Janet Slissman is the best dog-walker in San Francisco. Hands Down! She loves dogs and genuinely cares about them. Our 5 year old Golden retriever loves her and cant wait to hop in the cool van for a day of fun. Since Having Janet walk our dog, we have seen her better socialize with other dogs which was a big issue when we initially brought her home. 2 years ago when Janet first walked our dog, she immediately let us know that she might have weak hips. When our dog was eventually diagnosed with hip displasia, Janet helped us with all the information about the disease and kept us from panicking. Besides being a phenomenal dog-walker, Janet is a gem of a person, very loving and caring. No matter how many times we changed our schedule, she always accommodated us when she did not have to. We highly highly recommend Janet and Doggie Business. – Biwesh and Suju
I’ve had dogs all of my life, and never had to hire a Dog Walker. In 2011, I called Doggie Business and that was one of the best decisions I have made. Janet Slissman is reliable, dependable and knowledgeable. She is so good with my little boy, who loves his group walks and his Auntie Janet.
You are the Best. Mary G.
Janet is a tremendous dog walker! She is incredibly reliable, flexible, attentive, communicative, and quite the dog charmer. Recently our dog got a foxtail in his ear and she called immediately, took him to our vet, and saved him a painful procedure and us hundreds of dollars! We feel so lucky to have Auntie Janet taking care of our dog and know you will feel the same. Betsy B.
Janet is the best. My dog is so much happier since he started going for his daily walks with Janet. He gets great exercise and has lost weight. He looks forward to hanging out with the pack. Julie M.
My dog is a much happier dog since she has been walked by Janet. She gets three big walks a week and it has helped her mood and keeps her weight down. We have been using Janet for 6 months and will keep using her. When our dog hears the van pull up she runs to jump in. I know she loves it.
A affordable and high-quality dog walking service for residents living in the West Portal/Sunset vicinity.
San Francisco Dog Walker – crated rides to the dog park.
Ever wonder what your dog experiences when the vehicle pulls away from your house? Uncrated dogs can have an unpleasant or even dangerous ride to the park. Dogs can be thrown about or be a distraction to the driver.
Fresh air, interaction with other playmates and affection all contribute to a happier and healthier pet.
Janet is a doggie genius! She has been walking our dogs for a long long time and was highly recommended by our groomer. Our Lab has become svelte and athletic at the advanced age of 9. He looks like a young dog and acts like one, too. All due to Janet’s energetic and dog appropriate walks, hikes, swims etc. She even bathes him up when she gets him home. We have a very old dog who is no longer able to walk out but when she could, she would not go with anyone and actually growled at our previous dog walker and hid under the bed. Janet showed incredible patience and hard work and Lily grew to love her and look forward to her walks and outings. I have left my dogs with Janet overnight and they come home happy and content. They are always glad to see her. I cannot recommend her too highly. You are lucky if she chooses you!
After noticing that our poor dog was looking a little bored and a little fat we thought it was time to find a dog walker. Well, along came Janet. It didn’t take long for our puppy to fall in love with her and look forward to the sound of her van. You can tell she loves what she does. Completely trustworthy, reliable and loving. Janet is just amazing! We couldn’t recommend her enough. Now our dog is happier and fitter and we’re harboring a lot less guilt. Reliable, reasonable, accommodating – perfect for dog walks and dog boarding – we adore Janet and Doggie Business. No more guilt about a bored dog left at home just a happy and healthy hound now!
Doggie Business is the creme de la creme of Dog Walking Services in the San Francisco Bay Area. Run by Janet Slissman, a native of San Francisco, Janet combines her 15 years of program management in the corporate world with her life long passion for animals, to ensure that your dog is safe, happy and thriving under her daily care. I have a 13 year old dog who is the happiest and most fit he has ever been in his life! His daily “walks” range from swimming in lakes, to romping through some of San Francisco’s most beautiful parks, and traversing interesting trails. When I go off to work each day, I know my dog has a wonderful adventure awaiting him.
I was referred to Janet by a friend and I gave her a call. Even though I did not live in her service area, she was willing to come and meet my dog. I was a bit worried since, my one and a half year old Portuguese Water Dog is “active” to say the least, and I had been told by others dog walkers that she was “difficult”. Janet came in to our home with the warmest greeting and open arms to my high-jumping dog. We have taken her on as our regular dog-walker. And I cannot say enough good things about Janet. She cares so much for all the dogs and works hard to find them the right playmates. She is always educating us on new information, not to mention the gear available for dogs. Janet also lovingly cared for our pup while we were out of town for a few days, and we came home to a happy dog. Janet is a gem of a woman. An incredible, very professional, Doggie Business Mama! This woman loves dogs and loves her work. I highly recommend her services!
Of course we give Janet 5 stars. Doggie Business impeccable service starts with the van. It is simply cleaner than our family mini van… It comes with rugs and individual crates with clean towels. Nothing to do with those cars packed of barking dogs on top of each other that you see everywhere in the city. Our dog Shasta smells it from the other end of the street, rushes to the front door, and starts whining. And then there is Janet. She clearly has a passion for dogs, and she truly cares about the dogs she walks. Within a week she had figured out Shasta’s personality. She has a genuine interest in our dog: she emails as soon as she notices something new or different in her behavior, and she is full of sound advice . There have been many changes in Shasta: a calmer, more balanced dog, more obedient (no more pulling on the leash!), and, last but not least for an ever hungry lab, a thinner, better looking, healthier dog. So I know it is a cliché, but it is for us one of those situation where we think: why didn’t we do it earlier.
My dog loves Janet!!! She’s a fantastic find! Max, my baby, can hear her van pull up out front and he immediately freaks out! He can’t get out the door fast enough! She’s dependable, professional, and passionate about her dogs! Highly recommend!
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Watch this video to see what a day is like at Fort Funston with Doggie Business.
make sure you change the setting to 720 HD
to change setting – start video by clicking on arrow and then click on the wheel, lower right hand corner
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Well if not, you probably will someday soon. Fort Funston is a popular destination for equestrians of all skill levels.
Don’t know how your dog will react to a horse? I suggest that you keep your eyes open and if a horse approaches, put your dog on leash, until you know their behavior. Most dogs will have a natural curiosity around horses and may run up to sniff or bark, which may startle the horse and cause the rider to fall, or at the very least, the rider may become angry with you and make it an unpleasant encounter.
Until you know how your dog will react to a horse,it is important to make that first encounter a cautious one. If you find that you dog seems to be overly interested in the new beast on the beach, then I recommend that you do some conditioning. I have had very good luck with dogs that are reactive to horses on the trail, if I take them on a private walk to a stable, on leash of course, and coax them near the horses with cookies and lots of baby talk (yes this is a technical dog training term). After a few times, the dogs will feel more secure and will relax around horses. And if you should see horses on the beach, you should call your dog over to you, for a treat. If you have conditioned the dog well enough, they should not react to the horses passing, but rather come over to you and sit facing you, when you call out “cookie” and then request that they “sit” quietly while the horses pass.
Our happy dog has had the pleasure of Janet’s company for one month. Belle was showing signs of her age (10) when the two first met, and now she is back to jumping for joy about walk time AND her appetite has improved. We couldn’t be happier! Janet is extremely flexible, caring, thoughtful, and takes her job very seriously. She came highly recommended and we can see why! Betsy, James, and Belle
If our dog Holly, a small, black lab, could write, she’d be stuck on the stars key, hitting it over and over in praise of Janet Slissman’s dog hiking and walking service. She (the dog) adores Janet and she (Janet) adores the dog. Perfect fit. Holly is a water dog and a ballaholic and she gets wet and blissed out chasing a ball with Janet and the other dogs. I’ve encountered other dog walkers with their dreary packs in enclosed dog parks and can only be grateful for Janet’s Doggie Business, clearly SF’s best. A zillion stars.
I met Janet by accident at a dog park where I recognized my neighbor’s dog, whom she was exercising and training. With no reason other than pure generosity, she gave me quite a bit of advice and help with both my old dog and my puppy and even made a special trip back to her car to get me a piece of equipment she thought would be useful to me. I liked her so much, a couple of weeks later I asked her to help me out with a last minute bit of care-taking for my dogs, which she willingly did. Not only did she give me more feedback than anyone else who has ever helped with my dogs, she creatively figured out things like how to mist them during a heat wave. It’s not often one finds someone who is as sweet and good with the owners as with the animals. I hope she gets lots of new customers so she will stay in business forever, because I don’t ever want to have to find anyone else.
Terrific news about Roscoe and the stairs!!! Just how did you manage to get him to do it – not only once – but 4 times on his own? What a break through. We’d just gotten your e-mail late last night and while we were in the kitchen talking I watched Roscoe go down the top stair on his own! We couldn’t believe our eyes!
I discovered Janet Slissman and Doggie Business at Ft Funston dog park in San Francisco as Janet was loading her charges into the Doggie Business van. From across the parking lot I immediately noticed this large, clean and well cared for van, a far cry from the usual tiny dog walker vehicles held together by duct tape, bailing wire and dirt. I also noticed that each dog had its own crate, and that there was plenty of fresh water, clean towels and treats available. The dogs were calm, safe, tired and happy. Generally,one would not notice this, it is a normal urban scene, but this was a HUGE step-up from the usual chaotic, noisy, over crowded and dirty conditions of 95% of the dog walkers autos and dogs. I soon discovered that Janet is a conscientious, organized and experienced dog walker. She has decades of experience training dogs reaching back to her childhood in SF when she showed her family’s dogs. Her intake meeting with new clients is thorough. Her reports back regarding your dogs day, his/her training needs, play manners, etc. is straight forward and detailed. If there is a training issue she offers the issue with the solution. Overall, I highly recommend Janet Slissman. Your dog(s) will be safe and happy. Give her call.