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Best Dog Walkers in San Diego

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Rover

San Diego, CA
  • Pets Services
  • Dog Walking

Why choose this provider?

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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Price: $10 off first booking!

San Diego, CA

Why choose this provider?

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La Jolla, CA 92037

Why choose this provider?

The mother and daughter team who run DogZenergy have been serving the San Diego area since 2006. The insured and bonded company, based in La Jola, walks dogs privately or in groups, provides regular dog park adventures, brings dogs on pack hikes, pet sits pets overnight, and trains dogs. DogZenergy is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and Pet Sitting Associates. Pet owners have praised the staff for their positive, effective training.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (33)

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FIDUS Pet Concierge

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10675 Calle Mar De Mariposa, San Diego, CA 92130

Why choose this provider?

FIDUS Pet Concierge partners with apartment communities in San Diego to bring pet care services such as Grooming, Self-Serve Dog Wash, Dog Walking, Pet Sitting, and Supplies to the community. FIDUS has several facilities located within the retail areas of apartment communities and also offers select services to the residents where a physical facility is not yet offered. Staff members pick up dogs from their families' homes and drop them off after the activity. They also send daily reports and pictures of dogs to owners. Before going for walks, dogs are grouped according to their temperament. FIDUS Pet Concierge supports different animal care organizations in the community such as FACE Foundation and San Diego Humane Society.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (41)
Google
5.0 / 5 (17)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (7)

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San Diego, CA 92117

Why choose this provider?

Jules Royalty Pet Care has been serving the San Diego area with dog walking services since 2012. The business' owner is Pet First Aid certified and Pet Sitters International accredited. The company provides in-home pet sitting for dogs, cats, birds, and fish, daily or weekly dog walking, overnight care, medication administration, and pet taxi services.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (37)

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San Diego, CA 92116

Why choose this provider?

Tails 2 Trails uses Pet Check Technology to keep pet owners updated on the services they're receiving. The San Diego business, founded in 2015, walks dogs, provides park play, and provides overnight care for cats and dogs. Tails 2 Trails donates 5% of its profits to the local San Diego Humane Society. Pet owners have praised the business for its professional, responsive staff who keep pet owners updated on their pets while they're away.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (27)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (7)

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San Diego, CA 92129

Why choose this provider?

Jen Loves Pets has been serving the San Diego area for more than five years. The company provides dog walking, doggie daycare, overnight boarding, pet taxi services, and house checks for cats and smaller pets. The business also offers a "meet and greet" option to make sure pets are comfortable with their staff. Jen Loves Pets runs pet CPR and first aid classes for pet owners and pet care professionals. The company also offers professional pet portraits.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (53)
Google
5.0 / 5 (28)

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Website
San Diego, CA 92109

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Paradise Pet Care is a San Diego dog walking company that cares for dogs, cats, and other pets. The insured and bonded business is American Red Cross CPR certified and provides individual and group dog walking, pet sitting, overnight care, pet food delivery, and transportation services. Paradise Pet Care sticks to pet owners' preferences and ensures that pets are given medication on schedule and eat their usual diets.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (51)
Google
4.9 / 5 (16)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (6)

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Website
14450 Meadowrun St, San Diego, CA 92129

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Pawtails Pet Sitting is a San Diego dog walking and pet sitting company. The business cares for cats, dogs, bunnies, birds, chinchillas, and guinea pigs, and provides overnight and day-long care. Pawtails Pet Sitting is accredited by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating and is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and the Business Insurers of the Carolinas. The owner of the business has passed Pet Tech CPR and First Aid Certification courses.

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4.7
Google
4.7 / 5 (27)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (16)
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (12)

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San Diego, CA 92126

Why choose this provider?

Dog Walks 'N More provides San Diego dog walking services as well as pet sitting and overnight visits. Sitters walk dogs regularly and follow a pet owner's exact instructions for care. The company is BBB accredited with an A+ rating and won the San Diego Humane Society 2013 Compassion Award. Customers have praised Dog Walks 'N More for its thoughtful, dependable, and responsible staff.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (38)
Google
5.0 / 5 (1)

Website
San Diego, CA 92115

Why choose this provider?

The founder of All Fur Pooch has more than 25 years of experience working with dogs and cats. The San Diego dog walking company's services include pet sitting, overnight pet care, bathing, and grooming. The licensed, bonded, and insured business has received praise for its personable owner who cares deeply about pets.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (53)
Google
5.0 / 5 (1)

Website
San Diego, CA 92102

Why choose this provider?

Your BUDDY & Me is a San Diego dog walking business that also provides dog and cat vacation visits, pet taxi services, group walks and exercise, dog baths, and skunk odor-eliminating baths. The company's roomy Honda Fit keeps pets cool while transporting them to their destinations. Customers have praised Your BUDDY & Me for its caring, passionate owner who stays flexible for her clients.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (7)

Website
San Diego, CA 92103

Why choose this provider?

Home and Pet Care is a family-run dog walking, pet sitting, and home dog boarding business. The bonded and insured company is a member of Pet Sitters International and gets most of its business from repeat customers and referrals. Home and Pet Care has received praise for its fun, friendly, and reliable staff.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (27)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (22)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (4)

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San Diego, CA 92128

Why choose this provider?

Lovable Pet Sitter is a family-run dog walking business run by a husband and wife team. The licensed, bonded, and insured San Diego company provides dog walking, pet sitting, overnight pet sitting, boarding, and pet taxi services. The business is a member of Pet Sitters International and a PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter. Lovable Pet Sitter's staff are Red Cross Pet First Aid Certified. Pet owners have left positive feedback for the company's hard working, reliable staff, who stay organized and keep owners updated on their pets.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (45)

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3.0
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Website
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Why choose this provider?

BeLoved Pet Sitting is a dog walking business based in Chula Vista. The company is open seven days a week for dog walking, pet sitting, weekly litter box cleanings, round-trip or one-way pet taxis, and dog park field trips. The business is licensed, bonded, and insured by the Pet Sitters Associates and is a member of the Eastlake Business Association. Customers have left positive feedback for BeLoved Pet Sitting's reliable owner with a soothing demeanor that keeps pets calm.

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4.8
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (68)
Facebook
4.1 / 5 (27)
Google
5.0 / 5 (12)

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Website
San Diego, CA 92104

Why choose this provider?

See Spot Sit has been serving the San Diego area for more than ten years. The dog walkers and pet sitters are background checked and trained in CPR and First Aid. The licensed, bonded, and insured company provides in-home pet sitting, daily dog walking, scheduled baths, doggie daycare, and overnight boarding. Customers have praised See Spot Sit for its professional staff who are passionate about their job.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (84)

Website
2214 Julian Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

Why choose this provider?

Lucky Dog Walking and Pet Care is a walking and pet-sitting service in San Diego, CA. It's been around since 2005, and it provides pets with the care and support they need to be happy and healthy while their owners are away. Specifically, Lucky Dog engages pets in exercise, structure, companionship, and basic training. Additionally, it supplies text, email, and photo updates to clients, as well as shuttle services and cat visits.

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4.8
Google
4.8 / 5 (12)

Website
San Diego, CA 92116

Why choose this provider?

Paws in Good Hands is a licensed, insured, and bonded San Diego dog walking company. The business provides private or group dog walking as well as pet sitting and overnight care for cats and dogs. Customers have left positive feedback for Paws in Good Hands' trustworthy, reliable staff who keep pet owners posted on how their pets are doing while they're away.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (12)

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San Diego, CA 92126

Why choose this provider?

The owner of Divine Pet Care has more than 20 years of animal care experience. The San Diego business walks and runs with dogs, pet sits, takes dogs to the dog park, and sets up dog play groups. The company also provides overnight pet care and vacation pet care. The licensed, insured, and bonded business is a member of Pet Sitters International and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. The owner of Divine Pet Care is American Red Cross cat and dog CPR certified and is a former ASPCA Animal Care Technician.

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5.0
Google
5.0 / 5 (19)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (17)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (8)

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We hire mystery shoppers to call our providers anonymously and evaluate them. Providers who respond quickly, answer questions thoroughly, and communicate politely score higher.
5.0
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San Diego, CA 92124

Why choose this provider?

Zen Pet Sitting & Walking is a family-owned business whose founder has more than 25 years of experience in the pet care industry. The San Diego company provides private walks, dog park playtime, house calls, and daytime or overnight pet sitting. The business is bonded and insured by Pet Sitters Associates, and partners with local organizations including Awesome Doggies of Mobile Grooming, The Pet Hospital of Tierrasanta, and Allison Shamrell Photography.

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (44)
Google
5.0 / 5 (11)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (2)

Professionalism:

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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.