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Rover

Tallahassee, FL
  • Dog Walking
  • Pets Services

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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Canine Solutions

Tallahassee, FL 32309
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Business Description

Since 2009, Canine Solutions has provided dependable dog walking services for clients in the Tallahassee area. The locally-owned and operated business walks, runs, and plays with dogs individually or in a group for 30 to 60 minutes. The company offers in-home, overnight pet sitting and daytime boarding services. Staff provide Residential Dog Evaluations for landlords and apartment complex managers who want to know if prospective residents' dogs will be well-behaved. Clients attest to the company's kind, flexible, and helpful staff.

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Critter Sitters Express, Inc.

Tallahassee, FL 32304
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Critter Sitters Express, Inc. has been caring for Tallahassee pets since 1990. The company walks, plays with dogs, and scoops poop in 30 minute sessions. The business' pet sitting service includes dog walking, fresh food and water, tidying up feeding and litter box areas, administering medications, fetching the newspaper and mail, emptying pool skimmer baskets, and watering house plants. Upon request, staff will provide daily reports through voice mail, email, or text message. The locally-owned business is available seven days a week, and doesn't charge extra for holiday services. Critter Sitters Express has experience working with dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs, ferrets, birds, reptiles, aquariums, and fish ponds. The company is insured and bonded by Pet Sitters Associates and has been rated one of Angie's List's Best Pet Sitters in Tallahassee.

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5.0 / 5 (1)
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For Pet's Sake

Tallahassee, FL 32308
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The founder of For Pet's Sake has been caring for pets of all kinds for more than 10 years. The licensed and insured Tallahassee business walks dogs for 20 to 30 minutes a day, which includes feeding, fresh water, personalized attention, and playtime. Staff also provide 20 to 30-minute play dates and overnight stays, which include playtime, litter box cleaning for cats, plant watering, medicine administration if needed, putting out the trash, and rotation of lights and window coverings. The staff have experience working with dogs, cats, turtles, ducks, rabbits, goats, and other pets. For Pet's Sake offers meet and greets before services are booked to make sure pets get along with the staff. Pet owners say the business has reliable, caring staff who make pets feel comfortable and happy.

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4.9 / 5 (59)
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5.0 / 5 (42)
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5.0 / 5 (10)

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Home Alone Pet Service

Tallahassee, FL 32303
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Home Alone Pet Service specializes in daily dog walking and has been serving Tallahassee clients for more than 10 years. The owner of the company grew up surrounded by wild and domestic pets, giving her the experience needed to do the job. The business walks dogs in 15 to 30-minute sessions, and can schedule regular daily walks at a discounted price. The company also provides in-home pet sitting for dogs, cats, and other animals, which includes daily checkups or overnight stays. While owners are away, staff will bring in mail, water plants, and rotate lights for security purposes. Clients say that Home Alone Pet Service has caring staff who go the extra mile and provide helpful, reliable, and professional services. The business has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

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5.0 / 5 (3)
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Lead the Way

Tallahassee, FL 32309
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Business Description

Lead the Way is a Tallahassee dog walking and pet sitting business that is bonded and insured by Pet Sitters Associates. The company walks dogs in regular 20-minute sessions, which includes a fresh water refill and anything else the dog needs. The business also pet sits, house sits, transports pets to the vet, groomer, or elsewhere, washes dogs, trims nails, and provides regular aquarium maintenance. Lead the Way aims to give pets the same love, care, and attention that their owners do, and gives text and picture updates so that clients know their pets are well-cared for. Clients have praised the business for its fast responses and caring, flexible, and reliable dog walker and pet sitter.

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5.0
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Pet Sitting by Craig Jackson

Tallahassee, FL 32311
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Pet Sitting by Craig Jackson has been caring for Tallahassee pets since 1994. The owner knew he wanted to work with animals since he was seven years old and always treats pets like family. The company's pet sitting services include dog walking, playtime, light grooming, fresh water and food refills, medication administration, accident cleanup, and wound cleaning if necessary. The business also pet sits cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles, rodents, fish, and farm animals. The company also provides household duties including grabbing the mail, rotating lights and blinds, putting out the trash and recycling, watering plants, and daily text updates. Pet Sitting by Craig Jackson does not charge extra for holiday or weekend care. Pet owners say that Craig gives professional, reliable services and is knowledgeable about the care of pets.

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5.0 / 5 (3)

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The Puppy Ladies

Tallahassee, FL 32309
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The team at The Puppy Ladies has more than 20 years of combined experience working with pets. The founder, a certified professional trainer, has worked in the field since 1999, and regularly attends workshops and seminars by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. The business provides regular dog walking services and has flexible hours that work with clients' schedules. The company trains puppies and dogs with issues such as housetraining, chewing, biting, barking, not listening, and pulling on the leash. The trainers also teach basic manners, coming when called, loose-leash walking, and playing nicely with others. The Puppy Ladies runs group classes for beginning to advanced levels. Clients have praised the Tallahassee business for its knowledgeable, experienced staff who give effective training.

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4.8 / 5 (32)
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4.7 / 5 (26)

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Wag-N-Walk

Tallahassee, FL 32301
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Business Description

Wag-N-Walk is a Tallahassee dog walking, pet sitting, and pet concierge company. The owner specializes in care for elderly dogs and dogs with special needs and is insured and licensed in the state of Florida. The business walks dogs for 15 to 25 minutes and can schedule appointments to let dogs outside. The company provides in-home overnight care and pack-style boarding at Wag-N-Walk's boarding facility. The company's pack-style dog daycare gives dogs treats and entertainment during the day. Staff send picture updates while owners are away. Clients say the owner is reliable and experienced and treats pets like her own.

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5.0 / 5 (11)
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5.0 / 5 (2)

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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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