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Santa Monica, 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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2.5 / 5 (31)

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Animal Magnetism

Play del Rey, CA 90805
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Animal Magnetism is a Long Beach pet care company that was founded in 1999. The company provides a wide range of services such as beach excursions, pet washing, pet-sitting, dog walks, overnight stays and boarding, and pet transportation services. Animal Magnetism also provides pet consultation services for their clients for pet diet, pet travel, and vet procedures. The company is a member of Pet Sitters International and is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR.

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5.0 / 5 (34)
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5.0 / 5 (29)

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Balanced Dogs

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Balanced Dogs is a Santa Monica dog services company founded by Dee Green. Dee has over 20 years of professional experience in the industry and spends an average of 80 hours a week interacting with dogs. She provides training services such as puppy training, behavior modification, and other general dog training services.

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4.6
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4.5 / 5 (33)
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4.9 / 5 (18)

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Chateau Marmutt

Los Angeles, CA 90048
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Chateau Marmutt is a Los Angeles pet care company that was founded in 1999. The company provides services such as dog day care, grooming and spa services, overnight boarding, transportation, training, and walking. Chateau Marmutt also offers a large number of dog accessories such as collars, leashes, bowls, beds, toys, shampoo and conditioner, and more.

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4.4

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Doggie Bliss

Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Doggie Bliss is a Santa Monica dog-walking and pet-sitting service founded in 2010 by Shannon Hill. Shannon has over 15 years of experience working with animals. Her company provide services including dog-walking, mountain hikes, 1 on 1 visits, and overnight pet-sitting. The company also provides requested services such as mail gathering, plant watering, litter changing, grooming, and picture or text updates to their clients. Clients praise Shannon’s reliability, punctuality, and trustworthiness.

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5.0 / 5 (23)
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Jennifer McCarthy World Class Dog Training

Redondo Beach, CA 90277
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Jennifer McCarthy World Class Dog Training is a Redondo Beach owned by 4th generation dog trainer Jennifer McCarthy. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the industry and has appeared on a large number of national television networks. Her company provides both private and group dog training classes, dog-walking and hiking services, dog swimming services, and various dog training packages.

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Karma Dog Training

Studio City, CA 91604
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Karma Dog Training is a Los Angeles dog training company founded by Jeffrey Liebowitz. The company has a large staff specializing in dog training. Karma Dog Training offers day care services as well as a wide range of dog training service such as puppy socialization training, private in-home training, group training, day care, boarding, and training for service and therapy dogs.

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Lewis & Bark

Santa Monica, CA 90407
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Lewis & Bark is a Santa Monica pet services company for dogs, cats, fish, and special needs pets. The company provides services such as daily group trail hikes, dog park trips, individual walks, boarding, and housesitting. Lewis & Bark also offers pet transportation services as well as behavior modification services.

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Melissa’s Mutt Hutt & Cat Shack

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Melissa’s Mutt Hutt & Cat Shack is a dog-walking and pet-sitting service with two locations in Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach. The company is accredited with Pet Sitters International and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. The company provides services such as 1 on 1 dog walking, in-home pet-sitting, kennel-free boarding, day care, home visits, pet transportation, and identification of pet-friendly hotels.

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5.0 / 5 (12)

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Pawsitively Perfect Pooches

Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Pawsitively Perfect Pooches is a Santa Monica dog training and walking service founded in 2010 by Melissa and Jeff Otto. Melissa has been named as the Official Trainer for the City of Santa Monica and has years of experience training dogs. The company provides services such as dog training, dog-walking and hikes, and in-home overnight dog-sitting. Clients speak highly of the company’s professionalism, organization, responsibility, and trustworthiness.

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Pet Care LA

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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Business Description

Pet Care LA is a Los Angeles pet care company that was founded in 2004 by Laurel and Mark Corcoran. The company provides numerous pet services such as dog-walking, cat care, and overnight pet-sitting. Pet Care LA provides various miscellaneous services such as watering plants, checking mail, and providing text or picture updates to their clients. Clients speak highly of the company’s responsiveness, warm nature, and timely manner.

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5.0 / 5 (30)
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Petopia Los Angeles

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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Petopia Los Angeles is a Beverly Hills pet care company providing services throughout the greater Los Angeles Area. The company provides custom pet care programs based on the needs of their clients and their pets. Petopia Los Angeles offers services such as private dog walks and hikes, dog training, cat visits, private boarding, and private overnight stays.

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5.0 / 5 (52)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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Pupperton’s Dog Walking Service

Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Pupperton’s Dog Walking Service is a Santa Monica dog-walking company that services Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Playa Del Rey, and other surrounding areas. The company provides a wide range of dog services such as walking, group hikes, in-home and out of home pet-sitting, and pet transportation services. Clients greatly appreciate owner Kate’s reliability, responsibility, attentiveness, and caring nature towards their pets.

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Rover Kennels

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Rover Kennels is a dog services company with two locations in Santa Monica and Culver City. The company provides a vast range of dog-related services such as day care, boarding, grooming, training, photography, and flea and tick treatment. Rover Kennels is staffed 24/7, 365 days a year, and has a certified dog trainer as well as a number of specially trained Kennel Assistants on staff.

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Santa Monica Dog Hikers

Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Santa Monica Dog Hikers is a Santa Monica dog-walking company founded in 2008. The company provides services in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Rustic Canyon, and Venice. Santa Monica Dog Hikers offers dog hikes on numerous hiking trails in the area and also provides pick-up and drop-off services.

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5.0 / 5 (9)
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The Speed Walking Dog

West Hollywood, CA 90046
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The Speed Walking Dog is a West Hollywood pet services company that provides specialized care and service for each individual pet. The company provides dog-walking, cat visits, pet-sitting, and overnight services. The Speed Walking Dog also offers general housesitting services such as checking mail and watering plants during in-home services. Clients speak highly of the company’s attentiveness, trustworthiness, professionalism, and caring nature towards their pets.

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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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