Finding a dog walker is not very difficult, especially when you’ve already come to DogWalker.com, which lists hundreds of local companies and services. There are also other ways to find a walker – like referrals, friends, and recommendations from your pet care providers. With so many sources to choose from, it is a good idea to compare different price ranges, as well as the types of services dog walkers offer.
Price Per Walk
Many dog walkers charge per walk. A walk might be anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. A good rate for a dog walker is between $8 and $15 per half hour, although this may be more expensive depending on where you live. Cities such as New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, and others are likely more expensive – from $15 – $30 for a 30 minute walk.
If the dog walker has to travel to your house to pick up your dog, there will likely be an additional charge because of the transportation and time involved. It is best to look for a walker who lives within your five-mile radius. Weekday walks are normally cheaper than weekend walks, and you can save when you use a dog walking service frequently.
Price Per Week
Most dog walkers have packages for walking dogs for the five days of the work week. This will usually be a slightly reduced charge for each day. Depending on the dog walker, you might save 10% by committing to the dog walker for weekly walks. In addition, if you use cash instead of credit card, checks, or Paypal, and/or if you pay in advance, you might be able to save more.
Ask About Additional Duties
If you need your dog played with, taken to a local dog park, fed, or given medication, the dog walker might charge extra. Normally, there will be a reduced fee for additional pets.
Before Hiring A Walker
Before you make your choice, interview a few walkers in person so you can meet them and they can get to know your dog. Ask for references, and call their references to make sure everything checks out as you would expect. A compatible walker is a natural dog person and will always be reliable.