Meet The TRAINERS
The Top Dog SF team believes it is vital to continue our education regarding animal behavioral science and reward-based dog training methods. Top Dog SF dog pros take continuing education classes on an annual basis. We are a team of SPCA Certified Counselors and Trainers, Dog Training Internship Academy Graduates, Dog*TEC Dog Walking Graduates or Trish King's Canine Behavior College Graduates. All of our walkers are also Certified Dog Walkers through Top Dog SF's Dog Walker University and are Pet CPR and First Aid Trained.
Natalie Tondelli-Walsh is the Founder and Director of Canine Happiness :
Natalie graduated with honors from the renowned San Francisco’s SPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers in 2009 under acclaimed dog trainers Jean Donaldson and Janis Bradley. Natalie is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Pet Professionals Guild, an Animal Behavior College Mentor and a DogTEC Dog Walking Graduate.
Natalie is married to Tim Walsh and they have a daughter named Olivia. Natalie and her family rescued Luisa a black Labrador Retriever from Guatemala in 2008. She also does fostering for Grateful Dog Rescue. Natalie's vision is for Top Dog to be the best dog walking and training service in San Francisco!
Jackie Stagg - Lead Trainer and Adventure Walker:
Jackie became a Certified Trainer and Behavioral Consultant after graduating from the Dog Training Internship Academy. Jackie was born and raised in Vermont with dogs, cats and horses. Her parents gave her a dog on her first birthday and Jackie has had dogs in her life ever since. Susie Q, a Norwegian Elkhound was her best friend growing up.
Jackie spends her time with her one pup Hazel who is an avid ball junky & trickster. They've spent many an afternoon at Funston on the beach. She's excited to discover new trails and other areas Funston has to offer with dog walking for Top Dog SF. When Jackie is not dog walking, she volunteers and fosters for Muttville Dog Rescue. Dogs are such wonderful creatures and she learns so much from them everyday!