Deciding on dog walking services may seem like an easy task, but with all of the seemingly great companies out there, it can be hard to choose one.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! This guide will give you all the information you need to find a great dog walking company in Chicago il.
Are all dog walking companies the same?
Different companies offer slight variations of the same services, (and some different services altogether) so it is important to do your research in order to find the right fit for you and your pup.
What type of pet care services are you in search of?
It’s important to find a dog walker that offers the services you’re looking for at a price you’re comfortable with.
What are some of the differences?
- Consistent Schedule vs Flexible Schedule
- Dog walking only vs occasional pet sitting
- Puppy care vs senior care
- families with dogs and cats
- GPS tracking of dog walks vs simple note left at home
There is a dog walker for every need
Take the time to read reviews, compare prices, and ask around for recommendations. With a little effort, you’re sure to find the perfect dog walking company for you and your furry friend.
Where can I find good Chicago dog walkers?
If you’re looking for reputable dog walkers in Chicago, there are a few steps you should take when shopping around:
- Identify your neighborhood – Neighborhoods like Lincoln Park, West Town, South Loop, and Logan Square are all popular residential areas, but they all have their own set of pet sitters that service the area.
- Start local – Once you know which neighborhood you live in, you can start your search locally for dog walkers. Ask at dog parks, vets, and groomers. They will know who is most popular in your area.
- Look at reviews – Almost all dog walking companies have online reviews on either google, facebook or yelp. That is a great way to learn more about the company you are interested in having to walk your dog.
Do all neighborhoods offer good pet care service?
It can be tough once you move out to the surrounding suburbs, but still very possible.
Some of the common neighborhoods for dog walking is lincoln park, wicker park, south loop, river north and streeterville (but of course many more).
Why is it important to find a good dog walking company ?
You want to make sure they’re being well cared for in your absence, and that’s where a reputable dog walking company is important.
Reputable Chicago Pet Sitting Companies include:
- Chicago Urban Pets
- Green Paws Chicago
- Windy City Dog Walkers
- Windy City Paws
How do pet care companies differ?
In addition, a reputable pet care company is always licensed, bonded, and fully insured, meaning that your home and belongings will be safe in their hands.
So if you’re looking for someone to entrust with the care of your furry friend, be sure to find a reputable dog walking company. Your puppy will thank you.
How to find the best dog walking company in Chicago il [for you]
Post on local Facebook group
Ask at brick and mortar pet businesses
Check on Yelp
->Check out Chicago Urban Pets’ Yelp Page<-
Get a reference from your front desk
3 Considerations when shopping for the perfect dog walker:
- Do you like their dog walker’s bio’s? This is a great way to get a sense of what people might enter your home. (CUP’s Bio)
- What are their rates? If rates are very cheap (under $18/30min visit) I would question their professionalism..(you can check out CUP’s rates here)
- What services are provided? Will you need flexible scheduling, maybe have senior dogs or a dog with special needs, then you will want to ensure the dog walking business you pick offers those types of services too. (CUP’s services)
What should you look for when vetting potential candidates?
Licensed, Bonded, and Insured
Associated organizations (plus)
This is important because it is illegal to hire ICs as employees, but many companies get away with it thus saving money on payroll and other requirements.
->Check our CUP’s Membership Plan for dog walking in Chicago il !<-
How much should you expect to pay for quality dog walking services?
What if I find a cheaper service?
- company employs IC’s and is therefore avoiding employee-based taxes.
- company is underpaying their staff (even below minimum wage).
- company is not spending money training their staff.
- company’s values could be questionable.
What if I can’t afford a dog walker?
Many doggie daycares will come to pick your dog up and drop them off. Due to the volume of dogs they care for at the same time, they can afford to price their service at a lower rate.
What are the benefits of using Chicago Urban Pets for Dog Walking?
We operate legally
First and foremost, we are licensed, bonded, and insured, meaning that you are protected in the event that something goes wrong.
Chicago Urban Pets is a legitimate company which means we are kept to the same high standards of other operating businesses in windy city.
Staff Members are trained
Additionally, all of our staff is trained and follow very strict protocols when in your home and walking your dog. We also use a training platform called Fetchfind Training.
Out staff all provide the same quality of detailed reports after every visit which pictures, check-in and check-out data as well as full GPS tracking when out with your dog.
Front runners in the industry
We were ahead of the game with email and text reports when many were still leaving notes at the home. The company has been using the latest technology to running the business since 2013 and we collaborate regularly with other dog walking companies serving Chicago to ensure we are always up to speed!
Chicago Urban Pets is a great choice
->Learn More About Dog Walking in Chicago with CUP<-
Schedule Dog walking in the Windy City!
Maybe you even have tried to train them to use the bathroom indoors on a potty pad or hired a neighbor kid to stop by and take them for a walk, but that’s not always feasible.
Reach out for more info about walks
Plus, our team is bonded and insured so you can rest assured knowing your dog is in good hands. Ready to schedule a free consultation? Visit our website or give us a call today!
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