Reviews are a super important part of attracting sniff spot guests. The First Review Program offers guests a rebate on their visit price if they write the first review on a sniff spot. So if hosts do not have any reviews and a guest visits that sniff spot and writes a review, they can claim a rebate on their visit.
Here is how it works:
1) Find a sniff spot with no reviews,
2) Book the sniff spot like you normally would,
3) Once you submit your review, simply email email@example.com with your account email and provide the link to the listing you reviewed,
4) We will issue you a refund for that visit on your payment card.
There is no cap on how many visits you can claim for this program. You could visit sniff spot for free every day if you wanted! Note: you need to claim your refund within the same calendar month as your visit for it to be valid.
By: Danette Johnston
Owner - Dog's Day Out, Ballard, WA
Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
Licensed AKC CGC Evaluator
NW Coordinator, Doggone Safe
Whether you are looking to bring a new dog into your home or you just want your dog to hang out with your friends or family members’ dog, being able to read the dogs’ body language is imperative for success when introducing dogs. Be sure to give yourself an education on canine body language before proceeding with dog introductions!
I have two ways I generally recommend having dogs meet each other:
1. TANDEM/PARALLEL WALK- For non-leash reactive dogs.
Equipment needed: Dogs on regular leashes (no flexi-leads) and harnesses (no neck collars).
2. TANDEM PLAY – I use this when one of the dogs is too leash reactive to be able to do a parallel walk, even at a distance. We often use this with shelter dogs who we want to let play with other dogs but are so leash reactive that it would take months working on the leash reactivity before allowing them to get the much-needed play with other dogs. Reactivity on leash is not necessarily indicative of off leash behavior.
Equipment needed: A large, preferably neutral yard such as a Sniffspot or large room with some sort of barrier in the middle, dogs on leashes and harnesses, and possibly muzzles and long lines (see below).
TOOLS TO USE – if we are unsure of how one or both of the dogs will react, I will often use long lines and basket muzzles. A long line gives the dog freedom of movement with no leash tension but a “handle” for the humans to grab if needed. It is crucial that a dog be conditioned to a muzzle before using during introductions. I do NOT want to slap a muzzle on a dog and then toss him in with other dogs. Use a basket muzzle (not cloth) so the dog can get treats through it, drink, pant and play. A fantastic and comprehensive resource for muzzle training is the Muzzle Up Project website.
Sniffspot is like Airbnb, but for off leash dog spaces. Anyone can earn money from sharing their yard as an off leash dog space. Anyone can find the perfect nearby off leash space for their pup to play in.
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Sniffspot launches website and mobile app to provide private land for reactive dog exercise and enrichment
SEATTLE, October 17, 2018 – Sniffspot, the marketplace that provides private land for reactive dog exercise and enrichment, has announced the release of their website and mobile apps on iOS and Android. Through this website and app, reactive dog owners can find the ultimate solution for exercise and fun for their dogs.
“Dog ownership is becoming more urban, but it’s really hard to own a reactive dog in a city,” said Sniffspot founder David Adams. “Exercise is one of the hardest things. Most folks take dog exercise in the city for granted, but it’s really hard to find a place to exercise a reactive dog. Sniffspot provides any easy way to find and visit private off leash areas that are safe, clean and fun for dogs to exercise.”
75% of dog owners report that their dog has some reactivity with 22% reporting that their dog is always or usually reactive. Some experts believe that reactivity is growing especially in urban dogs, who need to contend with constant invasive stimuli. Despite the prevalence of reactivity, reactive dog owners are often made to feel alone and there is a dearth of reliable support options for them.
Having a safe area to play and sniff is essential to having a healthy dog. Research shows that dogs get up to 3x better exercise off leash than on leash. First, off leash dogs can run and play, which, similar to humans jogging, burns more calories for them. Second, and more importantly, sniffing new areas is an important part of a dog’s mental exercise and reduces overall anxiety and hyperactivity.
Public dog parks are core parts of city infrastructure, but their free and open nature can also be a limitation. These spots are not private, so they are not an option for reactive dogs. There is no screening of dogs entering these spots to ensure they are vaccinated and free of parasites. There are no enforced requirements for owners to closely supervise their dogs, which can result in dog altercations, dog injury and has even resulted in dog fatalities. There have also been cases of contamination, where dog feces, diseases or other poisons make dogs visiting these public dog parks sick.
Sniffspot partners with local land- and homeowners in the Seattle area and across the US to provide safe and fun private play areas for dogs. Options vary from the rolling hills in our fully fenced, five-acre Country Pasture Getaway to the 175 acre PaJo Ranch in Monroe, WA. There are also many fully fenced yards inside Seattle itself. Sniffspot especially caters to reactive dog owners, whose dogs are often fearful and hence need private spaces to play. Each sniff spot listing provides information on fencing, privacy and our reviews include a section focused on whether the sniff spot would work well for reactive dogs. In addition, hosts can certify whether they have experience with reactive dogs.
As of today, these “sniff spots” are now all easily accessible through a website and mobile apps on iOS and Android. The website and apps include simple log in, detailed search filters including mapping, and booking in just three clicks. This update is one more step on the journey of Sniffspot working to make the world a more reactive dog friendly place.
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As of today, Sniffspot is enabling our hosts to donate all or a portion of their earnings to the rescue of their choice!
Over the past few years, rescues in the United States have saved millions of dogs from being euthanized1. They do this by building networks for bringing dogs from “high kill” shelters to safe temporary and permanent homes (often through a foster network). The rescues that I have seen are running on tight budgets, normally driven by the passion and energy of a single person or a small group of people. This is hard work! Transporting and sheltering dogs has myriad headaches, issues and unexpected costs.
Sniffspot has been partnering with rescues since we first started, from our Dog Gone Seattle support event in April to providing safe spaces for rescues, adoptees and fosters to take their pups. Many of our hosts are also affiliated with rescues. Recently, the host of Fully Fenced Carnation Country Yard, Bruce, brought up an amazing idea for a further way Sniffspot can partner with rescues. Based on Bruce’s suggestion, as of today, we have enabled Sniffspot hosts to donate all or a portion of their earnings to the rescue of their choice!
How you can get involved:
We want to continue to build our partnerships with rescues. I rely on our community to source a lot of the ideas that we implement, so please leave a comment or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas or feedback you may have. I look forward to continuing to make an impact in this community!