How Much Do Dog Walkers Charge?
$10 – $35 Per Walk
Dog walkers charge an average of $20 per 30-minute walk with prices ranging between $10 and $35. Hourly rates typically cost $30 to $60 depending on your location, but overall you’ll pay $0.50 to $1 per minute to have your dog(s) walked, no matter how long the walk is. Get free estimates from dog walking services near you.
Dog Walking Prices
Dog walking prices range from $10 to $60 depending on your location with most pet owners spending $15 to 25 per walk. You can find discounts of $5 to $10 off if you don’t mind your dog walking with other dogs. Some dog walkers don’t charge extra if you have more than one dog while others charge 50% of the cost for the second dog.
|National Average Cost||$20|
|Average Range||$15 to $25|
What could be easier than having someone come to your home and take your dog out for a half hour or so when you can’t do it yourself? And if you have a dog who doesn’t do so well around other dogs, so you can’t leave him or her in a daycare type of place, it’s the best option out there. Another great benefit of having your dog walked is that his schedule isn’t interrupted and he won’t be near any other dogs with infections.
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Average Dog Walking Rates
Average dog walking rates are $20 per 30-minute walk and $40 per hour-long walk. Many dog walkers are happy to give you a weekly or monthly discount of 10% to 30%. Dog walkers typically charge based on the size and age of your dog and their distance from you. No matter how busy we are, it’s a godsend to know we can hire a nearby dog walker to give our dogs their daily exercise.
|30-minutes||$20 – $30|
|Per hour||$30 – $60|
|Per walk||$10 – $35|
|Per month||$280 – $360|
Cost of Dog Walking Per Day
Most dogs get one 20- to 30-minute walk per day for $20 to $30, with younger and more active dogs needing two or three. Your cost per day will depend on the number of walks, the length of time of each, and if your dog is sharing the walk with the dog walker’s other clients’ dogs.
Dog Walking Prices Per Hour
Dog walkers usually charge $30 to $60 per hour, although they don’t usually walk dogs for an hour, preferring to stick with the 20- or 30-minute walks. You can often find dog walkers willing to walk your dog for less than more experienced walkers so they can get reviews on their site, for prices beginning at $10 per walk.
Dog Walking Prices Per Walk
Dog walkers charge an average of $0.50 to $1.00 per minute which means an average 20-minute walk will cost $10 to $20, while a longer 30-minute walk will run $15 to $30. Dog walkers are happy to give you discounts when you purchase ongoing service.
Dog Walking Monthly Rates
If you can’t walk your dog during the week and want him/her walked at least once a day, many dog walkers are happy to give you a weekly or monthly 10%–30% discount.
|Length||10% discount||20% discount||30% discount|
|One Walk Per Day|
|Two Walks Per Day|
Dog Walking Cost Factors
Dog walkers charge based on the number of dogs you have, the number of walks purchased, and their distance away from you.
- Number of Dogs
- Number of Walks
- Travel Costs
Number of Dogs
- Joining other dogs - You can find discounts if you don’t mind your dog walking with other dogs. Expect $5-$10 off the cost of your dog’s walk if s/he joins others.
- You have more than one dog - Some dog walkers don’t charge extra if you have more than one dog to walk. Others charge $2–$4 more, or 50% of the cost for the second dog.
Number of Walks
Not so much at a per-walk rate but as a package deal, you can get a significant 10%–30% discount if you pay for three to ten walks at a time up front.
If you’d rather have a dog walker come to your home from a distance, expect to be charged $1–$2 per mile if you’re more than ten miles away from the dog owner’s business location.
- Dog Walker Updates - You can get updates about your dog’s walk as he goes around the block, and capture his demeanor once he gets home, thanks to some dog walkers taking photos and video and texting or e-mailing them to you. Many of the newer dog walkers offer this and include it in the basic cost.
- Pickup and Drop-Off - When your dog needs exercise, you’re not even limited to finding a dog walker who walks your dog around the block; you can also find some who will pick up your dog and take him to an off-leash park or a fenced, large dog park for an hour or two, and then drop him home. Pickup and drop-off costs about $45 per hour.
- Home Care – Some dog walking services will also play, water, feed, treat, and give meds to your dog; and also bring in your mail, water your plants, turn lights on and off, and send you a report card on how your dog is doing while you’re away. They charge approximately $0.52–$1/minute for the services combined, pet sitting or walking your dog for up to three 20-minute visits a day.
- Yard Pickup – Some dog walking services will pick up all dog waste in your yard for $15–$20.
- Late Hours - $5 more for any walks after 7 or 8 p.m.
- Late Request - $10 extra for any last-minute requests (24-hour window).
Certifications and Insurance
- Memberships - The dog walkers you may feel better about hiring are those who are bonded and insured members of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. One of the more basic certifications for dog trainers is in teaching the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test.
- Insurance - Hiring an insured dog walker means that if your dog hurts himself on the walk or does any property damage while with the dog walker, the insurance will cover it.
- Pet Health - Ask the dog walkers you interview if they know pet CPR and first aid.
- Experience - The longer dog walkers have been walking dogs for, the better they’ll be at administering meds and knowing what your dog needs. Ask about a meet and greet to see if your dog likes his future walker and to prep the walker about any idiosyncrasies your dog has.
Additional Dog Walking Fees
A meet and greet with your puppy is usually complimentary upon signing up, but here are some extra fees to look out for:
Expect to pay an additional $5–$10 extra per walk if you want your dog walked on a significant holiday.
Behavior Adjustment Training Fees
Based on the size and age of your dog, behavior training prices start at $10 extra per 20-minute walk, and the total cost depends on the amount of training needed. If you’re concerned about your dog’s behavioral issues, your dog will be much safer with a trained dog walker who knows how to deal with a dog that gets off leash or if s/he’s attacked by another off-leash dog.
Ask your dog walker about additional fees for specific breeds, but this should not be necessary if your dog walker is competent and trained to deal with behavioral issues.
Dog Walker NYC Rates
In New York City, dog walkers tend to charge more with average costs ranging from $30 to $40 for a medium 30-minute walk, while hour long walks with your puppy run $60 per hour. Your fees will depend on how many dogs will be walked and for how long.
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