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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 Ashburn dog walkers
Thumbtack Customer
Great dog walking service! Our dog loves Pat! Highly recommend!
The Fairy DogParentsThe Fairy DogParents
Thumbtack Customer
I had surgery on my ankle and was unable to walk my dogs. My dogs can be fussy at times and they have loved walking with Rob and Chloe. They have been on time and do a great job with my dogs.
The Fairy DogParentsThe Fairy DogParents
Thumbtack Customer
Glenda is very professional and great with my 2 dogs. It's a great feeling knowing my dogs are getting out and exercised while I'm unable to walk them. They love their walks!
Four Footed FitnessFour Footed Fitness
Thumbtack Customer
Mary came yesterday to walk Sweetie, my beloved dog. I went with her so that she would know where to go. We had pleasant conversation...Mary and Sweetie seem to be a good match. She will be walking my dog every day for $15 for a 45 minute walk.
Mary Ann's Pet Grooming
Kristina s.
I hired this company to walk my dog in the morning for 45 minutes and feed him his morning meal. My dog was calm and relaxed when I got home from vacation. He was staying at my moms, and she really liked the gals. I had no way of knowing my dog was actually walked the whole time I paid for- that is the only negative. But I will use them again. Very easy to work with, and very responsive.
Spotty Body Pet SittingSpotty Body Pet Sitting
Thumbtack Customer
A family member was caring for the dogs morning and night, so we had The Fairydogparents came in during the day for walk and a welcome break from boredom!
The Fairy DogParentsThe Fairy DogParents
Victoria C.
Melissa has been very responsive to my needs for daily dog walks for my two pups. Her system is well constructed and she is very active in the process of orientation. She matched me with a wonderful dog walker/cuddler, Zailey. Zailey is lovely and seems to really care that my dogs are happy and safe. Recommend!
Just Four Paws, Inc.Just Four Paws, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Pat and Chloe have been walking my dog for a little over a month now and we couldn't be happier with them! They have been very flexible with my schedule and easy to get in contact with. They made sure they knew my dog's routine before the first day, which made me feel very comfortable from the start. My dog has significantly improved with staying home while I am at work and it's all thanks to Pat and Chloe. Wish I had more friends with dogs because I would definitely recommend them!
The Fairy DogParentsThe Fairy DogParents
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