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David Michael S.

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

Pet Requirements

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

David Michael's Resident Pets

Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier
7 yr 10 mo old
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier
9 yr 5 mo old
9 yr 3 mo old

David Michael's House

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Outdoor area

About David Michael

16 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
ZenK9 Obedience & Boarding is designed to give your beloved companion the confidence and skill set he or she needs to become a positive member of your family. We provide a safe home for your beloved pet while offering personalized attention and daily activities like lure coursing, group walks and interactive games to ensure your dog/s have a wonderful time! Grounded in science, our training methods are all positive reinforcement based. If you are looking for a trainer who instills love, respect and understanding, you have come to the right place.

Hello! My name is David Michael, owner of ZenK9 Obedience & Boarding. Thirty six years ago, my grandmother bought me a Pit Bull/Boxer mix;from that day forward my life has been centered around the nurturing care and companionship of the domestic canine. I believe it is the intrinsic bond of trust, with clear and consistent direction, combined with the reward he loves the most that gets a dog to perform. I have trained hundreds of dogs with tremendous success from incessant marking Maltese's to 150 lb male aggressive Mastiff's. I have used every technique available to me to make sure everything has been done to educate my clients and successfully train their dog/s.

*Please Note: There is a $20 charge per day for Special Needs...
Puppy's under 8 months old
Medical and Disabilities
Behavioral Cases: Aggression or Destructive
80 pounds or more

$10 OFF per day for families with multiple dogs. (Limit 3)

*Custom quote for families with multiple dogs with special needs

The ZenK9 philosophy is based on Buddhism. The vast interconnectedness of affluent energy is the very fabric of relationships between man and beast, as well as our environment. Everything is connected; therefore, if we expect to change the behavior of our beloved companions, we too must change.

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Can administer oral medicine
Special Needs Accommodated
  • Pets recovering from surgery
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Leash Pulling
  • Not yet house-trained
  • Advanced senior issues

David Michael S.

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


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


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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At David Michael's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets will sleep in their own beds
Daycare At David Michael's Home
$40 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
$100 /hour
$20 /min
$80 /max
$20 /bath
$25 each way
  • Willing to travel 15 miles
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38 Reviews
David and his team were great! I love how positive he is with the dogs. They came home happy and tired from all of the play and attention they got. Plus, David started working with our lab on her training. I would definitely recommend David and his team!
David and his team were excellent with our dog. We visited a lot of places to find somewhere we felt comfortable leaving our dog - this was the only one that made us feel safe right off the bat. We added on basic training with our rescue dog and after that, he was a breeze to keep training. Will definitely being using again.
David was great he spend 45-60min. with us days before our stay to make both Abby and us feel comfortable. He is calm and handles the dogs the same calm way! Abby spent the last weekend at David's and know Abby was well cared for, she came home tired for sure after have all the play with other dogs. We will return to David's in a few weeks for training and more boarding.
David and his team are amazing. They are on top of the scheduling to ensure a smooth transition. They maintain regular communication touch points. My Pit Bull has become hesitant with new people and David and his team win him over every time, giving him the time and space he needs and support in transition through the appropriately matched dog personalities. They always impart bits of Zen Training wisdom and were patient and welcoming as my two younger girls needed to join me this time for drop off and pickup. THANK YOU for doing what you do best!!!!
David is the best! He's very professional, well organized and does an excellent job of exercising my dog and keeping her busy. He is absolutely exceptional. I won't take my dog anywhere else!
Vacation at David's was fantastic for our furbabies! I'm definitely in the "crazy dog mom" category, and I felt very comfortable leaving my dogs with him. We have a 4 year old pittie and a 13 year old jack russell. Both of them have very different personalities, and they both left David's looking happy and healthy. Usually our jack looks super stressed (red eyes + fatigued) after staying somewhere else and has a puking episode when she gets home (such a drama queen). We had no issues after her vacation with David! He sent us photos of the furbabies throughout their stay, and they looked happy as can be. David and his staff were easy to schedule with a get ahold of while we were gone for updates. We will definitely be using his services in the future, and we highly recommend other fur owners do the same.
It was great my dog had a blast!
David does very well communicating with me. The additional staff is super nice and walks the dog. They also enjoy playing with the dog. The dog loves being there. He gets plenty of excerize. Thank you for taking care of our dog like he was yours.
David and his crew were amazing. They sent me text messages and pictures to let me know that he was doing well. Gizmo stayed for over a month! I always new that he was safe and being well taken care of.He came back a new dog! He is so well behaved now. We travel quite frequently and we will definitely board with David and his crew again! We even did a week of training and it was well worth it.
Louie had a wonderful time when he was with David and the rest of his team. This was my first time using a pet sitting service of any kind, so I was a little unsure of what to expect or how Louie would do. He was obviously well cared for and hard a fabulous time playing with the other dogs. He even got a little kiss on the head from Laura when we were taking him home :)
I was very nervous leaving my dog for a whole week. We have never used a dog sitter before. David made myself and wrigley feel very comfortable. David sent me photos and kept me up to date how wrigley was doing. If we ever need a sitter we will only use David!
David has such a great way with dogs. Our dog who normally is standoffish was literally eating out of David's hand within minutes. They offer training and boarding. We felt very secure with Lucky staying here.
We adopted our shepherd mix only a couple of months ago. While she is great at home with us, she is dog and people "reactive", meaning she barks at many people and barks and lunges at dogs. When we needed to go away for a few days, we were afraid that we would not find a place that would take her at all, or give her exercise without exposing her to other dogs.
When I saw that David was a dog trainer, I hoped he could help us out. We took Lucky to meet him, and David's peaceful demeanor and knowledge of dog behavior calmed her immediately. She even played with him in the backyard.
Lucky did well over the time we left her in David's care. We were afraid she might come back traumatized, due to the sound and smell of all the dogs being cared for by Michael, but she was fine when we picked her up, and was entirely normal back at home.
For an extra fee, David and his staff did work with Lucky on socialization, but it will take several more training sessions before we will see a big difference.
If you are afraid of leaving your dog somewhere where they won't understand his/her anxiety, I definitely suggest David and his staff.
Abby had a great stay and is looking to going back and visiting again soon! David was very flexible with drop off and pick ups, and Abby got plenty of play time and exercise.
We were kept informed with pictures while we were on vacation. We had taken Nellie to a national chain for boarding previously. It took her a week to get settled down. After coming back from a week with David Michael, she was calm and is more settled than when we left. We will definitely have David Michael take care of Nellie again!
David Michael is the best! We have used him 3 times already!
I needed a sitter at the last minute and David was there after I tried 3 others. He was warm and made sure we and our 2 dogs were comfortable with him and the place they would stay. Because of his skill with dogs and fact that he assured that my dogs would always be in a safe assured us. Thanks David.
David always takes great care of Rasuli when I have to be out of town. I have used him several times and it has always been a great experience - I wouldn't use anyone else!
My puppy is very timid and David did a great job breaking her out of her shell. She came home a new dog he is great at training and very friendly. We will be using him again!
David Michael was amazing with our little pug. Highly recommended.
My little girl knows all the tricks in the book on how to manipulate and get her own way. If she doesn't get her way, she barks a lot.

After time spent with David giving her exercise and good care, she settled down and enjoyed her time spent with him.

She was such a happy camper. No barking when I picked her up.

We are so pleased with David. He knows dogs and works well with them. Even our little girl thought he was awesome!
Thanks David for looking after our Mastiff ! He always come back behaving a little better ! We definitely recommend your service to anyone !
David has a great setup going with separate rooms for resident dogs, a big grass back yard and plenty of great dog training experience. Milly seemed to be very eager to stay when I came to get her, and the pics I received showed a very happy dog.
My dog, Angel, loved staying at David's. We got regular update which showed that she was having fun. Normally she gets stress diarrhea whenever we leave her at pet resort, but this time she is perfectly fine. We would surely board her here again.
David and his team are amazing! David really gets it and his "dog vibe" is palpable. The fact that he is so clearly in control makes it easy for my 15 month old Irish Wolfhound to relax in the unfamiliar surrounding. And that let's me relax and enjoy my vacation! My dog comes home far less stressed and without a bunch of new bad manners. Great communication and quick responses, you guys rule! Thank you so much.
Rasuli always has a great experience when he is with David. I won't use anyone else!
David is one of those special people who can understand what a dog needs, and can provide consistent positive reinforcement to bring out the best in a pup. I would recommend him in a heartbeat. I know my boy is in the best of hands when left with David!
We were so pleased with David and how he put our minds at ease when we left Daisy for 6 days. We were afraid that she wasn't going to get along with the other dogs and David not only had her playing with all the other dogs he had her rooming with one! He sent pictures of her playing and she looked like she was actually smiling! I am so happy to have found someone who will care for Daisy when we need to leave town.
Emily is an 11 month old Irish Wolfhound and can be a lot to handle if you don't know what you're doing. David totally knows what he's doing and I never worried for a second. His place is set up perfectly and his communication is excellent.

Emily came home happy and not overly stressed. I know she got all the attention she wanted.

Thank you, David, for all the excellent work you do and for being available to host even challenging puppies!
I have always been nervous about going out of town and leaving my boys in someone else's care. However, now that I found David I no longer worry about my boys. I felt very comfortable leaving them with David and I think they had a great time as well
I will definitely continue to use his service and I highly recommend him. Thank you David!!
Since I started the set up for my dog, David has been very friendly. They keep me up to date on my schedule and have a nice app to see how my dog is doing through out the day.
Hi Fellow Pet Owners, if you love your dog half as much as I love mine you will understand my nervousness in leaving my baby with anyone! I have to say that David of Zen K9 was so personable from start to finish. My pride and joy, Hercules took to him and his home so well. He has a very clean spacious backyard that Hercules gravitated to right away. David was so nice to send photo updates of Hercules having a good time and providing me prompt feed back; this totally put my mind at ease while I was on vacation to know Hercules was being cared for tenderly. David is going to be Hercules home away from home from now on whenever I can book him and I would recommend placing your bundle of joy in David's capable loving hands. He is surely a Godsend and you won't be disappointed, Rebecca :)
David has been amazing with my Stella. Not only did he take such good care of her for the past two months but he also taught her so much! Stella loved her time with David and his pets - she gave him lots of kisses and wiggles. :) David has a very calm, soothing, caring and kind presence about him that made me trust him immediately. I would refer him to any friend or family membeDavid is a special person and has a special talent with animals. His love for his job shows! r.
We had a great experience with David. He gives individualized attention to your dog and makes you feel at ease, especially if it is your first time! Our dog is extremely nervous around other dogs. David was able to work our dog into making friends. We were very happy with his service! David loves dogs!
David was incredible! He provided lots of pictures and updates all week long and made us feel very safe leaving our dog with him. Thank you! Matt, Jenny & Clara Missman
David was amazing with our two dogs! The training he provided for our puppy was out of this world and we were so shocked to see how much she improved and learned in such a short matter of time. David has a great passion for what he does and it shows! Our pups were so happy and well taken care of. David has a great set up at his home and we constantly received pictures and videos and updates. We would highly recommend him to take care of your fur babies and will be using him again in the future. Thank you David for a fantastic experience!
Hotrod is a 18 month Golden Retriever with a lot of energy. We asked David to give Hotrod some basic training - stop jumping on guests, stay, leash walking, etc. I am amazed, I told my husband to find a new home for Hotrod - but instead he wanted to try some training. David has done an amazing job with Hotrod in only 5 days! We will definitely bring Hotrod to David's again as we are keeping Hotrod in our family.
Amazing people! My dog was so happy and very well taken care of! Amazing clean home for dogs, and David is very passonate about what he does! I will definitely book Saleene to stay with him again and highly recommend him others!
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