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Best Dog Walkers in Santa Monica

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Rover

Santa Monica, CA
  • Dog Walking
  • Pets Services

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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4.5

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Santa Monica, CA

Why choose this provider?

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Play del Rey, CA 90805

Why choose this provider?

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
Google
5.0 / 5 (34)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (29)

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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
Yelp
4.5 / 5 (33)
Google
4.9 / 5 (18)

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Santa Monica, CA 90404

Why choose this provider?

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
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (52)
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (12)

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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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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (34)
Google
5.0 / 5 (5)

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West Hollywood, CA 90046

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (6)

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Los Angeles, CA 90048

Why choose this provider?

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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4.1
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (59)

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Studio City, CA 91604

Why choose this provider?

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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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (662)

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Santa Monica, CA 90401

Why choose this provider?

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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Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Why choose this provider?

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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5.0
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Santa Monica, CA 90405

Why choose this provider?

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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4.0
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (89)

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5.0
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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.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (77)
Google
5.0 / 5 (23)

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Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (52)
Google
5.0 / 5 (1)

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5.0
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Los Angeles, CA 90034

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (30)

Website
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Why choose this provider?

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
Google
5.0 / 5 (10)
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (9)

Website
Santa Monica, CA 90407

Why choose this provider?

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.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (25)

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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.