About The Pack

Certified Professionals | Bonded and Insured | Dedicated to Positive Reinforcement

Who we are

We are a small, local dog walking company that is passionate about dogs. We offer off-leash group hikes in select areas of San Francisco and to local beaches and parks, in addition to our private dog camp!

 

Why we’re here

We are not just your average dog walkers, we are dog behavior geeks — always learning more about dog behavior and training. We focus on quality of care, safety, and creating a fun and enriching experience for your dog!

Meet The Trainers

Natalie Tondelli-Walsh

Natalie Tondelli-Walsh

Founder and Director of Canine Happiness

Natalie graduated with honors from the renowned San Francisco’s SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers in 2009 under acclaimed dog trainers Jean Donaldson and Janis Bradley. Natalie is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Pet Professionals Guild, an Animal Behavior College Mentor and a DogTEC Dog Walking Graduate. Natalie is married to Tim Walsh and they have a daughter named Olivia. Natalie and her family rescued Luisa a black Labrador Retriever from Guatemala in 2008. She also does fostering for Grateful Dog Rescue. Natalie’s vision is for Top Dog to be the best dog walking and training service in San Francisco!
Jackie Stagg

Jackie Stagg

Lead Trainer and Walker

Jackie became a Certified Trainer and Behavioral Consultant after graduating from the Dog Training Internship Academy. Jackie was born and raised in Vermont with dogs, cats and horses. Her parents gave her a dog on her first birthday and Jackie has had dogs in her life ever since. Susie Q, a Norwegian Elkhound was her best friend growing up. Jackie spends her time with her one pup Hazel who is an avid ball junky & trickster. They’ve spent many an afternoon at Funston on the beach. She’s excited to discover new trails and other areas Funston has to offer with dog walking for Top Dog SF. When Jackie is not dog walking, she volunteers and fosters for Muttville Dog Rescue. Dogs are such wonderful creatures and she learns so much from them everyday!

Lindsay Dellas

Lindsay Dellas

Trainer

A dog lover all her life, Lindsay got into dog training after adopting her dog Barnaby, a reactive, yet adorable, scruffy mutt. Wanting to work on his reactivity and creating a safe and happy life for him in the city, Lindsay enrolled in dog behavior schools and took him to a variety of classes. While learning about her dog’s behavior, she became more interested in dog training and helping others with their dogs. She is a graduate of the Dog Training Internship Academy with a Certificate in Training and Behavior Consultation, a graduate of Trish King’s Academy of Dog Behavior, certified in Pet First Aid and CPR, Dog*Tec certified and volunteer at the SFSPCA. Today Lindsay is teaching and working with dogs and their humans, to build stronger bonds and open forms of communication.

Meet The Walkers

Charlie Carlin

Charlie Carlin

Walker

A San Francisco native and a life long animal lover. He has transitioned his career path to find more fulfillment and satisfaction by working with dogs. He grew up with dogs in his family and has helped with his sister’s dog walking business over the years as a substitute pet sitter and dog walker on the Peninsula. Charlie is thrilled to be living the ‘Life of Riley’ and hanging with the dog crew each day at the beach. Charlie is a currently enrolled in Trish King’s Dog Behavior University. He is happy to be helping improve the lives of dogs and dog owners in San Francisco!
Sabrina Simonton

Sabrina Simonton

Walker

Sabrina is a Northern California native and has been a San Francisco resident since 2006. She moved here to attend San Francisco State University where she majored in Liberal Studies with a Creative Arts emphasis. After graduation, Sabrina spent several years working with dogs in a retail environment and adopted her own pup, an adorable mixed breed named Muenster. She then spent about five years in the tech industry before she decided to go back to what she loves, working with dogs! In her free time, Sabrina enjoys being outdoors, playing music with her band, hanging out with Muenster, and taking advantage of everything the Bay Area has to offer!
Stephanie Hui

Stephanie Hui

Walker

Stephanie was born and raised in San Francisco, California; she has lived in the same house located in the Portola district all her life! She received her B.A. in Economics from UC Riverside and worked in retail and municipal office before becoming a professional Dog Walker. As much as she would love to, Stephanie does not have personal pets of her own so she is more than delighted to care for her Top Dog SF pack as if they were her own! Stephanie loves to travel and experience new things as much as possible while she is still young. She has volunteered her time with animal rescue and shelters while in high school (learning to care for, walk and train dogs; she dreams of some day becoming a veterinarian or vet tech.
Jennifer Bale

Jennifer Bale

Walker

Jennifer was born and raised in Southern California. She has always been an animal lover since a young age. Her very first job entailed walking and caring for dogs in a daycare environment for approximately 6 years. Shortly after she got into the financial field before moving up to the Bay Area. In her free time she enjoys music, outdoorsy hikes, and taking care of animals. 

Alexander Gurdal

Alexander Gurdal

Camp Assistant

Alex was born and raised in San Francisco and has been walking with Top Dog SF since March of 2017. Alexander goes by Alex, Alexander or Ferit. He gets Ferit from his dad’s Turkish side and his mother is Swedish. He finds all types of animals to be interesting with a particular love of foxes and hagfish.

Alex has an associate’s degree with an emphasis in math and science at City College of San Francisco. He plans to continue pursuing his education in animal sciences.

Forests and the outdoors are Alex’s favorite places. The dogs love it out there too so working with them is a natural fit.

Jasmine Guillen

Jasmine Guillen

Walker

Jasmine was born and raised in San Francisco – she’s a true native to the city. She is currently studying nursing at City College of San Francisco. She loves using the dog behavior knowledge she’s learned to work with her pack of the largest dogs here at Top Dog SF. Jasmine also enjoys doing DIY projects for her home.

Krista Camero

Krista Camero

Walker

Krista was born and raised in Southern California and is currently settled in San Francisco since 2016. Before moving she shared her dog named Mona, a Chihuahua mix, with her twin sister. She still misses Mona but appreciates the time she is able to spend with her Top Dog pack! Krista’s love for dogs, hiking, and being outdoors makes being a Top Dog Walker an awesome job for her. After getting her degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona and working in the medical device industry for a few years, she decided to change course and continue her education in environmental science. She has a couple half marathons under her belt and you might catch her running in different parts of the city training for more races.