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Local Guide: 11 Best Calgary Dog Walker Options

Spot Dog Walkers

Home Insurance:

Yes ($5 million)

Pet Insurance:

Yes ($30,000)

On/Off-Leash

On-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

Yes

Guaranteed On-Time:

Yes

Private Dog Walker?

Private

Who is Spot Dog Walkers?
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Spot is Canada’s only true on-demand dog walking app, with guaranteed walker arrival in under 90-minutes or your walk is FREE! To ensure every dog gets the one-on-one attention they deserve, Spot walks are all private, on-leash, door-to-door, and GPS tracked, which means no groups, no off-leash parks, and no time spent in vehicles, period!

Can I meet-and-greet my Spot Dog Walker beforehand?
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Spot Dog Walker offers free meet-and-greets if you book a recurring walks. For more information on that, recurring walks are dog walks which occur at the same time, same weekday, with the same walker for each week, on an ongoing basis. For example:

M, W, F between 11:00-2:00 with Nicole, or M-F between 2:00-5:00 with Traci. Also, after each recurring walk you receive 10% of the full walk price back in cash credit to be used on future purchases, $2 for every 30-min walk.

Who would my dog walker be, and how are Spot Dog Walkers screened?
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Spot's dog walkers are local animal lovers looking to work with their favorite four-legged friends. With the Spot Dog Walker app, you'll enter your desired dog walk time, and instantly see a list of nearby walkers who are available. Your Spot Dog Walker is likely to be a retiree or individual actively pursuing a career in animal welfare.

Prior to being approved, all Spot Dog Walkers are interviewed, background & reference checked, and insured.

Is it possible for my Spot Dog Walker to arrive at a specific time?
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If you're looking to book an ASAP dog walk, Spot Dog Walker guarantees a walker will arrive to meet your pup within 90-minutes, otherwise your dog walk is free!

On the other hand, if you're scheduling dog walks for later, you can set a desired timeframe (no less than 1-hour) within which your dog walker will arrive.

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PawShake

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

No

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Guaranteed On-Time:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

What extra service does Pawshake offer that can benefit my pet?
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Pawshake offers doggy daycare, pet sitting services, and dog boarding.

Do I get to meet the walkers?
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Pawshake has designed its app to allow pet owners to meet and read basic information about their chosen walker. They also provide reviews of past clients and how the walker performed.

How long has Pawshake been in business?
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Pawshake has been in the business of offering pets quality dog walking services since 2013.

Is Pawshake safe for my pet baby?
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Pawshake is safe for your parents and your belongings.

Are the prices the same for all pet care services?
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Depending on your choice of walkers, Pawshake dog walking prices differ as some charge than usual, while others charge lower.

Bow Wow Meow

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Guaranteed On-Time:

Yes

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

What areas does she offer walks for?
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Maisie offers dog walking services to an area in Bridgeland, however, she now accepts walks from Renfrew, Crescent Heights, Mount Pleasant, East Village, and Hillhurst.

Do they allow for a meet and greet?
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Maisie allows for a complimentary meet and greets beforehand.

Are they insured and bonded?
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They are insured and bonded with Maisie as the sole owner of the business.

For the safety of my pup, how many dogs do they take out for a group walk?
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Maisie takes only 4 dogs for a group walk to ensure every dog gets comfortable and enjoys along the way.

Are certain dogs required to be walked 1-on-1?
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Puppies and excitable dogs (or dogs with impulsive behaviour) are walked 1-on-1, rather than in groups for proper attention.

YYC Dog Walkers

Home Insurance:

Yes

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Guaranteed On-Time:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

Who is Calgary Dog Walkers?
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Also going by the name "Calgary Dog Walkers", YYC Dog Walkers is a fantastic local dog walking option, for anyone hoping to keep their dogs active during all seasons. Different from Spot Dog Walkers, YYC Dog Walkers mainly offers group dog walks, however private dog walks are also provided.

Can I get a free meet-and-greet from Calgary Dog Walkers?
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Yes, before your first dog walk, YYC Dog Walkers offers one free meet-and-greet for 15 minutes! That way your pup and your dog walker will click from the get-go.

What neighborhoods does Calgary Dog Walkers service?
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According to their website, Calgary Dog Walkers primarily services neighborhoods in and around Central & Southwest Calgary.

These include the neighborhoods of: Killarney, Bankview, Mount Royal, Altadore, Rideau Park, Roxboro, Mission, Downtown Calgary, Inglewood, Renfrew, Bridgeland, Wildwood, Crescent Heights, Tuxedo, Rosedale, Hillhurst, Sunnyside, Scarboro, Sunalta.

How does my Calgary Dog Walker enter your home?
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For dog walker entry, Calgary Dog Walkers will simply need a key to your home, condo, or apartment. All keys are stored securely when not being used.

In the mood of the pandemic, YYC Dog Walker customers are often at home when their dog walker arrives, in essence providing "curbside pick-up" of their dog!

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Black Collars Society

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Guaranteed On-Time:

Yes

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

How long are their walk lengths?
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They have a walking length range of 25 minutes to 1 hour; this can be altered depending on your choice.

Is Black Collar insured and bonded?
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They are insured and bonded, hence you do not have to worry about your pet’s safety or risk of damages to your belongings.

How does their dog walking session occur?
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Black Collar society offers both group dog walking, private mid-day visits, a private dog walking secession.

What is their pricing?
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It costs $28 for a one-hour group walk; other benefits like administering your pet’s drug within the time frame, and tidying their paws when they get dirty.

30 minutes private walk costs $30 while 45 minutes private walk costs $45, with the same added benefits.


Is Black Collar society safe for my pet?
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With over 60 reviews on Facebook, Black Society collar has achieved 4.6 stars, making it the perfect choice for any dog walker. Your parents are in safe hands once they are dropped or picked by the staff.

Good Dog Walker

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

No

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Guaranteed On-Time:

Yes

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

What neighborhood is Good Dog Walker available for dog walking?
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Good Dog Walker is available in areas like Mount Pleasant, Rosemont, Capital Hill, Rosedale, Tuxedo, Bridgeland, and surrounding areas.

What qualifications does Good Dog Walker possess?
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Good Dog Walker has years of experience in dig handling and she was also certified in 2018 in canine fire aid.

What range of services does Good Dog Walker offer?
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Good Dog Walker offers private dog walks for people who want individual attention for their dogs. 2 hour Pack or group walks with playtime and swimming in summer. Good Dog Walker also offers 20 minutes puppy visits or breaks.

Is a good dog walker bonded or insured?
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Good Dog Walker is not insured or bonded as at available information.

Is boarding and pet sitting included as a service?
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Yes, animal care and house care services are offered in addition to dog walking.

Bowdog Canine Specialist

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Guaranteed On-Time:

Yes

Private Dog Walker?

Group

What makes them unique from the rest of the dog walking companies?
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They have unique programs that have been planned out carefully to provide your pets with the highest form of comfort, love, affection, socialization, and mental stimulation.

When are they open for walks?
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They are open on Monday to Friday from 6 am to 7 pm and on weekends from 10 am to 4 pm.

Do they clean up after the dogs?
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They pick up after the dogs and also used biodegradable and eco-friendly bags while doing it.

What are the online reviews like?
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They have an outstanding record of online reviews from various platforms like Yelp, Facebook, and Google.

Since when have they been in business?
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They have been in business as early as 2005 and have continuously offered outstanding services to date.

Whippet a Dog Walking Company

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

No

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Guaranteed On-Time:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private

Do they do holiday walks?
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Whippet allows for holiday dog walking, however, they charge an extra $15 to what your choice is.

Is my dog safe with them?
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They assure dog owners of their pet's safety.

Will my satisfaction be guaranteed?
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They are always prepared for any of your dog's needs to guarantee their satisfaction and yours. They strive to provide ultimate happiness for your dog.

Is the dog walker reliable?
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You can rely on the whippet dog walking company as they have reliable dog walkers available to take your dog on a walk.

Are they insured and bonded?
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There is no present information that shows Whippet dig walking is insured and bonded.

Ramble On Dog Walking

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

Yes

Guaranteed On-Time:

Yes

Private Dog Walker?

Private

What do the reviews say about them?
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They have amazing reviews from many pet parents in Calgary. Their Facebook pages, Yelp review site, and Google reviews all speak highly of their services.

What services do they offer?
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They offer a one-hour off-leash group walk, extra leash walks, and senior dog breaks and visits.

What requirement must your dog observe before being picked?
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They request your dog to have no history of aggression towards any human or dog in recent times. Your dog must also be up to date in its vaccination and must not be sick within the last two weeks.

What is unique about them?
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They provide a GPS map of every pup's walk to show how many hours your pup was out and how many meters he explored.

Calgary Dog walk

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Guaranteed On-Time:

Yes

Private Dog Walker?

Group

What are their service fees?
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They charge $24 for one group dog walk outing (a group consists of a minimum of 6 digs and a maximum of 8 dogs). They also get one hour off the leash, accurate reports of your dog's behavior, socialization, and lots of belly rubs.

What is the mission of Calgary dog walk?
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Calgary's dog mission is to provide outstanding care, safety, and service to your beloved pet in a loving environment. They understand how important your dogs are to you as they are part of your family. And as a client, your pet is part of their family too.

How do I get my dog to and from them?
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You can give your chosen walker the keys or code to your home to pick up your dog. If you feel security conscious, you can just leave your dog in your backyard and they get picked when the time arrives.

What is the cancellation policy if I’m no longer interested?
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As long as there is a 24 hours notice ahead of your cancellation, it takes up no charges and your money is returned immediately.

Are they insured or bonded Incase if accidents?
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Calgary dog walk is fully bonded and insured with two insurance companies for your dog’s safety, their worker's safety, and the safety of your other belongings.

Rover

Home Insurance:

Yes

Pet Insurance:

Yes ($25,000 with $250 deductible. Coverage only provided within 30 days of incident.)

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

Yes

Guaranteed On-Time:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

Can I find dog walkers on Rover?
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While Rover has become famous as a giant tech company, which provides dog sitters around the world, they've also expanded to provide dog walkers as well! However, unlike Spot Dog Walker and YYC Dog Walker, Rover is more like Kijiji, where you get connected with a list of dog walkers, and you have the responsibility make arrangements with your dog walker; in that way, Rover is different, since they simply provide a list of options, and are generally hands-off during the dog walking process.

How can I choose the right dog walker with Rover?
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With Rover, the most prevalent option for choosing a dog walker is by first doing a search of dog walkers within your city (using the Rover app), choosing 2-3 dog walkers with nice reviews, scheduling meet-and-greets with each of them, "test-driving" each walker, and choosing the walker which your pup and you like the most!

Can my Rover dog walker enter my home?
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Upon your first booking, you'll be asked to provide home entry instructions for your Rover dog walker. Options for entry include: physical key, electronic door code (if your front door has one), or a lockbox.

Additionally, if you happen to reside in an apartment or condo building, you might need to also provide a fob or buzzer number for access while you're not at home. Know that, similar to Spot Dog Walkers, Rover provides home insurance for more peace of mind.

Who and what is Rover?
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Founded in 2011, Rover is an American company worth about $300 million, which provides an online marketplace for pet owners to buy and sell pet care services, including pet sitting, dog boarding, and now dog walking as well.

In recent times, Rover's hands-off approach was revealed when, after a woman's dog (in the care of a Rover pet sitter) escaped the sitter's yard and was killed by a car, stated they're simply an advertising company for independent pet services contractors. (Read more.)

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Dog Walker FAQs

How much does a dog walker cost in Calgary?
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Usually, the price of a Calgary dog walker hovers around $25 to $35 for a private dog walk or $15 to $25 for a group dog walk (for 60 minute walks). For 45 minute, 30 minute, or 15 minute dog walk, the cost is trimmed down accordingly.

For reference, Spot Dog Walkers offers the following pricing for a private, insured dog walker:

  • 15 minute dog walk: $12.80 - $16.00
  • 30 minute dog walk: $16.80 - $20.00
  • 45 minute dog walk: $20.00 - $25.00
  • 60 minute dog walk: $22.40 - $28.00
How do pup walkers enter my home?
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One benefit of a dog walker is how you can request dog walks when you're not at home. Though, that requires a method of walker entry into your home. Whether through Spot Dog Walker, Rover, YYC Dog Walker, or other Calgary dog walkers, there are typically 3 methods of walker entry: 

  1. House-key: your housekey is shared with your dog walker (not preferred)
  2. Lockbox: using a key lockbox, your dog walker can enter your home, without having to constantly carry around your key
  3. Electronic door-code: with an electronic keypad, your walker can safely enter your home

You may feel uneasy about allowing your walker entry into your home. If so, you aren't the first one to have that discomfort. It takes a leap of faith to hire a dog walker, but know that – for instance with Spot Dog Walker – you can meet-and-greet your dog walker and you're covered with $5 million of home insurance and $30,000 of pet insurance.

Who's the best Calgary pup walker?
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The best Calgary dog walker is the one who checks all your boxes, such as fitting your schedule (when you need them), providing detailed feedback on how the dog walks go, and offering sustainable pricing.

Here's a general list of boxes you might want to check, as you're searching for a Calgary dog walker:

  • Customer Service: how often they're available for communication & planning, refund & cancellation policies, overall friendliness & concern for your dog
  • Pricing & Services: do they offer dog walk durations which fit your dog's needs at reasonable prices?
  • Home Insurance: if your dog walker will enter your home when you're not around, they should offer home insurance
  • Pet Insurance: most professional dog walker services should also provide pet insurance
  • Other Safety: are the walks on-leash or private? Will the dog walker transport your dog in a car, or are the walks "door-to-door"?
  • Availability: will they be around to walk your dog when you need them? (ie. on Mondays and Thursdays when you have to take your kids to piano lessons and dance class)
  • Punctuality: are they as on-time as you need them to be? That way you don't have to change your plans in case they're late.

Should I tip my walker?
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You don't need to tip your dog walker, if you don't want to; you'll be paying them the rate which you've agreed upon, and that's usually enough for a dog walker.

That being said, on Rover, similar to Skip the Dishes, Lyft, or Instacart, you'll receive a prompt to tip your dog walker. Though, with other options such as YYC Dog Walker or Spot Dog Walker, you won't find that prompt which asks you to tip your dog walker.

Should I hire a walker?
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Whether you should hire a dog walker is highly personal.

If you're the kind of person who secretly enjoys being motivated by your dog to go outside and be active, then you might not need to hire a dog walker. Also, regarding other factors, if your dog's bill of health is clean, you're often at home to walk your dog, or the cost of walks outweighs your potential time savings from hiring a walker, then you can probably hit the "snooze" button when it comes to buying dog walks.

However, if your dog is often home alone for long stretches of time, if you could tactfully re-allocate the time you'd save by hiring a walker, your dog is more active and could use more energy-sapping walks, or if you're just plain busy with life, then hiring a dog walker is something probably worth exploring.

After reviewing all your available Calgary dog walker options, know that Spot Dog Walker offers 50% off your first GPS-tracked dog walk, and is Canada's only on-demand dog walker service; arrival times are guaranteed within 90 minutes for ASAP walks, and if your walker is ever 1 minute late then your walk is 100% free!