Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to the FAQ section of Blue Skies Pet Care! Here, you'll find answers to common questions about our pet sitting, dog walking, and training services, designed to give you peace of mind about your furry family member's care.

We’re experienced in caring for a wide array of pets! Our expertise ranges from dogs and cats to more unique companions like horses, chickens, reptiles, ferrets, and beyond. If you have a special pet, feel free to inquire! Our insurance coverage does not extend to pets that are used as part of a for-profit business.
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Newton, KS and surrounding 10 miles, including Hesston and North Newton: pet sitting, dog walking, dog training, poop scooping, pet taxi
Wichita, KS and surrounding area: dog training
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At Blue Skies Pet Care, we offer flexible pet sitting durations tailored to your individual needs, without any set limits. Our experience includes extensive pet care and house sitting, ranging from a few days to long-term commitments, such as caring for a cat for over a year and dogs for up to six months. We focus on maintaining your pet’s routine and building a strong bond during your absence. Rest assured, whether it’s a short trip or an extended stay, we're here to provide your pet with the best possible care and affection.
Services are available 365 days a year!
We will only walk your dogs during your appointment! We believe individual attention is important and we do not offer group walks with dogs from multiple homes.
Trust is paramount in our services. Our team undergoes background checks, and we encourage you to explore our numerous positive reviews online. These testimonials reflect our commitment to excellence in pet care.
At Blue Skies Pet Care, pet sitting and dog walking involve personalized care tailored to your pet's routine and needs, ensuring their comfort and happiness while you're away, with added peace of mind through regular updates about your pet's well-being. Our services are flexible and designed to seamlessly fit into your pet's lifestyle, whether it's a leisurely walk, playful engagement, or providing them with companionship and care in the comfort of their own home.
We believe in the comfort of familiar surroundings. That's why our primary service is in-home pet sitting, ensuring your pet stays in their own environment, reducing stress and promoting wellbeing, unlike traditional kennels or boarding. If your pet stays at the Bungalow instead of in your home, we have a "our couch is their couch" philosophy, as the Bungalow is a dedicated guest home for a limited number of dogs only.
Choosing Blue Skies Pet Care ensures professional, reliable service with a team of trained pet care experts who are dedicated to your pet’s well-being. Unlike informal arrangements, we provide consistent, high-quality care backed by years of experience and accountability, ensuring peace of mind with a structured approach tailored specifically to your pet's needs and routine.
Our cancellation policy is designed with flexibility in mind, accommodating changes in plans while considering our commitment to reserved service times. As we are a personalized service, we reserve time just for you and your pets and will have likely turned away other bookings. Currently, our recurring service (dog walking and poop scooping) cancellation policy is 24 hours before individual visits. For vacation care (pet sitting and boarding), our policy applies to the entire reservation invoice amount and the standard cancellation period is 48 hours before the first visit. For holidays, our cancellation policy is 96 hours prior to the first visit.
We provide services 365 days a year! We value the hard work and dedication of our team, especially during holidays. As such, a 30% holiday fee applies on the following holidays: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Thanksgiving Eve, Thanksgiving Day, Thanksgiving Friday, Easter, July 4th, Labor Day, and Memorial Day. This rate compensates our team members with time-and-a-half pay for pet care performed on these dates.
Yes! We offer services 365 days a year and there are no additional fees for weekend care.
Payments for our services are convenient and secure. We accept various methods, including major credit cards, ACH, check, and cash. Full payment details are outlined during the booking process.
It depends on if your pets will be staying in your home. We require few vaccines for in-your-home care, but require additional vaccinations for boarding. Think of boarding or going to the dog park like sending your kid to daycare! Ensuring the safety and well-being of your pets is our utmost priority at Blue Skies Pet Care. We have set comprehensive vaccination requirements to foster a healthy and safe environment for all pets under our care. For our in-your-home services, the only requirement is an up-to-date rabies vaccination. This approach ensures both the safety of your pets and the compliance with legal standards. Please consult with your veterinarian to ensure your pet meets these requirements and is ready for a comfortable visit from us! Exceptions are possible with veterinary letter for reasoning (advanced age, vaccination reaction, etc) For our boarding, dog park, and similar services, we require that all pets are up-to-date with their Rabies, DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus), and Bordetella vaccinations. These vaccinations should be administered by your veterinarian at least 48 hours before the pet’s stay, preferably seven days prior. Boarding clients must be up to date on flea/tick prevention. Additionally, pets must be free from communicable diseases for at least 30 days before their care. Vaccine exceptions are not possible for boarding services.

Boarding-Specific FAQ

The Bungalow is the Blue Skies Pet Care HQ and home base. It is a fully furnished home where we spend time with our guests. Think of it as a BnB for dogs with on-site concierge staff! Our BnB is equipped with video monitoring, and protected by a fire alarm system setup to call 911 around the clock. Typically, our guests are already asleep by the time we secure the Bungalow for the night, and we usually wake them up as we arrive in the morning. Our first let-out is typically around 6:30am and our last is typically around 9:30pm. If your dog would benefit from overnight company, such as a young puppy that needs overnight potty breaks, please let us know ahead of time so we can plan and accommodate accordingly.
Dogs from different households are allowed to play under supervision only and are fed in separate spaces. If we have dogs from multiple households, they are given different areas of the house when unsupervised. We have smoke alarms that are wifi-enabled to alert us and 911 remotely in case of any problems, as well as cameras both inside and outside of the Bungalow.
Yes! We will come get your doggo for their vacation! For clients within our service area staying 4+ nights, home taxi is complimentary, too!
Please pre-schedule a time to check your dog in and out of The Bungalow during regular business hours if you do not opt for pickup and delivery from your home. This allows us to make sure any other guests are occupied to allow your dog to settle in before meeting new friends.
Pups checking out from The Bungalow by 11:00am are half-day fees. Pups leaving The Bungalow after 11:00am are full day fees.
Yes! Additional guests that live in the same home can join their sibling at a 28% discount!
Yes! We believe our pet sitting service is not only the Gold Standard in pet care, but we do not charge per pet for those services. Check that out here: pet sitting services
Yes, by request, dependent on breed and coat type. We do not offer baths for non-guests and we do not offer full grooms at this time.
Boarding only: Rabies, DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus), and Bordetella vaccinations are required. These vaccinations should be administered by your veterinarian at least 48 hours before the pet’s stay, preferably seven days prior. Boarding clients must be up to date on flea/tick prevention. Additionally, pets must be free from communicable diseases for at least 30 days before their care. If you prefer fewer vaccinations, our in-your-home pet sitting only requires rabies vaccination.
YES. All dogs must be on current flea treatment/preventative.
Our couch is their couch, so Bungalow guests must be potty trained and must not be people OR dog aggressive. They must not suffer from destructive separation anxiety when left alone for parts of the day.
Yes. Our dog boarding is cage-free, but if your dog requires a crate due to house soiling, destruction, or even just comfort, you are welcome to bring one. We may also provide one upon request.
We have a excellent standard of care included for all guests: playtime inside and outside, medication administration, one-on-one cuddle time, etc are all included. If you'd like something for your pup that hasn't been discussed, please ask!
We strongly encourage families to bring their normal food to avoid digestive distress - it's the most common problem for boarding dogs anywhere! Please bring your dog's food in an airtight container, clearly marked with your name and their feeding instructions. Bring no more than a 25lb container OR just enough for your stay (plus a few days just in case) for long stays. You do not need to bag your dog's food by meal, but it is welcome. Dogs that don't bring food are provided with in-house food, Taste of the Wild.
Treats are welcome! Beds, crates, and one to two toys are also welcome, but we are not able to guarantee items will return in home in the same condition. Occasionally toys and beds suffer a de-stuffing or similar fate.

"Took great care of our pets while we were out of town. They are 'seniors' and one has limited vision so boarding has become very stressful for them. They were much happier staying at home where everything is familiar. Thank you!!"

- Connie A, Newton

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