MEET THE TEAM

WE'RE IN THE RELATIONSHIP BUSINESS

Our relationships are important to us. 

Our team

Cohesive. Supporting. High standards. Proactive. Lead by example. Promote fun.

Our packs

Teachers. Rooted in science. Safety. Physical + mental stimulation. Tailored to the individuals.

Our clients

Part of the pack. We act as a supportive bridge. We thoughfully focus on your needs. 

Our community

We promote an engaged and connected micro-community created by our company.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

"Consistency. I completely understand an owners need to feel consistency with the staff, and while our main priority is grouping the packs perfectly so they have fun, your dog will stay with the same dogs, at the same parks, at the same times, with the same person - day in and day out for as long as we can. Each one of our professional dog walkers is carefully vetted and trained for you by me, someone who would die for my dog! I would trust my boy, and anyone else's dog with any of my awesome teammates. In fact, I very often do. 

 

Our staff is professional, amiable, athletic dog walkers and customer service men and women. We're all hardworking pros who are well trained and adept at taking care of the lucky dogs that come out with us everyday. We are the Best Dog Walkers in San Francisco."

-David Levin

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David Levin, CPDT, PhDog

Owner

 

My passion is teaching and providing a business people love. In this industry we all love dogs, but perhaps some walkers forget the need to be great with their humans too. I want you to feel comfortable communicating with us and feel confident about the team of people that cares for your family member while you're away. I'm dedicated to providing the perfect staff, and the perfect company structure to make sure that your dog is the beneficiary of our affection and hard work, and you feel completely connected. 

 

Exercise is the best form of affection, and I thank you for giving your dog the biggest treat you can by looking for a professional dog walker. Your dog craves the physical outlet, the mental stimulation, the socialization, and the fun that we will provide. Each one of our walkers has been trained rigorously in both managing the dogs using positive training approaches, safety, and in customer service. 

"My dog is my baby,

and I wouldn't trust my baby to anyone but

David and his team at

Citizen Hound."

- Jessica S.

Kalyn Levin

My Lefthand Lady

Kalyn's thrilled she made the decision to work for Citizen Hound. We almost didn't get her, but I saw the potential, so I begged and many years later ... we're married with a daughter on the way! She's currently a therapist in her professional life but although she's not a dog walker she'll undoubtedly be be an integral part of this company forever.

 

"Did you know that merely petting a dog triggers a hormone called oxytocin to kick into high gear? Oxytocin, which is sometimes dubbed "the cuddle hormone," helps reduce blood pressure and decreases levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress and anxiety." Yeah, she's smart, and everybody's much higher off oxytocin when she's around!

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"Upon arriving in SF, we interviewed many of the different services and selected Citizen Hound after being so impressed with David and his great staff."

-Alex M.

Synthia "All Pro" Wright

Chief Operations Officer

Volleyball, softball, track and field, captain of the UCSC women's rugby team, full back for the SF women's professional rugby team (who played for the national title for the first time ever), coach of their youth league, college football coach's daughter, MS in Health and Human Performance while working her day job. Synthia is as athletic as they get, a natural born leader, coach, and also a very nice lady. Clients go ga ga for her, and luckily she's there for everyone. As our COO Synthia's role is to manage all things that make CH run, from accounting to HR to customer service. She's got a big position and she's earned it. Her favorite part of the job remains working with and empowering the staff, though now she does it remotely from Chattanooga, TN. But who better to help empower others than one of the most powerful people I've ever met. As much as I've hyped her, she's better in person. 

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Molly Goldman

Team Leader, Culture Keeper

Molly is a Bay Area native and a self proclaimed karaoke enthusiast, cat mom, dog lover, and friend to all furry creatures. Molly came to us with no previous professional dog care experience after many years in the startup space, but her enthusiasm, professionalism, and drive for learning has quickly made her a key contributor to this company. She has taken and run with our dog training materials and is now one of our strongest pack leaders with a newfound natural dog sense. 

 

Within her first month of working here, Molly started taking on various projects with a few of

her dogs and was so impactful we had clients reaching out to shout accolades about the

changes they were seeing. What's more? Molly did this all on her own without any prompting or prescription from management or senior staffers. She brings structure, fun, and unbeatable care to every single pup in her pack while offering prompt and professional customer services to our clients.   
 

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"One of the best decisions 

we've made since moving 

to the Bay Area from

the East Coast last year was to have Citizen Hound walk our dog, Brady!!"

-Shannon P.

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Justin Hill

Team Leader, Assistant To The Regional Director

If I had to pick one word to describe Justin it would be: hilarious. He has the rest of us cracking up constantly. When I opened his initial job application email I saw a picture attached and didn't even need to read the rest before offering an interview. I included the one that got me to the left here. He said his friends refer to him as a modern day St. Francis, patron saint of animals, and he said, "I assure you I would be a fantastic addition to your team!" True! He is the kind of dog lover that upon being introduced to a member of our packs his first response is, "I love him."

As far as dog walking goes he already had three years of experience under his belt from 2010-2013 before a long stretch of professional film and video freelance work. With his experience added we've now got more than 30 years of combined experience between all staff members!  

"When Oliver gets back from his walks he passes out for HOURS.

When he's picked up Oliver rushes to the door and doesn't look back."

-Miriam R.

Erick Perez

Team Leader, Trainer in Training

We're very fortunate to have found Erick, someone who is so clearly hard working, dedicated, dependable, trustworthy, and kind with a track record to prove it. Right out of school Erick started working for Laundry Locker and spent the past 7 years there. I hate to rip on Millennials, especially since I am one, but 7 years anywhere seems like a dying trait these days. He worked his way up to managing a fleet of 7 drivers, and I was thrilled to hear that he and I align very well on what it means to be a good leader, to focus on the people first. The references from there were outstanding. It was clear they were sad to see him go, but that they wished him all the best with love.

 

Erick has decided that he wants to try to become a dog trainer, and we couldn't be more enthusiastic about having him learn the ropes with us. He's got all the right traits, the passion, the patience, and is someone we all really love working with. He received his first 5 star Yelp review within a month of starting with us! A new record! 

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Stephanie Birdsell

"I am the one at the party petting the dog in the corner, the one saying hi to the dog first and then the human, and the one getting lost in a conversation because cute dogs are walking past in the background." Believe it or not, in this line of work we're specifically searching for the ones at the parties petting dogs in the corner. It's a common denominator amongst the best of us. Steph said in her application that the search for the right job had her exhausted and she was so relieved to find us. I find that hard to believe because she's so athletic and energetic. We give her big rowdy dogs that she can exhaust on long hikes. 

Stephanie has an easy and infectious laugh, a happy disposition, and a nose to the grinder on the job. A nod of affirmation and she's off and I can't catch her. When she clocks out here she clocks in with Enterprise in their Management Trainee leadership program, where she's been recognized as a top performer. Before that she managed a team of up to 20 1st and 2nd graders and assisted instructors in the classroom as a Team Leader at Camp Galileo where she also served as a leader alumni on staff for new Team Leaders to shadow. 

"Citizen Hound takes care of our dogs as well as

we could ever hope!

They go above and beyond.

I know they are extremely loved and have the best time with all of the walkers!"

-Shalini H.

Molly "Aya" Freundt

"My name is Molly Freundt, and one of my life goals is to pet all the dogs that I can!" Wouldn't that kind of first line in a cover letter get you hired anywhere you want, or is it just me? 

 

Aya is from Bakersfield in central CA. Bakersfield is an extremely common dump area for unwanted dogs, and the vast majority of the shelters there are high kill. Because of this, Aya kept a leash and collar in the car, and the garage empty as a space for any loose puppers. Aya would foster these friends, until they found a safe place for them to go, whether into a real home, or until a local rescue could take them in. While Aya's not sure exactly how many doggos were rescued or rehomed, they know their record was 3 in one day while on the outskirts of town for a business meeting! The family jokes that Aya's a dog magnet. It's not hard to see why. Aya is clearly very kindhearted, fun, engaging, and amiable. On the interview I knew we would hire them on the spot when they listed their "super power" as positivity, my top trait in a teammate.

 

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"David runs this business with tons of passion and takes the care of the dogs seriously. His team is outstanding, Eva loves her walker (Shirl) and squeals with excitement every time she gets picked up."

-Pablo G.

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Lauri Green

Lauri has spent most of her professional career working in the bio sciences, with the last decade as an established molecular biologist at UCSF, spending her days in a lab. Then, about a year and a half ago she adopted her own personal dog, Rocco, and has decided to make a big change in her career path because of her love for animals and dogs. In fact, the first line of her application email said 'My name is Lauri Green and I speak dog.' How can you pass up that opener!

 

Lauri started volunteering with the SPCA in 2005 and took every single class they offered to dog volunteers and read every book that was on the list of required reading for their dog training academy. While Lauri was consuming all the information she could about positive reinforcement training she was able to apply that learning with the shelter dogs she worked with. Lauri's work with animals does not end there! She has done countless hours of volunteer and activism work throughout the years for animal rights and liberation. In fact, she was a big part of the group that got the AB-44 fur ban passed in California, so to say that animals are her passion is an understatement. 

"David is very easy to get in contact with and is also flexible and understanding when situations arise. Finding someone to trust with your pet is stressful but I'm always confident Mochi is in good hands with

Citizen Hound."

-Kelly L.

Sarah Johnson

Sarah has a marine biology degree, and comes to us with a ton of animal experience after working at the San Diego Zoo, training ordinance detection dolphins with the Navy, and then completing a fellowship with the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito where she helped to develop an educational program for kids.

 

She has a kind and inquisitive mind that bonds with and engages each of the pups in her packs, while keeping clients up to date about their pups wellbeing and happiness! But even with all of that intelligence, education, and training her greatest asset here might very well be her patience and unshakeable optimism...Scratch that, it's that she's super funny. AH! I can't decide! She uses all of these traits to handle some of our rowdiest packs, and makes it look fun and easy. She is genuine, kind, positive, and hilarious, regularly making both hound and human giggle. 

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"David and Armando go above and beyond and genuinely love and treat my dog better than I could have imagined. They go to the beach, on hikes in the woods, have sleepovers, have obedience training, and get kisses and cuddles all day long.

-Kate B..

"They go above and beyond to help you and your dog and every staff member I encountered was very patient and loving towards my dog with medical issues." 

-Rachel B..

"The entire team feels like a part of the family because we trust them so much with our dog. Citizen Hound is the BEST!"

-Andria G.

"We highly recommend David and his team - they are so much for more than dog walkers - they are trainers, teachers, and above all a dog's best friend."

"We know Penny loves the Citizen Hound team because of the way she runs to the door when they come to get her and the happy, tired puppy we see at the end of the day."

-Kiley N.

"David and his team are amazing. They are caring, attentive, super fun, and I can tell my dog is always enthusiastic to see them."

-Shirley F.

-Adam N.

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David Levin - Citizen Hound Dog Walking San Francisco, CA - Marina, Cow Hollow, Pac Heights, Lower Pac Heights, Presidio Heights, and Russian Hill neighborhoods.