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Nancy Wallen is awesome! My husband and I were going on vacation and it was the first time we would be leaving our 1 year old dog with a sitter and were hesitant about leaving him at a pet store boarding or other places like those. We preferred a situation that would have more of a “home” feeling and we wanted to make sure he would be in a safe and caring environment. We did a lot of research, talked to and visited several places before deciding to go with Nancy from Dogs on the Run. Nancy was so kind and loving to our dog that we felt completely comfortable having him stay with her for 7 days. We visited her home twice prior to his stay to allow our pup to get to know her and her other pets. Nancy was so good about providing daily updates and even sent us pictures and videos! It is always difficult to leave our dog in someone else’s care, and seeing how well he was being cared for by Nancy allowed to us relax and enjoy our vacation. We will definitely be using Nancy again!

Shawn & Janet, San Diego, CA

I called the main Dogs on the Run number, and within a few minutes, received a message back from the coordinating service, and within a few hours, from my local contact, Diana. Diana was able to quickly and efficiently arrange service, discuss the details, and arrange a time where she could see my house and visit with my cat. Then when I was away, she sent me texts daily with photos of my cat. When I returned, we quickly arranged a time to get my key and receive payment for the services. They return the key when you pay, which makes sense for both parties involved. Diana was very caring with my cat, and I felt secure knowing that he was well cared for. On both the set up and then the back end for payment/ getting my key, I had to make a change due to my schedule, and she was easily understanding and accommodating. She was friendly and I immediately took to her. I will absolutely use her again. The price was right (literally within $5 total of what I would have offered if someone asked me).

Thank you Diana for your trust and good work, and for DOTR for a good service.

Lisa T., Vista, CA

We can't thank or recommend Olivia T. enough for all she does for our "kids"!! We trust her completely with both our home and with our furry family. She is professional, dependable, and a downright good person who cares! Olivia runs our two Bernese Mountain Dogs four days a week - they love her! She keeps us posted on their "adventures" and sends us pictures daily of two very tired but very happy dogs!! We really appreciate Olivia! Both of us work and wouldn't know what to do without her!!

Peg S., Carlsbad, CA

DOTR has walked our dog almost everyday for 10 years. When we got our dog as a puppy we were overwhelmed. He was full of energy and very excited. We needed someone caring and trustworthy to exercise and spend some time with him while we were at work. Our call to DOTR was the best call we ever made. Thanks to DOTR our now 10 year old dog is healthy, happy and fit. I cannot say enough good things about April (the owner) and her group of dog walkers, especially Cara. Cara loves our dog and he loves her. She is attentive to his needs, particularly to how he is feeling that day. If it is a really hot day she walks him in the shade and makes sure he gets plenty of water, or if he is limping she tells us and modifies his exercise accordingly. Also, she is responsible. She never misses a day and is always available on holidays. If she does take a few days off she notifies us way in advance and coordinates with another DOTR walker to make sure we are covered. This is DOTR's standard policy. Every DOTR walker we have encountered over the years has been like Cara, meaning they have all gone over and above what you would expect. So does April. She regularly calls to check on the status of things. Further, DOTR's walkers are consistent. On average we have had only 3 different walkers in 10 years so our dog has built a wonderful relationship with each one and so have we (so much so they sometimes babysit our child). DOTR gives us peace of mind. We know our dog is in the care of walkers who are loving, reliable, skilled, and honest. I would highly recommend DOTR and Cara to anyone and everyone!

Jenny M., Carlsbad, CA

We are in the middle of moving and working; It’s been hectic but wanted you to know that Elise has been wonderful. Elise has made the transition transparent as far as service and responsiveness. she has moved heaven and earth for us! We are being totally spoiled, as usual. Thank you so much.

R. Catone, Encinitas, CA

I want to say thank you to Olivia and April of DOTR. April called me immediately after I sent a request via Angie's List. She was awesome! Right after I hung up with April she had Olivia calling me for the details and a meet and greet time. When Olivia arrived my dogs and I instantly liked her. Knowing she is a vet tech as well made me feel very at ease with leaving my "furry children" with her for 10 days. I requested 3 daily visits to my home which consisted of a morning visit, afternoon walk and an evening tuck in. She was great! She also took care of my fish, tortoise and bearded dragons. She would text me pictures and updates which I really appreciated.. She noticed my terripoo was having issues with her allergies and was so caring by giving her a medicated bath. You wouldn't be able to get that service at a boarding facility and especially at no extra charge.

She also checked the mail and had the garbage out for trash day.Their services are top notch and their prices are very reasonable and even lower than the boarding services I have used in the past. I will recommend them to everyone.

Tracy T., Carlsbad, CA

DOTR consists of the most fantastic, professional, caring, polite, and genuine people that one could leave their best friend with.

I called last minute needing boarding for 4 nights, 5 days for my 4 y/o Siberian Husky. April (owner) called me back immediately and after reviewing the logistics of their services I had a phone call almost immediately from Dianne( whom is in my area) regarding boarding. As I am a notorious procrastinator and that they handled everything within a 2 hour time span I am completely in awe.

Dianne is very kind, and immediately comforting/easy to get along with (for both me and my dog), we did a meet a greet at her home with the pups. Unfortunately, about 4 days prior she had a family emergency and was unable to take my dog in. I must mention this b/c to me she still went above and beyond that night to provide information about what services DOTR could provide.

I still had my doubts and panic ensued. However, Kelli, one of their Pet Care Coordinators called me the next morning to do whatever was needed to make sure I still had boarding for my dog as planned.

Kelli, April (DOTR), all went out of their way to accommodate me. This included Kelli coming to meet my dog at my home that afternoon, whom took too her very well.

Kelli was amazing and comforting and loving, I would leave my pups with her anytime. For a dog that typically had a separation anxiety I'm pretty sure she was sad she wasn't with Kelli when I got got home.

I won't use any other company but DOTR again. Thank You so very much

Lora B., San Diego, CA

If I could give Dogs on the Run 100 stars I would. April is always amazing and gets back to me quicker then anyone ever has. I think she understands that my dog is my baby. She is wonderful and I am very thankful for finding her.

Now, KYRA...YOU ARE AMAZING! If you need a dog walker in the area of Carlsbad/San Elijio this is your girl. I am more then grateful for what she does with my dog. Most people are turned off m=by how big he is (178 pound Great Dane) but she handles him and loves him as well as I do. I am beyond sad to be moving to Orange County because I can't bring this girl with us.

Thank you Kyra and April! You are so amazing and thank you for taking care of Gary like he is your own.

Madison J., San Marcos, CA

Olivia ran my GSD Chloe and did an awesome job! Kept me updated with how she was doing in her crate, and made sure she had water and was comfortable when she left. I really appreciated the texts and pics of how she was doing. I could tell that Olivia really cared about my dog, and I felt reassured knowing she had many years of vet tech experience too. Overall great experience, thank you!!

Arielle H., Carlsbad, CA

I wanted to first tell you how amazing Kyra is! She has been so great with Gary and I can not thank you enough for setting me up with her. We love DOTR!

Thank you,

Madison J., Carlsbad, CA

Janice come over today to meet our dear Angel "Kitty". A new friend! Janice shared her background, plus her shoes with Angel, all the wonderful smells gave Angel even a better reason to want to know Janice better. They bonded within five minutes. It is a great feeling knowing there is someone "out there" that loves cats as much as I we do. And Angel has a new friend. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Judy, San Diego, CA

Really a tremendous service.

We have two large dogs, both greater than 130 lbs and have used a variety of dog walking/sitting/kenneling services over the past 10 years of their lives. April provided a top-notch, no pressure introduction to their services, the way they operate, and within a day of reaching out to her, our dog-sitter Jonathan gave us a call to set up a meet-and-greet with the pups.

Our dogs had no trouble accepting Jonathan as someone they trust. In general, they're guarded for the first 4 or 5 times meeting someone but they accepted Jonathan as one of the pack on his first visit. We worked out the best times for the dogs to be visited and Jonathan was very accommodating of what we've seen work well for the pups in the past. So far, so good.

Jonathan did a fantastic job while we were gone for the 14 days. He really couldn't have done more. The pups were walked every day, their areas were cleaned regularly, and he provided a ton of TLC for our little guys each and every day. He sent us pictures, videos, and a cool time-lapse of a few of the visits.

When we came home, the house was clean and in great shape. There's no doubt he respected our privacy while we were gone and we wouldn't hesitate to use Dogs On the Run again, especially if Jonathan is able to sit for us.

T. K., San Diego, CA

I found Dogs On the Run through Angie's List last January after I broke my leg and wasn't able to take my dog for walks. April, the owner, was very quick to return my initial call and assigned Cara to help me out. She has even contacted me from time to time to check in and see that I was happy with the services and doing well.

Cara has been amazing! She is so caring to my little Dozer, who is a blind Boston Terrier. She was so patient and accommodating while I was incapacitated. Now that I'm back on my feet, I often travel out of town so Cara comes to stay with Dozer on overnights and there is no one else I would trust or even consider leaving him with.

Thank you so, so much April and Cara!

Robbin S., San Diego, CA

I would like to take this opportunity to commend Colleen Anderson’s cat sitting service. Colleen has cared for my two cats, who both take mediation daily. My 13 year old orange tabby has severe arthritis and requires medications twice a day. Administering the medication with a syringe orally can be very difficult. Colleen did an outstanding job, and even gave me strategies for giving mediation with less stress. My other cat takes oral tablet medication, and again Colleen did an outstanding job recording doses and monitoring progress. When I returned home from my week long trip, both cats were happy and well. Colleen took great care of my cats and my home. I highly recommend Colleen’s services, she loves animals and she provides superior care.


Really can't sing the praises of this place enough.

After having some frustrations finding an overnight service to watch our dog (and adorable and cute 22 lbs rat terrier rescue), I found DotR and dropped them a quick call to see if they were free.

Diane B. called back within an hour, confirmed she was free during the dates, and gave us a price estimate all on the first call - very good business sense.

We brought our dog over for a meet & greet so she could get a feel for him and we could inspect her house / yard and it was clear that she was a great dog lover and knew her way around a lot of breeds. We signed the paperwork that night and figured we lucked out.

What we didn't know was how lucky we were in finding DotR.

Diane texted over a couple of pics a day with updates on our dog and the area (very nice, considering the heatwave, fires, etc.). It was a really nice touch, and it really made us feel like our dog was being taken care of.

I'd recommend DotR to anyone in the Carlsbad area without reservation. They're even a bit cheaper from some of the other non-kennel boarding solutions, and they clearly care about the health and happiness of your pooch. :)

Matt N., Carlsbad, CA

I wanted to keep you in the loop, and thank you, for referring our family over to Nancy for dog sitting. We have been leaving our pups with Nancy for a little over a year. They absolutely adore being with her and Rubee, and I couldn't trust any one more with Bailey and Bella! She cares for them as though they were her own, and they always come back healthy and happy! The updates she sends are appreciated, and it's nice to have the peace of mind knowing Bailey and Bella are being well taken care of when we're out of town. Thank you and Nancy again!

Dianna B., San Diego, CA

Just a note to tell you, my husband and I are so pleased with the care, attention, and love Colleen Anderson gave to our girls. When we need someone again to watch Tammy and Nicolette, I hope Colleen is available.

June G., Carlsbad, CA

I have been using both Chloe Mizianty and Pamela Allen for both weekly walks (Pamela) and overnight stays (Chloe). I am extremely impressed with both of them. I really enjoy working with them and they are very good at communicating /confirming dates, sending pictures and updates, etc. My dogs Izzy and Daisy love them both.

Annie G., Cardiff, CA

Victoria does an outstanding job! My pups love her and I feel very confident that they are well cared for and happy when we are away. I would recommend her and Dogs On The Run to anyone that wants excellent care for their pets.

Chris C., San Marcos, CA

Dogs on the Run is the absolute best place to ensure your dog gets the quality care you desire for your best friend. I have never used a dog service in the past. I have had as many as 5 golden retrievers, all rescues, over the years. My husband and I would fly my sister to San Diego from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania if we needed to be away overnight. In February I had a total knee replacement and was not able to walk my golden retriever, Fenway. I had been walking him twice a day and taking him to dog beach every weekend. I was about to send him to La Jolla and have him stay with my husband where he would get walked. I really wanted him to stay with me in Del Mar.

I called Dogs on the Run and talked with April. The next day, Chloe Mizianty, walked into my house and she was immediately part of the family.

Fenway adores Chloe. As soon as he wakes up in the morning, he starts looking for her. He goes from one window to the next watching for her car. I can't say her name without him immediately getting excited. After the walk when she is leaving, he has to go to the door and watch as she gets in her car. No he doesn't wave goodbye, but he smiles. Chloe is the "dog whisperer" as far as I'm concerned. She has an awareness of the needs and feelings for my dog as I'm sure she has for all of the dogs she walks.

Now that my knee is healed and I can start walking my dog again, I know that Chloe has to stay with us. Even if she only comes 3 times a week instead of every day, I will still use her for walks. Otherwise I will be treating Fenway for depression!!

Thank you April for matching Chloe up with our family!!

Paige and Fenway R., Delmar, CA

I am still using Dogs on the Run and would never consider anyone else. It has been 6 years now and April's team continues to deliver outstanding service to our two Mini Schnauzers. They wait anxiously at the door each day (I think they can tell time!) and greet Kelli with crazy energy knowing they are going out for some fun. In addition to daily visits or walks I use their services for overnights and extended vacations. Again, the dogs are so well loved and taken care of that I always feel so lucky to have April's team in my home. This is truly the best service there is!!!


Chloe was wonderful! The house looked great when we got back from the trip. I think Madigan is still looking for her every afternoon. We will ask for Chloe next time we need pet sitting.

Paul G., San Diego, CA

I just moved to Vista and found DOTR here on Yelp.

April is so friendly and professional. Alexa takes care of my dog who has some fear aggression issues that I shared beforehand. Alexa is so approachable and wonderful that my dog acted as if she never had issues from the moment Alexa came in to the house. My dog LOVES her and I feel incredibly confident and at ease having her taking care of our furry family member. She sends texts and photo updates each visit.

Couldn't be happier with Dogs on the Run!

Thank you ladies! You are the BEST!

Kim S., Vista, CA

I have used DOTR for over 6 months now for daily walks with my golden retriever. I was going back to work after maternity leave and needed a reliable / dependable person to watch my other baby. April placed us with Renai, who was terrific - she clearly loves animals and Max loved her. When Renai couldn't do the walks anymore, she immediately found an awesome replacement for us. Cara is absolutely fantastic and Max is in love again!

I have yet to speak with April, but she checks in and welcomes feedback from her clients, as do her dog walkers. I couldn't be happier with their service!

Deepa P., San Diego, CA

Let me preface this review with saying I have used EVERY dog watching service around San Diego...from Camp Diego, to Camp Run a Mutt, animal hospitals, etc. My wife and I have two dogs and before we had our daughter traveled at least 2 times a month. We had horrible experiences with the other dog services every time we left them...our dogs would often be stressed out and upset when we picked them up after our trips. The pricing was also very expensive.

With that being said, we were SO LUCKY to get a referral from April to Nancy Wallen's dogs on the run service in El Cajon! Immediately from the first time we met Nancy and visited her property, we knew Oscar and Sneakers (our four legged furry sons) would be in the best hands possible. Her love for animals is undeniable. She carries a passion and extremely caring nature about her for the dogs she watches. We used to be very worried when we traveled, but now we actually think the dogs have more fun with Nancy than they do with us. She has a huge backyard and a very loving dog herself and they just RUN and play all day long together. We do not worry anymore when we have to travel and the dogs look forward to when they get to go on vacation to Dogs on the Run. Whenever they see Dogs on the Run - Nancy's house or she comes to get them - they immediately get SO excited and love her so much. It truly makes my heart feel so warm knowing the dogs love her so much and have so much fun while we have to travel.

The services are incredible. They are so professional and care so deeply about the dogs they watch. Coming from people who have used many different "commercial" doggie day cares and overnights, Dogs on the Run is second to NONE.

We also get pictures while we are on vacation of the dogs which make us feel so happy knowing and seeing how much fun, love, and care they receive when we are away. They are no longer anxious when they return home, actually, quite the opposite, they are usually very tired and happy from THEIR vacation with Dogs on the Run.

The pricing is extremely fair and actually better than the typical doggie camps around San Diego. The biggest difference between Dogs on the Run and a commercial day care is that they are not crated all day except for a few walks like those, with Dogs on the Run they run around and play all day with Nancy and the many other dogs they watch.

An even better feature is the delivery and pick up service available when we need it. Dogs on the Run will come pick up/drop off the dogs when we are unable or don't have enough time to do so ourselves. When we rushed to the hospital for our daughters birth, we knew the dogs would be picked up and taken care of for the 3 days we were gone. They sent us pictures and let themselves in and out of the house securely.

HIGHLY - HIGHLY recommend Dogs on the Run for anyone needing dog care, whether it be for the day or an extended trip. We are sooooooooo very happy we found Dogs on the Run (and so are our dogs.) They truly exude the passion and commitment to these dogs more so than I have ever seen elsewhere. The dogs are part of their family while they stay with Dogs on the Run.

Do yourself a favor and USE them for your next vacation - trust me - you and your beloved furry dogs will be so HAPPY you did....the only problem with Dogs on the Run is your dogs won't want to come home! Oscar and Sneakers literally can't wait until we go on vacation again so they can go to Dogs on the Run.

From two long time dog owners and experienced travelers...Dogs on the Run is the best you'll fine! USE them and it will make your life easy.

Brad A., San Diego, CA

I have a remarkable pet walker. She is delightful. My dog adores her and can\'t wait for her to come to the house. I would highly recommend Chloe. Can't think of a thing you could do to improve. Keep Chloe coming to my house!!!

Paige R., San Diego, CA

I recently moved to Cali and was concerned about finding someone reliable for my dogs. A friend referred me to dogs on the run - Roxanne takes care of my dogs when I'm out of town - and I've been very impressed with her reliability and follow through!

I get texts and photos every visit and I can tell she genuinely enjoys spending time with my dogs. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a dog sitter!

Cindy S., Carlsbad, CA

I have been using Dogs on the Run for over a year now. Kelli comes and walks my very nervous and fearful dog, 5 days a week. He has a very hard time warming up to strangers, so I was amazed that after a few attempts, he was not only willing, but happy to go for a walk with Kelli. He looks forward to his noontime walks with great anticipation. Kelli is so kind and loving to him. Things have gone so well that we have started using Kelli to dog sit while we travel. The service has worked perfectly. Dongs on the Run is professional, responsible and caring.

Thank you Kelli for caring for my dog as much as you do.

Joanne P., Carlsbad, CA

I have used Dogs on the Run several times for my dogs. The people who work at this business are excellent care-givers for our dogs. The cost is reasonable and our dogs are treated specially. We know that the dogs will be well cared for. Little extras by the care-givers like some watering of plants is so appreciated.

Karen M., Oceanside, CA

During the course of the last several years, I have used Dog's on the Run on a daily basis for my 18 year dog's afternoon walk. The service was absolutely outstanding! If you are like me, my dog means the world to me and April at Dog's on The Run gave me great comfort that she was well taken care of. April really only hires the best and my experience was just about as great as it could have been. Jo, my dog walker was so kind and compassionate to my special needs senior dog. Over the years, I have also had some over night's from Dog's on the Run. LOVED IT and was so much better than putting my dog in a kennel. I never really take the time to write reviews, but feel so strongly that this is such a great service so I took the time. Hope this helps and hope you all have a similar great experience as I have had over the years!

L.W., San Diego, CA

Thanks so much for making a donation to the Humane Society in Isabella's honor. It really was such a sweet gesture and meant a lot to me! I do really feel so blessed that Isabella was in my life and never expected the grief would be so deep. I also wanted to thank you for all of your support and service along the way. Everyone you sent to take care of Isabella was great. Jo was particularly amazing and took such outstanding care of Isabella. She really did go above and beyond and I am so grateful. I am a big fan of Dogs on the Run, so if I can be of help in the form of a reference, I would be more than happy to help. Again, I couldn't be more appreciative to you and Jo...thanks so much!

Liz W., San Diego, CA

Megan does a great job shes always on time and really genuine about caring for your animals

Rizza C., Carlsbad, CA

Seriously great!! Five star plus.
Recently Megan Andrews house and dog sat for us. We have a King Charles and a Doberman who are high maintenance and need a lot of attention to say the least. It is awesome knowing she really enjoys our babies as much as we do and they really enjoy her company. It's nice to have the dogs home in their own environment while we are away and knowing the house is safe too. This makes it more relaxing knowing everyone at home is ok. Love the service and love you Megan! Thanks from all if us!

Cathy C., Carlsbad, CA

We have used Colleen with Dogs on the Run a few times now and she always does a wonderful job with our birds and pups. She always keeps me updated on how they are doing and they are happy when we come back home! I love that they have a back up plan in place in case your sitter can't make it, great to know they won't leave your animals hanging. They also have a good selection of services and options to fit any budget and trip need.

Mellisa H., Oceanside, CA

Having recently gotten a puppy and trying to work between my husband and i's full time schedule, we were on the search to find a great service to help ease the trouble of our German Shepherd. I received a call from the founder (drawing a blank on her name) within an hour or two. She connected us with Alexa who then also contacted us right away. The following weekend we met and we were in love! Alexa is so attentive to not only our puppy, bear, but also our 2 cats. We simply wanted someone to let him out and feed him at lunchtime, the services are flexible. However little or much care you need. We received detailed updates the first week she checked on him and now receive up dates via a notebook she calls "bears doggy log". So cute! We love her and the peace if mind this service has given us! Most HIGHLY recommend!!!

Stacy S., Carlsbad, CA

Best ever - always on time - texts with updates, kind to animals, been using service for a year with absolutely no problems ever!

Harper & Susan P., Carlsbad, CA

Great! Colleen Anderson has been our go to gal when we need someone to visit our house and care for our two large dogs while on vacation.

Melissa L., Carlsbad, CA

The owner of Dogs on the Run is always responsive to my questions, and is punctual in returning my calls. The dog walker that I use is excellent (Phoebe). Has a good connection with my elderly dog, and is so gentle. I have my dog walked once or twice weekly, and have had the service since June 2013.

Carrol T. Carmel Valley, CA

Dogs On The Run fed, brushed and watered Valentine. They spent a little time with her each time and texted me each time to tell me how everything was. Jo, the cat sitter, was a pleasure to work with. I felt very comfortable leaving Valentine in her care.

Donna T., Cardiff, CA

Dogs On The Run has consistently cared for our pets the last year and a half. It's $24 per visit for 3 dogs, and they do Dog sitting and pet visits. Very professional, and my dogs love them (even my shy one). They're very responsive and have helped me out on so many levels.

Erika W., San Diego, CA

Dogs On The Run came to my house and walked my dog - I have an English Bulldog. I've been using them ever since I got my dog, for about 4 months now. I've had different people take care of my dog; I had Renee for a while and the most recent visit was from Nicholas.They will also stay overnight & walk our dog during the day and in the evening if we have to leave. I trust them, and it's convenient to not have to take my dog somewhere. They always send nice pics of the dog, too

Kimberly S., Carlsbad, CA

Dogs On The Run sent someone over on short notice, Phoebe Simmons, to do a week's worth of pet sitting for me. Both my cat and I liked her very much. I contacted them via email at night and they contacted me on the phone the next day. Their price was reasonable. Phoebe came over and met me and my cat in my home for a consultation within a few days of speaking to the company on the phone. I felt comfortable having her in my house. Phoebe would come by daily, feed/water/play with my cat. She also texted me each time she came over to let me know she was there. I felt like I could enjoy my vacation with her taking care of my cat. I came home from vacation, and my cat was happy and healthy. When she came by later to pick up the check, my cat ran to the door to greet her -- which she never does. I liked that they were bonded and had a lot of reviews - it helped reassure me when choosing to hire them. I will use them again in the future and will be asking for Phoebe specifically!

Theresa S., Cardiff, CA

Dogs on the Run is THE BEST dog boarding and sitting service I have ever used, and I have used a lot. April, the owner, is very friendly and responsive, and Diane B. (the sitter in Carlsbad) absolutely loves my dog, Suzie. Diane has a large, clean, very dog-friendly house with a fabulous back yard. I know that Suzie gets all the love and space that she needs to be comfortable while we're away. Diane has watched her for both extended stays (10 days) and also for full days when we want to get out of town. She keeps me updated via text messages and always sends photos, too, which I love! Of course, the day before we left for our vacation, Suzie ended up with an ear infection, but no need to worry, Diane was perfectly comfortable administering ear drops and kept me updated on her progress. Suzie can be particular and loves to be with just me, but when she needs to go elsewhere, Diane is like her second mommy. I highly recommend Dogs on the Run. You and your pooch will not be disappointed!

Kelli is GREAT! She is responsible and caring. My dog loves her. We will request her again.

Nalani & John W., Carlsbad, CA

Nancy has been a perfect match since day one with my dog Moe. At times, I don't think he wants to come home when I pick him up from boarding!!

Samuel S., San Diego, CA

I contacted DOTR, and left a voice-mail message about our pet sitting needs. The owner April, returned my call right away. Asked all kinds of questions, and referred a pet sitter, independent consultant for DOTR over. We chatted over email before setting up an interview date. Loved meeting her, "Lee Vincent". She was prompt, on time, and prepared to go over any questions or concerns I may have had. We went over all forms, questions between the two, and even took a walk around the neighborhood with my dog.

If in the near future, I/we are in need of another pet sitter, I definitely would call Dogs On The Run again, and ask for Lee. She's a lovely lady, that loves dogs, and cats, (I have two cats as well). Plus she has served our country in the military! So you'll be hiring a vet too.

Sandra D., San Diego, CA

I have used Dogs on the Run twice now for a 14-day trip and a 4-day trip and I have been extremely pleased with how they take care of my dogs.

One of my dogs gets nervous around strangers whenever people enter the house (lots of barking, tail down, stand-offish, never really calms, etc.). When Margie came out to do the initial meet and greet he was completely trusting and mellow within 1-2 minutes. (A record.) So, bottom line, she knows her kung fu. The dogs absolutely love her.

What I also like about Dogs on the Run is that they do their best to try and match you to a sitter local to the area where you live. They also stay in communication and text me updates at the end of the day. I will definitely be using them in the future. I can't say enough positive things about them.

J. S., Carlsbad, CA

I've been using April's company, Dogs on the Run, for over 5 years now. I started using them because I had to be out of town during the week, and I didn't want my two "boys" to be too lonesome during the day until my husband came home. During that period, not only did the sitters walk and play with them, they also assisted with feeding, drop off to boarding, etc. It's been 4 years since I absolutely needed April's help, but I've kept using her because the walkers are so wonderful and my "boy" (only one dog now) would miss them too much if I stopped now! In all these years, April has gone out of her way to accommodate my changing schedule and take good care of my "boy" Nugget. I recommend Dogs on the Run without hesitation.

Cindy D., Encinitas, CA

April and Dogs on the Run have been my trusted petsitters for over a decade. April and her team are professional, reliable and sincerely love their work. Whether a weekly walk is needed for my 13 year old Havanese and some indoor play for my 13 year old American Shorthair or an overnight stay while I travel, I can always count on April and Dogs on the Run. Their attention to detail is greatly appreciated especially as my pets get older. I recommend April and her team without reservation.

Elizabeth A., Encinitas, CA

Jessica Magpie was absolutely fantastic! She really impressed our family. We cant wait to see her again. Thank you Jessica!

Sylvia & Bill C., San Diego, CA

Alexa was great! We came home to happy, loving kitties and I couldn't be more grateful.

Julie D., Carlsbad, CA

In home care for one cat, plus daily, emailed status reports. Both the company owner and service provider were conscientious and eager to provide customized care for our cats and at a reasonable price. They daily emails allowed us to feel relaxed and confident that our cat was in good and responsible hands during our absence.

Lucinda B., Encinitas, CA

Nancy cared from my dogs while I was out of town. She picks them up and drops them off, then watches them all weekend.

Nancy watches my dogs once a month or so and they always have a great time with her. They came home tired and happy and gets excited to see her. She even takes pictures and sends them through text/email so you can see they are having a great time!

Sarah C., San Diego, CA

I previously worked from home, however when I got a new job I had to find a reliable dog walker to take care of my lab while I was gone during the day. I did a little searching online before a friend recommended Dogs on the Run. I called them up and talked to a woman named Betsy who said she would be the one doing the walking. She seemed very nice and caring and seemed like she had the best interest of my dog in mind. I have been using her for over two months now and I am very happy with the services so far. She will even send me pictures of my dog at the park having fun which is great and reassures me I made the right choice. Dogs on the Run is an excellent dog walking service I would recommend to anyone. Thanks Betsy!

Carol E., San Diego, CA

What a fabulous animal sitting service! When I called Dogs on the Run, April was so wonderful to speak with concerning the animal care. This is the first time in years I had to have someone other than people I know to take care of my pets. She really set me at ease.

I used Dogs On The Run for daily visits to my home. They took care of my cats for one week. Also got mail and watered plants.

Sending two big cat hugs to Roxanne! They fell in love with her. My big guy followed her all over the house, sat in her lap, relaxed and and really enjoyed her visits. This from a cat that was homeless and abused years ago when he found us and became family. He is so much better, but still hides when people come into our house. He is very affectionate and such a love. Roxanne is the only one other than some family and a very few friends that has gotten to experience this. She is amazing with cats. The little girl was also very relaxed and happy. Pet owners can tell from their animals how it went while they were away. My two were so calm and I could tell they had a wonderful time with Roxanne. When she came back to give me the key, they were so happy to see her! I really appreciate the updates, picking up the mail and watering some plants while we were away. She is the best!

Kris B., San Diego, CA

I guess I don't need to tell you that we love Jessica Ogden but I am so happy! She is great! Also reliable, adorable & athletic. The dogs love her too!

Susan P., Carlsbad, CA

We came home from a 2 week vacation to a very happy dog. Jessica Bancells did a fantastic job! Thank you

Lindsay C., San Marcos, CA

We hired Dogs On The Run to watch our boxer and cat. They are both high maintenance but our professional was knowledgeable, kind and communicated effectively.

Tanisha D., Oceanside, CA

Nancy is amazing! The dogs love going to her. Having boarded dogs of many different companies. Nancy is by far way better. She is perfectly better than big companies. The dogs play all day in her back yard, she updates us throughout the weekend. I'd never had a better experience.

Brad A., San Diego, CA

Nancy picked up our dogs for the weekend. She is trustworthy and responsive. She bathed the dogs for the weekend, sent us pictures of the dogs while we were away to ease our anxiety of being away. The dogs love spending time with her.

Nancy has been dog sitting for us for 5 years. She is so loving to our two yellow labs. She also sends texts and pictures to let you know how your pets are doing so you don't worry. She is so amazing with our dogs, that when our dogs come home they are sad. They sit by the door waiting for Nancy.

Helene S., San Diego, CA

We got a puppy and needed someone to come once a day to let him out and give him some attention. Dogs On The Run has been great. They love my puppy, they are very professional, I can count on them to be there, they have been really flexible. Cara cares for my puppy. They walk for a half-hour, and she plays with him.-

Christy H., San Diego, CA

We used Dogs On The Run for cat care 1 x day, feeding, cleaning, playing. Wonderful care for our cat provided by Jo Seshadri, our cat loves Jo.

Cathy H., Encinitas, CA

This company is fantastic! We moved to Carlsbad not too long ago, and have used Alexa twice now for home visits, 30 minute a piece. She is wonderful with our little 12 lb. nugget. She sends text updates on how she is doing while we are away, and it is always comforting to know she is taken care of. The house always looks great and our dog Bailey always seems happy and taken care of when we get home. Cant ask for more. Thanks Alexa!

Laural L., San Diego, CA

I have been working with Dogs on the Run for several years to help care for my beloved 18 yr old dog.I could not be more happy w/the care that has been provided over the years. I am a crazy dog lover and would never allow anyone but the best to care for my dog. Most recently Jo has been caring for my dog and she has done an excellent job caring for my 18 yr old dog who needs special attention. She is happy every day I get home. Highly recommend.

Liz W., San Diego, CA

Pet sitting services while on vacation. Daily care of our pet including trips to vet/hospital for medical treatment. Exemplary service and care. Reasonably priced. Communicated well with us when we were out of area. Very professional.

David S., Carlsbad, CA

Currently using Dogs On The Run services for Dog walking. Very reliable, trustworthy, prompt & affordable.

Mike B., La Costa, CA

We use Dogs On The Run for daily dog visits. We have 4 large dogs (55-80lbs). Dog on The Run provides midday visits that includes play, walks & love. They have also provided overnight care.

The DOTR team is like a family to us. We have been with them for over 12 years. April, Tiffany & Jessica treat our dogs as their own. We could not live without them. I will recommend them to anyone.

Mark & Robin C., Encinitas, CA

I boarded my dog over night at Nancy's house (Dogs on the Run) and it went well. i went out of the area for a night and had left my dog Willy there. When I came back Willy was jumping up and down excited to see me! I am happy I chose this company to watch Willy, Thanks Dogs on the Run!

Daniel M., San Diego, CA

Outstanding service.... we've used them a few times now for a two week vacation and a couple of extended weekends. Renai sends photos of the pets everyday, and I can tell from the pets expressions that they love her.

They would be useful for basic house-sitting even if you don't have pets, since they also water plants and take the garbage cans in, etc.. Nice just to know someone is coming around and keeping an eye on things while you're out of town.

Robert B., Carlsbad, CA

Colleen fed our cats, rabbits and parakeet and also gave two insulin shots a day to our diabetic cat. She spent three nights so she had plenty of time to give everyone the attention they need and to make sure that everyone was doing well. I researched pet sitting companies for a couple of months before selecting DOTR. I like the idea of having backup in case our individual pet sitter has a last minute problem.When Colleen is here she texts us regularly so we know what's going on and that all is well. That makes a huge difference when we are out of town.

Diane C., Encinitas, CA

Dogs On The Run helps us with our daily dog walking at lunch time. Jo does a fantastic job walking my poodle and she is dependable & reliable. The dog just loves Jo!

Heidi G., Encinitas, CA

Dogs On The Run fed, exercised and made sure pets got to do their business . cleaned kitty litter (2 dogs and three cats) Also took care of parrot - kept cage very clean and fed parrot and let him out for contact. Dogs On The Run did very well. Colleen took excellent care of my pit bull - I just found out she has bone cancer - Colleen made sure she had pain medicine. She also knew how to handle my temperamental parrot. Another important note is that Dogs On The Run made sure all cats were accounted for (one cat likes to sneak outside).

Gail C., Encinitas, CA

I have the most challenging dog with very specific needs. Our Lakeland Terrier is a love but he has an abundance of energy that requires special attention. We learned a long time ago that he cannot withstand boarding facilities, he cannot behave in a dog park, and he has severe food allergies. In addition he has quirky habits or triggers that we've been working on with various trainers over the years. Who would be able to care for him the way he needs to be cared for? With regard to boarding, we knew we had to look outside of the common boarding options for most pet owners. While being boarded at different facilities, he has been diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer because he couldn't bear to be left alone in a kennel-like setting. He's injured himself on more than one occasion, requiring emergency hospital care more than once. At one local facility, a dog stopped by his cage and bit his nose, and on another visit, someone left a towel of all things inside his cage and he tore it to shreds, having wrapped threads of fabric around his teeth like dental floss. That one incident required emergency surgery to remove the threads from in between his teeth and gums. That was not a fun call to receive after having just dropped him off an hour earlier. It quickly became apparent that boarding facilities weren't going to work for our dog. We would need to find someone who would love him and care for him the way we do, and in the comfort and safety of a home. That is easier said than done. One day, I was looking through "The Best of San Diego" and I noticed Dogs on The Run had been voted "Best Dog Sitting/Walking Service. I don't know why it took so long for me to call. I hung onto that piece of paper (It's still in my file!) for a long time. Maybe I didn't think I could trust someone with him, or I was concerned about the cost for having a special caregiver for our dog. In March of 2010, I picked up the phone when I was all out of hope and options, and I called April to find out if there was someone out there who could help care for our beloved dog while we were traveling, etc. April Cook Avilar came to my rescue! April assured me that she receives calls like mine every day. She asked several questions about our dog and our family and she quickly said she realizes that some pets are more demanding than others, based on their breed, etc. She assured me that her pet sitters were top notch and that they love dogs the way she loves dogs. She said she knew she could help me. And, she did. It has been over three years since I signed up with Dogs On The Run to help care for our Lakie. Nancy has been his primary caregiver. We feel so fortunate to know Nancy. She has been through a lot with our pooch who sometimes acts a little crazy, and she still loves him despite his challenges. Nancy is so kind-hearted and caring. She is thoughtful and generous. She truly loves dogs. Nancy takes amazing pictures of our dog and dresses him up and he poses for her too. It's fun to receive these photos and they've become a family favorite. Nancy stays in touch with us when we're gone and sends photos too. It's nice to know he's in great hands. Thank you, Nancy. Our entire family appreciates you! We are so grateful you are a part of our extended family. Until recently, as he's aged, we've found he really needs to have more individualized attention when he's not at home. When he can't be at Nancy's house, we've been fortunate to have been introduced to two other fabulous caregivers, associated with April and Dogs on the Run. They are Jessica and Wendy. These ladies are just wonderful and care for our dog in our own home while we're away. They also send photos of him or check-in with us to let us know how things are going. How very thoughtful! We always liked having our house secured while we were away, but with our dog's situation, we had to make adjustments when at times, it wasn't possible to leave him with Nancy. Jessica and Wendy are so very kind and gentle and while we haven't known them all that long, they have been trustworthy, respectful of our home and pet, and a real joy to have in our home while we're away. Recently, Wendy was here when I needed to have our refrigerator repaired and she was kind enough to look after the house needs as well as the dog's. It was almost too easy to leave! I can't say enough about Dogs on the Run. Don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call April. It will be the one call that will bring peace of mind when it comes to your dog's care. I've never once been disappointed. April knows how to find just the right people to associate with her company. She's the best, and so are they!

Cathy K., La Jolla, CA

I was SO nervous to try a service like this - I'm fairly new to having a dog and it's certainly not as easy to take off and travel with one! One trip we took our girl to our neighbor's house for a doggie slumber party and the second trip we had some friends come and stay at our house. I felt unsure of having them do it again but then was it weirder to have a stranger come and stay at our house? More reliable yes, but, weird?

So I called on Wednesday last week knowing that I was going out of town Saturday and since my husband was already out of town, we just needed someone to cover a 2 day gap. April was super sweet and told me she'd call back within an hour after she had found someone for our situation. She was awesome at communication and connected us with Jessica who promptly called to set up a time to meet myself and our princess. She was super sweet and laid back and put up with my incessant nervous chatter. I was still a bit nervous about the situation - but she came back on Friday to pick up keys and the paperwork and go over any other details I'd thought of. I felt much more comfortable after spending more time with her and having her meet Petunia again who was super sleepy at the first meet. She encouraged me to leave notes (Yes, I can do notes!!!) and I happily obliged.

I had to leave Saturday morning around 11 to head to the airport and she told me she'd be there close to noon - which she did and confirmed via a text and a pic. I missed my girl SO much but it was great having Jessica texting me updates and pictures throughous. We had her spend the night because it didn't seem right to leave the dog alone all night - instead of sleeping in the guest room she actually slept on the (super comfy) couch with the dog. I generally nap and curl up with our dog on the couch too at least once a day so I totally get it!

Jessica is also an athlete and mentioned she goes running - so I gave her the green light to take Petunia for some runs because man can my girl RUN - but I can't! I really appreciated the end of the day re-caps and the fact that she had no problem feeding my fish and watering my plants (which would've been okay but she offered so I took het)

My husband was set to arrive into town after 11p Monday night, Jessica stayed until 8ish so Petunia wouldn't be on her own too long. I know Monday she left here and there to go do her normal walks, but the great thing is that on the weekend she didn't have much going on and was able to mostly just hang out and keep our girl company. Both my husband and I work from home so leaving our dog alone doesn't happen that often, so maybe I was a bit over-sensitive about that issue. Jessica put me at ease to know that my girl had great company for the majority of the time!

She came by on Tuesday to drop off the house keys and collect payment - I was still out of town but my husband said when Petunia saw Jessica at the door she was SUPER excited - I think we've found her a suitable friend when I can't be here! Thanks again to Jessica, Yelp and DOTR!

Erin H., Carlsbad, CA

I have used DOTR for over two years, about four times a year, and have NEVER been disappointed. Betsy Newman, my dog walker and house sitter Extraordinaire has always exceeded my expectations in every way. If she stays overnight the house is immaculate when I return, if she is walking Gus, he is relaxed and happy when I return, and April, the owner of the company, calls occasionally to be sure I am satisfied with their service. All in all, this is the best service for dog and cat sitting ever...and I have tried a lot of them!!

Leslie E., San Diego, CA

Dogs On The Run is absolutely amazing. We have been traveling frequently over the past year, and needed a dog sitter to walk and feed our two dogs twice per day. April connected me with Alison who has been taking care of our girls for almost a year now. To say she goes above and beyond is an understatement. She has gone out of her way to accommodate our last minute requests, and coordinate other DOTR sitters (Carly and Leo, also wonderful) on the rare occasion that she is unavailable. She sends text message updates during every visit, and alerts me to any changes in behavior. We are so grateful to have found someone we can trust to care for our girls while we are away. Our dogs are always happy and healthy when we return.

Jennifer T., San Diego, CA

Thank you so much for sending such a great professional to care for our pet while we were away. Jessica was great and I would recommend her in a heartbeat ! Our pets seem happy and well adjusted upon our return. Dogs On The Run met our expectations! I felt safe while away on vacation knowing she was in great hands. I loved that Jessica sent photos of little Chicken while we were gone and checked in with us via text! Thanks for everything! We couldnt be happier :)

Hanna L., Carlsbad, CA

Dogs On The Run provided the highest standard of service for our 3 dogs while we were gone for 9 days. Our professional sent constant updates with photos, and even watered some plants that we forgot to tell her about. We are 110% satisfied, and look forward to using Dogs on the Run (and Tara) for all of our pet care needs going forward. We also plan on letting all of our pet owner friends know about the excellent service we received.

Katherine H., Encinitas, CA

I can not speak highly enough about April and her team of pet sitters, particularly our pet sitter Diane. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats. We recently went on vacation to a location with very limited cell coverage. While we were away one of our dogs (Lauger) got hurt in our back yard. Diane was able to take him to our vet to get him care and she then decided he needed to be watched closely during his recovery so took him to her house. Meanwhile, our other dog (Elvis) was looking for Lauger and very upset that he wasn't around. Diane recognized the problem and took Elvis to her house too! A week after we returned, Diana followed up with us to see how Lauger was doing. Diana sent me a text message with pictures of all 4 pets every single time she stopped by our house to take care of the pets. What peace of mind this gives me. The thoughtfulness and service Dogs on the Run provides is exactly why we hire a professional pet service while we are away. We need more than just anyone stopping by to feed our pets; we need someone with the same love and compassion (and smart decisions in case the unexpected happens) to take care of our pets the same as we would in our absence. If I could give Dogs on the run more than 5 stars I would.

Sue S., Carlsbad, CA

I wanted to write and let you know what a wonderful sitter Diane Barton was for Coco my pug. Coco is by no means an easy dog and has separation anxiety when she is away from me. Under Diane's care for and she was at ease, didn't feel lonely and really seemed to thrive. Diane really went above and beyond! Not only did she text me daily updated, but she sent adorable photos of Coco as well! She truly does care and as a pet owner that is priceless. Additionally, while I was away, my grandmother passed away and I had to extend my trip in order to travel to the mid west for the funeral. Diane was so easy to work with and kept Coco an extra few days with no problem at all. It is such a great feeling to know Coco was in good hands and being well taken care of. I can't thank my friend enough for referring me to Dogs on the Run. Please thank Diane again for me!

Ellie L., Carlsbad, CA

My dog went to Disneyland (staying at Dianne's house). He hated coming home. After closing the door he ran back for Dianne and moped for the morning. He wouldn't even look at me! Great job! Thank You Dogs On The Run!

Lori E., Carlsbad, CA

We recently moved to CA and since we don't really know anyone here and needed to go out of town for the weekend, we had to find a pet sitter for our house full of critters! The owner of Dog on the Run contacted me within an hour of me leaving a message and matched me up with someone right in my neighborhood to look after my furry ones. Desirae was so wonderful, sent pictures every time she visited and talked to me about the progress each one of my little one's was having adjusting to someone new being around. I was very pleased with the service and would absolutely recommend them to anyone!

J. Fisher, Poway, CA

I was so concerned when I moved to a new area and had to find a sitter for my animals. After going through the list that Angie provided I decided on "Dogs On The Run." After talking with April I felt this was the right company to take care of my animals. Jessica, came and met our animals and my husband and I a couple of weeks before the trip. She was very knowledgeable on the care of the animals and the dogs were also at ease with her. She really went above and beyond! Not only did she feed all three of my animals exactly according to my instructions, but she also cleaned up after them impeccably and washed the two dog dishes on the last day. She spent a lot of time with them, playing with them and showing them love so that they wouldn't feel lonely. Jessica really shows that she cares! She even brought in the mail and picked up the paper. It was hard leaving the animals but when I got my daily email from her, I began to relax. We both just were so happy with how everything was when we returned. The animals were very happy, and it was nothing like when we had taken them to the kennel. Thanks Jessica for making our trip the best ever!

Jan M., Vista, CA

Very professional and did a great job taking care of our dog and cat. Everything was how we expected it when we got back home. Thanks for everything.

Richard H., San Diego, CA

Taking care of my 12 year old chocolate lab with diabetes and is blind. Twice daily visits to feed and give insulin injections, also short walk as she is not very strong. Care has to be taken while walking so she doesn't fall off the curb or run into things. Also, outside plants were watered daily. Poops were picked up. I have a senior Chocolate lab who is diabetic and needs insulin injections twice a day. She is also blind due to diabetic cataracts. Allison of Dogs on the Run took fantastic care of her, texting me after every visit to give me an update. I have already used her again, and have reservations to use them next month. I will recommend them to my friends who ask!

Lynn L., San Diego, CA

Everything has been great. We have utilized both the pet daycare as well as the dog walking services and have been thrilled! The professionals communicate with us while we were away. Both of our professionals have done an AMAZING job with this. We receive multiple text messages each day when we use the service and nothing makes us feel better than knowing our puppy is being so well taken care of! Great work all around.

Zachary J., San Marcos, CA

We had our dog Emmett stay with Allison for the weekend. Allison was wonderful! She sent us texts and pictures all weekend. We knew that Emmett was well-taken care of. He had a great time with Allison who even set up doggie play dates. Emmett had such a great time we thought he wouldn't want to come home. We loved Allison and so did Emmett. We will definitely be leaving Emmett with Allison again.

Leslie R., San Diego, CA

Thank-you so much for taking great care of our puppies!!! They were so happy and tired when we got home on Sunday. They even slept in (past 8am) for us today! It felt so good knowing that they were well taken care of during the wedding!

Taylor W., Carlsbad, CA

Jo was great! I could tell from the first moment that she loved dogs and that my dog would be in good hands. He had been sick and was getting medicine. I felt fully confident that Jo could handle it all. It made leaving him much easier. The notes Jo left were helpful in knowing how he had been doing each day.

Mary Ann S., Encinitas, CA

Thanks again for your kind support. We feel so fortunate to have all of you rallying to help us with Sundae, our maniac terrier! We adore him and are really happy to know that Jessica is able to be with him in our home when Nancy is unable to have him. Nancy, thanks for taking time out of your day to be here to introduce Jessica to Sundae and our family.
Jessica, thanks for taking time out of your day to come over to our house and to get to know Sundae and our home-life and our family. We really look forward to getting to know you more in the weeks ahead.
April, it's been a great ride and we appreciate the extra support.

Cathy, San Diego, CA

I only wish I had contacted this service sooner! The quality of people that run this organization is reflected in the quality of people that they hire! I am so pleased with the service I received and will use no other service for my precious pets in the future. I have 2 large dogs and could not be more happy with the woman who stayed in my home, my dogs were sooo happy and so well cared for, thanks to Jessica! Can't think of anything they can do to improve their services...Absolutely nothing! This was such a good experience for me, a person who was so very concerned about leaving my animals who are so high energy. Jessica was perfect for this job and I hope to have a long relationship with Dogs on the Run and Jessica...we travel a lot!

Suzie P., Carlsbad, CA

Nancy Wallen at Dogs On The Run takes wonderful care of our dog, Angelo, when we travel. She provides timely meals and treats, with plenty of exercise. When we pick our dog he is always happy and playful, which indicates to us that he has gotten lots of love and playtime. We feel very fortunate to have Nancy as our canine caregiver when we travel, it gives us a piece of mind.

Al K., San Diego, CA

My pet sitters/dog walkers name is Jake. Dogs On The Run has been caring for Maya since March 2012. Jake is a wonderful caretaker for my 17 month old yellow lab. He is extremely reliable, great communicator, and really gives me peace of mind that my dog is in such good care. I know that Dogs On The Run is passionate about what they do.. and are all dog lovers. I would have no hesitation referring Dogs On The Run to other friends, family, and co-workers. I am very impressed with Dogs On The Run. April M. Henley is a great manager in operations. I feel if I have any questions or concerns about my dogs care I can call April or Jake and they would take the time to address any issues . I cant say enough good things. I am very appreciative of the love for my dog.

Lynda H., Carlsbad, CA

I am writing to give a professional and personal reference for Alison Claas with Dogs on The Run. She has been my dog walker and dog sitter for more than two years and is absolutely fantastic! We have two dogs, and one of them is very shy and afraid, and Alison won her over right away! She LOVES Alison! (Both of my dogs do!) Alison is extremely reliable and never misses a walk, or a chance to give extra love and attention to my dogs. Personally she is a wonderful person. We can count on Alison for any special needs of our dogs as well. Even if something comes up last minute she is always the most gracious and accommodating. I highly recommend her! She is extremely trustworthy.

Patty N., Poway, CA

I just wanted to send you a quick note to THANK YOU for having Sharon and Colleen pet sit for us. They were both professional and soooo fantastic with my guy and gals!! I was so extremely worried about leaving Pickles and also Max. Max is still a bit anxious, even though we adopted hum a year ago, he still has some anxiety when I leave. Sharon handled him beautifully and I now know I can stop worrying so much (ok, well, not as much) about him being with a pet sitter.

Everything was PERFECT when we got home and the whole crew was happy as can be!

Fern K and the crew, Oceanside, CA

Dogs on the Run is the best...
By far is finest run Dog care operation is Southern California.
April Rocks.

Tom B., Encinitas, CA

Let me tell you why I consider them a “business” of the year. I don’t consider it a business. I see them as a loving, reliable, caring, trustworthy relationship to take care of my most valued possession; my dog, Macaroon. And really, that is the best kind of business…when it doesn’t feel like one.

I work for CBS News and my job can be unpredictable and last minute. When I moved to San Diego, I needed to find a dog-sitting business that was license and bonded, could handle my insane schedule but would also treat my dog with the love that I do. I found that in “Dogs on the Run.” I have relied on two of their pet care professionals, Janelle and Tamara, consistently for the last two years to walk, feed and play with my sweet doggie. Never once have they said they couldn’t make it…even when I made requests in the middle of the night as my plane was taking off the next morning.

The professionals at “Dogs on the Run,” are also observant about Macaroon’s changes in health and behavior and always alert me while I am on the road.

Not once has something gone wrong on while I have left Macaroon in their care. And believe me, a lot could go wrong this little guy full of mischief.

Macaroon is a shelter rescue, found on the streets in Las Vegas in the middle of the summer. He has lots of phobias about being abandoned again. Before I leave each trip, I tell Macaroon: “Don’t worry, I will be back in a couple of days, but Janelle is coming to give you kisses and hugs and you will be fine.” I think he knows he will be.

Thank you for your consideration.

Cindy and Macaroon, San Diego, CA

My dog and cat are twelve years old. As a working mom, I’ve relied on pet sitters for daycare or overnights since they were babies. I was lucky enough to find Dogs on the Run through my vet over ten years ago. As April (owner of DOTR) can attest, I am very particular about my pets and as a businesswoman consider reliability a top priority. Kelli is a gem. She is professional, prompt and caring above and beyond what the job requires. She is always:
  • on time (which many pet sitters don’t realize is an important attribute)
  • trustworthy (she has full access to my house and is always respectful)
  • reliable (I’ve never had her cancel or reschedule but if she foresees a schedule conflict always gives me ample notice)
  • loving (my dog and cat adore her)
  • takes instruction well (my pet feeding instructions are complicated but Kelli always follows my requests)
  • honors my often odd requests to avoid certain walking trails where dogs are found off leash in order to keep my dog safe
  • goes above and beyond (she brought birthday treats for my boys!)
Kelli has a good head on her shoulders and is smarter than the job requires. You will not be disappointed.

Elizabeth A., Encinitas, CA

I would like to express our sincere gratitude for the services Kelli Dixon recently provided for our dog, Copper. Our dog has always been leery around pet "providers” and it's always a challenge to take her to the vet or have her nails trimmed and the one time we placed her in a pet hotel for a night turned out to be a traumatic experience for her.

We've been lucky enough to have family members available to dog and house sit whenever we go away on vacations, however, recently we were unable to find someone that could watch Copper while we were away last week.

We turned to the Internet to search for at-home dog sitting service and emailed several sitters and companies. We received many responses, but were immediately drawn to Kelli and her prompt emails and thorough answers to all of our questions. Her willingness to meet on short notice as well as her calm and confident attitude led us to believe that Copper would be in good hands with Kelli.

I'm pleased to report that we returned home after a week­long trip to a dog that was very happy and relaxed. It made our vacation infinitely better knowing that Copper was getting the attention she needed with someone she trusted.

We anticipate utilizing Kelli in the future for the occasional daily walk and we thank you for hiring such a great person to your staff.

Lindsey & Brad C., San Diego, CA

Thank you and your team for the excellent care and "beyond the call of duty" level of service. Your obvious compassion for Mia and my Mom was well evidenced and greatly appreciated. The help you provided was outstanding. I can't thank you enough. Please feel free to use me as a reference, you can have potential clients call or email me anytime. I will provide glowing reviews with the confidence that you are caring professionals who will provide the best care.

Dirk N., San Diego, CA

I just wanted to thank you for your service and especially Roxanne.

She is the best and it it so nice to be able to go on vacation and know that my pet is well cared for and loved

She goes above and beyond and sends me pictures and updates. She taked in my mail, paper, water delivery.

Roxanne loves what she does and it shows in her work.

Kathy C. & Petey, San Diego, CA

Sarah Isenberg is terrific! Sarah just took great care of our precious cats during a short vacation.

Prior to our departure, she had come by to introduce herself to us and is a delightful professional.

Thank you for her!

Jane and Brian, San Clemente, CA

I offer the highest recommendation to Kelli Dixon and send this referral with the greatest enthusiasm and pride as April M. Henley, owner of Dogs on the Run, knows how to staff the most amazing, reliable, responsible, kind and caring young women and men that I have ever seen. As a working professional, I am literally in awe of the caliber of contractors/employees April brings to the table each and every season of our lives. In fact, each young girl who we have had the privilege of working with (weekly and out-of-town overnights) has been impeccably reliable and caring to the point where I NEVER have to worry about my babies (Maxi and Betty), and that is PRICELESS to me.

Our previous dog walker moved out of state, and while we miss her, the transition to Ms. Kelli Dixon has been amazingly easy for us as she has become like "family" in the shortest amount of time!

Kelli possesses a skill set and traits that allow me to feel 100% confident that every "little" and "big" thing I need taken care of will be done to beyond satisfaction. She comes every week with a smile and enthusiasm to exercise them, and they LOVE her for it. My large boxer (needy, a hugger, sensitive and fearful) and my small pit-lab (feisty, playful, and relentless) respond well to Kelli, often following her commands better than mine.

Recently, I learned that my pups (who typically always get hyper and pull when face to face with other dogs on the sidewalk) behave incredibly well with Kelli, sitting still at her side, allowing other dogs to pass them. They are fed, loved on, and safe on every outing which brings me the greatest joy and calm as I am busy building my career. I love it when she walks them as they are calm and mellow afterwards throughout the rest of the day and into the evening.

Additionally, Kelli is reliable, pleasant, always accessible, accommodating, and exercises good discernment. I have come to rely upon and love Kelli like a family member.

It is a pleasure to employ Kelli's services; I offer her the highest recommendation and am always available for comment.

Heather G., Encinitas, CA

I just wanted to let you know how much the boys and I are enjoying Kelli. She is a doll. She is prompt, reliable and professional. She is loving and went above and beyond to recognize both the boys' 12th birthdays. She is a real pleasure. Thought you'd like the feedback. Warm regards

Elizabeth, Encinitas, CA

Dogs on the Run is superb, professional business! My husband and I have been using this pet sitting service since 2006, and will continue to do so! April M. Henley (Owner/Administrator) has been extremely responsive since the first time I called. EIther she or one of her cadre of pet sitting professionals returns your call for service (within 24 hours at the latest in my experience), and you can set up a time for your prospective pet sitter to meet with you and your pets before you go on a trip. During this first meeting, you fill out paperwork regarding each of your pets - biographical info, likes, dislikes, playtime habits, food/medication preferences and needs - and give the petsitter directions for your visits. Our petsitter, Roxanne, is absolutely the best! When we returned from a two-week trip, the house was immaculately clean, and the cats were all happy and healthy. In fact, when Roxanne arrived at the house a few days after our return home to pick up payment, the cats practically flung themselves into her arms! I trust Roxanne implicitly with the welfare of my felines and the security of my home while I'm away.

C. Mullen, San Diego, CA

I wanted to let you know how fantastic Dianne was with our dog- she took wonderful care of him and sent us wonderful updates (with pictures!) about him. We look forward to having her watch Pickle again in the future! Thanks,

Julie P., Carlsbad, CA

I've only used this service once so far, but I definitely plan to use them again! I honestly can not imagine being happier with a pet sitter. I have 3 very special pets-- 2 older cats, one of whom needs meds, and one large and very, very excitable shepherd mix. In addition to being a little ADHD, the dog also thinks that fast-moving cars want to play with him, so he really needs a firm and competent person. Sarah checked in on them while I was out of town, and I got texts with cute photos and updates so I knew when she had been by. Rather than being a little more neurotic than usual when I got home, the critters were very mellow and actually didn't seem to have noticed that I was gone. This will be the first place I go the next time I need someone to check in on the family.

Monica B., La Jolla, CA

Just wanted to let you know I am home, and Dyno, FLYQ, and Lilac are great. They actually don't seem to have noticed that I was gone. This is my first experience with Dogs on the Run, and I honestly cannot imagine being happier with a pet sitter. Sarah is completely amazing, wildly exceeded any expectations I had, and from now on I will only leave town if she can watch my pets. Thank you so much!

Ms. Brown, Encinitas, CA

I needed someone to watch my dogs while I attended a business meeting. Margie came to pick them up and my dogs warmed right up to her. She took them on several long walks while I was gone. I highly recommend this service! My dogs both enjoyed themselves and I was able to get on the road home without having to drive an extra hour to pick my dogs up from the place I was staying. Thanks again Margie, it worked out GREAT! They slept most of the 3 hour trip home, tired out from their walks. :)

Beverly, Santa Paula, CA

We have been using Dogs on the Run for many years. Among the many walkers, we love Dogs On The Run most! April always takes good care of my dogs! She is reliable, flexible and trustworthy! She texted me, send me photos and called me when appropriate.

Pei Tei C., Carlsbad, CA

We have been so impressed with Dogs on the Run from the moment we started using them. I was really nervous about leaving our extremely active mutt Trudy home while both my husband and I went to work. She is full of energy and we were nervous that she would have a bad reaction to all the time on her own. We use Dogs on the Run daily during the week and each day when we come home, she is in wonderful spirits. She actually seems happier than ever. They have also been so professional and attentive to Trudy's individual needs. They keep us informed of her every day. I would definitely recommend them to any working families.

MB, Encinitas, CA

Dogs on the Run is absolutely the best service you will find for the care of your beloved pets. April takes great care to find the right walkers and sitters for your needs. She is caring and compassionate and always follows up on her services to make sure you are satisfied. This is a very professional, reliable company that you will not be disappointed with. We use Dogs on the Run for daily visits for our dogs while we are at work, as well as overnight stays when we travel. The dogs truly love the walkers and sitters and are always happy to see them and you will be too!

Gina F., San Marcos, CA

Dogs on the Run exceeded my expectations ten fold...when one of my dogs was killed by a car, they not only made a donation to the humane society in her name but also called to see how they could help with my other dog. they are available last minute to stop by and walk my havanese ally and love her like she was their own. I would wholeheartedly recommend them to everyone who has the strict standards that i do when it comes to my canine baby.

Nikki, Carlsbad, CA

We have used Dogs on the Run for 6 years to take care of our cats. We always have great service and our cats are happy, healthy and safe when we get home.

Debbie C., Oceanside, CA

I can't say enough good things about Dogs on the Run. We have used them exclusively to care for our pets while on vacation for the past 3 years. I know I can count on them to take wonderful, loving care of my pets and to let me know if any problems arise, as well as getting an update text just to let me know that all is going well.

Thank you, April for the top notch service you provide! I wouldn't trust my pets to anyone else.

Lisa P., Carlsbad, CA

Dogs on the Run is the top dog in our books. We've used many walking/sitting services and the care and attention Dogs On The Run provides far surpass the others. Our dog has health issues and is in her senior years and needs her medication on time. April has never failed us and always calls if she is concerned about her well being. It's such a relief to know she cares as much as we do.

Lora B., San Diego, CA

We have been using Dogs on the Run for several years now. We wouldn't think of using anyone else. April works with ONLY the best pet sitters there are. We have used DOTR for multiple-week overnights, daily mid-day visits, doggy dinners, even pet taxi when one of our kids needed to go to the vet and we couldn't get there in time. Our pet sitters, who become part of our family, have been with us through newly adopted pets, senior pets, and having to let our beloved pets cross the Bridge. DOTR is always there for us. If you think of your pets as family; if you are worried about someone staying with them other than you; if you want to be able to go to work each day knowing your pets are being well cared for, then contact DOTR. The piece of mind is invaluable.

Chris F. Cardiff, CA

For the past five years, we have used the services of "Dogs On The Run". The service provided has been truly exemplary. We have complete trust and confidence that our pet will be taken care of in a professional manner. If our dog could write letters (not sure she can't !), she would also endorse the loving care she has received. We have and will continue to recommend the services of "Dogs On The Run" to pet owners who may be in need.

Dave S., Carlsbad, CA

Dogs on the run provides excellent service and is very dependable. They will bend over backwards to accommodate special requests and other services. Their staff is very pet-oriented and treat any customers animals as their own. I trust them with four of my "children" and I do not convey that trust easily. I highly recommend them!

Mark C., Encinitas, CA

I have had an incredible service from the whole DOTR group, and there have been more times than I can count that your service has been invaluable to both me and my dog Georgia! Thank You so much for all the time, care, and attention that all of you have given to Georgia over the years. I have nothing but good things to say about the company, and have always recommended DOTR to other dog owners throughout the community.

L.D., San Diego, CA

Roxanne came by for kitty visits recently while were out of town for a few days. I just had to write to let you know that Roxanne is amazing! We met with her prior to our trip, and she spent time (I tend to gush endlessly about how special our kittens are . . .) listening, taking notes, and getting to know all four cats. During our trip, she texted daily with updates (sometimes with pictures), and spent a lot of time with the kittens, giving them TLC. When we came home, the house and "cat areas" were clean, and the kittens were disappointed when Roxanne didn't come to visit again. I can't tell you how pleased we are with Roxanne's professionalism. It's obvious that she really loves animals, and I know that my babies are in good hands when we're away. Thank you for providing such great service -- it puts our minds at ease.


Miceala, Please know how absolutely grateful Jane and I are with your professional, personal and reliable services while we were in the United Kingdom. Keeping in touch with occasional emails really kept us "care-free" and relaxed during our time away. The cats, fish and our many plants are all perfectly fine. Now, we just have to save up for our next adventure before getting back in touch with you again. You were absolutely awesome!

Jane and Brian, San Clemente, CA

Just a note to let you know how much we all appreciate Dogs On The Run. You have always been reliable & caring with our dog and I am thankful for your flexibility when I need additional help with the dogs. I sincerely cannot think of any additional services which could be provided to help improve on an already excellent service! I know my dogs welcome you guys every time you come and they don't just welcome just anyone as they are both large animals who can be aggressive if they feel a threat. So Thank You for providing my family with such good care!

Nancy D., Temecula, CA

Dogs on the Run is the top dog in our books. We’ve used many walking/sitting services and the care and attention DotR provides far surpass the others. Our dog has many health issues and is in her senior years and needs her medication on time. April has never failed us and always calls if she is concerned about her well being. It’s such a relief to know she cares as much as we do.

L. B., Vista, CA

I told my husband Dogs on the Run is like "people helping people". So personal. I love that she didn't charge me extra for special request... like meds. The kennel nickel and dimes you on things like that. She asked if she could take the trash to the curb and get our mail, water our plants. It was such a nice change. I really appreciate it.

Jane T., Carlsbad, CA

It seems like everything went well with Diane L. This is the first time we've left the pets for an extended period of time, so we were a bit nervous -- especially about our dog Lola, who is terrified of strangers. But I think it worked out nicely! Diane seemed to make fast friends with Lola (and the other animals) and sent us text message updates with pictures, which was great. We were able to fully enjoy our vacation knowing that the pets were comfortable and well cared for! We look forward to working with Diane again in the future. Thanks,

Lauren M., San Diego, CA

Just wanted to let you know Sherry did above and beyond and we are all very happy. She even did my pile of laundry and had the bed changed. So nice to come home to a clean, orderly house! Please express my thanks to Sherry again!

J. Gennoe, Nashville, TN

Sebastian really likes Julie L.. She did an amazing job when Sebastian had hairball issue when I was out of town several weeks ago. She got him the medical attention he needed and extra attention/TLC. She is amazing!

Kimberly, Encinitas, CA

Nancy Wallen has been with us and our dog Hobbs for 5 years. Hobbs passed away 2 weeks ago due to a rattlesnake bite. I am writing this to bring to thank you for Nancy. There are very few people that my husband and I can trust and count on with our belongings and our baby. She has always gone above and beyond to help us and with Hobbs. We want to thank you for the donation to the Humane society in Hobbs name. Hobbs loved Nancy very much. We are hoping to bring home a new dog some day soon and we look forward to having Nancy continue to take care of our new baby. My husband and I speak very highly of Nancy and Dogs on the run to everyone we meet with a dog. Thank you again for all you do and thanks to Nancy.

Beth, San Diego, CA

I want to thank you for sending me Ashley to help me with my two dogs and three cats following my motorcycle accident. She is extremely responsible, timely and in tune with the animals. Her attention to detail and willingness to do anything that will help with the dogs has set my mind at rest so I never have to worry about the dogs. Ashley has an excellent eye for what is happening with the animals and always lets me know when she notices the smallest thing that seems unusual. She is the best and I would recommend her to anyone for any pet.

Jane, San Marcos, CA

Southern California German Shepherd Rescue is very grateful to Amy for taking such good care of A-Team. She put a good word out for dog sitting services everywhere. If you're in one of the areas serviced by Dogs on the Run give them a call next time you go on vacation or need dog walking.

Marcy A., San Diego, CA

Hi! Just wanted to say that we love Kellyn and can’t wait to use her again!

Lisa, Coronado, CA

I've been meaning to let you know how great Niki O'Connor is working out for us... my dogs absolutely love her, even my "problem child" Wiley, who can be unpredictable with strangers. Niki has a way with animals that is perfect for our unique situation. She's also been flexible with our schedules and always seems to have a great attitude.

Thanks so much! Keep up the good work that you're all doing!

Linda, San Diego, CA

I would like to also mention that Angela provides excellent dog care for our two Scottish Terriers.Angela is a great asset to Dogs on the Run!

Kim, San Diego, CA

Tamara was great! My boys and princess loved her. She took care of them as if they were her own and left us a collage of pictures she had made for us. We will definitely request her for our next trip! Thank you.

The O' Brian Family, La Jolla, CA

We are more than SUPER HAPPY with Julie Lauritzen...she is the best, and all the services provided. I can not even tell you the piece of mind I have when I am at work and Julie is taking care of my girl Princess! That on it's own is truly Priceless.

Annalisa J., San Diego, CA

Allison has been a life saver for me and my husband on more than one occasion. She has helped us with Xena sometimes with less than 24 hour notice, and even same-day once which helps us with the sometimes unpredictable changes that come with our jobs. I've really enjoyed her combination of professionalism and personality which allows us to both trust and like her which can be rare. She also is great about providing feedback (i.e., she'll send me a message which she's at the house and when she's leaving.) The peace of mind she gives us when we're not there makes us comfortable knowing that Xena's taken care of when we can't do it ourselves.

Overall, I have absolutely no complaints with the services Allison has provided and would be keen to recommend her/your services to anyone.

Melissa, San Diego, CA

Megan has been helping with our energetic dogs for nearly 2 months now. She is the best! Before Megan, I struggled to restrain them, and keep them from pulling me off my feet during our walk in the neighborhood. Together, they easily could drag me anywhere they wanted to go.

Megan has helped me train them and actually pinpointed the problem (Scout), and helped with a solution!

Now, with Scout under control and becoming more balanced,everyone can enjoy the walk and a more peaceful environment at home.

Megan consistently goes way above and beyond my wildest expectations! She is the very BEST!

Thanks for sending her to us!
Shari, North County, San Diego, CA

I have been using Dogs On The Run for several years now and each walker is as amazing as the next. Everyone is friendly, trustworthy, and handles all the little quirks of my dog with a smile. The service is absolutely amazing. I loved how Aija sent phone pics of my dog... that was an amazing touch!

Rebecca, San Diego, CA

My husband and I have two large dogs and a very old kitty! They are our family.

I discovered Dogs on the Run through our Vet's Office. Allison had business cards available at their office, and I grabbed one, logged onto the website and was thoroughly impressed! Allison is much more than a pet sitter! Allison takes care of everything, especially your worries! Last August we went on vacation for 7 days, and Allison not only took care of our family, but she took great care of our house. We have a pool and she ensured that it was maintained and working properly, she collected our newspapers and mail, turned lights on and off for us, she maintained our yard and kept it clean, water my veggie garden, etc. I literally left her a book on the house and all the things I needed her help with and she went above and beyond the call of duty for us. She texted us everyday when she was at the house, which was huge for me to know that all was okay! Also, our dogs have special needs, or perhaps they are just spoiled rotten! But, it is quite a production to feed them, Carney was a "bloat" puppy, and as a result has a special diet, she requires chicken rice with her dog food. But you cant just do one of them, so both dogs get rice and chicken mixed in with their food, along with a glucosamine supplement and Carney also now has a bad hip and takes a anti-inflammatory too, Allison takes care of all that without missing a step. We are very high maintenance, now that I'm looking at what I'm typing to you, huh?!! I appreciate her even more!!

The biggest comment I make to my husband when we arrive home, after employing Allison, is how calm everybody is! I love that our family is fine, like we haven't even been gone. They are not stressed out, they are perfectly fine! We used to have family members or friends house/pet sit for us before we found Allison. And more often than not, our dogs would be nervous or stressed out when we would get home and then they would crash hard for hours! We would always wonder what went on while we were gone! Okay, we knew the kids were playing and probably partying, and I'm sure their friends were over, which would cause the dogs to be "working" and keeping an eye on everybody for us, instead of our family or friends keeping an eye on the dogs! Did that make sense?!

Anyway, it is a huge relief to come home to calm, happy, and a well taken care of family! Especially, having previously experienced the exact opposite! I highly recommend Allison to take care of your family and worries. She truly works from her heart. I trust her with my most precious possessions, my family and home.

I hope this is helpful and I would not hesitate employing Allison! She is the best! Good Luck!

Kris H., Temecula, CA

Margie W. is an awesome as a house/dog sitter....best we've ever had! Jazz and Whimzy were glad to see us and excited but were also very well adjusted and happy. She must have bonded very well with them as they showed no signs of stress. The yard was well tended. Margie's personal note to us regarding the house and yard and dogs was very much appreciated. Also, the detailed notes on each item on our list was wonderful.

She took care of everything and made our return home so comfortable. Thanks for special efforts in cleaning up the house for our return. You are just over-the-top great! I'm sure you have gotten kudos before though.

Hope to do business with you again...Thanks.

Karen & Ed, San Diego, CA

We have been using Dogs On The Run for now 3 almost 4 years, and we love their services. Our main sitters are Michelle S. and Julie L., both are amazing, and my dog loves both of them!

The agency is reliable and the sitters are Pet First Aid certified bonded and insured. They come to your home when you need them to, and they will walk / exercise your dog in a 30 minutes increments. They will change your dog water, and follow whichever instructions you leave for them (i.e. give a treat after walk, or give medicine...etc...)

They also leave you a note or send you a text with the recap of the walk.

I am so comfortable with them that I send them the schedule for 2 months at the time. Even when one of the usual sitter isn't available, they never cancel a visit, they call and inform you and ask your permission for someone else from the agency to come by and walk the dog. I never had a problem! They are very reliable and professional.

They offer many other services, such as ride to the Vet, overnight visit...etc. We really like their services, and our dog is not going crazy with energy when with get home from work.

Definitely a keeper!

Annalisa, San Marcos, CA

I want to let you know that I am thrilled with DOTR Day Care and Boarding service. Sara is fantastic and takes such good care of my little girl. Roxy is absolutely pooped when she gets home. She's lost a bit of weight ( which is a good thing!) and seems to be more responsive to commands.

Sara told me that Roxy is not phased by her cat, yet when I took her to my friend's place she was hyper and would not leave the cat alone. It just shows that Sarar's pack are well-balanced and have a positive impact on my Roxy. Thanks again.

A.K., Carlsbad, CA

Dogs On The Run is great! I think this year may be our 5th year with DOTR and you've always been there for us. Thank you!

Angela, Carlsbad, CA

Lisa won my shy dog over! She truly loves animals. She has a special bond with them. I will use her again & will recommend her to everyone!

Rita, Orange County, CA

Josh is great! He has left me one note, just this past cat visit. He has a great personality and is available and reliable. Best of all, when you are talking to him, he gives you his total attention and makes you feel like you are the only customer for DOTR.

T.B., La Jolla, CA

I have used Dogs on the Run several times. They provide an awesome service, and leave you a detailed description of how the visits went. My animals are always content when I return home, and never tear up the house because they are exercised and tired. The only drawback is that is more expensive than other services, but you definately get what you pay for. A company I will use again and again!

Anon, San Diego, CA

Amy was absolutely incredible. Her attention to detail and care for Brodie's well being was top notch. She goes above and beyond to insure the dog''s happiness. She definitely exceeded my expectations! ...she is the best!

Tim, San Diego, CA

Kim is so nice, she gave Papi a journal to record his daily activities and adventures. This was a very nice gesture, and it makes me feel good knowing what his day was like since I'm at work for 8-10 hours a day. Yesterday was the first day, but her and Papi have this amazing kinship as if they've known each other for years. That makes me feel very happy and at ease. I would like to thank Dogs on the Run for existing, because I've heard nothing but positive things about Kim and your organization.

Regina, Orange County, CA

I, and my three dogs, have been clients of Dogs On The Run for 16 months and my dog care specialist Jenn, in specific, for the last 10 months. At the time of service inception I needed to find regular dog walking services for my kids with a dog walking service that I could trust and I felt would give similar love to my canine children that I provide. Dogs On The Run has provided these services to these standards- in fact have gone above and beyond my expectations. I have no reservations or concerns about my little guys care; my personal dog care professional, Jenn has earned my trust.

It is has not always been easy to leave my dogs when I do go to work, but I can go to work without worry that my dogs will be provided with excellent care and treated with the utmost love and attention while I are gone. I have found Jenn to be flexible and responsive to requests for, changes when I need to reschedule days. I can tell that Jenn sees this as more than just "business"- she brings true care and genuine concern for her clients to her job each day. For example, recently I had a conflict where I was going to be gone more that the usual hours of my workday and that would have left my little guys in a bind. On a very short notice, Jenn agreed to come in an extra time that day to make sure the kids got a break. I felt that she went the extra mile to provide the care she did that day and feel that many similar providers would not have done that.

I can feel that "care beyond money" on a regular basis when I come home and read the daily notes that she writes to me regarding the day she had with toy kids. She comments on their behavior and any concerns she might have noticed about them. For example, all my dogs are in the "senior" category and with that have some ailments that can come with senior doggie status (e.g. arthritis, digestive problems). She lets me know when she is concerned that one of the diggies might be having a rough day regarding one of these matters- and adjusts their activities according to how they are feeling. Quite frankly, I truly feel as if my dog walker loves my dogs as I do and that is such a godsend to me, relieves my mind of any worry so that I can concentrate on my task at hand at my work. I would highly recommend Jenn's services to any of my friends without reservation.

Elizabeth M. W., San Diego, CA

Karin Linderme is a wonderful, fun person--full of energy and happiness--she is a true dog lover. She is so good with my bulldog, Edgar. She goes that extra mile to take care of him and making me feel at ease when I am away. She got my dog to go down stairs (something I have been trying to do for a few months!)! She makes herself available on short notice when possible. I trust her and will recommend her to everyone I know who needs a pet sitter. She is a blessing, and Dogs On The Run is invaluable!'.

Jennifer L. W., San Diego, CA

We were so pleased with the care La La gave to our old men (dogs). They are old and crabby and can be a handful, and I honestly don't think they missed us a bit. I was really impressed that she took notes on what was where, feeding instructions, etc. I have had babysitters for my kids that weren't as well-organized or prepared as she was. There will be a next time, especially since La La knows where all the treat jars are stashed! Thanks again for your service.

CJ & Paul, San Diego, CA

I have tried other dog walking services which did not end up working out. When I met Mirna and saw how she interacted with my dogs Lucy and Ricky, I knew it was a great match. She is wonderful and she is great with them and it is obvious in there behavior when I get home. Thank you!!

Kelly McKean, San Diego, CA

Abby rocks! My cat was super pleasant and relaxed when I got home. She had clean litter and plenty of food. My mind was at ease knowing Abby was caring for my cat. I have already referred her to a friend of mine.

Hillary Peltier, San Diego, CA

Mike is just wonderful! I can now deal with the travel demands of my job (and maybe, in the future, even a vacation) with no stress because I know that Mike is taking care of Mandi and Prince as if he's their uncle.

Frank, Palm Springs, CA

I'd like to bring to your attention the great work done by my Dogs on the Run dog walker, Amy Sterling. When the recent fire storm hit San Diego I was traveling on the East Coast. Amy was scheduled to pick up my dog Chuck from the kennel and drop him off at my house on Monday, the day I was scheduled to arrive back in town. When my plane landed in San Diego on Monday afternoon, I found out that my home was under an evacuation order and that Chuck's kennel, located in Poway, was likely to be in danger as well. Amy had already made her way to the kennel, picked up Chuck, and brought him to her home. This freed me to make a quick dash into my house to pick up some gear and then evacuate to other quarters. Amy volunteered to keep Chuck overnight which made it much easier for me to find a place to stay and gave me confidence that Chuck was safe and well cared for. On Tuesday, when my area opened up, Amy dropped Chuck off at my house while I was at work so when I returned home that night he was waiting for me.

I am truly indebted to Amy for her help in what was a difficult time for everyone. If she were not willing to go above and beyond the call of duty, I would have had a much more difficult time upon my return to San Diego and subsequent evacuation.

Mark D., San Diego, CA

We were deeply touched by your donation to the SD Humane Society in honor of our beloved Keela. Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness ~~~ it was a comfort to us in our time of loss. We are also very grateful for the devoted and loving care Josh Wortman provided for our "baby" while we were away.

Jim and Cindie Leonard, San Diego, CA

Abby provided great service and was very professional in all her dealings with us. Our cat, Kitty, took to her right away. We will now be able to travel knowing that Kitty is in good hands. We are new to town and had no idea who would take care of our cat while we traveled. Now we can leave home knowing that Kitty will be taken care of and will no longer have to worry about imposing on friends or relatives.

Bob and Tina Lane, San Diego, CA

I wanted to tell you how impressed I continue to be with the folks at Dogs On The Run. We love Cindy, of course. Recently Kelly watched Bella while Cindy was on vacation. Kelly, likewise, was so nice. She ran into my son a few times when she was at my house getting Bella. He said she felt like his "BFF" now. She left the nicest note on her last day which included the cutest picture of Bella with her daughter. You've got a great team, April. I'm so glad I found you guys!

Meg B., San Diego, CA

Melissa Monzet did an exceptional job. She knew our puppy was very timid and needed to be approached slowly. He warmed up to her quickly and adjusted well! Thanks.

Stephanie, San Diego, CA

We moved out of the area our previous pet sitter worked so we needed to find someone new.We were nervous about letting a new person into our home and responsible for the care of our animals. Lisa was fantastic, Gave us the phone followups we requested while out of town and took great care of our animals. We will definitely call her again.

Chris, Huntington Beach, CA

I received regular text message updates about my little ones while I was away, which I really appreciated. They were so happy when I got home -- I could tell they were well taken care of while I was away!

Rachel, San Diego, CA

It was a big step for me to change from the pet sitter we've had for almost ten years. We interviewed several companies and both of us felt yours was a good fit. But meeting Heike convinced us. She seems unflappable and really committed to her work. We couldn't be happier!

Diane, Encinitas, CA

La La was fantastic. We were very pleased and would certainly use her again. She did everything that we specified and went above and beyond with her care.

Amy, San Diego, CA

Thank you again for taking care of our little ones. It made our trip so much more enjoyable knowing we didn't have to worry that our pet sitter would flake out and not show up or not take the care with our little ones like we do (especially after that last sitter we had). Any way, after meeting with you, I felt great about leaving them in your care and if Rocky felt comfortable enough to sleep in the same bed, haha, you can surely expect a call next time we can plan a trip. Thank you again so much.

Cherie, Rancho Bernado, CA

Thanks so much for going way beyond the call of duty and taking care of TP mess outside while we were away!

With 2 teenage daughters, I can't say I was too surprised to learn that we were toilet papered, but would have been if I had come home to see the mess! Thanks to you we did not have to witness that and have our house in such a state all weekend!

I really appreciate your taking time to clean it up but really would have never expected you to do that. It just goes to show what pride you have in what you do, and how you are a truly caring person for people and their pets. With this kind of service you will go a long way, and wish you all the best!

Thanks again!

Kathy & family, Carlsbad, CA

I made contact with Dee very last minute. Not only did she come to my home the very next morning to meet my pups, but she was very friendly. She was also kind enough to update me via email while I was out of town as to the well being of my dogs. The only thing you could do to improve your service is to clone Dee a bunch of times.

Joaquin Basauri, San Diego, CA

I have to tell you that Dogs On The Run has been absolutely fabulous with my two pups and they just love seeing someone everyday!! DOTR is really reliable and we feel so comfortable leaving Lexi and Tucker with you during the day.

Erin, Solana Beach, CA

Melissa took great care of our dog Darby and our iguanas. We really appreciated her sensitivity to Darby since he has terrible separation anxiety when we are gone. We could tell that he was well taken care of and happy.

Deborah Seagle, San Diego, CA

Josh is great! He has left me one note, just this past cat visit. He has a great personality and is available and reliable. Best of all, when you are talking to him, he gives you his total attention and makes you feel like you are the only customer for DOTR.

Teena Barton, La Jolla, CA

Knowing that my dogs were being well cared for last Tuesday when my Mother underwent a cardiac catheterization took a huge load off of my mind. Your special kindness in having the visits be on you was just more than anyone could expect. Your generosity shows your true love of the dogs and the concern you extend to their families. Thanks very much!

Barbara, Carlsbad, CA

Melissa was fantastic! I really appreciated her flexibility with scheduling and her attentiveness to my dog, who has ALOT of separation anxiety issues.

R. Pearl, La Jolla, CA

Sara is awesome! The peace of mind I have while at work is priceless. I hate to leave our dog, Stanley, alone, but I know she is in good hands with Sara!

Laura Whitefield, Oceanside, CA

After adopting Zyrus at 2 years old, it was obvious he no previous training, like starting from scratch. Zyrus and I worked with Mirna from the very basics to even some more advanced commands. Using the reward process with Zyrus has really paid off, he's like a different dog.

David Hyman, San Diego, CA

Heike was very thorough in her preparation for helping me with Scupper, and very prompt in our communication. I was extremely comfortable leaving him with her!

Tricia Alker, San Diego, CA

Monica did an excellent job, including having to give medicine to an uncooperative cat.

Betty, San Diego, CA

Whatever you and your staff are doing -- keep up the great work!! I was relaxed when we were on vacation knowing that Royal & Violet were in good hands!! Cindy sent me updates/e-mail and that really helped.

Raquel DePiano, San Diego, CA

Cindy is terrific, responsible and very good with my 2 dogs.

June Green, San Diego, CA

I cannot tell you how wonderful it was to have Melissa come to spend time with Bonnie tonight. It was a terrible day and night for me and the poor pooch suffered also. Josh returned my desperate call and hooked us up even though he is out of town. I am so thankful for your network of canine lovers, their big hearts and sweet spirits.

Marguerite, San Diego, CA

I just moved away from the San Diego area and am so sad, because my dog was so well taken care of by Karin. When I came home, he was chipper and energetic, which is unusual for him. He is usually mopey and depressed for days after having been left alone. I think Karin gave him better care than we could have!!!

Rebecca Doidge, San Diego, CA

I am very impressed with the service that Dogs on the Run provided. I feel like my dog, Daisy, was given exceptional care and attention while we were out of town. She seemed to have less stress and less anxiety when we returned due to staying in her home environment. Melissa was very professional and courteous and I feel those traits along with the excellent service she provided is what makes Dogs on the Run a remarkable company!

Kristi Brothers, North San Diego County, CA

We wanted to write you and share our experience with "Kat" Pennick during our recent vacation. We had to leave the country for a week and weren't sure whether to board our pug puppy Piggy or have a dog sitter come by. After going to a couple boarding places, we decided we should meet with a dog sitter. We searched Google and came across the sandiego.backpage.com for the San Diego Reader online. There you had an ad linking to your website. That was the initial good feeling we had - it's a really great website. Clean, great pictures, good layout, easy navigation. Being in the Internet business myself I was very impressed. So your service was already the front runner from all others. I think it was you who called us, and told us that Kat would be calling. Well - this is where the "very happy" comes in.

From the moment we met Kat we felt totally comfortable with her taking care of our dog. She was extremely professional, and we could immediately tell she was a natural pet person. Our dog took to her within seconds. Her thoroughness with the paperwork, making sure our needs were clear, and bonding great with Piggy was very comforting and sealed the deal. We were sold!

We had some unique requests and Kat went above and beyond all that was required to help us out during our trip, and we are extremely grateful. The end result is that we would gladly recommend Kat as a dog/pet sitter to anyone for any reason. Whether it's a short walk every once and a while or a 3 times a day visit for 8 days. We came back to find a relieved but very happy pug, all thanks to Kat.

We are really happy we found your service - you guys are great! Whenever we go on vacation you and Kat will be the first place we call.

Best regards and wishes to continued success of your company.

Tom & Jennifer Keller, San Diego, CA

Thank you so much for all your efforts! I will DEFINITELY use you in the future. Your customer service skills are outstanding and hard to find. Thank you!
Tricia, San Diego, CA

I have to tell you, I too had a great feeling about Kat when I met her, and I am more impressed with her each and every day. Not only does she take excellent care of Saxon, my dog. But she is so great with communication. I have been working long hours lately and Kat has been great emailing me and leaving me notes at home about their walks. I feel like I am with them... She also appreciates all of the great qualities that I do in my little boy and makes certain to compliment him in her notes. I truly feel she is taking care of him just as I would. My dog is like my child and I do not trust him with just anyone...
Emily, San Diego, CA

My 2 cents, $17 for ½ hour is really cheap for the peace of mind it gives, and helping out so much. Id honestly say its worth $30.
Steve Crisler, Carlsbad, CA

I would like to thank and acknowledge Dogs On The Run for their excellent care and service provided for my two dachshunds, Jake and Zoe. Our dog Jake has suffered from severe back issues and this year lost the use of his hind legs. Jake has had two surgeries that have proven to be successful and he has regained the use of his hind legs. Dogs On The Run was a large contributor to Jakes quick healing and recovery, with providing daily physical therapy and in home care while he was recovering. Dogs On The Run provides more than a dog walking service. We were very worried that Jake would not walk again, but they were able to spend the time it took to work on his back legs per the doctors instructions. We were all so relieved when Jake regained feeling and started walking again.

Dogs on the Run is a wonderful business, and has proven to be invaluable to our family. The team members are very knowledgeable about animals and are natural care givers. My dogs are a very important part of my life more like family members than dogs. I highly recommend Dogs On The Run to anyone who wants the very best care for your pet.
Mari & Steve Wright, Carlsbad, CA

I just wanted to say thank you for the recent services with Cindy. She did a great job. My dogs seemed to take to her right away and showed no signs of having been uncomfortable while I was away for a week's vacation. Everything seemed in good order upon my return. Thank You Again!
Penny Calfo, San Diego, CA

Just wanted to let you know we're very happy with the way things went while we were away last week. Daniel was great, and the dogs came out of it like we'd never been away. Usually they're traumatized, so this was a big relief for us.

Glad we found your service, and wanted to compliment Daniel on his attitude and performance. Very nice guy.

We'll be sure to contact you next trip.
Allan Ross, San Diego, CA

Thank you so much for taking care of Diggie while we were away, he seemed very happy when we got home and we also appreciate all the other little things you did for us like getting the mail etc. We will most definitely be using your services again and give you referrals!! Thanks again!
Susanne and Aaron, Carlsbad, CA

We are very happy with your services and love Karin. She has been very accommodating, especially when we have asked her to stay over on short notice. When we are gone, we don't worry about the dogs or the house. We feel everything is in good hands with her.
Theresa Allen, Carmel Valley, CA

Thanks for being so efficient and flexible in finding one of your team members to care for our four-legged family members on such short notice! Best wishes!
Jesse Stumpp, Oceanside, CA

I wanted to write in response to your recent letter to us following Josh's care for Riley during our honeymoon. It was great, and I just wanted to thank you and Dogs on the Run again for providing such excellent service to us since we started with you. It was so nice to be able to leave for an entire week and know that Riley would be in expert hands. Josh is wonderful with him, and we didn't worry once! It's been great having Josh come four times per week for Riley's lunchtime walks. Especially as he gets older, there are not many people we trust with his care-- not many people we are confident would know what to do if there were ever a problem (like Riley's back problems, and just "old dog" issues). Thank you so much. Our life, and Riley's, have vastly improved since meeting you and Josh!
Liza Bonilla McGuckin

Cindy is wonderful. Our boys just love her!
Catherine Moscarello, Carlsbad, CA

Just wanted to send you compliments for Kelly Wynne who overnight sat for our girls recently. They were very happy when we got home and Kelly kept the house neat and ready for our return. She left us the most informative note also. We will certainly look forward to having her take care of our dogs again.
Karen Miller, San Diego, CA

Thank you for looking after our baby for us! When my husband came home, he said that he has never seen our Finnegan happier. We'll call you on our next trip out of town.
Mary Jane Switzer, San Diego, CA

Mike is a great dog walker and my dogs love him. Your team is a blessing to me!
Pamela Misajon, San Diego, CA

I wanted to thank you once again for your understanding and patience with me. Julian is so happy and so loving. She truly is amazing. Seleste has been a god-sent for us and Julian is very happy when I get home. That means she is getting the love and affection she needs while I am away. I am working more hours lately and traveling more, so I do appreciate the flexibility with the schedules.

Thanks so much again.
Donna Dodd, San Elijo Hills, CA

Thank you for your services!!! Roxy and Connor were so happy to be at home last week. It was obvious when we came home and they were so content. You guys did a great job. Having the dogs stay at home will be the only way to go from now on.
Joi Caitlin, Carlsbad, CA

Thank you so much for taking such good care of Sullivan. Thank you for all the little things you do also, notes, feeding him, lights, & paper. I really appreciate what you do and the great service and certainty you have and how great you are with our Sully.
Deborah Green, San Diego, CA

We recently commenced services with your company. Josh has been walking our new puppy, Newman and we absolutely love Josh. He has been so wonderful and we think he is doing a great job. We wanted to pass that along to you. We feel very comfortable and confident in his services. He even helped us out in a bind last weekend on very shortened notice.

We really love Dogs on the Run and the care Josh has taken with our new "baby" Newman. We will highly recommend your services to other pet owners and will recommend Josh as a compassionate and caring dog lover. We are looking forward to continuing to use your company's services throughout our dog's life.

Thanks for the great job!
Neale & David Gold

We truly appreciate the great job you did taking care of Picassa and the other kitties. Thank you for all your effort!
Marcia & Jon, Encinitas, CA

Thanks to you guys for always taking such good care of Sammy. We would have never been able to leave her alone if it was not for you.
Trish Shebel, Carlsbad, CA

I was very pleased with how neat you kept my house, in addition to taking good care of my kids :-))))
Barbara Zapf, Carlsbad, CA

Just wanted to thank you for being the best! DOTR rocks! Tokie loves you to pieces and has such a great time on your outings! Never have to worry if we need to go on a trip-you are there to handle everything! Thanks for being so professional, so friendly and helpful!
Tom and Janet Hudson, Carlsbad, CA

You guys are the best pet care pros we ever had! We love everyone from Dogs on the Run. Best of luck for your great business.
Isabelle Coats

I recently adopted two one-year old dogs from the shelter. As my husband and I both work, I was desperate to find a dog walker for my puppies during the day. I was lucky enough to be put in touch with Dogs on the Run and now my dogs get daily walks at lunch time. Our dog walker, Alma, is the best! I know I can count on her every day to make sure they get loves and walks they need. She knows Pet massage too, and absolutely spoils my boys! They get a walk in the neighborhood, or trip to the Dog Park, and she always leaves me a note on their walk and how they did... it makes leaving my boys at home so much easier! Thank you again for taking such good care of the boys!
Mara and Justin Benscoter, San Elijo Hills, CA

Let me start out by saying that our pup Charlie loves DOTR. They has been taking care of him since we rescued him from a shelter. Most recently, they came to my house for a week while I was working long hours. While on their walk one day, they found a tennis ball that Charlie absolutely loves. They even taught him how to fetch! Even better, they left notes at the end of each day to keep us informed of their daily activities. I have never felt more secure with leaving Charlie at home and I know he looks forward to every visit with her. Thanks again DOTR!
Sheila Anderson & Clarence Souza, Solana Beach

Thank you so much for house-sitting/dog-sitting for us while we were on vacation. Tasha is such a special dog to us, and such a big part of our family and it was very comforting to me to know that she was at our house with you in a familiar surroundings, and not alone while we were gone. I could tell that you also have a love for dogs, which put me at ease about leaving her. Thank you again, and I will call you again soon.
Kathryn Wieand, La Costa

I have been thrilled and absolutely impressed with your service. The boys love you and look forward to your visit each day. I appreciate you!
Kerin Port, San Diego

DOTR has been taking care of our two beagles, Sammy and Buddy, for 2 years now. They are always on time, always consistent with their care and the dogs love them. My husband and I are often gone for long weekends and extended business trips and we never have to worry about who will take care of Sammy and Buddy. They are professional but personable and I feel really cares for our dogs and gives them the love they deserve.
Kate McGuire, Carlsbad, CA

Thanks to DogsOnTheRun.com I can finally rest easy knowing Mochi (our Japanese Chin) is in the hands of a true professional. It's easy for anyone to convince you that they will treat your dog the way you yourself treat them. However with DOTR, this is truly the case. I have already recommended her to many of my close friends, and I know that they will live up to all the hype that I deservingly give her.
Jose & Stacy Arciaga, Poway

First, let me say how pleased I am with Michael and Laura (DOTR). They're the best! I was incredibly anxious at first about leaving Maggie to go to work, but now I am completely comfortable and delighted that Maggie has such wonderful attention each day. Again, I am just thrilled with how everything is working out! Thanks so much.
Elizabeth Hamrick