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Rover

Concord, CA
  • Dog Walking
  • Pets Services

Business Description

Rover offers doggy daycare services for pet owners throughout the local area. Its network includes thousands of pet sitters that are available to care for dogs while their owners work or travel. The service connects sitters with clients online or through its app. Customers can meet with sitters prior to booking, and services are available for a range of dogs, including high-energy puppies and dogs with special needs.

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2.5 / 5 (31)

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All Paws Dog Walking Service

Concord, CA 94521
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All Paws Dog Walking Service serves the communities of Clayton, Concord, and Walnut Creek. It offers dog walking, pet sitting, and off-leash hiking. The company is licensed, insured, and bonded with California law, and it also provides help with transitioning adopted and rescue dogs. Customers utilize it for daily drop-in visits, vacation pet sitting, and overnight stays as well (either at client’s home or the All Paws Inn). The owner has attained PetTech First Aid and CPR certifications, and she completed off-leash training through Pawsitive Tails School for Dog Walkers in San Francisco. Additional certifications are in senior and toy dog care with the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

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5.0
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Apronstrings Pet Sitting

4076 Moon Flower Lane, Concord, CA 95726
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Apronstrings Pet Sitting fulfills the dog walking requirements of Concord clients. Its vacation care services include the provision of TLC, exercise, food, and fresh water, as well as medicine administration. The company’s staff members provide dog walks and pet sitting and conduct up to three visits daily. They water plants, scoop poop, and bring in the papers and mail. Founder Kim Tank is a registered vet technician. She is Fear Free Certified and is a professional pet sitter certified by Pet Sitters International.

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4.6
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4.5 / 5 (17)
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5.0 / 5 (5)
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BlissBound Hound

331 17th Street, Oakland, CA 94612
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Business Description

BlissBound Hound is a modern dog care company that serves the Concord area. Since 2015, it has been helping clients promote the optimum behavioral development of their dogs by offering exercise and socialization services, such as walking and group playing. Its walking services include off-leash walking, leash walking skills practice, and pick-up and drop-off. In addition, BlissBound Hound provides daycare, grooming, wellness veterinary care, training, and behavioral therapy sessions in its kennel-free and home-like setting.

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4.6
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4.5 / 5 (50)
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4.6 / 5 (30)
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5.0 / 5 (7)

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Earth Girl

P.O. Box 5605, Oakland, CA 94605
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Earth Girl has been providing pet care services to clients in Concord since 2005. It offers a pack walk package involving a 60-minute off-leash walk to help dogs stay active and bond with other dogs. The woman-run small business is also available for in-home dog boarding and drop-in pet visits for exotic pets and cats. Its owner and operator, Kira, has received certification for pet first aid and CRP. She is also experienced in handling young and senior dogs with special needs and separation anxiety.

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5.0 / 5 (28)
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5.0 / 5 (11)

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Friends of Bill Pet & Home Care

Concord, CA 94520
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Friends of Bill Pet & Home Care gets its name from owner Ed’s late pet. It offers dog walking service and daily drop-in visits as well as email updates throughout the day. The company holds membership with Pet Sitters International, and it comes highly reviewed on the consumer watchdog site Yelp. Ed has more than a decade of experience caring for animals in a professional sense, having graduated from Marin Humane Society's Consultant Instructor Training Academy in 2005. For well-behaved dogs advanced in training, the company has a guest dog service that is popular among traveling pet owners. Ed offers pickup and drop-off service free of charge free-of-charge for guest dog clients.

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5.0
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Happy Tails

Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Happy Tails takes care of pets in Concord. It looks after the dogs of business professionals who work long hours out of the home. Its team walks dogs individually or in a group setting within 30 to 40 minutes. It also reinforces basic obedience commands to the dogs. It updates owners by sending them picture messages. Other services of the company are dog boarding, sitting, and hiking adventures. Since 1998, Leslie has worked with various types of dogs and cats around the East Bay.

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4.7
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4.5 / 5 (79)
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5.0 / 5 (51)
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5.0 / 5 (5)
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Red Rover

6114 La Salle Ave #434, Oakland, CA 94611
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Red Rover has dog walking services that cater to Concord residents. Its mission is to keep pets and their owners happy through home visits, boarding, and pet sitting. It aims to free its clients’ minds from concern and guilt by pampering pets with adventures, dog park excursions, and socialization. It provides swims, hikes, dog running and walking sessions, and supply and food delivery. Owner Jeremy established the company in 1998. He currently employs seven dog walkers.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (21)
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The Pet Nanny

Concord, CA 94520
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Business Description

The Pet Nanny located in Concord is a professional pet service provider that services concord, pleasant hill, and walnut creek. The Pet Nanny has attained certification as a professional Dog walker through https://dogbizsuccess.com/ and is also insured and bonded and a member of pet sitters international. The Pet nanny provides individual on leash dog walks. walking sessions last from 30-45 minutes. during walks Dogs get to enjoy diverse locations, potty breaks, and one on one companionship. in addition to dog walking The pet Nanny also provides drop in pet visits for long work hours or vacations.

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5.0 / 5 (16)
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5.0 / 5 (3)
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Under The Oaks

5410 Lynbrook Pl, Concord, CA 94521
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Under the Oaks provides dog walking services for pet owners in Concord. Its pet first aid-certified owner and operator, Michelle, takes 30-minute and hour-long walks with dogs to keep them well-exercised. She also offers drop-ins, pet sitting services, and puppy visits to care for animals while their owners are away. These visits include services like administering medication, feeding, litter and poop scooping, providing backyard exercise, and watering. Michelle participates in the Clayton/Concord 4-H Dog Project to help young people train their dogs and prepare for obedience competitions.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (7)
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Vet Tech Pet Care

Concord, CA
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Vet Tech Pet Care provides custom solutions to Concord. It caters to various dog owner needs such as pet walking and sitting, medication and injection administration, and taxi service. Its dog walkers offer meet-and-greet assistance, handle errands for supplies, perform customized care for pets with special needs, and take dogs for solo walks. The company was established in 2008 by Tomiko Morrow. It is a member of Pet Sitters International. Morrow previously worked as a sterile resource technician.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (91)
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5.0 / 5 (11)
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Z Animal Lover

1317 St Catherine Ct, Concord, CA 94521
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Z Animal Lover serves pet owners in Concord and the surrounding areas. It offers dog walking services designed for canines whose owners want their pets to be active and improve their social skills. The company teaches animals to behave and be comfortable around other dogs. Its team conducts obedience and water training tailored to dogs' needs and physical abilities. It provides part-time, full-time, and weekend services. Owner Zane started his passion for taking care of animals after he rescued his dog named Cali.

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5.0 / 5 (35)
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5.0 / 5 (22)
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5.0 / 5 (2)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Many people have turned to dog walking as a regular household service. Dog walking can give your pet some exercise while you’re away at work or just take this chore off your hands when you’re having a busy day. Additionally, some people simply need dog walking help if they’ve sustained an injury or have health-related issues.


Regardless of why you’re hiring a dog walker, it’s a hugely positive act for your pet. They get exercise, company, and an extra set of eyes on them.

How often should you walk your dog?

The general rule is to walk your dog at least three to four times a day, with each walk being at least 15 minutes long. However, this can significantly vary depending on the dog breed, the dog's age, and the dog's energy levels. For example, some breeds that require a lot of exercise are Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, and boxers.

How long should I walk my dog?

In total, most vets recommend a dog receives between 30 minutes to two hours of exercise a day. The variation depends on your dog’s energy levels. So, if you're hiring a dog walker for a one-hour morning walk, you can choose to do the other 30 minutes to an hour yourself in the evening.

How do you walk a dog?

Usually, it’s safest to walk your dog on a leash so you can prevent them from wandering away. Dog walkers can help your dog learn how to walk well, as they are experts in dog walking. In general, dogs should walk close to their owners (or dog walker) and stay on the left side.

How do you train a dog to walk on a leash?

Many dogs don’t adapt to leash walking right away. They may lunge, pull, or even stop walking. You can ask your dog walker to help train your dog to walk on a leash better. For example, when dogs pull on a leash, the correct reaction is to stop walking. Eventually, this teaches them that pulling won’t be tolerated.

How do I stop my dog barking when out walking?

It doesn't feel great when your dog barks at other dogs. Luckily, you can train this behavior out of them. The experts recommend you teach your dog to heel. This way, when other dogs pass by, you can get your dog to heel and reward them for their good behavior. You can ask your dog walker to practice this on their walks.

Why do dogs like walks?

Walking your dog has two benefits: it's physical exercise for them and it's mentally stimulating. Dogs are genetically a very active species that likes to be outdoors, so they enjoy getting outside a couple of times a day. Additionally, the smells and sights on their walk stimulate their brain. The human equivalent of a dog’s walk is like reading a good book.

How much is a dog walker?

On average, you can expect to pay between $0.05 to $1.00 per minute to have your dogs walked. An average of $0.75 means a 30-minute walk is usually $22.50 and an hour walk is $45. Of course, many things can impact the price, including your location, the length of walking, and the number of dogs.

Do I need to tip my dog walker?

Tipping isn’t necessary or all that common for dog walking services. However, if you have a particularly difficult dog or one that needs special attention, you may choose to tip your dog walker. Additionally, if you have the same dog walker for a while, a tip around the holidays is a nice gesture.

Can dogs walk in snow?

The snow can be painful for your dog's sensitive paws. More importantly, the salt on the ground can also hurt your dog's paws. Lastly, the snow and ice increase your dog's risk of slipping and injuring themselves (or you). When walking your dog in the snow, always put on dog booties.

When is it too cold to walk your dog?

Dogs may love their walks, but in extreme temperatures, it can be safer to remain indoors. At a certain point, extreme cold temperatures can be life-threatening for your dog. Don't take small breed dogs out in temperatures below 23 degrees F and 14 degrees F for medium to large breeds.

What temperature is too hot to walk a dog?

Just as frigid temperatures can harm your dog, the same rule applies to hot weather. If temperatures rise above 68ºF, it's easy for your dog can get overheated and dehydrated. When it's hot outside, consider exercising your dog indoors, shortening their walks, and/or buying booties to protect their paws from pavement. Even if it seems cool, remember that the hot sidewalk can hurt your dog's paws.

Why do dogs walk in circles?

If your dog is walking in circles before lying down, this is normal hereditary behavior. However, if your dog is walking in circles around an area without settling, it might be a sign of stress or anxiety. This likely means they’re not getting enough stimulation and need more (or longer) walks.

How do you walk two dogs at once?

First, if you're going to walk two dogs at once, the dogs must get along. Many dog walkers tackle walking two dogs at once. Using a dog leash coupler can help keep the dogs side by side while still having separate leashes and some freedom.

Why does my dog walk sideways?

Some dog breeds are more prone to walking sideways, also known as “crabbing.” In particular, dogs with long legs do this to avoid tripping. Border collies, spaniels, vizslas, pointers, and German shepherds are prone to sideways walking. Other causes might be hip dysplasia, vestibular disease, or an injury.

Why does my dog walk and poop?

There are two common reasons why dogs walk and poop. First, it’s a way for the dog to leave a strong scent behind. Walking puts added pressure on the anal scent glands, so a more potent smell is produced. Secondly, walking can help make passing their bowel movement easier. If your dog is backed up, walking helps them pass their poop.

Can dogs walk backwards?

Dogs can be trained to walk backwards. It looks quite cute when dogs do this, which is why some dog owners teach this trick. You can request that your dog walker practices walking backward with them. If your dog does this unprompted, though, it might be a sign of a health issue.

How soon can I walk my dog after neutering?

Usually, dogs should be allowed to rest with minimal activity the first 24-48 hours post-neutering. During this time, just take your dog out for their bathroom breaks. After that, you can start integrating short walks back into their routine. Your vet should provide you with clear guidelines for walking post-neutering.

How do I start a dog walking business?

You don’t necessarily need professional training in dog walking to start a dog walking business; although, it might help! After creating a website, you’ll need to build up a clientele roster. You can do this by offering introductory competitive rates as you wait to grow a reputation in your area.

How do I become a dog walker?

There are several ways you can become a dog walker:

  • Work for yourself by offering your services in your community.
  • Apply to a dog walking company for a part-time or full-time job.
  • Sign up for apps like Rover that let you pick up dog walking shifts whenever you want.

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