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Juan R.
New York, NY 10002
18 Reviews
6 Repeat Guests
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK

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About Juan

Hello and welcome to Pawster Holiday for Pups! Our home is a one bedroom in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, half a block from the Hester Street Fair/ Park. I live with my girlfriend Kathrine. foster parents for ASPCA. I am behavioral therapist part time and just received my masters in Human Behavior, of which translates well to animals . I go to the gym when I am not doing my homework; other than that I'm cooking for my gf and I. The rest of my day is spent playing with whatever new foster we have at the apartment. While your dog(s) is with us they will enjoy a daily trip to East river Park as well as a jog and mild to moderate (reinforcement) behavior training. If your dog is having difficulties with certain criteria such as walking on a leash or jumping up at people, you can bring this to my attention and I will do my best to see what is causing the behavior and transfer whatever success I have with them on to you. I have various experiences training and "rescuing" pit-bulls. I have worked as a Behavioral Therapist in the field of ABA for 5 years and am able to translate this to working with canines and other animals. All dogs & breeds (and cats) welcome!
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Juan R.
New York, NY 10002
18 Reviews
6 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Cancellation Policy:


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  • Last updated December 23, 2015


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Boarding Overnight At Juan's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$50 /night
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Daycare At Juan's Home
$30 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
Dog Walking
$10 /half-hour
$20 /hour
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
$10 /bath
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18 Reviews
Otis had another wonderful stay with Juan. Our day trip was made that much better knowing that Otis was in fantastic safe hands. As we got closer to Juans apartment Otis knew exactly where we were going and started to get very excited and even pulling on the leash! We received regular updates and pictures which is always comforting. Thank you so much Juan!
Juan was an excellent host. He made my dog feel right at home, and I would always get updates on how he was. Juan would send me videos and pictures so that I would know what they were up to and where they were. Rocco is a really active dog and needs extra attention and long walks. Juan provided all this for him. He even helped to train him on some areas he struggles with like walking on leash and coming when called. I was 100% satisfied with Juan, and I would def. come back to him if I go out of town again. I would recommend Juan to anyone. Thanks again Juan!!
I feel extremely fortunate to have had Juan take care of my dog Corona. I had only been in New York for two weeks and needed to return to Austin for a few days for some work-in-progress. A friend told me about DogVacay and I scheduled a meet-n-greet with Juan after seeing his stellar reviews and his matching availability.

Corona seemed to be immediately at ease in Juan's apartment; sniffing all around and wagging her tail. Juan is very knowledgable in doggy behavior, training and care. He taught me a few things during the meet-n-greet, one of which was how I had been putting Corona's harness on backwards for years.

While on my trip, Juan sent me several updates daily about Corona's activities and how she was managing in her new surroundings. The only thing that ever worried me was that Corona might not ever want to leave Juan's apartment because she was having so much fun. Juan took her on some really great walks and did Kong exercises with her daily. To sum up, Juan is great and I will not hesitate to book him again for any future vacays.
I cannot speak highly enough of Juan. It was our first time leaving Otis with anyone and we were understandably very nervous. Juan instantly put our minds at ease by offering to meet us prior to our vacation. We went along to his apartment with Otis who happily had a sniff around and became familiar with Juan. This made us feel so much better knowing that the first time we would leave him would not be in an unfamiliar place. We were provided with lots of updates that contained pictures and videos which were fantastic to see. We were able to relax so quickly into our vacation knowing Otis was being excellently looked after. When we returned we could instantly tell that Otis had been loved and cared for and that he was happy. We are very much looking forward to our next vacation knowing that Otis is just as excited for his Pet Vacay with Juan!.
Juan was just amazing with my pup. He was the best host I could ever hope for. He was super responsive, sent great photos and videos, and made my vacation so much better because I was completely at ease about my dog. My dog looked so happy with her own little vacation!
Juan took such great care of our pitbull mix, Betty while we were on vacation. He made sure Betty got a lot of love and exercise which is exactly what she needs! In addition, Juan spent timing training Betty, particularly regarding her fear of skateboards which is an issue we have been dealing with for some time. We have already seen improvements with Betty on our walks and when skateboarders go by. It is comforting to know our pup is in such great care when we can't be with her. She is already looking forward to her next visit with Juan!
Juan took such great care of Mylo while I was away for 4 nights. He sent multiple texts/pics/videos every day. Mylo even made a doggie friend during his stay. Will definitely recommend Juan to all my doggie parent friends who need a sitter!
Juan was a fantastic host to my 4 year-old Staffie-Bull mix, Kali. She's a great dog already, but as a recent rescue, still has some very slight discipline issues, which I had been working on.

After four days with Juan, I couldn't believe the result! He sent me updates, pictures, and videos of her every day, which was very reassuring. But she's a lot more pleasant to walk and doesn't chase skateboarders as much anymore!

I would definitely leave Kali with Juan again in the future.
Awesome !! I found someone I can trust with my dog , and have a great stay. Quan recognized Rui's behavior, what she needed and how she communicated. Then went about setting up her stay and activities in an intelligent manner. I've been working with dogs for over 25 years, but it doesnt take much to recognize when somebody cares. And truth be told , even a therapy dog needs some therapy once in a while.

Thank you Sincerely, Thomas & Rui
Juan was terrific with my little puppy Lucy who was about 4 months old when I left her for 8 days with him. Juan sent me pictures and videos multiple times a day and was always in constant communication with me regarding Lucy while I was travelling abroad for work which put my mind at ease. When I came to pick her up, I'm pretty sure Lucy didn't want to leave. She also was having a lot of issues with teething so her biting was out of control. I told Juan about this before I left her with him and he worked on it with her for the week she was there so that by the time she came home, it was fully trained out of her! Definitely will be using Juan again whenever I need to find boarding for Lucy!
It's hard to find a place to start with Juan's care for Shyloh, it went far and beyond any expectations I had (even after reading the great reviews he has).

Juan clearly has an amazing connection and love for dogs, Shyloh missed us for all of 5 minutes before she was fully engrossed in Juan and the other adorable pup he was looking after. I received around 3 images a day that left me completely comfortable that she was well looked after and having a great time, without a doubt I will be re-booking.

He's the NY dog whisperer!!!

Thank you Juan!
Juan exceeded all of our expectations. We were very nervous to leave our dog with a stranger for the first time. This site seemed like a better option than boarding. It turned out to be more than we could have dreamed. Juan sent very frequent text and photo updates. Our dog can be quite a handful so we were worried it would be too challenging but he had the skills necessary to look after our dog.
I cannot imagine a more perfect person to care for Lulu . Juan is conscientious, caring, and genuinely concerned about dogs, he is flexible and truly understanding. Highly recommended!
Juan was the best person I've ever left Juno with. She came back super happy and knew 2 new tricks! Juan is very knowledgeable about dogs and I felt very safe leaving my pup with him. He sent photos every day and Juno was returned to me happy & relaxed. She got way more attention than she would at a boarding facility. I would use Juan again the next time I need to board my dog.
Juan is a wonderful friend for your pup! He is very enthusiastic, caring and trustworthy. Our dog loved her walks with him and he was very responsive to any questions that we had. We also got great pictures during every walk. I can't recommend Juan highly enough!
We strongly recommend Juan's services. The entire process was seamless and professional, from meet-and-greet to final pickup. Very easy to establish contact, punctual, and always available. The whole time we were away, we always knew our dog, Laila, was doing well. But our opinion doesn't count--what counts is Laila's opinion, and we can always tell by her attitude when we pick her up. In this case she took her time to say good bye to Juan and even gave him a kiss or two for good measure! Thank you very much -- Marcelino & Viviane
I can't recommend Juan and Kathrine highly enough.

From the responsiveness getting back to my enquiry, to wanting to know everything about Riley and his training needs, to sending me regular updates, photos and movies while I was away, through to giving me a full review of how he'd got on when I returned.

And of course - looking after him so brilliantly - I returned to a very happy and relaxed dog who seemed right at home in their apartment: clearly I was almost surplus to requirements after a week of being with them!

Thank you guys - great job.
Lulu loved staying with Juan .
He sent us pictures proving that our dog was completely happy to be rid of us.
He was great - asked lots of questions about Lulu`s schedules and special needs.
We will definitely be using Juan as a doggie vacation destination/host again - he is perfect match for our Lulu :)
And we were happy with the site, which worked great throughout.
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