Simone McKenna: Owner, Dog Walker, & Customer Service Enthusiast

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Simone's background is in teaching and social work for the last 15 years in Germany and the U.S.  She holds a Bachelor Degree in Preschool and Kindergarten Education, and a Master Degree in Social Work.

Today she is where she always wanted to be, achieving a career that combines her passion for dogs and the outdoors. Like with kids, good business and good care require long-term relationships build on trust, with clients and their dogs. You don’t get that without honesty and integrity. That's why Simone is committed to excellent customer service. 

Integrity in dog care also requires a dedication to safety and a professional understanding of dog behavior, and that requires a commitment to education. That’s why Simone is a graduate of the prestigious dog*biz Dog Walking Academy and why she continues to study dog behavior, training, and body language through dog*biz's continuing education program. She also successfully completed Trish King's Academy of Dog Behavior - Foundation Course in Dog Behavior and Training in 2016 and continues education via professional books, DVDs, and seminars.  

Simone's other passions include music and the great outdoors. The forrest, the mountains and the beach are her happy places. She enjoys time with family and friends, listening to music, hiking with her dogs, and also a recharging camping trip. She and her husband share their home with two rescue pups in Santa Cruz.


The dog*biz Dog Walking Academy is the standard-bearer for high-quality, cutting-edge professional education and training for serious-minded dog walkers. The program teaches canine learning theory, science-based positive training, dog body language, group composition and walk management, fight prevention and protocols, canine 1st aid certification, emergency prevention and protocols, and ethical business practices, seeking to elevate the game of professional dog walkers. Learn more about why you want a dog*biz Certified Dog Walker caring for your dog.

The Office Dogs

Behind every good dog walker stands a great dog—or two.

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Maya is the newest addition to Simone's family. Maya joined the family at 9 weeks as a rescue pup. She already graduated from 2 Puppy Classes, Basic Manners 1 and is now enrolled in Basic Manners 2. In short, Maya is on her way to becoming a good canine citizen and the training classes are keeping Simone in a constant training and learning mode as well. And of course there is all the other fun stuff in between. Maya's favorite places are the woods and the beach. Her in-the-moment attitude helped her mom learn to be present, no matter what.


If Maya taught Simone to be present in the moment, Thelma keeps her there daily. Rescued twice—first from the streets in Phoenix and then adopted by Simone's husband. Thelma is living the high life today. Though still on the cautious side, many years into her forever home Thelma learned what a safe place is and walks now through the world with greatly improved confidence. As you can tell, this whole family is committed to the love of dogs.

Are you and your dog ready to be taken care of?

Simone would love to hear from you!