What can be better and more practical than having someone come to your home and take your furry love and joy out for a stroll when you are unable to? It is truly great! Some have to do it out of necessity. For example, if your dog doesn’t do well around other dogs and daycare is not a viable option. So, we turn to dog walkers! But what about prices?
Generally speaking, a dog walker will charge per walk. The breakdown structure of a dog walker’s services is a 15 to 20-minute walk, and a 30-minute walk. Each costing differently. In the United States, the national average cost to walk your bundle of furry joy is $20 for a 20-minute walk, while in the UK, the national average cost to talk a nice stroll in the park is £10.37 per walk.
It is also a common practice for dog walkers to offer discounts and coupons to their loyal customers. For example, the price tag may be lower if you use the dog services four or five days out of the week, versus only one or two days.
There are other factors involved that affect the price tag for walking your furry loved ones. Stay tuned, we are diving into factors and scenarios affecting price.
Region Affects Pricing
In order to stay competitive, dog walkers often monitor and set their prices depending on other pet-related services in their area of coverage. Price tags will tend to be a little higher in cities where dog walking services are in high demand, as opposed to cities with a smaller demand.
In the United States, typically, a reasonable price tag to walk your beloved precious has a price tag of anywhere from $15 to $20 for a 20-minute walk, and anywhere from $20 to $30 for a 30-minute walk. For two walks a day, anywhere between $30 to $45 is the norm. All in all, the national average is $20, with a maximum of $60.
As mentioned above the national average for the UK, is £10.37 per walk. However depending on the city, you live in, one can pay up to 34% more than other areas.
Please do keep in mind that these prices are for one dog. If you own more than one, expect to add $5 to $10 per walk, or roughly £7.
Most puppies require only one walk per day, coming in at the national average of $20 or £10.37 per walk. However, do keep various things in mind.
Most smaller puppies and extremely active dogs will require two or three walks per day. Consequently, your cost per day will increase, depending on the number of walks.
Your total cost per day for dog walking services will depend on a few things: the number of walks per day, the length of time for each walk, and whether or not your dog is sharing the walk with other dogs. If you are opting for your dog to receive the special treatment of a solo walk, the price will increase. Keep in mind that this option may be a necessity if your dog doesn’t do well with around other dogs. So, in essence, it is all about customizing your dog’s experience.
For a one hour session, a dog walker will charge $30 to $60 per hour, the latter being the high-end price tag. Most dog walkers prefer not to walk dogs for one hour and instead prefer to stick to the 20 to 30-minute walks. This means a larger customer base and more reviews for their site!
In general, when price shopping and comparing services, bear in mind that no matter where you are, dog walkers will charge $0.50 to $1.00 per minute. The range comes in depending on experience, and services. Remember that a dog walking company wants your business, so they will be willing to work with you. The more ongoing business you provide them with, the more discounts you will acquire.
Dog walker updates
Most dog walkers new to the game will offer these additional services. You will receive updates of your little tail wagging furry friend as he’s taken around the block for a stroll and also capture his demeanor as he gets dropped back off at home via photos either by text or email.
Pick-up and Drop-Off
If your dog is the kind that needs serious exercise, more than just a stroll around the block, you can be rest assured that you can find a dog-walker that will pick up your dog and take them to an off-the-leash dog park, or fenced area for a couple of hours, then drop them back at home. This service will roughly run you about $45 an hour.
Suppose you are away on vacation or business, and the need arises where you need someone to come to your home to feed and walk your dog. Not to worry! You can rest assured that a dog walking service will offer this service and get you taken care of. Some dog walking services feed, water, and play with your dog. But it doesn’t end there. They will also water your plants, bring in your mail, turn the lights on/off and send you a report of how your dog is doing. This is broken up usually by three trips throughout the day, about 20-minutes at a time. The price tag for this is about $0.50 to $1.00 per minute.
Some dog walking services will clean up all of the dog waste in your front and/or backyard for a flat fee of $15 to $20.
Late Hour Walks
Any late night walks will usually acquire a $5 increase after about 7 PM.
Any last-minute requests (within a 24-hour window) will usually inquire about a $10 additional charge.
The goal is to find a dog walker that is perfect for your dog while remaining budget-friendly. More often than not, a dog walker will be willing to work with you on pricing, offering savings wherever possible. Which leads to our next point, tips on saving money!
Weekly and Monthly Rates
Dog walkers will be more than happy to give you a weekly rate, and even a monthly rate. Again, if you know you will require these services, opting to go for either of these two options will save you money, and make your furry friend happy. If you need your dog walked during the week, and you know this service will be an added value to your life, it is better to plan accordingly upfront and allow savings to kick in.
The national weekly average for walking your dog once a day is anywhere between $70 to $90. This is a savings of 10% to 30%. The national monthly average for a once a day walk is anywhere between $280 to $360, again a savings of 10% to 30%. If you require more than one walk per day, your best bet is to inquire about a further break or discount.
I Am Just Starting Out
You will almost always certainly find a dog walker who is in the beginning stages of their business. Consequently, they will tend to offer their services at lower rates, than their more experienced counterparts. This is done mainly to build up their customer base and establish a good reputation, as well as acquiring good online reviews.
My Dog Wants to Join Other Dogs
You can find additional discounts if your dog does well around other dogs. If your dog won’t mind sharing a stroll with other dogs, you can expect to receive a discount of $5 to $10 off of a walk.
I Have More Than One Dog
If you think having an additional dog will just completely put you over the edge, not to worry. Most dog walkers will only charge a small additional fee for the second dog, $2 to $4 more. It is also normal for a dog walker to charge 50% of the cost of the second dog.
Pay for More Number of Walks
Think about it not as you are paying for more walks up front, but more of a package deal. You can anywhere between 10% to 30% of savings if you pay for 10 walks upfront.
If the dog walker you have chosen is coming from, let’s say, 10 miles, they will charge an additional cost of $1 to $2 per mile. If you are looking to lower cost, reconsider researching someone closer in your area.
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It is important to understand our furry friend’s needs and understand how they will perform best while in the care of a dog walker. In doing so, we will be able to pinpoint what services we need, and the number of walks to buy at one time, for the maximum discount. Now that we’ve budgeted accordingly, let’s prepare our furry friends for their first walk!