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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
Brooke B.
Dog walk services are great. Mikhal is very kind and easy to work with.
Pet Care ProPet Care Pro
Thumbtack Customer
Really happy with the service Marie at Hello Rover provides. Super easy to book appointments, make changes, and submit payments. Makes dog walking a walk in the park!
Evergreen PawsEvergreen Paws
Thumbtack Customer
I have been really happy with Hello Rover's dog walking services for my senior dog. You can schedule services, interact and pay your invoices through the online client portal which is very convenient.
Evergreen PawsEvergreen Paws
Ann B.
They do a great job of taking my senior dog for a walk while I'm at work. They always let me know they've come by sending me a picture and an update.
Leo Sisters Pet SittingLeo Sisters Pet Sitting
Thumbtack Customer
Mary has taken our dog Charlie on midday walks since the beginning of the summer. He is a rescue dog who displays occasional fear-based aggression so he needed some extra patience and care-- which Mary has provided for him! She is gentle and patient and she has completely won him over. She texts us photos from every walk and she is flexible on scheduling. We would highly recommend Mary!
Lindy C.
Mary did a fantastic job responding and taking care of our large dog. She walked her and checked on her food and water needs. We would definitely hire her again.
Thumbtack Customer
We whole heartedly recommend Mary. Mary has been walking our dog for roughly a year. She is professional, very easy to work with and we feel we really lucked out with finding her on Thumbtack.
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