Although they weren't spotted with him on Friday, we're told he's walking the dogs during the day now ... a departure from the nighttime walk that ended in gunfire and the suspects making off with Koji and Gustav.
The only measure of comfort Ryan can take is that cops say the suspects were not targeting the dogs because they were Gaga's.
Remember ... Gaga put out a $500,000 reward after the February 24 dognapping, which cops believe was carried out by a dog-stealing ring, and she eventually got her dogs back safely after they were left tied up in an alley and a woman called the number Gaga posted.
The woman who "found" the pups was also arrested, according to law enforcement sources, because police were suspicious of her from the start.
Ryan, meanwhile, was hospitalized for several weeks and even had part of a lung removed ... but he's looking great now.
Bottom line ... the dog walker's back to work, just like a lot of the country.