Let's Giddy Up!
call your vet! have them email over your vet records to firstname.lastname@example.org. I only take electronic copies for records, no paper copies. THEN, fill out the required application below! records are required in advance of the evaluation!
once you've submitted your application and vet records have been received, you will receive an email to schedule your assessment;
complimentary assessment (generally 30-45 minutes) OR upgrade to a half ($25) or full day ($40) of daycare. the assessment is on site at the dog ranch and the owner does NOT remain present.
finalize your dates and services once your puppy or dog has successfully passed its assessment. once accepted, use the online reservation request to submit your dates
Request to join the members only private group:
DOG RANCH PACK!
The Assessment Process
- complimentary assessment
upgrade to a half or full day of daycare (daycare rates apply)
- dog attends assessment WITHOUT owner present to see how dog will react and function in a new setting
- initial greetings & reactions
- familiarization indoors & out
- introduction to a neutral dog
- evaluation of behavior, personality, demeanor
- evaluation of stress/anxiety
- house manners
- overall comfortability to exist in a new environment
- owner punctuality is just as important as your dog's behavior. be on time.
- please no retractable leashes
- food, toys, or treats are not necessary for the assessment
- please check your dog to ensure they are flea & tick free
- please inquire about breed and size restrictions and requirements
- dogs that are human aggressive or dog aggressive are not tolerated (may also include severe reactivity)
*All dogs are held to a high standard. If dominance, aggression, lack of control, excessive barking/whining or the inability to get along with others is observed once under care at the Dog Ranch, alternate arrangements will be recommended. The Dog Ranch is never willing to compromise the safety of any humans or dogs.
*The Dog Ranch does have breed and size restrictions.
It's Not Just a House, it's a Home.
- 2.5 acre fully fenced private residence
- licensed and insured
- annual property inspections
- nearly 24/7 supervision
- clean & well-maintained
- stress free with lots of love and personalized attention
- dogs are a part of the family
- dog training experience
- AKC CGC evaluator
- pet first aid & cpr certified
- low volume of dogs
- neutral & social dogs all who have successfully completed an assessment
- crates, bowls, beds..it's provided
- crate-free experience available
- surveillance cameras
- security system
- monitored fire alarms
- adequate rest & relaxation
- adequate mental & physical stimulation
- Board & Train options available
A Business Built on Integrity.
One of the best things about the Dog Ranch is the overnight private boarding accommodations inside of a comfortable and loving home. You can now have peace of mind when you leave your four-legged companion behind knowing he or she is just as much a part of the family here as they are at home. Please contact me for private boarding rates.
- part of the family accommodations
- replicate a similar schedule & environment
- socialization & fun
- an environment & business catered to your dog
- mental and physical stimulation
- Board & Train available
- limited number of dogs in a controlled environment
- the dog ranch supplies bowls, beds, toys, & a crate (if needed)
- just bring your dog!
- please pre-measure out your dog's meals or bring a 25lb bag or less to be scooped from
- please bring any treats (especially for Board & Train stays), vitamins, supplements or medications
- raw diets available (additional fee applies) per meal or in bulk (remainders taken home)
- multiple family member discounts available
- save $10.00 per dog
- long term stay discounts
- frequent traveller packages
- 10-19 days save 10%
- 20+ days save 15%
keep connected while you are away with texts, pictures, or calls!
join our private "members only" Dog Ranch Pack on Facebook to make sure you know about the latest updates, specials, & memos!
Take advantage of spa services, dog treats and chews, and even different training options for your dog during their overnight stay!
Every Dog Has Its Day.
When you can't be there, the Dog Ranch can. Allow your dog this unique and incredible opportunity to roam and run on 2.5 fully fenced acres as part of the dog daycare program.
Daycare days are announced via text (just ask and I will add you!) and on the private Facebook group DOG RANCH PACK (for current/new clients only). "Official daycare days” are announced one week in advance and take place two to four times per week depending on overnight volume/time of year. RSVP is required in order to participate and your dog must have successfully completed its assessment. Daycare passes (below) are encouraged.
"Official" daycare days vs. daycare upon request: Official daycare days are days organized and dedicated to dogs spending a half or full day to interact with others or acclimate themselves with the environment. However, if you are in a bind and need daycare for your puppy or dog on a day that has not been announced as "official," you may request for your dog to be cared for by reaching out to the Dog Ranch. Acceptance is based upon availability and scheduling.
socialization, fun and an outlet for excess energy, both physical and mental
an opportunity for familiarization of the dog ranch -- great for new dogs!
a safe and reasonable adult to dog ratio (there should never be more than 10-15 in any individual group no matter where you go)
yearly inspections to qualify the dog ranch as safe, well-maintained, and prepared in the event of an emergency
day-training program available
it's my job to educate dog owners on proper training techniques and to provide education and developmental stimulation
safe, secure, proper supervision
dogs can enjoy themselves with plenty of time & space to run and rest
positive reinforcement and force-free
experience and able to act upon dog communication
dogs should have a positive and stress-free experience being around or with dogs of similar size and temperament
consistent schedule and activities each day
organized play, education, feeding, cleaning, rest, etc.
stays true to the philosophy of care
having integrity and educating and clearly communicating with dog owners
behaviorally sound temperament evaluations
no rushed interactions or meetings with existing dogs
clear understanding of appropriate and inappropriate behavior
open communication if the dog is not having fun, is overwhelmed, stressed or unhappy
*Dogs who have not attended the dog ranch in six months or more may be required to complete another assessment. Unused daycare sessions result in a Dog Ranch credit for overnights or future daycare days. No refunds will be issued for unused days.
Pamper Your Pet.
The Dog Ranch is happy to provide your dog with different spa services during their daycare or overnight stay!
Bath & Blow Dry
*additional fees may apply for coat condition and coat length
*great option to get your dog cleaned up before pick-up
*it is recommended to have your dog's nails done frequently so they do not get too long
Daily Maintenance Brushing
Recommended for dogs that need brushing or combing due to matting fur.
*with essential oil ear solution
It's a Journey, not a destination.
There is no doubt when we invest time and money into dog training we want to see progress. However, the first question any dog owner should be asking when inquiring about dog training for their puppy or dog is not necessarily the "guaranteed results" a trainer can bring, but rather the method in which the results will be achieved.
*Resumed 11/5/2018 thru 2/28/2019
"My dog does something for me because he wants to, not because he has to."
I want a training session to be productive, engaging, and FUN. I believe training should be force-free using positive and progressive methods rather than reverting to traditional (force-based) training. Training should enjoyable and fulfilling.
Do you know what motivates your dog?
Do you find your dog will only do something when you're dangling a treat in its face? How about when you go into a public setting? It's time to take your training to the next level!
Take a minute to see what Settler was capable of in the very first week of his life!
The Dog Ranch has wonderful recommendations for group classes with local dog trainers. Depending on the wants and needs for your dog(s) it is important to find the right fit,
Give Your Dog a Bone.
One of my passions is canine health and wellness. I started raw feeding in 2015 when I purchased my Dalmatian puppy, Settler. My breeder, Mary Lynn Jensen, Ph.D, of Woodwynd Dalmatians has been a long time advocate of a raw diet for canines and she initially peaked my interest. All of her litters are started on a raw diet well before they are available to go to their new homes. I was constantly a student of her knowledge in so many areas of health and wellness and was immediately hooked.
After thoroughly researching the topic in an effort to learn as much information as possible (I was greatly inspired by her wealth of knowledge) about the pet food industry, the digestive tract of the canine, and about raw food itself I realized that some of the health concerns I was experiencing with my other dog perhaps could be improved, or even solved entirely. Over the years I have worked with many dog owners and the results of diet change have been nothing short of amazing.
In 2018 I received my Certificate of Completion in Raw & Natural Nutrition for Dogs.
Homemade Meals During Your Dog's Overnight Stay:
You are able to take advantage of homemade raw dog meals during you dog's stay at the Dog Ranch! Simply just add it onto your reservation request form.
There is no doubt that someone must be open minded and willing and ready to learn when it comes to diet change. We all formulate opinions, read articles, talk to different professionals that help shape our judgement which sometimes make the change very difficult. However, if you take the time to do your OWN research and make the change, you will be pleasantly surprised.
I truly enjoy educating about home-cooked and raw diets. I am happy to offer guidance at no charge to those who are wanting to transition or implement fresh, whole foods into their dog's diet.
Ready to Do It Yourself?
Everyone always asks where I get the food to prepare my dog’s food. Due to the volume I need, I order in bulk and have it shipped directly to my doorstep! You can too. Receive a discount on your first order through Raw Feeding Miami! If you cannot find what you need locally, Raw Feeding Miami will have what you need and then some!
I am so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to open my home to care for so many puppies and dogs over the years. There is no better feeling than allowing a dog to thrive in a home environment while their owner is away.
I am truly blessed for the amazing relationships I have built through this dog-sitting dream. While I completely and entirely love what I do, I am also super passionate about canine nutrition, canine conditioning, and overall health and wellness. My love for health and wellness is what has led me to continue to encourage pet owners to do their own research and ask questions about the nutritional needs of their canines. I hope to help educate dog owners about proper diets, nutritional needs and supplements for as long as I can in the best interest of their pets!
My long term goal is to find a luxurious commercial space in Collier County to create dog-sitting accommodations unlike any other that currently exist in this area.
Home state: Wisconsin (go Badgers! go Pack!) I was born and raised in Cedarburg, WI. My immediate family is still there -- my mom, dad, brother, sister and awesome nieces and nephews. I wake up feeling very blessed to do something I love, but miss my family dearly every single day.
Degree: Sports Marketing & Business
Why Florida: I ventured down to Florida in 2008 my senior year of college to complete an internship in sports event planning. I chose Naples because a high school friend of mine (family in the construction business) had moved down here and I knew I could complete my internship and live with her (just to try something new!). By the end of the internship I had met so many people and was working so many odd part-time jobs I didn't want to go back. This is when I realized no one shows up on time for work (confusing concept for us punctual midwest folk).
The dog-sitting dream: I guess you could say it was a fortunate accident. I was expanding my knowledge in dog training and it made me miss the days when I was the neighborhood pet-sitter as a child. I was working in the fitness field and started watching member's dogs on the side when they went on vacation. The service was in such high demand I started a business. When I had to make a choice between my life in the "real" work world and my heart...I went with my heart. I never imagined the Dog Ranch would end up what it is today. I guess that's why they say follow your dreams!
If you didn't dog-sit: If dogs were not an option, without a shadow of a doubt, I love event planning and would seriously consider going back into the sports marketing world.
Hobbies: Dog agility, dog training, horses, horse training, road trips, sports (of course anything Wisconsin), grilling, friends, nutrition, spending time in the barn, roping cattle, riding.
Previous "real" jobs: Sports marketing in Collier County, marketing at Harley-Davidson, administrative/accounting at Real Fitness Naples
Animals: Currently a kind and loving mixed breed (Humane Society rescue) named Chesnee & high-drive liver spotted LUA Dalmatian named Settler. Both dogs participate in agility and odor detection as well as various other training tasks. I have one mini donkey (I lost the other early 2019) named Butterfinger & two quarter horses. One quarter horse, Star, resides in WI near my family due to health issues. My other, Rafe, is used for riding and roping. Recently added in late 2019 is a mini horse, named Spur and a mini donkey named Swagger.