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Find a dog walker near Oak Forest, IL

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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 Oak Forest dog walkers
Thumbtack Customer
Lainey is excellent. She walks our dog a few days a week while we are at work. We are so appreciative of Lainey for taking such good care of our dog.
Cat NannyCat Nanny
Thumbtack Customer
My dog adores Trisha! She's dependable and trustworthy. Trisha treats my dog like she's her own. I feel very comfortable leaving my dog in her care. My dog is scared of other dogs but Trisha calms her and I've even noticed less fear when I walk her now as well. I recommend Trisha without any reservations!
Trisha's TLC Pet CareTrisha's TLC Pet Care
Thumbtack Customer
My dog LOVES Trisha. You can tell she doesn't just walk dogs to walk them, she truly likes them because I catch her petting him while he's all over her. This makes me feel good because it shows me that she's taking care of him while they are out. She picks up his poop and lets me know if there are any problems. I give her a travel water bowl on hot days and she ensures that he is well hydrated. As of right now he gets one on one time with her, not sure if that's how she plans on doing it or if she has no other pets at that same time slot. We agreed to one full hour when she walks him and she gives him the entire hour! Trisha is a pleasure to interact with and I do not have any complaints. She is easy going and willing to work things out with you when she is able to. Trisha shows up every day, we've had no attendance problems at all. My dog is very energetic and her walks really help to calm him down more where he becomes more manageable and I'm able to get ready for the day while they are out walking. For all the reason I've mentioned I recommend Trisha as a a dog walker.
Trisha's TLC Pet CareTrisha's TLC Pet Care
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