A dog walker in Fort Collins, CO

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Top 10 Dog Walkers near Fort Collins, CO

5. Lisa Packard
from 7 reviews
4.9 (7)
Great Value
Great Value
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Fort Collins, CO
"I started looking on google, but all the bigger companies seemed to really only care about dogs. Finally I downloaded Thumbtack, entered my location and my needs and was matched with quite a few well reviewed sitters. When I actually reached out to them though, none of them were willing to come to Boulder. This was confusing to me since I had entered my location but I was SO happy when we got in touch with Lisa. I told her my issue she assured me she lived and worked in Boulder so coming to visit Newton was no problem. She was so accommodating with our busy schedules. After talking with her about history and background (which I recommend because she is such a sweet and funny lady!) I knew she was a perfect match. Then Newton came downstairs and warmed up to her IMMEDIATELY! I have never seen anything like it for a cat who is so easily spooked! Lisa actually volunteered to take care of our mail and plants too - we didn’t have to ask! Right before we left we received a noticed from the community stating that all cars had to be moved for 2 days while the surface streets were repaved! I didn’t hesitate for a second to reach out to Lisa. She said “no problem - just leave the keys and let me know where the car is parked and I would be happy to move it for you.” These might all seem like little things, but we really felt like Lisa was not only our pet sitter coming to feed the cat. We felt like she was taking care of our whole family! We got pictures and updates on Lisa & Newton’s visit daily via email. She took the time to get to know him and went out on the patio with him (he is not allowed out unsupervised). Lisa even sent us a sweet “welcome home” text when she knew we would be back in the country and left a lovely note on our kitchen table for us. I can’t tell you how fortunate we are to have found Lisa. I am not usually able to let go when someone says “don’t worry”, but with Lisa I really felt like I had nothing to worry about. We feel very lucky to have someone that feels like a family friend in Boulder."


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Q & A

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. 

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