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Try a New Dog Park Experience: Sniffspot Offers Local Customizable Playtime Alternatives to Crowded City Dog Parks.

Kathy LaFollett
Dog parks aren't always the best solution to your dog's personality. Customize an experience to fit your dog, not the other way around.Photo byAdobe Express Pro

“We don’t have enough dog parks here.” Sandra Harris, downtown resident and accountant. She has her one dog. A rescue mix of shepherd and hound.

“We did. I remember back in 2009 this place was so quiet during the weekdays. You had to come back and visit on the weekends to have dogs for your dog to play with.” Daren Idleman, local his entire life. He lived in The Burg when it wasn’t a burg yet.

“We don’t have enough parking at dog parks, either.”

“We did. You could come here to Vinoy anytime, and there would always be a place to park.”

“I wish there were private places to like, rent or something. Little private dog parks that kept the numbers safe. I mean, the dog bars and doggie daycares are full now, too. It’s disappointing.”

New aggressive population density maps served on a platter by the legislators and the governor handed to the developers have created a steamrolling social flux that can’t keep up with itself. At Vinoy’s dog park, dogs chase a squirrel that didn’t exist. Then abandon the idea to chase a squirrel on the other side of the dog park fence. The dog park is packed. The parking is nonexistent. The dogs not running freely but running carefully as to not run into each other or an unknown human. The Vinoy park area overwhelmed with bicycles, humans, dogs, cars, trucks, and unmitigated demand on property not ready for the growth. It all makes the best Florida waterfront weather less than.

“It would be nice to rent a spot, knowing how many would be there.”
With Sniffspot you choose the time, and who your dog will meet at that time. Or not. Private times are an option, too!Photo byAdobe Express Pro

Sandra Harris lives downtown and tries to use the Vinoy area primarily. Traffic is concern for her. She’d rather walk, then attempt driving somewhere. Sandra’s concerns reflect many downtowns. What was once enough, is now overwhelmed. But St. Petersburg isn’t the only city outgrowing its diminishing green spaces because of development. Safe, known dog parks are premium all over the country. If only there was an app to rent a spot. There is, and it is everything a dog lover can hope to find in an app.

Sniffspot. Think VRBO by the hour, but for dog park time. It’s free to join. It’s free to use. Private dog parks are available for you to rent for $10 an hour per dog. You can pick the park with the number of other dogs that may be there at the time you are booking. Or rent a Sniffspot for a private dog park. You can see photos of the host’s Sniffspot amenities and land. There are some pretty awesome rental dog parks around St. Petersburg, in Florida, and around the country. Some of them are so impressive, you’d plan a vacation around them.
Some Sniffspots are backyards, some are large swaths of land. All our hosts providing the best in a dog's day out.Photo byAdobe Express Pro

“Sniffspot enables anyone to rent land by-the-hour as a safe and private dog park.” Their words in a nutshell. And yes, dog lovers created this spectacular timely appropriate to today’s lifestyle. In 2016 founder, David Adams adopted his first dog, Soba. David met Rebecca and her dog, Toshii. Toshii is dog selective. Rebecca traveled a lot and was having a tough time. There was nowhere she could safely let him off leash. In one of those sparkling moment of ideas she texted David, “There has to be a better way, I wish there was an app where I could find places to let Toshii off leash”.

David put up a simple website and started crowdsourcing yards. Sniffspot has grown from there. Speaking of growing, David and Rebecca married in 2019. A family of five now with Soba, Toshii and a (human) daughter.
Let's be honest, not all little dog owners stay in the little dog park. Granted little dogs don't know they're little.Photo byAdobe Express Pro

Sniffspot starts with trust. Safety for the host, and for the booking client are premium. Sniffspot offers communication, transparency, liability care, dog and human health protections, and secure payments through Stripe.

Sniffspot is growing fast and adding new screened hosts every week. Look around our Tampa Bay area. Do the Zillow thing and see what’s available around the country. There are fantastic hosts who want to provide what they would want to find for their own dogs. Currently, there are 197 Sniffspots in the Tampa Bay area. Every host option offers photos of their Sniffspot, reviewed ratings to read, and a way to send a message with a question. Book right on your phone, and head out! It’s that simple. And yes, you can apply to become a Sniffspot host as well.

Check out Cova’s Backyard in Gulfport. Lauren’s in Largo has grass for days, and games to play.

Sniffspot is on trend serving a fresh and personal response for dog lovers. Not all dogs like other dogs. Not all dogs like big dog parks. But all dog lovers want to feel safe and know their dog can have a great time in their park.

Sniffspot turns the traditional idea of a dog park into their idea of a great dog park.
Dogs know how to live their best day. Sniffspot shows you where their best day is located.Photo byAdobe Express Pro

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