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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 San Francisco dog walkers
Maddy H.
Have loved working with Deborah so far! She came and met our dog before agreeing to walk him to make sure they were a good fit. Our dog had his first (of many walks hopefully) with Deborah and was so happy when we got home! Thank you Deborah!
Deborah Vick Dog Walking and Cat SittingDeborah Vick Dog Walking and Cat Sitting
Thumbtack Customer
Twink and her son have been awesome. They have been doing daily walks with our dog. They are extremely reliable and willing to work with the quirkiness of our dog (and her owners!). I highly recommend her.
Twink's Housesitting, Dog Walking & Animal CareTwink's Housesitting, Dog Walking & Animal Care
Thumbtack Customer
Crystal is the best! She is dependable. My dog loves her and Crystal understand animals. As an owner, I found Crystal to be flexible and communicates well, which is important when planning and changing drop off/pick up times. She is conveniently located near the airport too. We've used her for mid-day walks and over-night stays. Our neighbors started using Crystal's walking service after running into Crystal and our dog. The neighbors claim their dog is happier to see Crystal then he is to see them! You know dogs and cats don't hide their emotions! Thanks Crystal for your great service and smile. You ARE a gem!
4 Paws Concierge4 Paws Concierge
Justin T.
Marina is absolutely incredible. She is our first dog walker for our little puppy and takes such incredible care of her -- texting when she is on her way to our house and sending us pictures from the walk. We couldn't be more thrilled to have found her and have her as our amazing dog walker!
Marina's Pawtrero PackMarina's Pawtrero Pack
Thumbtack Customer
Kelly communicated well and worked with my personal budget. We scheduled a meet on the weekend and talked about all the specifics for the walk/hike and my pup. Looking forward to seeing the difference in my dogs life.
Dog Play SFDog Play SF
Thumbtack Customer
Twink is the ULTIMATE dog walker/care giver/ friend of the animals! Our dog Chloe is obsessed with her, and wags her tail in delight whenever Twink comes to walk her. She is caring, considerate (Chloe has some significant attitude and smells EVERYTHING), and very professional. We are lucky to have her to work with, and she helps us keep our dog perfectly cared for, happy, and contented. She customizes Chloe's walks to her health needs, our neighborhood, and our mood that week - and we are more than comfortable having her in our home and caring for the most important little member of our family. We HIGHLY recommend her pet care!
Twink's Housesitting, Dog Walking & Animal CareTwink's Housesitting, Dog Walking & Animal Care
Blake O.
Marina was great! She walked my dog when my partner and I were both too busy to come home at a reasonable hour! She was quick to respond and made sure our pup was well taken care of
Marina's Pawtrero PackMarina's Pawtrero Pack
J.P. S.
Deborah has been terrific. Our 15+ year old dog took to her immediately which was very comforting. We also appreciate how Deborah makes time to play with her after walks. I highly recommend her.
Deborah Vick Dog Walking and Cat SittingDeborah Vick Dog Walking and Cat Sitting
Tracy Y.
Marina has been great with our pups. She is very caring towards them, is punctual about their walks and always sends us cute pics. We would recommend her to anyone looking for a caring, reliable and responsive dog walker.
Marina's Pawtrero PackMarina's Pawtrero Pack
Anita P.
We hired them to walk our dog for a few days over the holidays, and the person they provided (Monique) was great!! She came early in the morning and made sure to send us photos of our animals. I would definitely recommend them and will hire them again.
4 Paws Concierge4 Paws Concierge
Thumbtack Customer
Twink is absolutely amazing!! As with many other pet owners, I was very hesitant to let a stranger into my house when I’m not home and even more to take my pup on a walk and be responsible for his well-being. But all my hesitations were put at ease after just one visit from Twink! From the first time my dog and I met Twink, we knew she was completely trust-worthy and reliable. She is great with both my older retriever mix (who goes on walks) as well as my young and very bold kitty (that she hangs out with after and before the walk). You can definitely tell she has extensive experience with animals and really understands them on an individual level. She is very professional, always on-time and even sends me pictures and updates of my dog while they are on their walk. Sampson (the pup) loves his individual walks and the hour long walk provide him with a great mid-day work out. With my work schedule, meetings and other things will occasionally pop up and with very short notice Twink has always been available to help me out! I highly recommend her and after about 10 visits have nothing but glowing, five star reviews!
Twink's Housesitting, Dog Walking & Animal CareTwink's Housesitting, Dog Walking & Animal Care
Vivienne V.
I have hired Twinks a few times for private dog walking through Thumbtack, and she has been wonderful to work with and communicate with. I can trust her with entering my apartment without anyone home, and always know that she will be able to take good care of my two small dogs. She also sent me updates of my pups in time when I travelled away from home. Would vouch for Twinks and recommend her to anyone!
Twink's Housesitting, Dog Walking & Animal CareTwink's Housesitting, Dog Walking & Animal Care
Andrew W.
This review is long overdue. Krystal and her team are amazing! Our pup is a super bouncy energetic 80lbs lab who needs to go on solo walks because there aren't that many dogs his size in the city. Krystal and her team took on the challenge, and I couldn't be happier. They send me a picture everyday and be sure to wipe down his paws when he comes home. He's super excited to go with them, and is often worn out for the rest of the day when they return from his walk. I think he enjoys walking with them more on the weekdays than with me on the weekends! Thanks, Krystal, Monique, and Larry!
4 Paws Concierge4 Paws Concierge
Thumbtack Customer
Ruth has been a lifesaver and a fantastic find! We highly recommend her services. It's clear she genuinely enjoys what she does, and our dog, Henry, loves her for it. She's friendly, trustworthy, flexible, and has helped us out in some last-minute jams. Ruth has been walking our 1.5 year old golden retriever for a few months now. Henry had never had daycare before and we were nervous about how he'd handle being in a pack of six dogs. Ruth assuaged our fears and helped us figure out how much care our pup needed. She also had a whole plan for the first few weeks of dog walking - slowly introducing each dog, determining how they interacted with others, and assessing their "recall" skills. Henry had no problem falling into this new routine and we got great feedback from Ruth about his behavior and of course, plenty of beach photos. Henry is always excited to see Ruth and can't wait to get to Fort Funston.
A Walk in the Park Dog Walking, Sitting and Boa...A Walk in the Park Dog Walking, Sitting and Boa...
Germain B.
Our puppy bonded with Marina from the first time we met her. To this day he jumps into her car without looking back. Marina is timely, always updates us with photos, and cares for each of the dogs she walks so deeply. We’re so grateful that we found her. Thanks Marina!
Marina's Pawtrero PackMarina's Pawtrero Pack
Thumbtack Customer
Ida has been walking our two newly adopted dogs for a few months now and she's been awesome. They are both about 1 1/2 years old, a German Shepherd and a Pomeranian/Tibetan Spaniel mix, needing major training and full of energy. Ida has already trained them to wait for their food and getting in and out of cars and doorways - a major accomplishment! Also, she's teaching them "Gentle". Ida is very thorough with learning about your dogs' background and she is very caring, however firm in her training. She simply loves and knows dogs. We will also let our dogs stay with her when we take vacations. Ida's rates are quite reasonable and she offers various discounts which we always take. Thank you Ida!
S.F. City Dog WalksS.F. City Dog Walks
Thumbtack Customer
Nikki at Wigwag Club is fantastic. She was so helpful with my situation. She made me feel that my special child (my doggie) was in capable hands with her, and he was. I had a dog walker in Buenos Aires, Argentina for 7 years and Nikki is far better. She sends updates and photos of their walks, and he really loves her. A++ recommended.
Wigwag ClubWigwag Club
Susan P.
Jack is absolutely amazing!!! He was super communicative and responsive when we first started talking and continues to be very reliable. We set up a meet&greet and he made sure Haru would be a good fit for the other dogs. He took Haru on trial runs for multiple days until he was absolutely certain all the dogs in the pack would get along, which showed us how thoughtful he is about the pack. He was very honest with us and told us he had lots to work on. We saw immediate and vast improvements with Haru, we were shocked at the short amount of time Jack was able to train him. He has made Haru a great dog to walk :) He also takes amazing pictures of the dogs and provides updates through Facebook and even text. Super transparent, communicative and awesome in general. We are so thankful for him and all that he does for us!!
Jack & UggzJack & Uggz
Katherine G.
I have been using SF City Dog Walks since I moved to San Francisco 10 months ago. I interviewed many dog walkers when I first moved here but no one surpassed my expectations like Ida did. She did a thorough consultation with me and covered bases I didn't even think to cover. Her team is wonderful. I am a very loving dog owner and my baby, Charlie, is my life. To say that I have high standards is an understatement! I love that they take Charlie to different parks and beaches all over the city and that he can be with a small group every day. Rain or shine, SF City comes and gives Charlie wonderful outings and exercise. Even in the pouring (and I mean POURING) rain, they still take the dogs out and make sure they get exercise. They have been incredible for me and Charlie, and I am so grateful to know my Charlie is in the best hands I could ask for.
S.F. City Dog WalksS.F. City Dog Walks
Chris C.
Marina has become a part of our family from the start. Her kind spirit and genuine care for our pets was apparent immediately. Any concerns we might of had with a stranger caring for our beloved dogs was quickly dissolved when Marina first began walking them. Marina has always made herself available even on unscheduled days when we were in need. We dont know what we would do without her living here in the city and making sure our little ones get their exercise. On top if that, she always send us pictures from each of their walks together. Thank you Marina!
Marina's Pawtrero PackMarina's Pawtrero Pack
Julia I.
Deborah is amazing! We have a skittish pup who needs time to warm up with new people, but with Deborah it was an immediate connection. Our dog loves her! Deborah is very professional and she really cares - she agreed to do a meet & greet and then a few test walks to make sure it’s a good fit. Deborah even volunteered to help us out with some of our dog’s behavior issues. I highly recommend her!
Deborah Vick Dog Walking and Cat SittingDeborah Vick Dog Walking and Cat Sitting
Elise B.
Marina is just fantastic. She regularly walks and pet sits my new pup. She is, first and foremost, great with my dog (he absolutely loves her and she takes care of him as her own). She is timely, responsive, communicative, friendly and very attentive to my pup’s needs. When she was recently out of town, she lined up a reliable back-up, which I really appreciated. She has also provided an excellent support system while I have worked through some behavioral and medical issues with my pup, which has been amazing as a new dog owner. I would highly recommend her services and would be happy to chat more about my experience working with her if that would be helpful.
Marina's Pawtrero PackMarina's Pawtrero Pack
Elizabeth K.
Twink is the BEST. I adore her and (even more importantly) my dog adores her. He’s an old boy and we have been very particular about dog walkers in the past, but I can rest easy during my long days at work knowing my best bud is being so well taken care of. He LOVES going to the park with Twink. I know this because every time we are walking near there, he pulls in that direction or stops at a street corner, refusing to follow me, wanting to go where his other best friend takes him. Aside from the wonderful care, she is also very responsive, flexible, and has some of the best stories to tell. I can say that Finnegan and I have both found a wonderful friend.
Twink's Housesitting, Dog Walking & Animal CareTwink's Housesitting, Dog Walking & Animal Care
Joshua P.
Shelley was quick to respond and had last-minute availability for me to go attend a memorial. She took time with my pups and made sure they had water and asked about feeding schedules — and sent videos/pics which was especially nice because I was really missing my dogs! She noticed it was going to be raining later and even took them on a longer walk to ease my return for both my pups and myself. Thank you so much. I’ve had trouble finding a reliable pet sitter/walker but now I’ve found her ! Thank you again!
Loving Vows (Officiant) &  Furry ❤️ FriendsLoving Vows (Officiant) & Furry ❤️ Friends
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