Unspayed Females Accepted, Neutered Males Only
No Females in Heat
Gracious professional lovely hostess!
Joanna is fabulous, extremely conscientious and was clearly super loving to my girl. Responsive, amenable, and all around first rate experience.
Conscientious sitter who applies good judgement;
Communicates regularly with owner to ensure pet safety and comfort;
Excellent setting for most active dogs
1-acre fenced yard on 5-acre farm
Instructions for those new to Rover: Please read all 3 sections of my profile: About Me, Activities Available, and Dog Requirements. If we meet what you are looking for, please contact me with the required information and submit a request through Rover. It’s best to have complete information on your dog’s profile in Rover, but submit whatever you can. I normally reply within 30-60 minutes between 8am-8pm daily. After initial correspondence we both ...
What Joanna would like to know about your dog
The routine with my two dogs, large yard, and on-site farm activities do necessitate basic obedience. As a caveat, no dog is required to participate in the farm chores. Participation in farm chores in and around my horse is by owner approval first, my careful ongoing behavioral assessment, and by the dog's choice. My horse is comfortable with and safe around dogs in general. The only behavior thus far which has presented a problem is a dog or two who have charged at my horse. That behavior immediately bans a dog from any direct access with the horse as that presents a dangerous situation for everyone. Please read about my other general behavior requirements:
1) Basic obedience and socialization with other dogs are required. All dogs who stay here must respond to basic commands such as come, stay, sit, lay down, and wait, have good door manners (back or wait) and an awareness of boundaries. On the contrary, if you have a ~1 yr old dog who has the basics but is still somewhat learning, a stay with my dogs will help them on their journey in learning boundaries.
2) The obvious undesirable behaviors are not a good fit: dangerous jumping up, on or lounging towards people, excessive barking digging holes in the ground, destructive chewing of household items, obsession with escaping or running away, kitchen counter surfing (stealing food off the counter), biting, nipping, overly dominating (mounting).
3) Dogs must be able to be left alone inside the house with my dogs during the day for short periods of time for errands without destroying personal property or causing household damage of any kind (scratching doors, chewing furniture, etc).
4) Dogs must be able to sleep through the night without special care or a mid-night potty break (emergencies non including).
5) Dogs which are not fully house trained or have incontinence are not a good fit.
6) Dogs which excessively bark or whine while crated are not a good fit.
7) EMPHASIS - If your dog cannot be left outside for a few minutes without repeated barking at the door or has ANY tendency to bark or whine at night, they are not a good fit here. I cannot take barkers. Play bark is fine, barking to control humans or at the wind, is not.
My dogs mean as much to me as yours to you, and for the safety and well-being of them all, I have five health requirements, based on discussions with my own veterinarian.
1) Ability to use steps. We can work around the full stair cases, but this house has numerous one-step downs inside and and out and dogs must be able to at least do steps without needing assisting or encouragement.
2) Flea & Tick Prevention: We are flea free environment but not tick free. We do live on acreage with deer, fox and squirrel, so it is somewhat possible to pick up an occasional tick if temperatures are consistently above 45 degrees. If your dog is treated with monthly tick preventative application, then any tick on your dog should die within 24 hours. If your dog is not treated, I do suggest you do so (ours are on Frontline Plus) prior to a stay (if temps above 45) or do a very thorough tick check when your dog returns home. Please do not contact me for services if your dog carries fleas.
3) Rabies & Dog Tag: All dogs under my care should be registered with the county in which it resides as legally required. Registration in Fairfax County requires proof of current rabies vaccination and costs $10 annually, at which time they issue you a tag to attach to your dog’s collar.
4) Annual Vaccinations & Deworming: All dogs under my care must have a current vaccination OR passed titer test for DHPP - Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza. This is a common veterinary vaccination combination. Dogs less than 1 year in age require proof of puppy vaccinations and deworming or negative fecal results.
5) Heartworm: All dogs should either be on monthly heartworm medication or tested every 1-2 years for heartworm infection. Heartworm meds are only needed during mosquito season.
6) Bordetella/Kennel Cough Vaccine: I do not personally suggest vaccinating your dog for Bordetella for the purpose of boarding at my home. However, if you choose to vaccinate, my very firm requirement is that a minimum of 14 days must have passed before a Meet and Greet and/or a Boarding Stay can occur. If your dog has had any kind of respiratory infection or “kennel cough” recently, this must be discussed with me and please seek veterinary recommendations for quarantine time frame from other dogs to prevent spreading. Depending on the strain and expediency of treatment, the quarantine time frame can vary from 2-6 weeks after first onset of symptoms. Again, in this instance, my requirement would be a minimum of 14 days after symptoms completely disappear.
I have two intact females, one which who is senior dealing with pain from spine and leg degeneration. The following requirements are based on compatibility with my dogs, myself, and our household.
1) Intact males are not a good fit.
2) Late neutered males who have mounting and/or domination tendencies are not a good fit.
3) Breeds which drool excessively are not a good fit.
4) Puppies (dogs under 1 year) are welcome but those who are still in house-training and/or cannot sleep through the night without a potty break are not a good fit.
5) Senior dogs are embraced but not those who are incontinent nor unable to sleep through the night without specialized care or potty breaks.
Otherwise the above, all breeds, sexes and ages are welcome.