With over 10,000 vetted and insured dog sitters across the country at DogVacay.com, it is easy to find a dog sitter in your local area and you can book the reservation online. Instead of caging your furry pets in a kennel while on vacation, bring them to one of the hosts’ homes so they can relax in cozy environment. To create a profile, simply complete and submit the online form with information about your dog.
From there you can start browsing hosts close by using your zip code. If you have a last minute siting request, you may contact the representatives at DogVacay to receive immediate assistance. Many hosts sit at their home and may accept a maximum of three dogs at any one given time.
Others may have the flexibility to stay at your home. Accommodations for either option can be found through their site. When you select a host that suits your needs, you may schedule a Meet-N-Greet before your stay. This gives you a chance to introduce your dog to the sitter and ensure you have hired someone whom you feel comfortable with.
Rates start at $25/night and all reservations include free pet insurance, 24/7 customer support, emergency services, and a 100% money back guarantee. You can pay online or by phone with a Visa MasterCard or an American Express. Your credit card will not be charged until the host accepts the sitting request.
Additional services sometimes offered by sitters on DogVacay include dog walking, grooming, and even “taxi” services for pickup and drop-off. Each sitter’s profile will include details pertaining to any extra services they offer as well as pricing information. To become a host complete your free profile with information about the services you offer, the home environment you provide and the experience you have caring for dogs.
Within the profile you will also be able to list your rates, availability and your cancellation policy. Once you've created your host profile it takes up to 2 business days to receive an email stating whether or not you have been approved. Upon approval your profile will be live for dog owners to browse. Payments are handled electronically via PayPal and processed the first business day following the last day of the dog sitting job.
DogVacay takes 15% of successful bookings. To gain status and ranking as a host, DogVacay offers a number of way to earn badges and credentials. By obtaining these and displaying them within your profile, you earn credibility and will be afforded with more sitting requests.
When comparing Rover.com to DogVacay.com there are a couple of differences. Rover.com screens their hosts prior to approval while DogVacay approves hosts through an online request. Age requirements for sitting are also different; DogVacay hosts must be at least 18 years of age but Rover.com will accept those as young as 13 years old with permission from their parent or guardian.
Few complaints have been found in online reviews. From the hosts’ side, payments were not issued to them according to what was agreed upon. There were not many complaints from dog owners either; one mentioned that the home was not suitable for their dog or any dog for that matter. Another owner hired a host because she agreed to provide the dog with the medicine for his illness, the sitter did not follow through with her promises and the dog became extremely ill.
Finding a sitter through the internet for you precious dogs shouldn’t be a rushed process. Meet with the sitter and go to the location where your dog will be staying. Additionally, if you dog has special needs or is sick, leaving them with someone you found through the internet may not be the best route to take.
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