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Best Dog Walkers in Arlington

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Arlington 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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Arlington, VA
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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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Arlington, VA

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2503-D North Harrison Street, Arlington, VA 22207

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4.5 (12)
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5.0 (9)
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5.0 (2)

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DogOn Fitness is an independently owned dog walking business that serves clients in Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas. It provides dog exercise services based on total active time, including trail hikes and swimming. The business also offers additional services, such as pet transportation, leash behavior improvement, and family integration training. These are inclusive of personal care time that covers feeding and water. DogOn Fitness has been helping its client meet the health and fitness needs of their dogs since 2004.

Arlington, VA 22202

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5.0 (13)

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Two Way Dog Walking and Pet Services is an Arlington business that provides services to pet owners. The business offers morning, evening, mid-day, and weekend dog walks, as well as daytime pet sitting and overnight pet sitting. Daytime pet sitting includes feeding, fresh water, socializing, potty breaks, massages, playtime, and photo updates. Other services Two Way Dog Walking and Pet Services offers include grooming and cat sitting. All new clients have a meet and greet. Owners Melissa and Linda worked at a dog walking company before they decided to start their own business. The business is a member of Pet Sitters Associates LLC. Clients remark on their flexibility, honesty, professionalism, attention to detail, compassion, and availability.

Falls Church, VA 22043

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Untangled Leashes is a business that provides services to pet owners seven days a week. The business cares for pets in Vienna, Merrifield, Annandale, Tysons, Falls Church, Oakton, McLean, Dunn Loring, North Arlington, and parts of Fairfax. Untangled Leashes’ services are dog walking and pet sitting. Options for dog walking are 15-, 30-, and 45-minute visits. The business customizes services for puppies. Untangled Leashes provides pet sitting for dogs, cats, guinea pigs, birds, rabbits, and more. Owner Melissa Nino has volunteered at the Wildlife Rescue Center and trained and cared for hard to place dogs as a volunteer at the SPCA. Clients appreciate their punctuality, dependability, responsiveness, and flexibility.

McLean, VA 22101

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5.0 (2)
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5.0 (2)

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A-Plus Pets is a professional pet service company located in McLean, Virginia that serves clients in the surrounding metropolitan area. Available for both dog-walking and pet sitting services, the company offers prospective clients a free consultation. The company has received the Super Service Award on Angie's List and is locally owned and operated. Though the offices of A-Plus Pets are closed on holidays and weekends, the company is available for pet services every day of the year. A-Plus Pets is fully bonded and insured for clients' protection and its staff is entirely comprised of employees rather than independent contractors.

Arlington, VA 22207

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5.0 (5)
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5.0 (1)

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Arlington Pet Pals, located in Arlington, Virginia, is a professional pet service company that serves clients in the Northern Virginia metropolitan areas. An Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau, the company is a member of Pet Sitters International. In the industry for more than a decade, Arlington Pet Pals is independently owned and operated and is fully licensed, bonded, and insured for clients' protection. Services provided by the company include both pet sitting and dog-walking, and its employees undergo certification programs, webinars, and background checks performed by Sterling Talent Solutions. Arlington Pet Pals can be contacted by phone or email for appointments.

Arlington, VA 22204

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5.0 (12)
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4.5 (8)

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Happy Hounds LLC is a business that has been serving clients in South Arlington, North Arlington, and areas of Del Ray and Alexandria for more than 15 years. The business provides one-on-one dog walking, pet sitting during the day and overnight at a client’s home, cat care, and transportation services. Happy Hounds LLC’s caregivers are background checked. The business is licensed, bonded, and insured. Happy Hounds LLC is a member of Pet Sitters International. Washingtonian Magazine named Happy Hounds LLC Best of Dog Walking Companies in 2006 and 2008. Clients appreciate their flexibility, sense of humor, reliability, attention to detail, and professionalism.

McLean, VA 22101

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5.0 (15)

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In the industry since opening its doors in 2008, KSR Pet Care is a professional pet service company located in McLean, Virginia that serves clients in the wider local metropolitan area. The company has also expanded services into such areas as Great Falls, Annandale, and Springfield. KSR Pet Care is an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau and offers its clients such services as dog walking and training, overnight care, puppy care, pet sitting, house and plant care, and pet taxi services. The Washingtonian listed KSR Pet Care in its Best Of Issue in 2013. The company is available every day of the week.

Falls Church, VA 22042

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4.5 (7)
Google
4.8 (5)

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APEX Pet Partners is a business that has been serving clients in Northern Virginia and Washington for more than six years. The business offers dog walks that are 15 minutes, 30 minutes, and one hour long. Other services APEX Pet Partners provides include feeding and fresh water, plant watering, pick-up from the kennel or drop-off at the kennel, ride to the vet, and brushing. The business also provides services around the house such as small home projects, event planning, waiting for repair people, home organization, and moving preparation. APEX Pet Partners is licensed, bonded, insured, and registered. The business is a member of local and national pet sitters associations. Pet owners appreciate their quality of care, honesty, and dependability.

Falls Church, VA 22046

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4.5 (15)
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5.0 (2)
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5.0 (1)

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CRC Pet Service is a professional pet care business located in Falls Church, Virginia that serves clients throughout the Northern Virginia metropolitan areas of Falls Church, Arlington, McLean, and Fairlington. The company has more than seven years of experience and has worked with such animals as dogs, cats, rabbits, lizards, fish, and birds. Services provided by CRC Pet Service include dog-walking, pet sitting, overnight care for owners on business trips or vacations, and pet taxi services. A Yelp-reviewed company, CRC Pet Service is trained to administer insulin, intravenous fluids, pills, and topical medicine to cats and dogs. The company requires an in-person consultation prior to its services.

Alexandria, VA 22312

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5.0 (84)
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4.5 (23)
Facebook
5.0 (11)

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Passionately Pets is a professional pet service company located in Arlington, Virginia that serves clients in the wider local metropolitan area. The company is a winner of the Super Service Award on Angie's List every year since 2012 and has been named a Best Pet Service by The Washingtonian in 2017. Services provided by Passionately Pets include both midday dog walking and vacation pet sitting as well as overnight stays. In the industry since opening its doors in 2007, the company is fully bonded and insured for clients' protection and its employees are trained and certified in both Pet CPR and Pet First Aid.

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.