Dog Walking and Pet Sitting in Pittsburgh, PA

We provide customized care for your best friends, in your own home.

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The Merry Puppins Difference

The Merry Puppins Difference

Centralized System

Our methods ensure that every client has the same experience no matter which team member is there. We prepare comprehensive, detailed instructions for every assignment in a format that our team is trained to follow, to ensure consistency.

 Guaranteed Back up

Guaranteed Back up

If your sitter is sick, on vacation, or takes a day off, our centralized system ensures that you and your pet will receive the same experience! For shy or nervous dogs, we employ Warm Handoff Protocol to ensure that they are comfortable with a backup friend.

Education

Education

We believe we have the most educated pet care team in the business! Anyone can walk a dog, right? But do they understand a dog’s body language, subtle cues, and truly know how to keep them safe while providing a stimulating and enriching experience? We believe dogs deserve the very best!

Welcome! What Can We Take Off Your Plate?!

We love all pets and have Team Members who are knowledgeable and experienced with many different furry and feathered friends!

We specialize in reliable, ongoing dog walking services. When your dog is on our weekly schedule, we can also provide care for them while you are traveling. Because we invest so much time, effort, and care, we believe in the importance of building relationships with dogs over time, and typically do not accept one off travel requests for dogs.

Pet Care Services in Pittsburgh, PA

Neighborhood Dog Walks & Potty Breaks

Neighborhood Dog Walks & Potty Breaks

Whether you work from home or at the office, your dog will always need a potty break! Leave the guilt behind and have us walk your furriend for you. 30, 45, and 60-minute neighborhood walks are available!

Cat Care

Cat Care

Despite what your cat may want you to think, he does miss you when you’re gone. That’s where we come in to help! We always make sure that your cat is seen, fed, watered, and that their litter box is cleaned. We provide mental stimulation and enrichment too!
Canine Adventure Hikes

Canine Adventure Hikes

Our Canine Adventure Hikes are customized to match your dog’s energy level, experience, and endurance. Not only will your pet partake in physical exercise but plenty of mental enrichment, too!

Small Animals, Birds, and Fish

Small Animals, Birds, and Fish

We know all pets have individualized needs and pride ourselves in our dedication to continuous education for various species! Just a few of the critters we get to love on include rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, rats, hamsters, gerbils, & mice, birds (yes, chickens too!), lizards, & turtles. Please note that while we care for freshwater fish, we cannot provide service for salt water aquariums.

Why Does Your Dog Need Us?

Work Long Hours?

Gone long hours? Is your dog bored at home? Treat your dog to a fun adventure with their new BFF!

Work From Home?

Work from Home
Our ninja skills will get us in, your dog leashed up, and out the door without interrupting your zoom call!

Mental Break!

Dogs need exercise and stimulation just like humans! We give dogs as much autonomy and choice as possible while keeping them safe!

A Few of our Favorite Things

If you want a company that is as special as your pup, you have come to the right place. We work in the most delightful ways!

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Safety & Security

  • Every Team Member is certified in Pet First Aid & CPR. We are prepared for the unexpected.
  • We take home security seriously. We maintain strict key-handing protocols and utilize GPS tracking devices to ensure no keys are lost.
  • Rest assured all of your personal information is kept encrypted and securely password protected.
  • Our company is thoroughly insured and every Team Member is background checked.

Reliability & Consistency

  • To ensure your peace of mind, we’ll send a notification letting you know that we have arrived and our visit is in progress.
  • We send Love Notes at every visit, including pics, GPS maps of our walks, and a breakdown of everything we did with your pet during our visit!
  • Our team approach ensures that if someone gets sick or goes on vacation, another Team Member is ready to fill in and provide the same consistent care your pet loves.
  • Our centralized communication system for our clients, staff, and office enables everyone on your pet’s care team to literally be on the same page!

Positively the Sweetest!

  • Spoonful of sugar, always! We are a positive reinforcement company who believes that praise goes a long way! We never use aversive techniques.
  • For dogs who are nervous, anxious, or concerned about making new friends, we use our Warm Handoff Protocol to ensure that pets meet new friends ahead of time. This allows us to consistently provide the top notch, reliable service our clients know and love.
  • We believe in the power of enrichment! When the weather is frightful, we find the element of fun! Our staff is trained in enrichment activities such as food puzzles for your pup. Stimulating your pets’ brain can use as much energy as a walk and is also great for pets who have mobility issues!

Strictly Professional

  • All Dog Walkers complete our comprehensive Dog Walker 101 Training, which includes training on safe and effective harness use, safely distracting and redirecting dogs, working with anxious, nervous, shy, and reactive dogs, and many more topics to keep your dog safe, secure, and comfortable on their walk.
  • All Pet Sitters complete our comprehensive Pet Sitter 101 training, which includes how to interact with cats and small pets in the most non-threatening ways possible, how to provide cats and small animals with enrichment and mental stimulation (even if they are shy), reduce stress, and safely care for small animals, birds, and reptiles, all who have specialized needs.
  • Our Team Members all specialize in particular areas where they are experienced and knowledgeable. They are trained to recognize signs of stress and illness, so we can catch potential issues before they become a serious problem.
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National Association of Professional Pet Sitters

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Neighborhood Favorite 2021, 2022

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Background Checked

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Women Owned Business

Woman Owned Business

Insured and Bonded

Insured and Bonded

Fear Free Certified

Fear Free Certified

CPPS

Owned by a Certified Professional Pet Sitter

AMPP

Member of Alliance of Modern Pet Professionals of Pittsburgh