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Best Dog Walkers in San Francisco

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Francisco Dog Walkers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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San Francisco, CA 94116
  • Dog Walking
  • Off-leash walks
  • Home Boarding

Why choose this provider?

Doggie Business is a small, licensed and insured dog walking company serving furry friends in the West Portal District. Janet boast more than 16 years experience and is one of San Francisco’s most experienced dog walkers. Doggie Business provides safe rides to the park in a custom vehicle which has cosy crates, comfortable bedding and proper ventilation to keep them happy to and from the park. Additional services include off-leash group walks, home boarding, and more. Doggie Business was nominated for the best dog walking service in all of San Fransisco.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (12)
Google
5.0 / 5 (10)

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Price: Free consultation

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San Francisco, CA
  • Pet Sitting
  • Dog Walking
  • Pet Boarding
  • Pets Services
  • Dog Sitting
  • Dog Boarding
  • Home Boarding

Why choose this provider?

Pawsitive Strides is a pet boarding and dog walking business serving Pacific Heights, San Francisco, and nearby districts, including Presidio Heights, Cow Hollow, Inner Sunset, Haight Ashbury, and Filmore. It provides pet boarding packages to meet the needs of dogs and pets of all sizes as well as walking services whether you prefer solo walking or in the company of two to three compatible dogs. Destination-based services are also offered. The company's founder, Lamu, is trained in pet CPR and has over five years of experience handling dogs of different breeds and temperaments.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (3)
Google
5.0 / 5 (1)

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San Francisco, CA
  • Dog Walking
  • Pets Services

Why choose this provider?

Rover offers doggy daycare services for pet owners throughout the local area. Its network includes thousands of pet sitters that are available to care for dogs while their owners work or travel. The service connects sitters with clients online or through its app. Customers can meet with sitters prior to booking, and services are available for a range of dogs, including high-energy puppies and dogs with special needs.

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4.5

Price: $10 off first booking!

Website
San Francisco, CA 94123

Why choose this provider?

Citizen Hound caters to pet owners in San Francisco. It offers private and semi-private leashed walks and unleashed group play, helping pet parents give their dogs a chance to socialize with other animals. Its dog walking services also allow the pets to physically and mentally exercise and improve their behavior through positive reinforcement-based training. The business provides photos and videos from the walk to update the owners. Citizen Hound has been operating for over a decade.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (120)
Google
4.9 / 5 (34)
Facebook
4.9 / 5 (34)

Website
San Francisco, CA 94115

Why choose this provider?

Providing one-on-one care with each dog, Shear Pets is a San Francisco boutique concierge company. Services provided include in-home claw clipping, kitty care club, mobile cat and dog grooming, and solo dog walking. Clients speak highly of their promptness, excellent advice, grooming services, claw trimming services, and professional manner.

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4.4
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (197)
Google
4.1 / 5 (35)

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3.8
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Website
San Francisco, CA 94132

Why choose this provider?

Providing small dogs walks and daycare services, The Art of Dog serves the Bernal Heights, Noe Valley, Glen Park, Castro, Mission, and Diamond Heights neighborhoods. The company’s owners are members of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Certified by Pet Tech in pet CPR and first aid, and graduates of Dog*TEC’s Dog Walking Academy and Ian Dunbar’s Sirius Dog Training Academy. Clients speak highly of their work in behavior training work, socialization strategies, care for each dog, flexibility with special daytime requests, and high-quality service.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (30)
Google
5.0 / 5 (1)

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Website
San Francisco, CA 94110

Why choose this provider?

Sniff San Francisco is a four-person dog walking, training, and boarding team. Services provided include potty and puppy visits, group excursions, behavioral modification, obedience training, daycare, and boarding. The company specializes in learning each dog’s temperament, customize excursions and play sessions, record video of each play session and make the videos available on a video channel, send daily notes tailored to client requests, travel by foot to and from play times, use positive reinforcement to modify behavior, and ecological sustainability. Customers speak highly of their reliable and dependable service, training services, and caring for each dog.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (45)
Google
5.0 / 5 (32)

Website
San Francisco, CA 94122

Why choose this provider?

A boutique dog walking company, Bright Lights Dog Training serves the San Francisco area. Services provided include private training, group classes, and group walking services. Choosing groups carefully, each dog is matched with a small group to walk with based on temperament and compatibility. Mentored by Jean Donaldson thought the Academy for Dog Trainers, owner Shelley Leong-Peterson is a professional dog trainer and behavior counselor and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (8)

Website
San Francisco, CA 94107

Why choose this provider?

Since 2008, Jenn Lyons has run Josi’s Paw Dog Walking in memory of her pug that passed away. Services provided include group walks, individual walks, household pet walks, potty breaks, and pet sitting for dogs and cats. Serving the San Francisco area, Jenn is licensed and insured, a member of Pet Sitter International, and certified in Pet Loss Counseling. Jenn has experience with medicine dependent pets, senior pets, and pets with special needs.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (23)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (4)

Website
San Francisco, CA 94123

Why choose this provider?

For over five years, Blue Dog has served San Francisco as a premier dog walking company. Packages range in service options and include group walks, solo dog walks, monthly packages, puppy in-home packages, or a la carte packages. The company is approved by PetSitting.com and uses PetCheck Dog Management Software. Clients speak highly of their email notifications/updates, trustworthy walkers, good energy, kindness, and genuine caring for dogs.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (77)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (22)
Google
5.0 / 5 (9)

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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Website
San Francisco, CA 94110

Why choose this provider?

Little Buddhas Dog Walking & Pet Sitting is an owner-operated licensed dog walking and pet sitting company serving the City of San Fransico. The company provides group and private walks, potty breaks, socialization, behavioral training, pet updates, GPS, pick-ups and drop-offs, flexible scheduling, no minimums, vet and grooming tips, and pet sitting and boarding. They are registered with the City and County of San Fransisco and is certified in Pet CPR and first aid. Clients speak highly of the flexible scheduling, responsible and friendly personality, updates, and general improvement on dogs’ happiness levels.

Reputation:

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4.9
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (23)
Google
4.6 / 5 (10)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (1)

Professionalism:

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3.5
Responsiveness
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Website
San Francisco, CA 94109

Why choose this provider?

A premier provider for dog walking, mobile grooming, and dog sitting, Who Let The Dogs Out! was founded in 2003. Serving San Francisco, the company’s services include group and private walks, mobile grooming, and dog sitting (AKA Who Let The Dogs Out! B&B). The company holds the #1 Dog Walker in SF Award by Bay Area Alist in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010. Clients speak highly of their grooming services, genuine care for their dogs, and passion for their business.

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4.5
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (287)
Facebook
4.8 / 5 (24)

Professionalism:

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5.0
Responsiveness
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Website
San Francisco, CA 94116

Why choose this provider?

Specializing in dog behavior and training, Top Dog SF is a boutique dog walking company that offers a variety of services in the city of San Francisco. All the company’s walkers are Certified Counselors and Trainers, Dog Training Internship Academy Graduates, Dog*TEC Dog Walking Graduates, or Trish King’s Canine Behavior College Graduates. Services include off-leash playgroups, neighborhood group walks, private training, overnight care, email alerts at pick up and drop off, GPS tracking of walks, and more.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (102)
Google
5.0 / 5 (45)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (21)

Website
San Francisco, CA 94123

Why choose this provider?

Serving San Francisco’s most prominent neighborhoods, Running With Rover is a premier dog walking company that focuses on teaching leash skills, good manners, proper socialization, and appropriate play philosophies. Services range in packages and include training, boarding, private services, and group services. The company is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Clients speak highly of their flexible scheduling, professional manner, Twitter updates, last-minute services, training, and excellent advice.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (34)

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5.0
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Website
San Francisco, CA 94110

Why choose this provider?

Catering to busy dog parents since 2011, City Pups SF is a San Francisco dog walking, training, and pet sitting company. Services include pick-up and drop-off, playtime, small groups based on like personalities and energy, customized training packages, day training, weekend appointments, full support, mail pickup and plant watering, and more. Clients speak highly of their professional and friendly manner, excellent relationship skills with the dogs, and frequent updates.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (49)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (9)

Website
San Francisco, CA 94133

Why choose this provider?

Offering customizes dog walking, training, and boarding services, Doggie Walks serves the San Francisco area with over ten years of experience and provides the same walker to each client every time. Services provided include dog walking, play groups, cat visits, animal visits, overnights, dog daycare, dog training, and technician services. Clients speak highly of their responsiveness, love for dogs, friendly manner with humans, professional, consistency, promptness, training, and flexible scheduling.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (70)
Google
4.0 / 5 (3)

Website
San Francisco, CA 94080

Why choose this provider?

Founded in 2006, Tailblazers is a San Francisco dog walking and pet sitting company. Mirla Reyes, a licensed and certified dog walker and professional trainer, personally cares for each dog. Services provided include full-time group walks, part-time group walks, private walks, home visits, boarding, taxi services, and dog training services. Clients speak highly of Mirla’s genuine connection and care with each dog, personable manner, promptness, friendliness, responsiveness, and kind personality.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (45)

Website
San Francisco, CA 94116

Why choose this provider?

A premier provider for pet sitting and dog walking, Matts Mutts is a full-service company serving the San Francisco area. Services provided include group walking, pet visits, boarding, and holiday boarding. Clients speak highly of their genuine care for animals, understanding each dog’s needs, flexible schedule, dependable nature, and professional manner.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (20)

Website
4304 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Why choose this provider?

Sniff and Go is a dog walking service in San Francisco established in 2009. The team is made up of well-trained, insured, and bonded walkers who passed a stringent selection process to ensure that they are trustworthy and up to the task. Private walking services are conducted within each customer's neighborhood, with the same walker assigned every day to ensure familiarity and consistency. Aside from dog walking, other services offered include cat care, pet taxi services, and plant care.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (48)
Google
5.0 / 5 (39)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (16)

Professionalism:

We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
Responsiveness
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Introduction

    Many people have turned to dog walking as a regular household service. Dog walking can give your pet some exercise while you’re away at work or just take this chore off your hands when you’re having a busy day. Additionally, some people simply need dog walking help if they’ve sustained an injury or have health-related issues.


    Regardless of why you’re hiring a dog walker, it’s a hugely positive act for your pet. They get exercise, company, and an extra set of eyes on them.

  • How often should you walk your dog?

    The general rule is to walk your dog at least three to four times a day, with each walk being at least 15 minutes long. However, this can significantly vary depending on the dog breed, the dog's age, and the dog's energy levels. For example, some breeds that require a lot of exercise are Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, and boxers.

  • How long should I walk my dog?

    In total, most vets recommend a dog receives between 30 minutes to two hours of exercise a day. The variation depends on your dog’s energy levels. So, if you're hiring a dog walker for a one-hour morning walk, you can choose to do the other 30 minutes to an hour yourself in the evening.

  • How do you walk a dog?

    Usually, it’s safest to walk your dog on a leash so you can prevent them from wandering away. Dog walkers can help your dog learn how to walk well, as they are experts in dog walking. In general, dogs should walk close to their owners (or dog walker) and stay on the left side.

  • How do you train a dog to walk on a leash?

    Many dogs don’t adapt to leash walking right away. They may lunge, pull, or even stop walking. You can ask your dog walker to help train your dog to walk on a leash better. For example, when dogs pull on a leash, the correct reaction is to stop walking. Eventually, this teaches them that pulling won’t be tolerated.

  • How do I stop my dog barking when out walking?

    It doesn't feel great when your dog barks at other dogs. Luckily, you can train this behavior out of them. The experts recommend you teach your dog to heel. This way, when other dogs pass by, you can get your dog to heel and reward them for their good behavior. You can ask your dog walker to practice this on their walks.

  • Why do dogs like walks?

    Walking your dog has two benefits: it's physical exercise for them and it's mentally stimulating. Dogs are genetically a very active species that likes to be outdoors, so they enjoy getting outside a couple of times a day. Additionally, the smells and sights on their walk stimulate their brain. The human equivalent of a dog’s walk is like reading a good book.