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20 years in business
1 hire on Thumbtack
John has been walking our lab pup for months now, and sending her off with him a few mornings a week was the best decision we ever made. This is my first dog ever, and John has been great at guiding me through dog ownership. He is extremely professional and has spent a tremendous amount of time educating himself on the ins and outs of dog behavior and training, and his hard work and attention has paid off for our dog. She loves going with him and his crew, and we love the results! She is healthy and happy and better trained than we ever could have gotten her to be without John's help. He has a FB page that he updates each night, with photos from the day's activities, so we have proof of the fun adventures our girl is having. I am beyond grateful for having found John and ABC Dogs!Sep 15, 2017
When I was looking for a dog walker for my rambunctious, and very stubborn french bulldog, Alfred, I knew I wanted someone that understood how to manage a very stubborn personality and be able to let his energy out through some fun walks with other dogs. John was gracious and responsive when I was looking for a dog walker. He has years of experience, is licensed and understands the personalities of the dogs and knows Fort Funston very well. I just trust him 100% with Alfred and know that Alfred will not only have fun, but he will be safe with John and his crew. I also use ABC dogs for any overnight care. Since Alfred knows John and already fits in with the pack, it's convenient for us. Alfred still keeps his routine with John and the pack and also gets the added benefit of more time with John. No matter what Alfred always come back exhausted and happy. I would say that John is probably one of the most important people in our lives at this point. I don't know what I'd do without him taking Alfred out with his new friends and making him a happier and healthier dog. I would highly recommend ABC dogs!!Jan 10, 2017Verified
John is just fab with our dog Howie. He met Howie at a time when we had just moved from the UK, so Howie was quite anxious and prone to lashing out. Since he's been walking with John he's returned being a happy, healthy calm pup. He just loves going out with John everyday. So I wholeheartedly recommend ABC Dogs.Jul 14, 2016
John is great at what he does and you can tell he loves it. I love that he is reasonably priced, flexible, helps train and let's my pup off leash for the whole duration of their walk. John is very good at socializing the dogs and is very knowledgable on training. When I ask he will always give me tips. The best part is that my dog absolute loves him!Mar 5, 2015
John has been taking care of my dogs for well over a decade. He is 100% reliable and trustworthy and dogs love him. he has always been very accommodating and helpful and with my second dog, he actually picks my dog up from my workplace for his walks. John also does dog boarding and I feel very confident leaving my dog there because I know he will get plenty of exercise and attention. John is the best dogwalker I've ever had.Mar 1, 2015
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- What types of customers have you worked with?I provide quality daily group dog walks and private training for mild to wild household misbehaviors as well as counter conditioning for canine social anxiety disorders.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Hire someone experienced, reputable, with a strong foundation in canine psychology. Search around for a true career minded professional with roots in the neighborhood. Hire a certified dog trainer with good credentials. Meet the person at the dog park to see how they operate with a dog pack.
- What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?Do not bargain basement shop. The addage of "you get what you pay for" is true in this field. Try to weed out the slackers by searching for someone with an educational background rooted in canine psychology. Continuing education is the mark of a true professional. Customers should go with their gut instincts when they hire a dog walker because trust is such an important component in making that important choice.