We’ve been training puppies and teaching people for over 25 years in San Francisco. We know puppies, we know dogs, we know people. We revel in each new class. Helping People and their Pups is THE BEST JOB ON EARTH!
Our Trainers and Assistants:
have excellent interpersonal skills - we love people as much as we love dogs.
have been trained and mentored by Fawn Pierre and/or other certified animal training and behavior professionals.
are academically trained as PROFESSIONAL dog trainers or dog walkers.
have extensive knowledge and training in dog behavior and training.
are recommended by veterinarians, other dog trainers, and our clients.
are patient, honest and caring.
all live, work and play in San Francisco. We are not a franchise!
SmartyPup!'s goal is for you to thoroughly enjoy the training experience and to build a strong, positive, and lasting bond between you and your puppy. Training sessions are safe, educational, and designed for the entire family. SmartyPup! believes it is essential to understand and train puppies-as-puppies (and dogs-as-dogs). They should be taught to respect people-as-people, and learn that people know what is best. As thinking, caring person we help you effectively establish a relationship based on consistency, trust, respect and fun! Your puppies emotional health is a top priority! Our teachers meet the needs of each individual puppy in class and adjust the training to develop each pup for the best chance in your lifestyle.
SmartyPup! is a not just a puppy school, but a San Francisco network of dog-loving trainers, veterinarians and owners! Since 1994, SmartyPup! founder Fawn Pierre has worked with over 30,000 San Francisco puppies and people.
Fawn Pierre - Owner and Founder of SmartyPup!
Fawn began her professional dog-training career with Sirius® Puppy Training and the SFSPCA in 1994. After 15 years with Sirius®, she took the big entrepreneurial leap in September 2008 and launched her puppy and dog training program SmartyPup!
Fawn is a proud third generation San Franciscan, well known for her exceptional teaching abilities, her excellent training skills, her informative and entertaining classes, her approachable attitude, and her talent for cultivating the human-canine bond. She has mentored and trained other dog professionals in a variety of pet care industries here at home and from all over the world. . . . Learn more >
Now located in Lausanne, Switzerland. Sylvia began her career working as an Animal Care Associate at the San Francisco SPCA in 2008, where she was responsible for the complex needs of shelter dogs, matching dogs to prospective adopters and overseeing adoption councils. Under the tutelage of SFSPCA dog trainers, she continued her passion and study of dog behavior and training . . . Learn more >
Shirley has been a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (apdt.com) since 1995 is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a certified evaluator for the Canine Good Citizen Test, and a graduate of the San Francisco Dog Trainer’s Academy. She continues to further her education in dog behavior and keep up with the latest training techniques.... Learn more >
Day School Trainer, Head Class Training Assistant.
Martha's SmartyPup! career started with a SmartyPup! class and a puppy named Kira Falafel (one of the happiest dogs we have ever met).
Her passion for reward-based dog training. . . . Learn more >
Josie T. - Business Manager
Josie grew up with a variety of pets including rabbits, parrots, fish, cats and dogs. Her “heart dog” was a Miniature Schnauzer, with whom she went to the first dog training course and learned about positive dog training. Her first encounter with reward-based and clicker training was when she brought her poodle puppy to a SmartyPup! Puppy 1 course and Puppy Socials and she’s hooked since then.
With her experience as a middle school teacher, a university research librarian and a paralegal student who is going to be certified soon, Josie brings a unique skill set to SmartyPup!. Her patience, her passion to teach and motivate, her obsession to provide accurate information and her organizational skills benefit the SmartyPup! community.
Josie loves traveling and kayaking with her husband and Nickel, their Miniature Poodle. She also enjoys reading, movies, closet organizing and keeping up with the most current neuroscience research on both humans and animals.
Could this be you?
Are you seriously thinking about a career working with puppies and their people? SmartyPup! is accepting applications for interns. Our biggest requirement is that you LOVE working with people and of course are fascinated with and want to learn more about dogs. For more information please send us an email. Contact Us!
Specializing in puppy training since 2002, Tammy Mehmed provides advanced and specialty class instruction for SmartyPup! including Puppy 3, Canine Good Citizen preparation, Tricks and DoggyPilates Agility. Based in San Francisco, she specializes in group classes and private training consultations from pre-puppy selection assistance and puppy in-home setup to household manners and basic through advanced obedience training..... Learn more >
Joe has been working professionally with dogs and their people since 1998 when he founded The Grateful Dog, a dog walking and training service. In 2002he received his training and behavioral certification from the AIAS (American Institute of Animal Sciences) and received his training and behavioral and then in 2009--the highlight of his career (at least SmartyPup! says so) he started teaching for SmartyPup! and is attending the world famous Academy for Dog Trainers. Joe continues his education and practical experience walking and training dogs. Joe revels in helping people connect. . . . Learn more >
Jennifer Mallawey: SmartyPup!, Wild Side Pets
When Jennifer began her career with dogs, she fell in love and never looked back. This love really began while living on a ranch in Baja California Sur while working with rescue dogs, horses, sheep, and chickens. When she landed in SF in 2014, she started out as a volunteer with the SFSPCA and as a dog walker, and quickly began assisting formal training classes and socials as often as possible. Fascinated, she dove head first into the literature of dog training, learning theory, animal behavior, evolution, genetics and cognition, and she is now working toward graduating The Academy for Dog Trainers. Jennifer also regularly attends seminars on dog behavior and training and is certified in Pet CPR & First Aid. She is happy to be a part of the SmartyPup! team, and believes that training puppies really is the best job on Earth!
Shane the dog (right)
Tyler's career as a dog training enthusiast started at the other end of the leash. . .with a SmartyPup! course! Along with his wife and their German Shepherd Dog, Shane, Tyler completed Puppy 1 & Puppy 2 courses before they moved on to advanced (distance) obedience, agility, dock diving, and loving life as a happy family. Fast forward 3 years and Tyler returned to SmartyPup! to help prepare the next generation of Pups and PuParents to enjoy their lives together!
The first thing anyone who knows Rebecca would say about her is likely, “well…she’s completely obsessed with dogs”. After spending four years working at a non-profit in San Francisco for people with developmental disabilities, she was feeling a strong need to incorporate animals into her career. Dreaming about someday training rescues to be therapy dogs, she decided the best way to start would be to start from the very beginning. After having years of experience volunteering at animal shelters and growing up in a house with five pets, she quickly realized how much there was still to learn and signed up for DTIA (Dog Training Internship Academy) and become a part of the SmartyPup! team. Now with some education and experience under her belt, she feels comfortable calling herself a Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant but is still extremely excited about continuing her education and getting her hands on as many dogs and puppies as possible. Helping people understand why dogs do what they do as a way to promote compassion is her goal.