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How do you serve precious pets?

  • Dog Walking
  • Pet Training
  • Pet Waste Removal
  • Pet Meds Administration
  • Pet Boarding
  • Pet Daycare
  • Pet Sitting
  • Pet Taxi

What part of the animal kingdom do you serve?

  • Alpacas
  • Birds
  • Cats
  • Chickens
  • Chinchillas
  • Dogs
  • Ducks
  • Ferrets
  • Fish
  • Frogs
  • Gerbils
  • Goats
  • Guinea Pigs
  • Hamsters
  • Hedgehogs
  • Horses
  • Lizards
  • Mice
  • Parrots
  • Rabbits
  • Rats
  • Snakes
  • Turtles

What licensing do you have?

  • Business License

On a scale of snail to elephant, what size animals do you work with?

  • 20-39 lbs
  • 40-79 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
  • under 20 lbs

Proud member of...

  • Pet Sitters International (PSI)

Cat-astrophes happen! What is your cancellation policy?

  • 24 hours notice required

Which part of the country do you serve pets?

Austin Texas

What year did you begin serving pets?


How did you hone your craft?

Lauren Spears, Owner + Austin Pet Care Specialist has over 30 years of expertise caring for animals, while bringing her experiences to create a positive bond with each pet according to their specific needs. Lauren is also an advocate for Forgotten Friends, a Mixed Breed Rescue in Austin, where she rescued two dogs of her own, Emmitt Brown and Birdie Bleu. Lauren graduated from Texas Tech University, is a Certified Elementary Special Education Teacher, and started working Professionally in the Dog Walking Industry in June 2006, training under Top Five Star Professional Pet Companies in Dallas and Los Angeles, while starting her first business, Let's GO For a Walk. Lauren specializes in Positive Training Reinforcement by using a gentle approach to help calm and relax each pet.

What tip would you give pet parents for working with animals that you've learned as a pro?

It's not only beneficial to a pet's health to Hire an Austin Dog Walking Professional, who is Trained, Certified, Insured and Experienced with a variety of Dog breeds and Animal Behavior but also prepared for ALL Emergencies. As an Austin Pet Care Professional, we make it our goal to encourage each pet to reach their highest potential while under our care and become happier, less anxious, healthier dogs, as a result of positive interactions, consistency, and one-on-one care.

What is one thing you want pet parents to know about you? It can be whatev-fur you'd like!

The Sporty Dog, Inc. is a 5-Star Premiere Austin Pet Sitting Company established in Austin, Texas in 2008. The Sporty Dog specializes in Professional In-Home Pet Services + Positive Reinforcement Dog Walking + Dog Fitness Adventures + Pet Taxi Services that are tailored to meet the needs of you and your pet(s). Our Local + Established Pet Services provide unsurpassed One-on-One Attention in familiar surroundings and are Personalized to meet your Pet's Individual Needs. We are celebrating 12 YEARS of providing Exceptional Austin Dog Walking + Austin Pet Sitting Partnerships. Trusted in Austin, Texas as a Local Business since June 2008. The Sporty Dog is Highly Qualified + Experienced + Certified + Licensed + Bonded + Insured Pet Service through State Farm as well as well as a member of (APSO) Austin Pet Sitters Organization and Professional United Pet Sitters (PUPS) and won the award of Best Dog Walkers in Austin by Expertise 2019-2020