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Rover

Austin, TX
  • 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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Austin Dog Butler

Austin, TX 78766
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Business Description

Austin Dog Butler, a Silicon Hills dog walking company, has been serving local families since 2012. The business is insured and bonded, and all staff members are certified in Pet First Aid and CPR.

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5.0 / 5 (32)
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5.0 / 5 (20)
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5.0 / 5 (11)
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Austin Dog Walker

Austin, TX 78703
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Business Description

Austin Dog Walker is a pet care business helping families in the Silicon Hills area. It is unusual among dog walkers in that its services include free pickup and drop-off services. The staff’s dog walkers have been certified by the American Red Cross to perform Pet First Aid and Pet CPR. They have also completed the Texas Department of Health Services’ Animal Control Officer course. Austin Dog Walker has been insured and bonded by Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.

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5.0 / 5 (7)
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5.0 / 5 (3)
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CapCity Pet Sitting

Austin, TX 78745
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Business Description

Will Chambers and Claire Dunn, two Austin-area animal lovers, are the founders and owners of local business CapCity Pet Sitting. Mr. Chambers and Ms. Dunn are licensed, bonded, and certified to perform first aid for canines and felines. They are members of Pet Sitters Associates LLC, PetSitUSA, and the Austin Pet Sitters Organization. CapCity Pet Sitting earns praise from pet owners for its willingness to schedule appointments on short notice.

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Game Time Dog Services

Austin, TX 78703
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Established in 2010, Game Time Dog Services is an Austin business that walks dogs from the city and the surrounding areas. The company, a member of the National Association of Pet Sitters, places a particular emphasis on canine fitness. Game Time Dog Services is insured and bonded, a member of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, and is known as a local and reliable source for dog walkers in Austin.

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5.0 / 5 (30)
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5.0 / 5 (18)
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5.0 / 5 (3)
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Hound for Hound

Austin, TX 78702
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Matt Myers founded Hound for Hound, his Austin dog walking and sitting business, in 2010. Mr. Myers, who is CPR certified, is a member of Pet Sitters Associates, PetSitUSA, and the Austin Pet Sitters Organization. Hound for Hound’s selection of services also includes visiting animals who are alone at home and taxiing pets to the veterinarian or other appointments.

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5.0

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JenniFurrr's Austin Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

Austin, TX 78745
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JenniFurrr's Austin Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, which was founded in Austin in 2008, gives pet sitting and dog walking services to families throughout the city as well as neighboring municipalities. The company, which has been certified by Pet Sitters International, is a member of the Austin Pet Sitters Organization and PetSitUSA.

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5.0 / 5 (2)

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Leander Pet Care

Leander, TX 78641
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Leander Pet Care is an Austin dog walking and pet sitting business. The company, which is a bonded and insured member of Pet Sitters Associates, is owned and operated by Lauren Hollas. Ms. Hollas walks dogs, and she can also supervise pets while their owners are at work or on vacation. Clients appreciate Ms. Hollas' highly communicative approach to customer service. While sitting or walking, she keeps the animal’s family in the loop via text or phone.

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5.0 / 5 (1)
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Lone Star Leash Services

Austin, TX 78723
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Lone Star Leash Services serves dog owners all over the Silicon Hills Metro area. Josh Margolis, who owns and operates the small business, is insured and bonded, and a member of Pet Sitters International.

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5.0 / 5 (20)
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5.0 / 5 (8)
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5.0 / 5 (5)
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Loving Pet Care

Austin, TX 78757
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Business Description

In addition to working with dogs and cats, Austin-based company Loving Pet Care provides pet sitting and feeding services to birds, fish, horses, sugar gliders, rabbits, and reptiles. The fully bonded and insured business is a member of the Austin Pet Sitters Organization, PetSitUSA, and Pet Sitters International. Former customers appreciate that Loving Pet Care keeps families updated with texts and pictures.

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4.9
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5.0 / 5 (109)
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4.5 / 5 (22)
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Pawstin

Austin, TX 78722
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Business Description

Pawstin is a dog walking service and pet taxi based in Austin that has helped pet owners in and around the city since opening in 2013. Pet owners may purchase the company’s services on a one-time or weekly basis, or they can pay for multiple walks per day during out-of-town trips.

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4.8
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4.5 / 5 (12)
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5.0 / 5 (10)
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The Pet Gal

Round Rock, TX 78681
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Business Description

The Pet Gal, located in Round Rock, delivers a selection of pet care services to people in the greater Austin community, including pet sitting, dog walking, and ranch sitting. The staff can even train and lead dogs who are going to participate in a wedding. Interested potential customers may want to read “Adventures in Pet Sitting,” the company’s blog about pet products and pet health matters, which also includes information about local dog parks, shelters, and events.

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5.0 / 5 (2)
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The Sporty Dog, Inc.

5801 Blythewood Dr, Austin, TX 78745
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Business Description

The Sporty Dog, Inc., is a pet sitting and dog walking service located in Austin, Texas. It's been around since 2008, and it's bonded, insured, certified, and prepared for emergencies. It offers structured walks, certified dog walking, pet taxi, pet wedding attendant, dog fitness adventures, pet taxi services, and pet care partnerships. It also provides in-home services, overnight services, and vacation services, as well as cat sitting and meet and greet sessions.

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4.5
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Wagg'nPurr Pet Sitters, LLC

Round Rock, TX 78665
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Wagg'nPurr Pet Sitters, LLC, based in Round Rock since 2007, gives walking and pet sitting services to dog owners in the greater Austin community. Owner Joanna Ternus spent more than a decade working as an assistant at Great Oaks Animal Hospital. Wagg’nPurr Pet Sitters, LLC is fully bonded and insured, and it belongs to the Austin Pet Sitters Organization as well as the Association of Pet Sitting Excellence.

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5.0 / 5 (14)
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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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