Find a dog walker near San Jose, 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 San Jose dog walkers
Thumbtack Customer
Cathy is reliable, friendly and always sends a pic of the dogs on their walk
Passion For PawsPassion For Paws
Thumbtack Customer
Cathy was great & was able to walk my dog on short notice too!
Passion For PawsPassion For Paws
Thumbtack Customer
Liz only walked my dogs for a month and quit. I did ask her in the beginning concerning the distance and she did not think it as a problems. After 2-3 weeks of walking my dogs, she just suddenly quit the job and gave me only one week notice. I had to rush in to find another dog walker. I don't think I can trust her service in future.
Pawsitively Purrfect Pet and Home Care ServicePawsitively Purrfect Pet and Home Care Service
Thumbtack Customer
Jared walked my two dogs (collie/Australian shepherd mutts) while I was gone for a week. He was punctual - showed up at all dates that we agreed on. He is definitely good with dogs. Highly recommend.
Jared Scott (Leader of the Pack)Jared Scott (Leader of the Pack)
Thumbtack Customer
Elizabeth is the best. She is professional, fun, reliable, and extremely committed to her work. She is awesome with my dogs. I trust her to take walk and take care of my dogs, and am thrilled to have met her.
Pawsitively Purrfect Pet and Home Care ServicePawsitively Purrfect Pet and Home Care Service
Thumbtack Customer
I'm so happy I found Elizabeth on Thumbtack. She's been walking my two dogs twice a week for the past few months and she's been reliable and very prompt with responding via email and text. My boys look forward to their walks with her.
Pawsitively Purrfect Pet and Home Care ServicePawsitively Purrfect Pet and Home Care Service
Thumbtack Customer
Lisa has been walking my dog, Ernesto, in the middle of the day when I am at work in Santa Cruz. This working very well. She often sends a picture of Ernesto out on a walk. I am relieved to know that he gets out of the house while I am at work.
Petsittingyourhome.comPetsittingyourhome.com
Thumbtack Customer
Shana was great! Texted every day to let us know how walks went. She had to deal with construction going on at the house and we were very grateful to have her taking the dogs out each day.
Your Critter CompanionsYour Critter Companions
Natalie C.
Cathy is responsive and great at meeting both our needs and the dogs. We're lucky that she was available on such short notice and continues to be available. The peace of mind she provides with her daily follow-up and photo is priceless, and for a hour walk, her rates are a good value. Highly recommended!
Passion For PawsPassion For Paws
Thumbtack Customer
When I first contacted Margot, we did not actually have a dog yet. She followed up proactively and arranged to meet us and the dog right after we got him. We felt comfortable with her right away and she left with a key to our house and plans to start walking our dog the next day. It has taken a load off our minds to know she is giving him a mid day break each day. She gives us daily updates on how things went. I would definitely recommend her.
Waggin' TailsWaggin' Tails
Rona R.
Michelle is a pleasure to work with and allows me to have peace of mind that my two pups are well taken care of while I'm at work. At first I was nervous allowing a stranger into my home but Michelle has proven to be a trusted professional who walks our two dogs each week day afternoon, makes sure they have water before she leaves, and always sends me a note about how their walks went afterwards. I highly recommend Michelle for your pet sitting needs.
Michelle Pro WalkerMichelle Pro Walker
Thumbtack Customer
I found Cathy after my longtime dog walker moved out of the area. Cathy has walked my Rottweiller, Daisy, for over a year and I hope she always will. She is flexible, dependable, caring and reasonably priced. Daisy is crazy about her too! She is very good about giving us plenty of notice if she goes on vacation or needs to take a day off so we can make alternative plans. Very thankful to have found someone with great dog handling skills as well.
Passion For PawsPassion For Paws
Thumbtack Customer
I have been so pleased with my experience with Cathy.... my beloved dog absolutely loves her! Every time she takes her on her walks Cathy sends me a video or picture of Zara and I can tell immediately that she is in LOVE and enjoying every minute! I dont feel guilty anymore when I leave for my 12 hour days because when I come home Zara is happy and calm! Sometimes I wish she could talk because I know she would have amazing things to say about her time with Cathy!
Passion For PawsPassion For Paws
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