What Is The Average Cost Of A Dog Walker In Columbus, Ohio?

We all know that a dog’s single most favorite activity is going on a walk. Seeing them get so overjoyed when their parent pops the question is just priceless. As you know, life gets pretty busy for us all; but dogs still want (and fully deserve) to be enjoying their biggest life pleasure- walkies!

This is when it’s time to consider hiring a dog walker, to help you navigate your busy life and still have your pup’s needs met. Some are concerned, though, with the potential cost of adding on a dog walker.

What is the average cost of a dog walker in Columbus, Ohio? 

It tends to be about $20 per walk; but dog walkers come from many different experiences, backgrounds, and overall knowledge. There are significant factors to consider before you decide to take the plunge and hire someone to come care for your fur baby. After all, it’s important that you feel you’re making an informed decision in this regard first.

– Professional vs. Hobbyist

When looking at how much a dog walker costs, one aspect to consider is whether or not the person is a professional or a hobbyist dog walker. People in the former category walk dogs as their day-to-day job; while people in the latter one might walk dogs occasionally for some extra money.

With that said, however, there are some valid reasons why a professional dog walker might be the better choice for your beloved pets.

– Extended Availability

If you require dog walking at off-hours, or if you need someone who can walk your dog regularly, having a professional dog walker probably makes the most sense for you. At Hands N Paws, for example, their dog walkers are available in the field from 7AM to 7PM every day of the week. Most other professional walkers have wide-open hours as well. Since dog walking is their livelihood, they tend to be open more hours than hobbyist walkers, who may have a regular 9-5 job in addition to having a side job with dog walking. 

Professional dog walkers also work as a team; whereas hobbyist dog walkers usually just have themselves to rely on in making sure every client is taken care of. Additionally, if your professional dog walker were to run into an emergency, get sick, and/or not be able to come walk your dog, the company would just send over a back-up walker to get the job done. A hobbyist dog walker does not often have this advantage of a back-up walker in place, because again, they are usually just a one-man show.

– Utilizes Software

Professional dog walkers usually have a company app they utilize for different purposes. At Hands N Paws, for example, their app stores all client information, does invoicing and billing, and much more. By working with a company that has a software, it’s guaranteed that no information gets lost and everything stays organized. Many dog walking apps also have GPS-tracking features that allow clients to see exactly where walkers take their dogs on walks during appointments. Talk about luxury and convenience!  

– Regular Updates

Since professional dog walkers have clients regularly, they tend to develop excellent customer service skills. Professionals at Hands N Paws are required to take 3-5 photos (with their faces included in them) and provide status updates every time they come to provide a service. This lets owners feel at ease and connected with their pets while they’re away from them. Overall, professional companies train their walkers on how often they need to be in touch with clients. There are rules in place that they must follow at all times!

– Experience

Given that professionals deal with many different dog breeds, they are able to cater to various behaviors and expectations while on dog walks. For example, a Border Collie is well-known for having high energy levels. On the other hand, a Great Dane may need to walk a little slower outdoors. Older dogs tend to be less active than younger ones too; so the walker needs to tailor the experience for each dog to ensure that each one is adequately stimulated and entertained.

Professional dog walkers have experience with all types of dogs and even if they don’t come from a diverse dog background, they are trained to be familiar with any breed to ensure each breed is content.

Professional walkers also know how to handle potential emergencies that might arise on walks. Dogs can sometimes, unfortunately, get into fights or have medical emergencies when they’re outside. Dog walkers who have broad experience and/or training in this domain will know what to do if something unexpected should arise.

The on-the-job experience that comes from this will ultimately result in a better walk for your dog and more peace of mind for you, the owner.

Other Factors That Can Change Cost

Whether or not a dog walker is a professional or a hobbyist will naturally adjust the price. Professional walkers do tend to cost a little more, but there are often very worthy additional benefits to the slightly extra expense.

However, when looking at the average cost of a dog walker in Columbus, Ohio, there are even more things for you to consider.

– Multiple Dogs

If you have multiple dogs in the same house needing walked, then this can often affect cost too. Dog walkers typically charge extra to walk more than one dog since it usually requires more time, effort, and attention. It also can require more skill on the part of the dog walker to make it enjoyable and pleasant for all dogs involved.

Walking multiple dogs usually doesn’t increase the cost significantly, but there’s a limit to how many dogs a dog walker can handle safely at any given time. Therefore, if you have numerous dogs, it may mean that the walker has to have multiple walks to give each one the proper time outdoors!

– Time For The Walk

The longer the walk, the more money it will cost. Dogs typically need at least 15-30 minutes of activity each day, and many dogs need to be outdoors multiple times per day to have sufficient exercise. Puppies, for example, often want many short bursts of activity to release all their energy.

The amount of time taken per walk will have a significant impact on the overall cost. You can experiment with different walking lengths to find one that works for you and your dog!

– Extras

Some dog walkers offer extras like feeding, water refreshes, playtime with toys, medicine administration, and more. If you request some of these extras, then it may cost additional money. Of course, the cost of these extras will depend on the company and/or walker.

You Control Some Of The Cost For A Dog Walker In Columbus

Taking proper care of your perfect ‘lil pup isn’t always cheap. Those vet visits, food, pet insurance, flat lead leashes, harnesses, and all those unexpected extra expenses add up! It’s imPAWtent to know what you should be paying for a quality dog walker, so you don’t overpay for a service that doesn’t meet your needs.

While the cost of walking a dog in Columbus, Ohio tends to be around $20 to start, you can control much of that cost. If you want a longer walk (an hour, for example), it might rise to around $30. If you have multiple dogs that need to be walked independently, that could also cost more than if the dogs are walked all together.

As you know, dog walkers are largely popular nowadays; but if you can find the time to carve out of your schedule to administer your dog’s favorite activity for yourself, try these tips to make things easy on you. 

Then, once you’re ready to take the plunge and hire a dog walker, you can feel equipped to make the right decision with the information provided.

Benny DiFranco

Benny DiFranco

Hi! Thanks for reading this blog. I am the owner and founder of Columbus, Ohio's very own Hands N Paws. I started this business in 2018 with the purpose of giving more pet parents peace of mind. Looking forward to seeing you on the blog next time!

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It is important to inform Hands N Paws of any specific emergency instructions or medical conditions related to Client’s pets. This will help ensure the safety and well-being of pets during emergencies.

In case any of Client’s pets need emergency veterinary treatment, Team Member will contact the designated vet on file and/or a local emergency vet. Team Member will also communicate with Client and/or emergency contacts regarding the situation.

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Pet Vaccination, Licensing & Identification Policy

To comply with local laws and ordinances, it is required that all pets have the appropriate vaccinations and licenses before Company begins services. For further information on these requirements, please visit the Ohio State Bar Association’s website at https://www.ohiobar.org/public-resources. Client should also check with his/her veterinarian to determine which vaccinations/shots the pet requires. 

For safety reasons, we encourage all dogs and cats to wear an ID tag or collar that includes name and contact number while Team Member is working with them.

 

Secure Access & Lockbox Policy

To ensure access to Client’s home during scheduled services, Hands N Paws requires that Client purchases a lockbox and places a spare house key(s) inside of it for Team Member to use. Client can purchase the lockbox on Hands N Paws’ website by clicking Buy Your Lockbox. Once it arrives, the lockbox should be programmed with a unique four-digit code. The lockbox should then be placed on the main door handle or in another secure location, and the lockbox code and location information must be entered in the Client’s account on Precise Petcare.

Alternatively, Client may elect to provide a code for entry via a garage door or electronic keypad and if so, must enter all necessary codes in Precise Petcare. Client is strongly encouraged to purchase a lockbox, however, to ensure that Team Member can access pets at all times during scheduled services, especially in situations where the power goes out or batteries die and Team Member need alternative access to the home.

 

Client Communication & Privacy Policy

All Team Members have access to Clients phone number, but are instructed to only use them when necessary or for urgent purposes during services with pets. Hands N Paws prioritizes the privacy and confidentiality of phone numbers as personal information.

All correspondence between Client and Team Member should be centered around Client’s pets and the services provided. If Client has inquiries regarding scheduling, cancellations, app-related matters, or any company-related concerns, these are to be directed to the Company via the office number: (614) 636-6644. The Company’s client support team is available during office hours, Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm. We are closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal Holidays. The Company will make contact with Client outside of office hours should there be any urgent need for communication.

 

Pet Information Accuracy & Accessibility Policy

In order to provide the best possible service to pets, it is crucial that Client provides Team Member with detailed and up-to-date information regarding their pets. This information should be accurate, complete, and accessible through the Client’s account in Precise Petcare. Team Members can only work on the basis of the information that is available to them through the Client’s account in Precise Petcare. Likewise, Client acknowledges that the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the information they provide directly impacts the quality of the services delivered. Client, therefore, takes full responsibility for any consequences that arise from inaccurate, incomplete, or outdated account information.

 

Flexible Service Arrival Time Policy

Arrival times for services occur within a two-hour period. Team Members are unable to guarantee exact arrival times due to various factors that may affect scheduling and travel times. To accommodate these considerations, we use time blocks rather than specific times. Client will see this in the dropdown menu when Client selects Arrival Time in the request service form within their Client account.

While Team Members understands that Client may have preferences regarding arrival times, it is essential to acknowledge that Team Members cannot guarantee meeting those specific requests. Flexibility is needed in order for Team Members to accommodate for needs of other Clients on schedule.

 

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Service Surcharge Policy

The following service surcharges may apply under certain conditions:

Last Minute Service: A fee of $15 per service will be charged for bookings made with less than 24 hours’ notice.

Holiday Service: A fee of $20 per service will be applied for services provided on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.

Additional Pets: Base pricing for services includes up to 2 pets. For each additional pet beyond the initial two, an additional fee of $7 per pet will be added.

Out-of-Service Area: If Client location falls outside our designated service area, a fee of $10 per service will be charged. To check if a particular area is within our service range, please visit the respective service page on our website and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Please note that these surcharges are separate from the base pricing for our services. To learn more about service rates, please visit our website at www.myhandsnpaws.com.

Service Request Approval & Availability Policy

Hands N Paws strives to accommodate as many service requests as possible. However, the approval of service requests is subject to the availability of Team Members. Upon submitting a service request, Client will receive a confirmation or declination email/notification indicating whether Hands N Paws can fulfill the requested work. Sometimes, this may take up to 48 hours.

If a service request is declined, we encourage Client to explore alternative options or contact our dedicated client support team for further assistance. Company is here to help and find the best solution for all pet care needs.

 

Meet N Greet Policy

To ensure a personalized experience for new Clients, Hands N Paws requires virtual Meet N Greets before getting started with pet services. These meetings allow us to connect with Clients and discuss their pet care needs.

All Meet N Greets come at a $25 cost and are about 20-30 minutes in length. For new clients who have their Meet N Greet and then book services with us right afterwards, that $25 will be credited towards their first invoice. For existing clients who have already had their initial Meet N Greet, the event is a flat rate of $25.

Meet N Greets can be scheduled on our website at www.myhandsnpaws.com.

 

Payment & Billing Policy

Payment Method: All services with Hands N Paws are to be paid for using a credit or debit card. All major cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Amex, and Discover are acceptable. Client can securely add and store card information within their Client account. Adding and keeping a valid credit card on file is a requirement for requesting any services with Hands N Paws.

Ongoing Services: For services scheduled as ongoing, Client will be automatically charged every Friday for the previous 7 days’ worth of completed, canceled, and in-progress services.

Non-Ongoing Services: For services not scheduled as ongoing, a 50% down-payment will be charged on the day the services are accepted and confirmed. An invoice will be sent immediately. Client has until the date of the last confirmed service to manually pay the remaining balance on the invoice. If manual payment is not made, the remaining total will be automatically charged to the card on file on the date of the last service day on that invoice.

Declined Payments: In the event of a declined auto-charge, Client will be promptly notified. After the first declined charge, Client has a 24-hour grace period to rectify the issue. In the case of a second declined attempt, a late fee of 10% of the invoice total (minimum $10) will be added. Client must be attentive to emails regarding overdue notices.

Payment Terms: Hands N Paws will be paid the agreed-upon amount as discussed, with no exceptions, unless our Cancellation Policy (outlined below) applies and the Client receives a refund in the form of an Account Credit(s). In emergency circumstances, a refund may be issued as transferable credit(s) back to the Client’s card.

Additional Fees: Client may be charged additional fees if Team Members are instructed to, or determine the need to, purchase items for the pet(s) while under the care of Hands N Paws. These items may include pet food or treats, litter or cleaning supplies, transportation to the vet, or emergency expenses for the general care of the pet(s). Hands N Paws and/or Team Member will consult with Client before making any purchases, and will retain and share any receipts as proof of purchase.

 

Service Cancellation/Refund Policy

When Client schedules services with Hands N Paws, the Company has likely turned down other work so as to devote our time to the work requested from said Client.

Client understands and accepts the Company cancellation/refund policy as outlined below:

– 100% refund is issued as Account Credit if cancellation is made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled service(s).

– 50% refund is issued as Account Credit if cancellation is made at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled service(s).

– NO refund is issued for same-day cancellations/less than 24 hour notice.

PLEASE NOTE: Refunds are NOT transferable. Should Client be eligible to receive an Account Credit (based on terms above), that will be auto-added to his/her account and applied to the very next invoice with us.

 

Service Terms

Hands N Paws agrees to provide the services stated in this contract in a reliable, caring, and trustworthy manner. In consideration of these services and as an express condition thereof, Client expressly waives and relinquishes any and all claims against Hands N Paws arising out of or relating to the provision of services hereunder, except those arising from gross negligence or willful misconduct on part of Hands N Paws.

Client understands and acknowledges that the environment in which they are requesting Hands N Paws to complete services is reasonably sanitary and safe. If it is determined that home conditions are unsanitary and/or unsafe at any point in the working relationship, Company will make it known to Client. Action will be taken accordingly thereafter.

Additionally, Hands N Paws will not terminate during a period of scheduled service unless Hands N Paws determines, at their sole discretion, that a serious danger exists to the health or safety of Team Members or pets. If such concerns preclude Hands N Paws from providing further care for the pets, Client agrees to pay for their pet to be boarded at a boarding facility or taken under the care of another party until Client returns. All attempts will be made to notify Client and/or emergency contacts regarding such situations.

Client understands and acknowledges that he/she is responsible for letting Hands N Paws know of anyone who has access to their home during the duration of services booked. Client releases and holds Hands N Paws harmless of all loss, expense, and damage caused by any third-parties entering Client’s home at that time.

 

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This contract will take effect upon digital signature by Client (clicking “Agree & Submit” below) and will remain in effect until terminated by either party. Client may make online reservations for additional services at any time during the terms of this contract, as subject to Hands N Paws availability. All scheduled services will be governed by all the terms of this contract.

Client acknowledges that by signing below, he/she is providing written approval for the provision of services by Hands N Paws during any service period scheduled by Client and confirmed by Hands N Paws. Upon service confirmation, Hands N Paws will be authorized to enter Client premises and perform services without additional signed contracts and/or written authorizations.