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Best Dog Walkers in Columbus

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Columbus 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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Columbus, OH
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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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Columbus, OH

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Need help contacting a Dog Walker in Columbus? 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.

Columbus, OH 43209

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5.0 (36)
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5.0 (33)
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5.0 (2)

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Since 2018, Hands N Paws has been bringing peace of mind to busy pet parents in central Columbus and the suburbs. The business offers pet solutions, such as 20- to 60-minute dog walks, illness prevention, detailed visit reports, and medication needs. Its team of over 20 pet lovers offers one-on-one care to meet the animal's health and wealth needs. They also sit cats, providing litter change, treats, and playtime. Hands N Paws has handled over 400 pets.

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Columbus, OH 43214

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5.0 (1)

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Serving the North Columbus and surrounding areas, Pet Sitting by Tisha started in 2009 and expanded their service area in 2013. Owned by Tisha Welday, a pet owner that dislikes leaving her own pets at home alone, focuses on treating each pet as if they were her own. The company’s services include dog walking, transportation, nannying, and pet sitting. They are a member of Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.

Columbus, OH 43205

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4.4 (27)
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5.0 (8)

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Founded by Lane Goldberg in 2010, Woof! Downtown Pet Care offers pet sitting and dog walking services. They focus on providing trustworthy, respectful, and reliable pet care for the Downtown Columbus and surrounding areas. They are a member of Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.

Columbus, OH 43206

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4.9 (14)
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4.5 (6)

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Local shop owners, Village Pet Supply provides dog walking and pet sitting services for the Columbus and surrounding areas. They focus on the well-being of each pet and treating them with care to promote health and happiness with affordable prices. Founded in 2003, the company is primarily a pet shop but also offers dog walking and pet sitting services.

Westerville, OH 43081

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5.0 (11)

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An in-home pet care company, DogDays is run by dog lovers and owners that specialize in providing individual and undivided attention to each pet. They focus on making sure owners come home to a clean house and a happy dog that’s been thoroughly exercised. Founded in 2014, the company’s packages all include belly scratches, a lot of individual attention, free treats, fresh water, feeding by request, waste pick up, and other basic requests. They provide services that include last minute pet care, daily or occasional dog walking, yard clean up, dog park trips, and more.

Bexley, OH 43209

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5.0 (1)

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A professional pet sitting service, Whiskers n’ Tails, LLC serves the Bexley, Columbus, and surrounding areas since being founded in 1998. They focus on caring for each pet with individual attention and care from the comfort and pleasure of their own home. Their services include vacation care sitting, dog walking, playtime, medication care, exercise, and regular feeding schedules. They are a member of the Bexley Chamber of Commerce, Association of Pet Sitting Excellence, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, and Pet Sitters International. The company is also Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid and have a Registered Vet Technician on staff.

Columbus, OH 43202

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5.0 (6)
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5.0 (5)
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5.0 (4)

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Owned and operated by Judy Bryant and Suzanne Loosbrock since 1999, Toni Sits Pets is a dog walking and pet sitting business originally founded in 1989. Serving the Central Columbus and surrounding areas, they focus on treating each pet as part of the family while providing trustworthy, honest, and dependable services. Their in-home services are cage-free and include daily visits, walks, feeding, cleaning up after and administering any medications, playtime, watering plants, collecting mail, and turning the lights on and off. They hold the Angie’s List Super Service Award and are a member of The Central Ohio Professional Pet Sitters Network, Pet Sitters International, The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, and they are a PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter.

Columbus, OH 43214

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Pampering pets in the Columbus and surrounding areas since 2000, The Pampered Paw specializes in providing unique requests, worry-free, and professional and dedicated service. Their services include house sitting, snuggle time, bathing and brushing, puppy and kitten services, pet pick up or delivery, litter box scooping, special sick or elderly pet care, playtime, dog walking, and more. They are a member of the United Pet Sitters, Pet Sitters International, petsittersnetwork.com, mypetcare.com, care.com, petsit.com, petsitUSA.com, and more.

Columbus, OH 43215

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5.0 (19)

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Started by Greg Wolfe and his canine companion Scarlet, Scarlet & Greg’s Pet Services became a reality after Greg worked part-time in pet care and found his passion for serving animals and their owners. He focuses on building a relationship with each client with dependable and affordable services that meet their unique needs. Serving the Columbus Metro area, their services include dog and cat sitting, potty breaks, and dog walking. They are a member of Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.

Hilliard, OH 43026

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4.0 (8)
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5.0 (4)

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Founded in 1994, Critter Sitters started as a part-time pet sitting service in the Columbus and surrounding areas. Owned and operated by Jeff Chaykowski and Dave Todd, the company offers services that include pet taxi service, overnight sitting, short potty breaks, dog walking, in-home pet sitting, and more. They are a member of Pet Sitters International, Central Ohio Professional Pet Sitters Network, hold the PSI Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, and have completed the Pet CPR and First Aid training from PetTech.

Columbus, OH 43205

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5.0 (4)
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5.0 (4)

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Serving the Columbus Metro area, Playful Paws is a team of professional pet sitters and dog walkers. The company and staff focus on treating each pet as if they were their own and keeping each dog healthy and happy. Founded and owned by Julie Triplett in 2005, the company offers services that include play dates, pet sitting, overnight pet sitting, dog walking, and transportation service. They are a member of the Professional United Pet Sitters and insured and bonded through Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.

Columbus, OH 43209

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5.0 (15)
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5.0 (13)

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Offering luxury in-home pet services, Le Pooch serves the Central Ohio area with one-on-one attention for each pet by a trained pet sitter and dog walker. The company’s preferred service areas include the Short North, Merion Village, German Village, Downtown Columbus, Eastmoore, Bexley, and surrounding areas. Their employees are pet CPR certified, bonded and insured, and pet owners themselves. Owned and operated by Erin Knable, the company focuses on remaining trustworthy, continuous in their service, and employing qualified and screened applicants to work with pets in the area. They are a member of the Pet Sitters Associates, are a ThumbTack Professional, and are a Certified Dog Trainer by the Animal Behavior College.

Galloway, OH 43119

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4.2 (7)
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5.0 (1)

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Owned and operated by Julie Roberts since 2008, Mutts on the Move Pet Care LLC is a Columbus-based business that specializes in pet sitting, dog walking, pet transportation, potty breaks, and private dog boarding. The company serves the Galloway, German Village, Italian Village, Victorian Village, Grandview, Upper Arlington, and Hilliard areas. They focus on enhancing the quality of life and health of household pets with loving and responsible care. They are a member of Pet Sitters Associates LLC and Pet Sitters International.

Columbus, OH 43220

Why choose this provider?

A pet sitting company based in Columbus, Columbus Pet Sitters specializes in overnight care, vacation, and daily services. The company focuses on minimizing pets’ stress levels by maintaining a routine and a familiar environment. They are accredited by the Better Business Bureau and are a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

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.