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Q & A

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 Philadelphia dog walkers
Audrey T.
Great experience with this company. Walker very knowledgeable of dogs and was so happy they were able to manage my dog whose a puller when walking. I recommend this company to anyone seeking a knowledgeable, trustworthy, and experienced dog walker or pet sitter.
Sit, Paw, StaySit, Paw, Stay
Kelsey K.
Selena is always on time for walking my dog and is very flexible with my variable and hectic hours as a healthcare provider to make sure my dog is taken care of. She is sure to let me know when my pup is happy and energetic, poops, pees, and is fed. The time log she uses to show the time in and time out with columns for bathroom yes or no markings and feedings is very helpful. She is a great trainer for leash walker, I’ve noticed an improvement in walking my dog on own when I’m not working. She responds to my questions or schedule changes immediately and arranges her day to be able to help care for my dog. Best dog walker I’ve ever had. My dog instantly fell in love with her!
Kylie K.
Christine has been walking my little dog Ruben for a few weeks now and always does a great job. She sends tons of videos and photos, keeping me updated on the walk and how things go. I really appreciate how responsive she is as well. Would definitely recommend.
Sit, Paw, StaySit, Paw, Stay
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Debbie to walk my two dogs while I was out at a wedding for most of the day. She did an excellent job and sent pictures of the dogs during and after her visit. She was also very prepared with an emergency contact sheet and gathered vet information during our meet and greet session.
Debbie's DarlingsDebbie's Darlings
Thumbtack Customer
Deb from Doggies in the Ruff had my exuberant adult Lab and Shorkie puppy eating out of her hand within minutes of meeting them. In addition to Deb's dog walking service, I've also taken advantage of her separate dog training service and have seen improvements in my Shorkie puppy already. Her rates are very reasonable and the peace of mind I have knowing I can rely on someone as experienced as her is priceless.
Doggies in the RuffDoggies in the Ruff
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