Finding the right dog walker - Page 2

PETS ISSUE: Some tips from the pros
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Dog walker Andrew Frye and some of his friends
GUARDIAN PHOTO BY KEENEY AND LAW

Some independent walkers I spoke with charge $15– $30 per trip, depending on the details, so you can spend as much as $600 a month for a daily walk. Typically, there are discounts for households with multiple dogs.

One benefit of hiring an established company is consistency. If your dog walker gets sick or takes a vacation, other staff can fill in, leaving your schedule is undisturbed.

But if your own schedule is flexible or is subject to sudden changes, make sure your dog walker is open to that and won't charge you for days when you don't need the services. Individual dog walkers are often willing to be accommodating.

Finally, different companies offer different services: SF Puppy Prep, for example, (sfpuppyprep.com) specializes in adolescent dogs.

On a beautiful, sunny Tuesday, it definitely didn't suck going out to the park to bounce around with the dogs. As Ernie the bulldog rolled around on the beach, covering his wrinkly face with a thin brown mask of sand, I knew he had found the perfect dog walker in Frye. Earlier that morning, I saw the same honest grin on Jack the standard poodle as he wrestled with his neighborhood friends in the run. That's one of the best standards of all — your dog walker is having fun, and so is your BFF.

Comments

I have first hand knowledge of this company and Andrew is the best. The SF canine crowd is very fortunate to have them in their city. Highly recommended and no worries when he is with your pooch.

Posted by Guest JF on Apr. 01, 2010 @ 2:54 pm

Andrew Frye rocks! You are lucky to have him walk your dog! He loves his job, your pet and makes sure your dogs have the best time possible.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 01, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

Hmm, not sure I like the idea of having a different dog walker every year or so..... Sure they are a company but that also means employee turnover.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

Andrew is amazing and you ALWAYS know your "children" are in the best hands. He not only gives them lots of exercise and fun but he also exercises their minds. He makes our dogs better dogs. Thank you Andrew!

Posted by Guest on Apr. 02, 2010 @ 6:13 pm

It's ok if YOU don't like the idea but try speaking with facts. This "company" has three people. Good companies have loyal employees. Get real for crying out loud.

Posted by Guest JF on Apr. 03, 2010 @ 1:03 pm

Who Let the Dogs Out, should really be named "Who's Walking my Dog this week?" Their employee turnover is what caused me to find another dog walker

Posted by Guest on Apr. 05, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

Who Let the Dogs Out should really be named "Who's Walking my Dog this week?" It was their employee turnover that caused me to hire another dogwalking service...

Posted by Guest on Apr. 05, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

Lauren Goldboss's personal dog killed a Yorkie over popcorn. Shocking enough, but even more shocking is that 1. Lauren lawyered up. 2. blamed the owner for dropping the popcorn and 3. refused to pay for the cost to replace dog.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 29, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

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