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Dog Walker - Voted #1 in SF - highest hourly around and salaried positions
Citizen Hound

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Dog Walker - Voted #1 in SF - highest hourly around and salaried positions
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Citizen Hound

Job Summary

$21-24 per hour
Job Type
Entry-level, Full-time, Part-time
Job Last Posted
Job posted 7 days ago
Job Role
Dog Walker
Employer's Industry
Animal Care
Job Schedule
Weekdays, Mornings, Afternoons

Job Description

Do you live in SF? (No BAY BRIDGE commuters)

Own a SUV/van/wagon/truck w bed cover? (Sorry no exceptions, unless you buy one.)

Working for the man got you down? Did you recently graduate with a degree but don't want to use it yet? Feel like a big life change that will make you happy? Want to work outside?

While many other dog walking jobs you'll see are on leash solo or with a couple dogs, our operation should not even be called dog walking at all. What we do is lead packs of dogs off leash in forests and on beaches, running them through adventures everyday. On the underbelly of it all though is learning and socialization. These dogs learn from you how to be well behaved and disciplined both on their own, with each other, and with their handlers. Teacher, boot camp instructor, pack leader, canine concierge; we wear many hats, and sometimes they get eaten. What we're looking for is someone fun, energetic, positive, and looking to enjoy this career for at least a year. So we ask you:

  • Own a SUV/van/wagon/truck w bed cover? (Sorry no exceptions, unless you buy one)
  • Live in SF? (No BAY BRIDGE commuters, Daly City OK)
  • There is no previous dog experience required!
  • Do you LOVE dogs?
  • Athletic, energetic and looking to stay fit?
  • Have a smart phone and know how to use it?
  • Able to commit to a year or more?
  • Friendly, outgoing, and customer savvy?
  • Have extreme patience?!
  • Eager to learn? To teach?

If you can rightfully answer "yes" to each and every one of the preceding questions, apply now. These are all "must have" qualities to keep our company at the forefront of the industry. Even though these are seemingly basic, they are at the heart of what we do. Be not mistaken, we are top tier and need you to be, too. We won SF's #1 Dog Walking company in three separate publications last year.


You can make more of it doing this than you'd think. The below wages do not include private walks and pet sitting which generate us THOUSANDS more each month.

Trainees make $15/hr when riding along or doing after hours training meetings (for ONE WEEK only). Trainees make $20/hr when driving alone after the first week.

  • Dogtoral Candidate $20.50/hr
  • Puppy Professor - $21/hr
  • Dean Of Dogs - $22/hr
  • Salaried positions eligible after one year - $32,500 - $40,000 annual base salary!
  • Pet sitting and private walks add thousands more $$$. 

How advancement works:

You shadow for a week, taking in $15/hour. Essentially you do nothing but ride along, meet the dogs and coworkers, and learn the basics of the daily routine. Not bad at all.

Week #2 is a bit different, so we up you to $20/hour. You start picking up your own packs of dogs and meet up with me and other staff at our walking locations - typically Crissy Field and the forest at the Presidio. You start keeping track of your mileage and will be reimbursed gallon for gallon. You learn. You're bumped up to $21 for 2nd leg of training, and after your training is complete, typically the first two months of employ, $21.50/hour. You'll get your dog walker certification ($800 you don't have to spend) and you're ready to go.

The longer you stick with it, the more you involve yourself in our company mission, the more you demonstrate your willingness to work hard and grow professionally, the more you learn, the more you earn. We currently have over 5 staffers on salary.


The base requirement is shifts that last five to six hours Monday-Friday. You start in the late morning and are home by early evening, roughly 10-4. If you want a longer day, that can be arranged by adding more walks before or after groups! For instance, one walker earns nearly $2000 more per month, nearly doubling his income, by walking a morning pack.

For us, there is no such thing as working nights, weekends, or holidays. However, good extra income is also available to you through boarding and solo walks on your own personal schedule as needed by our clientele.

If you can sit dogs you can make thousands in cash!!!!! I made $2700 extra in January alone, just through pet sitting, and $2100 in March. That's all in addition to your base salary, and it's all optional, no schedule that you don't set yourself. 


If you want to work here simply describe your interest in a convincing, professional email (cover letter). Your email is your ticket, so craft it well. Professional submissions will be looked at. We look forward to hearing from you.

Prepare to submit A FEW REFERENCES after we interview. At least one must be a former employer/supervisor.

Own a SUV/van/wagon/truck w bed cover? (Sorry no exceptions, unless you buy one. Live in SF? (No BRIDGE commuters, Daly City OK)

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Business Overview

Our Story

Citizen Hound was not built by me. It was built by everyone who's worked here. We're now nearing our 40th teammate in 8 years. It's currently a tight knit group of 12. We work hard to be the best, but also to have the best workplace that we can. The people we hire love this job. Make no mistake, this may only be dog walking, but we're a powerful organization driven to great lengths, and it's a wonderful place to either build stellar job experience for the first time, or develop leadership experience at any age. We hope to find people that want to be a part of growing a small business together. 

Why Work With Us?

We pride ourselves on our customer service, our care, our skill, and our reputation. We're looking for people that fit our team and share our passion for exceeding customer expectations. Staff routinely call this the best job they've ever had.

Team Size

1-10 team members


Culture & Perks

Casual Dress
Happy Hours
Pet Friendly
Team Events
Mission Driven
Work-life Balance
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