciate! Most importantly I get a happy, healthy dog back at the end of my trip.

I've spent some time talking with April and I feel like she's a kind person.
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April was awesome.
I usually travel with my doggies because I don't like to leave them just anywhere. However, circumstances were different this time and I had the fortune of finding April. It was like leaving them with my closest friend. She updated me everyday about them, sent me pics and did not hesitate to ask questions when not sure about their behavior.
At the end they seemed very comfortable with her.
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April is amazing! She takes great care of my Maya and is always ready to sit her. She also is very knowledgable about dogs in general. A+++ I used April over 5 times already and will continue doing so.
April was a great host for our dog, Georgie. She was very accommodating to accept a reservation last minute, provided detailed check-ins, and even helped Georgie with some of her bad habits :)
It was lovely!
She was awesome! Easy to get in touch with and I loved how she messaged updates to let me know that my dogs were doing great! They seemed happy when I picked them up :) Thankful
always so professional and caring - thanks!
April is really great, fair, sweet and trustworthy. ! I highly recommend her.
April is just amazing!!! Our dogs are repeat guests of hers because she is that great. This is only my second review but we have used her services multiple times, and every time we, and our dogs, are completely satisfied. Our dogs are always happy to return to April place and have a little vacay with her dog Chachi!
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April is great! We had a last min out of town commitment come up and April was extremely accommodating and able to take our Francis with short notice. She sent us photos and updates on her well being. We felt very confident that Francis was in great hands!
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Amazing and Accommodating! Felt at ease immediately and April was kind enough to keep me updated and sent pictures of my little guy so i could see how he was doing. This is a wonderful solution to where to put your pup when you need to travel.
April was able to take our dog on very short notice which we appreciated a lot! She kept in contact with us and sent us photos. Great experience overall.
April has been perfect. Maya came back looking healthier and better than ever before! A+++ Will definitely use April's help again next time I'm out of town. She took care of her for over 11 days :)
I loved the pictures of my pup sleeping peacefully on the couch!
My dog was nervous the first time but April made her feel relaxed and at-home.
April was really wonderful, from adding little personal touches such as sending photo updates of my pup (in all of which he looked very happy!) to accommodating my last-minute scheduling changes and watching my pup for several extra days, she really goes the extra mile to make the experience the best possible for your pups and you. I will definitely be using her again and absolutely recommending her to friends!
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I'm glad I found April. I needed to book daycare last minute for my two pups, and she responded in a timely manner and was able to accommodate my last-minute request. This is a huge plus.
It was my first time using DogVacay and in my desperate search for daycare, I contacted other hosts as well and some of them did not even answer. April cared about hearing about my dogs' issues, kept in contact throughout the day, and even sent me a lovely pic of my furry kids. Awesome! Thank you :)
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April is extremely knowledgeable about dogs and their behaviors - I was totally comfortable leaving my Westley with her for a long weekend trip. She met with me last minute as my regular sitter had an emergency - we met, introduced the dogs, and they seemed to have no issues so we made arrangements for her to keep Westley for a three day weekend. Her reports to me were timely and welcomed - she sent several pictures a day and kept me posted on how he was adjusting. I'm glad he had her ChaChi to distract him! She is a great, calm presence for the dogs - I liked leaving him and having peace of mind that he was in good hands. She is bookmarked and on my phone for any future needs I might have for Westley! Thank you so much April!!
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If I could give April 100 Stars, I would! She took such amazing care of Mia this past time, I was blown away. She took Mia to the dog park and photographed an entire facebook album of their playtime, she sent me status updates and kept me in the loop to ensure that I wouldn't be worrying about Mia while I was away. April is everything DogVacay looks for in a host, and more. If you're on the fence about who to leave your pup with, whether it's for a night or more..look no further, she's the best there is.
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What a fantastic experience we (and our dogs) had with April! After getting in touch with her, we arranged a meet and greet at a local dog park. Having big dog ChaChi and our two little ones socialize off leash was a great way for everyone to get to know each other. She responded to our last minute request very quickly, and we were able to arrange everything in a timely and easy manner. She kept in touch via text and sent photos of the dogs on their "vacay" which was a comfort to us during our trip. April is incredibly kind and professional, and we will definitely be using her services again! See you again April at the dog park!
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April was very easy to work with and completely understanding for a very last minute reservation. She took special care with feeding instructions and always updated me with photos. It was my first time using DogVacay and leaving my dog with a stranger made me a little apprehensive, but April was wonderful! I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a great person to take care of their baby. Thank you, April!
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April & Mama's Little Dog House are great! She sent pics and updates of Nutmeg, made sure she had lots of walks, play time and attention. I really appreciated her flexibility when my plane was delayed coming home. Nutmeg was very happy! Thanks!
It was a great first experience with DogVacay and with April. We will definitely be coming back :)
Great care taker! Great with my dogs and the others, very responsive, caring and active with them! Would definitely recommend her cause I will be using her again! Thanks April!
April took my dog in last minute. She sent pictures and was very responsive. Thank you!
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