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Why book a local dog walker through Airtasker?

Looking for a reliable dog walker? We all know exercise is essential for our furry friends, but with busy days and long hours at work, it’s often hard to meet our dog’s needs. Your dog walker will take your pet out for a walk and a play, then return them safely home, topping up their food and water. That way, you can relax, knowing your dog is healthy, happy, and cared for.

Whether your dog needs daily runs at the park or a gentle stroll around the block, Airtasker has professional dog walkers near you who can help. Just post your task and we’ll match you with the best local dog walkers who will give your pet the exercise and attention they need.

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Top Dog Walkers related questions

What happens if no one walks my dog?

Like humans, dogs can get bored while cooped up at home. And boredom leads to pent-up energy and bad behaviour. For example, a dog may start chewing the furniture or digging in your garden. Regardless of your dog’s size or breed, your dog needs regular walks or physical activity. If you can’t take your dog for a walk, you can hire a dog walker via Airtasker. Our platform offers affordable rates and flexible dog walking services.

Do dog walkers need qualifications?

Dog walkers do not need formal education requirements to become a professional dog walker. But dog walkers can do obedience training, Pet First Aid training, or puppy preschool to refine their animal care skills. Regardless, dog walkers should be able to handle emergencies and different animal behaviours. Before hiring a dog walker, ask about their previous experience. Have they walked dog breeds similar to your dog? Asking questions will ensure you hire the best candidate for the job.

How often should my dog go for a walk?

Experts encourage walking your dog every day. But this is not an absolute rule. The key is to modify your dog’s routine based on what works for you and your dog. Overly energetic dogs might need more regular walks at longer durations. In general, your dog should go for a walk at least a few times a week. Find affordable dog walker rates on Airtasker so your dog can get the regular exercise he or she needs.

What is a good distance to walk a dog?

Around two to five kilometres is a reasonable distance to walk a dog. But some dogs enjoy walking for up to 16 kilometres or more. Meanwhile, puppies should only cover shorter distances. Is a 20 minute walk enough for a dog? For some dogs, yes! Let your dog set the pace. In time, you’ll find a good routine. Bottom line: each dog has different needs. You can consult your veterinarian to figure out the best exercise routine for your fur baby.

What does dog walking include?

Whether you need regular, casual, or group dog walking, you can find a dog walker who will love exercising your dog. Each dog walker will have their own unique approach, but here are some common dog walking inclusions:

Regular dog walking

A regular dog walker will come as often as you need to supplement your dog’s walking needs when you’re unavailable to walk them yourself. Most dogs need walking for 30-60 minutes once or twice a day, while some will benefit from a walk just a couple of times a week. Before you book in, your dog walker will ask questions to determine the best schedule for your dog’s needs and suggest suitable times and days they’re available to exercise your dog. When they arrive for a session, they’ll bring along dog waste bags, treats, and put your dog on a leash. During the walk they’ll keep a lookout for unusual behaviour and alert you and/or the vet if needed. They’ll also pick up after your dog. Finally, your dog walker will return your dog back home with fresh food and water at the end of the walk.

Casual dog walking

A casual dog walker will help with occasional dog walking when life gets a little too busy, or you have other commitments on. Your dog walker will arrive at your home, walk and play with your dog, pick up after them, and look after his/her health and wellbeing. Once the session is over, they’ll return your dog home to rest and relax. Your casual dog walking will normally include 30-60 minutes of time with your dog while they walk and play.

Group dog walking

If your dog is well-socialised, your dog walker may offer group dog walking. This can often be more affordable, since your dog walker is providing services to multiple clients at once. Or maybe you have more than one dog that needs exercising, or your dog walker likes to bring their own pets along for the walk, too. Either way, group dog walking will give your dog the chance to socialise while out on their walk. Your dog walker will have special dog harnesses for walking, and ensure they choose dogs who are compatible with one another for a safe and enjoyable stroll.

Feeding your dog

Most dog walkers will offer your dog food and water at your home, once the exercise is over. To make sure they provide your dog with suitable care, they’ll ask questions about your dog’s regular meal schedule, whether they take treats, any health concerns or medications, and any dietary restrictions.

Pet sitting

Many dog walkers also offer dog sitting for long-term pet care when you’re travelling or need a companion for your dog while you’re at work. Pet sitting usually takes place in the comfort of your own home, although your pet sitter may also offer their own home. While pet sitting in your own home offers your dog a more familiar environment, at least your dog will feel comfortable with your regular dog sitter taking care of them.