Want to run
with the Big Dogs?

For the Dogs

Services for every size, personality, and energy level


Run wild with friends at the park or get cozy on the couch, everything a dog could want!


You bring the leash, we bring the friends!


Stay overnight with a human friend, lots of cuddles included!


For the Humans

Emily and Ian founded Big Dog Walkin' in Brighton, MA in 2011
Our passion is to provide
a better
dog care experience

We are a professional pet care company that provides walks, playgroups, daycare, and overnight boarding (for regular and current clients). We service Allston/Brighton, Brookline, and Newton.

In Brighton our shop is set up like a large living room: complete with couches, beds and room to wrestle, play, and behave like a dog! All of our team members are trained and experienced dog handlers who strive to provide the most professional and personalized care for your beloved canine.

We would love to meet you and your pup so contact us today!

  • Experience

    We've got the know-how from living and working with dogs

  • Service

    We make sure that you and your dog get exactly what you need

  • Communication

    Transparency and honesty in communication is our goal.

  • Love

    We do this because we love it and love to treat your best friend as our own!

Management Team

We are experienced dog owners, responsible dog care providers, and longtime dog lovers!
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Emily Stefans

Owner, Co-Founder
Originally from Dedham, Emily graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Business Management & Entrepreneurship. Through partnership with co-owner Ian, BDW came to fruition in 2011.
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Ian Kelly

Owner, Co-Founder
Originally from Brookline, Ian is a graduate of Boston College High School. He graduated from McDaniel College in 2002 and double majored in Business Management and Spanish.
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Daycare Manager
Originally from Bridgewater, Sarah joined BDW in 2014. She just graduated Mass College of Art and Design with a degree in Graphic Design. When she’s not at BDW she spends her time at home snuggling her three dogs, Peanut, Tia, and Watson.
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CFO, Chief Fuzzy Officer
Jake is a 4 yo Goldendoodle with plenty of “Dood-tude” that comes with lots of experience regulating puppies, schmoozing new clients and socializing with new and old friends alike. His main function is supervising the human productivity at BDW.


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