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Best Dog Walkers in Fairfax

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

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Need help contacting a Dog Walker in Fairfax? 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.

4323 Hackney Coach Lane, Fairfax, VA 22030

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5.0 (23)
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5.0 (18)

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Mickey & Friends Dog Walks and Playdates LLC is a pet-care business that has been serving Fairfax since 2016. The owner and operator, Natassia Eaton, works daily to provide mid-day walks for single or multiple dogs. This service includes physical exercise and potty breaks. She also offers drop-ins or vacation visits for one dog or multi-pet households. She extends these services to cats and other small animals. Eaton is licensed and insured and flexible to changing schedules. She provides her services to over 280 dogs.

South Riding, VA 20152

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4.5 (42)
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5.0 (4)
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5.0 (1)

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Suburban Tails is a pet care business with over 18 years of pet experience. Suburban Tails uses their experience to better serve pets and their owner in the Centreville, Virginia area. Suburban Tails can handle different types of pets including dogs, hamster, hedgehogs, ferrets, birds, cats, lizards, and fish. They can also provide services for pets that are not well socialized, are high maintenance, disabled, or post-op. Suburban Tails services include daily dog walks, pet sitting and visits, and pet taxi services. Suburban Tails is a member of Pet Sitters International, Northern Virginia Professional Pet Sitters Network, SRWB, and On the Rebound Bulldog Rescue.

Ashburn, VA 20147

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4.9 (120)

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Woofie’s has offered pet sitting, dog walking, and mobile pet spa services for busy owners since 2004. The company serves Ashburn and the surrounding area, which includes Eastern Loudoun County. It has won several awards over the years, including Best Pet Groomer of 2013 and Best Dog Walking Service of 2011 from Northern Virginia Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine's Best Pet Care List for two years, and Best Service Company by Loudon Local. The company has received its certification to perform CPR/first aid on pets through PetTech, and multiple customer reviews have described Woofie’s as the best pet service they have ever used.

Herndon, VA 20171

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5.0 (3)

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Jenuine Pet Care Corp is a pet care business, located in Herndon, Virginia, and has been offering their services throughout the Northern Virginia area since 2016. Jenuine Pet Care Corp provides their services for dogs, cats, and exotic pets, each receiving an individualized care to make sure the animals are not stressed and have a great experience. Jenuine Pet Care Corp offers daily dog walks, dog park visits, cat care services, overnight sitting, and exotic pet care. An email or text message will be sent to the owner when a caregiver visits and leaves the home. Jenuine Pet Care Corp is a member of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

Springfield, VA 22153

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4.5 (17)

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Walking the Dogs, LLC offers a variety of pet services to clients in Burke and the surrounding communities of Springfield, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, and Lorton. It holds licensure in the state of Virginia, and owner Felicia has provided care to animals since 2007. She regularly partners with Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) of Northern Virginia, and she holds memberships in the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and National Capital Area Professional Pet Sitters Network. Walking the Dogs is insured and bonded, and it is certified to provide animal CPR and first aid through PetTech. Services include daily walks, extended walks, puppy training, and vacation pet sitting for dogs.

Fairfax, VA 22030

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5.0 (1)

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VA Pet Sitters is a pet care company that offers their services in Fairfax, Virginia and other adjacent areas including Dunn Loring, East Falls Church, Fairfax, Falls Church, Great Falls, and other surrounding areas. VA Pet Sitters specializes in pet sitting and dog walking but can also offer other services including overnight sitting, house sitting, and plant sitting. The can also administer medication and fluids. VA Pet Sitters performs a criminal background on all our pet sitters and dog walkers. VA Pet Sitters is licensed, insured, bonded, and is a member of members of Pet Sitters International, Petsit USA, and the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters.

Sterling, VA 20165

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5.0 (16)

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Prestigious Pets is a locally owned pet care business that offers their services to the general Northern Virginia area, including of Reston, Herndon, Sterling, Oak Hill, Ashburn and other adjacent communities. Prestigious Pets wishes to enhance the quality of life for both client and pet so they both can lead a stress and worry-free life when it comes to the well-being of a pet. Prestigious Pets services include pet walks, playtime visits, potty breaks, fresh food, and water, overnight sitting, and house checks. Each service is tailored to pet’s personality and needs. A list of prices for each service can be found on the company’s website.

Bristow, VA 20136

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4.5 (30)

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Doodlebug Dog Walkers is an insured pet sitting and dog walking business that offers their services in Prince William and western Fairfax County in Virginia. Doodlebug Dog Walkers was established in 2007 and is a winner of Angie’s List Super Service Award for 2015 and was voted Best of Nova by Northern Virginia Magazine for 2015 and 2017. Doodlebug Dog Walkers can provide monthly and occasional dog walks, vacation pet sitting, overnight stays, behavioral assessment, and consultation services. Walkers sent by the company will send an email notification when visiting and leaving a customer’s home. Doodlebug Dog Walkers also offers a discount for dogs that require multiple visits, such as puppies and older dogs.

Vienna, VA 22180

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4.0 (5)

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Vienna Leash is a local pet care and walking business that has been offering their services to the Vienna, Oakton, Fairfax, Merrifield, and Tysons areas since 2010. Vienna Leash can provide basic pet services such as dog walking, pet sitting, key pickups and overnight visits, but can also provide customized services to suit both pet and owner. When using Vienna Leash’s services, walkers can provide a detailed record of all walks or house visits. A small profile of each walker can be viewed on the company’s website. Vienna Leash is licensed bonded, and insured, offers holiday hours at an additional cost, and is a member of Pet Sitters International.

Centreville, VA 20120

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5.0 (24)
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5.0 (5)

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K9 Nirvana is a pet care and dog walking company that offers their services to the Northern Virginia area, including Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Gainesville, Haymarket and South Riding. K9 Nirvana provides individualized care for every pet and client and specializes in geriatric and special-needs dogs. Their services include midday walks that can occur on a regular schedule or occasionally, vacation visits and overnight stays. Additional services can also be provided such as medicine administration, pet supply procurement, and puppy training services at an additional cost. K9 Nirvana is insured, licensed, bonded and veterinarian-recommended and can provide holiday hours at an additional fee.

Reston, VA 20191

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5.0 (26)
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5.0 (5)

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The Pet Elf is a pet care business that has been offering their services to Reston, Herndon, and bordering neighborhoods including parts of Great Falls and Sterling since 1998. Kim Waite-Williams, the owner and founder, is active in our educational associations and was a past President and board member of the National Capital Area Professional Pet Sitters Network. Most of her staff of caretakers are veterinarian trained and proficient in geriatric care and diabetes management. The Pet Elf services include consultation, midday walks, overnight stays, and pet visits. Holiday hours are also offered at an additional price. The Pet Elf is licensed, bonded, insured and a member of Pet Sitters International.

Fairfax, VA 20151

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Critter Concierge, LLC, is a pet sitting company that serves animal owners in Fairfax. It offers daily dog walking services, which improve their behavioral and mental wellness and enable them to be accustomed to new environments. Cat and exotic pet services are also provided, with special arrangements for overnight sitting. To help clients maximize their time, it accommodates non-pet services, including house sitting, personal shopping, and donation dropping. Its owner is a certified pet CPR and first aid provider, with experience working for a veterinary clinic and animal rescue groups.

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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.