Zuri's Playhouse in Silver Spring

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Alex R.

26 Reviews
10 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:

Pet Requirements

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

Alex's Resident Pets

Dogo Argentino
4 old
German Shorthaired Pointer
3 old

Alex's House

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Outdoor area

About Alex

I am a Police K9 handler who loves dogs. I've had dogs my whole life. I've been taking care of friends and family pets for years. I welcome the opportunity to watch after your pups!
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Alex R.

26 Reviews
10 Repeat Guests
Other Sitters Nearby
  • Responds within 50 minutes
  • Cancellation Policy:


  • Available
  • Unavailable
  • 1 Spot Left
  • Booked
  • Last updated December 21, 2016


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By completing courses at DogVacay University, hosts learn about best practices to help them provide the highest quality care for your dog.
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Alex's Home
$40 /night
  • Watches up to 3 dogs/night
$20 /min
$30 /max
$15 each way
  • Willing to travel 10 miles
26 Reviews
There's always a little anxiety searching for a new dog sitter, but I can tell you that I couldn't have found a better person to watch my dog than Alex. He treated my dog just like we do at home, like a member of the family. He sent us a ton of photos and a video, and in every single one it was clearly evident how happy our pup was. He also made the pickup and dropoff process a total breeze, which was really appreciated during the busy holidays. Thank you so much for taking such wonderful care of Barkley!
Alex did a great job-- was very responsive, and I felt comfortable that my pups were in good hands.
Alex is a 100% awesome care provider for our dog. He is trustworthy, competent and an excellent communicator. We are repeat clients because our dog comes back happy and relaxed. Our dog was so delighted to see Alex that she didn't give a second glance when we dropped her off! We appreciate that Alex is thoughtful aabout her own particular needs and even helped reinforce training and found a crate that really worked for her. He was also very accommodating when we had a surprise pick-up delay. Highly recommended.
Alex is a great host for our dog. This was his second stay at Zuri's Playhouse. We know he is well cared for when he goes there, which allows us to have great peace of mind about leaving him for short stays when we need to do so.
We were very happy with Alex and his family's care of our Great Pyrenees while we were away.
Alex took the time to understand our dog's personality and Beau responded with trust quickly. The pictures and video that Alex sent spoke for itself. Alex responded to messages quickly.
We would happily return here again.
Alex is great! Alex sent us regular updates and pictures of Archie throughout his stay. We are so grateful to have found such a great sitter for our pup Archie. I would recommend Alex to anyone for dog sitting needs.
I cannot say enough good things about our experience with Alex. I will admit that I was nervous about boarding our young and energetic Great Dane in someone's home. But I also loved the idea of her having a loving home away from home while we traveled. Alex not only handled (and loved on) Delhi more than we could have hoped - but he also made the whole experience fun for us by sending frequent pictures and video updates of her stay. I know that Delhi is excited for her next visit to Zuri's Playhouse. Thank you, Alex!! :)
Alex ensured Hugo got lots of exercise (a run!), plenty of cuddle time, steady adult supervision and play with other dogs. We booked at the last minute (our usual sitter was booked) and Alex graciously took time to familiarize us with his home, his dogs and another guest dog. Hugo had a fun weekend. Also we like that Alex limits the number of dogs he takes in and is very knowledgeableabout dogs so it's not a madhouse.Love and good care!
great experience leaving our dog with Alex. we got many updates while we were away with pictures and videos of him and updates on who he made friends with. he came back in great shape after all the exercise he got and came back with better manners. Alex taught him to sit calmly before he eats. awesome!
Alex provided an overall great experience for our Great Dane puppy. He has a great temperament and provides a perfect environment for dogs. Our puppy came home happy and tired. Couldn't ask for much more.
Alex did a fantastic job with our young, energetic dog. He is everything you could hope for in a dogsitter, and more. He has excellent skills with dogs, including plenty of professional experience.

Alex is very communicative and kept us fully updated while we were out of the country.

We felt confident and re-assured that our dog was safe and well cared for during our time away.

It was obvious that our dog adored Alex and his family. She was cozy and received belly rubs and the full star treatment! Alex gave our dog plenty of exercise as well.

Our dog came home happy and relaxed. We would not hesitate to book Alex again.
Alex and his setup were a prayer answered for my pup Ford! Alex took excellent care of him including administering his medications. Ford is an energetic guy and Alex sent me videos of the two of them on runs which made me feel great that Ford was getting enough exercise while staying with Alex. Alex also helped me by recommending an appropriate collar to help with Fordy's pulling on leash. All in all I cannot recommend this caregiver highly enough! I just hope he's not booked the next time I need a place for my guy to stay!
Alex took great care of my two large dogs. After meeting him and viewing his property I never had any concerns. He really went the extra mile. I miscalculated the amount of dog food to bring and Alex took the time to find the specific brand of food my dogs enjoy.

I recomend him highly!
Lola had a great time and a lot of fun! Has a lot of room to run around. Best experience I've ever had
So glad I found Alex! My dog can be a big handful and is also a recent rescue. Long story short, I was nervous about the first time I went away but was able to have complete peace of mind leaving him with Alex. He is an experienced dog owner and works professionally with dogs. He has a big yard, and also takes the dogs out with him to run, etc. I felt assured that Jethro, my dog, was in responsible, capable hands and was getting plenty of exercise. Alex is ultra responsive to messages and sent me plenty of pictures and videos! Great experience!
Alex was very accommodating with our schedule. We had a meet and greet and he seemed very experienced with caring for dogs. In addition, he seemed family oriented and displayed great relationships with his family, which made us even more comfortable with our decision to have him care for our 7 month Akita. He communicated efficiently the entire time and provided photos and videos of our puppy during her stay. Based off our experience, we recommend Alex to future customers!
Buster stayed with Alex for 5 days and during his stay Alex sent pictures and videos of Buster having a great time! It was very comforting to know that he was well taken care of and was having a vacation himself. This was our first time using the site and booking and we can't recommend Alex enough. He's very knowledgeable, attentive and very responsive. We'll definitely be boarding Buster with Alex again! Thanks so much, Alex!
We have never left our dog before, but Alex took such good care of him, he walked him, ate on his schedule, was in a nurturing and loving environment, now I feel good knowing I can leave him again in a safe place.
We are new to DogVacay and had a great experience with Alex. He was very welcoming and personable during our "meet & greet". It was clear that he's knowledgeable about dogs and their behavior and not just a guy who likes dogs and does Vacay to make extra money. That is an important difference for us. After leaving we were happy to have found him. We initially scheduled for a week long trip but contacted Alex at the last minute last weekend to see if he could help us for 1 night. He was happy to take Cajun and it allowed us to make a quick weekend trip to see friends. When we picked Cajun up, he was happy and tired from playing with Alex's dog, Zuri. We're even more comfortable now that we're going to be leaving Cajun for a week with Alex.
I loved the pictures of Lindy
Alex was an awesome host for out GSD. He received so much love and care and was definitely tired when he got home. Alex was available for any questions we had, with a very fast response time. The photo updates took the anxiety out of leaving him with a stranger. Alex is no longer a stranger to us but a beloved friend of our dog and someone we can trust. We will never hesitate to have our dog stay with him whenever he is available.
Alex was super great , he was very welcoming , sent me tons of photos and videos of baby girl , he really made me feel like I wasn't away from her at all , his dogs played wonderfully with storm and she seemed to have a great time on pick up day , he was also very flexible and understanding with times for pick up and drop off , and he's got a GREAT back yard that will give your pal a run for its time lol . Highly recommend him to anyone seeking someone in short notice , he came through for me . Excellent service .
Alex was so accommodating. I dropped my dog off at his place after not being able to find a sitter in NY. He was responsive, professional, and knowledgable. I would certainly leave my dog with him anytime again!
I left my King Cypher (American Bully puppy) with Alex for 3 nights while I went out of town and had an awesome experience! He was very professional, kept me updated with pictures and King Cypher came home freshly bathed. Whenever I plan on going out of town again, I will definitely and will only use Zuri's Playhouse to send King Cypher to!
I left my Cotter with Alex and I didn't have a care in the world. He was very professional. He kept me updated with how Cotter was doing. Cotter came home looking and smelling like new money. Lol! Awesome experience. I would recommend Zuri's Playhouse to anyone. I will definitely be using him again and again. Thank you so much Alex!
Left my Bailyn Grey with Alex for two days. Couldn't be happier with the care and attention she received from Alex! Will be taking her back for future overnighters when I go out of town! Highly recommend!
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