Skip the kennel
Sittings take place at your home and boardings take place at your pet caregiver's home.
All pet caregivers offer pick-up and drop-off for boarding services.
Your pet caregiver will send photos and videos throughout the service in addition to a thorough report card.
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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Hi, I'm Karen! I've owned and been around dogs my entire life. I have experience with dogs of all sizes and ages, most recently having helped managed a busy kennel in a local Veterinary Hospital/Boarding Facility. I currently raise and train guide dogs and service dogs. I will treat your dog with love and care, as if they were my own and I will make sure that your Wag! experience is a positive one!
Socially Distanced Pet Care
Dog first aid and/or CPR, 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
I am a true animal lover. I have raised several canines in my lifetime. I have over 30 years experience. I believe that our pets are our family. I am dedicated to the care and safety of your pets just as they were my own! I am reliable, punctual and flexible. I live with a Great Dane 1 yrs old, Chiweenie and one very verbal cat! Everyone lives in Harmony. I keep everything Inspection ready. Pets are my Pals. We walk all the time throughout my Neighborhood. I am a Marine Vet.
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, Agility training, Behavioral training, Socialization training, Potty training, Therapy training, Service training, Puppy training
All pet families need a change of scenery from time to time. While the warm weather, palm trees, and gulf-front views of Tampa are beautiful, sometimes you need crisp air and the quietness of a mountainscape. Unfortunately, not all dogs are great travelers, and even the ones who are may end up cooped up in a hotel room in less pet-friendly destinations.
Many pet families decide to board their fur-babies, thinking a boarding kennel will be more fun and interactive than staying in a hotel room. While boarding businesses intend to be a social and stimulating environment, the disproportionate ratio of dogs to staff means one-on-one attention is virtually impossible. In-home dog boarders and sitters are rising in popularity, but this individualized care often comes with a steep price tag. So what’s a pet parent to do?
Pet care is ever-evolving, and Wag! is at the forefront of that change. Dog sitters and boarders on the Wag! platform offer convenient and affordable home-based care you can trust. Many of the caregivers in our network got their start as pet parents and dog walkers. They’ll happily hit Tampa’s Suncoast Trail with your pooch if that’s Fido’s thing! So what is Wag! and how does it stack up to other pet care businesses in Tampa? Let’s check it out.
Dog boarding in Tampa is a very profitable business, and there are plenty of facilities in the area to choose from. While these certainly seem convenient, they aren’t an option for some pooches.
Breed-restrictive legislation and corporate rules can make finding dog boarding services for certain breeds very difficult. Most dog boarders in Tampa won’t accept Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Akitas, or “Bully” breeds. Should Fifi go into heat before their scheduled stay, you’ll need to find alternative arrangements since most facilities refuse service to dogs in season.
You won’t find a luxury doggy resort in Tampa, but there are several basic kennel options around town. A minimalistic 4x6-foot kennel with a dog bed, food and water bowls, and a few communal toys costs between $40 and $69 a night depending on the business. Many Tampa dog boarders nickel and dime for each service, charging $1 to $3 for text and picture message updates, $7 for outdoor time, $8 for cuddles, and $10 for “couch time”.
Wag! takes a different approach to dog boarding, offering one-on-one, in-home care by local dog sitters to ensure your pet is as comfy as possible while you’re away. Dog boarders on the Wag! platform will keep your dog company their home and give them all the cuddles their heart desires, for only $39 a night.
Unlike many dog kennels in the Tampa area, dog boarders on the Wag! platform offer pooches a comfy, cage-free setting. Instead of being cooped up in a cage, your sweet Sassy will be sitting pretty (and cozy) on the couch, if you allow that!
Tampa dog sitters range from $70 to $104 for a basic overnight stay and tack on $10 to $20 more per night for national holidays. Extras like insulin administration, last-minute bookings, and holiday care quickly run the bill up even more.
Many dog sitting services offer transportation for a $25 up to 5 miles and $1 per mile after that. Waiting fees also apply if your pooch isn’t ready to walk out the door when the pet taxi arrives. Some dog sitters in Tampa offer excursions to dog parks and walking trails, though this will incur an extra $35 charge for a 1-hour outing.
Pet sitters on the Wag! platform will provide your pup with good company and cuddles for rates as low as $39 a night. You can rest easy knowing your sweet Schnauzer is in good hands and being treated like a member of the pack. Plus, services like medicine administration, walks, playtime, and snuggles are all free of charge! The only extra fees that apply for Wag! overnight services are if your pooch needs transit, and that’s just $15 more.
Scheduling a boarding stay through Wag! is a snap! Just pull up the app, sign in or create an account, and click the “Overnight Services” icon near the top of the page. Select “Dog Boarding” and use the calendar to choose your departure and return date and times. You’ll then answer a few questions about Fido’s comfortability with other dogs, vaccinations, daily medicines, sleeping preferences, and schedule.
Once the app has all the info to match you with local candidates, you’ll be directed to a list of dog boarders in Tampa. Unlike traditional boarding businesses, Wag! allows you to hand-choose who will care for your pet. Wag! knows picking who your dog will be around is a big deal; that’s why our app lists all the important details, like experience, ratings, and reviews of local dog boarders, so you can select the right nanny for Nacho!
Many dog boarders in the Wag! network are lifelong animal lovers and have experience working as veterinary assistants and animal care techs. Caregivers on the Wag! platform will treat your pooch just like their own and give them the special treatment they deserve.
It takes just a few minutes to find and book a sitter through Wag!. All you need to do is download our free app from the app store, make an account, and answer a few questions about Fido! Tap “Dog Sitting” under the “overnight services” menu and follow the prompts to book your pet’s staycation.
We understand every pet has unique needs and preferences — that’s why we have a whole section dedicated to learning about your pet’s requirements. This information helps Wag! connect pets with their “pawfect” temporary companion and lets sitters on our platform know how to best care for your fur-baby!
Paying for peace of mind doesn’t mean your wallet has to suffer when it comes to pet care. With Wag! overnight care services, your dog can have all their usual creature comforts without the steep price tag of other local dog sitters in Tampa.Are you thinking of taking a trip but unsure where Fido can stay? Get in touch with in-home dog sitters near you through Wag! today! Want to know more? Take a peek at our FAQ page for the low-down about Wag! services.
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