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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! See also the South Bay Trainers directory.

North of San Jose  
CZ Dog Training, with Cerena West Zutis, (650) 574-9246 Palo Alto, South San Francisco, Redwood City,San Mateo, and the Peninsula
Family Dog Trainer, with Margaret Daul, 650-326-2065 or 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
East Bay  
Finesse Dog Training with Nancy Frensley, (510) 845-7735, ext. 22 Berkeley
Whole K9 with Michele Garlick, 925-482-5543; group classes, aggresssion, K9 Nosework, and more Oakland/East Bay
Elissa Cline Dog Training with Elissa Cline, (510) 289-1977 – private and group classes; basic manners and agility Oakland/East Bay
Atomic Dog Social Club with Maureen Coyle, (510) 301-1864 - walking and training for small dogs (20 lbs & under)
Alameda and Oakland
Wendy KrehbielTell A Tail Dog Training, (925) 371-8142 Pleasanton, Livermore
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
The Collaborative Dog with Kou Nelson, (925) 852-4840, Contra Costa County
Discovery Dogs, with Shari Dehouwer, (415) 475-9557 - pet training and service/assistance dog training Roseville (Sacramento)
South of San Jose  
Pawsitive Pals Dog Training with Nannette Morgan, (408) 806-2021
Morgan Hill
Kindred Spirit, with Lori Katz, (831) 685- DOGS (3647) Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz/Aptos/Watsonville
Living with Dogs with Sandi Pensinger,, (831) 476-9065. Basic manners and agility. Santa Cruz County
Morgan Hill Dog Sports with Laura Pryse, Vici Whisner, and Moe Strenfell. 408.888.6462 or 408.857.7725 Agility.
Morgan Hill
Mardi Richmond, (831) 454-0607. Private lessons and agility. Santa Cruz
Stacy's former interns - I was happy to be the professional mentor for these graduates of Animal Behavior College
Talkative Tails with Takako Johnson (my wonderful assistant!). Specializing in services in Japanese. 408-605-6685 or San Jose/Campbell
Best Pals Training with Leslie Currie, 408 674-6289 or San Jose and Evergreen
Malena DeMartini-Price is an expert at separation anxiety cases - that is all that she takes. You can reach her at Ain't Misbehavin' SF Bay Area - Separation Anxiety specialist

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

KVK9 Dog Training with Vici Whisner, (408) 776-3803 - agility for pet owners! Morgan Hill
Basic manners classes in Japanese - Talkative Tails with Takako Johnson (my wonderful assistant!) San Jose/Campbell
Flyball classes - A Dog's Life, 408-747-1111 or Sunnyvale
Agility for fun (with the potential to compete) - Jump'N Java Agility Woodside
Agility for fun and top competitors - Momentum Dog Sports Hollister and Woodside
Agility for top competitors - Power Paws San Jose
Tracking, Scent/Search Games, and Agility for Fun San Jose and Morgan Hill
Nosework - Pam Behrens, Sirius San Jose
Nosework - Josette Kimes, 510 400-9105, NoseWorkFun Hayward, Union City, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale
Dock Diving - Bay Area Diving Dogs  
Big Air Dock Diving, Flyball, and Agility for fun - Crazy K9s  
Doggy daycare and Boarding Downtown Dogs

San Jose

Doggy daycareBoardingAgility, and Board and Train - A Dog's Life Palo Alto and Sunnyvale
Doggy daycare - Canine Corral San Jose
Boarding - Planet Pooch Redwood City
  Dog Walking - see the dog*tec Referral List. Here's more information on why you should onlyhire a certified dog walker: Why hire a certified dog walker  

Pet sitting service The Urban Pooch - Cathy Scott. 408 425-8663

Silicon Valley and surrounding areas

 Pet sitting and pet taxi service - Acme Dog Services - Laura Klemba.

South San Jose and surrounding areas.
Hello Doggy - Brenda Gummeson specializes in training walks, including handling and exercising reactive and aggressive dogs. 408.667.8123
San Jose, Willow Glen, Campbell, Los Gatos and Santa Clara
D for dog! LLC with Kajti (K-tee). Puppy Socialization and Training, Puppy Board 'n Train, Puppy Play Groups. Kajti offers pet sitting, training walks, and some board-and-train services. 650-538-3011 or San Jose and Surrounding Areas
arFitness - Diane Troup's canine wellness, 408.242.5242 or
San Jose
Augie and Friends - Vicki Hinton's pet sitting  services; contact Vicki at (831)331-1441 San Jose and surrounding areas
Paws On Track -  field trips, pet sitting, and more, with Wendy Chen, CTC. Certified for dog-dog aggression cases. 408 550-5777 or San Jose and surrounding areas
Willow Glen Paws - pet-sitting, and small-scale boarding, with Rebecca Goldstone, dogTEC-certified dog walker. 408 391-3660 or Willow Glen/San Jose
Alphadog's Pet Services - pet sitting, dog walking, and in-home boarding with Terri Festa Los Gatos
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
Lil' Chick Pet Sitters - pet sitting San Jose
Best Friend Trainer - Overnight pet care in your home, with Karla Opp, 408-772-3536 San Jose
Inside Out Pet Service - pet sitting and more. Cynthia Lem, 650-740-5333 Peninsula to San Jose
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
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)
Meandering Mutts - Dog Walker/Pet Sitting, with JoAnn Brown. (510) 326-7675
Hayward and beyond

Looking for a clicker trainer outside of the Bay Area?

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

Emergency and Mobile Vets

United Emergency Animal Clinic - Campbell
911 Dell Avenue, Campbell (adjacent to VSA/VMS)
408 371-6252
Hours: Weekdays, from 6 pm to 8 am the following morning 
Weekends, from 6 pm Friday to 8 am Monday
Every statutory holiday, from 6 pm the day before the holiday to 8 am on the day after the holiday

United Emergency Animal Clinic - San Jose
5440 Thornwood Drive, San Jose (between Santa Teresa & Winfield)
408 578-5622
Hours: Weekdays, from 6 pm to 8 am the following morning 
Weekends, from 6 pm Friday to 8 am Monday
Every statutory holiday, from 6 pm the day before the holiday to 8 am on the day after the holiday

Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists -

Mobile Vets

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

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

Dr Kuty (pronounced Q Tee) (831) 239-4689

Deborah Mathis, DVM, - Western and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine; house calls only - Dr. Betsy Goldenberg in Palo Alto

Hospice and In-Home Euthanasia
Peaceful Pathways
(650) 316-5069


San Jose Area Rescue Links

Lost dog?

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 
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!

Dog 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.

SF DOG San Francisco Dog Owners Group (SF DOG)

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

MyK9Home - Information on how to find a lost dog in the South Bay.

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 Airport Explosive Detection Unit

Pets Welcome Directory,, and - Apartment communities offering pet-friendly housing (PetsWelcome: search by city and "refine results" by checking "must have" next to "pets allowed"; ApartmentList check “Pet Policy” option from the “Advanced” tab at the top of the page; ApartmentGuide: click on "pets allowed" under "more" menu. Advice on finding an apartment with your dog - your dog's rental "resumé" and house-finding strategies.

Trulia San Jose apartment rental page with over 550 listings with pet-friendly filters and in-depth neighborhood information
Zillow San Jose pet-friendly page with over 110 pet-friendly filters and fair rental price estimates

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

Caring Pet Services - pet cremation and memorial urns

The Rex Center - aquatic recreation for dogs, in Pacifica

Sam’s Pet Taxi
transportation for your dog

AMERS - Animal Ambulances.

Caring Pet Cremation Services off Summit Road in the Santa Cruz hills (408.353.8399). From a referral: "Trent Thompson is the owner and he over sees every cremation. He also runs a tile shop in Los Gatos and he make very nice personalized wooden urns with your pets paw print on a custom tile place on the top."

Dogs 4 Diabetics -

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Last updated January 2017 by Stacy Braslau-Schneck