How much should I charge for dog walking?

asked 2014-12-18 13:09:18 -0500

They want me to come a few times a week. Thank you,Debbie*

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answered 2014-12-19 20:05:06 -0500

I think the answer above is really good. I would also consider the distance you have to travel to get to the dogs you are going to walk. Personally, I only do pet sitting and dog walking

I walk my next door neighbor's dog M=F along with all the dogs here. Since the only real work I do is walk next door to get him it's really no extra work for me. I am good friends with my neighbors and I found their (rescue) dog for them so I only charge them $10 a week.

I walk a couple's three dogs M=F and it takes me about eight minutes to drive to their place. Following their instruction I walk two of the dogs and then trade out one of the dogs for the second walk. Two of the dogs have fear issues so I have to be very careful when we encounter other dogs. I am paid $20 a visit and I love the dogs so it's great.

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answered 2014-12-18 16:31:29 -0500

That depends on a few things - the number/difficulty of dogs, the length of the walks, and the market in your area. Take a look at what others in the area are charging (you can see these rates on their rover profiles if it's a service they offer), and use the average rate as a starting point. Then adjust based on the amount of work you'll have to put in compared to an average walk. For more than one dog, for dogs who are harder to manage, and for longer walks (both time and distance), add a bit to your price. For a very well mannered dog and shorter walks, consider lowering the rate a bit.

It may not be the most useful info depending on the market in Florida, but I can tell you that when I was paying a friend to come take my two dogs out while I was working 12 hour shifts, we agreed on $20/week (I work three 12s per week, so she was visiting 3 days). She lived just a few blocks from me, so she didn't have to travel far, and all my girls needed was a quick trip outside to potty. One pulls on the leash a bit, but both are smaller (18 and 33 lbs), friendly and easy to manage, so they're a pretty easy pair. If she hadn't been a friend, I probably would have had to pay a bit more for a professional.

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answered 2016-03-03 21:23:22 -0500

In my area there is a lot of need for dog walkers and a lot of competition as well. I only offer dog walking to people in my apartment building right now since I don't have a car to drive to other customers houses. It's kept me plenty busy and since the location is convenient for me I only charge $10 per walk for big/small/old/puppies. Its an extremely reasonable rate for this wealthy area so I get a ton of business and people are fed up with their expensive professional dog walkers so they turn to me instead. I get more repeat customers by having lower prices and I've established great relationships with almost all of my neighbors with dogs.

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answered 2016-05-18 12:49:00 -0500

Rover's got a page saying sitters charge $15/walk on average, or more if you're in a big city: https://www.rover.com/dog-walking-rates/

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