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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 Houston dog walkers
Thumbtack Customer
Julia walks my little dog. She really knows about dogs. I am pleased with Julia's help walking my Shih Tzu.
Julia's Pet ServicesJulia's Pet Services
Kristina R.
So far the experience has great. Our first scheduled dog walk is this afternoon.
Meg P.
Great dog walking service, but having a hyper active Brittany puppy meant that day care was a better option for the price. Great, friendly staff and were fantastic with my dog!!
Urban Pet Sitting, LLCUrban Pet Sitting, LLC
Brenda R.
I am so happy I ran across Posh pets for my pups dog walking!! They are so professional, punctual and my pups love them!
Posh Pets HoustonPosh Pets Houston
William M.
Hired as dog walker. Friendly, outgoing and provided updates while our pup is on a walk. Went out of her way to work her schedule around ours. Would highly recommend.
Kelsye S.
Guadalupe was great! She helped me out and walked both of my dogs together and they loved her. She gave me updates and left me with peace of mind when I had to leave them at home for so long.
Guadalupe DelacruzGuadalupe Delacruz
Richard P.
I contacted several services 6 days before I needed my dog walked for one week. Vanessa immediately contacted me and we setup a consultation. I'm still waiting for the four other services to reach out to me.
Thumbtack Customer
Jennifer was great! Very responsive, punctual, the best priced walker I found in Houston, and flexible if our plans ever changed. Once I forgot to cancel with her when I had the day off work, she came by at her scheduled time to walk our dog and our dog was THRILLED to see her! I would have never seen them interact like that normally because I would have been at work. It was comforting to know how much our dog loved Jennifer. We only stopped using Jennifer because we moved from Houston to a new city for a new job, but I would recommend her to anybody!
Jennifer HoppeJennifer Hoppe
Amber L.
KW Walkers are amazing! I am a nurse and work very long hours. KW Walkers are ALWAYS there when I need them to walk my 2 dogs. They are very reliable, attentive and professional. Not to mention my pups love them! I would highly recommend hiring them. They have made my life so much easier!
KW WalkersKW Walkers
Dr. H.
Service did a poor job of communicating. On multiple instances over the 1-plus yeas I used them, walker as well as owner showed up at my house way outside of our scheduled service window. Sometimes 2 hours early and up to 2 hours late. On one occasion, the owner came into my house at 5;30pm in the evening with an unknown stranger claiming she was looking for her phone. She never called to see if this was okay. I just happened to be home and was surprised when my front door opened and a stranger entered my home. Additionally, the service decided to add a walker that I had never met and then downplayed the frequency that this person was there. My dog was also posted on the company’s social media page without my permission as a part of the company’s marketing efforts. In short, there are many reputable companies offering dog walking and pet sitting services in the Houston area. If you want your pet to be cared for at a scheduled time, have good communication and know who is entering your home, I’d stay clear of Julia’s Pet Service.
Julia's Pet ServicesJulia's Pet Services
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