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Ivan Z.

Star Sitter

North York, ON

5.0 out of 5 stars
31 reviews
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Ivan Z. has Star Sitter status

The Star Sitter program highlights responsive sitters who deliver highly rated care and have a history of listing accurate availability and preferences, making it easier for pet parents to find the best care for their pets.

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Pet care experience

Ever notice most peoples' profiles say basically the exact SAME thing? Either they're dog-lovers, have raised dogs their whole lives, or is the go-to sitter for family/friends. Does your fur baby deserve the BEST care from a trained professional or from someone with only general experience? If you're happy with just a 'great' sitter or walker for your dog, you'd be better off skipping my profile, with your time more wisely spent on reading shorter, more generic profiles. If all-inclusive, premium+ care is what your doggy deserves, please take the time to learn about everything I provide. My mission is to provide a level of "white-glove" service and value that nobody can match. All services come with free dog training, general health assessment, and ongoing pet consultations. Dogs are my purpose 💕 in life! Having raised a beautiful Belgian Malinois and Shiba Inu, working as a professional Dog Groomer, Dog Walker, Dog Boarder, and Dog Trainer, I have 6 years' pet care industry experience along with 15 years' as a pet parent. Being a Safety-Certified Dog Handler, my top priority is always your pet's health, safety, and comfort. For Doggy Daycare and Overnight Doggy Boarding ReTREATS, I'll provide meals, playtime 🦴, nap time 💤, multiple walks, potty, and plenty of affection for your pet. Your furry friend gets treated like an individual, with their needs and wants taken care of, everything based on personality, temperament / energy, interests (and not so interests 🤭), breed, age, health, and routines. Since dogs crave doing activities they're bred to do instinctually, I like to keep their minds sharp and keep them feeling fulfilled through different challenges or training that cater to their drive (e.g., fetch / retrieve, agility, tug-of-war, search, track, etc.) As a dog-lover, my passion for caring for dogs comes from a desire to improve dogs’ quality of life and to help them be as healthy, happy, fulfilled, and balanced as possible. Your fur baby will experience the comfort, love, leadership, healthcare, exercise, mental / psychological stimulation, socialization, and positive-reinforcement training they need to be their most well-rounded and complete selves. If this is the first time you're booking with me, we can always do a meet 'n greet before you agree to let me take care of your beloved pet. This is a great opportunity for your doggy and I to bond, and we can ask and answer any questions we have for each other. FREEBIES: •A general health assessment of your dog •Obedience training and behaviour modification / shaping upon request •Baths, if needed, from messy outside play •Ongoing dog consultation services (health, diet, exercise, training, socialization) by telephone call, text, or Rover messaging Why me? •Award recipient -Salon Safety Committee -Excellence in Service: communication, high-quality work, and ability to work with anxious / fearful pets •Certified Dog Handler and Groomer •Pet Safety Certified: trained in the safe handling of all dogs (including Brachycephalic / collapsed Trachea, seniors, medical / health conditions, special dietary needs), observation of indicators of non-critical and critical stress, behaviour management (green, yellow, and red zones), proper sanitization and disinfection protocols; all pets in my care are carefully observed at all times with the appropriate actions taken to ensure their well-being •6 years' experience with professional Dog Walking, Dog Boarding, and Doggy Daycare delivering exemplary service •Tailored service to meet your and your pup's needs including adherence to daily routines or walk / exercise requirements (including mealtime or special treats if desired) •Experience with humane, Fear Free / positive-reinforcement approach to cultivating desired dog behaviours and manners, minimizing fear, stress, and preventing injury •In-depth understanding of dogs including psychology, body language, behaviour, pack management, health / medical conditions, grooming, exercise / play, and training

Reviews

Erin C.
Doggy Day Care • Jul 17, 2024
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Peach had a great day with Ivan! Ivan took much additional care to understand her and our goals for her day at school!

Christine M.
Dog Boarding • Jul 15, 2024
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Thanks again, Ivan, for another successful weekend stay for Tommy. I can tell he was well looked after and had a great time. Tommy misses you already!

Christine M.
Dog Boarding • Jul 02, 2024
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We knew our dog was in good hands with Ivan and we had no worries during our trip. We had regular updates and Ivan also gave us tips on how to handle our dog who occasionally is reactive towards bigger dogs and some people. Ivan takes his job seriously and we really appreciate that.

Carol Pamela M.
Dog Boarding • Jun 26, 2024
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Ivan was the best, he sent me tons of photos of Polar and I really appreciate that. I felt relieved during my trip because he was always in contact sending me photos and updates.

About Ivan Z.

Communication

17 repeat pet parents
100% response rate
Usually responds in a few minutes
100% bookings with photo updates
Sends updates with Rover Cards

Skills

15 years of experience
Oral medication administration
Senior dog experience
Special needs dog experience
Can provide daily exercise

Safety, trust & environment

DOGGY DAYCARE / BOARDING RE-TREAT: Your dog gets VIP (Very Important Pup!) status and access to all amenities including plenty of toys and treats, a super-comfy orthopedic doggy bed, safety-gated areas, and full cleaning service (dog bowls cleaned after each meal, water changed twice daily, and a cleaned and sanitized apartment after every doggy client ☝🏻). My home is a safe, warm, quiet, clean, and comfortable environment for dogs, close to a large green space, nature trails, and a dog park. I take full responsibility for the health and comfort of your pet so that you can rest assured knowing that your beloved furry one is in very caring and responsible hands and surrounded by warmth and love 💕. If you'd like, I can adhere to your pet’s normal daily schedule so they are as comfortable as possible. If you'd rather have me make adjustments, that can be done as well! If you have any rules or special requirements, they will be implemented precisely as you've asked. The warm and caring atmosphere I can provide will make your dog feel relaxed and right at home. You can count on lots of pictures, videos, daily updates, and even a report card of our paw-some day! DOG WALKS: For safety, your dog will be on-leash (unless you request otherwise), and in a calm, relaxed, follower state of mind. Keeping a fully calm follower state is the best way to ensure a safe walk. I'll always be: 🐾 aware of our surroundings and any possible triggers for your dog 🐾 watching for any changes in your dog's body language (relaxation, anxiety, fear, aggression/defensiveness/reactivity) in response to stimuli (environmental, other dogs, etc.) 🐾 managing unwanted behaviour (introducing positive / alternative behaviours, redirection, interruptions, changing path of travel, getting between dog and the potential stimulus, de-escalating the behaviour, etc.) 🐾 maintaining control of the walk ensuring that your dog is in a calm / follower state of mind 🐾 keenly aware of your dog's overall well-being, health, and safety

Home

Lives in an apartment
Does not have a yard
Non-smoking household
Has no pets
No children present
Dogs not allowed on bed
Dogs allowed on furniture
Potty breaks every 0-2 hours

Information Ivan Z. would like to know about your pet

I'm very flexible, professionally trained to accommodate dogs of all needs, and ALWAYS strive to provide the best care possible for your fur baby so that they are happy, comfy, safe and healthy. Important things I'd like to know: 1) Are they up to date on vaccinations? Rabies (4 months old+), DHPP/DAPP, Bordetella, and optional lifestyle vaccines depending on the service 2) Your pets' health and medical history including any existing health/medical conditions, physical injuries, allergies, medications, or special dietary needs 3) Your dog's personality and temperament - does your fur baby have fear, anxiety, stress or aggression / defensiveness issues? What are the situations that trigger these reactions and behaviours (other dogs, people, scenarios)? 4) Your dog's daily routine including schedule, meal times, exercise routine, and other specific habits (including special treats or toys) or favourite activities / games 5) Unwanted behaviours like jumping, leash pulling, reactivity, or refusal to walk? Are there any training cues they respond to? I'll be happy to help modify these behaviours if you'd like! 6) Emergency contact information With this information, I'll be able to make sure your dog's needs are met, and will get the BEST possible, most loving care!

A typical day

"Dogs just wanna have fun!" I always strive to provide your dog(s) with fun, exciting, and stimulating experiences, whether on walks, during doggy daycare, or even overnight play-cation reTREATS! Your furry one will get the best attention, cuddles, kisses, belly rubs, and loving care ever! Walks are included with a stand-alone walking service (1 walk per booking), daycare (up to 3-5 walks per visit), and boarding reTREATS (up to 6 walks per visit). Walks are ALWAYS tail-wag-worthy because I like to change it up regularly using different routes, explore different fun places (city and residential streets, parks, recreation centres, school yards, forests, ponds / water fountains, etc.), introduce them to interesting new smells, friendly dogs, and play training games that stimulate the body and mind. Your furry friend gets treated like an individual, with their needs and wants taken care of, everything based on personality, temperament / energy, interests (and not so interests :) ), breed, age, health, and routines. Since dogs crave doing activities they're bred to do instinctually, I like to keep their minds sharp and keep them feeling fulfilled through different challenges or training that cater to their drive (e.g., fetch / retrieve, agility, tug-of-war, search, track, etc.) Your loved one(s) will get ample opportunities to play, nap, eat, potty, and socialize. Of course YOU GET SOME TREATS too! Receive lots of beautiful photos, videos, updates, and even a nice report card of how they did! Feel free to contact me by phone or text during their little adventure! My promise is that your dogs will receive the highest quality care so they have the most wonderful, comfortable, happy, and safe experience possible.

Services

Boarding
in the sitter's home
CA$56per night
Doggy Day Care
in the sitter's home
CA$45per day
Dog Walking
in your neighborhood
CA$20per walk

Ivan can host

0 to 15 lbs
16 to 40 lbs
41 to 100 lbs
No females in heat

Ivan can watch in your home

0 to 15 lbs
16 to 40 lbs
41 to 100 lbs
over 101 lbs

Availability

I'm available every day between 8:00am to 10:00pm EST, for dog walking and daycare, and overnight for Boarding! Have an in-office day coming up? In-person meetings? Going out of town? Date night? I'll be your dog's best friend so you can do what you gotta do!

Available
Not available
SMTWTFS
Boarding Cancellation Policy:

About Ivan Z.

Communication

17 repeat pet parents
100% response rate
Usually responds in a few minutes
100% bookings with photo updates
Sends updates with Rover Cards

Skills

15 years of experience
Oral medication administration
Senior dog experience
Special needs dog experience
Can provide daily exercise

Safety, trust & environment

DOGGY DAYCARE / BOARDING RE-TREAT: Your dog gets VIP (Very Important Pup!) status and access to all amenities including plenty of toys and treats, a super-comfy orthopedic doggy bed, safety-gated areas, and full cleaning service (dog bowls cleaned after each meal, water changed twice daily, and a cleaned and sanitized apartment after every doggy client ☝🏻). My home is a safe, warm, quiet, clean, and comfortable environment for dogs, close to a large green space, nature trails, and a dog park. I take full responsibility for the health and comfort of your pet so that you can rest assured knowing that your beloved furry one is in very caring and responsible hands and surrounded by warmth and love 💕. If you'd like, I can adhere to your pet’s normal daily schedule so they are as comfortable as possible. If you'd rather have me make adjustments, that can be done as well! If you have any rules or special requirements, they will be implemented precisely as you've asked. The warm and caring atmosphere I can provide will make your dog feel relaxed and right at home. You can count on lots of pictures, videos, daily updates, and even a report card of our paw-some day! DOG WALKS: For safety, your dog will be on-leash (unless you request otherwise), and in a calm, relaxed, follower state of mind. Keeping a fully calm follower state is the best way to ensure a safe walk. I'll always be: 🐾 aware of our surroundings and any possible triggers for your dog 🐾 watching for any changes in your dog's body language (relaxation, anxiety, fear, aggression/defensiveness/reactivity) in response to stimuli (environmental, other dogs, etc.) 🐾 managing unwanted behaviour (introducing positive / alternative behaviours, redirection, interruptions, changing path of travel, getting between dog and the potential stimulus, de-escalating the behaviour, etc.) 🐾 maintaining control of the walk ensuring that your dog is in a calm / follower state of mind 🐾 keenly aware of your dog's overall well-being, health, and safety

Home

Lives in an apartment
Does not have a yard
Non-smoking household
Has no pets
No children present
Dogs not allowed on bed
Dogs allowed on furniture
Potty breaks every 0-2 hours

Information Ivan Z. would like to know about your pet

I'm very flexible, professionally trained to accommodate dogs of all needs, and ALWAYS strive to provide the best care possible for your fur baby so that they are happy, comfy, safe and healthy. Important things I'd like to know: 1) Are they up to date on vaccinations? Rabies (4 months old+), DHPP/DAPP, Bordetella, and optional lifestyle vaccines depending on the service 2) Your pets' health and medical history including any existing health/medical conditions, physical injuries, allergies, medications, or special dietary needs 3) Your dog's personality and temperament - does your fur baby have fear, anxiety, stress or aggression / defensiveness issues? What are the situations that trigger these reactions and behaviours (other dogs, people, scenarios)? 4) Your dog's daily routine including schedule, meal times, exercise routine, and other specific habits (including special treats or toys) or favourite activities / games 5) Unwanted behaviours like jumping, leash pulling, reactivity, or refusal to walk? Are there any training cues they respond to? I'll be happy to help modify these behaviours if you'd like! 6) Emergency contact information With this information, I'll be able to make sure your dog's needs are met, and will get the BEST possible, most loving care!

A typical day

"Dogs just wanna have fun!" I always strive to provide your dog(s) with fun, exciting, and stimulating experiences, whether on walks, during doggy daycare, or even overnight play-cation reTREATS! Your furry one will get the best attention, cuddles, kisses, belly rubs, and loving care ever! Walks are included with a stand-alone walking service (1 walk per booking), daycare (up to 3-5 walks per visit), and boarding reTREATS (up to 6 walks per visit). Walks are ALWAYS tail-wag-worthy because I like to change it up regularly using different routes, explore different fun places (city and residential streets, parks, recreation centres, school yards, forests, ponds / water fountains, etc.), introduce them to interesting new smells, friendly dogs, and play training games that stimulate the body and mind. Your furry friend gets treated like an individual, with their needs and wants taken care of, everything based on personality, temperament / energy, interests (and not so interests :) ), breed, age, health, and routines. Since dogs crave doing activities they're bred to do instinctually, I like to keep their minds sharp and keep them feeling fulfilled through different challenges or training that cater to their drive (e.g., fetch / retrieve, agility, tug-of-war, search, track, etc.) Your loved one(s) will get ample opportunities to play, nap, eat, potty, and socialize. Of course YOU GET SOME TREATS too! Receive lots of beautiful photos, videos, updates, and even a nice report card of how they did! Feel free to contact me by phone or text during their little adventure! My promise is that your dogs will receive the highest quality care so they have the most wonderful, comfortable, happy, and safe experience possible.

Location

North York, ON

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Ivan Z.

Star Sitter

North York, ON

5.0 out of 5 stars
31 reviews