When you live a busy life and need some help with Pet care, it can become expensive - and a lot of hassle. We aim to help with that at Tailster, matching pet owners with great carers, as well as providing a platform to discuss requirements and pricing before making a commitment.
People often ask us how much it will cost to have their dog walked and - as a very basic guideline - pet carers on the site charge around £8-15 per hour for dog walking. This basic cost will depend on a carer's experience and location. It’s important to remember there is no set price for dog walking and there are many things which need to be taken into account.
There are five main things to consider:
- The number of animals. If you have two dogs who need walking, that will usually bring up the price. Likewise, if you have two dogs, but you want them to be walked separately, that will make it more expensive. Some pet carers will offer a discount for pets from the same household, but that isn’t a guarantee. Lots of walkers also carry out group walks - and if you’re happy for your dog to be walked with others, that can make a things a bit cheaper.
- Location. If you are based somewhere rural, or somewhere with poor transport links, that may bring the price up due to your walker’s travel time and often, petrol costs.
- Duration. You can create a listing for 30, 60 or 90 minutes on Tailster - most requests we see require a 60 minute walk. The average price for an hours walk is £10, so you can expect to pay a bit less than that for a 30 minute walk, and slightly more for 90 minutes.
- Amount of walks. If you need a daily walk Monday-Friday every week, that will naturally cost more than if you just need a couple of walks, or the odd day here and there. There can be a plus side to having more walks though - some pet carers will give a discount for more walks, or for a recurring weekly booking.
- Age and breed. Some pets require more care than others, which often depends on their age, breed and whether they have any health conditions. For example, puppies or large dogs requiring more exercise can bring the cost up.
Some example prices
Below are some real dog walking quotes provided by Tailster walkers recently, which should offer some perspective on price ranges. Each price is from a different walker and is per week.
- 60 minute walk x 4, for a 6 month old Dalmatian. Quotes: £35, £36 and £40
- 90 minute walk x 5, for a Cocker Spaniel pup. Quotes: £75, £65, £85 and £100
- 30 minute walk x 2, for a 4 year old Retriever. Quotes: £12, £10 and £20
- 60 minute walk x 1, for a German pointer puppy. Quotes: £12, £14
This guide will hopefully help give you a rough idea of what you can expect in terms of cost, but the best way to get an accurate quote is without a doubt to create a listing on Tailster.
If you're past speculating and need a dog walker soon, you can fill out the request form below, it’s free and it only takes 30 seconds - let's see who we can find for you.