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How much should I pay a dog walker?

User
Dec. 5, 2017

I want a dog walker to come everyday while I'm at work to take my dog out, for maybe a 20 or 30 minute walk. How much should I pay for this type of service? Do I tip too?

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User in Denver, CO
June 23, 2015

When it comes to pricing, as it has been mentioned, it will vary on your area. The best thing to do is call around and see what the average price is in your area. I'm not insured or bonded because I've been doing this for so long that it wasn't a necessity when I started. And I couldn't find anyone that offered it. I don't advertise and haven't even had cards since my second year in business (20 yrs). I get my new clients through referals. Having someone that is licensed and bonded is a good idea but having someone that has a great reputation and a long career in the field is nothing to overlook. License and bonding are paid for reputations are earned.

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User in Wells, ME
Feb. 17, 2015

Hi, I am a certified dog walker, which means I am also trained in dog behavior and first aid. This means you can trust me to protect and handle your dog professionally. To disagree with a previous answer above, no not ANYONE can walk a dog. Not everyone knows what to do if another dog off leash comes after your dog or attacks it. Not everyone knows how to be courteous and avoid any conflicts. Not everyone knows how to leash train or walk a dog gently and correctly so that the owners can enjoy their time with their dog. If you want the best for your dog and want someone you can trust in your home, then pay the top dollar. I charge $20/hr, $10 for 30 minutes. I can handle more than one dog at a time depending on the dogs

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User in Newark, DE
Feb. 22, 2015

I would say paying a walker $15 for a half hour walk would be reasonable. Since a dog walker would most likely need to drive to your house, the price of what they'd be paid needs to be worth the trip. If they'd be driving to and from your house for almost as long as they'd be needed to walk your dog, the price should be around $15 or $20.

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User in Pharr, TX
Jan. 15, 2015

15 bucks, anyone could walk a dog.

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User in Snohomish, WA
Jan. 13, 2015

It really does depend on the market. In the Seattle area the cost of living is much higher than in some other areas, and in some suburbs of the greater Seattle area are pretty spread out, so travel time has to be included or your dog walker won't be able to their Job. Out here you can expect to pay 15-30 per hour. Of course this varies due to qualifications, experience, credentials, and if your walker is insured and bonded.

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User in Portland, OR
April 5, 2018

No less than 15 dollars per half hour.

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User in Lowell, MA
Sept. 5, 2018

My friend is a professional dog walker and she charges $8 for a 1/2 hr and $15 for a full hour hope that helps

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Hi Linda, I am a dog walker in Rhode Island, I charge $12 for a 30 minute walk, $20 for a 1 hour walk. I concur with Melissa, it can vary from region to region. My times are actual excercise times, not I show up at 10 a.m., takes me 5 minutes to prepare the dog for the walk, excercise for 20 minutes, then take 5 minutes to write out the walk sheet. Make sure you tell your walker whats expected from them. I don't accept tips either, but the notion is nice! Good luck!

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Hi Linda, My suggestion would be to research comparable dog walking services in your area. For example, in my market, Kansas City MO, the average dog walker is paid between $12-$20 per 20/30 minute walk. In other markets the pricing can fluctuate greatly. Personally, I don't accept tips but this can vary as well. Also, it's important that you and your pup are comfortable with the person walking your dog. Besides a financial investment, you are putting a fair amount of trust in this individual to come into your home on a daily basis and take care of your animal. I would suggest asking the person if they are bonded and insured and Pet CRP & First Aid Certified as well. Good Luck! Melissa

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User in Pasadena, CA
Sept. 5, 2018

Hello I am a dog walker in Pasadena CA I charge 10 for half an hour and 15 for a full hour. I don't charge extra for a bigger dogs.

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Hi guys! Im not a certified dog walker,but I have been doing this for 4yrs now and its been going very well! I make $105 or sometimes $210 depending on how long the dog can walk and/or how long the dog owner thinks is best. And you don't have to be a professional dog walker but that doesn't mean everyone is going to be good with dogs.

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User in Columbus, NC
Sept. 5, 2018

So you all are saying 15/20 dollars for 30 min? And is that per dog? I am just wanting to be fair with all the people that I am dog sitting for. Right now I charge a family that has 2 dogs and 2 cats 10.00/ day for each animal to dog sit overnight . And I walk 2 dogs for 10.00/ 30 min a day. I guess I am not charging enough.

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User in Bronx, NY
Sept. 5, 2018

Oh for crying out loud, the people posting these outrageous prices and calling them affordable, STOP. I am temporarily disabled. I had to dig deep but I found him $5 for 20 minutes. For the last year with no incidents. It doesn't take rocket science to become licensed & bonded. Millions of people walk their own dogs daily without payment. As soon as I am better I will be walking my little girl on my own.

User in Newark, DE
Oct. 16, 2016

Some people spend nearly $5 in gas just to get to the house in order to walk the dog. If someone is driving and blocking out an hour of their day to do something, why would any reasonable person do that for any less than $15?

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User in Porter, TX
Feb. 22, 2015

Hi, I walk dogs in Texas. I charge $20 for a 30 min walk although there are other sitters in the area that charge $35for a 30 min walk. It costs more for a sitter that is insured and bonded. This is important, because if you have your neighbor's kid walk your dog and he drops the leash and your dog is hit by a car, your home owners insurance would be responsible. If you have a pet sitter with insurance, their insurance would be responsible. The cost of sitting may be higher in Texas due to the amount of driving as everything is so spread out. Some clients tip. Not every time, but maybe like an extra $20 once a month or every other month as sort of like a bonus.

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User in Wiggins, CO
Feb. 17, 2015

Hello I'm a professional pet sitter/walker in Colorado. My rates are 15 for 30 minutes & 20 for 1 hour. My walk clients usually don't tip, but I get gifts on holidays, etc. However my over night and pet feed visit clients do tip. I believe its a preference as far as tipping goes, but feel the fees cover it. Best of luck finding a great walker for your dog. Crystal

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User in La Quinta, CA
Sept. 5, 2018

I walk 2 large dogs for one client, and I told her $15 a day, (that means I could walk them for 20 min or 2 hours)(this includes gas money), she said ok, but pays $110 weekly for the upcoming week (more than I quoted her, but because of this I play with her dogs too, and spend time with her other pets) I live in La Quinta California, near PGA West. I know others out here charge way more, I've heard figures around $30 an hour which per week would be $210. My client is obsessed with her huskies (has a photo of one tattooed on her finger) and spoils them rotten, (she buys them Chipotle every once in awhile) and would be happy to pay $45 a day if I asked, but I think dog walking is something that shouldn't cost an arm and a leg, it should be cheap. If your dog walker asks for 20+ an hour you should say no and find someone cheaper.

John in Boston, MA
Sept. 9, 2018

How to connect with you ? I'm working on a business aligned with Dog Walkers. Would love to have your honest feedback

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Jeez....Linda, just compare rates of dog walkers in your local town, compare experience, and whatever else is important to you such as being insured, bonded, etc. and pick what works best for you. Also...do you want to work with one individual only that you have the peace of mind knowing will be the only person walking your dog, entering your home and having your key, or do you want to work with an agency that could have several different walkers coming to your home that you have never met and will never know who they are or when they have changed? Some people don't care as long as their needs are met. Most want to know and meet the person first and know this is the only person they will be working with which may be worth more than what an agency pays....:)

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I think it depends on the area. I live in the Pacific Northwest and I charge $15-20 for a 30-45 min walk.

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Wow Darlene S., I wish I had you to walk my dog- you are cheap! I pay my walker for 1 dog $10 for a 20min walk. On weekends I pay $12. I don't believe in paying $20-$30 an hour as some people have posted- that's like paying Nanny or Babysitter rates! I love my dog but he's a dog & if he's not going to learn a language I would never pay those rates! I simply do a series of 2 interviews, they Must have pet experience outside of their own & not a family member either. I background check & call 2 pet related references. Then I set my Clear Expectations so that my walker & I are on the same page. I even have a short typed Instruction sheet that I keep on the counter for which includes his breed, age, Vet info, address, my # & an Emergency contact. I have rules like No one in my place other than the walker, no cell phone use during walk, tight grip on leash at all times & what I do if a large dog is being walked towards us. I also ask for a quick text upon them leaving on anything out of the ordinary. I mean it's only 20minutes outside- I think these are all reasonable & responsible duties. I have my main dog walker that comes mid day 3x a week & 2 back up walkers. I tip them once in a while & include end of year bonuses. I ask them bi-monthly if they are happy or if something needs changing. Luckily it has been a great relationship on both ends as I've had the same ladies for over 2 years now.

User in Wells, ME
Sept. 16, 2016

You pay your walker $10/12 for a 20 minutes walk,, that pretty much equals $20/ hr. You simply have requested the 20 minutes. That's fine. But in reality the walker's time involves all the requests and expectations you listed. You say tey are not as important as a Nanny, yet, you expect all the same qualifications, background check, etc, which you should. So I don't understand how you seem to be a great customer but sound like you are down grading the walker. I am a professional dogwalker. It's my livelyhood. The demand is there for it because people expect quality care for their dogs because they consider them part of the family. I paid a lot of money to become certified and trained in first aid. I also have to cover the wear and tear on my car and gas. It's a business just like any other.

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User in Pahrump, NV
Sept. 5, 2018

Hi my name is Chris I'm new to care.com I've been walking and taking care of dogs and animals for 8 years now.so it depends on what you can afford and also put in mind if you were them what would you like to get paid.

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Again, it really depends on where you live and whether its an agency or independent. I am an independent, and I charge per hour (15 is average for where I live in CA). For some reason the family I dog walk for ends up tipping me often, and its very appreciated, but not mandatory.  Honestly speaking, you get what you pay for (hopefully). $12-25 a 30 min walk is reasonable. Anything above that sounds to pricey. Hope this helps!

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User in Temecula, CA
Sept. 5, 2018

Depends on where you live and what you are looking for. True, anyone can walk a dog, but you want someone who has a passion for animals and can tailor to your dogs needs. Some dogs need more exercise while some are older and might need a small stroll and more time to smell things out. Depends. SoCal area is usually $20 for 30 min $27 for an hour.

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I agree, it's a dog not a kid. I'd pay 20 for my kid but not a dog. Pay what your kids worth or pay what the dog is. Ppl who make so little money don't need it

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I am starting a business an I'm wondering how much should I at maby 6 half hour 10 hour.

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Kris in Hamburg, NY
March 5, 2019

I drive to the location, walk the dogs in any weather rain,snow or shine!I am dependable and without any major incidents.I charge $20 per I/2 additional $5 per dog.I charge nothing less.

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