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Find a dog walker near Portland, OR

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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 Portland dog walkers
Julie P.
Dog walking service. Excellent and compassionate.
Paws In MotionPaws In Motion
Christa H.
Heidi is easy to work with, communicative and flexible and most of all, our dog loves her. Our dog is much more even-tempered at home now that she gets lots of cuddles and walks and grooming during the day. This was our first experience asking for help with walking our dog, and it's been a very positive one.
Heidi's Happy Hounds
Ed T.
His idea to instead of run with my dog he would walk with him for 3 miles for weight management (dog). Very available for communication. We have not met yet.
Have Leash, Will TravelHave Leash, Will Travel
Thumbtack Customer
Sander is now walking our GS 3x's a week. She is wonderful and Maggie (dog) loves her. Plus she's very reasonable.
Paws In MotionPaws In Motion
Thumbtack Customer
I broke my leg a while back and have been unable to get my very active dog out for exercise. I found out about Linda on this website and have been extremely happy with her abilities. Linda is one of the friendliest people I have ever met and absolutely loves dogs. She has been walking my dog for almost 2 months now and my dog worships her. He anxiously awaits her arrival on those special days and they always have great walks. She is also quick to note when he wants to play and gladly accommodates him. I would highly recommend Linda for anyone who is interested in this type of service.
Linda's Dog Walking ServiceLinda's Dog Walking Service
James A.
Sandee came to our apartment and played/walked with our dog Heidi for 1/2 hr long periods over 3 days. She Sent wonderful pictures and reports of their time together.
Paws In MotionPaws In Motion
Thumbtack Customer
My labradoodle pup, SImba, loves her! Sandee is great with my dog and has been walking my Simba for two months now. She always gives me daily update on my pup and, sometimes, with pictures too! I highly recommend her!
Paws In MotionPaws In Motion
Thumbtack Customer
Simon, our standard poodle, has been walked by Jeff with Dog Gone walking five times a week since early January 2014. Jeff and his wife Jaimee, who are the owners, came to our home so we could all interview each other to make sure it was a good fit. We instantly felt comfortable with them and we could tell Simon liked them too. Simon has been pretty shy and nervous in certain circumstances and we have seen Simon's confidence grow since Jeff has been walking him. We love the fact that when Jeff arrives at our house he scans a barcode that sends us an email notifying us that the walk has begun. At the end of the walk we get another email with details of the walk and sometimes some fun photos too. It's of great comfort that we know Simon is being well taken care of, loved, and that we have someone dependable to take him out while we are at work. If Jeff has any concerns about Simon he sends me a text right away, which is much appreciated. We feel confident with Dog Gone Walking that Simon is being well taken care and fully trust them to have our home key and alarm code. It's good to know we also have a backup if an emergency ever came up and couldn't get home. We know we could rely on them to help out with Simon. Will Carter, Jeff Miller and Simon
Tails & Trails, Inc.Tails & Trails, Inc.
Sabin C.
Fantastic experience! From the initial meeting with Jeff, to Sarah the dog walker, the scanner to let me know when the walks started and stopped and the daily reports with photos and stories. I couldn't have left my beautiful boys in better hands. I even used Tails & Trails as an example at my conference of excellent customer service.
Tails & Trails, Inc.Tails & Trails, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Allison was fantastic! I needed someone on short notice over the holidays to walk and snuggle my Basset hound. She was fast to respond and get together, my dog loved her immediately, and she took awesome care of my girl while i had to be away. Kept me up to date with texts and pictures which helped relieve my guilt lol. I would highly recommend Allison, and will be using her again myself!
Four Legged Family Massage Services LLCFour Legged Family Massage Services LLC
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