15 Jun

Why do I need to walk my dog on a leash in San Francisco?

First, a disclaimer: I almost always walk my dogs on a leash in San Francisco. The only exception to walking on a leash is when we are going from our garage to a car parked within a few feet or when going from the car parked at Pet Camp into the building. Other than that, […]


2 Jun

The Boring Job Offer Letter

I have 4 “working age” children. I use “quotes” because all my kids are in college and “working” means a summer job. Don’t get me wrong, I want my kids to work during the summer and they would all prefer to have jobs somewhere else, so they don’t have to work for their dad (me). […]


5 May

How To Get My Dog Not to Bark?

Sometime ago we wrote a blog about this topic, but as San Francisco gradually reopens and people are slowly getting together at others homes (after 15 months of staying away), our Canine Enrichment Team is getting asked a lot: How Do I Get My Dog Not to Bark. The short answer: you really can’t and […]


24 Apr

Is It Safe For Dogs to Drink Out of Community Water Bowls?

When I take one of my dogs to one of San Francisco’s many off leash dog parks or to walk around one of San Francisco’s commercial corridors, I try to keep them from drinking out of communal water bowls. My wife always argues with me about this. She says, “they’re thirsty, what are you worried […]


21 Apr

Pet Behavior and the Pandemic

The other day I attended a webinar presented by the Animal Medical Center of New York City. The focus of the webinar was getting pets (dogs and cats for the purpose of the webinar) ready for pet parents to return to working outside the home. One of the main issues addressed was “separation anxiety.” I […]


16 Apr

Petsmart Pet Care Facility in San Francisco

Pet Camp has been around since 1997. We’ve been through the ups and downs of the San Francisco economy and seen pet care providers come and go these almost 25 years. That said, whenever a new pet care facility comes to town I worry. This weekend Petsmart opened in San Francisco (in the Sears building […]


14 Apr

Big Dogs – Why We Love Them!

The other week, we posted a blog critical of a post that listed only small dogs as good apartment dogs. We protested that big dogs also made great apartment dogs (and great dogs overall). We’re thrilled to report that in their Spring 2021 Our Animals magazine the San Francisco SPCA agreed with our assertion. The […]


8 Apr

Pet Camp Counselors: Truly a Caring Community

I recently became aware of an owner of a pet care facility resorting to bribes (they called it “incentives”) to get their employees to get the Covid-19 vaccine. This was not a situation in which there were one or two employees not getting vaccinated nor a situation in which an employee was raising an Americans […]


6 Apr

Revenge Spending on Your Cat

“Revenge Spending” is a term that’s currently making it around the economic talk shows and news wires. In basic terms, Revenge Spending is spending money now to make up for all the things you missed during the pandemic, shelter in place orders, and economic shutdowns. Since San Francisco has been under a shelter in place […]