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What is the “Background Checked” badge, and how do I earn it?

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*Note: You only need to make one submission. If you are unsure if you have already submitted a background check, please check your status here.

As a Host who is submitting a background check, you will be asked to provide your full name, date of birth, social security number (SSN), and the phone number listed on your DogVacay account.

All DogVacay Hosts who have passed the free and confidential background check will receive our Background Checked badge. The badge is displayed on your public Host profile and is visible to Guests who are searching for a Host.

Where can I check the status of my background check?

Why are Hosts getting background checked?

  • Background checks offer Guests even more peace of mind, which means more business for Hosts
  • For added security, Hosts who offer (Sitting) in a Guest’s home, Walking, or Check-Ins are required to submit a Background Check
  • Guests can see which Hosts have the background checked badge directly from the search page

Are they secure?

Yes. Background checks are processed by a 3rd party service called Checkr. This background check includes national criminal databases, sex offender registries, and global watchlists.

Per Checkr's FAQ page, "Checkr Inc. is accredited by the Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) as recognized by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)."

All information collected during the background check process will remain strictly confidential and will not be shared with any additional parties, and DogVacay will never have access to your SSN.

Does this affect my credit? 

No. As part of the application process, Checkr is required to disclose information about the Federal Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). Please note, however, that your credit history is not checked.

When do I get the badge?

Once your background check has been cleared, the “Background Checked” badge will appear on your profile; this process may take 3-7 business days.

Why haven't I heard back about my background check?

Unfortunately, you will not receive an email when your background check has cleared. You can check on the status of your background check with Checkr by clicking here.


For more information on our other badges, we encourage you to check out our New Host Training Center for more details on how to be a successful DogVacay Host.

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