My name is Chris Ihm and I am the proud owner of Four Paws Walking. After working in the Security Management Field for 27 years, I decided to leave the stresses of 24/7 work days and follow my passion and love for animals into the canine world. This has made Stella, my Standard Poodle one happy little lady as she enjoys the daily adventures to her favorite parks and meeting lots of new friends.
I have always had a love for all animals and had many while growing up in New York. After Graduate school, my best friend Khunda (Rottweiller) and I were California Dreaming when we drove cross country 24 years ago and now I consider myself a true San Franciscan.
This past year, I have spent many volunteer hours at the SPCA walking and socializing with puppies and new dogs brought to SF from overcrowded shelters in Stockton, Merced and Modesto looking to find their forever home in the city. I also participate twice a week in play groups for these particular dogs to help socialize them and have fun with their new buddies while in the shelter environment. I have taken every dog behavior training class available and use a positive reinforcement learning theory. Needless to say, my love and passion for dogs has grown exponentially. I am a dogTEC graduate where I was certified as a professional dog walker and received pet CPR and first aid certification from PET TECH. I continually look to increase my education of dog behaviors through webinars, books and training courses. I am licensed with the County of San Francisco, am bonded and insured.
I am compassionate to your needs as well and believe my relationship with you is as equally important as it is with your dog. I have been a pet owner for over 40 years and understand that they are a part of your family. Your dogs safety is my number one concern while they are in a fun and loving environment. I consistently communicate with you, the doggie parents, on their daily escapades and can reinforce any training you are currently doing with your pet. I love what I do and this is the BEST job, I have ever had!!!