Find a dog walker in Chicago, IL

Find dog walkers in Chicago, IL

Find dog walkers in Chicago, IL

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Top 10 dog walking services in Chicago, IL

Homeowners agree: these Chicago dog walkers are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Wind Dancer Referrals LLC

Wind Dancer Referrals LLC

4.9Exceptional(51)
47 hires on HomeGuide
46+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Kenneth H. says, "Suzi not only knows the proper methods for training my dog but also understands what is in my dog’s head. She knows “dog psychology”. This also helped me to correct the errors I was making in trying to train her. I highly recommend Suzi with no reservations." Read more
ABC Photography & Video

ABC Photography & Video

New on HomeGuide
26+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
I advertise my business in newspapers & internet. Like doing creative kind of work.
Dina Cares

Dina Cares

5.0(1)
1 hire on HomeGuide
10+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Liz A. says, "Dina is very caring with animals, as well as dependable, detail-oriented, and honest. I was completely at ease leaving town with her taking care of my apartment and dog. " Read more
Your Royal Pawness

Your Royal Pawness

New on HomeGuide
3+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Your Royal Pawness (YRP) is a nanny service for Pampered Pets. We make your pet feel like ROYALTY. We offer dog walking and overnight pet-sitting services. Your Royal Pawness was born out of love for our very own Pampered Pet Gracie Bacie Kidd. Gracie was the first Royal Pawness to sass through life. Sadly, she passed away from stage 2 Chronic Kidney Disease in late 2020. Gracie was indeed her Fur'rent’s rescue. She loved her Fur'rent, protected her, accepted her, and was beyond loyal to her. Gracie was royalty and lived a very pampered lifestyle. In her honor, Your Royal Pawness provides luxury care to all Pampered Pets....
Devious To Delightful Dog Training

Devious To Delightful Dog Training

New on HomeGuide
11+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
I work for Devious to Delightful dog training, as the assistant trainer. I also do dog boarding, dog sitting, dog walking, and day visit, and dogs just stay at my house for the day. I know how to do my nails, clean my ears and give baths. I can take care of cats as well. I have 17 years of experience from dog training to working in a vet's office.
🐝 BEE AMAZED DOG TRAINING

🐝 BEE AMAZED DOG TRAINING

New on HomeGuide
21+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Mitch the dog trainer who has been working in dog training throughout the Chicagoland area since 2004 Mitch has attended numerous seminars with some of the best trainers in the country he is certified as a good citizen evaluated for the American kennel club grown-up Mitch always had a special connection with and passion for dogs in a really great bond with them his passion is coaching clients about the nature and science of working with man's best friend he is committed to providing the most effective in convenient solutions for all pet parents his training classes include understanding the science and natural instinct of dogs how dogs learn ...
South Suburban Paws Of Chicago- Pet Services.

South Suburban Paws Of Chicago- Pet Services.

5.0(3)
1 hire on HomeGuide
7+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Cody L. says, "Great guy. Nice Dog park nearby his place. Feiensly and fair priced. Definitely an experienced gentleman. " Read more
Purrrrfessional Woof Whisperer

Purrrrfessional Woof Whisperer

New on HomeGuide
12+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Experience: I worked as a dog walker for an agency in Oak Park IL. for 7 years. I also worked 2 years at Pet Vets Animal Hospital in Oak Park IL. as well. I have years of experience of animal care and love for your pup! I also know how to administer medications and insulin and other basic injections if your dog needs special treatments in this regard. About this sitter: I have 15 years of animal care experience. I have had every type of critter you can imagine. Dogs, Cats, Ducks. Chickens, Roosters, Horses, Hamsters, Rabbits, Fish, Ferrets, Birds, Snakes, Iguanas, Turtles, Frogs, etc. I also have worked for a dog walking agency for 7 ...
Tim Davis - Canine Massage

Tim Davis - Canine Massage

New on HomeGuide
10+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
I treat every client like family members. I look for the best massage treatment option for every pet whether it be for relaxation or for an injury. I'm a very compassionate person that has a great connection with animals. Rest assured that your pet will have a great experience. I love working with animals. There have been many instances of a normally shy pet feeling very comfortable with me.
Fetch! Pet Care Of Greater Chicago

Fetch! Pet Care Of Greater Chicago

5.0(1)
17+ years in business
Serves Chicago, IL
Katherine A. says, "I frequently used Fetch Pet Care in the Beverly Hills/Los Angeles area. I found my sitter to be nice, caring & really accommodating. I got updates with pictures from each of her visits, easy to see she really loved my kitty! Very happy with the service & sitter!" Read more

Your Dog Walking questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on HomeGuide.

How much do dog walkers charge?

Dog walkers charge $10 to $35 per walk or $30 to $60 per hour, depending on your location, number of dogs, and the number of walks you schedule. Some dog walkers charge 50% more if you have two dogs, but you may find one that offers discounted weekly or monthly rates for pre-scheduling ongoing walking services. 

  • Holidays typically add $5 to $10 extra per walk
  • Many dog walkers also offer a $5 to $10 discount if they can walk your dog with other dogs.

Do you tip dog walkers?

While most dog walkers do not expect a tip, tipping 15% to 20% is a good rule of thumb to show your appreciation for their good service or if your dog needs special care or handling. Leaving a positive online review also shows appreciation while helping them build their business. 

What does a dog walker do?

A dog walker walks your dog for a scheduled amount of time, typically on a pre-determined route, to ensure they get sufficient exercise and can go to the bathroom while you are away. Dog walkers dispose of any waste from the walk, make sure your dog is safe and hydrated, and may also feed them upon request.

Most dogs do well with one 20- to 30-minute walk per day. Puppies and more active dogs typically need two or three walks per day and may need longer walks.

How do I choose the best dog walker near me?

When searching for a dog walker, be sure to:

  • Choose an experienced, insured dog walker who has a business license.
  • Look for members of professional organizations, such as the National association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), Professional United Pet Sitters (P.U.P.S.), or the Association of Pet Sitting Excellence (APSE).
  • Check their reviews on HomeGuide and Google.
  • Ask for and check their references.
  • Arrange a meetup before the first walk to make sure he or she is a good fit for both you and your dog.

What questions should I ask when hiring a dog walker?

Ask the following questions to ensure you find the best dog walker near you:

  • What experience do you have?
  • Do you belong to any professional organizations?
  • Can we schedule a meet and greet beforehand?
  • What is included in your standard rate?
  • What is the rate if I have more than one dog?
  • Do you charge extra for specific breeds?
  • Do you offer any discounts or package deals?
  • How and when do I pay for your service?
  • Do you offer behavior training?
  • Are you trained in pet CPR?
  • What is your protocol if there is an emergency, and my dog needs immediate medical help?
  • How do I get in touch with you?
  • Do you update me after each walk?

Reviews for Chicago dog walking services

Recent success stories from people in the Chicago area.
Dave J.
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value We found Susie through HomeGuide and are so happy that we did. She is absolutely amazing. We have a 5 year old rescue bulldog/beagle and we were having trouble with her pulling hard on the leash and being very reactive to movement be it a squirrel, rabbit, a leaf blowing, etc. both on her walks, in our yard, and in the house. She would go into a frenzy at times yelping very loud and sounding like she was hurt. Susie came over and within an hours time was able to get our dog to sit, go down, wait, leave it, to look at you, and to not pull on the leash. She spent over three hours here working with our dog, going over nutrition, and giving us the advice and the tools we need to continue working with our dog. Our dog is much improved and it is a work in progress, but if we spend the time training her and being consistent we know that everything Susie showed us will work. Susie also followed up within 48 hours and we know that we can always call her and have her come for another visit. We are very glad that we did this and would not hesitate for a moment to recommend her to anyone. - Dave and Teresa Jackson
Wind Dancer Referrals LLC
Page B.
Friendly and experienced guy, didn't mind all of my specifications and managed to fullfill the request for my dogs. Very good service.
South Suburban Paws of Chicago- Pet services.
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