The classic Hero’s Journey tells the tale of a hero who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed. This is the story of the heroes who founded Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter, and how they made their way home.
We specialize in...
walking small dogs 30 pounds and under in Oakland's open spaces and parks
To maximize safety
It’s just too easy for small dogs to be injured by bigger companions, even with the best of intentions. Add predatory drift and it’s clear that smalls are safer playing with fellow smalls.
To maximize fun
Safe play boosts confidence, and for most littles it’s easier to let loose with like-sized friends who get you. (Plus there’s the bonus of not having to worry about being stepped on!)
Because they’re the best
If you’re reading this website you probably agree: Small dogs are the best dogs. All that personality and doggyness rolled into a tiny package—Really, what could be better?
From one tiny dog lover to another
Hello, fellow small dog lovers! My name is Lauren Ford. I started Tiny Dog Dancers to bring daily joy to the small dogs of Oakland, and to make Oakland small dog lovers’ lives a bit easier in the process.
The Tiny Dog Blog
Is your tiny dog ready for some big fun? Send her out to dance with us!
Working with Tiny Dog Dancers has been so much fun. The daily reports and photos are often the highlight of my day and I love seeing how lit up Wiley is with Lauren and his doggy pack. I love knowing he’s in the hands of someone who truly loves him and who is a trained and knowledgeable professional.
I was having two major problems with my dog Sofi and Lauren helped correct my behavior to better communicate with my dog to correct her behavior which helped make us both more calm when we’d go on our daily walks. I was having trouble with sofi pulling on the leash and she would lunge and bark profusely at other dogs. Lauren suggested two simple gentle techniques that started to correct my dogs behavior almost instantly. But of course you have to reinforce the techniques daily with repetition. Lauren has a great grasp on dog psychology and she is a gentle and patient dog walker. I’d highly recommend her to anybody. Thank you Lauren.
Since Buster started going out with Tiny Dog Dancers every day he’s a new dog! He’s calmer and more content when I get home from work. He’s always loved other dogs, so I can feel good about him getting to play with his dog buddies on their daily hikes, but to be honest I really knew we had a winner when Lauren came to the house for the first time and he didn’t growl at her! I guess a dog knows a dog lover when he sees (or smells?) one. Thankfully he seems to be a little less ornery around humans these days as well.