Your Dog’s Dream Destination May Be In Someone’s Backyard!

This 2 Traveling Dogs Editorial is sponsored by Sniffspot! Enable your pup to get the exercise they need in the safety of a private area. It’s like an AirBnb for dogs! Learn more, find a Sniffspot near you and see out how you can earn money by hosting a Sniffspot in your yard or property too at www.sniffspot.com 

Where is YOUR dog’s dream destination? Some joke that it’s the couch, or in the kitchen.

But what value does exercise and freedom to sniff and enjoy our world hold for a dog? So much value.

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As dogs grow, confidence is key. Staying inside for long periods of time without mental stimulation is detrimental. For older dogs, keeping the mind active is so important. For our Digby, the vet recommended that we still travel safely despite his health problems to keep his mind happy and healthy.

As dog parents, we can only hope the quality of life for dogs keeps improving as more options for exercise are available to us. Recognizing our dogs are individuals and that they need mental and physical stimulation is so vital. Simply having a dog to be an accessory or afterthought in our life is not acceptable. We have to make our dogs a priority like we would any member of our family. It’s up to us. If one way doesn’t work, find another way to get this job done.

But what about dogs that don’t have the social skills or physical stamina for dog parks or long hikes? What about those of us without our own yards? There is an alternative.

Yes. Sniffspot is our new, go to recommendation for dog parents everywhere. And we don’t want it to remain a secret any longer.

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You might just find your dog’s happy place and dream destination in someone’s back yard or private space.

We want more happy dogs and happy dog parents. We want dogs to be able to run if they want to. To explore if they want to. To get the opportunity to be a dog! So think about it. Where would your dog like to go today? Will Sniffspot work for you? Brickle and Digby want you to think about it.

According to their website, Sniffspot is “designed for safe exercise and training for reactive dogs.” Sniffspot “enables your pup to get the exercise they need in the safety of a private area.”

Simply put, you can go to www.sniffspot.com or the Sniffspot app and search for private spaces near you. Some Sniffspots are yards, some are large spaces, some are fenced and some are not fenced. Each Sniffspot is unique and described in the listing. Some hosts will offer that their dog play with your dog, or give you that option. All Sniffspots are rented by the hour with a set price. You book online, wait for the confirmation and you’re set. Is it safe to visit a Sniffspot? Their website explains the process.

  1. Search and discovery: take advantage of our map, host profile and sniff spot profile. Make sure to read all about the sniff spot before booking.
  2. Read reviews: if a sniff spot has reviews, read them to understand what other guests have thought of the sniff spot. However, new sniff spots may not have reviews and you can message the host to learn more.
  3. Get your questions answered: you can message a host to understand more about their listing or ask questions about their policies prior to booking.
  4. Always communicate and pay through Sniffspot: keep yourself, your personal information and your payment safe by communicating and booking through Sniffspot. If you are ever requested to communicate or pay off platform, please report it to us immediately.
  5. Do a safety check: when you get to a sniff spot, look around to understand if there are any hazards for you or your pup, always walk the perimeter of any fenced enclosure to ensure it is secure before letting your dog off leash, and understand how to exit the sniff spot.

As we travel the country for the remainder of the year, we will not only be visiting parks and attractions with Brickle and Digby. But we will be looking for Sniffspots along the way! If you would like to sign up to be a host to help out other dogs and their parents and earn extra money, use code 2TD and get an extra $15 after your first review. You never know…maybe we will be coming to your backyard!

We have to give our dogs the chance to be the best they can be. Where can they be their best? Find their dream destination!

Sniffspot is Airbnb for dog off leash areas! Designed for safe exercise and training for reactive dogs, Sniffspot enables your pup to get the exercise they need in the safety of a private area. With Sniffspot, you can book a private space for safe play and training, socialize your pup in a controlled environment, and provide enrichment through exploring new areas and smells! You can also host your space & earn money to share your yard with doggie guests.

Sign up today! www.sniffspot.com

Download the app! https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sniffspot/id1437699295

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sniffspot

Join the SniffSpot Community group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sniffspot/

Rachael Johnson

Co-Founder, 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

Although this post is sponsored and we received compensation, all opinions are our own. 

Why We Chose An Alternative To Dog Parks

This 2 Traveling Dogs Editorial is sponsored by Sniffspot! Enable your pup to get the exercise they need in the safety of a private area. It’s like an AirBnb for dogs! Learn more and find out how you can earn money by hosting a Sniffspot in your yard or property too at www.sniffspot.com

PLUS, at the end of this article, enter our super special giveaway!

Before adopting Brickle, I never took my past furkids to dog parks. We had plenty of land and room to run around. They had the life!

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We often joked that they clocked in when we left for work to my grandparents’ house thru the orange grove, and clocked out at 5 p.m when we got home from work. Skanky and Mr. Scotty didn’t like car rides and tolerated other dogs.Their lives revolved around their land and us. I used to drive by dog parks and they seemed so unnecessary to me. Until Peanut Butter Brickle came into our lives.

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Brickle was an energetic puppy who loved, loved, loved other dogs. I knew right away that I alone would not be enough for him. I knew he needed others. And I didn’t want him to be lonely. I knew nothing about dog parks! But I took him anyway, and within five minutes, I was being coached by other dog parents on etiquette and manners. He caught on right away. Until that one instance when another dog parent didn’t like his puppy playing and you guessed it…it didn’t go over too well when he yelled at my boy. However, I still took Brickle to the park, and even after adopting Digby, we made it our routine to go often.

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Brickle and Digby were totally different than our other dogs. And I found it to be a bit stressful dealing with not only the chance of fights (mostly between people) but Digby was a bolter! Once free, his hound dog nose could take him miles away. Then, one day, someone didn’t look at the dog park gate as he ran out. Brickle got him back, but it gave me a heart attack. It was a long time before we went back.

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Over the years, it’s become a treat to take the boys to dog parks. Being full time travelers though presents a set of challenges. One of which is not knowing an area, rules or dangers associated. But…we keep going. They need exercise and really, being on leash all the time is no way for anyone to live.

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Then, over the last year, Digby brought another set of challenges to the dog park. His humping antics were out of control. You can try and tell me I should have trained them, and I’ll listen.But if you know this Blog, you know I gave up on that a long time ago! I prefer they be individuals and happy. Not ordered around.That being said, I also recognize that you can’t infringe on others or put them in danger.That’s my responsibility. And the last time we went to a dog park? I threw up my paws and vowed never again when I had to put Digby back on his leash in ten minutes after another humpfest and stern talking to by another dogparent. This wasn’t enjoyable. For anyone. That’s when we were contacted by a company called Sniffspot.

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At first, I didn’t understand what Sniffspot was about and how it was going to make a lot of dog parents’ lives easier.This was an extremely new concept. And like all new concepts, we have to learn and see how it can benefit us. Also, right about this time, we met a dog named Molly at camp.

Molly is a big, beautiful Great Dane. Molly needs exercise, but, like many of us, Molly has some issues with fear and other dogs. Without exercise, this is worse. And I knew that other dogs like Molly really needed Sniffspot. This was genius. And I don’t say that often.

How does Sniffspot explain who they are?

According to their website, Sniffspot is “designed for safe exercise and training for reactive dogs.” Sniffspot “enables your pup to get the exercise they need in the safety of a private area.”

But even if your dog is not reactive, it is still a wonderful resource! When traveling, you can search yards in that area, and book by the hour.  How is Sniffspot different than a traditional dog park?  Why is it better for some dogs?

“Screening of owners: Sniffspot verifies all guests via their email and credit card. Hosts also review guests, so that guests can develop a positive or negative reputation based on their behavior. This way guests can have assurances that any other guests using the space are legitimate and conscientious.

Screening of dogs: Sniffspot requires that all dogs have verification of vaccinations and certification that they are free of parasites and fleas. Additionally, the guest review system captures the behavior of their pooches, ensuring that any other dogs you meet at a sniff spot will be well behaved.

Limited use: Each sniff spot has a maximum number of dogs allowed to ensure they will not be overcrowded. Additionally, you can control how many dogs will be there with you. If you want a private visit, you can book a private visit. This gives you complete control over your experience at sniff spots.”

We often talk of 2 Traveling Dogs as being a community. And we are.  That’s where we can help each other! As dog parents, if you have a fenced yard or property, you can sign up to be a host.  Because as awesome as Sniffspot is, they need more hosts to add to their website!  So right now if you sign up to be a host and use code 2TD, you will receive $15 after your first review!  What are the benefits of being a host?

“Have fun with dogs! Hosting a sniff spot is a great way to make dogs happy. You are not required to be home or meet dogs coming to your sniff spot, but you can!

Earn passive income! Sniffspot is one of the only ways you can make money with no incremental work. Just let people use your yard or land and collect income. Some hosts are earning more than $1000 per month.

Expand or start a pet business! Hosting a sniff spot is a great way to for dog walkers or dog sitters to grow their revenue per customer and get more customer leads.

Safety first! Vaccinations required, waiver, $1M Host Protection Insurance for liability, damage protection.”

Sheriff Brickle approves of this legal stuff.

Just this past week, the veterinarian told us that although Digby needs exercise, he does not want him visiting dog parks in order to avoid injury. We know other dog parents are in this same situation. So we owe our thanks to Sniffspot!

Next Friday, weather cooperating, we will be reporting to you live on our Facebook page as we visit a local sniff spot!

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Are you ready to give your dog the exercise he or she needs, deserves, and is craving?

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As an extra incentive, we have a giveaway for new hosts! Once you sign up to be a host in the month of June with code 2TD, you will be entered in our drawing! One new host will get:

2 bottles of organic dog shampoo from 4-Legger!

2 bags of organic dog treats from 4Legz

One pair of grooming gloves from HandsOn Gloves!

A winner will be randomly picked on July 5, 2019 and contacted by July 10, 2019.

We sincerely hope that if you have been turned off by dog parks like we have, that you will find this alternative a fun one! And if you have a yard or your own property, let’s all help each other out as dog parents to provide this alternative for others!

-Rachael Johnson

Co-Founder, 2 Traveling Dogs and Your Dog’s Diner

Although this post is sponsored and we received compensation, all opinions are our own.