Shared dog care
Name of the initiative: DOGINNI services s.r.o.
Country: Czech Republic
Starting year: 2014
Keywords: shared dog care; dog sitting, walking and training
The Doginni.cz platform was created in the Czech Republic in 2014. The aim of this platform is to mediate contact between dog owners who are unexpectedly, or due to plans they have made unable to look after their pet, and people who usually have their own dog and who are interested in looking after someone else’s dog as well.
The platform offers not only dog sitting and walking, but also training. It works along the lines of the American DogVacay service as an Airbnb for dogs; it connects dog owners with their volunteer carers. The database currently contains 904 people offering dog care in 105 towns and cities all over the Czech Republic. This also includes people with a veterinary training, professional dog trainers or people who specialise in dog sitting and training of specific dog breeds.
This service guarantees individual dog care in a home environment, free dog insurance, a money-back guarantee if the customer is dissatisfied or daily sending of photos and reports about the dog’s condition. If necessary, the dog owner enters the location and type of services required at www.doginni.cz. They then choose the most suitable candidate from the list of interested parties. Payment for services is made by card online or by bank transfer. The platform takes 25% of the price determined by the person offering dog care. After making payment, the customer automatically receives confirmation of payment and contact details.
The platform currently offers the option of sharing information and discussion on its Facebook profile, of which there are currently approximately 4,300 users. This platform represents a method of sharing time in the form of dog care. It helps dog owners to ensure uninterrupted care or training for their dogs, whereas it leads to a reduction in stress for these dogs, as well as providing a source of additional income for the providers of this service.
Author: Marie Bednarikova, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
Date added: 2 March 2020