Our Staff

Our staff have the most important job - caring for your canine family members. For that reason, it takes a lot to be a part of the DD Team.   All staff go through an extensive training process learning about dog health, behavior, training basics and group management. Because learning is an on going process, all staff are required to attend monthly staff meetings as well as yearly staff In Service. While on the playroom floor, our staff continually reinforce "good" dog behaviors, and help to minimize "poor" dog behaviors. Staff are continuely working with the dogs throughout the day reinforcing basic commands, engaging them in fun activities or even cuddling with them on the floor.  Staff are trained to notice any health changes to properly care for any dogs that are visiting for several nights. We are lucky to have such a great team. 

 

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Greg R., CPCT
Senior Play Group Leader

After seeing a television show about doggie daycares, Greg searched the web to see if they existed in San Jose, and discovered Downtown Dogs; soon after, he was working with us! He likes dogs because "they are so loving and sociable," and believes that working at DD has made him a better dog owner. Greg enjoys computers, online gaming, reading, and "coming home to my fur-kids!"


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Marie Z.
Senior Play Group Leader

Marie was born in San Jose, CA. She has always had pets growing up and has always loved animals. She has been working with dogs for over three years and absolutely loves it. She currently attends San Jose State University and is working on getting her Bachelors degree in Zoology. Her eventual goal is to get her Masters degree in Marine Biology.


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Briana B
Senior Playgroup Leader
Weekend Lead
 

Briana has lived in several states but calls the Bay Area her home. Briana and her family have fostered dogs with South Bay Purebred Rescue since she was a young child. She currently is attending college. She lives with a Newfoundland mix, a mix breed dog, as well as a cat.

 

 

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Sydney KT

Senior Play Group Lead

Being a member of Future Farmers of America, Sydney has helped raised several goats, dogs, ducks and cats throughout her life.   Everyday, she looks forward to working with the variety of dogs at Downtown Dogs. Hailing from Campbell, CA Sydney is currently a student at San Jose State. In her free time, she volunteers at her local high school farm where she strives to ensure that every animal is happy and healthy. Sydney lives with a Tabby cat named Pippi Soft-Paws and an Australian Cattle dog named Whiskey-Bones. 

 

 

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Blaine H

Senior Play Group Leader/ Dog Trainer

Blaine's mission as a dog trainer is to bring together her love of family and dogs by building communications, educating and facilitating happier, relationships between our families and our canine companions. She has over four years of experience training a variety of different breeds and is a certified by the American Kennel Club as a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She specializes in basic obedience and believes in force free training and is fully committed to positive reinforcement techniques.  She believes that anyone can achieve their training goals with the right amount of effort, patience and consistency.  Her goal as a trainer is to build your relationship with your dog so it can be as fun and rewarding as possible.  

 

 

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Whitney R.

Senior Play Group Leader 

Ever since she can remember, Whitney has always had a pet in her life.  From hamsters and rats to her current dog, a Bichon Frise named Cody Bear. Whitney also has a Tabby cat named Sammy aka Biscuit. Cody and Biscuit are the most important part of her life as they bring her so much joy every single day.  Whitney has always wanted to work with dogs and is so ecstatic to have this opportunity at DD.  She is having so much fun learning about dogs and their different personalities.  In her free time, Whitney enjoys drawing using bright colors.  She also enjoys riding her bike around San Jose finding new trails to explore 

 

 

 

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Sarah G.
Play Group Leader

 Sarah grew up in Canada where she lived with a Siberian Husky, cat and bird. Every summer she would go camping with her father, brother and her dog which led to her great love for the outdoors.  At the age of 15, she moved to California with her family.  In high school Sarah attended a Veterinary Technology course which she loved and made her decision to have a job working with animals.  Currently she has 3 dogs; Raddy, Chanel and Shadow and two cats; Booty and Sophie. 

 

 

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Daniel M.
Play Group Leader 

 

Daniel's love for dogs is a given. He feels they are amazing and fascinating animals that deserve a lot of love and care. When he was in high school, Daniel worked at an animal shelter and it was his first experience caring for dogs that were not his own. While working at the shelter, Daniel learned how to feed, walk, bathe dogs.  Daniel grew up with a Pomeranian and a rottweiler who are no longer with him but will always be in his heart.  He brings his passion and love for dogs every time he comes onto the floor at DD. 

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Joel G.
Play Group Leader 

Joel grew up in Canada, outside the city of Winnipeg.  Growing up he always had dogs and other pets such as cat, birds and hamsters. He enjoys being outside and has fond childhood experiences of camping and canoeing with his dogs. His nick name was "Huck Finn" because he loved rolling around in the dirt with the dogs. This led to an unbelievable childhood and relationship with dogs. Currently, he has three dogs and two cats, who are all mix breeds and amazing!  Joel says he feels more comfortable with a group of dogs at DD then he does sitting at a table full of people :-) His biggest passions are animals, nature, and music/film. When he's not at DD, Joel enjoys hikes and bike rides. His goal in life is to live on a farm with hundreds of animal and film movies with the music he composes. 

 

 

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Francis
Play Group Leader 

 

 

Meghan C.

Play Group Leader in Training

Meghan is originally from sunny Cape Coral, Florida.  She moved to San Jose after finishing college as a 4 year division 1 swimmer in August 2014. She officially LOVES the Bay Area and LOVES being a part of the Downtown Dogs family.  She grew up around dogs, her family always had German Shepherds running around.  She had the wonderful opportunity to adopt a Pitbull mix from a shelter in Illinois that stole her heart (and everyone he meets!) Working with her own dog, Deek, has opened up her eyes to a world of knowledge and showed her how smart and loyal dogs can be. Meghan looks forward to seeing all the dogs on the playground!

   

Brenda G.

Play Group Leader in Training

 

 

 

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Jacqueline M
Front Desk Greeter

 

Born and raised in San Jose, Jacky has always had a love for animals with dogs having a special spot in her heart. Her earliest memories are playing with her two cocker spaniels. At a young age, Jacky has been taking in stray animals. Since 2005, Jacky has been working with dogs in various capacities from pet store to dog daycare.  She currently has a menagerie of animals: bird, cat, ball python, turtles and of course a dog.

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Kayla F
Front Desk Greeter

Kayla is a Bay Area native who grew up with an eclectic collection of dogs including a husky, a German shepherd and a border collie.  She has two years experience in dog grooming and a Bachelor's Degree from San Francisco State University.  She currently has no pets but plans on adding a furry member to her life very soon.

 

 

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Watch the Dogs

Downtown Dogs maintains an 'Open Door' policy and encourages owners to check in on their dogs throughout the day. Please feel free to checkout the dogs, but we do ask that you not leave the cameras up, when not watching. The live video is bandwidth intensive and will slow down as more people watch.

 

 

 

Playroom Camera Hours:
Ruff City - 7AM-12PM & 2:30PM-7:00PM

Tiny Town - 7:15AM-12PM & 2:30-6:30PM

Dogsville - 7:45AM-12PM & 2:30PM-6PM

 

Playroom cameras are turned off during naptime

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