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Local Guide: 13 Best Vancouver Dog Walker Options

Spot Dog Walkers

Home Insurance:

Yes ($5 million)

Pet Insurance:

Yes ($30,000)

On/Off-Leash

On-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

Yes

Private Dog Walker?

Private

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.

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!

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Release the hounds

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

No

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

Yes

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

What are the prices for their dog walks?
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For private dog walks, Release the Hounds' pricing roughly starts around $25-$30 per 15 minute dog walk (depending on the time of day), and up to $40-$50 per 60 minute dog walk. It's worthwhile to note that Release the Hounds prefers longstanding, committed pup parent clients, so one-off walks aren't offered; rather, the walks are charged in packages of 10. They've also got interesting group off-leash walk packages, with 1 hour, 2 hour, and full day outdoors rates, ranging between $35 to $75 per session. As far as refunds, as long as the first 5 walks of your package have been used, you can claim a 100% refund - though there's a $75 surcharge if not.

How does Release The Hounds offer GPS tracking for their walks?
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Using their own GPS program called "Doggy Logs", after each dog walk, pup parents receive emails, summarizing their private walks. Similar to Spot, a map of your dog's walking route, the beginning and ending times, as well as photos and notes are fully logged.

Are the dogs transported safely within vehicles to the walk destinations?
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Release the Hounds operates with a fleet of extremely well-maintained vans from Jim Pattison Lease, each of which are equipped with heat, air conditioning, tinted windows, window temperature indicators, as well as doggy seatbelts. All these help ensure that your dog is safe when travelling to the walk destination.

How does Release the Hounds faciliate walker entry?
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Three options are available for dog walker entry by Release the Hounds. The first option is via key lockboxes, which Release the Hounds lends to new users; the second is by leaving a key with your concierge or doorman; and the third is by using a housekey, which they can pickup by arranging a time with you.

Are the charges for late cancellations?
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As long as your walks are cancelled more than 24 hours in advance of the scheduled time, there's no charge for cancelling your walk schedule.

Hot diggity

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private

What hours does Hot Diggity offer dog walking?
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Dog walking is available 7 days per week, between 7am and 10pm.

How does their pricing per dog walk work?
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For single, as-needed dog walks, Hot Diggity charges $15 for 15 minutes, $21 for 30 minutes, $25 for 45 minutes, and $30 for 60 minutes. If you're aiming to create a more active schedule of 3 or more dog walks per work, perhaps while you're at the office, Hot Diggity offers roughly 8% discounts. As a bonus, if you happen to have two or more dogs to be walked, Hot Diggity doesn't charge extra pet fees, unlike other services.

What are Hot Diggity's solo adventures?
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An awesome service which Hot Diggity offers are its "solo adventures", where wilderness-loving pups embark on outdoor hikes with a human friend! For a minimum of 90 minutes, your pup explores local trails on-leash, which typically involves much more mental and physical stimulation to tire out your dog. If you're within their service area, they'll pickup your dog from work or home and drop your pup off at the end of the session. Prices for solo adventures are $55 for a single dog, and $15 for each extra dog.

They offer dog running as well?
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Yes, Hot Diggity is really cool in how they offer quite the plethora of services. Certain breeds simply don't get their rocks off with a simple 30 minute walk, needing an extra energy burner instead. For a 30 to 45 minute dog run, including warm-up and cool-down time, Hot Diggity charges $27 per session.

Are there other services that Hot Diggity offers?
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On top of their dog walks, solo adventures, and dog running, Hot Diggity offers puppy care (including potty training and skills development), pet sitting visits (including overnight & in hotels), as well as pet taxi services. To learn more about what they do, give Hot Diggity a phone call or visit their website.

Noelle's pet love

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

No

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

What's the pricing for Noelle's Pet Love dog walking?
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Their dog walk pricing is extremely straight forward, offering both 30 minute and 60 minute private dog walks, for $30 and $45 respectively; group dog walks are 90 minutes or 120 minutes, priced at $35 and $45 respectively.

Are the dog walks door to door, or is car transportation involved?
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For private, 1-on-1 dog walks, the dog walks are door-to-door, meaning no car transportation is involved for your pup. For group walks, your pup is picked up and dropped off, which is included in the price. Their van is kept professionally well-maintained, has heat and air conditioning, and contains soft blankets for trips to the beach of trails.

What certifications does Noelle have for dog walking?
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Noelle is a Certified Professional Pet Dog Trainer (PPDT), and offers clients training notes, videos, and feedback from dog walks. She's also happy to answer any questions that owners ask about their pup's behavior, drawing upon her background in physiology & nutrition, animal genetics, and as a veterinary technician.

Does they offer puppy playdate services?
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Yes, for 30 minutes, Noelle offers puppy playdate visits at home for $30, and 60 minutes for $40.

How could I book dog walks with Noelle's Pet Love?
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On their website, you can find the in-take form; you'll simply write details about your pup (such as the breed, age, and weight) as well as the services you're seeking. You should receive a rapid reply upon submission.

Paws at play

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

What is the service area of Vancouver that Paws at Play covers?
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Their service area covers the chunk of land stretching from UBC to Mt. Pleasant (from west to east), and Kitsilano to Oakridge (from north to south). The exact neighborhoods are Kerrisdale, Kitsilano, Point Grey, Dunbar, Oakridge, Fairview, Mt. Pleasant, Shaughnessy, South Cambie, Mackenzie Heights, Arbutus Ridge, Quilchena, The Endowment Lands and South Granville.

How does their pricing work?
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For private dog walks, their price is $32.50 for 30 minute walks, though they're not accepting new private dog walking clients. For group walks, the price is $29.50 for 60 minute walks; they offer 90 minute group walks though these are currently fully booked as well. To see their pricing for relief breaks, all day walks, and walks + training, view their services page at: https://pawsatplay.ca/services/

What types of dog services does Paws at Play offer?
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Their services range from dog walking (private, group, walk & train), potty relief visits, in-home dog sitting, and dog taxi services. It's worth noting however that due to popular demand, their private dog walk services are totally booked and they're only accepting other dog walk clients such as group walk clients.

Who is the team at Paws and Play?
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Their dog walking team is an experienced and tight-knit group of 4 individuals who are all bonded and insured & trained in Pet First Aid + CPR.

Do they provide post-walk reports of my dog?
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Yes, at the end of each walking session, Paws at Play provides details of the dog walk, alongside photos of the adventure. To reach out to the team, emails and phone calls are answered within 1 day, and owners are always the first point of contact in case of any scheduling issues or dog behavior issues.

PetBacker

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

Yes

Private Dog Walker?

Private

Who is PetBacker?
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They're an Asia-Pacific Singapore-based pet services company, operating worldwide with amenities such as dog walking, pet sitting, pet boarding, and grooming. Founded in 2016, they've expanded to many new cities worldwide including Vancouver. For pet care clients or folks hoping to earn extra side-money, PetBacker is a large company that's becoming more and more popular.

What are their service prices?
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Similar to Rover, PetBacker is a Craigslist-like marketplace, where you can find local, independent dog walkers, dog sitters, and more. As such, the prices for services such as dog walks depends on whoever's listing you're looking at. Typically, for Vancouver, the rates begin around $19 per dog walk.

How much coverage do they provide with their Premium Insurance plan if my dog is eligible?
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PetBacker offers a maximum of $1,000 USD coverage of pet medical fees in case of accidents, with a $350 USD deductible. It's worthwhile to note that pet deaths are not eligible for coverage.

Does their pet insurance protect all dogs?
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No, their insurance coverage contains caveats including your dog's age, breed. For example, dogs younger than 10 months or older than 10 years aren't covered. Additionally, dogs labelled "dangerous" (listed as Pit Bull Terrier, Basset Griffon Vendeen, Tibetan Mastiff, Mastiff, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bouvier des Flandres, Leonberger, Toy Fox Terrier, South African Boerboel, and American Bulldog are not covered.

Does PetBacker offer human 1-on-1 customer support?
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Yes, PetBacker has an online support ticket process, where you can submit any concerns and they'll reach out to you via email.

West Coast dog walking

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private

Does West Coast Dog Walking offer meet and greets?
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Yes, prior to your first dog walks, short consultations are offered at your home free-of-charge, allowing the chance to ask questions and for your dog to warm-up to the walker.

What are their prices for dog walks?
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Two types of dog walks are offered; 30 minute private dog walks within your neighborhood, costing $30, as well as 60 minute group trail walks in Pacific Spirit Park (both on and off-leash) for $25.

What sort of charitable projects do they undertake?
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As animal lovers through-and-through, the owners of West Coast Dog Walking involve themselves in incredible pet rescue work, finding forever homes for dogs in need.

Can I see more photos and videos from their dog walks as examples?
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Yes, by visiting their Instagram, @westcoastdogwalking, you'll be able to see plenty of media from past walks, imagining how thrilled your pup will be on similar adventures!

How can I book dog walks with them?
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By filling in their in-take form here, https://www.westcoastdogwalking.com/contact.html, you should receive an email reply from West Coast Dog Walking in very short order. Also, you can reach them via phone at +1 (778) 918-2167.

Big Mike's dog walks

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private

What areas of Vancouver does Big Mike's Dog Walks service?
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Service areas include Kitsilano, West Point Grey, and other neighborhoods west of Burrard Street. In case you live slightly outside these areas, it's worth reaching out to see if exceptions can be made for your neighborhood.

Does Big Mike offer meet-and-greets prior to dog walks?
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Yes, complimentary to any dog walk bookings, Big Mike offers meet-and-greets by appointment, so your dog can warm up to him and for the opportunity to ask questions about how it works.

What's the pricing for dog walks?
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There are 3 durations of dog walks offered: 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and 90 minutes, priced at $35, $40, and $45 respectively (inclusive of GST). Each extra dog costs an additional $12 per session. By purchasing packages of 10 or 30 walks, you can save around 10% to 30% on your walks.

What sort of training does Big Mike have?
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With Big Mike, your pup would be in safe hands, as he's certified by the International Academy of Canine Trainers as a professional dog walker, as well as being certified in providing Pet First Aid by Walks N' Wags. He's also licensed, bonded, and insured by Profur, while having a clean driving record with ICBC.

Are other dog services offered?
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In addition to dog walking, Big Mike offers dog sitting (including walks, play time, feeding, basic grooming, and medication administration) starting at $100 per day. For his dog sitting, similar to dog walking, packages are available for savings in case you're interested.

Dog Walkers Vancouver

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

What areas of Vancouver does Dog Walkers Vancouver service?
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If you're located in Downtown Vancouver, Yaletown, Coal Harbour, or the West End, you're perfectly in the wheelhouse of Dog Walkers Vancouver. In case you're just outside those areas, it's worth sending them a message to see if they're okay with stretch their travel radius.

Does Vancouver Dog Walkers focus more on private or group dog walking?
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On their website, it's noted that group dog walks (with a maximum of 6 pups) are more so their focus; however, private walks are also offered if needed.

Where do the walks take place?
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Typically, the dog walks take place at Vancouver's parks & beaches, including Pacific Spirit, Spanish Banks, New Brighton, or the West End. Alternatively, walks can also take place around your neighborhood, particularly for private dog walks. If you permit off-leash dog walks, then a common destination is Nelson Street off-leash park.

How much do the dog walks cost?
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At the moment, there's no price for private dog walks, since Vancouver Dog Walkers is full due to popular demand. For 1-hour long group walks, the fee is $25, plus $15 per extra dog.

Is pet sitting offered by Vancouver Dog Walkers?
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Yes, pet sitting is also offered in case you might be busy on holidays or business. With more than 10 years of experience, Vancouver Dog Walkers is happy to administer medications as needed, check your mail, and water your plants while you're away. Additionally, they'll take your dogs for private or group walks at no additional charge.

The Woofer Walkers

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

Yes

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

What area of the city does Woofer Walkers service?
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Their main service area is in Richmond, though if you're located just outside Richmond, it's probably still worth reaching out to see if they can service your pup's walks.

What area of the city does Woofer Walkers service?
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All walkers with Woofer Walkers are trained in Canine First Aid, helping to ensure your pup is in safe hands. Additionally, all walkers are insured, licensed, and bonded when handling your dog.

What's the pricing for walking services?
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For one hour group walks, the pricing is $32 per session; for packages of 10, you save around 3%, and for packages of 20, you save around 6%. Including pickup, cleanup, and drop-off, the entire session lasts around 3 hours' time.

Do they offer any special promotions?
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Yes, Woofer Walkers offers free first walks, and every 10th walk free-of-charge as well! The cost of pickup and drop-off of your dog is included in the normal pup walk cost.

Are other dog services offered by Woofer Walkers?
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Yes, in addition to dog walking, Woofer Walkers offers potty break sessions, dog boarding, dog taxi services, and dog daycare. You can visit their webpage at http://thewooferwalkers.com/services.htm for more information on rates.

The Woof Pack

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On or Off-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

What's Woof Pack's service area within Vancouver?
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From UBC to Shaughnessy (West to East) and Kitsilano to the northern part of Kerrisdale (North to South), Woof Pack offers pickup and drop-off for your pup's walks.

What days of the week are dog walks offered?
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Private and group dog walks are offered between Monday to Saturday.

What's the pricing for dog walks?
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For private dog walks, 45 minute-long sessions are $30. For group walks, 60 minute-long sessions are $22.50 (in packs of 4-6). For group runs, 60-minute sessions are $25 (in packs of 2-3).

Are meet-and-greets with the walker offered?
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Yes, in fact Woofer Walkers insists on scheduling a free meet-and-greet prior to begining any walk regime. They feel it's a vital step to ensure you pup feels comfortable in gaining a sense of pack mentality.

How can I book dog walks with Woofer Walkers?
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You can reach Woofer Walkers by calling them at (604) 349 - 4996 or emailing them at office@thewoofpack.info. Within short order, you should receive a reply from one of their staff.

Pooped

Home Insurance:

No

Pet Insurance:

Yes

On/Off-Leash

On-Leash

GPS-Tracked:

No

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

Does Pooped Dog Walking offer meet-and-greets prior to walks beginning?
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Yes, in fact before beginning any dog walking, they insist upon free orientations to acclimate your pup to a pack mentality. If your pup passes their evaluation, your pup will be all set to begin dog walking!

How are keys, fobs, and buzzers handled when not in use?
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All home access devices are kept under lock and key when not in use. This goes a long way in ensuring your home's security while you're enjoying their dog walking services as a client.

What's their pricing for dog walking services?
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For private dog walks, the fee is $30 for 30 minute walks, and $35 for 60 minute walks. For group walks (typically in packs of 5-6 compatible dogs), the fee is $20 for 30 minute walks, and $25 for 60 minute walks.

Are the walks door-to-door?
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For private walks, the walks are most likely door-to-door, though that piece of information isn't exactly specified on their website. For group walks, your pup is picked up from your home or office, and driven to relaxing walking paths within the city, tailored to the pups' needs.

Will my dog be on-leash during the duration of the walk?
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Yes, Pooped Dog Walking adheres to a strictly on-leash dog walking policy, helping to ensure safety during each and every dog walk.

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

Private Dog Walker?

Private and Group

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.)

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.

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Dog Walker FAQs

How much does a dog walker cost in Vancouver?
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In Vancouver, the price for dog walkers ranges between $25 to $45 for an hour-long private dog walk, and $20 to $35 for an hour-long group dog walk. If you're looking for shorter dog walks, or even just potty breaks, the cost gets trimmed down accordingly.

As a benchmark, Spot Dog Walkers offers the following prices for private, insured dog walkers:

  • 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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It's a nice quality of life difference, having a dog walker, since you can even book walks while you're away from home. That luxury, which all dog walking companies are used to accomodating, requires however a method of entry into your home, similar to allowing a realtor to giving your home a showing if you're gone. Whether through Spot Dog Walkers, Dog Walkers Vancouver, or West Coast Dog Walking, or other options listed here, there are usually 3 ways 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
Who's the best dog walking choice in Vancouver?
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Choosing the best Vancouver dog walker, you'll want to pull up your sleeves, and dig around for the one who checks all your boxes, such as being available (when you need them), providing adequate pet insurance coverage, and pricing which works for you long-term.

Here's a general list of boxes you might want to check, as you're searching for a Vancouver 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.
Do I have to tip my dog walker?
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It's typically not expected to tip your dog walker, in case you don't want to; from the beginning, you'll be paying your walker 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 dog 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 better use the time you'd spend walking your dog, 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 Vancouver 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!