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Best Dog Walkers in San Rafael, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Rafael Dog Walkers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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San Rafael, CA
$10 off first booking!

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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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San Rafael, CA

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Need help contacting a Dog Walker in San Rafael? Call our Concierge team at 848-Book-Pro (848-266-5776 from 6 am - 4 pm PT | Mon - Fri). They are standing by to help you get the service you need.

Mill Valley, CA 94941

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Happy Doggy Walky is a professional dog walking company in Tiburon, CA and the surrounding Southern Marin County. Experienced dog walkers are insured, certified, and will take care of a client’s pet as if it were their own. Owner Luis Galindo is a genuine dog lover who strives to provide calm, fair, and gentle dog services for happy owners and pets. A variety of services are available including vet shuttle, private walks, on and off leash hiking, in-home drop-ins, and much more. Clients speak highly of Luis’ patience and kind approach to dog care, positive attitude, and trustworthy service.

San Rafael, CA 94901

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5.0 (9)
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5.0 (5)

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Sir Walks-Alot Training specializes in dog walking and training services for clients in the San Rafael, CA and the surrounding Marin County area. Owner Robert Jupe Jr. is a member of the International Association of Canine Professional and has over a decade of experience. He is fully insured for both dog walking and dog training with the IACP. Robert can pick-up and drop-off pets from a client’s home or business for a walk in beautiful large-open spaces in Marin County with a small pack of furry friends. Clients speak highly of his gentle-approach, professionalism, and accommodating service.

Corte Madera, CA 94925

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Fitdog is a dog walking service for clients in Marin, CA and the surrounding San Francisco area. Owner Alice Pierce strives to combine her passion for dogs and her love for the outdoors for a well-rounded service for dogs in the area. After working as an executive assistant for over a decade, she decided to shift her attention to what makes her happy - dogs. She provides a variety of services including walking, veterinary appointments, grooming, boarding, and pet-sitting. She is certified by Top Dog SF University and a member of Pet Sitters Associates. Clients speak highly of her compassionate, professional, and loving service.

Mill Valley, CA 94942

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Walk This Way specializes in a variety of pet services including dog walking and pet sitting for clients in Mill Valley, CA, and the surrounding Marin County area. Experienced dog walkers offer hiking services for a dog to explore the outdoors with a pack of furry friends. Staff members will pick them up for a fun, group hike in the hills of Marin. Also, individual walks are available which lasts for 25 minutes. Pet sitting services can be provided in the comfort of a client’s home or the house of the pet sitter. Clients speak highly of their personalized approach to dog walking, honesty, and competitive prices.

Greenbrae, CA 94904

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4.0 (8)

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Soul Mates Animal Care is a full-service pet care company for clients in Greenbrae, CA and the surrounding Marin County area for over two decades. Founder and owner Karla Rasmussen rescued a dog named Rusty, who became the inspiration behind her starting a business based on love, professional, and integrity. A variety of services are available including dog walking, doggie daycare, training, puppy care, boarding, cat visits, and medical visits. Karla has decades of experience and an extensive background derived from certified canine education and training through the Marin Humane Society, trail manners workshops, leash education, dog aggression prevention, and much more.

Compare our Top Dog Walkers

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Rover
$10 off first booking!
Happy Doggy Walky
Sir Walks-Alot Training
Fitdog
Walk This Way
Soul Mates Animal Care

FAQs

  • 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.