Find a dog walker near San Mateo, CA

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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 Mateo dog walkers
Thumbtack Customer
Yolanda came and walked my dog every afternoon for a week. She was fantastic. Extremely professional, and she's a true dog lover. My dog adored her the minute they met! She spent quality time with my dog, gave her a nice, long walk, and followed up with me at the end of the week. I would absolutely hire her again!
Bellapoochie Dog Walking & Pet Sitting ServicesBellapoochie Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services
Molly C.
Krystal is easy to work with and able to provide the walks and care my dog needs.
4 Paws Concierge4 Paws Concierge
Lucia U.
I am thrilled that Erika takes my elderly dog (Chica Bear) for her walks. Erika is prompt and reliable. I love how Erika pays attention to detail. especially as Chica is also blind. I love my dog with all my heart and I am happy to know that she cares for my Chica and takes her time walking her. Thank you Erika
Erika's pet careErika's pet care
HongY J.
Yolanda genuinely cares! She is attentive, on time, caring, thoughtful, and she will take great care of your dog! She sends thoughtful notes and wonderful pictures of your dog on her walks while you're at work. Give her a call if you're looking for someone caring for your pet, you're lucky to have found her! She's a winner! and your doggie will love her.
Bellapoochie Dog Walking & Pet Sitting ServicesBellapoochie Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services
Thumbtack Customer
Yolanda is great with our two dogs. We are extremely happy to have her helping us every week for our evening walks when we have to work more. She is caring and loving and often brings home-made treats for our doggies. Thank you Yolanda!
Bellapoochie Dog Walking & Pet Sitting ServicesBellapoochie Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services
Arch S.
I hired Yolanda for 30 minute walks. Within two weeks my puppy was acting strange, despite Yolanda telling me everything was going well, so I checked my security footage. The security footage showed Yolanda was taking my dog out for 10 minutes then putting her back in the crate & leaving. When I confronted Yolanda with the video evidence, she said it was the dogs fault! I immediately demanded my apartment key back & hired someone who actually cares about my puppy’s well-being. I attached the time-stamped security footage so you can see for yourself!
Bellapoochie Dog Walking & Pet Sitting ServicesBellapoochie Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services
Thumbtack Customer
Elizabeth truly loves her dogs and treats them as if they were her own children. She brings them treats, as well as takes care of their every need (brought our boxer a water bottle for his walks and a more comfortable harness for our little pom. She arrives excited to see Zeus and Daisy, and they adore her. Thank you Elizabeth for loving our animals the way they should be loved.
Spoiled Pet CareSpoiled Pet Care
Thumbtack Customer
It started out great and then just like Arch I noticed my dog was acting off so I bought a camera. Same thing: I hired her for 1 hour and he was being taken out for 10 min with her texting me that she walked him for an hour. When I confronted her she showed up at my place insisting my camera was broken (I tested it several times refusing to believe she lied and it wasn’t). Afterwards I told her not to contact me and she kept trying to over social media. Wouldn’t recommend.
Bellapoochie Dog Walking & Pet Sitting ServicesBellapoochie Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services
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