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Dog Walker and Driver for Top Dog SF in San Francisco!

121This is an amazing opportunity at a fantastic local small company. Our Yelp and Google pages will show you what our clients have to say about our work and our passion!
Details of the Position:
  • Dog Walker, AKA Adventure Group Walker!
  • Dog Walkers drive our company vans, transporting up 12-16 dogs to and from San Francisco on a pre-planned route with other four-legged buddies.
  • Arrival at our Coast-side Dog Ranch (private, safe, clean and enclosed) for an extraordinary group dog walking excursion filled with fun, exercise, socialization, chase, fetch and sniff with safety as a priority for our Top Dog SF clients.
  • The company pays for all fuel, insurance, and maintenance costs for the company vans.
  • Daily tasks such as social media, client report cards and Pre-Adventure Walk prep work needed as well.
  • All of our dog walkers are paid to complete their certification through Top Dog SF’s Dog Walker University along with Pet First Aid and CPR trained within their first two months of hire.
Compensation/ Benefits:
  • $20 – $25 / hour *(depending upon experience).
  • Employees work approx. 30 – 35 hours a week ($2800 – $3500 monthly), Monday through Friday with a set schedule of either 8am to 3pm or 9am to 4pm. Alternating Fridays off is a possibility for the right candidate.
  • Sick pay that starts accruing since hire date at 1 hour per every 30 hours worked available after 3 months.
  • Monthly data reimbursement for cell phone usage after 3 months ($50).
  • Client referral, employee referral, and performance bonuses (base of $200).
  • Group Medical Insurance available with 50% employer contribution for a great plan at affordable rates available after 3 months.
  • Or Health stipend of $100 a month in lieu of group health coverage available after 3 months.
  • Paid holidays after 3 months, 6 holidays per year.
  • Opportunity for additional income for weekend walks, weekend puppy socials and/or overnight client stays.
Employees love a lot of things about working for Top Dog SF. Here are just a few:
  • We are a 5-Star Company based on reviews on Google and YELP!
  • 2018/2019 Best of San Francisco Magazine Best Dog Walking Company!!!
  • We are an award-winning, well-established dog walking and training company with opportunities for growth and training!
  • Predictable work as an employee and not as an independent contractor with a reliable schedule and stable income.
  • Exciting, fun company dogs, clients, and co-workers.
  • Opportunity to work outdoors and to be active at work.
  • Private, safe, and clean dog ranch located in Montara, CA.
  • Safety is a priority for us! We are an insured and bonded company.
  • Employees are provided excellent on-the-job training.
Job Duties Include:
  • Picking up, dropping off dogs safely in a company provided vehicle.
  • Walk/exercise, and return dogs home safely, professionally, clean, and timely from our dog ranch.
  • Safe driving, and accident-free animal transport.
  • Keep supervisor informed of anything important that arises during the day (good or bad).
  • Provide daily report card for each dog at the end of each day in our client portal (either picture or short note).
  • Check-in and out of the Top Dog SF Head Quarters (our office) located at 2121 Taraval St. daily.
  • Using our walking, scheduling and client communication software.
  • Keeping the company vehicle clean and organized. Report any safety or maintenance issues immediately.
  • Regular Social Media posts, pictures and videos of our adventures for company sites.
About You:
  • You are reliable, punctual and prioritize safety.
  • You are willing to learn and understand reward-based dog training methods.
  • You are a capable driver who is comfortable with traffic, larger vehicles, construction, city parking, street cleaning, hills, and wet weather, etc.
  • You exhibit great customer service skills and attention to detail.
  • You are an excellent team player that can also work independently.
  • You have a passion, and patience, for dogs!
Job Requirements:
  • A valid California Driver’s License (Regular Class C) with 5+ years of city driving experience. Clean driving record a must.
  • All employees must be able to check-in and out daily at our office located in the Inner Sunset District of San Francisco at 2121 Taraval St.
  • Candidates must be available Monday to Friday from 8am to 3pm or 9am to 4pm.
  • The majority of tasks assigned will require you to walk or stand on your feet for several hours per day. Additional required duties are to drive, sit, bend, stoop, squat, kneel, twist, walk up and down stairs; handle extra small and/or large dogs, and be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Comfortable working with up to 15 dogs at a time off leash in a secure outdoor environment after sufficient training.
  • You are comfortable completing a background check.
  • Ability to follow client requests in regard to pick up and drop off instructions, and be flexible if things change.
  • Capable of working in an outdoor environments (rain, wind, sunshine, cooler weather, dirt). Can adapt to traffic, the public and barking dogs while you work!
  • You may be exposed to solvents, disinfectants, sanitation chemicals, animal dander, saliva, urine, feces, animal teeth, and claws may contact hands, skin, and clothing.
  • You have previous customer service experience and are capable of communicating with clients, staff, and vendors in both written and spoken English.
  • You are capable of working successfully with little supervision.
  • You have the patience and empathy to work with puppies and other animals with special needs and requirements (medical and/ or behavioral concerns).
  • You must own a smartphone (iOS or Android) with the ability to run our scheduling software (using data and GPS as needed).
  • You can wear tennis shoes or boots to work. You must be prepared for a day working outdoors in a natural environment with groups of happy and excited dogs.
  • We will need three professional references (we would prefer former managers).
  • Virtual or in person interview is the next step in the process.
If you have always wanted to work with dogs, this is that special opportunity to make it happen!

Small Dog PlayCare Attendant

As a Small Dog PlayCare Attendant at Top Dog SF, you will play a vital role in creating a positive and active environment for our small canine clients. You will be responsible for supervising playgroups, ensuring the well-being and safety of each dog, and maintaining a clean and organized play space.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Supervise Playgroups: Oversee and manage small dog playgroups to ensure a safe and positive social environment.
  • Provide Basic Care: Feed, walk, administer medications (if required), and attend to the basic needs of the dogs in your care.
  • Maintain Cleanliness: Keep play areas, crates, and common spaces clean and organized to uphold a high standard of hygiene.
  • Monitor Health and Behavior: Observe and report any changes in behavior, health issues, or concerns to the management team.
  • Facilitate Play and Enrichment Activities: Engage dogs in play and enrichment activities to promote physical and mental stimulation.
  • Customer Interaction: Interact with pet parents, providing updates on their dog’s activities and addressing any concerns or inquiries.
  • Welcome clients to the shop, check in on each specific dog and understand their needs, or check out each dog with the client in the computer software. Basic computer skills are required; system-specific training is provided.

About You: The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

  • Experience: Previous experience in a dog care setting is preferred but optional, as we’ll train you!
  • Passion for Dogs: A genuine love for dogs and a commitment to their well-being.
  • Physical Fitness: Ability to stand, bend, and lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Communication Skills: Effective communication and customer service with team members and pet parents.
  • Problem-Solving: Strong problem-solving abilities. Ability to handle unexpected situations calmly and efficiently.
  • Reliability: Consistent attendance and punctuality.
  • Interpersonal skills: Patience, empathy, and awareness. VERY apt at multi-tasking and managing multiple priorities at one time. Willingness to work independently as well as with a team.

Benefits of Being A Part of The Top Dog SF Team: 

On top of enjoying working with a group of hard-working professionals, as an employee of Top Dog SF, you will also enjoy the following benefits:

  • Competitive pay
  • Group health insurance is offered at 50%, or monthly medical reimbursement
  • Paid sick time of 80 hours per year for full-time
  • Six paid holidays per year
  • Monthly cellphone reimbursement
  • Employer-based Small Business IRA Retirement Account through Cal Savers
  • Professional development assistance and paid training
  • Job stability and a regular schedule as we are a well-established business rooted in the community

Working Hours:

The Small Dog PlayCare Attendant position operates full-day from 6:45 am to 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday. There are approximately two shifts per day, from 6:45 am until 3 pm. 7 hours a day with a one-hour lunch. The second shift is 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm with approximately 6 hours a day and 30 minute lunch.

We are open to hiring part-time (at least three days a week). Availability of 5 days a week is preferred, and the possibility of weekend shifts is forthcoming.


The hourly wage for this position ranges from $20 to $25, based on experience and qualifications.


If you are passionate about providing exceptional care to small-breed dogs and want to be part of a dynamic team at Top Dog SF, we invite you to apply!

Puppy Counselor for Top Dog SF

Top Dog SF is one of the Bay Area’s leading professional dog training and walking companies. Our training methods are a modern, science based using positive reinforcement techniques.

Since 2004, we have offered an award-winning pet care service, exercising and training dogs while teaching owners how to have a well-rounded confident urban dog. We are currently hiring for a puppy counselor position within our unique, customized and growing Puppy Head Start Program. Puppy head start promotes early learning of critical foundational skills for puppies between 8-13 weeks, that supports the comprehensive development for puppies. We cover off on the basics of training and help establish play and social skills. Puppy head start provides essential skills through participating in this program and prepares puppies for life both in the home and in public.

This is an amazing opportunity for an individual looking to learn more about animal behavior, development and training. Previous dog experience ideal, but not required as we’ll train you. The puppy counselor position is ideal for someone getting started in the growing pet care industry. At Top Dog SF, we are proud to be locally owned and operated, committed to developing our employees, promoting from within, and always striving to improve our services.

The basics:

  • Working with the Puppy Head Start Program clients and their puppies from Monday through Friday, 7:30am –3:30pm, approx. 30 – 35 hours per week.
  • Patience, empathy and awareness will be needed in this role.
  • Much of the day is on your feet with pups under your feet, being able to react quickly is needed.
  • You will receive on-the-job training that includes puppy socialization, dog body language, reinforcing good play skills, proper dog communication, positive reinforcement training and basic learning theory.
The responsibilities:
  • Provide a safe and positive learning environment for the puppies, enabling them to have critical early enrichment
  • Assist with training the puppies on the basics based on our training plans. You will collaborate with our certified trainers to provide enrichment activities and desensitization within our space.
  • Cleaning up after the puppies in real time (dog urine and feces)
  • Setting up and breaking down before & after school. This includes cleaning and disinfecting the office, preparing snacks, cleaning food toys each day and doing laundry.
  • Preparing food (light kitchen duties, cutting of bait/ dog treats, ability to use a knife, etc.
  • Assist trainers with a variety of tasks assigned
  • Assist with Social media gathering content (photos & videos)
  • Work with the trainers to do Daily/Weekly puppy report cards and progress, documenting/communicating issues and training needs.
  • Provide support for Puppy Socials, Class Orientations, Special Projects, and Marketing Events (when COVID allows)
The requirements:
  • You are available M-F with a set daily availability from 7:30am to 3pm year round. The majority of tasks assigned will require you to stand on your feet for several hours per day, bend, stoop, squat, kneel, twist, walk up and down stairs; handle extra small and/or large dogs, and be able to lift up to 50lbs.
  • Capable of working in a fast-paced & sometimes stressful environment with barking, distractions and general noise.
  • You are detail oriented, have the ability to multi-task, deal with starting and stopping tasks directly to the meeting of puppy needs.
  • You will be exposed to solvents, disinfectant, sanitation chemicals, dog dander, saliva, urine, feces, sharp puppy teeth, and nails can and will come in contact with hands, skin, and clothing.
  • You have previous customer service experience and are capable of communicating with clients, staff, and vendors in both written and spoken English.
  • You are comfortable working with little supervision and as well as collaborating when needed.
  • You have the patience and empathy to work with puppies (up to 10 per group/day) while guiding them to learn.
  • Able to be flexible with added additional tasks as needed.
  • Class C California Driver’s License for driving as needed.
  • Safe and accident free driver with 5 years of clean driving history.
  • Previous dog experience ideal, but not required. We can teach the right person!