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Alex S.

30 Reviews
23 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Alex 's House

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Children at home (5-12 years old)
Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Alex

16 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
We have one goal when your dog(s) come to stay with us. To take such good care of your dog that when you come to the door to pick them up “Your Dog Doesn’t Want to Leave”. (No we are not trying to steal your dog’s ;) ). We just try to make their stay with us, as much like a vacation as we can. You can be sure that your dogs are having a great time and in good hands while you are away.

What does a stay at our dog resort like?

• Over 1 acre of 6ft high Fenced in backyard for your pet to play.
• All Dogs Drink Filtered water while staying. (Reverse Osmosis Filtered)
• For the aquatic inclined dogs, we have a pool in the back that they are welcome to use.
• Your dog will get at least 1 hour of play time outside (Fetch, chasing, tug of war…etc.)
• We love to take dogs to the Maggie Houlihan Memorial Dog Park (weather permitting) in Encinitas. The dogs get at least an hour when we go and we try to go daily. We only take dogs that are socialized around other dogs to the park.
• Dogs will have all day in and out access of our home. (Weather permitting) Plenty of sunning/outdoor time for your K-9 companion.
• Your dog will not be left at home for more than a few hours unattended.
• Dogs are allowed on couches and beds. But we try to honor the rules of your home.
• Dogs will get to take walks along the many trails around our home. (there are over 30 miles of trails within a short walking distance).
• Dogs will be tired at the end of the day.
• There will be lots of pictures of your dog in their activities, that you will get daily.

I have had dogs most of my adult life, big ones, small ones and in between. About a year ago both of my black labs passed. They loved to swim and play in the backyard.

I work from home and I am at home most of the time.

Questions I ask of all owners before taking on a guest dog:

1. How social is your dog? How well does your dog get along with other dogs?
2. Is the dog well-mannered on a leash?
3. How is your dog on car rides?
4. How is your dog around kids?
5. Does your dog need any special medications?
6. Where does your dog sleep in your home?
7. Is there anything else that we should know about your dog(s)

Since we do live a little off the beaten path, we do offer to pick your dog up and bring them to our home for free (14 mile round trip driving not as a bird fly's).
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Special Needs Accommodated
  • Separation anxiety

Alex S.

30 Reviews
23 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 10 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated February 20, 2017


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Alex 's Home
$45 /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
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Alex 's Home
$35 /day
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/day
$30 /visit
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
$25 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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30 Reviews
My dog was so tired when we picked him up! He was able to play all day and I loved getting videos and pictures! Thank you Alex for taking such good care of my baby!
Alex was awesome!! He was friendly, flexible & great with Rumple!! We were really looking for a convenient, loving environment for our doggy child while we were away so he could play with other dogs during the day without going into a kennel at night. Rumple was so happy and well taken care of-- Alex sent videos and pictures while we were gone and he was always having a great time playing! I am sure he misses Alex and his new doggy friends - he definitely wants to go back for a visit!!
Our dog Ranger loves going to Alex's house for daycare and also overnight stays. He's completely exhausted when he gets home which is what we need as Ranger is very active. He has other dogs to play with at Alex's in a safe environment and we get sent pictures of Ranger having fun! We don't know what we'd do without Alex!
Alex is great. My dog seems to love him, and she always comes home good and tired! Alex has been very kind, flexible, and helpful. I highly recommend him!
We couldn't be more pleased with Alex and the care he took with our 2 very large dogs. The boys were pooped when they got home. I will definitely go back to Alex with these guys.
Our sweet lab, Revi, had a wonderful time with Alex. She spent one night and although happy to see us when we picked her up, it was obvious she wanted to stay with her new friends.

We have already booked another stay! We were very impressed with the cleanliness of the property and the pool was an added bonus.

We could tell Alex loves dogs and we can recommend him without reservation.
Best experience we have ever had with boarding our golden, hands down. We have looked long and hard for someone as experienced and dedicated as Alex to care for our golden. Of all boarding hosts we have tried, Alex is by far the best experience we (including our golden) have ever had. We found Alex directly through DogVacay and had never met him prior to our initial meet and greet. He was very knowledgable about dogs and dog behavior and his place is a fantastic environment for the animals; clean, open and bright, shaded areas, a pool for dogs to swim at their leisure, and an open room for them to sleep together like a true pack. Our golden spent 11 days with Alex and we couldn't be happier with the experience. We received daily updates with pictures, videos, and commentary and our boy came home calm, content, and "balanced". I would highly recommend Alex for your pup!
Luna was very happy to stay at Alex's.
Exceeded expectations. My dog Scooby enjoyed came back happy & tired and in great health. The house & yard is beautiful and perfect for a somewhat large and social dog needing activity. The nearly daily pictures also put us at ease. Thanks Alex!
Alex did a great job with my dog. He posted photos and videos and was very responsive over email. He was also flexible with pickup and drop off times. I highly recommend him to anyone seeking a good host.
This is an excellent place for a dog get away. Gorgeous, clean Alex has a genuine gift for handling dogs. We can't wait to go back
Bella LOVED her stay with Alex!!! She truly did not want to come home! And getting daily pictures was great for us so we could see how much fun she was having! Thanks Alex!
Our puggle Rocco had an amazing time staying with Alex. He was free to roam around the property and even go swimming. I received pictures while I was away, and Rocco, I could tell was sad to leave. He will go back for sure.
My little guy had a great stay! Alex kept me up to date with great pictures and stories. I will definitely be using Alex's services again! Thank you!!
Alex did a great job with Max. He has a great house for dogs with lots of room to roam and play. It is also kept very clean. Our Max is a little shih tzu not used to being away from home too much and Alex did a great job making Max feel welcome and safe.
My dogs had an awesome time at Alex's. They came home exhausted & very happy. They were in heaven swimming & playing on the property. I would highly recommend Alex & look forward to booking again with him.
Thanks Alex see you soon
We have a rescue dog who is very shy around people. Alex was patient and kind and his home was the perfect set up. He regularly sent me updates and pics of our dog playing with the other dogs, and she got a ton of exercise in their large yard. I will definitely be using Alex again next time we need to board our dog. Thank you!
Our two boys, Teddy and Scout, had an incredible time staying with Alex! They loved Alex's home, which has plenty of outdoor space to play and roam. They also enjoyed playing with other dogs.
Alex kept us up-to-date the whole time with pictures, messages, and videos. He was incredibly responsive. We were never worried or concerned. You can tell he truly loves what he does! :)
Our dogs enjoyed it so much that we are considering paying for "day camp" sometimes so that they can have more playtime. Thanks Alex!
Finally found our go-to doggie day care! Our girl loves it here! She runs in when I drop her off and we get picture/video updates throughout the day! She has such a great time there, I almost feel bad picking her up! Alex is wonderful, he has a way with animals, I can tell they love him as much as he does! I fully trust him with our four-legged girl :)
Alex and his family were absolutely perfect!
Alex sent multiple pictures and updates to let me know how my dogs were doing. I was immediately put at ease seeing how well they were doing and the fun they were having with the other dogs Alex was boarding. I would definitely recommend Alex and plan on booking again in the future.
Alex is an awesome host and his property is a dog's dream day care!! Casey loves going with Alex and he always seems to know just what she needs to feel comfortable!! Thanks, Alex & family!!
Its always hard to leave your pets, but my boys were in great hands. They are 11 years old and very attached to me so leaving them wasn't easy. Alex and his son were warm and inviting and my boys quickly became their shadows. The boys will be returning later this summer and I know they will be in great hands! Thanks Alex!
I think we've finally found the perfect Vaccay. Roxy was happy and well cared for. She enjoyed the outdoors and the company of other dogs in a safe, clean and pretty posh environment. Alex sent photo updates with little notes daily, and upon picking Roxy up, my family found a happy and tired pup. Very pleased, we've already booked our next Vaccay :)
Our energetic dog was in excellent care and came home happy (and tired). We loved the pictures and the updates and will certainly be going back!
My dog, Charley, loved her time with Alex! She came home from "doggie daycare" tired, happy and content. Alex was very accommodating and his communication was appreciated. We will definitely use Alex again in the near future.
Alex & his four-legged friends were very welcoming & accommodating! Casey had a great time & we reserved again for this week! Thx Alex...see you soon. ????
Stellar! Alex is so friendly that even my dog who doesn't like men warmed up to him quickly. His outdoor space is fantastic for the dogs (even if mine used his solar covering as an unapproved trampoline). Alex sent pictures and videos letting us know our dogs were happy.
We boarded our two dogs (bichon-poo and black Lab) with Alex for 8 days while we were in Mexico. This was the first time we left them with anyone besides a family member. I was hesitant at first but after meeting Alex , I felt very comfortable leaving our pups with him. While on vacation, we received daily photos and updates. Alex took them on walks and to the park. He kept our active lab busy playing and happy. Our Bichon also got plenty of care and attention. It was so nice to have peace of mind knowing that our dogs were in good hands. We plan to board with Alex again in the near future.
Alex was amazing and Wrigley had the BEST time. Alex kept us updated with videos and photos which was great. I would totally use Alex for dog sitting again!
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