Find a dog walker near Oakland, CA

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does a dog walker do?

We all know our dogs love going on long, adventure-filled walks, but jobs and family and commuting can make it difficult to give them the leash time they deserve. You can hire a professional dog walker to make sure your furry friend gets adequate exercise and outdoor time each day. A professional dog walker may be an individual contractor or work for a dedicated dog-walking company. In either case, you want to make sure the pro has the appropriate insurance in case of an emergency. Some people opt to give the dog walker a key to their house; others to have them pick up the dog from the yard. Dog walking can happen as often as multiple times per day, or just a few times a month as needed. Here are some questions to ask when you are interviewing a new dog walker:  

  • Will you or someone else be walking my dog?
  • Do you have a backup plan if you can’t make it for a scheduled walk?
  • Will you walk my dog by itself, or do you walk several dogs at once?
  • What are your different walk routes?
  • When will you pick up and drop off?
  • How will we communicate?
  • Do I have to commit to a schedule or are you flexible?
  • What’s your cancellation policy?
  • What’s your response plan if my dog gets injured or becomes sick?
  • How and how often do I pay you?
  • Do you offer package pricing if I buy multiple dog walks up front?

How much do dog walkers charge?

The cost of dog walking depends on several factors including length and frequency of dog walks, the number of dogs on the walk, distance to your house, and any additional services you request. The national average cost range for a dog walk is $10-$20, but that price will vary based on where you live in the country and the regional cost of living and doing business. 

The longer the dog walk, the higher your costs will be. Dog walkers offer a range of walk lengths, from 15-minute potty breaks to long hikes of 120 minutes or more. For example, a dog walker may charge $15 for a 15-minute walk and $35 for a 35-minute walk. Requesting that your dog be the only animal on the walk will typically mean a higher cost than if you permit your dog to be walked in a pack of dogs. You may be able to get a discounted rate if you have more than one dog to be walked. For example, a professional dog walker may charge $28 for one dog or $33 for two dogs on a 60-minute walk. If you need additional help — like feeding the dogs or giving them medication — dog walkers may be able to provide this service at an additional fee. Dog walkers may charge higher rates for walking your dogs on holidays. 

Reviews for Oakland dog walkers
Patrick w.
Mikhal is awesome! He sends me an update every day on how the walk went, and includes pictures as well. I can tell he truly cares about my dog, and that really matters to me.
Pet Care ProPet Care Pro
Tony H.
Out experience with Dirty Paws started well, communication was easy and our dog enjoyed it. But there were a number of occasions when the walk did not happen as planned and we weren't told about it so we stopped using the service.
Dirty PawsDirty Paws
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin is very responsive, friendly, and most of all, great with my 1 year old recently rescued pup, who comes home from his walks tired and happy. He's also very helpful with tips on how to help your dog work on any issues.
Dirty PawsDirty Paws
Thumbtack Customer
We haven't actually used Nick's service yet (as we've not yet moved as of the writing of this review), but so date he's been extremely responsive, excited to meet our dog, and has been very communicative as our service date has approached in anticipation of our move. We're very confident in Nick and Barking Buddahs - and if Nick's way of doing business to date is indicative of his actual dog walking, we're going to be very pleased.
Barking Buddhas Dog HikesBarking Buddhas Dog Hikes
Catherine L.
Kevin and Crystal have been walking my little dog Radar since I moved to Oakland about 10 weeks ago. Radar looks very happy and healthy, and I really appreciate Kevin and Crystal's consistent and trusty service (ex. they are never late for picking up/dropping up Radar). The attached photo was taken by Crystal.
Dirty PawsDirty Paws
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