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Best Dog Walkers in Virginia Beach

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Virginia Beach 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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Rover

Virginia Beach, VA
  • Pets Services
  • Dog Walking

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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4.5

Price: $10 off first booking!

Virginia Beach, VA

Why choose this provider?

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Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Why choose this provider?

Beach Dog Walking & Pet Care is located in Virginia Beach, VA, and specializes in daily scheduled dog walking services for customers in the Virginia Beach area. Dog walks are offered in 15-minute increments and includes updates and photos for pet owners after each walk. Owner Brenda Sinclair is licensed, insured, and bonded, and is certified in dog and cat CPR and First Aid. Sinclair works with a team of assistants who have all completed national background check, reference checks, an extensive interview process, and who are also insured and bonded. The company is affiliated with Pet Sitters Associates, LLC, and uses the Pet Check Technology bar code system for tracking length of dog walks and provides email alerts and other online tools for pet owners. Customers are pleased with the photos and text updates on their pets provided during walks and visits and highly recommend the company.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (4)

Website
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Why choose this provider?

From Wags to Whiskers, Inc. is a pet care business in Virginia Beach, VA that specializes in pet sitting, dog walking services, and pet care for dogs, cats, and small animals. The company was founded in 2004, and its employees are well-trained to deal with pets of all sizes; there are no dog breed or size restrictions. The company is insured and bonded, and is affiliated with the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. The company is busiest during the summer and holiday season so it is recommended that reservations be made early during these periods. The company is highly rated on Thumbtack.com, customers speak of trustworthy and dependable staff, keen attention to animal health and medical conditions needing special care, and quality customer service.

Reputation:

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5.0
Yelp
5.0 / 5 (3)
Google
5.0 / 5 (1)

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Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Why choose this provider?

Bones N Belly Rubs Professional Pet Care is located in Virginia Beach, VA, and specializes in dog walking, vacation pet care, pet taxi, and overnight pet sitting services. The company is licensed, bonded, and insured, and serves customers in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth areas. Owners Jenny and Matt Johnson lead the company with the goal of providing quality care to pets with respect, trustworthiness, dependability, compassion, fun, and love. Jenny has personal, professional, and volunteer experience working with animals, and Matt has experience caring for reptiles, birds, dogs, and fish. Matt is also a carpenter, and offers custom design services for pet furniture and homes. The team also includes other pet care specialists who have experience caring for a variety of animals. The company is affiliated with the American Red Cross, Pet Sitters International, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters, and Professional United Pet Sitters.

Reputation:

We scour the internet for reviews from well-known resources. Each provider is evaluated based on the quality and quantity of their reviews, their presence on multiple review sites, and their average minimum rating.
4.6
Facebook
5.0 / 5 (21)
Google
4.3 / 5 (19)
Yelp
4.0 / 5 (5)

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.