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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 New York dog walkers
Jim M.
I can’t recommend Treat enough! These guys are great. Very responsive and affordable. My dog Lady looks forward to her walk everyday. Your dog will thank you for hiring them!
Thumbtack Customer
Krystie is so great!!! Hired her to walk my boss' dog and she is reliable, dependable, and so sweet with Sara!
PetZenergy Pet Care, LLCPetZenergy Pet Care, LLC
Nicole d.
She is great! Reliable & trustworthy. Always punctual and efficient. Sends me pictures of my dog on every walk. Highly Recommend.
Mia’s GetawayMia’s Getaway
Stacey B.
We love treat dog walking!! Eli and El have been Lifesavers walking our two puggies!! They are so sweet to the doggies, always show up and are always on time! We couldn't be happier! Thank you!!
Jo F.
Suki is very reliable and a true professional. I really appreciate her punctuality. She arrived each time for the walk exactly on time. This shows someone who takes their job seriously and is respectful of clients. My dog felt very comfortable with her. Additionally my dog is older and Suki was very patient with my dog's slow walking pace. I highly recommend Suzi and look forward to working with her again in the near future.
Suki LauSuki Lau
Thumbtack Customer
Prompt response to walking requests, very reasonable price, and amazing with my dog. Always includes picture updates. Glad to have found Krystie!
PetZenergy Pet Care, LLCPetZenergy Pet Care, LLC
Hani A.
Very grateful and appreciative for Kristian and his team. I couldn’t have asked for more. Very caring, courteous, accommodating and always professional. The dogs love him and he loves them back. Whether it’s a walk or a trip to the dog park my dogs are always happy to see him and hang out with him.
Fast & Furrious Canine Cardio ClubFast & Furrious Canine Cardio Club
Thumbtack Customer
Service was great. Went above and beyond the time and walked far every through it was freezing cold out. Most dog walkers would have cut time short with weather being so bad but walks were longer than time . Will use again for sure!
Spunky PawsSpunky Paws
Marc Q.
True dog lovers. Your pets will be treated exactly how you would treat them because Jenn will make sure she and her walkers know everything that they need to know about you and your pet. It will be like you are walking your dogs yourself.
Flipz Pet CareFlipz Pet Care
Jennifer S.
Eli and El have been great with our dog. He liked them the moment he met them and has a hard time parting when his walk is done!!
Senna L.
Suki was amazing! My dog Timbus loved her and was always happy (and lovingly sleepy!) when they returned from their walks. Suki always kept me updated and even sent me photos of Timbus playing in the park (so cute!). If you want a loving, trust worthy, and responsible dog walker, contact Suki!
Suki LauSuki Lau
Thumbtack Customer
Kristian has been walking my Goldendoodle Penny for two weeks now and he's so great! this is my first experience with a dog walker, so I was a little nervous, but Kristian came to do a meet and greet and was happy to answer any and all of my many questions. He's super thoughtful and thorough and I love the picture update after every walk.
Fast & Furrious Canine Cardio ClubFast & Furrious Canine Cardio Club
Rachel D.
Brian and the team at Happy Tails have been accommodating, prompt, friendly and reliable. We only needed to have Rocky, our Havanese, walked once or twice weekly for now, but we also needed him walked a lot more when we were out of town. Brian was unfazed by our complicated scheduling and accommodated cheerfully. Rocky has been having lots of fun and is happily tired out from all the exercise. He likes Brian and Patrick and making new dog friends to walk with. I love getting the text & photo update after the walk!
Happy TailsHappy Tails
Sofia R.
Working with the canine cardio club has been perfect! Kristian is insightful, thorough, and responsive. He sends pictures and videos after every walk with a quick rundown of how it went! My dog Ollie has been warming up more and more to him. It’s nice to have found a place that I can trust with my dog while I’m not home.
Fast & Furrious Canine Cardio ClubFast & Furrious Canine Cardio Club
Thumbtack Customer
I was dog-sitting for a friend for 11 days and Krystie was a life-saver. She came promptly every night for the "last" walk - was sweet and kind. The best was that she was extremely reliable. A great find! Highly recommend using her services.
PetZenergy Pet Care, LLCPetZenergy Pet Care, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
My boy Charley always stays at the YDBF daycare and he loves it. I have never seen a dog excited about leaving home. All the walkers treat him like their own dog and I know he is being loved and looked after. Even for his weekly walks, Charley looks forward to them coming to get him. I don't know what I would do without them. Thanks guys!
Your Dog's Best FriendYour Dog's Best Friend
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Patti to walk my dog. a couple of times a week. Patti was friendly, seemed experienced with dogs, and had good references. All seemed fine for the first month or so (during which time I wrote a positive review). However, I had a very disconcerting experience that drastically changed my opinion. On a short-notice request, Patti agreed to walk my dog at 12 pm one day. I appreciated her flexibility, as this was not one of her regularly scheduled walks. She would normally check-in via text after a walk but on this day I heard nothing from her. 3 hours later she texted an update, saying she forgot to text earlier. No problem, it happens. A half hour after receiving this text, my partner and I come home (much earlier than either of us normally do). We were shocked to find Patti hurriedly leaving our apartment! She made no eye contact, muttered something about having forgotten her cell phone in our apartment, and tried to rush off. Before she ran away I asked her what time she came to walk my dog and she said "around 1". (Please note that this is a full hour after she said she would come.) I wanted to give Patti the benefit of the doubt but this incident left me feeling very uneasy. I questioned to myself if she really "left her phone" in my apartment, as she had in fact texted me earlier. I wondered if she had truly come at 1 at all, or if she had only arrived to my home shortly before I did. This was all troubling enough, but the worst part, and what I would truly caution any potential client of, is how she reacted when I tried to follow up with her. When I called her later to ask some further clarifying questions Patti got extremely defensive. This time Patti claimed she was not sure WHEN she came to our home to walk my dog, and got increasingly agitated. She said "I don't know around 1 or something like that!". When I asked how long she walked my dog for she said that she had just gotten back with him when we ran into her. I asked her to confirm that she had walked my dog for TWO AND A HALF HOURS. (Please note, she was hired to do half hour walks). She said yes and would not answer me when I asked where she took him. Unfortunately our conversation was unable to go any further because she got quite upset and yelled that she "wasn't going to deal with [me]!" and then hung up. I never saw or heard from Patti after this, but she did return my keys. When you choose a dog walker you are taking a risk and entrusting the life and wellbeing of your loved one and the security of your home to a stranger. It's something to take seriously. While I hate to speak badly of someone's business efforts, I also care about dogs. They can't tell us what's going on so we have to try hard to do the right thing for them. I do not recommend Skootee's Pet Care Service for anyone who values reliability, trustworthiness, honesty, and professionalism.
Skootee's Pet Care ServiceSkootee's Pet Care Service
Thumbtack Customer
I found Suki through Thumbtack and couldn't be happier. I live in lower Manhattan and was struggling to find a reliable, qualified and reasonably priced dog walking service after my current walker for ~2 years moved to California. Suki is great to work with. She is flexible and conscious of both mine and Oakley's needs. She updates me on Oakley's walks and is very polite and caring. I couldn't have asked for a better person to take care of my pup when I can't be there. I highly recommend entrusting Suki with your pet care needs.
Suki LauSuki Lau
Andrea H.
We found Chris, after being frustrated with chain dog walking services. Chris and his team have been a breathe of fresh air. Our dog Summer has lots of energy and they really went above and beyond to make sure she was able to run and play everyday. We also have used barkstown for boarding and we were so happy and at peace with that decision. They sent photos and updates and summer was always so happy when she had to drive away with Chris. I am so sad we are moving and we can't take the whole barks town team with us. We will truly miss the Barkstown team!
BarksTown Pet ServicesBarksTown Pet Services
Shannon M.
What life-savers!! I had hurt my ankle and was unable to take my very large, rambunctious puppy for his walk. So I turned to thumbtack and I couldn't be more thankful for Your Dog's Best Friend! Not only were they able to accommodate a last minute/same day request, but they tired my fur baby out!! Very sweet people who absolutely love what they do! Thank you so much!!
Your Dog's Best FriendYour Dog's Best Friend
Thumbtack Customer
Jenn absolutely saved our lives! I'm a new parent and my husband had to travel on a last minute notification. I didn't know who could walk our sweet little Herbie (Havanese 1 year old dog) amidst all the weather changes and carrying a 2 month old baby. Jenn came to our rescue, her initial interview and her rapport with us and especially Herbie is absolutely admirable. She is a true professional and would recommend her in a heartbeat. Thanks Jenn!
Flipz Pet CareFlipz Pet Care
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Paula for 2x daily puppy visits for our 3 month old Westie pup, Walter, for a few weeks. Walter seemed to be in good hands! Paula left a brief note on the counter after each day. I would definitely recommend Paula for daily dog walking. However, I do feel that puppy visits require a tad more communication for the walker in terms of cleanup of messes, behavior, etc. because we'd like to really know what goes on during the day for training the pup. But again, Walter seemed to be in good hands.
Paula's Pet CarePaula's Pet Care
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