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Rover

Nashville, TN
  • 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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4.5
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4.4 / 5 (1494)
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4.4 / 5 (224)
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2.5 / 5 (31)

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Dogs to Frogs Pet Sitting

Nashville, TN 37206
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Business Description

Dogs to Frogs Pet Sitting is a company in Nashville, TN that specializes in dog walking and in-home pet sitting services for customers in the East Nashville area. The company specializes in caring for dogs and cats but are also able to care for other animals such as rabbits, birds, fish, and reptiles. Pet sitters Bryana Lavery and Adrianna Flax have many years of experience caring for animals, and have been pet owners for most of their lives. Lavery is also certified in Pet First Aid and CPR through the American Red Cross.

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5.0
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Happy Pets LLC

Nashville, TN 37211
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Business Description

Happy Pets LLC is a company in Nashville, TN that specializes in dog walking and visits, dog park outings, cat visits, in-home overnight pet sitting, and horse feeding, turnout, and mucking, pet taxi, and key lockout services for customers in Nashville and the Greater Williamson County area. Pet visits include potty breaks and/or scooping litter, fresh water, food, medication administration, and attention. The caring sitters have a range of diverse professional backgrounds and all have experience working with a variety of animals including dogs, cats, horses, and small pets. Customer speak of professional and dedicated staff who have a passion for working with animals. Customers also speak of the staff’s ability to accommodate pets with special needs such as complicated medication, speciality dietary needs, and behavioral issues.

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5.0
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5.0 / 5 (4)
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5.0 / 5 (2)

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Home Run Pet Care

Nashville, TN 37217
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Business Description

Home Run Pet Care is a company in Nashville, TN that specializes in pet sitting, dog walking, pet taxi, potty breaks, food and supply delivery, and pet cleanup services for customers in Brentwood, Berry Hill, South Nashville, Antioch, Nashboro Village, Percy Priest, Cane Ridge, East Nashville, Germantown, Crieve Hall, and other Middle Tennessee areas. The company is licensed and bonded, and accepts multiple pets and administers medication without any extra charge. The caring staff are certified in Pet First Aid and CPR through the American Red Cross, and the company won first place for both the 2013 Top Dog Awards and the 2012 Readers Choice Awards from Nashville Paw Magazine. Customers speak of staff who are caring and reliable, and affordable prices.

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4.9
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4.8 / 5 (59)
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5.0 / 5 (29)
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5.0 / 5 (3)
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Kisses Happen

Nashville, TN 37221
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Business Description

Kisses Happen is a company in Nashville, TN that specializes in dog walking, pet visits, overnight pet sitting, hotel visits, taxi service, and feline behavior assessments and behavior modification services for areas across East and West Nashville. Owner Janet Buchwald has cared for animals her entire life, and, through independent study of pets, has learned to account for the physical, mental, and spiritual condition of animals when caring for them. The company is fully bonded and insured, and is affiliated with Pet Sitters International, Professional United Pet Sitters, the Association of Pet Sitting Excellence, and other professional organizations.

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5.0

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Nashville Dog Lady

Nashville, TN 37203
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Nashville Dog Lady is a company in Nashville, TN that specializes in pet sitting and dog walking services for customers in the Downtown Nashville, Hillsboro/Belmont, West End, Sylvan Park, Green Hills, Forest Hills, Berry Hill, West Meade, Belle Meade, and Bellevue areas. Owner Lindsay Terrizzi Hess has experience working with a range of animal species including dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, ferrets, chinchillas, fish, and reptiles. In addition to pet sitting and dog walking, Hess and her team rescues stray animals, and has found homes for over 150 dogs and cats in the Nashville area since 2009. The company is a member of Pet Sitters International and has been featured on Fox 17 WZTV Nashville. Customers speak of trustworthy and dependable staff and their ability to accommodate multiple pets with ease. Customers also speak of the team’s ability to care for animals with physical disabilities.

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5.0 / 5 (4)
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5.0 / 5 (4)
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Nashville Tail Blazers

Nashville, TN 37209
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Nashville Tail Blazers is a company in Nashville, TN that specializes in dog walking, overnight sitting, puppy care, and other pet care services for dogs and cats. Owner Devin Komline studied dog behavior as a certified pet trainer, and founded the company in 2015. Komline and his team have many years of experience caring for animals, and are all pet owners themselves.The company is licensed and insured Customers speak of knowledgeable, reliable, and trustworthy staff, and rave about their experiences with the team.

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4.9 / 5 (64)
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Parthenon P.U.P.S.

Nashville, TN 37209
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Business Description

Parthenon P.U.P.S. is a company in Nashville, TN that specializes in pet sitting, dog walking, dog training, house sitting, pet taxi, and pet photography services for customers in the Downtown, West, and East Nashville areas. Pet sitting services are available through potty breaks, vacation sits, overnight sitting, day care, and around the clock sitting. There are no limits on dog size or breed, however a surcharge applied to services during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year holidays. Pet sitting includes feeding, exercise, playtime, treats, medication administration, personal attention, and cleaning up potty accidents and/or litter boxes. The company is insured and bonded, and the sitters are certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. Parthenon PUPS also gives back to animals in need. A portion of profits goes to local grass-roots rescue groups. Additionally, founder Sherry Anderson is very active in the local animal rescue community where she donates much of her time and services to several local rescue organizations.

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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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