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Best Dog Walkers in Silver Spring

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Silver Spring 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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Silver Spring, MD
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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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Silver Spring, MD

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Need help contacting a Dog Walker in Silver Spring? 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.

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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5.0 (3)

Why choose this provider?

Wagnificent Pet Care, LLC is a Gaithersburg dog walking service. Dog owners rely on the group for quick potty breaks of 15 to 20 minutes, a 30-minute Stay and Play, an extended 45-minute visit for yard play or a walk, and mid-day walks, and all services include pets and kisses, feeding, and fresh water. Care for cats, reptiles, rodents, fish, birds, and even farm animals is also available, and home services from watering plants to collecting mail can be requested as well. Wagnificent Pet Care is a member of Pet Sitters Associates, bios for all sitters/walkers can be reviewed on the company's website, and free in-home consultations are available.

Silver Spring, MD 20815

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5.0 (5)

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Pup Strut walks dogs in the areas of Takoma Park and Silver Spring. Dogs benefit from 15, 30, or 60-minute visits for a walk, water, food, and TLC, and the sitter will leave a detailed note pertaining to that day's activities as well as the doggie's general well-being. Overnight care includes basic doggie care and walks as well as litter box cleaning, turning lights on/off, collecting mail/newspapers, and watering the plants, and staff can also administer medicine. Pup Strut is fully insured and locally owned, and founder Sarah Nash always meets the client and their dog first to get to know each other and discuss specific needs and concerns.

Columbia, MD 21046

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4.3 (12)
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5.0 (7)

Why choose this provider?

Pet Sitter Columbia handles dog walking and other services in Howard County. Thirty and 60-minute walks take place per the specific needs of each dog to keep them healthy and happy, and clients can discuss their dog's schedule and other requirements during a free initial consultation. Walks are available 365 days a year, and additional services include customized pet sitting/visits and overnight stays. Pet Sitter Columbia prides itself on treating every pet in its care as if he/she were their own, and the group is bonded, insured, and certified in Red Cross Pet First Aid & CPR as well as a member of Pet Sitters International.

Lanham, MD 20706

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Maestro's Tail is a dog walking service in Lanham. Daily dog walks last 20 to 30 minutes, and clients can request extended walks as well as weekly packages. Additional services cover in-home pet sitting, home care while owners are away, a pet taxi and running of errands, and customized care/visits for pets, including those who are puppies, ill, elderly, or have special needs. Overnight pet care is also available. Owner Lisa S. Shannon has spent her whole life with dogs as part of her family and started Maestro's Tail after having to tend to her own sick pup, Maestro, and realizing quality, personalized care was needed for busy pet owners and their beloved furry friends.

Takoma Park, MD 20910

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Why choose this provider?

Takoma Pet has been offering dog walking services in Montgomery County since 2010 and is backed by over 25 years of experience. Weekday walks take place per each dog's schedule, and 30-minute weekend walks focus on sniffing, exercise, and loose leash training. Full in-home pet sitting is also available along with care for exotic pets. The owner is certified by the American Red Cross in Pet First Aid, is a volunteer with the Montgomery County Humane Society Kennel and the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, and participated in the Penn Foster Dog Obedience Instructor Course and the Humane Domain Apprenticeship Program. Takoma Pet Services and Training LLC also offers humane education and pet training.

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.