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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
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
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
We love Pooch Ventures!! They are reliable, trustworthy and super sweet to our dog Mochi. We are very pleased with their service and the technology they provide - I get alerted via email when they arrive, get details about the walk (ie potty business) and can even see a GPS route of my dog's walk. I highly recommend Pooch Ventures.
Pooch VenturesPooch Ventures
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
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
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
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!
Playpals NYCPlaypals NYC
Yatin S.
Suki is amazing when it comes to taking care of pets; she walked our dog for two weeks three times/day. She is super punctual, very caring and responsive (would send you many pics of your pet). I would highly recommend her! In fact, we will only use her going forward as she took really good care of our dog!
Suki LauSuki Lau
Thumbtack Customer
I love this company. They reply quickly to any concerns that I have and they are very accomodating. Uses GPS technology so I know where my dog was walked. Brian is so good with Riza. She gets excited every time she hears the doorknob rattle at 10am. It's money well spent!
Pooch VenturesPooch Ventures
Michelle M.
Suki was great! Worked well with my dog and kept us updated on the walk. She made us feel very comfortable and eased our anxiety about taking care of his needs. She also followed all the the things we listed. We will definitely be using her again! Very easy to work with!
Suki LauSuki Lau
Thumbtack Customer
Just started with them- I trusted Alex (the owner) right away when we met and my dog seems to really like the actual walker Cori, which lets be honest, is the most important thing! Love getting the alert from the app everyday with notes and pics from the walk. So far so good :)
Pooch VenturesPooch Ventures
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
Leslie H.
Alex and Jackie got back to me within minutes of posting my request for a new dog walker. My pup is a bit on the higher maintenance side - a rescue who is easily scared and needs a female walker - they worked with my timing and schedule to understand my needs and do a meet and greet that day for walks starting the following day. Very professional, very friendly, competitively priced, and extremely accommodating. So far my pup is very happy!
Pooch VenturesPooch Ventures
Luke J.
Pooch Ventures has been an absolute blessing. I moved into the city with a 65lb pitbull this April, and was very nervous about hiring a new dog walker. Cori, Kane's walker, has been amazing since we started with Pooch Ventures, and I can't be any more satisfied. Cori has always been there for sporadic walks when I need them, and is always on time. What a burden they have lifted! Thanks Pooch Ventures.
Pooch VenturesPooch Ventures
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
Samantha S.
I am extremely happy with this service. Kristian is always on time, communicates with me and send me updates of Lexi (my 🐶) both written texts, photos and videos. I work all day and never have to worry about Lexi being taken care of - she goes on 2 walks a day which has been perfect. She loves Kristian and he loves her too! I highly recommend this service and I’ve dealt with many dog walkers, trainers in nyc. They are the best and I will continue to use them 4 days a week.
Fast & Furrious Canine Cardio ClubFast & Furrious Canine Cardio Club
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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