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Based in Mountain View, California.

An all breed, all sizes dog walking and petsitting service dedicated to the wellness of your best friend.

We are currently accepting new private training clients. Take a look at how we handle training here. We are very lucky to have such a great group of people and dogs to serve through training, hiking, walks, group play, and dog sitting.

For other services, you can take a look at our referral partners at this page. Our referral list may also be closing their books for the holidays. Take a look at GoDogPro.com for qualified, force-free professionals in your area.

Services

What Good Sit can do for your family:

Group Play and Hikes

Dog Training

Service Area for Dog Training: Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, parts of Los Altos Hills

Service Area for Group Play and HikesPalo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos

Pricing: Our services vary from $56 per session to $250. Please contact us for our most up-to-date pricing list.

*Boarding is only available to clientele with established relationships. Must have had one paid overnight trial or daysit before boarding is an option.

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Happy Customers

Chris W. with Neo
Steph is ridiculously reliable when it comes to pups… actually she’s ridiculously reliable when it comes to almost anything. She is very organized and accommodating. She has the absolute best personality that makes any pup or person ecstatic to know her! She’s very knowledgeable in all things pups and is somewhat of an animal whisperer. Our dog leaps in joy every time he sees her!! She’s such an honest and trustworthy individual. She leaves things the way she finds them and she even adds to them- we are so lucky to know her and have her watch our pup when she can!

Abby K. with Ozzy and Pasha
We have two large and rambunctious dogs. Steph has cared for them several times when we’ve traveled. She has even stayed at our house when one of them was a puppy and needed lots of care. She is reliable and trustworthy. She absolutely LOVES animals and is super caring and fun with them. She takes them on extra long walks and hikes – they love seeing her!


Alicia T. with Mako
Stephanie was amazing! She sent multiple pictures of my dog throughout the day. I was really worried about how my fear aggressive dog would behave while I was away, but Stephanie eased my anxiety. She worked really well with my dog and was very patient to him warming up to her. I 100% trust her with my pup & would HIGHLY reccomend her to other dog owners.


Giselle G. with Chelsea
Stephanie was amazingly sweet and diligent with our anxious senior rescue. She took time on the meet and greet earlier to get to know her and clearly knows a lot about pets. We are already hiring her again.

Tamara K. with Mia, Misty, and Leo
Stephanie is the absolute best! She gave my two senior kitties and anxious dog so much love and care. The “pupdates” with photos were so amazing and gave me peace of mind during vacation knowing my fur babies were being so well cared for. My dog is looking for Stephanie and can’t wait for her next visit!

The good reviews are pouring in!

Continue reading “Happy Customers”

Contact

To best serve our current clients, we will not be responding to messages in a timely manner. Please look at our referral page or head to godogpro.com for seeking out qualified force free dog training professionals near you.

Text (650) 332-2335, email info@good-sit.com, or use this contact form:

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About

Selfie photo of Steph, a white woman with pink rimmed glasses, next to the large head of a German bred German shepherd with his tongue hanging out.
Good Sit’s owner, Steph Haddad, is a lifelong animal lover. Though she didn’t grow up with pets of her own, she always found ways to be around cats and dogs as her neighbors had many. As she grew, she became interested in training and rescuing animals. After getting her degree (in fine art!) she spent time first volunteering then working at the Champaign County Humane Society, where she was exposed to a large variety of temperaments, breeds, and learning the networking needs of dogs and cats who need new homes.
 
As an Animal Care worker, she did basic training, cleaning, grooming, caring, and socializing dogs, working hard to make sure that dogs who were in “holding” could get time outdoors and de-stressing despite their new, strange environment.
 
a young Steph Haddad in 2010, kneeling with a floppy-eared beagle german shepherd mix wagging his tail.
Steph with Scout, the first dog she saved (with the help of a great group of people!) back in 2010.
Having spent that time at the animal shelter from all those years ago, she uses her knowledge to help others while staying on top of the news for animal welfare. Steph helps network animals in need of adoption as well as place dogs with trainers and behaviorists who fit their needs. Now settled into the Bay Area, she’s made a small business of walking dogs and petsitting that’s turned into group play and dog training. She is furthering her education through the help of The Academy for Dog Trainers, Dog*biz, and what workshops, seminars, and webinars she can attend.
 
While she loves all dogs, Steph has a particular soft spot for all guard dog breeds, from shepherds to bullies, and especially enjoys working with them. Her experience has taught her that all dogs are individuals, and they deserve a chance to grow and have a good life on their terms.
 
While everyone at Good Sit has their own experiences, Steph trains everyone to meet dogs where they are utilizing force free techniques, whether they need a little extra help feeling safe, learning how to play with other dogs, learning how to trust people, or just plain making sure they get their exercise while they are out and about (and coming back when called!)
 
 
 
The stats:
Fifteen years of experience with dogs and cats caretaking
Currently in exams for Dog*tec Dog Walking Academy certification
Currently studying with Jean Donaldson’s The Academy for Dog Trainers
Dogsafe Canine First Aid certified
 

Service locations:

Steph is currently working with pets between East Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. Check on the Services section to see how Good Sit can help your family!

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Steph works on learning something new as much as she can. Part of the fun of having a local network is being able to shadow colleagues and peers as well as ask for advice, sometimes sharing clientele! As far as formalized workshops, seminars, or conferences, here’s what she’s been up to over the last few years:

  • Pet Pro Hero Pet First Aid and CPR with Ashley Friscia, 2024
  • The Canine Science Symposium, 2023 and 2024
  • The Forensics of Aggression: Working With and Evaluating Canine Aggression with Jim Crosby, 2023
  • The Aggression in Dogs Conference, 2020-2023
  • Lemonade II, 2021
  • Defensive Handling Workshop with Trish McMillan and Mike Shikashio, 2019
  • Dogsafe Pet Pro Hero Pet First Aid and CPR, 2018
  • Dog Walking Academy by dog*biz with Veronica Boutelle, 2018

Paid internships and apprenticeships available

Interested in our internship program? Learn how to run your own business while taking care of companion animals. More information coming soon! Contact us to get on the inside.

A black, bat eared dog with long nose stands at the edge of a bluff as the orange setting sun makes her fur glow. She wears a blue and grey body harness, a red bandana, and a pumpkin printed thick collar. A yellow leash is draped on her back.

Who is that black dog I see?

She’s Mindy!

Mindy is Steph’s dog, who tags along from time to time with dog-friendly dogs. She is a 65 pound German Shepherd mix who is a good reader of what other dogs want. Nearing 10 years old, she has matured into a playful adult who loves playing with puppies or just going on a walk with another dog. Get her on the beach and she turns into a zoomie puppy herself! Humans are her best friends.

Mindy was adopted from Companions in Waiting, a dog and cat rescue based in Half Moon Bay, California, with the help of one of the founders of Partners in Animal Care and Compassion. You can watch her antics on her own little instagram, Interrupting Dog.

Wait, there’s a second one.

Yeah, you’re right! He’s Ranger, Steph’s foster dog. You can learn more about him and how he came into our lives on his special page. Ranger has trouble with strangers and on leash, so you won’t see him much at sessions.

He is great with most dogs, and with that you’ll see him at group play often! He has his own instagram as well, Go For Ranger.

Steph didn’t mean to get twinsies dogs, but that’s what she ended up with! They are similar in their fierce love of their families and friends, and they both love letting loose on the beach or on a hike. They’re inquisitive, athletic, and keep her on her toes as a pet parent and professional.