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About Us

Meet Rochester’s Best Dog Walking Team

Meet the team you can trust with your beloved fur kids. We are the most rated and reviewed on Google and have over 80 5-star reviews across all platforms

Our Team, Our Commitment

Our commitment to excellence is what separates Rochester Dog Walkers from other options in the community. We will not settle for less, and our incredible team is at the root of this promise to you. Our team is made up of exceptional pet care professionals who are our dedicated staff of employees, and we never utilize independent contractors. It is our commitment to provide remarkable care with attention to the details, peace of mind, and a great experience for you and your pets. We work as a team to achieve success and our clients’ reviews are a testament to our elite, caring, thoughtful team who consistently go above and beyond.

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Pet First Aid and CPR Certified

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Insured, Bonded, and Background Checked

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7-Stage Hiring Process

Meet The Team

B. Smith

B. Smith

Owner/Operator

Hello pet parents and pet enthusiasts of Rochester! It is an absolute pleasure to be serving such an incredible community filled with so many animal lovers! I was born and raised right here in Rochester, NY, and have aspired to offer exceptional care for both the pets and their humans in this area, for what feels like a lifetime. From Kennel Attendant to Dog Daycare Team Member, to earning my degree as a Canine Behavior Trainer, to a Manager with Rochester Dog Walkers, I knew my career would involve caring for the pets of Rochester. On my first day with RDW, in May 2019, I knew I was “home”. Acquiring RDW has been my greatest accomplishment, though will not be my last! Thank you for supporting our mission to provide exceptional in home pet care to the pets of Rochester! Without you, this would still be just another “dream”.

Danielle

Danielle

Field Manager

Hi! I’m Danielle!

I’m a recent Rochester transplant from Pittsburgh, PA. I share my home in the city with a German Shepherd named Cash, and a Belgian Malinois named Chirp. We play a dog sport called Mondioring, which involves obedience, jumping, and protection exercises. When I’m not walking dogs, I like to study computer programming, work on crafts (my latest venture is embroidery), and dance!
Fun fact about me- I’ve been studying Egyptian and Middle Eastern music and dance for over a decade!
Jen G

Jen G

Office Coordinator

I was born and raised in Rochester, NY and have lived in this area most of my life. I live with my sweet Charlie Bear-180 pounds of absolute pure English Mastiff lap dog! I love to travel and spend time with my nieces. Fun fact: I’ve been to Australia many times! I’ve spent time with wombats and koalas and even kissed a kangaroo and a dingo! No matter what part of the world they are in, I love every animal! I can’t wait to meet your fur babies!

Kevin

Kevin

Team Lead/Pet Care Specialist

Hi! I grew up in Fairport NY and have lived in the area most of my life. I’ve been an avid dog fan since I was young, and developed an interest in dog training and sports. I have a Border Collie puppy Mirk who is I spoil to death, which means lots of fetch and play! We are training for agility and he is going to try sheep herding once he’s a little older. My interests outside of work include bass guitar, web development, cooking and reading. My fun fact is I used to have a ferret as a pet!

Michael

Michael

Dog Walker/Pet Care Specialist

Michael is originally from Goochland, Virginia, but we are so happy he is here with us in Rochester, NY! His favorite hobbies are Disc Golf and Ultimate Frisbee. He has two dogs, Tally who is a keeshond and Sandy who is a lab/chow mix. Fun fact: He has seen Secret Life of Pets almost 50 times!

Riley

Riley

Dog Walker/Pet Care Specialist

Howdy! My name is Riley and I’m from Atlanta, GA. I currently have one dog named Shadow. He’s a blue tick hound/Australian cattle dog mix. Fun fact: he was found in our garage when he was just a puppy! After all these years he’s still my best friend and I love taking him on many walks around the neighborhood . Outside of caring for animals I love playing video games with my friends, and enjoy embroidery. My favorite part about working for Rochester Dog Walkers is getting to see how excited the dogs are right before their walk begins. It’s a very special time of their day and I love being part of it ❤️. 

Melissa

Melissa

Dog Walker/Pet Care Specialist

Hello! I am a native of Rochester, and I have been passionate about all animals since I was a young girl.  I have adopted/rescued dogs since I was in my twenties. I currently have two adopted dogs named Max and Hope. We also have a pet fish and pet hamster ❤️   I enjoy hiking in my free time. Fun fact: before becoming a stay-at-home mom, I was a background investigator for 15 years.
Cheryl

Cheryl

Dog Walker/ Pet Care Specialist

I was born in Syracuse, NY at St. Marys Maternal Hospital, which has been nonexistent for a very long time. As a child we always had beagles. I also had several cats, turtles, and hamsters. As an adult I’ve had a lab mix named Murphy, two St. Bernard’s named Olga and Bozo who had a litter of furry pups. My most recent pet was a yellow lab named Bailey. He and I participated in pet therapy by visiting nursing homes and children’s reading program in elementary schools and libraries. We were inseparable! Fun fact: I once pet sat for a friends raccoon while they were on vacation. Hobbies: I love searching for sea-glass and making jewelry and pictures. I also enjoy gardening, cooking, baking, and knitting. The reason I decided to become a dog walker is I miss my Bailey very much, so wanted to be able to get some doggy time in while enjoying walking others pets.

Deb

Deb

Dog Walker/ Pet Care Specialist

Hello and Good Day! I’m Deb, and I was born and raised in Upstate NY, specifically Queensbury, NY, K – 12.

I grew up with 3 Old English Sheepdogs!

If my home is ever ginormous, I’d love to own a Bernese Mountain Dog. Otherwise, I’d be thrilled to enjoy another Old English Sheepdog, or a Newfoundland!

A little more about me: I’m a mechanical engineer by degree, and to that end, I especially favor packaging engineering.

A fun fact about me: I’m both a volunteer and professional clarinetist, as well as a volunteer and professional clarinet instructor, of all ages!

My most favorite hobby is live music, of many genres and cultures. Domestically, my concert ticket collection is huge, and ever growing!

What do I most enjoy about my dog walking playdates?

My fury friends bless me with the funniest, and most tender hearted stories, just ask my clients, coworkers, and especially my husband!! All he needs to ask me is, “How was your day?” To which I respond, “Oh my heavens, how much time do you have, like right now?!” And I don’t summarize anything!!!

I look forward to the privilege of meeting you and your furry family!

Kimberly

Kimberly

Dog Walker/ Pet Care Specialist

Hello everyone! I was born and raised in our very own Rochester, NY. Though I left for college out of town, Rochester has that something special that I just could not part with! So of course I had to come back! I come from a lab family. My aunt and uncle had labs when I was growing up, my first puppy was a Black Lab, and my uncle has a Black Lab who may or may not be spoiled with the number of walks I give her, When I’m not outside enjoying all types of Rochester weather (you know as well as I our city can’t make up its mind!), you can find me at the bookstore or in my little reading nook at home. I almost never go anywhere without some type of book! If you ask me, my second favorite things in this world are puppy hugs and nose boops!

Kian

Kian

Dog Walker/ Pet Care Specialist

Hello! My name is Kian! I was born and raised in Rochester, but also spent a few years living in St. Louis, MO before moving back home. I have two wonderful fur babies, my dog Gemini and my cat Chai. When I’m not working, I enjoy kayaking, hiking, reading, painting, and playing video and board games. I am also currently pursuing my Masters Degree in Behavior Analysis. Fun fact about me: I was the beatboxer in my college a cappella group.
Cassidy

Cassidy

Dog Walker/ Pet Care Specialist

I was born in the small, small town of Wyoming, New York, and I lived there for most years of my life. My family has had a few dogs–my parents owned a Pomeranian when I was a kid and then two Great Dane/German Shepherd mixes during my teenage years, as well as many other dogs and cats owned by family members–and I personally used to own a little gray cat. In the very near future, I would love to adopt a cat of my own, and I plan on owning and fostering many cats and dogs in the slightly-farther-off future.

Outside of work, I’m a full-time student studying Political Science and Criminal Justice. I also already have two bachelor’s degrees–English and Forensic Psychology. Other than schoolwork, I love reading classic literature and digging into criminal law textbooks. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and family, painting, stamp making, and cooking/baking.

A fun fact about me is that I never learned how to ride a bike or how to swim!

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