Patrick is the host of Sammamish/a fenced half acre to run in, one of Sniffspot's most popular spots. He has taken the time to write up the lessons he has learned about how to be a great Sniffspot host.
We were attracted to the idea of offering a spot for a number of reasons. We spent 24 glorious years raising and nurturing English Bulldogs. If you know the breed you know they can be difficult at dog parks. They are delighted by and gentle with people but they want to run the show in a dog pack setting. We took our Bulldogs to dog parks when they were young but quit going once they demonstrated a strong desire to manage the behavior of other dogs.
After our second Buddy’s passing, we discovered Sniffspot from a news source. We thought the concept was perfect for pet owners who want to spend quality time with their reactive dog or simply quality time with their dog while training or socializing. After doing our due diligence, we decided to move ahead and become hosts.
Our spot has become popular in the past year. We live on five acres in Sammamish [a suburb of Seattle] so we are conveniently located (close to a road but not so close to cause disruptions to our guests). We carved out a half acre of fenced property with short and tall grass for playing and exploring. There is a creek that runs along the back of the property so be prepared for muddy paws if your dog is attracted to water.
We have ample parking, easy access to the pasture through a gate, a couple of chairs, water bowl, toys and even a bright red fire hydrant just for fun.
We want the guests to have a quality experience:
Fran is the host of Ranch Setting, one of Sniffspot's most popular spots. She has taken the time to write up the lessons she has learned about how to be a great Sniffspot host.
Back in February 2018 when we excitedly dove into offering a spot. Our goal was to provide service that reflects our appreciation, compassion, honesty, and respect for our guests and their beloved pets and/or fosters. This is still our goal every day with every guest. Its starts with a warm welcome on the first visit and then privacy for them to enjoy their time with their pet(s).
A component of this philosophy is listening to what our guests like and what we can change to allow us to serve a wide variety of needs. They have been an integral part of what we offer providing useful suggestions that we've incorporated into our Sniff Spot. We feel that being open to change is important to improvements. We like to put ourselves in our guest's shoes asking, "What would we like to see at a spot"? I think convenience is part of the answer. It needs to be easy to find water, toys, pet waste bags, and waste cans so a guest doesn't need to "pack it out". If you're like me, I would rather not have pet waste in my vehicle!
Providing all the basics and the little seasonal extras such as hot and cold beverages, sunscreen, hand warmers, snacks, covered seating, and such is born from our desire to make our guests comfortable in our sometimes unpredictable Pacific Northwest weather. We include as many amenities as we can think of like a charging station, a portable blue tooth speaker, and every now and again a few pet periodicals. We hope that providing those convenience items help our guests to better enjoy their time here with their pup.
The pups also have their convenience items like treats, clean, rotated, high interests toys, and several fenced areas to run. As I type this, I think, "what additional amenities can we include?" But I am often reminded it can be all about the "SNIFFS for some pups!".
With all that said, safety is paramount to guest confidence. It's actually the first thing we think about each day when prepping for our daily guests. Guests will find a pet first aid book and supplies. We greatly appreciate when a guest lets us know if there are any safety concerns they become aware of in our fields, and of course, we are dedicated to immediately remedying any issues.
We think good communication with a focus on letting the guests know what to expect is paramount in easing any guest anxiety. Knowing ahead of time about temporary activities like landscapers, and neighboring activity at our Sniff spot is important to our guests. With communication in mind, we believe that timely responses to our sniff spot guests are very important.
In addition, our goal is to be familiar with any anxiety or reactive issues with our guest's dog's and in doing so it gives us an opportunity to adjust the Sniff Spot environment for that pup if at possible.
We enjoy letting our guests know how much we appreciate them by greeting them with a personal message on our whiteboard as well as a "First visit" welcome gift. We also enjoy showing our guests our appreciation by hosting free drawings for pet-related prizes. We think guest service is about our love for the guest and their pets and hope our guests feel valued. Happy Sniffing!
We are so excited to tell you that we have officially launched our new host accounts! This totally changes the experience for our hosts, making it much easier to manage and update your listing.
Here is how you can access your new host account:
Check out some of the amazing features of the host accounts:
All-in-one, mobile-first dashboard to manage everything with your listing