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John S.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
32 Reviews
19 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Pet Requirements

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

John's House

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Medium Yard
100% fenced
Smoke-free home
Pets allowed on furniture

About John

60 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
I work from home and live in a quiet established neighborhood in town. Walking distance to many trails, dog park, and neighborhood walks. Pets will have the run of the back of the house, sunny deck, and fenced back yard. Your rules, feeding and behavior, will be respected and reinforced where and when ever possible. I rarely have more than three dogs so that I can enjoy them. I don't offer 24 hour coverage because I find I need to shop every now and then or run an errand but I do work from home and am here almost all the time. I think I am about 23/7 or 22/7.

I prefer well behaved house dogs because I don't have a large outdoor space and I live in a quiet neighborhood. Dogs that bark, chew, dig, or jump fences are probably not a good fit here. Dogs that love to lay in the sun, listen to music, enjoy a back rub, wag their tail, share a toy, take a walk or play gently, are always welcome when there is room. My DogVacay Calendar doesn't show private clients who stay with me..... so it is often smart to inquire for the specific dates you need.
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Can administer oral medicine
John S.
Sebastopol, CA 95472
32 Reviews
19 Repeat Guests
$40/night
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 3 days notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 25 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:
    Flexible

Availability

  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated September 20, 2016

Credentials

Course 101 Graduate
By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
Pack Promoter
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Disaster Relief
This sitter has completed training for the DogVacay Disaster Relief Program and volunteered to help displaced pets in the event of a natural disaster.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At John's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
  • Dogs may be unsupervised for no more than 1 hour/day
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At John's Home
$25 /day
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/day
32 Reviews
John watched my dog for 10 days and allowed me to relax on vacation because I new my dog was in good, safe hands. John's house is perfect for my small, mellow dog. I will definitely book again with John.
John was fantastic, we could not have found a more perfect person to care for our dogs during our 2 night stay in Sebastopol for our wedding. He was so accommodating and trustworthy from the start. He was so kind to pick up our dogs after the ceremony, made our lives MUCH easier!
Thank you!
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If we could give John 10 stars we would. John went out of his way to make it possible for our two dogs to be in our wedding, and we couldn't be more grateful! Not to mention, our two dogs loved John and seemed very content when we picked them up following their stay. Thank you, John!
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John is the best my Daisy loves to hang out with him. He is our go to doggie babysitter!
Our dog Lucy stayed with John for a week while we were on vacation. He sent us updates and photos, and Lucy clearly enjoyed herself. Unlike when she's stayed in kennels, she was happy and relaxed when we picked her up! John was great at communicating with us both in setting up our visit and during Lucy's stay. We will definitely have Lucy stay with John again!
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This is the second time John has taken care of my dog. It's obvious my dog really likes him and I really appreciate John sending me photos during my trip. He's been extremely accommodating when I've requested an absurdly early drop off at 5:00 AM and attentive when I've explained about his medication.

It's great to know he's there for us!
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He took my boys well and I greatly appreciate keeping my boys safe while I was away!
John was very welcoming, calm and gentle. We brought our 2 standard poodles to his house to meet him a few weeks ago and then left them for a night. The dogs were fed, walked, happy and looked forward to going back again. He is a great alternative to a kennel.
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My puppies were sleeping when I went to pick them up. That is a good thing because it means they did relax on their first visit. They were all set to go at pick up time. Our things were in their bag and we had a short visit with John before heading for home.
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Couldn't be happier with Johns service. He went out of his way to make Hudson feel at home and to attend to his special needs. Hudson was very happy there and was very content when I picked him up. Thank you John!
Wonderful. Five stars well deserved. We trust we can enjoy our time away and our dogs are well taken care of. John is reliable and very professional. He asked us questions about preferences and special needs. Very thoughtful. I highly recommend him.
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Our golden retriever, Annie, had a wonderful time with John. He really tuned in to her and her needs. When we picked her up, we were delighted to see how happy she was - tail wagging, playing with one of John's dog toys. As for our experience, John was easy to communicate with and flexible. We're happy to have found him.
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Super tender Maggie was obviously well taken care of. Her little black nemesis was also a happy camper. Thanks John letting me leave town with complete confidence my fur twins were safe, secure and happy.
My Sophie dog always has a pawsome time at John's house! John takes Sophie for walks and to the dog park. I feel very comfortable that Sophie is in good hands!
Great host, loves my dog!
Always a pleasure to work with John. I have no worries about leaving my tender hearted terriers with him. They return happy and obviously well taken care of. John is a treasure.
I appreciate John's care of my dog, his flexibility and his kind, attentive way with my dog. She loves to go to his home!
John was great with my dog, and very accommodating with my schedule! My dog is a six year old rescue, and John had the sensitivity and experience to discern how to help her interact well with an 8 month old boxer pup. We're already looking at the calendar for her next visit with John.
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We are so happy to find John! He took great care of Laila and she had a great time with him. We will definately use John again! Trinh
John is a Godsend. As someone who travels frequently or needs someone to take care of my dog Stanley during the day, finding John has taken a huge load off my shoulders. I am new to this area, and to make matters more complicated, Stanley can be a challenge at times (he barks at unknown people and dogs). John is incredible with him. Patient. Caring. Soothing. Furthermore, he went beyond the call of duty in walking Stanley several times a day, including a 45 minute walk in the morning, and making sure he got his medication. When I picked him up after three days, I'm not sure he wanted to come home! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend John, except I fear he will become so popular I'll have a problem making a reservation for Stanley!
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John was great. Communicated and gave the feeling of personally caring. Would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
John is kind and caring. My timid, elder terrier and spunky one year old were treated to outings at the dog park and a cozy home atmosphere. Elder terrier always lets me know how she was treated by her demeanor and she returned home a happy dog. That means everything to me.
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John was very hospitable and was great I with our dog. He is a very good find for dog sitter. We will definitely use him many more times
My dog had a GREAT time with John. She was so content when I went to pick her up that instead of running to me she ran instead to go get a toy that she played with at his house so she could show it to me. I have a 10 year old golden retriever and John's house was the perfect place for her. Walks in the neighborhood, sleeping at John's feet while he worked, the whole situation could not have been better.
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John was a great host, as always! Thank you!
Highest regards for John. A very caring and responsible person to care for your pet! He is truly a dog lover and I felt very confident that my dog was in good hands.
As always John was the best of hosts to our "kids" (two bassett hounds). We always use John because he is so warm and friendly and takes great care of them while we are away. Sometimes I think they want to stay longer because they love it there so much.
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Abby loved her stay with John for ten long days while we were on vacation. I could tell John took very good care of her. Now I plan to do more short trips and leave her with her new friend.
John is the best!!! He seriously pulled through at the last minute and was great with my senior dog. He needed special attention as well as medicine at specific times. He updated via text regularly and sent pictures. Unfortunately, I was out of town when my pup when to his home, but he followed he instructions with ease and was great about the short notice. You cannot find a better sitter!
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What a wonderful first experience with Dog Vacay! I left my prized possession, 7 year old Vizsla Blue, with John for a two night stay, while i headed into S.F. Upon meeting John, I knew Blue was going to be in good and more than capable hands. John, a genuine dog lover, is a pleasure to speak to, easy to communicate with and is very flexible and provides a loving home for your four legged beast. The environment is homey, sunny, quiet and peaceful, a retreat indeed...He tended to the needs of my quirky, high energy, bird dog. What a happy dog I picked up today. I am so grateful to have a home to bring my boy to. We will return. Thanks John!!!
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Not too many people can handle two Basset Hounds, but John was incredibly welcoming and dealt with them in a very positive and gracious manner. Our "kids" are usually skittish when staying with people, even family, but we could tell from the pics that John sent us that felt right at home. We will be using John again in the future for sure. Very quick responses and very flexible, he was able to add another night onto our original plan and was completely ok with it. Very professional and caring.
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John was an incredible host for Maximus this past weekend. We chose to go with him due to his experience with senior dogs and responsiveness to our emails. We are very glad we did! John was extremely welcoming and very nice when we dropped Maximus off. He showed us around his place and his back deck. He accommodated all of our daily 'rules' and rituals for walks, feeding, etc. On Saturday, he sent us pictures and an update of how Maximus was doing. When we returned on Sunday, it was clear Maximus had fun and didn't want to leave. We highly recommend John and will use him again whenever we stay in the area.
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