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San Francisco Bay Area Dog Resources

Other S.F. Bay Area Trainers

These are all trainers/instructors with whom I have personally met and observed their training and teaching styles. While I can’t guarantee the quality of their instruction, I feel confident in recommending these trainers to you!

Oakland/East Bay


North of San Jose
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City Pups SF, 415-446-8726 or

San Francisco

SF Puppy Prep, 415-618-0828 or

San Francisco (SOMA)

Smarty Pup with Fawn Pierre:

San Francisco (Sunset and North Beach)

Good Dog Happy Dog with Lindsay Dellas, CPDT-KA: 415-823-1446 or Puppy Training, Reactivity, Basic Manners, fear/anxiety

San Francisco

Family Dog Trainer with Margaret Daul: 650-326-2065 or

Palo Alto, South San
Francisco, Redwood City, San Mateo, and the Peninsula
Leaps and Hounds Dog Training with Aryn Hervel. Private lessons for dogs and puppies. 415-218-3480, San Rafael
Diva Dogs with Cindy Lonnstrom, (408) 245-3647, – dog walking, mobile grooming, and puppy training Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Mountain View, Cupertino, Palo Alto
Rachel’s Pet Grooming Milpitas
East Bay
Finesse Dog Training with Nancy Frensley, (510) 845-7735, ext. 22 Berkeley
Whole K9 with Michele Garlick, 925-482-5543; group classes, aggression, K9 Nosework, and more Berkeley
K9 Learning with Yuching Desch.  Fear aggression, service dog coaching, nose work and obedience. San Anselmo (Marin)
Discovery Dogs, with Shari Dehouwer, (415) 475-9557 – pet training and service/assistance dog training
Sherry Al-Mufti, The Polished Pup, (925) 366-6701, Concord area, Contra Costa County
Vicki Ronchette, Braveheart Dog, (510) 483-2631; CGC, RallyO, and conformation (including show handling) San Leandro
Alice Tong, Alice Tong Dog Training; 415-533-4411 East Bay
Clickin’ Canines with Rita Martinez, 925-813-1715, Assistance, hearing and medical alert dogs. East Bay
paw print icon Humane Dog Training Advocates of the East Bay – a collective of San Francisco East Bay dog professionals who have come together to advocate for humane dog training and management methods. East Bay
South of San Jose
paw print icon Pawsitive Pals Dog Training with Nannette Morgan, (408) 806-2021 Morgan Hill
paw print icon Kindred Spirit, with Lori Katz, (831) 685- DOGS (3647), puppies and service dog training Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz/Aptos/Watsonville
paw print icon Living with Dogs with Sandi Pensinger,, (831) 476-9065. Basic manners and agility. Santa Cruz County
paw print icon Morgan Hill Dog Sports with Laura Pryse, Vici Whisner, and Moe Strenfell. 408.888.6462 or 408.857.7725 or Agility. Morgan Hill
paw print icon Good Dog Santa Cruz with Mardi Richmond, (831) 454-0607. Private lessons and agility. Santa Cruz
paw print icon Heather Ross, Clear Mind Canine, 831.222.0211. Dog-dog reactivity, aggression issues; manners, Nosework, Agility, Rally Felton, Scotts Valley, San Lorenzo Valley, West Santa Cruz
Stacy’s former interns  – I was happy to be the professional mentor for these graduates of Animal Behavior College
paw print icon Best Pals Training with Leslie Currie, 408 674-6289 or San Jose and Evergreen
paw print icon Snow Dog Obedience Training with Candace Hardy, 408-338-7125 or San Jose and Evergreen
SF Bay Area – Separation Anxiety specialist
paw print icon Malena DeMartini-Price is an expert at separation anxiety cases – that is all that she takes. You can reach her at

Other Services or Specialty:
Dog sports, daycare, boarding, dog walking and pet sitting
Please let them know I referred you!

See “How to Choose a Dog Walker

paw print icon Closed June 2022  Agility for fun (with the potential to compete) – fetch sam San Jose
paw print icon Agility for fun (with the potential to compete) – Jump’N Java Agility Woodside
paw print icon Agility for fun and top competitors – Momentum Dog Sports Hollister and Woodside
paw print icon Agility for top competitors – Power Paws San Jose
paw print icon Tracking, Scent/Search Games, and Agility for Fun San Jose and Morgan Hill
paw print icon Nosework – Pam Behrens, A Dog’s Day San Jose
paw print icon Nosework – Wendy KrehbielTell A Tail Dog Training,  (925) 371-8142 Pleasanton, Livermore
paw print icon Nosework – Linda Fletcher, Palo Alto Dog Training Palo Alto
paw print icon Nosework – Josette Kimes, 510 400-9105, NoseWorkFun Hayward, Union City
paw print icon Tracking for fun or competition – Innu No Michi, TheWay of the Dog Union City
paw print icon Dock Diving – Bay Area Diving Dogs
paw print icon Big Air Dock Diving, Flyball, and Agility for fun – Crazy K9s
paw print icon Doggy daycare and Boarding – Downtown Dogs San Jose
paw print icon Doggy daycare – Canine Corral San Jose
paw print icon Doggy daycare and boarding – Sweet Doggies Santa Clara (small dogs only) and Sunnyvale
paw print icon Boarding – Planet Pooch Redwood City
paw print icon Acme Dog Services – Laura Klemba’s pet sittingdog walking and pet taxi services. South San Jose, Willow Glen, and surrounding areas.
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Doggie&Me – Aleysia’s pet sitting and dog walking, including reactive dog walking. Please text (408) 641-9452 with your name and what service you’d like!
San Jose and surrounding areas
paw print icon SwiShing Tails – Heidi Shing – home style boarding
paw print icon Silicon Valley Dogs – Tracey Lee Davis – home-style boarding and daycare, including dogs with some behavior issues. Willow Glen (San Jose)
paw print icon Gr8ful Paws Pet Care – Kelly Ledtje – dog walking, home visits, and transportation, including dogs with some behavior issues. (San Jose)
paw print icon Willow Glen Paws – small-scale boarding and board-and-train in a private home, with Rebecca Goldstone. Call or text at 408.391.3660. Willow Glen (San Jose)
paw print icon The Den in the Redwoods (Alphadog’s Den) – boarding in a private home and daycare with Terri Festa Los Gatos
paw print icon VT Pet Care – Pet sitting, doggie day care, medical pet sitting, dog walking and more with certified Vet Tech, Kate Riley; 408-455-0597 or Los Gatos
paw print icon San Jose Dog Services with Joseph Sargent – walking and sitting, including services for “reactive” dogs, 408-354-5667. San Jose, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara and Campbell
paw print icon Superheroes Pet Care – walking/fitness/tutoring/training, with Janine Stevens McIntyre, 408 490-4900 or South San Jose, Campbell, and Willow Glen
paw print icon Janina’s Professional Pet Care with Janina Galo, or 408 705-7327 San Jose
paw print icon Deb’s Dogs – dog walking with Deb Codiroli, West San Jose, Campbell, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Santa Clara and Cupertino
paw print icon Good Sit – private dog walks, group hikes, and pet sitting with Steph Haddad, 650-332-2335, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Los Altos, and Sunnyvale
paw print icon Camp Cardinale – cage-less boarding in a private home with Laure Cardinale, (408)656-7510, Los Gatos
paw print icon Inside Out Pet Service – pet sitting and more. Cynthia Lem, 650-740-5333 Peninsula to San Jose
paw print icon Clear Mind Canine – boarding (1-2 dogs at a time) and more. Heather Ross, 831.508.5008 Felton
paw print icon Dogs In Harmony – pet sitting, puppy training and more. Shanni Hendler, 408-430-7875 Sunnyvale
paw print icon Dog Duty Inc – Dog-Walking, Bathing, Nail Trimming, Vacation Services (pet sitting), Animal Waste Removal, and Pet Taxi services. Contact Gini Wallace at 408-480-4116 or San Jose
paw print icon Jen Leepet boarding in a private home.  510-457-6313 or Sunnyvale
paw print icon Kathleen Olson, RVT – In-home pet sitting visits from a registered vet tech. San Jose
paw print icon Heidi Foster, In-home overnight pet sitting, dog walking, drop-in visits, 408 373-3637 San Jose
paw print icon Haley Scott – pet sitting. Contact, 408 813-3373 San Jose
paw print icon Off to the Parkpet sitting. Contact Anne Curlee,, 650 248-1788 San Jose
paw print icon Merry Puppinspet sitting in a private home (only 2-3 dogs at a time), private training, groups classes, and dog walking. Contact  Sue Rusnak,, 408 835-5408 San Jose
paw print icon Waggin’ Tails – Dog walking and Pet Sitting services. Contact Margot vanderWalde, 408-396-5567, San Jose and Campbell
paw print icon Bay Area PupWalks – dog walking in Santa Clara (and other areas). Santa Clara
paw print icon You & Me – dog walkingpet sitting and Nose Work classes with Yvonne Chohan. 510 200-8447 or East Bay (Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Dublin, Fremont, Union City, and Newark)
paw print icon Augie and Friends –  dog training (reactive dogs, seniors, puppies), dog walkingovernight care with Vicki Hinton:  Santa Cruz County
paw print icon Who’s your Walkiedog*biz certified dog walking Santa Cruz, Capitola, Aptos, Scotts Valley
paw print icon Surf City Dogsdog*biz certified dog walking Santa Cruz
paw print icon Ollie and Bear Dog Professionals  with Kelley Zerga – Daycare, dog*biz certified Dog Walking and Boarding San Francisco
paw print icon Benji’s Backyard with Marie Ngo – dog hikes in Fort Funston and boarding (in Cupertino) Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton, and Redwood City
paw print icon  Perfect Canine Plus Academy with Diana Rapa, – board & train. Text or call: (510) 333-4420 Sonoma area


Rachel: (leaving and opening own store soon)
Amanda and Tara:

Other local professionals, listed with DogBiz:

Looking for a clicker trainer outside of the Bay Area?

Find other trainers throughout California and worldwide at Marge’s Clicker Teacher Directory or Courteous Canine, or Find a Dog Training Professional near you (look for trainers listed as positive-only).


Emergency and Mobile Vets

MedVet – Campbell
995 Dell Avenue, Campbell
MAIN: 408.371.6252
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
“We have three hospitals in the San Jose area to best serve you and your pet. We recommend calling ahead to find the hospital with the shortest wait time. If this is a life-threatening emergency, please come directly to the closest hospital.”

MedVet – Silicon Valley
7160 Santa Teresa Blvd, San Jose
MAIN: 408.649.7070
OPEN 24/7
“We have three hospitals in the San Jose area to best serve you and your pet. We recommend calling ahead to find the hospital with the shortest wait time. If this is a life-threatening emergency, please come directly to the closest hospital.”

ArchVet Animal Hospital and Emergency
824 N Winchester Blvd, San Jose
“Emergency Vet and Urgent care (no wait times). Our emergency veterinarian compile the most affordable solutions for those serious emergencies at our brand new facility.  Our staff is trained to treat Urgent medical and surgical emergencies.”

VEG San Jose – Veterinary Emergency Group (coming Fall 2023)
725 Ridder Park Dr, Suite 85,San Jose
408 834-8180

Saiki Veterinary Mobile Care – South Bay Area Mobile Vet
Margaret C. Saiki, D.V.M., Dipl. ABVP
(408) 399-5353

Companion Pet Care
Dr. Dan Apple
(408) 268-7378

Mobile Vet Practice
Dr Judy Owens
Serving San Jose, Santa Cruz and the South Bay Area
831-247-9597 or

ARCH – Affordable, Reliable, Compassionate House-calls
for dogs and cats
Dr. Tai Solomon
408 921-0702

Integrative Home Veterinary Services
Dr. Nash

360 Pet Cab –  emergency and non-emergency pet transport/taxi company serving the bay area

For help with vet bills, look into CareCredit, see Buddy’s Healing Paws, and advice from and

San Jose Area Rescue Links


Looking for a new dog? First, visit Choosing The Perfect Dog to help you find what you’re looking for. Then try:

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV)
Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority (SVACA) – see friends of SVACA also
Companion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE)
Nike Animal Rescue Foundation (NARF)
San Jose Animal Care Center
Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary (SHAS)
Pets In Need (PIN)
North Bay Canine Rescue and Placement
South Bay Purebred Dogs
Pet Network
Milo Foundation
County of Santa Clara Animal Control (San Martin)
All Creatures Great & Small Rescue
Adopt Spot (formerly Clea’s Guide) to adopting a great dog in San Francisco
San Jose Animal Care Center

Looking for a particular breed? Many of the rescue clubs above may have your breed, or check out:

Border Collies – Border Collie Rescue of Northern California
Boxers – Northern California Boxer Rescue 
Cattle Dogs/Queensland Heelers – Cattledog Dreams
German Shepherd Dog Rescue – German Shepherd Rescue of Northern California.
Rhodesian Ridgebacks – Bay Area Rhodesian Ridgeback Club
Siberian Husky Rescue – Bay Area Siberian Husky Rescue Referral

A more thorough list of Breed Rescue Organizations is here.

Visit the Events page to check out adoption fairs – there’s at least one every weekend.

Do your dogs have more energy than you?
Consider having them work for you – with a Dog-Powered Scooter!

Enjoy the Bay Area with your dog!

Shiba Inu walks with a young Asian woman in athletic wearDog Park Page – Looking for a park where you and your well-mannered pal can romp off-leash? Visit the dog park page. This page describes how dogs should and do act in dog parks, and lists Silicon Valley area dog parks, with maps and descriptions!

Check out this listing of San Jose and Bay Area dog and training events – the most comprehensive list on the web! – dog park reviews and more, a free online travel guide for pet owners who live or travel with their dog in California.

For the rest of the state, visit Dog Parks in California. For links to other dog activities in the SF/Bay Area, visit Dog Play’s San Francisco Bay Area Connections.

Kirby’s Korner

Francisco Dog Owners Group

Visit the Santa Cruz Lighthouse Field Dog Community and the San Francisco Fort Fun[ston] Dog Walkers on line!

Furry Friends PATS , pet assisted therapy. Contact them through their webpage or at 877-4FF-PATS if you’re interested in getting your dog (or other pet) involved in helping others!

Does your dog have Star Quality? Audition to have your pet in commercials, TV, Hollywood and print ads at All Star Animals! They are looking for friendly, well-trained dogs within one hour of San Francisco.

Sheepdung Estates – dog-friendly vacation getaway north of San Francisco.

Misc. San Jose Dog Resources

Bay Woof Magazine  – SF Bay area “community dog news you can use”

KADIE – Kids And Dogs Interactive Education – a nonprofit corporation dedicated to reducing the number of dog bites, particularly to children, by educating them
as to the safest ways to approach and interact with dogs, as well as how to avoid interaction with unknown dogs.

AquaDog Canine Swim Therapy – Connie Frank, a registered veterinary technician and canine hydrotherapist, offers physical therapy for dogs. 408 472-6631. – Pleasanton author Mary Strauss’s site on dog nutrition and health issues.

Feed This! – Natural Diets for dogs, delivered.

Animal Birth Control Assistance, Inc – ABCA pays part of the cost of spaying and neutering for owners who cannot afford to pay the entire fee. Call 408 244-8351.

San Jose Police Department K9 Unit – website for the SJPD’s canine officers.

Lab mix dog looks happily up the owner, whose leg is showing but the rest cutt off, as they step out of a condo.Pets Welcome Directory – Apartment communities offering pet-friendly housing, from For Rent Magazine (search by city and “refine results” by checking “must have” next to “pets allowed”)

Cloverdell Landscape Designs – Garden and landscape design. Beautiful gardens and landscaping, designed with the special demands of a pet in mind.

Heavenly Greens – artificial turf for dog yards and parks

Peaceful Pathways – in-home pet euthanasia and hospice care services

Caring Pet Services – pet cremation and memorial urns

The Rex Center – aquatic recreation for dogs, in Pacifica

AMERS – Animal Ambulances

Pet Food Banks and Emergency Vet Care aid – from BAD RAP

BirchBark Foundation – financial support to low income families facing veterinary expenses (in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties)

Pet Food and Veterinary Assistance

How to Find a Lost Dog

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Last updated February 2024 by Stacy Braslau-Schneck