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Pete's Dog Behavior Training
4.8
from 80 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 201 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Antoinette C.
Verified review

Pete has been helping us with our very energetic and curious black lab for about the past ten months. He has come to our house for trainings and we have been able to join him and our pup on training walks. Pete helps train our pup and also takes him on dog walks 3x a week. Pete's walks are no ordinary walk in the park! Our pup could be on an outing up in the trails or could have spent the afternoon swimming!! Our pup loves Pete and is always excited to head off on an adventure with him. We have also been able to board our pup with Pete which was a great experience as we knew our pup would be loved and cared for exceptionally well. We are fortunate to have found a skilled and caring dog trainer!

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Hoppy Tails Animal Care
5.0
from 47 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Elaine J.
Verified review

I am not a pet owner however, Tiffany was willing to check on my house while I was away for a month. My plants received tender loving care in my absence. Her regular checks on my property gave me peace of mind. She communicated regularly and adjusted her schedule during a heat wave when my plants needed extra attention. If I were a pet owner I would feel very confident with the knowledge that Tiffany was in charge of my pet's care. For those without pets, call on Tiffany. She will definitely go the extra mile to be sure that your home will be watched over from all perspectives.

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Shelley - Here to Help!
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lori K.
Verified review

Shelley took amazing care of dog, Roxy, for 3 days. She took her on long walks, checked in regularly and was an overall pleasure! Thank you very much, Shelley!

Marina's Pet Service
4.8
from 35 reviews
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
Ruth D.
Verified review

Marina did a wonderful caring for my client's hospice dog. I highly recommend her for pet care. Ruth Dunning, DVM

Your Critter Companions
4.9
from 27 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
Ke E.
Verified review

I can't say enough positive things about Keith and the pack at YCC! I needed last-minute pet care for my dog after an unexpected surgery. Keith and the pack stepped right in, and provided service that was above and beyond my expectations. I have YCC on speed-dial for any future pet service!

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Dog Tales Pet Services
5.0
from 20 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Marcela V.
Verified review

Dog Tales is the best doggie day care in the Bay! Their services are great especially because they provide a one-on-one experience with your pet. I recently took a mini vacation and had no one to take care of my two dogs (Chocolate Lab & German Short-haired Pointer). They medium sized dogs and love to go on walks at the park and beach. Dog Tales offers overnight stays at incredible prices!! They also offer complimentary grooming (baths), so when I picked them up they smelled really good! :) The staff is very friendly and are available at all times in case you want to check how your pets are doing. I recommend Dog Tales to anyone looking for a warm and friendly environment where your dogs can be taken care of either for a few hours or a couple of days! :) Will for sure be using their services in the near future!

Dirty Paws
5.0
from 19 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
Annalee G.
Verified review

Kevin and Crystal are lovely, take excellent care of our special needs pup, and send beautiful pictures to show us how happy Mateo is while he is with them. We love Dirty Paws so far!!!

Erika's pet care
5.0
from 17 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
Jeffrey S.
Verified review

Erika took great care of our pets and ensured they were fed every day. She even washed the catfood dishes!

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The Heart of Caregiving
4.8
from 17 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Casie C.
Verified review

Sonia was amazing! She was so attentive, made sure that my cat Jack got his medicine everyday. Sent me pictures at my request. My cats adored her. I was able to relax on my getaway knowing my cats were in good hands

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4 Paws Concierge
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Diana R.
Verified review

Krystal came twice to consult with me and I feel she took excellent care of my pets!

Wiggling Tails LLC
4.9
from 14 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
Janet L.
Verified review

Martha was very professional and thorough before she agreed to care for my pets. We met twice so that she and Denise could meet my entire family of 5 cats and 2 dogs. I'm sure that my pet family was happy to have someone there overnight while I was out of town. I got almost daily updates on my pets which were greatly appreciated. I feel confident that they received very good care in my absence and would highly recommend Wiggling Tails Pet Sitting Service

  • 4 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Ryan O.
Verified review

Christina was great in taking care of my cat, Ringo, over the holidays. She first came over and met us. He's quite a needy cat, and she confirmed she'd be able to give him the attention he needs, and was very professional, bringing over paperwork, proof of petsitting insurance, etc. Her professionalism and friendliness left me at ease leaving Ringo in her hands. The reason I was a bit nervous was because I've historically boarded him for longer trips, even though he always pukes on the way over to drop him off, and he always ends up looking like he didn't eat and he pulls his hair out, so I thought it was worth trying petsitting so he could stay in his house and not have to experience that stress. Christina sent photos or videos every day, as well as a brief e-mail summarizing how Ringo did. I appreciated the service she provided and Ringo did not seem as stressed when I got home. Christina offers a valuable service, and I'll continue to use her in the future for my petsitting needs.

Chelsea DeLong
5.0
from 9 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Bonnie W.
Verified review

Chelsea is an excellent person for animal care. She has a deep love for many different kinds of animals and it shows in her work. She has helped take care of my cats (one of which requires medication multiple times a day) and she was absolutely on top of it with their feeding/medication schedules. She is a very detail oriented person and it shows in her work. Her own pets are meticulously cared for, and she brings this kind of focus to all of her work with animals. She is a top notch petsitter with good judgement (especially important for my cat with health issues- should he need medical attention or some extra TLC) and a sincere love for animals. I would recommend her to anyone looking for help with their animals.

Walkin' Waggums Pet Sitting
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
Jason J.
Verified review

Overall, she did a great job! I appreciated her initial consult and how thorough she was and how she included her BG check. And then when it came to the actual pet sitting I loved the videos she sent — really put my mind at ease.

Pam's Pet Sitting
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Michele R.
Verified review

Pam took very good care of all of my animals. She was able to take care of the dogs, cat and bird. She kept me well informed and we were happy with her service.

YEEEPAW!
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 9 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Cynthia H.
Verified review

YeePaw! has really made our transition to a new city a delight for my fur babies. Eliot, the owner, established a wonderful bond with our bulldog, Daisy, in a few short weeks. He also helped to care for our 16.5 year old Jack Russell while she was under hospice. Eliot has an uncanny ability to read and respond to animal behavior. He has taught Daisy how to play and relate to other dogs. I've hired several dog walkers/sitters over the last 15 years, and YeePaw! is undoubtedly the best pet care available in the Bay Area. I highly recommend anyone with dogs use YeePaw! for all of their pet care needs.

Gina's Comfy Critters
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Kacie J.
Verified review

Gina is absolutely the BEST!! She takes the best care of our pups while we are at work. She provides daily updates and loves on them as if they are her own! We couldn't be more happy to find a dog walker as great as Gina to hand out with our pups when we're away! She goes above and beyond too, brings in packages...cleans up accidents. I can't recommend her enough!

  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Mary L.
Verified review

Melissa is the only person I trust with my pet sitting needs. She is professional yet caring and compassionate. She has been able to be flexible and works around my crazy travel schedule without a complaint. The best part is that my dog loves when Melissa is walking him or pet sitting.... it's like having his favorite aunt coming to visit him!

Anne’s Pet Care
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 9 years in business
Jackie W.
Verified review

Anne is fabulous. She is dependable and super flexible with our schedule. I would highly recommend Anne for all your pet sitting needs. Our fur baby LOVES Anne. She is always so happy to see her which makes us feel great. Anne has also taken care of her when we were away. It gives us such a peace of mind knowing our girl is so well taken cared of. Anne is great. She is loving, sweet and loves the animals that are in her care. She is our go to person and we love having her take care of our precious girl. You will not go wrong with Anne.

Rebecca (Equal Affection)
5.0
from 2 reviews
    Mimi J.
    Verified review

    Jared is a very easygoing, responsible and caring person. We feel very safe to leave our baby Munchkin with him. Our dog isn't so friendly but Jared's charm and kindness gave Munchkin and us comfort and a warm touch. Jared is our go to dog sitter! -Al, Mimi & Munchkin <3

    • 2 years in business
    • 2 hires on Thumbtack
    Eliza S.
    Verified review

    Jeany is an excellent resource for so many of my family’s needs. She has become part of our family. I highly recommend her!!

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What is included in a dog grooming?

    Dog grooming is so much more than giving your dog a bath. Dog grooming is a broad term that covers all aspects of canine cleanliness and hygiene. The services included in dog grooming will vary based on your needs and what you choose to pay. Unless they are rolling in cowpies or playing in mud puddles, most dogs are okay getting a shampoo bath only as needed. You’ll know when they need it if they smell bad or are bringing dirt into the house. Some dogs, like shepherds and shih tzus, have thick coats that can get matted and tangled without regular care. Pro dog groomers can deftly blow dry a dog’s hair after a bath so that it is shiny and smooth. Dog grooming can include brushing that detangles dog hair and also thins the undercoat to minimize shedding.

    Dog grooming also includes hygiene services such as toothbrushing and ear cleaning. Clean teeth are important to the health of your dog, and the pros have the patience and proper technique to get it done. Regular dog grooming can stave off tear stains, those reddish stains below your dog’s eyes. Anal gland expression is something not many people want to do on their own, even if they love their dog. A dog groomer can safely and efficiently release any blocked anal gland fluid. Other dog grooming services include nail trimming and clipping. Nationally, dog grooming prices range from $60 to $80. Most dog groomers offer discounts to customers who purchase monthly packages or bundle multiple grooming services at one time.

    What does a dog walker do?

    We all know our dogs love going on long, adventure-filled walks, but jobs and family and commuting can make it difficult to give them the leash time they deserve. You can hire a professional dog walker to make sure your furry friend gets adequate exercise and outdoor time each day. A professional dog walker may be an individual contractor or work for a dedicated dog-walking company. In either case, you want to make sure the pro has the appropriate insurance in case of an emergency. Some people opt to give the dog walker a key to their house; others to have them pick up the dog from the yard. Dog walking can happen as often as multiple times per day, or just a few times a month as needed. Here are some questions to ask when you are interviewing a new dog walker:  

    • Will you or someone else be walking my dog?
    • Do you have a backup plan if you can’t make it for a scheduled walk?
    • Will you walk my dog by itself, or do you walk several dogs at once?
    • What are your different walk routes?
    • When will you pick up and drop off?
    • How will we communicate?
    • Do I have to commit to a schedule or are you flexible?
    • What’s your cancellation policy?
    • What’s your response plan if my dog gets injured or becomes sick?
    • How and how often do I pay you?
    • Do you offer package pricing if I buy multiple dog walks up front?

    What is a dog groomer?

    A dog groomer is a service professional who provides dog grooming and basic hygiene care for your dog. Dog groomers are typically animal lovers who are competent and comfortable working with a wide range of dog breeds and temperaments. Dog groomers are knowledgeable about the care needs for different kinds of dog coats. A poodle will have different haircut needs than a shih tzu, for example, so it pays to have a trained pro provide the proper cut. Good dog groomers know how to safely clean your dog’s teeth, bathe your dog, and cut their nails without going too short. They understand how to trim the hair from around your dog’s face, express anal glands, and clean your dog’s ears. Many people who choose dog grooming as a profession also pursue other dog services such as attending veterinary school, running a doggy day care center, working as a professional dog walker, and more.

    What is a dog groomer?

    Keep your family dogs happy, healthy and clean with regular dog grooming. A dog groomer is a business owner or employee of a dog grooming business who specializes in dog hygiene and grooming. To find a reputable dog groomer, research reviews, ask for references and confirm that the groomer has good standing in the dog grooming community.

    A dog groomer should be comfortable and competent working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments. Typically a groomer will have trained with other groomers and taken educational courses to keep abreast of the latest safety information and techniques. There are brick-and-mortar dog grooming businesses, as well as mobile dog groomers who bring all their equipment and provide their services at your home or location. In some cases, brick-and-mortar businesses will also pick up and return your dog for an additional fee.

    What vaccines do dogs need to be groomed?

    It’s important to make sure your dog is up to date on its vaccines before taking it to a groomer. Vaccinations keep your dog and the other dogs that use the establishment healthy. Viruses can linger long after a dog is gone, so an unvaccinated dog can infect a number of other dogs days or even months after their visit. Find out about your dog groomer’s vaccination policies, and think carefully about receiving services from a company that does not require vaccinations. Here are the main vaccinations that are generally required for dog grooming:

    • Parvovirus: Parvo is a nasty virus that can kill dogs within 48-72 hours of infection. The virus is incredibly persistent and, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, is resistant to heat, cold, humidity and drying. It’s spread by dog-to-dog contact or contact with contaminated feces, environments (food and water bowls, collars and leashes, etc.,) or people.
    • Adenovirus 2: Dogs receive this vaccination to protect against canine infectious hepatitis. The vaccination can also helps prevent canine cough.
    • Canine distemper virus: Distemper has no known cure and can cause serious pain, illness, and even death, although recovery is possible with medical intervention.  
    • Rabies: This disease attacks the central nervous system and — when untreated — will
    • lead to death. The CDC recommends euthanizing an unvaccinated animal that has been exposed to rabies, although six-month isolation followed by vaccination is also permissible.
    • Para-influenza: Canine para-influenza leads to kennel cough and an unhappy dog.
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