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Rover

San Jose, CA
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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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4.4 / 5 (224)
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2.5 / 5 (31)

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A Pet's Paradise

San Jose, CA 95127
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Business Description

A Pet’s Paradise Pet Sitting Service is a reputable pet care business in San Jose California that was founded in 2002. The business specializes in a wide variety of pet care services, including walking, pet sitting, and daily visits. Customers have praised the team’s professionalism and their flexibility when scheduling. A Pet’s Paradise Pet Sitting Service is a proud member of Pet Sitter’s International.

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4.6
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5.0 / 5 (6)
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3.0 / 5 (2)
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5.0 / 5 (2)
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D For Dog

San Jose, CA 95101
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D For Dog is a professional pet care business in San Jose California that specializes in pet training and walking. Owner KaTi is an experienced and educated pet care professional with over 15 years of puppy training experience. She is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Customers have praised KaTi's ability to work with even the most difficult of animals, and to return them happier and healthier than when they arrived.

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4.8
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5.0 / 5 (21)
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Dirty Paws

San Jose, CA 95112
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Business Description

Dirty Paws is a professional pet care business in San Jose California. The business specializes in dog walking, daily visits, overnight sitting and pet shuttling. Owner Kenya has over eight years of pet sitting and dog walking experience, and she devotes significant time to various volunteer efforts and foster care for animals. She is also certified in Pet Tech CPR and First Aid. Dirty Paws is a proud member of Pet Sitters International.

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5.0

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Greeman Pet Services

San Jose, CA 95136
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Greenman Pet Services is a professional pet care business in San Jose California that offers a wide variety of reputable care services for many different types of animals. Owners Ailsa and Steve have years of experience taking care of pets, and both are Pet First Aid and CPR certified by the Red Cross. Customers appreciate the team's professionalism, flexibility, and their loving nature. Greenman Pet Services is insured through Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (26)
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Hearts and Paws Pet Services

San Jose, CA 95152
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Hearts and Paws Pet Services is a professional pet care business in San Jose California that specializes in reputable and affordable pet sitting, dog walking, house-sitting, and dog bathing services. Owner Nancy is an experienced pet owner with a genuine love for taking care of animals. Customers have praised Nancy’s ability to identify positively with her animals and develop plans to ensure that they stay active. Hearts and Paws Pet Services is insured by the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

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5.0 / 5 (17)

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Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Sitting Service

San Jose, CA 95123
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Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Sitting Service is a professional pet care business in San Jose California that was started in 1995. Pawsitively Purrfect offers a wide variety of affordable and high-quality pet care services such as dog walking and pet sitting. Owner Elizabeth is an experienced pet owner with a genuine love for animals and a desire to see them happy and healthy while their owners are away. Customers have stated that Elizabeth and her team are reliable, friendly, and also available when needed.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (34)
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5.0 / 5 (7)
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Pet Cater

San Jose, CA 95126
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Pet Cater is a professional pet care business in San Jose California that specializes in a wide variety of reliable and affordable pet services. Their services include dog walking, in-home pet care, socialization, pet transportation, and training. The Pet Cater team is known for their commitment to professionalism, their flexibility, and their wide breadth of experience in working with many different animals. Pet Cater is certified in Pet CPR and First Aid by the Red Cross, and is a proud member of Pet Sitters International.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (5)
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The Urban Pooch

San Jose, CA 95101
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The Urban Pooch is a professional pet care business in San Jose California that specializes in dog walking, pet sitting, drop-in, and pet transportation services. Owner and operator Cathy has over 25 years of experience working with a variety of animals. Customers have praised Cathy’s knowledge of animals, her kindness, and her flexibility when scheduling. The Urban Pooch is a member of Pet Sitter’s international, and is certified in Pet First Aid by the Red Cross.

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5.0 / 5 (3)

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Top Dog Walking Services

San Jose, CA 95127
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Top Dog Walking Services has offered professional and reputable pet care services in San Jose California since 2010. Their services include pet sitting, overnight care, dog walking, and transportation. Owners Larry and Lori are experienced pet care professionals with a genuine lover for taking care of animals. Customers have praised the duo's ability to identify the individual needs of the animals that they care for. Top Dog Walking Services is licensed, bonded, and insured.

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WAGTOPIA

San Jose, CA 95129
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Business Description

WAGTOPIA is a leading pet service provider in San Jose California that specializes in pet sitting, dog walking, dog training, and vet tech care. The business has built a strong reputation for being trustworthy, honest, and professional in all that they do. They also have a depth of experience that sets them apart from other pet care providers in San Jose. WAGTOPIA is Pet First Aid and CPR trained and certified through PetTech, and insured through Pet Sitters International.

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4.6
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5.0 / 5 (10)
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4.0 / 5 (8)
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While You Were Out

San Jose, CA 95118
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While You Were Out is a professional pet care business in San Jose California that specializes in dog walking, pet visits, and post-operative care. Owner Alex is known to be an excellent caregiver due to her vast professional background in the veterinary field. Customers have stated that Alex is trustworthy, knowledgeable, and professional in every aspect of her work. Alex is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter through Pet Sitters International.

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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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