Staff Bios

Our Founders

You can look, but you simply may not find two cooler or more collected doggie divas out there. With over 20 years combined of professional experience, your pet could hardly want for more capable or loving care when you’re away.

Diane Livoti

On any given day over the past decade, you might have seen Diane Livoti up in the East Bay hills, running or hiking with a grinning pack of satisfied dogs. Or you might have seen her down at Point Isabel, throwing balls for a pile of eager, scrambling pups. Either way, the consistent theme of Diane’s days has been providing exceptional care for hundreds of the Bay Area’s luckiest dogs when their owners are away.

Diane has been a certified canine behavior consultant through the Marin Humane Society since 2002. She has extensive field knowledge of pack behavior and management. This unique expertise is highly utilized at Metro Dog. She understands people, too, having been a public school educator and wilderness professional.

Alison Smith

Alison Smith, CTC Director of Training and Behavior and Co- Owner of Metro Dog. Graduated with Honors from SFSPCA Dog Training Academy with a Certificate in Training & Counseling (2000). For many years Alison working with people and their dogs through her business Canine Culture, and now she has brought her expertise to found the Metro Dog Academy. She has worked with the Alameda Shelter to develop assessment and socialization programs for their dogs, served on the board of Smiley Dog Rescue, and frequently provided training advice and support to other local rescues.

Through the development of the Metro Dog Academy, she has been able to create a diverse and comprehensive program to mentor and develop new trainers. She is dedicated to healthy relationships between people and the dogs who share their lives.

Our Staff

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