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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 Alexandria dog walkers
Thumbtack Customer
Lil Bears flexibility with walks is extremely helpful with my hectic schedule, I can call same day and have my dog walked. Kevin typically walks my dog and he is extremely polite and has taken the time to get to know my dog, who isn't too fond of strangers! The communication log is great, it says what time Kevin came by and what my dog did on their walk. I would highly recommend Lil Bears to anyone looking for affordable, professional and trustworthy dog walking in the NOVA area!
Lil Bears Dog Walking & Pet ServicesLil Bears Dog Walking & Pet Services
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin is fantastic. Was great with the meet and greet and my dog loved him from the minute he walked thru my door. He is great for my needs as I am recovering from a spinal cord injury and am not able to walk my dog. Kevin is kind and flexible. Thank you😊
Lil Bears Dog Walking & Pet ServicesLil Bears Dog Walking & Pet Services
Thumbtack Customer
We were very pleased with the dog walking services that Christy provided this past week for our dog. She was very professional and we really liked getting daily email updates with all the details of the visit. Thanks, Christy!
The Unleashed Pet, LLCThe Unleashed Pet, LLC
Joan R.
Maddie is a shy girl and has taken to Milo quite well. She can be difficult to walk because of the shyness (cars, other dogs, large men) etc. she is also a very strong dog and easily distractible with squirrels, aggressive dogs - so she requires a strong handler. she sounds like a nightmare but is a sweet girl. Her daily walks are extremely important to her to continue to acclimate and gain self-confidence. We appreciate this service very much
NoVA PetstersNoVA Petsters
Jay Y.
Stef's Pet Service started out great the First day she came on time and so forth. The next day Stef missed the time window to walk my dog and did not even come till 2 hours after the time and said sorry you had to walk your dog some things came up... The Third day Stef came and was a little late no biggie . I also asked Stef what time would work for her with coming to walk my dog daily and was told 2-3pm . Well the next day she had not arrived between 2-3 as agreed on so I had to terminate the service as she was not reliable for my dog. The only reason for the one star was because she came once like agreed.
Stef's Pet ServicesStef's Pet Services
Thumbtack Customer
Ryan took care of walking our dog while we were away. He was very courteous, informative, and professional. We look forward to using his services again.
Ruff House Dog TrainingRuff House Dog Training
Thumbtack Customer
We have 3 dogs that needed to be walked, and she could handle them. Angie was also flexible with our schedule. We often made last minute changes of days. She always accepted the changes without complaint.
Angie's Pet CareAngie's Pet Care
Thumbtack Customer
Christy and her team have been great to deal with. They are thorough and understanding. They have been most helpful in accommodating our schedules and provide excellent dog walking services. We would highly recommend Christy and her team.
The Unleashed Pet, LLCThe Unleashed Pet, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Outstanding service! Kevin comes between the 2 hour window and has helped with the training process for our new puppy. The service is also reasonably priced, especially for coming twice a day. I highly recommend using Kevin for your dog walking needs!
Lil Bears Dog Walking & Pet ServicesLil Bears Dog Walking & Pet Services
Thumbtack Customer
Kevin stops by my apartment every weekday afternoon to give my 7-month old puppy a break from her crate and a chance to go potty. There was zero hassle in setting up my pup's walks, Kevin is very flexible when my work schedule shifts, and the price for Kevin's visits are the most reasonable I've seen of any other dog walking service in the area. Highly recommended!
Lil Bears Dog Walking & Pet ServicesLil Bears Dog Walking & Pet Services
Thumbtack Customer
I would HIGHLY recommend Kevin. My work schedule is always changing and Kevin simply adjusts the schedule without hassle. My dog is also very difficult and does not take well to strangers. Kevin worked with him and now they are buddies. His pricing is excellent compared to other dog walking services in the area. I recently moved and Kevin still continued service even at my new address. A lot of people are crazy about their dogs and I go to work and don't have to worry how he is doing. I know Kevin takes great care of him. If you want a reliable and reasonably priced dog walker give Lil Bears a call!!
Lil Bears Dog Walking & Pet ServicesLil Bears Dog Walking & Pet Services
Jessica R.
Barking Trails was such a life saver! We met our rescue dog and the foster said we could take him home THAT SAME DAY! We were not quite prepared but did not want to pass on this opportunity. We rushed to the store to pick up some essentials and got the house ready. Once we brought Chubo home we realized that we needed to line up a dog walker. Adam was incredibly responsive and sent someone the next day! Harinate is our walker and Chubo loves the days she comes to walk him. You can't go wrong with Adam and his team at Barking Trails!
Barking TrailsBarking Trails
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