Tracey Horey is passionate about rescue dogs and animal welfare in general and is also a successful digital consultant with three businesses, her newest venture combines her skillset with her passion and is centred around canine well-being.
Sniffspace.com.au is a new platform that she and business partner Jignesh Patel have built to connect people happy to rent out their gardens, yards or property on an hourly basis to a dog owner keen for a safe and secure, private space to bond with their dog.
Rafferty, Tracey’s Kelpie x rescue dog, is the inspiration behind the concept for private off-leash space which has been two years in the planning stages.
Tracey says Rafferty is anxious with strangers and big dogs so dog parks are not a positive environment for him, but he still needs to get out and explore.
“Australia has over 5 million dogs and, statistically around 40 per cent of them present with some kind of fear or phobia making it a stressful experience for them walking along a busy street, or playing in a populated park,” she said.
“With the influx of adoptions during COVID, blocks getting smaller and the trend of having a dog in apartments, more and more dogs may have poor social skills and the ability to socialise them from a young age has been greatly reduced.
“There has never been a greater need in our community to provide spaces for dogs to run free, on their own, with their owner. Without excursions to these kinds of areas our dogs’ mental health really suffers.”
It was during a brain-storming session with her business partner that she thought about the number of people with big yards and acreage who didn’t use the space all the time.
“We thought Sniffspace would enable them to make a passive income by renting that space for an hour at a time to a dog owner that needs a secure space to bond and play with their dog or to train in a secure environment.”
Since launching Sniffspace a few months ago they have 700 people already registered and hundreds of dogs waiting for spaces.
Tracey is now looking for more homeowners willing to rent their space to dog owners. Like popular house renting platforms, hosts can choose when their space is available by setting up standard operating hours and blocking off days that aren’t available to guests.
Access to the space must be through a side gate, not through the house.
To keep things transparent both hosts and guests review each other after every booking and Sniffspace ensures that dog owners register their dog’s microchip and vaccinations.
To find out more visit sniffspace.com.au