According to San Francisco’s Animal Care and Control department, there are an estimated 120,000 dogs in the city, actually outnumbering the number of children. Despite our love for our pups, we don’t always have the time to give them the true exercise and interaction that they need to thrive. Whether you’re looking for a long-term dog walker or are in a pinch for a day, SFist has compiled some of the best dog walkers in the city. Many of these top dog walkers combine additional skills and services, including training as well as dog sitting and boarding if you’re leaving town for an extended stay. Why is this list free?

Trailing Tails
#1 of 15 Best Dog Walkers SF

Trailing Tails seeks to deliver thorough group treks that integrate work and enjoyment. Daily training and manners are developed as a top Dog Trainer, and the dogs are allowed to exercise and interact off-leash, using positive reinforcement methods based on science. Nathaniel Galipeau, the sole proprietor, has over 8 years of professional dog walking experience and is certified by SF Animal Care & Control as a professional walker.

SF City Dog Walks
#2 of 15 Leading Private Dog Walkers SF

San Francisco City Dog Walks offers a variety of personalized services to meet the needs of your home and your pets. They have in-depth knowledge of San Francisco and animal care, as well as a deep love and understanding of one's pets and a dedication to their clients, both human and animal. SFCDW is dependable, bonded, insured, licensed, and permitted, as well as trained in pet first aid and CPR.

Who Let The Dogs Out!
#3 of 15 Top-Notch Dog Walking in SF

Who Let The Dogs Out! is one of San Francisco's top dog walking, dog sitting, and dog training services. Their dependable and skilled team ensures that your dog is happy and healthy, allowing you to unwind and concentrate on your busy day. They are completely licensed and insured, and are looking forward to meeting your dog! WLTDO is a community of wonderful people that are committed to your dog's health and wellbeing.


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Happy Tramps
#4 of 15 Top Dog Walkers SF

At Happy Tramps, the same ​certified walker treks with the same dogs each day. You will receive photo updates as part of their service, allowing you to watch your dog play, learn, and run with pals via images and videos. Because Happy Tramps believes that no two dogs are alike, they deliberately create groups based on their interactions and play styles, including small-dog-only packs.

Sniff and Go
#5 of 15 Leading San Francisco Dog Walkers

Sniff and Go is driven by a love for animals as well as a fondness for the city and community of San Francisco. Sniff and Go, which was founded in 2009, is more than simply a dog walking service; it provides peace of mind to pet owners. They realize that even if pet owners are unable to be physically there with their pets at all times, they still want the best for them, and Sniff and Go works to deliver that as one of the Top Dog Walkers in San Francisco.

Citizen Hound
#6 of 15 Top-Notch Private Dog Walkers SF

Citizen Hound services the Marina, Cow Hollow, Pac Heights, Lower Pac Heights, Presidio Heights, and Russian Hill neighborhoods. They provide off-leash group adventures full of socialization, learning, and play to assist dogs in getting away from the city. Their award-winning team of canine experts, managed by a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, is committed to provide you and your neighbors with more time, more care, and less guilt, and they will guarantee your satisfaction.

Active Pack
#7 of 15 Best Dog Walking in SF

Ken Ogle, the founder of Active Pack SF, grew up in the Northern California mountains, where he spent hours after school and all day on weekends wandering through the woods with his three dogs. Active Pack SF, now owned by Joey Bailey, one of the Bay Area's most trusted pack leaders, carries on Ken's tradition of ensuring dogs are more than just looked after. They want your pets to be active, healthy, and happy, and take a maximum of eight dogs per walk.

Paw Pal Dog Walking SF
#8 of 15 Leading Dog Walkers SF

Paw Pal Dog Walking SF takes your dog's care seriously, and they keep up with industry trends and what's new in professional dog walker and pet care training. PPDWSF used their expertise and skills acquired from successful corporate jobs and years of volunteering and donating to animal care centers to establish a business that is their passion.

Blue Dog
#9 of 15 Top-Notch San Francisco Dog Walkers

Blue Dog San Francisco operates in 20 San Francisco neighborhoods, providing daily exercise for your dog in a safe and healthful setting. Blue Dog SF was formed in 2012 with the purpose of providing a professional and accountable dog walking service in San Francisco, and they believe that when your dog leaves the house each day, you should have peace of mind.

Little Buddhas
#10 of 15 Best Private Dog Walkers SF

Little Buddahs in San Francisco has more than ten years of experience walking dogs in San Francisco and is bonded, insured, and certified as a Licensed Dog Walker by SF Animal Care and Control. LB offers group and private walks, behavioral training, and includes pickups and dropoffs. Consider Little Buddahs for all your dog walking and pet sitting needs.

#11 of 15 Best Dog Walkers SF

Since 1999, Dogwalks has provided care for dogs and their owners in San Francisco. They consider it their goal to discover methods to make their clients' life a bit simpler, not only to provide dog walking, daycare, and boarding services. Dogwalks won’t just care for your dog, but will care for you, too. And they take tremendous delight in executing each of these things really well.

#12 of 15 Leading Private Dog Walkers SF

Victoria Millan and Bill Repke are the dog walking duo Bonesy. After working for other dog walking and dog care companies in San Francisco, Victoria founded Bonesy. Bill joined later, and together they are dedicated to providing a fun, safe, and dependable service for their clients by utilizing cutting-edge technology such as GPS and mobile tracking, digital photography, and video. Victoria and Bill have received training in pack management, canine learning theory, pet first aid and recognizing and averting dog aggression.

Sniff SF
#13 of 15 Top-Notch Dog Walking in SF

Sniff San Francisco is a dog walking, training, and boarding business run by locals. Their approach to dog care is unique, and it is based on a simple principle of engagement. They involve not only the dogs in their care, but also their mothers and fathers, as well as their clients, and they consider their connection with each client to be a collaboration rather than a transaction.

360 Dog Walker
#14 of 15 Top Dog Walkers SF

360 Dog Walker is one of the only off-leash group dog walking services in San Francisco that uses GPS tracking collars on all dogs. The information supplied to you via each dog's GPS monitoring collar proves that all of their walks have a guaranteed outside walk and play duration of 1.5 hours. They will spend more time outside if the weather is pleasant.

#15 of 15 Leading San Francisco Dog Walkers

GoDog SF is delighted to provide specialized and trustworthy pet services in San Francisco. They provide Dog Walking, Pet Sitting, and Dog Boarding services, and they understand how difficult it can be to find someone trustworthy to look after your dogs while you are away from home or working long hours. GoDog SF provides dependable service, with text updates and photos given after each walk or visit and they're completely insured.



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