How much do dog walkers charge?

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A professional dog walking service is an excellent way for dog owners to give their pets the best care. Having a dog is an ongoing responsibility. When you want or have to be away from your pet, it's comforting to know they can still receive attention and exercise from a professional dog handler. But how much is a dog walker?

The average cost of dog walkers is $20 to $50. Finding an experienced dog walker who interacts well with your pet can be tricky. However, with a bit of research, you can find someone your dog will love. 

Dog walking price list

Area Average cost of dog walking


$25 per walk

Auburn NSW

$50 (5 days/week)


$20 per walk

Wentworth Point

$10 per walk


$15 per walk


$20 per walk

Pelican Waters

$50 (two dogs/two walks per day)

Mount Martha

$20 per walk


$10 per walk (puppy)

Carrum Downs

$15 for 15 minutes


$80 weekly

a man walking a group of dogsThese dog walker rates reflect the different needs of pets and their owners. People with disabilities or special-needs dogs might pay more for frequent visits. Other owners simply want someone on call for days when they're coming home late from work or are out of town. Finding the right dog walker for your pet depends on your needs and your dog's temperament.

Dog walking packages and extra pet care services

Many professional dog walkers offer discounts when you purchase more than one service at a time. If your pet needs regular walks, it's good to consider these offers. These packages can lower the cost of a dog walking service, especially over time. 

Package deals don't necessarily include multiple walks. Some handlers offer dog boarding and other care services in addition to dog walking. These services are ideal if you are going out of town or are away from home for long hours during the day.

Also read: Your Ultimate Guide to Dog Care – Everything you need to know about caring for a dog, from grooming to training.

Factors affecting dog walking rates

Though average dog walking prices are pretty consistent, many things can increase the cost of the service you are looking for. Of course, pet handlers with more experience charge more for their services. However, no two dog walkers are equal, even if they are insured and experienced with your pet's breed. Consider these other factors when calculating dog walking fees:

1. Walk length

On average, a dog walker will charge $15 to $25 for a short, 15- to 30-minute walk. If you have a large, active dog, you might want their walk to last at least 30 minutes. This can increase the price, especially if you're scheduling more than one walk per day.

2. Walk frequency

If you have an active dog or will be away from home for a long time, scheduling more than one walk per day is ideal. Some dog walkers offer discounts for "packaged" services, while others charge more for additional walks. Ask your dog walker what they can provide for two or more walks per day, especially if the walks will be private. 

3. Number of dogs

Many dog walking services pick up and drop off pets in small groups. This allows socialisation and makes it easier for the dog walker to cater to more clients. If you want private walks for your pet, you might have to pay more for the dog walker's time.

4. Your location

Dog walkers often use one or two routes for the job. You might want to check if you're close to their area. Otherwise, you'll have to cover their travel expenses. Find a dog walker near you if you want to stick to your budget.

5. Holiday rates

Dog walking services are in demand during holidays. If you're planning to go out of town and need someone to walk your pet, you must plan well. Most handlers charge more on holidays. The availability of their services might be limited, so if you want to book your favourite dog walker, make sure to notify them promptly.

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Post a task for dog walking

Now that you know how much dog walking services cost, you're ready to post a task and find reliable dog walkers in your area. You'll likely have more than one person competing for the job. Finding someone who will work well with your dog and your schedule isn't hard if you follow a few simple guidelines. 

The first thing to consider is the Tasker's qualifications. Even if your requests aren't complex, find someone experienced with your pet's breed. Moreover, consider your personal needs and your dog's personality. For example, do you need a Tasker to walk your dog at night, and is your dog skittish around strangers? These things should influence your decision-making process, and Airtasker can connect you with the right professionals.

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Generally, Taskers can walk your dog once or twice a day for 10 to 30 minutes, unless your vet recommends a different frequency. If your pet is restless because of pent-up energy, taking them outside for a brisk walk is an excellent idea. Slow, relaxing walks are great as well because they give your dogs a lot of time to explore and enjoy their surroundings.

If your dog isn't exactly fond of the outdoors, Taskers can take them around the block, gradually increasing the speed and length of the walk. However, don't force your pet to exert more effort than what's necessary. Because if your dog has become used to being inactive at home, long walks might stress them too much.

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