grady in training session
Waggy Tails - Customer Hailey
Customer Joker w/Owner John
Owner John with his male German Shepards - Leo and Argus
Joker walking with John
grady in training session
Waggy Tails - Customer Hailey

Description

If you are looking for a trustworthy pet care professional, you have found the right person. I am a Retired Connecticut State Trooper who has been an animal lover all my life. Not only have I handled canines in my job but I own 4 large dogs. You will find I run a professional and personalized service, so your pet gets the special care they deserve. I respect your home and your privacy.

I am available daily for individual walks, group walks, potty breaks and feeding. My services are available from 9:30 to 4:00 / Monday through Friday. Vacation Service is also available.

Feel free to send me an email at serbigblock@aol.com to discuss my services further or you can leave me a message on my cell phone to setup an interview. Ask for John.

Serving: Branford, North Branford, Northford, Guilford, Madison, East Haven, New Haven and North Haven

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

WAGGY TAILS PET SERVICE has received a rating of 4.9 out of 5 bones by 13 canine critics on BringFido.

  • More than a year ago
    John at Waggy Tails is a Lifesaver

    We absolutely love Waggy Tails and are grateful to John for watching our 2 older dogs. We first connected with John when we needed some extra help walking our dogs during the day while we had some work conflicts. John was right there! Then he watched our dogs when we were out of town. We have only used Waggy Tails ever since! John has a deep understanding of dog behavior and many years experience working with and training dogs. He has a special pen for our 2 dogs when they stay with him and we know that they'll get the care, attention, and extra walks that they need. It's a comforting feeling knowing that John and his family take great care of our dogs when we have to be away. We highly recommend John without any hesitation!

  • More than a year ago
    The Best

    I had to go out of town and board a dog on short notice and John stepped in without a problem. I was taking care of my son's dog, an Old English Bull and as soon as he saw John, he knew where he was. John is great with animals, something you can't fake. His facilities are spotless and our dog got plenty of exercise. John has tremendous interaction with his guests and I would not hesitate to go to him again. Care, exercise and facility, all top notch.

  • More than a year ago
    Patience of a Saint

    I fostered Bailey, a four year old Wheaton, while his family was overseas for a year and that is when I discovered Bailey’s significant separation anxiety. John had the patience of a saint as he worked with Bailey and me throughout the year; it took eight long months for Bailey to completely adjust to life in CT.


    Throughout the year, John visited three to five times a week around lunchtime. Each schedule was very regimented and agreed upon Sunday mornings; rain or shine, John would walk Bailey, who incidentally loved his walks with John. After an extremely upsetting incident at a kennel in Wallingford, Bailey stayed at the kennel in John’s basement, where he was comfortable, clean and safe, with the added perk of some QT with John’s wife and son.

  • More than a year ago
    Excellent Experience!!

    John was really exceptional since day one, I really can't say enough good things about my experience. I have two large American Bullies, who can be very stubborn at times. John had no issues controlling and caring for my two dogs on a daily basis. He was trustworthy and reliable, and was able to accomadate visits to my very busy unpredictable schedule. I provided him a key to my home and never had an issue or question about his integrity. He is very knowledgable and helped me on multiple occasions, even offering to take my dog to the vet when he noted she had an intestinal obstruction (which he was right about). I would highly recommend John to anyone looking for someone to care for their pet.

  • More than a year ago
    Excellent Experience!!

    John was really exceptional since day one, I really can't say enough good things about my experience. I have two large American Bullies, who can be very stubborn at times. John had no issues controlling and caring for my two dogs on a daily basis. He was trustworthy and reliable, and was able to accomadate visits to my very busy unpredictable schedule. I provided him a key to my home and never had an issue or question about his integrity. He is very knowledgable and helped me on multiple occasions, even offering to take my dog to the vet when he noted she had an intestinal obstruction (which he was right about). I would highly recommend John to anyone looking for someone to care for their pet.

  • More than a year ago
    Excellent Experience!!

    John was really exceptional since day one, I really can't say enough good things about my experience. I have two large American Bullies, who can be very stubborn at times. John had no issues controlling and caring for my two dogs on a daily basis. He was trustworthy and reliable, and was able to accomadate visits to my very busy unpredictable schedule. I provided him a key to my home and never had an issue or question about his integrity. He is very knowledgable and helped me on multiple occasions, even offering to take my dog to the vet when he noted she had an intestinal obstruction (which he was right about). I would highly recommend John to anyone looking for someone to care for their pet.

  • More than a year ago
    Dog Whisperer

    John is like the shorelines very own dog whisperer. Any time we need any dog advice or training, he gives us the very best service and advice. Even when he first met our stubborn bulldog who would not listen to anyone, our dog listened to John right away. He commands the dogs respect in a way we have never seen. In addition he has taught us how to do the same. In addition, John is probably the only person we have ever trusted with a KEY to our house. It is nice knowing that we have someone we can trust and count on. We highly recommend John.

  • More than a year ago
    Waggy Tales

    I have had John as a walker for my 80lb Airedale terrier for the last two years and we couldn't be happier with John. John is a retired State policeman who has worked with dogs for years. He genuinely loves dogs and is really good with them.. He is professional in his approach to work as he texts on Sundays to set up the daily schedule and each day after he walks the dog sends a text to say the dog is all set.
    John also has a pretty good sense of humor which is a big plus for me.

  • More than a year ago
    John is terrific!

    I moved to New Haven from Brooklyn a few months ago and was in need of a dog walker for my beast, Rufus (a pit mix). I got John's name and he came to meet Rufus and realized quickly why his last name is Thunderlove. Rufus is seventy pounds of love and VERY expressive (OK, probably not so well behaved) and has a tendancy to jump up on visitors. If you are a male and about average height, his front paws are perfectly positioned to hit men right in the...well, you can figure it out. John took it in stride and completely understood. Since then John has been walking Rufus religiously and when I am traveling or not home, he provides updates and I never think or have to worry that Rufus is not being taken care of...the way I would take care of him. I've been home and see how excited Rufus gets when John pulls into the driveway. And when he leaves, Rufus sits on the couch and stares out the window. I honestly can't say enough about John and I know Rufus feels the same.

  • More than a year ago
    John is Amazing!!!

    I was in need of a new dog walker because the one I used to use only covered part of New Haven, and when I moved to East Rock I was informed that she did not cover East Rock. I called John and within a few hours he called me back to arrange a meet and greet with Samson (my very spoiled rotten rescue mutt who does not always like men). I have been using John for months now and I can honestly say that Samson loves him. On top of needing someone to walk Samson for a half hour almost every day, I also needed someone who would walk any dog that may be in my apartment. I am constantly watching other people's dogs for overnight stays and John is really great about making sure all pups in the house are well taken care of. There was one occasion where John showed up to walk Samson, and Samson had diarrhea. John was great, he let me know right away, cleaned up in my apartment, and gave Samson some TLC. I recommend John to everyone I meet who has dogs and is in need of professional pet care.

  • More than a year ago
    Bully Pack

    My husband and I highly recommend John for dog sitting/training. He provided exceptional care for our six large dogs (American Pitbull Terriers and American Bullies). We contacted him a week before Christmas Eve in need of a sitter because the one we had scheduled cancelled at the last minute. John was very professional -- he returned our phone call within a few hours and spent an hour answering questions (we have a lot given the number and type of dogs we own). Following this, he scheduled a time to meet the dogs before our vacation. We were very impressed with him during his visit. In addition to answering all of our questions, he came prepared with questions that demonstrated his knowledge of dogs. His interactions with our dogs were very impressive and, again, demonstrated his knowledge of dog behavior and training. After this visit, we had no concerns about his ability to properly care for our pack. When we were away, John provided twice daily updates, including pictures and brief descriptions of his visits. We did not require John to spend a significant amount of time with our dogs, but, going above and beyond, he chose to exercise and love on them for hours each day. Generally when we come home from vacation our dogs are full of energy and distressed, however, they seemed genuinely happy after their stay with John. We would not hesitate to recommend him to any family in need of a dog sitter or trainer. My husband and I have used many sitters over the years, and John truly was the best.

  • More than a year ago
    Grady

    John has done an amazing job with our eleven month old Olde English bulldog. Before we met John, Grady was very hyperactive towards other dogs and people who came around. He also had trouble walking on a leash properly. Throughout the month that John has been training Grady, John has taught Grady how to sit and “come” on command. He has also taught him how to walk on a leash. He has also brought Grady to interact with other dogs in a safe and controlled environment. So far, Grady has made great strides due to John’s instruction and guidance; he has come a long way since day one. John is a terrific dog trainer. I would recommend John’s dog training service to anyone who wants guidance, advice, and support training their dog seeing as John has a lot of knowledge about how dogs think and act. John definitely deserves more than a five star rating for the type of work he does and for his fair and honest prices. Thank you John for everything you have done so far!

  • More than a year ago
    Happier Dog / Qwners Today!

    John was amazing with our nine year old german shepherd. Hailey was not friendly to dogs, strangers and walking. John quickly got to know her and helped us understand why she acts the way she does and how to correct the behavior. we still will continue training both Hailey and us . John is extremely reasonable with his rates and very dependable as he took care of her while we were away. john proved to us that you can teach an older dog new ways. He deserves more than five bones in our opinion! my only regret is that we did not meet John to train Hailey 9 years ago! Thank you John for everything!

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