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Commercial Dog Walker Certification Course
Learn the ins and outs of
dog walking from industry pros
Citizen Hound and SuperDog City have teamed up to offer a 20-hr Classroom, or 40-hr Hands On Dog Walker Certification Course endorsed by San Francisco's Animal Care and Control to satisfy the city and the GGNRA's commercial dog walking legislation requirements. 

The SF Commercial Dog Walker Certification Course was developed by David Levin and Corey Vitale, owners of two of the most successful and largest dog walking companies in the Bay Area. 



SF Commercial Dog Walker Certification Course ® , San Francisco, CA 94123

Check out the course
20 Hour Classroom Course: $250
40 Hour Hands On Field Course: $500

What You Will Learn:
Learning Theory | Positive Reinforcement Techniques | Canine Psychology | Body Language | Proper Dog Walking Equipment & Tools | Evaluating Dogs For Group Suitability | Ideal Group Structure | Maintenance & Good Pack Management | Methods For Addressing Problem Behaviors | Dog Fight Prevention & Understanding Aggression | Basic First Aid & Response | Compliance With Local Laws | Recommended Outside Material | Business Methods 

This course is taught through lecture, video analysis, demos, hands-on experience, plus ride-alongs and field work in the 40-hr program.

Where: Varying locations
Duration: 3 or 4 days 
Size: Limited to 10 students per class. 

​A fast-paced 4-day workshop leading to professional dog walking certification. Graduates come away fully equipped to start a dog walking business or advance an existing one. Expand your knowledge of canine behavior, learn pack-management techniques, how to build training protocols, and learn invaluable insider knowledge of how to run a successful dog walking business in San Francisco. 
Effective July 1, 2013, commercial dog walkers with 4 or more dogs are required to carry a valid annually renewed dog walking permit issued by the San Francisco Department of Animal Care & Control or the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), depending on your desired land use.

Enforcement of this law will take place on all city property under the Department of Rec and Parks, SF Port, and the Public Utilities Commission, and through all coastal parks through the GGNRA National Park Service. (See the San Francisco Department of Animal Care & Control's information page regarding the details of this important new legislation, as well as their Requirements for Dog Walkers page.)

In order to obtain a permit to walk 4-8 dogs commercially within San Francisco, one must become certified as a trained commercial dog walker. SFACC has approved our 20-hour and 40-hour CDW Training Courses which meet their requirements for certification, just one of the new necessary steps to becoming a successful, knowledgeable, responsible, and permitted dog walker in San Francisco.
This course has been approved to satisfy requirements of CCSF Health Code Article 39 section 3906 (a)(1), 3906 (a)(2).
Upcoming classes:

There are currently no classes available. 
If you're interested please contact us and we may be able to hold a class based on the number of interested people. Occasionally we do hold one on one classes.

Alternatively, if you'd like to apply for a position at one of the companies running the course your class cost would be picked up by us saving you $800 and giving you plenty of experience. One year employment commitment required.