How Much Does A Professional Dog Walker Cost?

How much does a professional dog walker costThink hiring a professional dog walker to walk your beloved pup while you are at work is a luxury?

Think again.

Professional dog walking and pet sitting have become an affordable and a popular option for many pet parents in the 21st century.  A professional dog walker benefits both you as a dog parent and your dog, who will enjoy a break in his day.

But, one question most people have is…

How much does a professional dog walker cost?

Well, it really depends upon several factors, including:

  • The Dog Walker

Every dog walking service operates its business differently just as every independent professional dog walker has her own set of business practices.  You will likely, however, notice a significant difference in dog walker costs between professionals and hobbyists.  A professional dog walker, whether she is independent or heading a business of employed or contracted dog walkers, is running a business and that means numerous costs, including proper insurance, advertising, and computer systems to keep track of clients.  A hobbyist, on the other hand, walks dogs just because she enjoys it and may not have the same experience or business expenses, such as insurance, as the professionals.

  • Number of Walks Each Day/Week

The cost of a professional dog walker will, in part, be determined by how many walks you schedule for your dog each day and each week.  Obviously, the more walks you schedule, the more you’re going to pay.  Some professional dog walkers, however, offer dog walking packages so you get the most bang out of your buck.

  • Length of Walks

The length of your dog’s daily walk will also factor into the cost.  Professional dog walkers may offer a range anywhere from thirty minutes to an hour.  You’ll likely determine the length of walk that is best for your dog based on your dog’s age, health and your budget.

  • Scheduling

Sometimes professional dog walkers charge a fee for last minute dog walks because they have to squeeze in a visit. If you’re scheduling at the last minute, just be aware that doing so may cost you a little bit extra, depending on the professional dog walker.

  • Area of the Country

The costs of professional pet services vary depending on where in the country you live.  You may be quoted a higher price if you live in a busy metropolitan area than if you live in a small town.  That’s simply because the cost of living and the cost of doing business is higher in some areas of the country than it is in others.

  • Types of Walks Required

Some professional dog walkers offer strictly one-on-one walks with only the dog walker and your dog while other dog walkers allow clients to choose between one-on-one walks and walks with other dogs.  You’re likely going to pay more for those one-on-one dog walks but your dog will also receive quite a few more benefits, including a more personalized experience.

Why do you think hiring a professional dog walker is worth the investment?

4 Comments

  • Cathy Armato says:

    A dog walker is something I often suggest at the shelter when someone wants to adopt but the couple works & no one is home all day long. Not having a dog walker can prevent people from adopting! Not everyone has a family member or friend who is able to walk their dog every day or a few times a week. Even if it’s not every day a few times a week is still extremely helpful.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  • Jennifer Shafton says:

    Having the ability to hire a dog walker definitely makes it more convenient to be a pet parent knowing you can be away from home all day while at work and your dog will still get the care, love, exercise and attention needed.

  • Myrna Shanfeld says:

    I think it’s essential to have your dogs walked as often as possible. It adds to their quality of life, and to yours also. Most dogs that are left alone become much more destructive. Just imagine you being locked up all day. It just makes for a happier, more fun time for all.

  • Jennifer Shafton says:

    We couldn’t agree more with what you wrote about the importance of dog parents walking their dog(s) daily. The benefits are life changing.

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