We are not taking new clients at this time.
We're expecting twins in a few months, and are cutting back
on our schedule. We're sorry, but we are not taking new
clients at this time.
What is included in pet-sitting?
I require a 30 minute free consultation with the pet owner before I sit for the pet. This allows the owner to go through all of the steps for caring for the pet, and allows us to get all the information from each other that we may need. You are not required to hire me if we have a consultation. At the consultation, if you agree to hire me, this is the time where you will give me the key to your home.
- Feed all animals
- Refresh water
- Wash dishes
- Clean enclosures
- Clean litter boxes
- Pick up yard waste
- Clean pet-made messes in the house
- Give medications (injection, oral or topical)
- Provide enrichment: walks, play, attention, training, etc.
- Take out/bring in trash bins
- Water house plants
- Bring in mail/newspapers/package deliveries
Dogs must get a minimum of two visits per day, both of which must be at least 30 minutes long. This may be adjusted if the dog has yard access or is litter box trained, but it will depend on the temperament of the dog and the amount of other duties to be performed.
You provide the food, toys, and any treats. Each pet must also have a travel carrier in case of emergency, or a leash.
You may select the time of day you would like me to visit, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. (6 a.m. during heavily-booked periods like holidays), provided I am not already booked for that time slot. You are not required to select a time; I can do so for you. The time requested or stated for a visit is not a guarantee. A multitude of factors may come into play to delay or push the time slot up, such as additional pet bookings, traffic, a pet emergency with another client, etc., but rest assured I will do my best to keep your animals to the schedule they are most familiar with. Pets who received time-sensitive medications get first priority with regards to time slots. Dogs who need to be walked so they can relieve themselves get second priority. After that it is first-come, first-served.
I do not charge for mileage or distance traveled. I do not charge extra for holidays or weekends. I do not charge extra for additional pets.
I am not insured for boarding pets, so I do not board pets.
I am not insured for most grooming procedures. I will perform nail trims on some types of animals on request, but I must be released from all medical liability. I will brush your pet on request. If you have any special requests, please ask and I will see what I can do to accommodate you.
At the end of the pet-sitting, I will meet with you the day you return or the day after to report on how the pets fared, to return your key, and to obtain my fee.
What is included in dog-walking?
I require a one-time 30 minute free consultation before walking your dogs for the first time. This will allow you to ask me any questions you like, we can establish a schedule, I can meet the dogs and gauge their temperaments, and you can give me your guidelines.
- Walking at a brisk pace
- Some time spent on scent enrichment during the walk
- Socialization with other dogs if allowed
- Socialization with other people if allowed
- Reinforce basic obedience
- If at dog park: off-leash play
- Pick up waste on walk
- Refresh water after walk
You provide the collar or harness, leash, and any treats. We provide doggie-doo bags at no extra charge.
We are happy to take any other types of pets besides dogs on walks, provided the animal may be legally taken out into public areas, and provided it has proper and legal means of restraint (e.g., a collar or a harness and a leash).
What is included in training?
I require a 30 - 60 minute free consultation before we begin training so we can discuss the goals, set up a training plan, and go over my methods.
- Training plan
- Constructive criticism
Scheduling is flexible. I can come any time of day between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m., including weekends and holidays.
Since animal training cannot be maintained if the family is not on board, I prefer to do joint training sessions with myself and the family, showing them how to get the behavior they want, then watching them and giving them pointers. Most of an animal's training and behavior will come from the family when I'm not around, so it is imperative that not only the animal be trained, but that the family learn how to train it. Training also builds the bond of trust between the animal and the family, and also, training is FUN!
You provide the treats, clicker or other bridge, your own treat bags, collar, leash, animal crates, and any other equipment related to the pet or to the training.
The number of sessions will be determined as we go along. Some behaviors require fewer sessions, and some require more, but in general you can expect an animal to learn a behavior in six to eight sessions.
What is our service area?
All of Santa Clara County
Some of Alameda County
- Almaden Valley
- Alum Rock
- Blossom Hill
- Cambrian Park
- Los Altos
- Los Altos Hills
- Los Gatos
- Mountain View
- Mt. Hamilton
- Naglee Park
- North San Jose
- Palo Alto
- Rose Garden
- San Jose
- Santa Clara
- Willow Glen
Some of San Mateo County
- Portola Valley
- Redwood City
I will go a bit farther afield for training jobs. Contact me to find out if I will serve your area.