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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 Washington dog walkers
Thumbtack Customer
Palstride is fantastic and accommodating. Rob, my dog walker, leaves detailed notes about our dog's walks and how she behaved. I have noticed improvements in how she walks with me too. Thanks, Palstride!
NoVA PetstersNoVA Petsters
Kelley P.
Just met to set up service- will update review after a few weeks of dog walking!
NoMa Pet Walking & CareNoMa Pet Walking & Care
Melinda O.
Barking Trails has proven an excellent daily dog walking service for my three little ones!
Barking TrailsBarking Trails
Thumbtack Customer
Met both Blake and Cecelia and immediately could sense their love for dogs and that this is more than just a business. That being said, they are quite well run. Quick and attentive responses and I don't worry about the quality of the walks one bit. Having several dog walking services, I truly recommend this one.
NoMa Pet Walking & CareNoMa Pet Walking & Care
Thumbtack Customer
Melina came over to meet my dog before I hired her. She was timely and kept me in the loop when she walked my dog. I will definitely hire her again.
Roxy and S'more Pet Services GaloreRoxy and S'more Pet Services Galore
Thumbtack Customer
Hired them for daily 15 min walk for my dog. Reliable and they provide small reports for how his walk went. Andre has been very responsive to any schedule changes and questions I've had regarding their services.
Rebecca S.
My review only pertains to the experience of hiring a dog walker, as I’ve yet to meet the dog walker. Waggy Walks misquoted me at a lower price, even after I specifically asked the representative if it was the correct price for two dogs. Two days later someone else wrote me to tell me it would cost more for two dogs and refused to honor the original quote.
Waggy WalkysWaggy Walkys
Thumbtack Customer
They were great at getting me started with short notice as I had a new puppy and needed to get to work. Gable came by in about 24 hours to meet my dog and started walking the next day. Thanks for your flexibility and responsiveness.
Waggy WalkysWaggy Walkys
Thumbtack Customer
Professional, reliable and I can tell they enjoy what they do. We needed a dog walker in the mornings as I recover from foot surgery. We are now on our second week, and my Beau looks forward to his walks with Ana. Thank you..
Barking TrailsBarking Trails
Thumbtack Customer
I was connected to Melina to help me on Saturday's to walk my pup. She has been so responsive and great with my dog. Other people have seen her out in the neighborhood with him and said he looks happy as can be. I really appreciate having someone that can help on the weekends since most dog walkers won't. I highly recommend Melina and I'm so glad we found her!
Roxy and S'more Pet Services GaloreRoxy and S'more Pet Services Galore
Thumbtack Customer
NoMa Pet Walking and Care is amazing. Very professional and treated my dog as one of their own pets. He's a little persnickety and doesn't like strangers at the other end of the leash but he adapted very quickly and was showing off his toys and cooperating with the NoMa Walker very quickly. Good team and very communicative. First class and I strongly recommend!
NoMa Pet Walking & CareNoMa Pet Walking & Care
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