What does a Dog Walker do?

Dog walkers are responsible for taking their client’s dogs on walks on a designated, regular schedule. They ensure the dogs get sufficient exercise and social interaction through walks, trips to the dog park, and other activities. They often also take dogs for routine grooming appointments and veterinary care. They frequently provide pet setting services, as well. Their primary responsibility is to maintain the animal’s safety and well-being, but they also provide companionship and socialization.

Dog walkers commonly have a background in animal care, veterinary support, or dog training. They must be animal lovers who are comfortable around dogs of all types, breeds, and sizes. These roles require the ability to remain calm and focused even under stressful conditions. Knowledge of animal care or veterinary basics is a plus.

Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Dog Walker make?

$36,618 /yr
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Read what Dog Walker professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Doggy Lama Pet Care
Dog Walker
Jun 17, 2022

“I made great friends (other walkers that worked there and also others I met)”

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Apr 6, 2021

“Good coworkers for the most part and let's face it the dogs are the best part.”

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Dog Daycare Attendant
Feb 10, 2022

“They require everyone be able to work all shifts including weekends and overnights and holidays.”

Glamour PawsGlamour Paws
Dog Daycare Attendant
Feb 22, 2023

“I definitely believe it is a great place to work for someone looking for something part time.”

Dog Walker
Aug 1, 2022

“So fun and great helping out dog owners”

Dog Walker
Mar 14, 2023

“Not consistent and not the best way to earn money”

Dog Caretaker
May 14, 2022

“You have to do way more than what the pay is worth because they had barely any workers while I was there.”

Dog Walker
Jan 26, 2022

“I felt genuinely appreciated by the support team and I could tell they enjoyed working for Wag.”

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