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Best Dog Walkers in Alexandria, VA

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Alexandria, VA
$10 off first booking!

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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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Alexandria, VA

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Need help contacting a Dog Walker in Alexandria? 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.

Springfield, VA 22150

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5.0 (4)
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5.0 (3)

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Sampson Smiles Pet Care is proud to offer high-quality and attentive pet care to clients and their pets from the company's home base in Springfield, Virginia. SSPC's service area includes many areas in and around Kingstowne and Springfield, including Hayfield, Manchester Lakes, Franconia, Rose Hill, Cameron Station, and Alexandria. The company cares for dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, and even snakes. Services from Sampson Smiles take place in clients' homes. Dog walks occur at variable times throughout the day and may include medication administration. Pet taxi services to groomers or veterinarians are available. Sampson Smiles is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

Alexandria, VA 22303

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3.0 (6)

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Pooch Pals LLC is a dog walking company with a dedication to client peace of mind. That's why Pooch Pals is licensed, bonded, and insured for its services. The company began in 2011, and its owners are proud to serve their neighbors in the community. Pooch Pals prices walks based on the length of the walk and the number of day per week on which walks occur. Walk lengths vary from 15 minutes all the way up to 40 minutes. Number of walks per week range from one to five. Prices also vary depending on many different factors such as frequency and distance traveled.

Springfield, VA 22315

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5.0 (2)
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5.0 (1)

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Kingstowne Pet Services is proud of the professional, personalized, in-home services it offers to its neighbors' dogs, cats, birds, and small animals. Kingstowne's staff ensures clients' animals receive all the attention, affection, exercise, and play they need. KPS offers daily pet visits Monday through Friday with discounts for mid-day visits. Weekend visits are available on an as-needed basis. Vacation visits and overnight stay in clients' homes are also available. In addition to care services, KPS also offers training. Northern Virginia Magazine's October 2008 Ultimate Pet Guide featured Kingstowne Pet Services as one of northern Virginia's top dog trainers.

Alexandria, VA 22301

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5.0 (26)
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4.8 (5)

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Run My Dog knows that "a tired dog is a happy dog," which is why the company provides dog running in addition to standard dog walking and pet services. Runs start at 30 minutes in length, and midday dog walks can range from 20 minutes to an hour, with discounts available for 45 and 60-minute walks. Run My Dog offers online appointment scheduling 24/7, and the company's service area includes Alexandria, Arlington, Annandale, and Fairfax County communities such as Huntington, Groveton, Hybla Valley, Fort Hunt, Mount Vernon, Rose Hill, Franconia, Landmark, Lincolnia and Lake Barcroft. RMD encourages customers to ask about overnight care in their homes.

Alexandria, VA 22307

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5.0 (2)

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Struttin' Mutts Inc. is a family-owned and operated business that serves pet owners in Alexandria. One of the services it offers is dog walking which includes a 30-minute visit, playtime, feeding, and a report. Clients can make a one-time booking for several walks per week. In addition, the company also offers pet sitting services that cover feeding, medication dispersal, playtime, and light chores like watering the plants and gathering mail. Struttin' Mutts has been serving pet owners since 2004.

Arlington, VA 22206

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Arlington Dog Walkers is a dog walking company that is licensed, bonded, and insured to provide clients peace of mind. Clients can trust the company further knowing their dogs are walking during the day, getting the exercise and play they need. Arlington Dog Walkers' philosophy is that hiring a dog walker should be hassle-free, which is why the company hires friendly employees, offers clients a generous cancellation policy, and requires no monthly contracts. The company has been a part of the Arlington community since 2008, and it is proud to serve its neighbors. Arlington Dog Walkers holds insurance through Pet Sitters Associates.

Alexandria, VA 22306

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4.5 (26)
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4.5 (25)
Google
3.9 (18)

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The Unleashed Pet is based in Alexandria, VA, and the pet services company offers dog walking and pet sitting services in two locations. The company's first service area includes the communities of Northern Virginia, and the second service area covers central Florida. The Unleashed Pet is proud of its intuitive approach to pet care, which the company's knowledge, awareness, and kindness make possible. The Unleased Pet couples its service with advanced technology to offer clients the ultimate pet care. All dog walkers and pet sitters carry first aid kits, and clients receive guaranteed enrollment meetings with actual TUP caregivers.

Compare our Top Dog Walkers

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Rover
$10 off first booking!
Sampson Smiles Pet Care
Pooch Pals LLC
Kingstowne Pet Services
Run My Dog
Struttin' Mutts Inc.
Arlington Dog Walkers
The Unleashed Pet

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.