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Rover

Elgin, IL
  • 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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4.4
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4.0 / 5 (765)
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4.1 / 5 (411)
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3.5 / 5 (34)

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Bright Star Pet Services

Crystal Lake, IL 60039
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Business Description

Bright Star Pet Services is a full-service professional dog walking and pet sitting business operating in the city of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and the surrounding areas of Algonquin, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, and Lakewood, Illinois. Bright Star Pet Services is a locally owned and operated business specializing in high-quality and stress-free dog walking and pet sitting solutions. This company offers a wide variety of services including drop-in visits, play-time and socialization, accident or litter box cleanup, medication administration, the collection of mail and packages, in addition to puppy and behavioral training. Clients recommend the team at Bright Star Pet Services for their exceptional service.

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4.9
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5.0 / 5 (21)
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4.8 / 5 (19)
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Falcore Pet Services

Huntley, IL 60142
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Business Description

Falcore Pet Services is a full-service dog walking and pet sitting business operating in the community of Huntley, Illinois, and the surrounding areas of Algonquin, Lake In The Hills, Gilberts, Lakewood, Crystal Lake, and Woodstock. Falcore Pet Services is a licensed and insured local business certified in Pet CPR and First Aid and registered with the Huntley Chamber of Commerce. This company provides a wide variety of services including pet sitting, dog walking, feeding, medication, watering plants, play-time and socialization, brushing, transportation to veterinarian or groomer, cleanup, in addition to the care of exotic animals including cage cleanups.

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5.0 / 5 (15)

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Furry Kids Sitter

Huntley, IL 60142
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Business Description

Furry Kids Sitter is a full-service professional dog walking business serving the city of Huntley, Illinois, and the surrounding areas of Lake in the Hills, Lakewood, parts of Algonquin, and Crystal Lake. Established over 15 years ago, Furry Kids Sitter is a fully insured and bonded local business specializing in quality and gentle sitting solutions. This company offers a wide variety of services including dog walking and potty breaks, feeding, water refilling, medications, brushing, socialization, accident clean-ups, and special requests. Clients recommend the team of trained specialists at Furry Kids Sitter for their attention to detail and high-quality service.

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5.0 / 5 (2)
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Jason Loves Dogs

Bartlett, IL 60103
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Business Description

Jason Loves Dogs is a dog walking and pet sitting service located in Bartlett, IL. The business was founded in 2009 by owner and operator Jason Bloom and serves all towns within thirteen miles of Bartlett. Jason provides pet walking, pet sitting, emergency visits, special needs, mail collection, and more. Jason is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. In 2008, he was certified as an assistant dog groomer by the Academy of Dog Grooming Arts. Customers describe Jason Bloom as honest, reliable, flexible, and loving. His website includes a Pet Stories section featuring photos and brief stories about the pets in his care.

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4.5
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Paw Prints Pet Care

Hampshire, IL 60140
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Paw Prints Pet Care is a professional pet sitting and dog walking business operating in the community of Hampshire, Illinois, and the surrounding areas of Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Lakewood, Gilberts, Pingree Grove, Burlington, Genoa, and more. Paw Prints Pet Care is a licensed and insured business that holds membership with Pet Sitters International (PSI) and is Pet First Aid Certified by The American Red Cross. This company provides a wide variety of services including dog walking, quick breaks, pet sitting, feeding, fresh water, accident cleanups, yard cleanings, pet taxi, in addition to house sitting services. Clients recommend Paw Prints Pet Care for their professionalism.

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The Irish Sitter

Cary, IL 60013
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The Irish Sitter is a pet sitting service founded by Kathleen O’Brien in 2009. The company is located in Cary, IL and serves the towns of Cary, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Fox River Grove, and other towns in Lake, McHenry, and some areas of Cook County. The Irish Sitter provides mid-day dog walks, vacation pet care, pet transportation services, and overnight pet care visits. Founder Kathleen O’Brien is certified in pet CPR and pet first aid. The company is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. The website for the Irish Sitter includes a number of highly positive reviews by customers, paired with photos of their pets.

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Wild Things Pet Services

Saint Charles, IL 60175
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Business Description

Wild Things Pet Services is a full-service professional dog walking business operating in the community of St. Charles, Illinois, and the surrounding areas. Wild Things Pet Services is a fully licensed and insured local company specializing in providing quality dog walking options, in-home pet sitting, and professional dog training. This company offers a broad range of services including walking, play-time and socialization, potty breaks and cleanup, medication administration, watering plants, in addition to newspaper, mail, and package collection. In-home training services include essential training commands, elimination of common puppy behavior problems, desensitization, and dog aggression training.

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5.0 / 5 (106)
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5.0 / 5 (13)
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5.0 / 5 (1)

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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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