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 in addition to our private doggie ranch! All of our walkers are background checked at time of hire and we do on going checks semi-annually.
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
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!
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!
Trainer and Walker
Max is a Seattle native who moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010. Shortly after, he began working in a dog daycare and discovered his passion of working with dogs and animals.As he continued to work in daycares, he was inspired to become a trainer so he could help dogs live their best lives. He attended DTIA in San Francisco in 2015, and his goal is to specialize rehabilitating with fearful or aggressive shelter dogs so they can be placed into their perfect forever homes. He also has volunteered and worked with rescued farm animals, and has goals to continue work training and rescuing livestock animals. He lives in San Francisco with his partner and two clicker savvy bunnies, Dr. Harris Bonkers (PhD) and Hyzenthlay.
Meet the Office Pack
Manager & Staff Veterinary Technician