Dog Walking

Mid-day walks
while you work


Sniffari Adventures

Relaxing adventures
at the park or beach


Dog Training

Positive training
in your home


Walk and Train

We train and walk
while you work


Online Dog Training

Self-Study videos
and zoom sessions


Easy and Convenient

Online scheduling and reliable communication for your peace of mind

Now offering group training classes! Click here for more information

How it Works

Meet and Greet

We’ll come to your home, meet your pet(s) and answer all your questions. We’ll discuss your pet’s needs and review all our policies.  Sign Up for your free Meet and Greet or call us at (910)431-5680.

Request Appointments

Online booking with Surf Sitters is easy and convenient.  Put in your request, we’ll approve your appointment and send you a confirmation. We also accept appointment requests via phone, text or email.

Start Services


Dogs are our passion. Our staff members are friendly, professional and most of all, they LOVE animals. All walkers are insured, bonded, safety-trained, and background checked.

What Pet Owners Are Saying

David C.

Thank you, John and Shannon, for taking such good care of Destiny! She connected with you guys quickly and it is so obvious upon our return home that she enjoyed her time with you!  You guys are great and we feel blessed to have your service and support in Destiny’s life and therefore our life too! Surf City is so lucky to have you! I highly recommend these guys!

Samantha C.

John and Shannon remain our go-to pup team here in Topsail. Not only are they super responsive, they are also well organized. It’s hurricane season in these parts and they’re fantastic about watching the weather and keeping pet parents in the loop. Wouldn’t trust anyone else with our dog and still highly, highly recommend their services!

Brooks G.

Surf Sitters are everything we could have asked for in a dog sitter. John and Shannon will bend over backwards to take care of my fur baby and are always flexible if I have a last minute change. They will help with any training you are trying to reinforce and treat your animals as their own loved ones. We love Surf Sitters!

What's Included

Treats and More

Treats and pet waste bags are always provided free of charge. We always give your pet fresh water before leaving.

Report Card

After every service, your pet sitter fills out a report card so you know exactly what we did together and that nothing was overlooked.

Love and Affection

When you’re not home, we make sure your pets get plenty of exercise, belly rubs, butt scratches and snuggles.

About Us

Surf Sitters Pet Care is the most highly Google and Yelp recommended dog walking company in Hampstead, Holly Ridge, and Surf City, NC.  We’ve earned those 5-star reviews and words of praise by going above and beyond to provide a high level of professional care for all the pets and people we serve. With over 5 years of professional experience, a fabulous team of well-trained walkers, and an abundance of energy, we are a great option for daily walks.  Surf Sitters Pet Care and Dog Walking LLC is the co-creation of John Barrile and Shannon Morrow, partners in love and life.  Both are Coltenback Certified Dog Trainers and lifelong devotees to the wellness of pups and their people. Locals in the Hampstead, NC area know us as the folks with spare leashes draped over our shoulders, fur-covered pants, and pockets full of treats.  We’ve worked with hundreds of dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds, energy levels, and abilities since 2015, when we opened for business.  We got our start in pet care as pet sitters and dog walkers, then moved on to learn the art of managing and training our own pet care team to assist.  In order to best serve our clients, we took the next step to become Certified Dog Trainers through the Pet Care Institute in Wilmington, NC. Shannon is also a Karen Pryor AcademyPuppy Start Right Instructor and specializes in puppy socialization and training during the critical early stages of puppy development. Shannon is the trainer, with John pitching in when assistance is needed.

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