As a pet owner, you want to ensure your furry friend gets enough exercise to stay physically and mentally fit. However, with a busy schedule, it’s not always possible to take your dog out for a walk every day. That’s where a dog walker can help ease your guilt and provide your dog with the daily exercise they need.
When looking for a dog walker in the Lower Mainland, you’ll want to consider several factors, including your budget. You may be wondering how much you should expect to pay for a dog walker, and there are several factors that will influence the cost.
Firstly, you’ll need to decide what type of dog walker you’re looking for. A solopreneur dog walker who works alone and doesn’t have a team of pet care professionals will likely charge less as they have lower overhead costs. Alternatively, some dog walkers only offer private walks, while others lead group walks or off-leash park visits. Dog walkers typically charge less for group walks or off-leash adventures as they are picking up multiple dogs.
If you choose to hire a dog walking company with employees, you can expect to pay a higher fee. They have additional costs, such as training, insurance, scheduling software, continuing education, travel time, WCB, pet first aid, and supplies, to deliver high-quality services. On the other hand, some companies or the tech platform Rover opt to use independent contractors (ICs), resulting in lower prices than a company with employees.
The following are general rate ranges for dog walkers in the Lower Mainland:
1. Private 30 Minute Service (Walk or in-house visit): $20-$40
2. Private 60 Minute Walks: $30-$50
3. Group Walks: $25-$40
Additional factors can add to the base cost of hiring a dog walker in the Lower Mainland
- Additional dogs can increase the cost by $5-$18
- Administering medication may add $2-$6 to the cost
- Transportation can also factor into the cost, with fees ranging from $0-$20 plus additional fees per kilometer, depending on the service area
Some Lower Mainland dog walkers offer discounts for regular customers. While cost is an important factor, ultimately, you should choose a dog walker who you trust and feel comfortable with. Peace of mind is invaluable, and it’s essential to choose a dog walker who will take care of your furry friend like their own.
If you have any questions about hiring a dog walker, don’t hesitate to contact us.