Sniff San Francisco is a locally owned dog walking, training and boarding company. Our approach to dog care is refreshingly different and is predicated on a simple precept of engagement. We engage not only the dogs under our care but also their moms and dads, our clients. We take a long-term view of our relationship with each client and think of it as a partnership.
Our engagement begins when we text you to let you know that we are arriving on foot to walk your dog to the park. We each pick up 4 to 5 dogs and arrive at the park at the same time. Our person-to-dog ratio is 1:5, not 1:8 like most dog walkers in San Francisco. At the park, we have multiple sets of eyes and ears which is what enables us to:
We framed Sniff around a core value of providing superior, responsible dog care. Everyday, we strive to provide a clean, safe and fun environment for beloved canines to develop into well-socialized members of your family. We empower dogs and their owners to grow and thrive. Hopefully, you’ll feel our approach and thoughtfulness reflect a paradigm shift that fundamentally transforms the very soul of dog care.
We were voted two years in a row as the Best Dog Walking Service in San Francisco by Thumbtack. We are fully licensed and insured. We underwent extensive training at Four Legged Fitness and are Red Cross-trained in first-aid and CPR. We are insured by Pet Sitters Associates and bonded by HCC Insurance Holdings. And as members of ProDog, an association of professional dog walkers in San Francisco, we advocate every dog’s rights. Check out our Yelp page to learn more about what our clients have to say.
Jim and Benny are by far the best people I could ask for when it comes to taking care of my dog. They
truly go above and beyond whatever I might have reasonably expected. My dog has a lot of energy and
can require more than his fair share of attention, but it's never been a problem for Jim and Benny.
- Cecchi (Tui's Dad)
I challenge you to find another dog walker who will upload videos of their walks (although calling them walks
is doing it an injustice... they really tend to be more like full expeditions) or will give your dog as much
genuine attention as they get with Sniff. You can't.
It's a really nice surprise to come home and find your dog, who is normally bouncing off the walls, fast
asleep - exhausted from a long day of fun and dreaming about his next adventure with Benny and Jim.
Jim and Benny are simply amazing. They are skilled dog-handlers who run their business with
professionalism and a commitment to quality. Having had our share of bad dogwalkers in SF, I can
say that Jim and Benny go above-and-beyond with both the dogs and the owners.
- Smitha (Sabine's Mum)
Through structured, thoughtful training sessions, they transformed our high-strung, anxious German
Shepherd into a playful, friendly pup. They are dedicated dog-lovers, and our dog is thrilled every
time they walk through the door.
But I am just as impressed with how Jim and Benny treat the owners. They are reliable and
dependable, and with each session we get a detailed report on our dog's performance - giving us
piece of mind that our dog is being cared for properly. Jim and Benny even provide videos that
document our dog's progress, which are always entertaining. :) Overall, the level of communication
has been remarkable and it has been invaluable for us in reinforcing the training at home.
Jim and Benny are awesome. And they have a sweet dog of their own, Jasper, who loves everyone (dogs
and people) equally. We have two dogs (a lab and a lab mix) who Jim and Benny have taken care of for
walks and boarding. One of them is 12 years old and arthritic, and I can't say enough about how well Jim and
Benny have taken care of her. She gets massages when she isn't up for a full walk, they make sure she
gets all of her medication on schedule, and they even carried her home (all 65lbs of her) when she was
having a lot of trouble walking. Our other dog loves playing with Jasper and she comes home good and tired!
- Dawn (Emma & Paulette's Mum)
As an added bonus, there are videos! Sniff has a website where you can view the videos they take during
walks so you can share in your dog's daily adventure. If you are looking for great care for your dogs, you
will find it with Sniff.
We ran into Jim and Benny by chance one day at our regular dog park and had a nice chat. When our regular boarder
couldn't take our doggie one weekend, we found Sniff and we haven't looked back. They now walk our guy during the
week and always look after him when we go away.
Jim and Benny truly go above and beyond, and do so with a level of professionalism that I have never from other
seen dog walkers/boarders. They are always available to lend a hand when something comes up,
whether it's an extra walk, a sleepover when plans go awry, an extra night when flights are delayed,
etc. They are great communicators. We always know when they're with him and how things went,
and the videos are amazing. They also wash his paws after every walk -- who does that???
Our little guy has been experiencing a bit of anxiety recently and they have worked with him,
and with us, on trying to resolve it. We feel so lucky to have found Sniff!
- Anna (Blue's Mum)
Jim and Benny are amazing at what they do, and our dogs are in great hands
with them. We initially hired them to help train our skittish rescue pooch (and
probably us) to be comfortable and calm around other dogs. They transformed
him almost instantly, and he's become one of the most social dogs around.
- Bryan (Toby's Dad)
With that accomplished we couldn't imagine him not getting to keep playing with his
Sniff friends; from their updates and posts we see how much fun our lab has
on his daily walks and park/hiking excursions.
Highly recommended on all fronts!
The Sniff guys are great. We always know Finley (our puppy golden)
is in great hands with them so we can leave him and not worry. In
addition to spending quality playtime with him, they provide the added
bonus of reinforcing puppy training. Oh, and we love that Finley has a
Vimeo site thanks to them. Our friends and family get a kick out of
seeing him in action.
- Noël (Finley's Mum)
What can I say about Jim and Benny except they are absolutely wonderful. They have been taking Chowder
out on daily group hikes and walks for almost 2 months now and he's never been happier or healthier. The
little guy literally loses his mind when they come to the door! They charge you for an hour a day but in reality
the dogs get at least 2, sometime 3 hours of exercise a day. They even come by and do complimentary
potty breaks in the afternoon if needed.
They really love the dogs they take care of. It's obvious in their interaction with my dog and it's clearly obvious
when you watch the videos. Oh yea...the VIDEOS...lol...they're awesome. I get to watch my dog play while i'm at
work and it totally lights up my day. They are affordable, professional, caring and basically the best you can
hope for in a dog walking company. If I could give these guys 6 stars, I would.
- Sepand (Chowder's Dad)
We put a lot of thought and consideration into how we engage dogs and their owners. Dogs are individuals just like people and have unique likes, dislikes and needs. Whether you would like your dog to lose weight, become socialized to a stressor or break out of his or her shell, we’re listening. We create solutions and constantly review and edit how we work to improve the way we operate. We:
Offer a true dog-walking service. We leverage the unproductive time spent in vehicles. Dogs burn off pent-up energy and are more likely to play and socialize with others. They stay trim and are socialized to environmental stressors, such as skateboards. Plus dogs relieve themselves when nature calls.
Invest time to learn about a dog’s temperament. We ask clients the questions that help us understand their dogs as they do. This lets us establish bonds more quickly and keep dogs safe.
We treat dogs as individuals. We ensure that dogs have an outlet for stimulation and healthy fun. Working as a cohesive team, we have more bandwidth to focus on the individual needs of dogs without sacrificing a dog’s opportunity to socialize and learn. Whether a casual stroll, a park outing requiring moderate exercise or a strenuous, athletic outing, different routines allow us to maximize your dog’s potential.
Compose detailed notes, letting clients know when we arrive and return. The summaries, in narrative, cover a wide range of subjects, such as how we are received, a dog’s comfort level, plays styles, sociability, behavior, obedience, meals or medication (if applicable), and potty.
Record every park excursion using a 1080p, HD wide-angle action camera. Videos are crisp so clients are able to see the world through their dogs’ eyes, go where their dogs go and watch them play.
Do our best to reduce our carbon pawprint. We walk which keeps our air clean; source ecologically sustainable products that are recycled, compostable, or renewable; and properly dispose of waste, leaving parks cleaner than when we arrive. We also contribute to local green initiatives, such as Green Alleys (http://www.greenalleys.org).
Invest in free consultations. We meet our clients on a regular basis to help with issues that they may be experiencing with their dog. We want dogs to thrive and if we can help clients resolve issues, then we ultimately improve the time we spend with their dog.
Having adopted both our girls Jasper and Mooloo, animal rescue & welfare has always had a special place in Sniff's heart. We volunteer time and donate money to local animal rescues. Some of our outreach efforts include a fundraising drive on behalf of the Butte Humane Society to help animals affected by the Camp Fire, raising over $56,000 in the process. We also made a Clean Air Pledge, where we donate our net proceeds for each day that the Bay Area is blanketed in unhealthy air, as a contribution towards various wildfire disaster relief funds.
We feel that getting to know our clients is as important
as knowing the dogs under our care. We host seasonal
events throughout the year.
We offer four group excursions daily. We operate on foot, which means we don't use vehicles to pick dogs up. Instead we pick up dogs one after another and walk them to a park. Dogs get more exercise and are primed to play once we arrive at the park.
At the park, we engage and supervise all the dogs in off-leash games, such as fetch, tug-of-war, chase and playful wrestling. We routinely work with dogs to reinforce and expand their repertoire of commands to keep them safe. For new dogs, we provide additional obedience training as a matter of course, until such time that they are fully reliable.
We cater to puppies who wish to join our park excursion group but who do not yet have requisite protection of vaccinations. We go to safe outdoor spaces for brief jaunts. We replenish water and food, administer medication as directed, and clean up any mistakes along the way. We’ll help build a puppy’s recall and other commands to keep them safe. This is a wonderful way to introduce and socialize a puppy to the city.
Nuestra casa es su casa. Dogs that are in our park excursion program are welcome to stay with us for boarding or daycare. They receive our full attention and have free range of our home plus supervised access to our garden. We take dogs on up to two park excursions each day, and take them out for walks to potty. At nighttime, we go out for moonlight walks and have them earn snacks when we return.
Our home has ample room to romp either with our own two girls Jasper and Mooloo who are always willing to play or with an array of toys which we make available. The dogs sleep tight on comfortable, plush bedding. For long-term stays, we provide complimentary shampoos so that dogs return smelling clean and fresh.
Being away from your dog isn't easy so we send lots of texts updating you on their stay with us and share photos and videos.