Dog Tales walking and sitting service

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Our mission is simple. Educate. Love. Compassion. Trust. Respect.
These are our core values and guide what we do, why we do it and how we do it.

About Us

Dog Tales is made up of a select group of experienced professionals who are also lifelong animal lovers and pet guardians. We understand that your pet is a valued member of your family and deserves the highest level of care and treatment. As a result, DogTales is committed to providing superior service to both pets and their guardians, utilizing positive, reward-based techniques in all that we do.

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Deborah Deegan, CDW

I first fell in love with animals as a kid growing up in Maine, and while I've worked successfully in many fields, I always felt something was missing. It wasn't until I was rescued by my dog Tucker, who I discovered in a trash can as a tiny puppy, that I began to realize that my lifelong passion for animals could also become my livelihood. I founded Dog Tales in October of 2002 to offer personalized services to fulfill the needs of pets and their guardians. From private walks to play groups for dogs, and in-home pet sitting for dogs and cats, pets receive love and attention in a safe and caring environment. DogTales is a fully licensed, bonded, and insured San Francisco business.

Dog Tales and Deborah is a proud member of The Pet Professional Guild, an organization devoted to pet industry businesses who has a mutual 'goal of furthering the public's education and awareness of force-free dog training and pet care methods, techniques and state of research in dog training and pet care and to promote the common interest of spreading 'force-free' dog training and pet care methods to the pet industry." I am a graduate of The Academy of Dog Behavior Dog Training Program taught by behaviorist Trish King. I am also a graduate of dog biz's (formerly dogTEC) exclusive Dog Walking Academy program, where I obtained certification as a professional dog walker. I recently completed my Fear Free Certified® professional training; an initiative developed by Dr. Marty Becker teaching methods and protocols to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety and stress in our pets. As part of my committment to education and elevating professional standards, I was part of the working group that developed the educational curriculum for San Francisco's Dog Walking Permit legislation and was one of the first approved schools for dog walkers seeking a to obtain a permit. I am certified by both the American Red Cross and Pet Techin Pet First Aid and CPR. In addition, I am a member of SF Dog and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. I continually update my knowledge of companion animal behavior by participating in workshops, seminars and readings.

Click here to see a list of selected Conferences, Seminars and Workshops that I have attended.

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Bruce Dal Santo

I've been fortunate enough to live in San Francisco for over 40 years now and have been working with Dog Tales since 2007. In all but the first two years in SF I've had the delightful task of sharing my life with some marvelous dogs. First there was San Andreas, a Lab mix, then Wellington, a pure breed Lab whose grandfather was the legendary "Ballpark Frank", 6 times consecutive national field champion, and finally a beautiful Australian Shepherd named Brownie who lived with me and Wellington for 17 years. So I have been around dogs for a long time and have loved every minute of it. Because of all of the above I have know Deborah for a long time as we have had frequent long conversations in the dog park. Looking forward to meeting you on the dog trails all over this glorious city. I am certified by Pet Tech in Pet First Aid and CPR.

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I've been with Dog Tales since 2013, but have been working professionally with pets (through my own business or other's) since 2009. I am certified in Pet First Aid and am a graduate of Dog Tec's Dog Walking Academy. I have assisted puppy classes and a clicker class with Fawne Pierre of Smarty Pup!, and assisted classes for DogEvolve including Leash Monster classes for barrier aggression, No Barking classes, and Recall classes. My group is a great balance of mellow dogs and playful dogs. They are all super snuggly and I always give them a lot of affection.

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I have always loved, and lived with, dogs. Throughout my childhood, I would cut out random pictures of dogs from newspapers and magazines to save in a "dog scrapbook." My last two dogs lived to the ages of 16 and 14, including many age-related ailments that required special care. For this reason I have a special interest in caring for our older canine companions, where I can bring extra sensitivities to their needs. Now retired after 33 years as a high school English teacher, I want to spend more time with the animals I love. I'm available for individual dog walks, home visits, and cat sitting.