dog-holding-gavel.jpgSan Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation today to regulate commercial dog walkers in the city.

The legislation would require such dog walkers to obtain a permit, pay an annual fee and walk no more than seven dogs at a time while using city property, among other regulations.

“Commercial dog walkers provide a critical service to the many San Franciscans with dogs,” Wiener said in a statement. “This service must be carried out in a professional manner that respects city property and the other users of that property.”

The legislation was crafted with the input of several groups, including the SPCA, Neighborhood Parks Council and a dog walkers’ group.

Angela Gardener, of the San Francisco Professional Dogwalkers Association, said, “For the many professional dog walkers who are well-trained, who know how to care for dogs, and who respect the city property they use, this legislation will legitimate them and will require dog walkers who lack training or skills to get training.”

Since he joined the Board of Supervisors in January, Wiener has taken the lead on dog issues in the city.

Earlier this year, he also proposed a resolution opposing a proposal by the National Park Service to reduce the size of off-leash areas for dogs at 21 sites in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

In April, the board voted 10-1 in favor of Wiener’s resolution opposing the federal plan, which has not yet been finalized.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • sfalew

    I love dogs, but I don’t have one. I’m sympathetic to dog owners, but…

    …there is dog poop, often smeared, on every block in my neighborhood.

    Until I no longer see dog stuff everywhere I go, I won’t vote in favor of laws that make it easier to have a dog in the city. You may say, I always pick up my dog’s doody. But others don’t. Dog owners have to police each other and even pick up other dogs’ poop if they want a city that likes to have them here. It’s culture, and dog culture needs to be adamant about this issue.

    And.. there are dog walkers who leave four or five dogs locked in the camper shell of their truck on or in the street, dogs barking and panting, for too long. This is shameful, and one day, the police will come. I love the dogs but not the owners/walkers in some cases.

    I’m putting this here in hope of helping your cause; you have to clean up your act to win supporters.

  • sfalew

    I love dogs, but I don’t have one. I’m sympathetic to dog owners, but…

    …there is dog poop, often smeared, on every block in my neighborhood.

    Until I no longer see dog stuff everywhere I go, I won’t vote in favor of laws that make it easier to have a dog in the city. You may say, I always pick up my dog’s doody. But others don’t. Dog owners have to police each other and even pick up other dogs’ poop if they want a city that likes to have them here. It’s culture, and dog culture needs to be adamant about this issue.

    And.. there are dog walkers who leave four or five dogs locked in the camper shell of their truck on or in the street, dogs barking and panting, for too long. This is shameful, and one day, the police will come. I love the dogs but not the owners/walkers in some cases.

    I’m putting this here in hope of helping your cause; you have to clean up your act to win supporters.

  • donnasue

    this is just plain nuts. NO professional should take more than 4 at a time — you’re just a cat or quirrel away from a dangerous situation. I have trained GSDs since 1982 and I can tell yoiu that even well trained dogs can get a little roudy — and 7? what are you thinking. this is just another greed thing — I walk all my client dogs individually for that personal attention, and safety for their well being as well as mine and the public’s.

    this is such a bad idea because there are those dog walkers who have caused animals in their care to die because of stupidity and negligence — dog walking is a tiring job, but 7 at a time is just plain crazy and shows how much the dog walker does NOT care about the well being of their clients’ dogs.

  • donnasue

    this is just plain nuts. NO professional should take more than 4 at a time — you’re just a cat or quirrel away from a dangerous situation. I have trained GSDs since 1982 and I can tell yoiu that even well trained dogs can get a little roudy — and 7? what are you thinking. this is just another greed thing — I walk all my client dogs individually for that personal attention, and safety for their well being as well as mine and the public’s.

    this is such a bad idea because there are those dog walkers who have caused animals in their care to die because of stupidity and negligence — dog walking is a tiring job, but 7 at a time is just plain crazy and shows how much the dog walker does NOT care about the well being of their clients’ dogs.