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Mark S.

245 Reviews
199 Repeat Guests
$30/night
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  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

Mark's Resident Pets

Brewster
Golden Retriever
Male
6 yr 4 mo old
Bruno
Mastiff
Male
5 yr 6 mo old
Bones
Mixed Breed
Male
3 yr 11 mo old
Other Pets & Animals: Cats

Mark's House

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

About Mark

35 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Dogs are our life!! We are a professional dog care service that takes all breeds of dog from puppy training to hospice care. We service Costa Mesa, Newport & Huntington Beach and their surrounding areas. We run an in-home doggy daycare and a non-profit called PawsForPain.com where we locate and train rescued dogs to be service dogs for the disabled at no cost to them. Our day starts early at 6:00 AM when we start taking in our daycare dogs (all dogs shot records are on file and every dog is able to enter with out disruption from others). We feed at 7:30 AM & 5:30 PM, have "Ball" & "Organized Playtime" at 11:30 & 3PM & we also do individual or pack walks on the Fairview Park Trails a couple times a day, On the hot days we have two small play pools and a BIG sprinkler so our buddies can cool off. Gina Is an ex-vet tech of 5 years and is recertified in animal CPR/First Aid. We work with a couple of rescue organizations and give animal evaluations, we also work with many dogs with socialization problems. Out team practices simple obedience training with every dog, everyday at no extra cost to you.
Our calendar fills up very fast, so if you can not find the dates that you need then please send us a message and we will try to work with you.

"Please ask about our "Free Stay Referral Program"

** We have now hired a fulltime dog walker to help Gina and I keep up on our doggie exercise program. Thanks Kelsey keep up the good work!

** Although we do a thorough job of dog proofing our house and keeping a close eye on your dog, you will be responsible for anything that your dog chews up.

Thank you for trusting us with the care of your loved dog while you are away.

We cant wait to work with you!

Mark
The Puppy Playhouse

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

Mark S.

245 Reviews
199 Repeat Guests
$30/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 8, 2016

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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Mark's Home
$30 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • Dogs will have full access outside for potty breaks
  • 3+ walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Mark's Home
$18 /day
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/day
Dog Walking
$25 /half-hour
$40 /hour
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Home Visits
$25 /visit
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
Training
$60 /hour
Grooming
$30 /min
$100 /max
Baths
$30 /bath
Pick-Up/Drop-Off
$10 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
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245 Reviews
Mark and Gina are amazing. My dog is obsessed with them and absolutely loves day care. I don't know what I would do without them. They are kind enough to work around my crazy schedule and they take good care of my Lu when I am at work. Thank you Mark and Gina!
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Our dogs stayed at the Puppy Playhouse for 4 nights. Mark kept us updated with pictures and how our dogs were doing. Mark knows a lot about dog behavior which kept me at ease when leaving our dogs with other dogs. Also Gina is so sweet and patient with all my questions. We will definitely be coming back.
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I've been leaving my girl Indie with Mark for more than 2+ years now. I never worry about her which takes a big load off my mind. She is a shy eater but Mark makes sure she eats every meal by sprinkling cheese on her food. He knows my concerns and he watches out for her. She loves Mark. I wouldn't feel completely comfortable leaving her with anyone else.
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Never have to worry about my dogs here, I always know they are in good hands and being loved and well taken care of with Mark and Gina!
This was the first time I have ever left Myles with anyone, as they have always come to my house. Myles seems to have had a ton of fun, and was exhausted for 2 days. I am so relieved to have a place to take him where I know he is having fun and being well taken care of.
Thanks!!
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Porkchop loves going to Mark's house! He's hesitant with new people and usually tries to run after us when we drop him off, but he walks right into Mark's house and makes himself at home. Best dog sitter ever!
Mark was so welcoming to Daisy and she came back home very calm and relaxed. I've already booked her next stay! Thank you for being friendly, flexible and accommodating! I would highly recommend.
Mark did an assessment of my staffy bull terrier and accepted her. So far Mark is the only daycare who is willing to handle her high energy and correct her anti-social behavior. He and the pack are doing amazing job to remind her she's a dog
We have trusted our furbabies with Mark and Gina for the last 5 years! They are wonderful people who are always so accommodating and great with our dogs. Every time we pick them up, Mark always has helpful dog training tips or advice for us after working with our pups. We appreciate their love for dogs and how they are always striving to make our visits better!
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This was Taj's first experience staying away overnight from us, I think I was more nervous than he was. We had an awesome meet and greet with Mark and Gina and decided to book with them. They made everything easy, including flexible drop off and pick up times. We've already rebooked with them! Thank you again, we were able to enjoy our vacation knowing our little guy was safe and loved.
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As discribed by many on their site this was awesome for us. my dog has many issues and never has been boarded. This was all second nature fo them and my baby came home a better dog . We will be seeing more of them in the future just to keep up the good work started!
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Gina came over and took our dogs on a long walk every day while we were on vacation. She made us feel very comfortable about leaving them and our shy boy warmed up to her in no time. She went over and above taking care of our pets and home and we are very glad we found her and Mark!
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Lucy the Lhasa mix had a great time after she got over the initial shock of being away from her Mom and Daddy. Mark and Gina are great people and treat each dog with special attention depending on its temperament. Overall, a great experience!
Our 14 month old shepherd mix enjoys her daycare and overnight stays at Mark and Gina and comes home calm and ready for bed. My husband and I are very grateful to Mark and Gina as Prana is so much calmer and ready to follow commands. Now we can actually open the front or garage door and she won't run out. Mark not only cares for her during the day but also trains her!! Win-Win. And his rates are amazing!!!
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Mark was excellent. First time we left our dog over a week and was a little nervous but Mark definitely put that at ease. Our dog was very happy and well taken care of and even lost some weight which he needed to from their great exercise routine. We are happy to have finally found someone we can trust who is local and a great price to leave our dog with when we need to.
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What a wonderful family...first the caretakers, then the other pets, then the pet owners!!! All are priceless, loving and kind! Thank you one and all!!!
Porkchop loved his vacation! He's been snoring since being home, a sign of a great time. Will definitely use Mark again!
Daisy, our 7 year old German Shorthaired Pointer, has been staying with Mark & Gina for over 4 years. Two years ago we semi retired and moved from Newport Beach to California's Central Coast. Now, when we visit friends and family we always have Daisy stay with Mark & Gina if we are in either Orange or San Diego counties. Their love and caring for Daisy is constantly shown by both Mark & Gina . . . including texted notes and pictures from Daisy a couple times a day. Thank you for providing such a safe and loving environment!

Dottie & Dave Brandmeyer
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Our two dogs just spent 3 nights with Mark and they loved it! This was their first boarding experience and they were very happy when I picked them up. We originally thought we only needed 2 nights but at the last minute were able to leave them for 1 more. Mark is so accommodating and flexible. I highly recommend him and will definitely be using his services in the future!
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Brody did not want to leave when I came to pick him up. I could tell that he had a great time and was well taken care of. I will certainly use Mark more in the future.
Mark and Gina are wonderful .. I was afraid because my dog is a rescued and have lot of issues socializing with dogs and people ...but i have a surprise that when i pick him up ...he was exhausted and more relax... im thinking to take him couple days a month ...hes missing his friends especially chester
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Mark is excellent! He really understands dogs and reads their behavior to a T. I brought my 2 dogs ..Brothers from the same litter to be watched and he was able to integrate the pups without compromising the safety of himself or the other doggies. I can't get a house sitter because I can't trust anyone to know how to handle them...but Mark did! I am extremely grateful. Thanks Mark!
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There is nothing better than knowing your dog is being loved and well taken care of while you're away on vacation. Mark and his team took special care of Domino to make sure he got in the walks that he needed on his schedule since he doesn't like to walk in the heat with the other dogs.

Thank you!!
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Mark was awesome as usual.
Olive loves staying with him and is loved so much.
She gets walked at least twice a day, gets to play with lots of other big and some little dogs AND she got to sleep on the bed (under the covers) like she LOVES. She does not even look back when I drop her off . :) That is a huge relief for me.
Also, Mark accommodated my early flight schedule to reduce the cost of an additional night.
He is wonderful and his helpers are all great too.
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My dog Oliver was a rescue and had some issues with socializing with other dogs and people. I took him to the puppy playhouse for one day and noticed immediate results. For the first part he was exhausted from playing so much and seemed more in tune and repsonsive to me. Usually when I take him for a walk he gets so hyper I can barely put his leash on, after one visit he was able to sit down and let me put the leash on him. I've only taken him one time and I think the more I do he will get better. I'm so impressed and throughly pleased with the puppy playhouse.
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Not only are Mark and Gina fun and sweet, but their combined experience in all things dog, is sure to put even the most skeptical dog parent at ease. Mark is a pro at obedience training which he demonstrates at the meet and greet (and an added bonus to your pups day care stay), and Gina was a vet tech, so you can alway be sure you fur baby is in the most qualified and loving hands. All I can say is thank you guys! Bowie loves going to daycare :)
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Outstanding! Best of the best! Highly Recommend!!
Outstanding! Best of the best! Highly Recommend!!
Milo had another great stay! Mark and his team noticed swelling in the glands around Milo's ear and took him to the vet. Poor guy had an ear infection! The vet treated him, and he's doing great. Thanks for the extra special service!
Olive had a great time and Mark was super understanding of my (not Olive's apparently) separation anxiety so sent me photos, video and text. She will be back .
Had to book on the fly- much appreciated. Love The Puppy Playhouse! ????????
The best, always. The PP has been a godsend. Thank you!!
Jack and TINI had an awesome stay at Puppy Playhouse with Mark and Gina. It was very clear that they were loved and care for. Mark kept in touch with us with great pics and the pups were lonesome for their friends when they came home. We are so comforted by the fact that we have finally found a good "vacation" home for our spoiled puppies. Jack and TINI will be back soon.
Thanks much, Mark and Gina
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Mark, Gina and the gang are amazing! I'd give 6 stars if I could. My pup Kaya is shy and a little timid. Mark did a great job of slowly introducing her into the pack to make sure she was comfortable during our meet and greet. It was a truly valuable experience and I learned a lot about Kaya's behavior in a short amount of time. They really understand and love dogs and even provide updates on how your pooch is doing with pics! I'm very happy to have found Mark and the girls and will definitely trust them with my baby again in the near future. Thank you!
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Always awesome!
My Lab just stayed with Mark and Gina for the first time...she came home a happy, calm pup. Thanks! She's looking forward to her next stay!
This was our first time using Mark and I was so pleased. They took wonderful care of our puppy and were very accommodating with me on our last minute trip. I will defiantly use them again for our dog boarding.
Mark was reliable and consistent as always. He is prompt with communication and offers helpful feedback at the end of the day. He cares about the dogs and wants owners to feel confident with their pets. We will be back! Thanks Mark!
Mark and Gina were wonderful dog parents who impressed me with both their enthusiastic love of dogs, and their intimate understanding of dog behavior and psychology.

Mark was very patient and gentle with my hyperactive cattledog mix and was able to predict his behavior before my very eyes!

I highly recommend this sitter and my only negative is that they aren't closer to my house!
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Mark was very accommodating, and I felt very comfortable leaving Pacey with him. I really loved the text updates that he sent during my dog's stay.
yes mark I will definitely use you again randam seemed very happy there thxs again
Bailey absolutely loves going to The Puppy Playhouse every day! Mark & Gina provide him with the best care ever - plenty of attention, plenty of exercise and plenty of friends to play with. I know Bailey is in the best hands at The Puppy Playhouse.
Mark and Gina are great! Awesome place to take the dogs and very knowledgable
Mark helped out with last minute stay. Thank you!
Mark took his time to show and educate me on the behavioral aspects to my dog. Came home tired. Wonderful stay.
Great sitter! Flexible, accommodating and friendly. Baxter will definitely be back.
Mark and Gina are fantastic - extremely accommodating and reliable. And they know dogs! They have been instrumental in socializing my rescue and helped reinforce and support her training during her puppy years. I would highly recommend using them if you can get a spot.
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Outstanding! Mark is the best, and doesn't just board the dogs, he trains them. Bernadette is behaving better now than she ever has thanks to Mark!
We took our dog Charlie here for an overnight stay and he loved it!! Mark and Gina are fantastic people and took great care of him. They are very experienced dog care givers and knew exactly how to bring Charlie into their home to feel comfortable and safe with all the other dogs. The environment of their home is perfect, with a large yard for the dogs to play and socialize in. They also take the dogs on pack walks and have organized play times. We are so happy with Mark and Gina's care and highly recommend their service!! Thanks Mar and Gina.....you are now our official dog sitters :)
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Our two girls love Mark and Gina, and so do we:) They love playing for the day or when we go out of town to stay the night. They are treated like one of their own and loved on. They get lots of exercise and socialization which is great for them. We always know they are in great hands when they are not with us. Thanks Mark and Gina!!!
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Mark and his crew did an amazing job. My dog came home extremely happy and exhausted from his stay. Mark also gave me great tips and training instruction. I highly recommend Mark and will be using his services again.
Awesome people! They took my pooch in for a week and it couldn't have gone any better! Definitely will be boarding through mark again!
Mark and Gina were amazing! They sent me pictures and updates while I was away. Would definitely recommend them. Thanks!
You can stop your search right here! This is dog heaven for your pooch and total peace of mind for you!!We met Mark and Gina when Scout was just five months old and we needed a place for her to stay. We went for a meet and greet and left completely positive that this was the perfect second home for her. The knowledge, caring and love shown to all the dogs is above and beyond. No crating, a big back yard and firm loving care is the way The Puppy Playhouse operates.
Its been 16 months since we started going to the Puppy Playhouse and Scout has grown into a loving, confident dog from the scared little puppy that first was tugged in the front door. She spends at least two days a week there now and loves every minute of it. I hope we never have to go anywhere else!!
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Mark's dog care was fantastic!! The details, time and schedule he provides for the dogs made Gypsys 3 night stay great for her as well as me
Words cannot express how thankful I am to have found Mark and Gina. They take better care of my dogs that I do! The care, exercising and training are the best I have found in the last 25 years. I can truly go out of town without worrying about my dogs.
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I have waited 5 months to write this review because I didn't want to say anything out of anger or rash emotion. Mark watched my dog for 5 days and when I came to pick her up the first thing I noticed was that she had rubbed her nose raw. All the fur around her snout was gone, and she had never done anything like that to any part of her body before this dogvacay. He claimed she was fine and just needed some balm on her nose, but gave no apologies or explanations for why or how this happened. The second thing I couldn't help but notice was that she was very agitated. She was barking and howling and clawing to get back to me and away from him. He claimed to have "trained" her while she stayed with him, but all he did was stress her out and make her aggressive and mistrusting of new people. Before I dropped her off with him she had no problems with new dogs or people and spent many afternoons at the dog park, now she's highly defensive when around new dogs or people. When I picked her up she was a different dog. I cannot be sure exactly what occurred while she stayed there, but I've had to take her to dog trainers to help her learn to trust people again. I would never bring her here again, this experience has been beyond upsetting to my dog and myself.
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Mark and Gina are wonderful. Max and Ole love coming over and socializing with the other dogs. They are much nicer and like to play with other dogs since going to Puppy Playhouse. We recommend Puppy Playhouse when ever possible.
Thank you,
Lyn & Marty
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Mark and Gina are amazing! My dog loves it at Marks place and I love knowing that he is in great and professional hands. I would highly recommend them and I am glad they were recommended to me.
Outstanding! Mark is great, his environment and the people he works with are great. He's done some amazing and wonderful things helping me and my dog have a better, more effective relationship, helping to train her.
Mark and Gina are amazing! I have boarded Dakota with them for multiple weekends and have always felt confident that my dog is being cared for. I love that they take the dogs out for long walks and can tell that Dakota is happy and comfortable there when I pick her up. I'm glad to have found Mark on DogVacay and plan to continue booking with him in the future.
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Wonderful experience-super friendly people and the dogs were nice and tuckered out after their visit!
I've been very paranoid about having my English bulldog, Ella, be around other dogs as she's been attacked a few times at my local dog park and around my neighborhood. These attacks didn't change Ella but they did change me anxiety would overwhelm me at the thought of her being around other dogs. We have a need to travel so with much fear and trepidation I took to DogVacay to find someplace. What I found was Mark owner of the puppy playhouse, a God sent! Mark has experience with Bulldogs as he used to own one himself. He understands the breed and put me at ease about many of my concerns, questions and fears during the meet & greet. Thereafter, I booked a trial daycare to find out how Ella would like it and if it would be a good fit for her...she did great and she loved it now I'm scheduling another daycare day and boarding her for almost a week I know she will be in good hands and I have nothing to worry about. Thank you Mark for your patience and compassion toward this anxious/worried mommy you are an answer to my prayer. God bless you
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Mark is truly a dog lover. He has always provided our dogs a safe and living home away from home for our dogs. Thanks so much Mark.
Mark is a great dog handler. Not only is he helping my dog, I am getting trained too. After all its the human that needs a lot of help. Thanks Mark for being the "white" Cesar. You are awesome!!!
I will cut to the chase....Mark and Gina are amazing! One day stay and one overnight, both fantastic. They are teaching Bentley socialization and obedience skills that are showing results already. Bravo!
We have used The Puppy Playhouse for over a year now for doggy day care when we are out of town and we absolutely love it! The dogs are well taken care of and definitely get the activity they need while we are gone. The dogs come back exhausted and sleep for about 3 days straight. We trust Mark and his staff. They have tons of experience and are very knowledgeable. We completely trust The Puppy Playhouse with our fur babies and wouldn't go anywhere else!
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My little guy loves staying with Mark and I love Mark's flexibility....he's a joy to work with and I never feel guilty at drop off as Johnny Bravo loves playing with all his new friends!
Chew Chew loves going to see Mark, Gina, and his friends. Mark and Gina are very attentive to Chew Chew and always give me feedback on his day there. Chew enjoys his walks with his pack and being around his friends there.
This was the first time leaving our dog for such a long time so naturally we were a little hesitant. After reading the reviews and meeting with Mark my husband and I felt this was the best place for our dog Bella. Mark put our concerns at ease and even my husband (who was reluctant at first) felt this was where Bella should be. Mark is fantastic for all the work he does with dogs. While we were gone he kept in touch with videos and updates. I see the difference in her since we got home, much more relaxed. Kudos to you Mark, she definitely will be back!!! God Bless
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Mark and Gina are a God send. The first night I had my pup Mumford stay with them he was allowed to sleep in their bed to make him feel more comfortable. After hear that I was sold. Nothing is better than when you're away on vacation and you can relax knowing your pup is having fun!

-Danny
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I am very happy with having my 1 1/2 year old lab stay with Mark. To my relief she was not stressed out and depressed when I picked her up after being away from her family for 4 days. (As she has been at other places.) She was her same happy self! I know she was well taken care of and given lots of love. I will definitely use Marks services again. Thanks Mark and Marks pack!!!!
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AMAZING as always. Jagger so enjoys going to Mark's. On the way there he gets excited when he knows we are near. Once we arrive at Mark's he is ready to go as soon as the car door opens. Jagger truly loves being with Mark!
The Puppy Playhouse is awesome! I will never use another daycare again. My 9mo old pit loves going there for visits. They take them on long walks and all the dogs get plenty of attention and play time. :)
Words cannot express how happy we are to have found Mark and his wife to take care of our furbaby when we went on vacation back in October. Right from the greet and meet to picking up Roxie after our vacation we felt relaxed and worry free. Although we have never left her before with sitters, we knew Mark was going to take good care of her. The picture updates we received were so great to see when we were on vacation! We will definitely be using Mark again! Thanks Mark!
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This was Kenya's longest dog vacay so far, 10 days! He was calm and confident when we picked him up and it seems like the longer stay gave him the opportunity to feel even more at home with Mark & Gina and their pack. He made new friends and as always we feel completely comfortable knowing he is in loving hands. Thanks to Mark & Gina we don't feel guilty going on vacation!
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Our dogs absolutely love this place. Mark and his wife are wonderful and really take the time to get to know our boys! They are so accomodating and its such a blessing to have something so great so close to home! We never worry while our dogs are at the Puppy Playhouse!!

Thank you!!!

John & Kelly Bendall
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Indie had a good day. She came home tired and less nervous. She will start going to Mark's one day a week now for doggy therapy.
This was Abby's first extended stay with Mark. We texted during her stay and updated me. It was really wonderful to know she was doing well. He sent a picture and she was calm and happy when I picked her up. Mark and Gina took the time to give me a detailed report on her training, personality with other dogs and her bff's. Abby will be back for weekly daycare and another extended stay in Jan. It's such a relief to have a place where I feel secure knowing she'll be well cared for and having fun.
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They take such good care of my Gracie over there. I love picking her up knowing she has been fed, walked and had some play time. They love her like their own and I will always be grateful and appreciative to them.
As always, we feel leaving Kenya with Mark & Gina is like he gets to go for sleepovers with his aunt, uncle and best dog friends. Easy peezy!
Mark's continous attention to the growth stages of our puppy's life is amazing and extremely helpful. Our puppy is 9 months, Mark has kept us on track with the keeping balance of our puppy's life and growth cycles. Mark's training advice for us always helps keep us on track for raising a large breed puppy! .Thank you Mark!
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Mark was great! My puppy had a wonderful time - I will definitely be sending him back for doggie day care and overnight care!
Our rescue dog, Ellie, had such a great time at the Puppy Playhouse that she now goes there for daycare as well. Mark and Gina are very experienced and knowledgeable. They also provide training and tips for behavioral issues. We feel very reassured whenever Ellie stays there and highly recommend them!
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Abby Rose has fun playing with Mark & Gina. She is also much better with other dogs.
Abby Rose loves her play day with Mark & Gina!
Always easy to take Hartley here. She get so excited to arrive and is always worn out when it's time to come home.
Mark was great and my baby Gunner was so happy there he will defiantly be vacationing with Mark again!!
Abby comes home tired and relaxed. We really like Mark!
Nice to know Kenya is well taken care of and comes home mellow and chill!
Mark and team did an excellent job, as usual. The girls were happy and healthy when we picked them up. We will definitely be booking with Mark again in the future.
This was Abby's first time with Mark. She was relaxed when I picked her up and while we drove home. She's snoozing now. All good signs. We'll definitely return :-)
This was Scouts first extended overnight stay with Mark and Gina. The fact that she pulls me up to the front door says it all. She always comes back to me happy and exhausted. I know they give her tons of attention and love. The Puppy Playhouse is a Godsend. I never worry about her at all. It's wonderful and so are Mark and Gina!
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I always have a great experience with Mark. I get held over a lot with with my job and he never complains when I pick her up later than expected.
Awesome!
Mark is great! Our dog loves coming here whether its for the day, or on an overnight trip. We have full faith that our pup is properly cared for here. Highly recommended.
Our poodle Charlie came back home happy and exhausted thanks to great care by Mark and Gina.
I have a big, older American Bulldog rescue with separation anxiety issues and have tried other daycares but most places wouldn't take her and she actually got injured at one place before I even left the property!! I feel SO extremely lucky to have found The Puppy Playhouse! I can’t possibly say enough about Mark and Gina to do them justice.
I think the reviews here speak volumes to the quality of care the dogs get at The Puppy Playhouse. Knowing that Gina was a long-time vet-tech and that they train rescue dogs to be service animals really meant a lot to me since Gypsy is my ESA. Mark made me feel so comfortable at our meet-and-greet. He took as much time as I needed to answer all my crazy questions (he is clearly VERY knowledgeable and experienced) and it was great to watch him make Gypsy feel at ease, because she doesn't like most men!
On her first day they sent me adorable picture updates which helped ease a lot of my worries (I guess I have some separation anxiety as well!) When I came to pick her up she had the biggest smile on her face from a great day with the whole pack! Gina always gives me a quick run-down of Gypsy’s day and all the funny things she did there which tells me they really get to know each dog and give them ton of attention! Gypsy ADORES the whole staff here and so do I!!!
I'm a crazy dog mom with really high standards and I can honestly say I rest SO easy knowing that Gypsy is in good hands while I'm away at work. The Puppy Playhouse is a Godsend!!
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Our dog absolutely loves coming here, and we love bringing our dog here. She comes come exhausted from a full day of playing.
I have an older dog, and Mark took great care of her. I felt comfortable with him - he is very talented and knows a lot about dogs and their needs. Recommend highly.
This was Kenya's longest stay yet, 8 days, 7 nights. He knows when we are taking him to Mark about 3 blocks away and starts getting excited, which makes it much easier for us to leave him, knowing he's looking forward to hanging with his doggy buds. He comes back to us calm and relaxed, and we feel his visits give him true 'pack' time and allows him to be the nature of dog-ness that he is!
Mark is always cool and easy to work with, especially when I need to alter my dates; we feel so fortunate to have found him!
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Excellent! Mark's training and experience have amde walking Jagger a True JOY!!!!
5 Stars! Jagger's time with Mark is always learning, reinforcing and FUN! Mark keeps owners on track with training needs. John and Linda Newman
Mark & Gina are awesome. Great care!
Due to Mark's expertise in canine psychology, my dog can interact positively with other dogs. So happy ! BTW, he is patient with pet parents too. Will be returning to Mark and Gina.
Mark is the best and so good with dogs, it's really amazing. My dog came back so tied and happy! I will keep taking my dog here over and over.
This was the first time I have used DogVacay and Mark. I was a little nervous at first since I did not live in the area and was looking for a place for my daughters 5 month old puppy while she was in the hospital. I was delighted with the ease of the process and so grateful that I found Mark. He was very responsive to all my questions, and put my fears at ease. When my daughter picked up her puppy, the puppy had better manners, listened better and was well taken care of. I would recommend Mark and plan on using his services in the future.
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We are so grateful to have found Mark. We were going to be out of the country for 16 days and boarding Luna for the first time. She was only 5 months old and recovering from two broken legs. We were nervous, but Mark made us feel completely comfortable. We could tell by his experience with dogs and his overall demeanor we found the perfect place for Luna. During our vacation we were completely comfortable knowing Luna was being well taken care of. Mark took the best care of her, gave her the proper medication and allowed her rest when she needed it. And Luna had the best time too. She made lots of doggy friends. Mark was also kind enough to send videos and pictures of our little Luna so my daughter was thrilled. We will definitely call Mark anytime we need a place for Luna. He is awesome.
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All visits with Mark are educational, provide & reiinforce excellent training methods. We truly appreciate Mark's committment!
4th of July relief! Mark put us at ease over this very loud holiday - caring for Kenya and providing a dog's playhouse dream, where he hung out with his dog buddies, and made it through the fireworks like a champ! Thank you, Mark!
I work with a rescue and Mark is incredibly helpful and flexible with us; my foster dog goes to him for regular daycare and our most difficult rescues come to him with various needs for training. The dogs there get socialization, training, two mile walks, and plenty of playtime. My foster dog has severe separation anxiety and when I arrive at Mark and Gina's place that is the ONLY time he dashes from my side to run up to their door. He comes home exhausted. And did I mention all this is way inexpensive? Very glad we found The Puppy Playhouse.
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EXCELLENT as usual!! Mark is on target with his visitors. Our Dog Jagger,is always excited to be a guest at Mark's. Uor puppy is always a tired and happy puppy when he gets home. Thanks Mark. Mark's talents are very much appreciated!!!
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I've been through 2 trainers and 1 doggy daycare and so far I can say I trust and am completely optimistic with my pooch in Mark's care. My dog has socialization issues but it seems like Mark knows exactly how to handle her! I'm glad a friend referred him and I look forward to see her progress with him! Thank you Mark and Gina!
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Mark & Gina are fantastic and my dog loves staying with them!
Lacy had a wonderful time! She is learning to socialize with other dogs, as she is a rescue and has problems accepting the companionship of other dogs. Mark has been working with her and she is improving tremendously! She stayed there a week this time and came home very happy and content. It's a good feeling knowing that she is well taken care of while I am gone. Mark really spoils her, in a good way!
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This was a first time I had my 2 puppies away from home. At first, I was nervous because I dont know if they were taken care of or not. However, Mark took care of them very well. I could see their happy face on the pics that Mark sent to me. At night, when they came home, they were totally happy and I could feel it.
Thank Mark for take care of my puppies.
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Always a great time with Mark! Scout loves his visits, and we appreciate how accommodating and flexible Mark is with our sometimes unpredictable schedule. I highly recommend Mark and love how they walk and exercise Scout and keep him occupied! He is one sleepy dog whenever we get home, and we know he's had a good time when he's been so happy and active.
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We had Kona stay with Mark for an extended overseas trip and couldn't be any happier with our experience! She was well taken care of and you could tell she had a ton of fun during her stay. She gets nervous around strangers but had no problem staying with Mark and came back a better behaved dog just as other users have posted. We received pictures and status updates while we were gone and everything went smoothly. Thank you!
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I am so impressed with Mark and his team! My dog loved them, I loved them - definitely going back!
We left our dog for a week while we were out of the country and she had such a good time! We got updates and knew she was in good hands having tons of fun. She was sure tired when she got home but happy to go back again a couple days later:) Thanks for taking such good care of our pup!
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When you find gold do you go out and tell people? No, you keep it a secret. That's what I have done with Mark and Gina and their Puppy Playhouse for a long time. But now I owe it to them. They both are super nice, caring, honest, reliable and professional. They pour their heart and soul into the wellbeing of the dogs. Because of their calm and gentle approach towards the dogs I always have complete peace of mind whether it's daycare or a 3 week stay. I'm so lucky I found them.
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I love Mark. More importantly Gracie loves Mark.
Mark did a great job with addressing my dog's individual needs and he came back calmer and with a great foundation of a well behaved dog. Mark was very patient with me and explained what I should and shouldn't be doing to maintain my dog's training and overall health of my dog. He was great!
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Scout visited after not having been in a couple of months and it was like she never left. She practically jumped out of the car when she saw Gina. She has a great time everytime she visits! We are so thankful to have Mark and Gina to care for Scout when we can't. Recommend highly!!!!
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Super quick and easy, this is becoming Kenya's second home... Mark always accommodating us, and especially on such short notice! thank you!
This was our first 'long' trip away, 4 full day/nights. Kenya was calm and content when we picked him up, which made me think he had a great time and didn't seem all that concerned about us picking him up, like the first overnight... when he was over excited to see us! It is evident that Mark is a professional dog handler and understands dog language! We feel completely at ease leaving our boy with Mark and Gina! Thank you!!
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Mark was absolutely amazing with our little Sheila (a 6 month old mixed breed puppy)! She came back to us happy, healthy, and much more socialized than before. It was obvious that she was treated like one of their own over there, and I couldn't be happier with Mark. I know Sheila was watched, cared for, fed, walked and exercised, even trained, and made plenty of friends while we were gone. Mark's place was truly like a little dog vacay for our beloved puppy! I would recommend his services to anyone with any kind of dog. We will be back!
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Our dog is new to Mark's place, but we can tell that she likes going as soon as we drop her off! On her first day, Mark kept me posted on how she was doing and reassured me that she was getting along just fine with the other dogs and having fun. When I need to drop her off/pick her up, he is also flexible with the timing.
She will be going back soon!
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Abby had a great stay with Mark for 11 nights. We had never boarded her before, but Mark is really great with dogs, and he even put her on a diet that I will continue. I will definitely use Mark again!
Mark is just plain wonderful! He is sweet to both my pooch and me and she has a great time when she's at the Puppy Playhouse! She always comes home wiped out and happy. :)
I will most definitely recommend Mark and his services as much as possible and I will be taking my pooch back for more play time soon!

Thanks Mark! :)
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I am so happy to have found Marks puppy playhouse...for the first time in my life I am able to have my dog at a place where they can just be a dog. My dog loves it so much I almost get my feelings hurt because she wants to stay and play. It is the best thing, for my dog...and gives me great piece of mind. xo Thank you Mark and Gina...Beth
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Mark did a great job in meeting with me and Smokey to introduce him to the home and the other dogs. It is obvious that he and Gina loves dogs and this is not a sideline for them. We came home yesterday afternoon and he is still sleeping!
Blu always has a wonderful time with Mark! The best part for me is he is exhausted when he gets home:)
We love Mark and Gina, so do our dogs. Thank you for loving them as much as we do. XOXO Lyn & Marty Peggy & Del
Mark and Gina are wonderful with dogs. It is so comforting to find a place for our dogs to stay where they are treated as well as they are at home. We can now plan a vacation knowing our four-legged family members are happy and safe.
As usual, Mark and Gina did a wonderful job! The girlz were happy, healthy, and full of "tails" to tell of their great adventures at Puppy Playhouse! They are already planning and packing for their next visit in May! Thanks, Mark and Gina! We are so blessed to have found you.
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Mark is wonderful! First time away for any length of time, and we left our 1 year old Lab in his care. He had a wonderful time, and so did we, because we didn't have to worry at all. Mark sent photos and texts to let us know how Scout was doing. We had a great experience, and needed an extra day because of an emergency. Mark was able to accommodate us for an extra day with no hesitation. Great first experience, thank you, Mark!
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My experience was fantastic, and is going to be life changing for me. I am a flight attendant and always have to fly turn arounds because I have never found anything like this. I am so happy and so is my dog. Now I can make more money, fly 2 or 3 day trips and know my dog is having fun!!!Blessed ....thank you Mark
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I am so glad I found Puppy Play House. Mark does an amazing job w my 1 year old "puppy" Buddy. It's only been a few visits with mark, and I already notice the improvements. And the prices are very reasonable! Thank you so much mark!
he seems to have a great ability working with dogs.
We had been looking for a dog sitter for an upcoming trip, and very uneasy with leaving our Kenya with just anyone due to past not so great experiences. We found Mark & Gina on Dog Vacay, and after reading their reviews, contacted Mark and scheduled a 'meet & greet', and based on the great vibes, made a trial overnight reservation. We just picked up Kenya this morning, and want to say we are absolutely confident to leave him again in their loving care. Gina gave us a thorough overview of his sleepover and activities, which reflected her concern for his well being, a huge plus for us leaving him somewhere! We highly recommend Mark & Gina as dog borders/trainers in a loving, safe and fun environment! Thank you!!
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This was Finn and Apollo's second daycare with Mark. They are learning that when we say, "let's go to Mark's!" it means they get to go play with a whole pack all day. Apollo loves it. Finn was a little tentative on the first visit, but was obviously already way more comfortable this time.

Both dogs really listen to Mark well--he knows what he's doing! He's shown us a few tricks to help them walk nicely, as well as how to get their attention.

Our dogs come home exhausted, calm, and relaxed after all the playing and walking. We saw a difference in their behavior after their first day, which was just last weekend; Finn was very food aggressive and now eats alongside Apollo with no problems. I've already recommended Mark to a few friends because of the difference he's made with our dogs in just two visits.
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Thanks Mark, Tygr enjoyed his 5 nights with you very much and we were confident that he was safe and happy. He is a lot more disciplined too!
We will definitely recommend you and use your services again. I would also bring him for day care since he had so much fun!
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I needed a place that could watch my 5 month old puppy. Everyone knows it's stressful trying to find that place where you feel at ease and your pet is well cared for. I feel so lucky that I found Mark and Gina. They are wonderful people. I learned so much at our meet and greet about dogs in general! My puppy Scout spent two days with them and their adorable collection of dogs some theirs, some borders. No crates around, a big yard, calm intervention and lots of love. I can't say enough good things. Scout will definitely be going back to stay again.
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Mark and his staff are pawesome! I left my girls for 3 & 1/2 days while we attended a conference. We had had a meet & greet a few days previously. Mark was extremely knowledgeable and explained how the girls would react and what they would do upon entering his home and he was right on the money! They did just what he said they would. Both dogs felt very comfortable and safe within a few minutes. We had no qualms about leaving them for the upcoming weekend. Mark responded quickly to text messages while we were away and even sent a couple of pics showing the girlz frolicking with their new fur-iends!! Mark also picked up on a medical condition with a sight problem that our younger girl had which we had not noticed as she had learned to compensate around familiar territory! We are having that checked out ASAP! Thank you, Mark! Both dogs had a great time!!! So glad we found DogVacay and especially Mark and his PAWESOME team! The girls are already looking forward to their next vacay! 5 Stars
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Very concerned dog owner who shows his love of dogs in the care of our dogs. He also has training skills that he provided to our dogs to refine and improve our dogs behavior. We have confidence that our dogs will be cared for as if our dogs were his own. Thanks for making our vacation worry free.
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Rocky came back with the biggest smile on his face. It is usually really hard for me to leave my dog with anyone because he's our fur-baby but I knew Mark (after the meet and greet) would be the perfect fit. They take care of the dogs like their own and that's what I wanted when I dropped off Rocky here. Rocky is excited to now start going to Mark twice a week for his doggie visits. Thank you!!!!
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My little dog loves spending the day with Mark and the gang. She always comes home happy and exhausted. I would highly recommend Mark to any and all who want to have their dog taken care of by someone who loves what he does everyday!
We brought our Westie today for the first time for day care over at Mark's. We were surprised to see how easily she accepted to stay when we dropped her off :-)
Mark is a very reassuring person and you can feel he has a great experience with dogs!
When we picked up Caline, she was calm and serene and didn't really seem happy to see us.
We're really happy to have met Mark and would recommend the Puppy play House.
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Blu enjoyed his time with Mark and came home trained to walk on a leash properly!
Mark is great with my dogs and he pays attention to their unique needs and issues. It's so nice to know they are in good hands and I don't have worry or feel guilty about leaving them all day. Mark is also very flexible and easy to work with. So far everything has been great.
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Achilles comes home very tired after a day with mark! It's such a good feeling to know my dog has been played with all day by someone who seems to have a passion and love for dogs and dog training, Achilles already seems a little bit more well behaved and I can trust that my dog is in good hands when he is at the puppy playhouse!
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Mark was awesome with Crosby! We now have an amazing service dog who loves visiting Mark. Mark took the time to text us photos and messages to let us know how our boy was doing!
Mark is amazing!!!! Im new to the area and im over protective of my dog and thankfully he is a blessing for me and my german shepherd. ..i gave peace of mind leaving her with him..simply stated he is awesome
Great! Freya was well taken care of. Mark really cares about all the dogs he watches!
Mark is absolutely a genius with dogs - I won't leave my dogs anywhere else. One is a "special needs"
dog and he gets her. A terrified rescue dog, and non-aggressive, but does not trust -does not want other dogs in her face aggressively - she lets them know. And Mark understands her.
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Ella loved it at Mr. Mark's house. She tuckered out and even better was even more well behaved than she was we dropped her off. I loved getting pics and updates from Mark letting me know that she was having a ball with all the other pups that were also staying over.
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So thankful to have Mark as my pup caregiver. Lance is always a happy pup. See you soon.
At first i was nervous leaving my fur baby but after picking him up i felt completely better. He had a great time with Mark and the other dogs. He got plenty of exercise and made friends with the other dogs. Mark did a great job with him. We will definitely be using Mark again!
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Mark genuinely cares about dogs and helping bring out the very best in them. Our dog had a great weekend stay and will definitely be a repeat visitor.
Great job Mark. Took Oscar at the last minute. Thanks again.
So happy that Mark is able to take care of my Lance. My Pup is always happy and so well behaved when I get him home. Thank you so much for all you do Mark.
Excellent experience. Oscar always has a good time. He told me so!!!
Our Lance is our pride and joy. This is the first time leaving our pup. I am very pleased with the attention that Marc gave our pup. It is great to see our baby so happy. Thank you Marc. We appreciate the love and attention our Lance received.
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Indie had another great day with Mark.
This was my first time leaving my dog with anyone and I was nervous about how she would be since she has various anxieties. I loved how she would have lots of human interaction, as well as, being able to socialize with other dogs of all kinds. Mark made me feel at ease with leaving her and was very accommodating with my flight schedule for drop off and pick up. I loved seeing her photos on fb and instagram; she always looked very happy! She got more exercise than she normally gets and I think will be tired for days to come!! I would definitely take her back and highly recommend him!
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Thanks again Mark. Excellent service and would highly recommend .
Mark has been exceptional in every aspect. He was knowledgeable, responsive, friendly, and accommodating to work with my schedule. My dogs came home very happy and sound. Looked like they have been well taken care of and had a blast. Will be definitely returning :-)
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When I tell Indie she's going to "Mark's house," she barks, pulls her leash out of the basket, and waits by the door excitedly. That's how I know that she has a good time there.
Barley loves it!!
This was Barley's third trip. It was the longest trip she has had and enjoyed it. She comes back very tired and happy to be home.
Mark is some kind of dog whisperer. When I called to check in on my little guy, Mark mentioned that the vacuum had caused some upset and that he'd work with Manny on his reaction. The day I returned home, I had to give my rug a quick vacuum, anticipating the agony and noise that comes with how upset it makes Manny, and voila, SILENCE! A tired dog is one thing, but a tired dog with new skills? If I lived closer Manny would be there daily.
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Mark was fantastic. High energy and a true dog-loving guy. His house is perfect for dogvacay. And his skills as a dog trainer are impressive. We left our 2yr old coonhound with him just for 2nights and he came back already changed/trained. Amazing! Definitely recommend Mark, he is awesome!
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Mark is absolutely fabulous! His experience and compassion are invaluable. He is a great find. I can finally visit my daughters in college and go out of town without worrying if my dogs are okay. Mark has also helped with various behavioral problems that several other trainers could never correct.
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Mark is an amazing person, I've seen the way his interaction with my dog has positively impacted his attitude and demeanor.
From my first telephone conversation with Mark I was confident that he was the man to care for my 2 dogs while I was away. And after our "Meet N Greet" I was convinced they were to be in good hands.

Not only just boarding and excercise for my dogs but caring for them and giving them good training and helpful advise that I can use and benefit from when I take them home. Mark called me the following day and told me they were doing fine and not to worry. Keeping in touch was an added comfort.

I will use Mark again and highly reccomend his services.

Ron McCain
N. Tustin, CA
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Mark took great care of our dogs. He definitely knows dogs and how to take care of them and train them. Our dogs are two rescue dogs who also needed some training.They came home so much more calm and better mannered. Walks are a piece of cake now. Our other dog ended up getting a hot spot while we were gone and Mark took care of it. Highly recommend. Will definitely use again!
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Little late in writing a review but Hogan absolutely loves Mark's house!! He always comes back exhausted!
Another great stay with Mark!
Mark is wonderful - it is truly a dog's heaven - Mark cares more about the dogs than anything! When we picked up the dogs - we drove up and saw the dogs in a pack, and happy as can be. They were with him five nights and we never worried about them. Now, we see the dogs are anxious for a walk and better on the walk than they have ever been.
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Mark is confident in his abilities and that directly effects the way he interacts with the dogs. My dog was unaccustomed to interacting with other dogs, after only a few days with Mark I have noticed incredible behavioral differences. Mark is the man.
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Another awesome stay with Mark! Johnny always comes home smiling! Thanks so much for taking good care of the little guy, Mark!
Sophie was exhausted, a sign of a happy dog!
Excellent.
Johnny had an AMAZING time with Mark. I love the fact that he gets to have free reign of the yard and isn't kenneled. It's exactly the experience I was looking for. Mark goes above and beyond by taking the dogs on long walks and even out hiking. He was incredibly responsive and when the app photo loading was down, he made sure to send pictures through on email. I will definitely be taking Johnny back in the future! Thanks so taking such good care of my boy!
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Mark is a true dog person. He loves dogs and it shows. He took care of our two labs as if they were his own dogs. Thx
Best thing I have ever done for my dog! I feel completely comfortable leaving my dog with Mark and trust him 100%. He really knows his stuff and you can tell he cares for each and every dog.
Mark was so welcoming to my Sadie. He made her feel very safe with him. It was a good stay.
Mark is great. Barley loves hanging out with their pack. This is her 2nd visit.
Indie had another great 3 days at Mark's. She is all smiles and is ready for a long nap!
Mark & Gina were great hosts. They care about every dog they take care of, and Tiger got a lot of exercise that he needed! I'd definitely board him here again.
Mark was excellent! We couldn't have been happier with how wonderful he took care of our little guy! Mark sent us multiple pictures and updates the entire time we were gone. He went above and beyond on making sure our little furry baby was well taken care of and comfortable. He even worked on teaching our little guy how to walk great on a leash. You can tell that him and his team are fully dedicated. We hands down highly recommend him and will be using him from here on out!
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Great gang of pups over at Marks! My bossy little girl and sweet boy fell right into the pack. Not everyone can keep order with this kind of energy and natural chaos!! I was also impressed to see two dogs walking down the street nice and orderly on their leashes but I was shocked when I realized they were mine! We had a great time on vacation and what a relief to know that my babies were in great hands.
(bossy boxer and sweet mastiff/pit)
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Mark and Gina were very nice. They are knowledgeable when it comes to a dog's needs and training. They were very easy to work with and extremely accommodating. I called last minute for a weekend sitter for my wedding. They were able to fit me in and were very flexible with times since I wasn't sure when the wedding chaos would be over and I could pick up my dogs that Sunday. They only take a minimal amount of dogs so that it doesn't get crowded. I will definitely use them in the future.
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Indie and I have never been apart overnight so I was a bit worried about leaving her but Mark phoned me the first day and let me know that she did very well on her first sleepover. He sent me several photos showing her interacting with his other dogs and she looked quite happy! Mark kept me updated about her activities so my worries lessened each day. She stayed a total of 5 nights. Indie came home tired and with a big smile. It is a huge relief to me to know that I can go away for several days and have no anxiety about leaving Indie in the loving care of Mark and Gina.
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Sophie had a blast staying with Mark & Gina! During her stay I received a call to let me know how things were going and that was very much appreciated. I love coming home to a happy, exhausted dog!
Sophie came home happy & exhausted! Mark & Gina sent some great pictures showing how much fun she had. Great experience!
Mark and Gina were very understanding about how nervous I was to leave my dog with other people. they allowed a last minute meet and greet they talked up through how they introduce the dogs and took the time to learn about gracie. Upon picking her up she was soooo tired and they even helped train her to walk better when on a leash. I would use them again for sure.
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My dogs started attending daycare at Mark and Gina's in the fall of 2013. I had recently moved to Orange County from the Midwest and quickly needed to find reliable daycare for them. Mark and Gina accommodated a meet and greet within the same week of my initial communication. Since then, my dogs have been attending daycare 1 to 3 times per week; they also have doggie sleepovers there when I travel (which happens frequently). I always trust that my girls are in good hands. It's a special treat when Mark posts photos of them having fun with their pack! Mark, Gina and their crew truly love the animals that they take into their home. I highly recommend them for daycare and/or boarding needs!
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Mark and Gina will take good care of your dog.
I have left my golden retriever with them since 2012 and I was blessed by finding them my dog is so happy when I drop him off and just loves Mark.
When I pick him up he is in very good condition just tired from playing with the other dogs. I strongly recommend Mark and Gina to take good care of your dog.
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buster was well taken of!!
Hogan has been sleeping since we picked him up! He came home with a little bit of a cough. Mark had explained that another dog may have been a little sick and it should clear up in a couple of days. He let me know that he could give me some medicine if it didn't clear up.

Thanks again Mark and Gina! See you next time.
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Mark & Gina are awesome!! They had excellent communication while I was trying to find the best place to accommodate Tiger. They are very experienced trainers and I will definitely have Tiger stay with them again :)
Mark and Gina were very helpful. During my dogs stay, mark provided photos and a call to tell me how she was doing. Mark comes with an incredible background. Even though he is not close to is, we would use him again.
Indie is coming out of her shell and becoming the dog we know she can be. She is a 78 lb. , 1 1/2 yr. old, rescued Australian Cattle Dog and Border Collie mix. Mark noticed right away because of these breeds and because of her behavior at the meet-and-greet that she needed to find her "purpose" and to have a "job to do" to get her energy going in the right direction. Mark is working directly with her and seems to know just what she needs. He truly loves the dogs he cares for and has an amazing ability to connect with them. I am so happy to have found Mark and Gina to help me with my girl, Indie Highest praises for the Seltzers!
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Mark and Gina are by far the best dog-sitters I know. Not only does my girl, Gracie, love them both, Mark is great at training all dogs. It's quite amazing that he can take a dog that's forgotten he/she is a dog. and train he/she to be playful and enjoy the company of other dogs. Gracie at my house thinks she's human, at Mark and Gina's, she knows she's a dog and plays until she's totally exhausted - it's absolutely wonderful for both me and her. I really feel like Gracie thinks that Mark and Gina's house is her home-away-from-home and she is always so excited when we pull-up to theirs - I have no problem leaving her there to stay for a couple of weeks at a time.
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Fantastic job.
Finding Mark & Gina has been such a blessing to us! We love our three dogs dearly (a shepherd, a golden retriever & a miniature schnauzer) but for years we have found ourselves often tied down and restricting our travel plans because we did not have anyone we trusted enough to take care of our "kids". Then we met Mark and Gina and we were instantly impressed with their gentle & skillful handling of our dogs including properly introducing them to the other dogs in their care. Our traveling has been much more enjoyable because we know our three "kids" are safe, having fun, getting plenty of exercise and are in caring, capable hands at all times. We come home to tired but very happy dogs! Gina has been so great about following the diet regime we have our dogs on which we really appreciate. .
I tell my friends that Mark is our "Dog Whisperer"! He has helped me so much with training advice and especially helping me to stay more calm when I occasionally have to deal with some of our shepherd's behavior issues. Mark is a very knowledgeable dog handler and I greatly appreciate the help he has given me.
Thank you, Mark & Gina for giving us peace of mind when we are away!
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Our experience with Mark, Gina and their pack of pups has been nothing short of phenomenal! I called Mark a few days before we picked up our wonderful pup from the shelter, and he offered to come to our home to show us how best to introduce her to the house and our cat, and ensured that we all got off on the right foot. He also brought in his trusted pup, Buttercup, to help test Poppy's socialization skills, which I thought was anice touch. The next day, Mark followed up with a phone call, and answered more of my new-pet questions. He really took the time to ease any fears we had. Truly, above and beyond!

A few days later, we had the opportunity to do a meet and greet at their home, and while Poppy was a little shy at first, she soon warmed up and was happily running around the backyard sniffing everything and everyone! Mark and Gina told us about great toys and grooming tools we didn't know about, and gave us all sorts of "insider" tips and tricks only true dog lovers would know.

Earlier this week, we dropped Poppy off for her first full day to play with other pups and socialize. When I picked her up, she was grinning from ear-to-ear and fell asleep within minutes in the car on the way home! She also seemed a lot more confident, which is so heartwarming, as she was much more shy and skittish before. Again, Mark followed up with a phone call to make sure she was doing well, which was so nice.

Overall, I couldn't recommend Mark and Gina's business more highly. I've already told everyone I know who has a dog, anyone who is considering getting a dog... I've even been telling people who don't have dogs, just because I think this business is so great.
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Recently, Mark helped my friend bring home her new rescue. What an amazing service!. I wish I had had the ability to properly introduce my home and myself to my dog. It would have been invaluable to have had parameters and rules set from the start. Now, I am fighting to change the bad habits I fell into over the years. But, it's just another challenge for us learn and work through. I will recommend them to all friends and colleagues that are welcoming new family members.
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Mark & Gina are great with schedules - even if it's last minute! My dog is better for staying with Mark & Gina.
Mark and Gina are extraordinary! If you are looking for high quality dog care, look no further. Mark and Gina are incredibly knowledgable about all breeds of dogs and I have been learning new things about my dog and her behavior every day. They are very attentive and are fantastic at communicating with you about your dog's progress and daily routine with them. I was looking for someone to not only care for my dog while I was at work but also help teach me effective ways of training her and I can't say enough great things about their full service business. They care very much about my dog and I always know that when I leave her there she is in very good hands. Mark and Gina have so kindly worked with my difficult work schedule to make sure my dog receives the care that she needs. I have already seen so much progress in my dog and she always leaves happy and tired. I did not believe that dog care this fantastic actually existed and I am so grateful to have found Mark and Gina!
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Great job. My dog Oscar loves it there.
Awesome as usual.
My fur children had a great time at day camp with Mark and Gina. And, they are walking better on the leash for me after spending the day there (they used to pull all the time and if they saw a cat or squirrel, they would pull my arm out of the socket!). Thank you for the training!
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Our experience with Mark & Gina so far has been amazing! Not only is this the most affordable day care, but is the most friendly :-)
My experience was excellent. This is the first time I had my dog Oscar stay at any dog sitter, and I had no worries about him staying overnight after meeting Mark and Gina at his meet and greet. Thanks again.
I've used them a couple of times before and will be using them again :) Hogan comes back as a better dog every time!
Tigger just spent an entire week and Mark and Gina's. I was fairly anxious as this is a dog that I NEVER thought would get along with nor play with other dogs. She came home happy and tired. I really value the behavior training in addition to the love and care that she receives. Emily is a great addition to the team. She definitely was the recipient of many licks from my little girl. Thanks a lot and see you soon and regularly!
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Mark and Gina are awesome! Not only has Hogan been sleeping for hours he also learned some new commands. Will definitely be using Mark and Gina again soon!
Mark and Gina were great hosts for my dog. During the meet and greet, they showed me everything they do for the dogs, and that really put my mind at ease since I had never left my dog in another person's care before. And when he said that our dog would sleep for two days when we picked him up, I learned he wasn't exaggerating; my dog really did sleep for the next to days. Overall, Mark and Gina were excellent hosts, and I would gladly entrust my dog to them again.
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We appreciate the training provided to us and to our dog in addition to the good boarding care.
Mark and Gina are amazing! I absolutely love being able to bring my dog to them and would recommend them to everyone. They really care about the dogs they take care of and you can tell than just by talking to them.
Mark was very perceptive of our dog’s needs and provided both physical and emotional/cognitive care. Their location along with their flexible drop off/pick up schedule is perfect for us. We will be making future reservations.
Another great time for my dogs at Mark and Gina's. I am always comfortable when I leave Seabrie and Sunny with them. They are aways ready and happy to see them and I know they are in good hands. Thanks again, Mar and Dave G
Thank you for a very successful walk! We'll schedule some more and then try out a play-date soon.
Mark and Gina are great! My dog was super happy when she came home and even picked up some new good manners while she was there. Thanks!
Mark and Gina took great care of our 12 pound Cockapoo, Riley. I was especially pleased with the way Riley was introduced SLOWLY, and in stages, to the other dogs staying the weekend. Riley seemed to adapt well with the other dogs even though he appeared to be the smallest of the group. When we picked him up, he was having no problems or fears next to VERY LARGE dogs. The socialization that he gained over the weekend was very important and appreciated. Kudos to Mark and Gina ! !
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Pawsome! Pawsome! Pawsome!! My little guy came home so relaxed and well behaved - his way of telling me he was treated right!!
I am beyond blown away with how fabulous Mark and Gina are! My 200lb Mastiff puppy can be quite a handful and they took on the challenge and exceeded all my expectations immensely. After just a few days of staying with them he walks better on his leash, is more obedient, does really well with other dogs, and was happier (and more tired) than I've seen him in a long time. They gave me amazing advice on how to optimize his health and knew more about the breed than I did (And I know a lot!)

I have a very unpredictable schedule and travel a ton, and Mark and Gina have been so accommodating and flexible with my need for last minute stays and overnights. I even forgot to pack enough dog food one stay and they took the time to go to the store and purchase a bag of his normal food so he didn't have stomach issues, and didn't mind me paying them back upon pickup. They offered to take him to his first dog modeling job too when I had a last minute work booking. Mark and Gina treat Kingsley like he is their own puppy. He's even allowed to sleep in the bed! It's just so obvious as soon as you meet them that they are dog lovers and will care for your animal in all the ways that you cannot when you are out of town. They give him treats for the road and have even helped me research into dog sitters for my upcoming move to NY, in order to make sure Kingsley has the best care and love when we relocate. My only complaint is that I didn't meet them sooner! I wish I could bring them with me to NY!

I really cannot say enough good things about this family business and we will sorely miss Mark and Gina when we make the move. I have never met two people with such an obvious passion and so much love for animals. The words thankful, grateful, and blown away, are complete understatements! Thank you so much for treating Kingsley and me like family! We love you guys!
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Mark and Gina were so great to work with and helped me feel comfortable leaving our lab, Bailey, for the first time since we've moved to the area.

They sent us tons of photos and treated Bailey as one of their own. I loved working with them and would be glad to work with them again in the future!
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I must admit I was a little skeptical about leaving my dog with someone I didn't know. I'm happy to say that all my worries were for nothing! After the meet and greet with Gina and Mark I knew Hogan would be in good hands. I couldn't believe how tired Hogan was when I went to pick him up. He slept for two whole days! I would definitely recommend Gina and Mark to anyone. Thanks again Gina and Mark, I'll be seeing you guys again soon.
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Mark and Gina are awesome! My little one comes home happy and with better manners! He goes to play dates one or two times a week to get his "puppy play time". He has become more socialized. Great expericence for us both!!
Again the dogs had a great time with M and G. We don't worry when our dogs Seabrie and Sunny are with M and G, they always come home happy and very ready for a good nap. Thank you Mark and Gina Mar and Dave
This is the first time I used Mark & Gina's boarding care. After the meet and greet, I felt very comfortable that Bentley(Schnoodle) would be in good hands for the 3 nights I was away. I could tell Mark is a good trainer and in tune with dog behavior by the way he interacted with Bentley on our first meeting. He had to do a little discipline action while I was there as my dog growled at the first introduction dog (smaller little dog) and Mark took a simple corrective action that I totally agreed with and have used myself.
Two other things I was really impressed with is:
1) they took Bentley out for walks- I figured he would just stay in yard/house. His normal boarder hosts do not walk the dogs,so I didn't expect anything different
2) and they sent me photos of him while I was gone-that was a fun touch

I know Mark & Gina (& dog walker) really care about each dog and I feel they went above and beyond what I expected in giving special care! I was totally happy when I picked him up and I would recommend them to any of my friends needing loving care for their dogs!
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Thank you Mark for all the care you have given to our two dogs! We'll contact you again soon!
Our kids had a blast at Mark and Gina's house. I wasn't sure if they wanted to leave. We took them home and they were out for hours. Thanks M and G Mar and Dave
We had a last minute booking with Mark and Gina. They were extremely flexible with our pick up and drop off times which helped a lot! They are both true professionals and I felt comfortable leaving our dog with them for 5 days. My dog has now been sleeping for two days straight since being back! He received a lot of attention and walks! They updated us with pictures letting us know how he was doing and when we picked him up, Mark even gave us some tips on obedience training to help with walking our boy. They have a nice big back yard for the dogs to run around, 24/7 supervision and on top of it reasonably priced! Thanks Mark and Gina we will definitely be using your services again!
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Sammy was very relaxed last night after picking him up. Thanks for giving him a day out and for me to get a lot of errands done! See you soon!!
Mark and Gina are amazing hosts for my dog. Neither my golden retriever or I have done doggy day care before and they were so great to ease the transition. I felt like I was dropping my child off at her first day of school and Gina was so loving towards my dog that it really eased my anxiety about leaving her. I know she had an absolutley fabulous time, she came home super tired, and I even received pictures of her with the other dogs. I would definitely recommend these hosts to other families. Thanks Mark and Gina!!
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Mark and Gina are awesome!

They are very experienced in dog training and boarding as well as reasonably priced! The overnight boarding and daytime care includes lots of walks/exercise and training.

Ruger came back more well behaved and tired from all the fun he had. A job well done!

We will definitely be using them again and referring our friends.
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We would highly recommend Mark & Gina. They were very easy to communicate with and we felt like our puppy was in good hands from the moment we dropped him off. We had them watch our very hyper 10mth old puppy over Labor Day weekend. They took him on several walks and he got to play with some of the other dogs while we were gone. You could tell he had a great time when we picked him up because he slept the entire ride home. Its really great to have peace of mind that he is being taken care of when we are out of town and we will be booking with them again!
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Wonderful experience. Mark and Gina treated our Bruno like family. I didn't feel a bit anxious while away, knowing they were caring for him. Bruno is an only child and loved his new friends Stephanie
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