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Claire's experience as 
Registered Veterinary Technician and volunteer work at various animal shelters established her deep connection with animals. After she adopted her first dog, Devvyn, she decided to dedicate her career to taking care of dogs full-time. 

Now, Devvyn and her spend every day together with their other animal friends. Exploring on hikes, playing in dog parks, running around on beaches - every day is an adventure in her pack! 


Ruffin’ Around was started by Claire Franz in 2012.  Her experience with working at doggie daycares and passion for animals led her to create a one-of-a-kind dog business in Oakland, CA.

"Ruffin' Around" is exactly what your four-pawed loved one will be doing while hanging out with Claire! She is proud to offer her experience, care and love to you and your pups!  She  provides  safe, loving, exhausting adventures to keep your pups socialized, exercised, and cared for throughout the day. 


Claire caters to any dogs needs, big or small, young pup or the older and wiser, high-energy dog or the ones that like to just sunbathe. Our packs are split up in groups of no more than six.  This way every pup gets individual attention.

Claire is looking forward to Ruffin' Around  with your pups! 


"Claire was great! She has a great space for dogs to run around and she is very professional and skilled with dogs! Claire helped put me at ease as soon as I parted ways with Joy by sending me pics of my dog settling in at her place. 

She has a coupe dogs of her own who are well behaved and have great energy. A couple cute kitties too! She is a genuine animal lover and your loved one will be in great hands with Claire!. "


- Ben L. 

"Claire is the best! 
My pup, Simba, loves staying with her and I feel good knowing he is going to get plenty of exercise and love.


Claire really knows what she is doing and she makes my anxious dog comfortable which means a better stay for him and for her. Simba always comes back clean, happy, and tired; I always rely on Claire to watch my lil' guy when I leave town."


- Mara B. 

"Wonderful! It's clear immediately that Claire loves and understand dogs. I was absolutely a nervous puppy mom leaving my Frenchie there but she was great with me and even better with my nervous pup! 

I just picked her up after several days and found an incredibly happy and comfortable puppy. So wonderful to know I have an option that my dog will love when I need the care!."


- Katie O.








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