Whether you recently brought home a new puppy, adopted a new rescue, or took a new job with long hours, odds are that you will need to find a dog walker for regular or sporadic walks. Dog walking services are a great way to help your dog stay healthy, happy when you aren’t around. Their are many factors to consider when evaluating your options. So the important question, especially when you anticipate needing daily services, is how much does a dog walker cost. Let’s look at some of the important factors.
Length of Walk
Time is money, and this is certainly the case for dog walks. How long of a walk would you like for your pup? This is the biggest factor in deciding the cost as most walkers charge by time for simplicity’s sake.
It is important to consider based on the age, breed, and activity level of your dog. A new puppy who can’t walk far may require multiple 15 minute potty breaks throughout the day, while a one year old may require an hour long mid-day break to burn energy. Keep in mind, you can always vary the length of the walk depending on your schedule.
Number of Dogs
For those of you with more than one four-legged friend, this will, of course, affect the price. Each service will vary the way they upcharge for additional pets and this is an important factor to consider when choosing the dog walker right for you. Most dog walkers charge about a $5 for each additional dog.
Location, Location, Location
As with many services, where you are located in the country will have a large effect on your average dog walker cost. In high cost of living cities such as San Francisco and New York City, the base rates can be significantly higher than a city in the Midwest.
Although this is a big contributing factor to the total cost, it is the least variable as services will often match or nearly match each other in the same city.
Anyone who has ever bought tickets, looked at their cell phone bill, or had food delivered understands that fees contribute to the total cost. The key factor here is to determine which services are important to you and how much (if at all) you are willing to pay for these types of things.
There are generally two types of fees: those based on the time of year or time of day, and those based on providing extra services. You can expect prices for your standard dog walkers to increase around the holidays and also for after hour walks as well. Some other “extra services” can include things like feeding, administering medication, or simply spending extra time with your pup before or after a walk. Many dog walkers won’t charge for additional services, but it is certainly something you will want to establish at the outset.
Loyalty Packages or Bundles
Many companies offer a discount for signing up for a monthly membership or by purchasing a bundle of walks upfront. This guarantees them higher revenue overall and therefore they are inclined to offer a discount on the per walk cost.
Over the course of the year, this type of discount can have a major impact on your total cost and should be carefully considered when selecting the right dog walking service.
So…What’s the Cost?
Many of you may have scrolled right down to the bottom to see a cold hard number that answers the question. Unfortunately, given the variability in markets and services, there is no single answer. However, on average, you can expect to pay about $18-25 for 30-minute walk.
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