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Lauren M.

49 Reviews
30 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Lauren's Resident Pets

Miniature Pinscher
1 yr 7 mo old

Lauren's House

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Large Yard
100% fenced & locked
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside
Great for senior pets

About Lauren

21 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
* Experienced caretaker and dog-lover
* Great with nervous dogs
* Basic training services available
* Frequent photo updates to cure your separation anxiety from your best friend!

Peaceful and serene neighborhood in Tarzana, and only 2 minutes off the freeway :)

My Booking Policy:
NON-SMALL DOGS: add $5+/day

(Holidays are New Year’s Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day (Fourth of July), Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day)

Drop off and Pick up times are completely flexible. Please dont hesitate to come as early or late as you need to!

About Me:
I have been caring for animals of friends and family for over 20 years, meaning that I have been in love with animals all my life! Dogs have always been a big part of my life specifically, and I can't imagine living without them. I am proudly owned by my rescued 1 yr. old Italian Greyhound/Dachshund mix, Nugget. He came into my life as a foster baby, but upon having him, I knew that I wanted to be his forever home and give him the best life possible. Together, we enjoy nature walks, going to the dog park, regular parks, lakes, and he tags along with me whenever possible (we are basically inseparable). We welcome you and your pet to our home where your pup will be in the utmost loving care. Expect lots and lots of affection and attention (and photos!) from me. Nugget, on the other hand, will make sure your pup always has a playmate to keep them company throughout their stay.


Your Pup's Experience:
Your dog will stay in our spacious hardwood-floored home located in a peaceful and safe suburban neighborhood with access to a large, open, securely fenced backyard. They'll enjoy PLENTY of space and fresh air. Dogs are free to roam around the house and sleep wherever they please, whether it be on the couch, doggy bed, or even in my own bed if they choose. Our house is THEIR house! They are allowed on the furniture unless you say otherwise. Potty breaks are 4-5 times a day and they will be taking walks with Nugget. They will be kept indoors when I have to step out.

Our location is tucked away in a very peaceful, quiet, and secluded suburban neighborhood - right next to Ventura Blvd. and within a couple of miles of the famous 6.5 acre Sepulveda Basin Dog Park. We are directly off the 101 freeway so you have quick and easy access. I offer around the clock care 7 days a week and will make sure your pet is relaxed, nourished, and loved plenty while you're away.


Other Services:
- Obedience basics training - Need your dog to learn to sit, lie down, stay? (More advanced techniques also available)
- Bathing
- Dropping by your house for a few minutes OR house-sitting overnight to provide your dog with walking, feeding, playtime, training, medication, or baths in the comfort of your dog's home.
- Walks, hikes, and doggy park visits.
- Transportation services to and from.
- Professional High-Def pet portrait photos

I'm here to help anyway that I can and make your pooch as happy and comfortable as possible in your absence and give them a great experience.

Have a PAWsitively wonderful day!
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Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Separation anxiety
  • Leash Pulling
  • Advanced senior issues

Lauren M.

49 Reviews
30 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Same day bookings are OK
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
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  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated November 28, 2016


Background Checked
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Home Checked
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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.
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Premium Pet Insurance, 24/7 Customer Support and Daily Photo Updates!

Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Lauren's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
House Sitting Overnight At Your Home
$45 /night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Daycare At Lauren's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/day
Dog Walking
$20 /half-hour
$35 /hour
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
Home Visits
$20 /visit
  • Willing to travel 3 miles
$75 /hour
$15 /bath
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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49 Reviews
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Lauren is a true dog lover. She recently rescued Nugget and is ready to have some puppy play dates for him! This duo seriously loves all dogs.

She lives in a nice home with a secure back yard within a great residential area. If your pup likes to go to parks, she has an amazing park within walking distance from her home!

The guest house is reserved for your pup's stay. Lauren and Nugget will keep them company and give lots of love and attention. She is able to give round-the-clock care. She also has experience in dog training, so for an extra charge you can opt to have your dog learn some good behaviors.

She has years of experience taking care of family and friend's dogs and is ready to love your doggie. I know where my Charlie will be staying on his next Dogvacay!
Very conscientious and caring sitter...
our Suzy was in good hands when we
met Lauren at nearby park for the drop-off
and efficient pick-up outside w/ our pet waiting
in her vehicle.

Also received status picture overnight @ her home.
Thank you for making her first vacay w/ you comfort
for us too:)
My dog seems to really love Lauren, so I take it she enjoys her time there!
This was the first time I used dogvacay and could not be happier about the outcome. Lauren took time to post and send pictures. She was easy going and an overall delight to deal with. If I could rate higher than 5 stars, I wouldn't hesitate to.
As a result of our usual daycare and boarding host not being available, I decided to request a meet and greet with Lauren & Nugget for my puppies. She invited us over to see the place, meet Nugget and her current guests. My pups seemed very comfortable with her and Nugget and the residence was very dog friendly where it appeared the pups had priority with a large backyard and inside space for playing. Upon a late pickup after 4 full days of boarding, and several videos and picture updates, I felt assured my pups were thoroughly enjoying themselves as well as Nugget. My people shy pet had clearly warmed up to Lauren and that says a lot! Thank you Lauren!
I didn't want to leave this bad review as Lauren seems like a lovely person, but we just didn't have a good first experience with her or DogVacay. Within minutes after leaving her home and getting on the freeway, a neighbor of hers called us saying that they had our dog and to come get her right away. Lauren had been unaware that my dog was missing when I called her. This was extremely concerning. I understand that things happen and we chalked it up to an honest mistake since her gate wasn't closed as it usually was due to some construction. Also, Lauren continued to call our dog a HE despite the fact that I had corrected her and I had kept saying SHE both verbally and in our texts. This seems like a trivial thing but something that brought to light that she doesn't fully pay attention. Next, our dog came home with an unexplained injury and I had to cancel the second reservation with her. Our dog has attended many doggy daycare and cageless boarding places and has never once been hurt. We haven't been able to pick her up without her yelping in pain and still cowers if we reach for her. The Veterinarian described it as "tissue damage" and has been on pain and anti-inflammatory meds ever since. I get it, dogs can play rough and things may happen. Our dog loves to run and play, but she's all of 8 lbs. There wasn't one single possible explanation as to what may have happened and her lack of full attention to dogs under her care doesn't make me want to ever return.
My dog Lily stayed with Lauren for two nights. The facility is huge and well maintained. Lily absolutely loved it. Lily is used to sleeping in my bed with me and she was about to do that with Lauren. I would highly recommend leaving your dog here. I will be leaving my dog here in the future for sure!
Lauren was wonderful ! Always in the loop on coppers activities and quick to respond to any queries I had! Copper thoroughly enjoyed himself and we would definitely use Lauren again !! Very happy
This was an extra daycare charge following an overnight stay. Lauren was warm, welcoming and had a great home to share with little dogs like our Cotton. She sent frequent photos/messages as promised and made our time away more manageable without worry about his well-being. Hope to visit more in the future!
Lauren was warm, welcoming and had a great home to share with little dogs like our Cotton. She sent frequent photos/messages as promised and made our time away more manageable without worry about his well-being. Hope to visit more in the future!
Lauren is awesome. Our dogs loved it.
Lauren is awesome. Our dogs loved it.
Lauren is awesome!! Absolutely the best!! We are so lucky to find a home for Hana while we are gone. Thank you Lauren!❤️
Great sitter!
My dog was immediately comfortable and had a great time with Lauren. Will definitely use again.
Lauren is so great with my two little ones! I trust that they're in good hands and always get tons of pic/video updates during their doggy vacay time :) Thanks Lauren!
I take my dog to Lauren all the time! Lauren is accomodating and always there when I need it. She is always willing to help us out any way that she can and genuinely cares. She sends pics and lets me know how my baby is doing so its no surprise that my dog comes home with a big smile and wagging tail and is tired, happy and healthy every single time! She's our #1 go-to pet sitter. Consider us both loyal and satisfied customers!!
Fantastic!! Lauren was great. She came through last minute for us and took care of both our dogs and sent us pictures! Love Love Love!! Will definitely use her again.
Lauren was great! She sent updates about how our dog was doing! We loved getting photos of our baby while we were gone. And most importantly, our baby came back healthy :) thanks Lauren!
Lauren is the best! She is always willing to coordinate and take in my dog super last minute. He always has such a great time with her and his playmates. Thank you Lauren! Super friendly and professional. 10 stars!!!
Buckley had a great stay with Lauren over the holiday weekend!! She took our reservation last minute AND during Labor Day weekend! She even brought him home to us. Thanks so much for taking such good care of our little weenie!!
Everything was super easy with Lauren. She was pretty easy to talk to and took all our directions when taking care of our dog, Mylo. She also kept us updated with pictures throughout his stay and videos occasionally. We felt very comfortable leaving Mylo with Lauren and I am sure we would do it again.
Second time Sasha has stayed and had a great time! Thank you Lauren for taking such good care of her and all of the great pictures. I know she is looking forward to the next time.
Great Job- Thanks for everything
Lauren was great from the start. Since this was a last minute trip and I was running around she was helpful in making the drop off easier for me. She was also extremely understanding about the pick up time as I had a flight cancellation. There were photo updates regularly and my little one seemed to be doing great.
Lauren was extremely communicative, easy to work with, and had a great set up for the dog. She sent us lots of pics of our little pup's stay, which showed her playing and being snuggled by other dogs. We felt like our dog was in very good hands.
From the moment I started messaging Lauren I just had a feeling this would be a great stay. Not only was she very sweet and welcoming but she was SUPER flexible with my time constraints for pick up AND drop off! I met with her at the dog park to drop off my hyper active pup and she welcomed him with open arms and put my mind at ease with her sweet personality. She sent me a picture throughout the night and she responded to my texts immediately. I knew she was more than capable of babysitting for me because she had two other dogs with her at the time and she had a smile of pure joy on her face. I am so happy i chose Lauren to take care of Capone. he came home happy and so tired from playing all night with her and Nugget. I AM DEFINITELY GOING BACK TO LAUREN FOR HER SERVICES THE FIRST CHANCE I GET!
Lauren took great care of my Cockapoo Sasha when I had to go out of town. She came back very happy and got lots of exercise. Sasha cannot wait to come play with Lauren and her other dog friends! Will definitely look forward to Sasha being in Lauren's care the next time I go away! Thanks for everything Lauren - great job!
I have a 3 year old Havanese,Penny,who is nervous and shy around new people and other dogs. I was so lucky to have found Lauren. She was extremely patient with Penny and took care of her as if she was her own dog. Lauren watched Penny for 8 days and sent me updates and pictures on a daily basis. I will definitely have Lauren take care of Penny again. Thank you Lauren!
This was the first time we used Doggy Vacay and we are so glad we did! We were a little nervous at first but the second Rocky saw Lauren and stared wagging his tail we were immediately put at ease. We have used cage-free boarding in the past, but Rocky would always come home nervous and a little shaky. When we picked him up from Lauren, he was relaxed and happy. We will definitely be using be using her again!
Lauren was great! She took awesome care of my little puppy all weekend. 5 stars!
Lauren was able to accommodate our 9 month old puppy last minute for an overnight. She was very easy to communicate with, and very flexible when we were running late on pick up. Our dog seemed totally content, comfortable, and had lots of other buddies to play with. Will book again!
I like to call Lauren the "Dog Mama"! She takes care of my baby and all the other fur babies as if they were her kids. I love the photos she sends me throughout the day. It really helps me feel at ease while keeping a smile on my face. My dog always looks like he's having so much fun! Mr. P can't wait for his next stay with Lauren!
Lauren was very kind and friendly to our Dog and took well care of him. I highly recommend her for Dog Vacay!
Our Dog, Joey, had an excellent time and was well taken care of, I highly recommend Lauren as our go to Dog Vacay! Thank You for your prompt response time and friendliness.
Lauren was great! My dog spent half day with her, came back happy and exhausted. We will definitely book her again soon.
Lauren took great care of our Puppy King Adam for 8 nights. She was always sending videos and pictures of our puppy every day. She kept us informed when he ate, went to bed or if he was playing. Her per Nugget was one of the sweetest pets I have ever seen very friendly and both made good friends. I would definitely recommend Lauren if you are looking to leave your pet for a day or few days. And we will use her services again.
I have a Dachshund pup name ChiChi. I had to go for a quick business trip out of town and needed someone to watch ChiChi for me. I found Lauren by a friend who recommended me to her. I love how Lauren keeps me updated by sending pictures of my baby to keep my mind at ease. Chichi made some new great friends at Lauren's. Lauren is truly a dog lover, and I see how much effort she puts on making sure her clients dogs are very well taken cared of. Her dog Nugget was good to ChiChi they played all day and both were walked at the park together. I will most definitely use Lauren again when I leave out of town for work. Thank You for your impeccable service Lauren! Best wishes to you and see you again soon!
Lauren has been walking Remi recently, and has been doing a wonderful job. She is prompt, flexible and very loving towards our pug. She provides updates after each walk, follows the instructions we give her and is very cautious with our dog in the summer heat. We are very blessed to have Lauren looking after our pug dog!
Lauren was great!! So thankful for her watching my puppy! He is really young and a piece of work, but Lauren was super reliable and helpful when we went away for the weekend. We'll definitely reach out to her again when we go on vacation!
she's superb with my precious and scrappy. thank you Lauren!!
Lauren took great care of my dogs. Then dog park was an extra treat for them. I appreciate the updates and being able to keep updated on their day. The great pics Lauren takes are awesome too! Thank you!
Lauren did a great job with Zoe, both for overnight boarding and daycare. She is very responsive and sent lots of pics and videos while we were gone. She spends a lot of time with the dogs, walks them and has a good space for them to play. Zoe came back happy and healthy, though I think she misses her new friends! We will definitely book with Lauren again.
Can I just say that this woman is truly incredible when it comes to dogs??! First, Lauren is super friendly and you can tell that she makes the dogs a top priority. I wasnt expecting her to, but she took my dog to the park almost every day. Not only that but she sends ALOT of pics so that i always knew how my dog was doing - PERFECT! My dog always looked soooo happy and calm and was always playing with other dogs while he was with her. That peace of mind meant alot to me because I worry about my dog constantly (she even offered to let me skype with my dog if i ever wanted to). My dog is actually very skittish and non-trusting with people he doesnt know, but with Lauren, he is not like that at all. Almost instantly upon meeting her, he was relaxed and comfortable. He wasn't nervous at all. And after just a day, he absolutely ADORES her and gets super excited whenever he knows he is going to go visit her. He also plays much better with other dogs now thanks to her and her sweet and rowdy little furball, Nugget. Lauren doesn't just watch the dogs, she helps them have a better quality of life. 5 perfectly deserved stars for this lady!
Wow! I cannot express how satisfied I am with the care Lauren has provided for my baby, Kiba!

I heard of Lauren through a recommendation from a friend that frequently uses and raves about her dog services. Off the bat, Lauren has a very sweet and caring demeanor. You could instantly tell that she is a dog lover. Her sidekick, Nugget, is also very sweet and friendly! I knew right away that Kiba would be in great hands/paws.

She kept me updated with pictures of how Kiba was doing, which I really enjoyed. She has a nice, roomy, fenced in yard for the dogs to play in.

I will definitely be using her services again and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a sitter for their precious furchild.
Lauren is a fantastic host for my dog Buba, and I highly recommend her. This vacay was kind of last minute, and Lauren responded quickly to my request for the meet and greet, and then took Buba for her vacay just a couple days later. I got pics of my dog hanging out in Lauren's yard, and on walks in Off-Leash Park. Buba came home completely himself, happy and not a zombie, which happened to him when he had to go to a kennel. I highly recommend Lauren!
Lauren was very caring and professional. She knew all the right questions to ask beforehand to make sure my dog would have a pleasant stay. Her dog Nugget got along well with my labrador retriever. Lauren gives your dog plenty of exercise too.
Lauren is a great dog sitter. She continually checks in to make sure that you know exactly what your dog is doing and how he is daily. The place she runs is ample for your dog to stay at and has a nice backyard for them to play. She is always available for your dog to make sure that they have everything they need in order to have a comfortable stay. The guest house is fully available for your dog to stay in comfortably and safely. She lives in a great neighborhood which she takes the dogs to walk around not to mention there is an amazing dog park full of playmates right next to the house. This dog park is one of the biggest dog parks I’ve seen in L.A. !

I love Lauren because not only is she a great dog sitter but she is a great dog owner as well. You can tell by how well she takes care of Nugget and how disciplined he is. He is always by her side and loves her like crazy. 5/5 I would trust her with my dog any day.
Highly recommend!!!!
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