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The cost of hiring a dog walker

Last updated: 21st Apr 2019

Dog walkers charge an average rate of $25/hr for their services. Depending on the area where the service is being provided and the costs of operating a business there, rates can be as low as $20/hr or as high as $28/hr.

Hear from an expert

Peter from Pet Butler Sydney Dog Walking says in most major metropolitan areas in Sydney or Melbourne, for example, an hour’s worth of exercise for your dog will set you back an average of $25. This will vary between $20/hr and $28/hr depending on the socio-economic profile of the suburb/area being serviced, which reflects the cost of operating a business there.

If you have two dogs, as about twenty percent of households do, you should receive a significant break on the fee for the second dog (50% off on average).

Further discounts are normally available if you book five days per week as many dog walkers offer a further 10% off the total for a regular Mon – Fri booking.

For the fee, your dog should get one hour’s worth of exercise at a local park or beach. The service also includes pick up and drop off — normally in a modern, air-conditioned small panel van or car.

Most professional dog walking services conduct ‘group walks’ where your dog would be placed in a group of four. This is an added benefit, as it encourages socialisation and interaction with other local dogs.

If your dog cannot be placed with other dogs, some dog walking services will offer ‘private walks’. However, these are significantly more expensive, usually ranging from $35/hr to $50/hr. Lastly, it’s a good idea to check that the dog walking business has public liability insurance in place.

Factors that affect the cost of dog walking

Although dog walking is a pretty straightforward service, there are still several factors that can affect the price that you’ll have to pay. These typically include the following:

Number of dogs

If you have two dogs, professional dog walkers will naturally charge you more. However, you can expect a significant discount on the fee if you have another dog. Dog walkers offer as much as 50% off for walking the second dog.

Regularity of service

Professional dog walking businesses are willing to provide more discounts if you book them on a regular basis. If you avail of their services five days a week (Monday – Friday), they can take 10% off on the total price.

Additional services involved

Most dog walking businesses do group walks, where your dog would be walked together with other dogs. This is typically done in groups of four. However, if your dog cannot be placed with other dogs, companies will offer private walks for your dog. This type of service is considerably more expensive and can sometimes cost double the rate of regular dog walking services.

Number of walks in a day

For most dogs, one professional walk per day should be enough. However, if you have a young dog that’s an active and working breed like a Kelpie or Border Collie, two walks a day is more ideal. This service consists of one walk in the morning and one in the evening.

The benefits of professional dog walking

Professional dog walking is an excellent service especially if you don’t have enough time to spare. Needless to say, it has numerous benefits not only for your dog but for you as well. These benefits can include:

1. Physical and mental stimulation

Like humans, dogs also need physical exercise. Walking encourages dogs to be active, and it also keeps them alert. Similar to its effect on humans, exercise also helps prevent obesity and heart disease on dogs. Apart from that, it is also beneficial for a dog’s mental stimulation and alertness. It helps them develop their acute senses, which is something that domestication cannot satisfy.

2. Socialisation

Professional dog walkers encourage socialisation among dogs by doing group walks. This allows them to make friends with other dogs and teaches them healthy social behaviours. Dogs are social animals, and group walks remedy the loneliness that dogs feel when they’re by themselves waiting for their owners to come home.

3. Convenience

Between working at the office and doing chores at home, you can’t even have a moment to yourself sometimes, let alone a moment to walk your dog. The good thing about professional dog walkers is they can do this specific task for you. You get to relax while at the same time your dog gets his much needed exercise.

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