Your Best Friend Deserves a DogVacay | Make Money Watching Dogs

Thank you to DogVacay for sponsoring today’s conversation. All opinions are my own.

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Our pets are like our second set of children… and in some cases our only children. We take them everywhere with us. Some even carry their furry friends around in bags so they are always by their side.

But sometimes… we have to leave them behind.


Leaving our best friends at a kennel for boarding is terrifying for them and heartbreaking for us. We know they are safe and being taken care of, but would you seriously want your best friend behind bars while you are enjoying sun and surf?


Don’t your babies deserve to spend (your) their vacation doing this instead?

That’s where DogVacay comes in!

What is DogVacay?

  • DogVacay is an online community that connects dog owners with our 20,000 vetted and insured pet sitters across North America, ready to care for your dog like a member of their family.
  • All reservations include free pet insurance, 24/7 customer support, and daily photo updated of your pooch enjoying a “Vacay” of his own. You can finally travel with peace of mind — at prices half the price of the local kennel!

How it works:

    • Simply type in your zip code and find a PAWesome sitter in your neighborhood.
    • Schedule a meet ‘n greet to meet your Host, then book your pup’s Vacay and pay online.
    • You can now travel knowing your pup is having the time of his life in a loving home with one on one attention!
    • Receive photo “pup”dates showing how much fun your pup is having, and rest assured knowing each Vacay is covered with our free pet insurance and 24/7 customer care.
    • Even the Wall Street Journal, the NY Times, Forbes and The Today Show loved them!

Check out some of these Pawsome DogVacay Photo PUPdates!

Get paid to watch puppies! How to become a DogVacay Host:

  • What better way is there to make money than watching adorable pups in your own home? DogVacay Hosts from all over have told us hosting pups has helped them spend more time with their families, pay for school, and save up for weddings or travel. Hosting pups on DogVacay is a low stress way to do what you love.

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  • Who can Host? You! Whether you’re a professional dog sitter or just a regular dog lover, DogVacay makes it easy to earn money watching pups. Simply create a free profile, set your own rates, decide which dogs to take and when to take them. We do the rest!

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  1. shelly peterson says

    I didn’t know they had this type of service, but it’s go to know if needed you can find a reliable place to take good care of your pet/family member.

  2. Margaret Smith says

    This sounds like a wonderful service for pet owners.

  3. Jessamine D. says

    This sounds like a great program! 🙂 I don’t have a pet but I took the time to read it. 🙂

  4. Sarah L says

    I do dog sitting only by word of mouth. This would be a good site for people who don’t know any dog sitters personally.

  5. Colleen Maurina says

    This is a great service! My daughter and her family have a dog and are always looking for quality dog sitting service when they travel. I will tell her about this!

  6. piper says

    i am disabled , but before that i was manager of a dog and cat kennel. I miss it a lot. if i end up getting well enough to work again, this is defo something i would consider.

  7. nicole says

    great business for coeds, looking for something with lots of unconditional love and exercise!

  8. AmySD says

    This is a great idea! I always feel bad leaving my animals at the kennel, this way I know they are getting the attention they need and deserve.

  9. I have a freind who did this right out of college while she was looking for a job. Great idea!

  10. Jennifer Rote says

    Interesting concept but not something I could do. I have a dog that does not get along with others.

  11. Laurel O. says

    This looks like a great concept/option for dog owners that are in need of someone to take care of their beloved pet. And it’s also great for a person looking to make some money while doing something they love-playing with and taking care of dogs!

  12. Nicole says

    This is a very cleaver idea to have a pet sitter, especially when going away for a while, or just a few days, it’s nice to have someone look after your pet.

  13. Anne says

    This is a pretty interesting concept. It’s certainly a change from putting the dog in a kennel, which always seems so sad.

  14. Rebekah A says

    Will be sharing this with my parents who have 2 dogs and they do a lot of traveling and it’s expensive to board the dogs. Thanks for the info!

  15. I had never heard of this service until reading your blog. Very interesting idea. It breaks my heart knowing that my dog is in a kennel in a strange place when we leave town. This is great to know about. Thanks!

  16. Kitty Iecvan says

    This sounds like a great idea for pet owners!

  17. Mary Happymommy says

    We always agonize over where to leave our dog when we go on vacation. This service is very valuable! Thanks for sharing.

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  19. kelly tillotson says

    I will let my parents know about this! they have a hard time leaving their precious pup behind!

  20. John Hutchens says

    it is great that they have these services

  21. Amanda Alvarado says

    This sounds like a good idea but I highly doubt there are any in our area! We never have anything convenient and needed like this! LOL My mom would actually be able to go visit my sister without having to worry if my brother is going to actually remember to let the dogs out! 🙂

  22. This would be a wonderful service to keep in mind during our next big family vacation. Usually a family member watches our Harvey, but if we’re all going away together, we all need a comfortable, affordable solution for all of our pets.

  23. Stephanie Mago-Eagle says

    This sounds like a great service for families that have pets.

  24. Seyma Shabbir says

    This is a great service. Many times we have friends who have pets who need a sitter and cannot find a reasonable priced or any sitter in the area.

  25. Tammy S says

    This sounds like a wonderful service. I like the idea of doing this rather then using a kennel. Plus I think it would be a great job for college students or someone looking to work from home.

  26. Meena R says

    I had no idea this kind of service existed, but it’s great for both dog owners and the people who take care of them. A win-win for both!

  27. Margilyne W says

    I didn’t know about this until clicking your links and reading this post. It’s nice to know that there are options other than boarding at a kennel.

  28. Wendi S says

    I think this would be a lot of fun. I have a special child so not much time right now. But what a great idea.

  29. Danielle Porter says

    This is such a cool idea! We have 2 dogs so this is great!

  30. courtney b says

    I love this! everytime we go out of town we can never find a place for our pet…. its very stressful. I”m glad there’s finally options for dog lovers like u s.

  31. jennifer b says

    Like the picture sending idea. They should add that to the babysitting sites. Like a pic per hour.

  32. Ruth Griffeth says

    I do think this is a great idea because lets face it some of these Dog Boarders are not exactly reliable, at least with this DogVacay you have some type of control and if the people really are not as “good” as they say they are you do have a way to handle that.

  33. Melissa S says

    This is a great option, our poor older dog can not handle a kennel. This might work though and there is one in my area, which is really surprising, there is nothing in my area.

  34. christine j says

    I love this idea of a sitter, much better than leaving your dog locked up.

  35. Katherine says

    Great idea for dog owners ours are barn dogs and when someone takes care of the cows they do the dog also

  36. Dandi D says

    We don’t have dogs, but this sounds like a really great thing to do.

  37. What a great idea for dog owners. I know a few of my dog loving friends would appreciate this service!

  38. AwayGirl100 says

    I had never heard of this before and it is so cool! and it’s available in my area! i am thinking of signing up…i love dogs and would love to host! ty so much for sharing this!

  39. Sarah Oswald says

    I think this is a wonderful idea instead of taking your pet to a kennel where they are in a cage most of the time and around other dogs that can possibly get in a fight with the. This way they are not put in a cage and have a more one on one interaction with a sitter.

  40. Jean says

    I wish I would have known about this last month, when my dad needed a sitter for his three dogs. We found someone, but it was not easy and it was after the person he’d already lined up disappeared into thin air.

  41. Jill Myrick says

    I will definitely be looking into the services offered by Dog Vacay the next time that we go on vacation.
    I’m sure that my dogs would love this so much more than being boarded.


  42. Stacey b says

    This is such a wonderful idea. I’m going to pass it onto my Dad who is always looking for a good pet sitter!

  43. Tim says

    I think it is a good idea but I don’t know if I could really leave my dogs with someone I did not know personally. For some it may be a great thing though!

  44. Birdiebee says

    This is such an awesome deal as every time my daughter goes out of town, I have to babysit her dog which is not always convenient. This would be a great place for her to find someone to take care of her little lovely.

  45. Sacha Schroeder says

    I love this website! I didn’t know such a site existed!

  46. Christina Strapp Lambert says

    I have never heard of this site before but will check it out since I dog pet sitting.

  47. Christina Strapp Lambert says

    I have never heard of this site before but will check it out since I dog pet sitting..

  48. RICHARD HICKS says

    A wonderful way to make extra cash doing something you love

  49. Angela Cash says

    We never travel without our dogs but this looks like a fantastic alternative to boarding. I would love to be a Dog Vacay host!

  50. Rebecca C. says

    It’s great that they’re vetted and insured. Pets are greatly loved and it’s nice knowing they should be well taken care of.

  51. Sarah L says

    That’s interesting since I am writing this from a house where I am caring for two dogs. I only do it part time and only through word of mouth from friends.

  52. Maria Iemma says

    What a fantastic site. I love that the dog sitters are insured and they have 24/7 emergency help.

  53. Shelly Johnson says

    🙁 this makes me sad. I am a HUGE animal lover, and grew up in a home with both cats, and dogs. My husband is allergic to cats, and my son and daughter are allergic to dogs. My kids have very bad allergy, so even pet sitting would be out of the question for me. I miss my animals!!!

  54. Sarah Matos says

    Who wouldnt be happy pet sitting cuddly pups?! And make money doing so sounds good to me.

  55. Stephanie Larison says

    I know a friend who would love doing this, she’s amazing with animals. I think it’s a great option, I don’t like leaving my dog at the vet to board her when we go out of town.

  56. Susan Smith says

    This is such a cool idea! It’s better than putting our dog into a kennel when we travel.

  57. Richard Hicks says

    This is something that a lot of people can use@!

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