Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions and we have answers! In the event, you don’t see your question answered here, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Do you offer overnight care?2022-11-14T14:10:19-08:00

Yes, we offer overnight care!
It is a special perk for Top Dog SF Clients:
Pet sitting is available (in your house or in the walker’s home when available) for $100/night.
This includes a morning walk and an evening walk — mid-day walks are additional and will be billed separately.
We require advance notice, and special Holiday pricing applies.

What if my dog has never been off-leash before?2022-04-22T19:16:28-07:00

We have options and we love to train! We have trainers who can help you and your dog by offering private training sessions focused on recall. Our trainers can help transition your dog, and you, to be in our off leash walks successfully. We have training recall workshops for clients a few times a year that you and your pup can sign up for. Email us for more info!

Do you offer pickup/dropoff?2022-04-22T18:58:04-07:00

We offer pick up and drop off service to and from your home or office! We make it easy for you! How convenient is that!?

$25.00 for pick up and drop off at a different location for each change.

What happens if I know I will be out-of-town for several weeks?2022-08-16T20:33:13-07:00

If you are going to be out of town for a significant portion of one month, changes to the schedule need to be made by the 15th of the current month for the next month. We can move you to the A’La Carte Rate for that month (at $50 for Doggie Ranch) so you don’t have to pay for the full monthly walk package.

Who has access to the keys I give to Top Dog SF?2022-04-22T19:17:23-07:00

The primary walker for your dog is the one who will be holding the keys to your apartment/house and keys are safely stored / secured. We do not label the key with any identifying information for you or your apartment. We also have the back up key set securely with executive staff.

How will I be billed for walks?2022-08-16T20:34:26-07:00

We work on a pre-billed payment for each month of dog walks. Changes to the schedule need to be made by the 15th of the current month for the next month. On your first day of walks with us, you will pay for your two-week trial period (10 walks for $500). After the completion of your first two-week trial if all is going well you will then move to the monthly membership in our dog walking software system.

What is a doggie ranch?2022-04-22T18:59:04-07:00

We have our own private enclosed dog park for just our Top Dog pups! Located right below the city in Pacifica, we head down to our grassy meadow space each day where we romp, socialize, smell, play, chase, fetch galore! Doggie Ranch is a perfect spot for us to allow your dog the freedom and safety to be off leash with other carefully chosen dog friends in a controlled safe environment.

What are your walk times?2022-06-23T21:43:49-07:00

DOGGIE RANCH – Pick up between 7:45 AM to 11:30 AM and Drop off between 12 noon and 4 PM
*** The actual off leash/ walk time is ~75 to 90 minutes, and the average out of the house time with pick up, drop off and drive time is about 4.5 hours for our Doggie Ranch.***

What’s the deal with the Monthly Discounted Package?2022-08-16T20:41:51-07:00

We suggest (and so do our clients) that you use our Monthly Discounted Package to save you money and secure other perks for you and your pup. We require a minimum of 3x a week which saves our clients’ money throughout the year to secure a spot for your dog in our small sized groups, along with reinforcing and maintaining training. Changes to the schedule need to be made by the 15th of the current month for the next month if you would like to change or modify your Monthly Discounted Package.

Is there a way to put my account on hold?2022-08-16T20:37:28-07:00

We don’t have the ability to put the service/ account on hold and guarantee your dog’s spot since we are a small local company. Changes to the schedule need to be made by the 15th of the current month for the next month to cancel or suspend service and we can then touch base when you want to start your dog up again!

Will the same person always walk/visit my pet?2022-04-22T19:01:51-07:00

Generally, yes. We will assign a primary walker for your dog. If your dog goes on regularly scheduled walks with us 5x a week we have one walker assigned for your dog. We also have a back-up walker trained to substitute for us if the primary walker is sick or on vacation. We communicate with you any walker changes and give you a heads up!

Do the dogs get dirty on walks?2022-04-22T19:02:18-07:00

Our walkers are happy to wipe your dog down with a pre-designated towel on rainy days. But if you have areas of your house you are concerned about getting dirty, please make arrangements with us in advance to keep them confined somewhere where a little dirt won’t hurt. Whether your dog gets dirty depends on where the walker takes the dogs, what the weather’s like that day, and whether your dog enjoys getting dirty/ swimming. Most off-leash trails are dirt and sand roads and therefore prone to getting muddy on rainy days. Sometimes there are streams or ponds in the areas where we walk, and although we try to minimize muddy occasions, we can’t guarantee we can always keep playful pups out of puddles!

I want to work for you as a dog walker. What do I do?2022-04-22T19:04:03-07:00

We’re Hiring! Please click here to see what we are looking for and apply.



Monday, January 18

Monday, February 15

Monday, May 31

Monday, July 5

Monday, September 6

Friday, November 12

Thursday, November 25 & Friday, November 26

Friday, December 24 through Friday, December 31
*Walks will resume on Monday, January 3*

Top Dog SF is closed for group walks on these days. We do not deduct monthly packages for holiday when our business is closed. We do not substitute days for missed days. Thank you!

We do offer overnight care throughout the year and have limited holiday availability.

Please do let us know as early as possible at scheduling@topdogsf.com if you would like your dog’s favorite walker to look after your fur baby so we can do our best to accommodate your preference!


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