Pet Sitting and Boarding in Gainesville

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How it works

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Skip the kennel

Sittings take place at your home and boardings take place at your pet caregiver's home.

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Flexible transportation

All pet caregivers offer pick-up and drop-off for boarding services.

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Live updates

Your pet caregiver will send photos and videos throughout the service in addition to a thorough report card.

What is Wag!?

Wag! is the nation's fastest-growing network of pre-screened and insured pet sitters and dog walkers. In less than 15 minutes you can book a nearby dog sitter, daycare provider, or dog walker, who'll take complete care of your loved one - at their place or yours.

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Kysha HGainesville, FL

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“I've been away from Wag for a year but I'm back!”

Hi, I'm Kysha and I'm new to the Gainesville area. I've had amazing dogs in my life from the day I was born up until now. For many years I've provided loving care for dogs that varied in age, breed and size. I love spending my free time with my pup Gracie who goes everywhere with me. While working for Wag, I can combine two of my favorite things; the great outdoors and caring for furry friends. You can rest assured that your beloved pooch is in the best of care when they are on a walk with me.

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Potty training

Michelle SGainesville, FL

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Hey there fellow puppy pals! I have owned/had 6 dogs in my lifetime: a poodle (super smart dog), 3 shih tzus (cuddly and lovable of course), a shiba Inu (very energetic and playful), and a golden weenie (very graceful and loyal baby). I have been a pet sitter for a beagle- shih tzu mix and it inspired me to continue to pursue my puppy passion! I’m looking forward to walking, loving, and tending to your precious pooch! Thank you! :)

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Ellen WGainesville, FL

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“Caring for your pet like my own”

Hi! I'm Ellen. I'm a huge animal lover. Before moving to Gainesville, I lived in Jacksonville, FL. I absolutely LOVE animals. During my life, I have had a chocolate lab, a lhasa poo, a terrier/poodle/lhasa mix, three horses, and a cat! I have also pet sit a variety of dogs from a teacup yorkie all the way up to a great dane. Being a part of wag combines my love for animals and my passion for being active, so I will take care of your pup like my own!

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care

Ally TGainesville, FL

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“Med student with a passion for dogs”

I am a medical student at the University of Florida. I have over ten years of experience training and caring for dogs and horses. I have had three dogs of my own, and have a passion for taking care of animals! I will ensure that your pet is pampered, safe, and exercised! I have experience administering medications, dealing with dietary needs, and helping dogs with sight and hearing disabilities. I am extremely responsible and will ensure excellent care of your pup!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience

Kelley RGainesville, FL

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My earliest memories have dogs in them! I grew up with a family that adored dogs as much as I do and they were such an important part of growing up. However, after moving to the bay area some 25 years ago, I have not be able to have the freedom to have a dog of my own. To make up for this canine deficiency I have fostered dogs, volunteered for rescue shelters and gladly watched and cared for various friends' dogs through the years. Wag is giving me an opportunity to fill the dog shaped hole in my heart :). So excited to meet your pooch and get some fresh air together in this awesome city!

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Mariya KGainesville, FL

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“I love your dog already!”

Hello! My name is Mariya and I love walking and playing with dogs! I‘ve done hundreds of contact hours of volunteering at animal shelters, walking dogs of all sizes and levels of training. I’ve been walking with Wag for over a year and I love having a great time with all kinds of dogs!

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Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience

Jennifer AGainesville, FL

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I am a dog lover by heart :) I enjoy taking dogs for walks. I have a Yorkie back home and he’s the greatest! I’d love to walk any dog because it is good for their health :)

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Allyson RGainesville, FL

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Hi my name is Allyson! I'm from Miami Lakes, FL and I attend college at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, FL! I am currently at home with my four dogs and my best bud has to be Delco! He is an American Bulldog and is very friendly! I have had dogs my entire life and I also had guinea pigs and currently own a cute cat named Bobbi as well! I love animals and always take great care of my pets no matter what species they are!

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Sandra GGainesville, FL

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Hey dog owners, I'm Sandra! Through friends and family, I've cared for many dogs, rescued and fostered, I have been involved in their care including walking, sitting, boarding, etc. small to extra large dogs. I have experience working at an animal hospital which gave me the understanding on how to accommodate each pets needs individually. I look forward to meeting you and your pup :)

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Richard QGainesville, FL

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“Committed to caring for them like they were my own”

I have cared for a variety of animals since my youth and still do to this day. Animal care is my passion and also my life's work. I am a certified veterinary technician and am highly skilled in administering medications and treatments for both dogs and cats. I can also provide wound care and can work with special needs and requests. I will care for and love your fur-children as if they were my own.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Fast walker, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Training experience, Obedience training, Behavioral training, Socialization training, Potty training, Therapy training, Service training, Puppy training

Dog Boarding in Gainesville

This swampy college town has many claims to fame, both because of its football team and its handful of nature preserves - but Gainesville is working toward becoming notable for another reason. Pups! The middle-Florida city isn't known as the most dog-friendly city in the state yet, but with over 80 different pet-friendly establishments, numerous outdoor activities catering to your pup, and new mindsets being ushered in, soon enough, pups will rule G-ville.


One of the main issues with the Gainesville area is the influx of pet purchases and adoptions that don't go through due to college students in the area. This means that shelters and organizations have to work extra hard to find good, fur-ever homes for pups in the city.


One of the biggest organizations, the Alachua County Humane Society, is a non-profit organization that's dedicated to helping dogs in the area find homes, keep them safe, and promote, overall, responsible pet ownership and adoption. The organization works to re-home doggos and boosts fostering programs. 

Another popular shelter that helps hundreds of dogs annually is the Gainesville Pet Rescue. This organization focuses on rescuing homeless pets in Alachua county and presenting opportunities for fostering, donating, or volunteering. All animals taken into their program are guaranteed a home, regardless of the length of time they stay in their foster programs - a message they've enforced since their 1993 inception!

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Upcoming Dog Friendly Events Gainesville

Woofstock

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September

Woofstock

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Much to your pup's delight, Woofstock is back and it's a barkin' good time! This newly-annual event, put on by the Alachua County Humane Society, is a big, pawesome party for the organization celebrating it's stellar live-release rates in Gainesville, saving thousands of doggie-lives! Woofstock features groovy live music, a live & silent auction, food, drinks, and of course, pups galore at an honest-to-woofness Alachua livestock barn.

Dog Days Run

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October

Dog Days Run

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Drenched in 36 years of Gainesville tradition, the Dog Days Run is a pup-event you and your pooch won't want to miss. This event attracts runners from all around the state, and you know what that means - so many new pups to sniff! 


The event is put on by the University of Florida's Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. It includes a 5k race, a one-mile fun run, a raffle, contests, prizes, and more! Make sure you leash your pup for the run, and don't forget to hang around after for the Drool and Ghoul Costume Contest. You and your dressed-up pup could win even more prizes! 

Howlin' Halloween

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Month
October

Howlin' Halloween

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Join the Gainesville Pet Rescue for their fourth annual Howlin' Halloween. You and your hound can enjoy a photo booth or just peruse through the local vendors (both for you and your four-legged friend). Your pup can even steal the show in the costume contest and win prizes for the cutest, most creative, or group look-a-like costumes

Make sure your pups are polite, fixed, and vaccinated! 

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Puppy Parks

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Year round

Puppy Parks

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Gainesville has no shortage of puppy parks for you and your furry friend to enjoy, including some unique choices. Kanapaha Gardens is a 62- acre botanical garden with a 1.5-mile trail that leads you and your pup through over 24 major collections that are visually accessible. You and your canine can explore, sniff, and see the beautiful plants and flowers. 

If you and your doggo are less interested in sniffing plants, and more interested in sprinting around a park, check out Possum Creek Dog Park, a sectioned-off, fenced-in dog park that is packed with doggie-water-fountains, benches, and other, curious pups. For more variety, visit Dogwood Park, an off-leash park that's fully fenced and features two swimming ponds.

Swampy Hikes

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8am-6pm, year round

Swampy Hikes

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Gainesville is known as the Swamp, and it's not just because the college football team mascot is a Gator. Gainesville is situated on a lot of swampy land, which makes for great hikes! Sitting outside the city is Paynes Prairie, a savanna state park. You and your leashed pup can enjoy dozens of trails leading to the prairie, romp around in the swampy areas, and if you're lucky, see some wild buffalo and horses. It's important to note that this is an area with alligators, so your pup needs to be leashed at all times. Additionally, stay away from the trails that explicitly state no pups - those warnings exist for a reason!