Sunday, 1 May 2016

See why Perfect Pet Sitter is the best dog care anywhere

What value would put on knowing your dog is having as great a time on their holiday as you are on yours? Recently I had three terrific dogs stay with me – Leo,  Audrey and Max – and they had the time of their lives. So I thought I would share the comments from the three respective owners which of themselves create a vivid picture of the care your canine will receive. (scroll all the way down for many pictures)

My 2 year old Labradoodle, Leo, has been a regular 'guest' of Maralyn's ever since he was a young puppy.

What makes Maralyn the 'Perfect Petsitter' from Leo's doggy perspective? He gets to stay in a wonderful home environment with a carer who is both wonderfully caring and affectionate - whilst at the same time reinforcing rules of good doggy behaviour that ensures a consistent approach to training. The fact that Maralyn only ever has 2 or 3 dogs at a time means that each stay Leo gets to make new friends, or reconnect with old mates, but he still gets the personal touch that a big kennel environment cannot provide. On top of this, he gets a fantastic vacation - romping on the beautiful beaches of the lovely Central Coast.

What makes Maralyn the Perfect Petsitter from my - the owner's - perspective? I am always 100% confident that Leo is going to be well cared for in every way. I get a daily 'map my dog walk' and fantastic photos (Maralyn has a great eye!) so that I can follow his daily adventures. I know he's being fed and exercised properly, as he always returns in top health!  Maralyn always goes the extra mile - showering the dogs every time they've been to the beach or get muddy, administering medication when needed, and even taking him to the vet when concerned.

She's also always demonstrated great flexibility with short notice bookings or date changes.

Maralyn 'perfectly' combines a highly professional approach with an incredible personal, caring touch (with both dogs & their owners!)  I can't recommend her highly enough.
Gina, North Balgowlah.    Leo>


Leo loves watching the TV but prefers cartoons, here The Lion King!


Our 7 month old Lagotto, Max, has just returned from a week's holiday with Maralyn Nash at Perfect Pet Sitters. Before leaving Max's for his very first stay away from home we did some extensive research.
We can't praise Maralyn's care of Max highly enough. A unique point of difference with her service are the daily walks she takes her dogs to the beautiful beaches near her house as well as the detailed daily emails (aka journals) she sends with photos of what the dogs are doing on their 'holiday'.
The emails were not only entertaining but they also kept us right up to date on all of Max's holiday adventures with new found friends.
We are delighted to have found such a professional and friendly pet setting service.
Dorothy and Paul,  Sydney.    Max>

example of one of our beach walks


Hi Maralyn,
I just wanted to say a big thank you for taking such good care of my Audrey again!
She has settled straight back in to her Wollstonecraft life and is her usual happy self! Her foot is still going strong with no sign of a limp!
It's such a relief to be able to go away and know she is being so well looked after.
Thank you again.
Lucy  - Wollstonecraft.  Audrey>
Dear little Audrey, her tail never stops wagging!


The above three lovely dogs above were here at the same time. Leo (a Labradoodle) & Audrey (a Spaniel) are both ‘regulars’.  For Max (a Lagotto Romango) as it was going to be his very first stay away from home his owners sensibly brought him along beforehand for a pre-stay visit to check out what's on offer. 

Familiarisation visits act as reassurance for new clients when they and their dogs come along for a meet and greet and they can see the set up before making a booking.

Max enjoyed his visit, exploring the house and garden. I could already see he had heaps of personality yet was also mature for his 7 months - with excellent recall. Before they returned home I took him and his family to one of the wonderful local beaches for a fun walk.


So young or old, new client or regular guest, here’s why your perfect dog loves staying with Perfect Pet Sitter.

Exercise is included daily and is a minimum 45 min highly active session – but often well over an hour, depending upon where we go and the weather.

All our walks are off leash and either at the beach or local walks by Brisbane water, so if your dog is a water baby they will be in their element.

Each day of a guest dogs stay the owners receive a detailed ‘pupdate’. This comprehensive daily report includes entertaining tales all about your dog including:-

  • Full and descriptive notes of what your dog has done that day
  • A print screen of a GPS map showing
  • Where the walk took place
  • How long we were out
  • The precise route taken
  • Photos so you can envision the fun and games your canine is having

Your dog lives in the house and enjoys play times when at home. Games such as ‘find it’ are a great favourite –a terrific game as encourages dogs to use their nose and brain.  Dogs are shown a snorting piggie or other toy and have to wait whilst it’s hidden. Then it’s ‘FIND IT! and all sorts of mayhem and fun ensures as they scour the house looking for the quarry.  Once they learn how to play this the hiding places get progressively more challenging.

Stage one of 'Find it!' - squeak the toy then hide...

Stage two of 'Find it!' the hunt is on..

Play in the garden, Max bringing up the rear

A number of clients have found their dogs return home not just calmer – but better behaved than before their stay. Whilst there is no formal training plan here, this comes about as I include good manners training by default. What does good manners training mean? Helping those doggies unfamiliar with important basics to learn to :

  • sit and wait for their food until called - no rushing the bowl. 
  • wait until humans have gone through doors first (not barge through doors ahead of people)
  • wait for permission/ invitation before joing me on the sofa (only if they’re allowed on your sofa at home).
  • be quiet. After an initial alarm bark at a noise, barking is discouraged

Three is the maximum I will take for my live-in care. I know most of my doggies guests and work out stays according to ensure doggie guests will be a good mix. Three is great for canine company on tap and the guests quickly make a mini pack - having fun and interacting on walks and at home.

So when you can’t be there, Perfect Pet Sitter really is the best best care anywhere!

Leo, Max & Audrey: on their way to Copacabana Lagoon and beach

Leo & Max majoring in cuteness

Back of the car about to go home, but treat time first!

 Audrey: 'come on boys, keep up!'

Max and Audrey couldn't get enough of swimming & being in the water, but Leo only ever wades in!

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