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5. Scales and Tails Exotic Pet Care
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  • Serves Oak Park, IL

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Hi there, welcome to Scales and Tails! Thanks for checking out my profile. A bit about me... I'm an experienced animal caretaker with over seven years of experience. My specialties span across a wide range of offerings, from standard pet sitting to saltwater reef aquarium maintenance and exotic animal care. On a personal level, I am a proud owner of a variety of pets including cats, snakes, fish, bearded dragon, and a tegu. In addition to my personal zoo, I am also experienced in the care of dogs, ferrets, and other various mammals. I was raised by two animal lovers who have established careers in the veterinary and aquaculture professions. With my background, I have gained a general understanding of animal healthcare, especially surrounding the care and medication of special needs or senior animals. My top priority is the safety and comfort of your animals, exotic or otherwise. With my hands-on experience and technical background, I am confident in my ability to care for your beloved critters. I welcome the opportunity to meet you and care for your furry or scaly friends. If you are interested in my services or have any questions, please message me through the Thumbtack app’s “Contact Us” section below to reach out to me directly. I am truly looking forward to our connection! Covid-19 transparency: I am currently following all guidelines set by the CDC including wearing a mask whenever I am near your pets or in your home, frequent handwashing, and can wear gloves upon request.See more


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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 Park dog walkers
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Melissa is a responsible dog walker who takes pride in her work. She takes very good care of my dog, and she even works with him on his behavior issues when she walks him. She is very flexible and accomdating to my schedule. I appreciate her strong work ethic! She also brings treats for my dog!
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Christopher D.
Having never used an app such as thumb tack before, I did not know what to expect… however, I was at my wits end needing help with a dog that I recently adopted. I have rescued and adopted numerous dogs throughout my adult live, but this one was a special challenge and having just come through major surgery , I was desperate! I spelled out my story on the thumbtack app and reviewed several options. I really liked the reviews that I read for Lunch Box loves friends, So I selected that 1. Melissa replied very quickly and with a very understanding tone regarding my situation. This was on a Sunday and the next day we arranged for a time for her to come and meet my dog Angel. This is one of the best decisions I made this past week! She started with daily walks the next day which was Tuesday and came every day through Saturday. Melissa was extremely flexible with my unpredictable schedule and I knew instantly that I was in great hands! This is one of the best decisions I made this past week! She started with daily walks the next day which was Tuesday and came every day through Saturday. Melissa was extremely flexible with my unpredictable schedule and I knew instantly that I was in great hands! She Clearly loves animals and clearly was very comfortable with my dog… and angel just loves her! She has taken a huge burden off of my crazy schedule and I could not be happier! I also love her willingness to be flexible and not make me commit to any certain number of days, etc. 2 thumbs up for this dog Walker!
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