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How Much To Charge For Dog Walking?

  
  
  
  
  

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So you're thinking about starting a dog walking business.  One of the first things you're going to consider is:dog walking prices

  • how much to charge for dog walking?
  • how much to charge for pet sitting?
  • how much to charge for any related services?

Think about this before you get too far into your business because if you can't charge enough, you won't make enough.  And if you don't make enough to make ends meet (or make you happy), then there's no point to the business, is there?

Different dog walking services charge in different ways.  The two main ways are to:

  • charge by time
  • charge by the service

If you're charging by time, then you might just have one flat rate for everything.  As an example, you decide to charge $10 for 15 minutes of your time.

So, let's say you're going to visit a dog for 15 minutes.  And the client wants you to take the dog out for walk around the block, bring in the mail, and feed Fido a bit of food before you leave.  And the next day, the client wants you just to take Fido out for a walk and that's it.  In the 15 minutes, you have enough time to take 3 spins around the block, not just the one you did yesterday.  

In both of these cases, you spend just 15 minutes with Fido.  Regardless of what you did within those 15 minutes, it was still the same amount of time both days. So, each day is $10 because it was just 15 minutes of your time.

Another way to charge is by the service you perform.  In this situation, you're adding fees for each thing you accomplish.

Going back to Fido, let's say you tell the client that it's now $10 for a dog walk (not for 15 minutes).  Maybe they ask a few questions about what the walk entails so you have to clarify about how long it lasts and when you'll arrive.  Now let's say on one particular day they need you to give Fido a pill.  So, you say it's $2 more to give medication.  You're charging the client to perform this service (regardless of how long it takes you).  Similarly, you'll bring in the mail for $1 extra if they want.  Get the idea?

Ok, so you've figured out how you're going to charge.  Now, figure out how much to charge.  

The best place to start is by researching your competition.  Check their websites and/or call them up.

Do you see any patterns in what people are charging?  Are they all charging the same amount?  Are there drastic differences between services?  How many charge by time?  How many by the service?  How many upcharge for evening/weekend visits or other non-standard times?  What else do you find interesting about these competitors?

Take all that knowledge and figure out how you can compete in the market to see if you can be a market leader, stay right within the average, or try to offer the cheapest prices.  See our first post on how to start a dog walking business for ideas on how you might be able to be "special" in your local market so that you can get customers.

By now you're probably wondering "ok, but how MUCH do I charge for dog walking?"

The bad news is that there is no one single answer.  If I told you $10 for 15 minutes, that might be a terrible answer based on your local market and the service you provide.  Or, I could possibly tell you $30 for 15 minutes and it might be a great answer.  

The good news is that we've outlined some basic steps on what to ask yourself so that you can figure out what's best for exactly the type of business you'd like to run.  Still have questions, why don't you contact us and see how we do it?

 

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Comments

well i am 16 and i am just starting my dog walking business im not quite sure how much to charge but i am learninh thanxxx
Posted @ Wednesday, November 17, 2010 9:22 PM by Christina
Thanks for the comment, Christina. Good luck to you in your business!
Posted @ Thursday, November 18, 2010 8:08 AM by john
I think you can charge a lot more in a city than in a town or village. Nice article.
Posted @ Thursday, August 25, 2011 8:47 AM by Lewis Waller
Really good, logical information, thanks very much.
Posted @ Thursday, January 05, 2012 7:37 AM by Cheoy Lee
Really great article im starting up a dog walking buisness myself for a little side cash and this really set me in the right direction!!!!!!
Posted @ Tuesday, January 10, 2012 7:37 PM by anne marcos
i think this is great because im only 12 and im trying to earn money to save up and helpout thx now i know how much to charge
Posted @ Wednesday, January 25, 2012 9:39 PM by Rebecca
Okay, so i am the same way but, if you are in a city, not alot fo people wanna walk their dogs. So a cities best charge per hour is 20-30. A village/Little town like mine, would be better off at 5-10 an hour. I do 5 an hour per dog. I do pet sitting for my mothers friends dogs also. Good mula!
Posted @ Monday, March 26, 2012 8:14 PM by Anyia
Great advice. I agree that positioning high or low is a great idea....staying out of the middle. Thanks for the useful tips. 
 
 
 
-Julie
Posted @ Thursday, May 17, 2012 10:52 AM by Julie Fredrick
Thanks!!!! I am going to start dog business
Posted @ Tuesday, May 22, 2012 3:01 PM by Sylvia
I am hoping to start a dog walking business to earn some extra cash. But I am only 12 years old. I cant get a job, so I figured that is something I could do. But do you think people would really trust me with their dogs knowing I am so young? I am very responsibe for my age and I am a good student. Please answer as soon as possible! And thank you for the helpful video!
Posted @ Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:56 PM by Tara
 
Thanks for the comment. Dog walking is a very serious business. Since we don't know you personally, it's hard to say if customers would trust you or not. Many people want their dog walked throughout the year. If you're in school, this probably would not be a possibility for you. As long as you recognize the huge responsibility that this job is, continue to consider this. Good luck.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 20, 2012 10:05 AM by john reh
im twelve and i dont know how much money i should charge. the money i will make will be donated to south bay adoption center
Posted @ Wednesday, August 22, 2012 4:13 PM by Gagandeep
Start with looking at other similar businesses in your area to get a feel for what their prices are. Also consider what's worth your time. If you're donating the money (yay!!!), then what you're charging is not as critical...just don't make it more expensive than your competitors. good luck!
Posted @ Wednesday, August 22, 2012 4:46 PM by john reh
Hey! I am 16 years old, I love animals and wish to start a small dog walking bussiness! I live in a middle sized nieghborhood, many people have dogs and I have never seen a dog walker here before. I am considering to charge 5 dollars every 30 mintues which is one walk. I am not experinced and I am inderage, so I think this is okay. I also have an idea of giving away a free bag of dog food or a free grooming for each clinet that gives me thier dog everyday for a month. What do you think?
Posted @ Monday, January 07, 2013 7:47 PM by Cynthia L.
Good for you, Cynthia! The price sounds reasonable. If anything, you can go up and charge a bit more. I don't think you need to offer free food or grooming. If someone wants to hire you, they'll do so for your dog walking skills, not your grooming abilities. Good luck!
Posted @ Tuesday, January 08, 2013 7:51 AM by john reh
Thanks so much for this article! I am 12 and I want to start a small summer dog walking business. I am a good student, love animals, and I keep out of trouble. I live in a middle sized neighborhood and am willing to walk a dog up to 45 mins. Ive never seen a dog walker herw before.Do you know how much I should charge?
Posted @ Saturday, March 02, 2013 5:44 PM by Nikki
Nikki - it would be hard to say the number you actually charge because every business and location is different. But use the info in this article to do the research on what your competition is charging and that's a good starting point. Good luck.
Posted @ Monday, March 04, 2013 10:45 AM by john reh
me and my friend are walking dogs now and we are 12. we dont know how much to charge. first it was 1 $ we wanna go higher though HELP!!!!!!!
Posted @ Monday, March 25, 2013 8:49 AM by
Okay...I am trying to start dog walking to earn extra cash.I live on an Air Force Base, and I havent seen anyone walking dogs. How much do you think I should charge for 30 min
Posted @ Monday, April 22, 2013 9:52 PM by Samantha
If you have no competition on your base, then you're in a good position to charge whatever you want. At a minimum, you should charge what your time is worth to you. In other words, if you could make $10 per 30 minutes doing something else that's just as fun, don't charge less than $10. On the high end, that's where it will take some trial and error to figure out "what the market will bear". Why don't you ask a few people with dogs on the base what they think this service is worth and start with that. Market research is a good thing if you have no clue where to start. Good luck!
Posted @ Tuesday, April 23, 2013 6:28 AM by john reh
Really like this info. I live in San Francisco, and work as a resident manager in a building. No pay but do get my free rent. As such, I usually offer my services to the residents with pets and charge them 15/hr for a 20-30 min walk and to give their pet food and fresh water. Some people think that is too much but others are happy. Even more so, since I can access their units and usually will notice if there is something wrong with their pets. I still think I am not charging enough here in the city but it is hard to figure out.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 16, 2013 2:19 PM by Brandel
im charging $25 per hour for my small dog walking business, how ever, each dog gets a bone at the end of each session and I have a number of skills. thanks for the advice! x  
Posted @ Saturday, August 31, 2013 9:55 AM by chelsea bennett
Hi I've already started to do dog walking and im 12 years old.and my Neighbor said that shell pay me $10 a month and asked me if thats cool by I dont know yet, but I am very responsible and independent. 
PLEASE HELP ME!
Posted @ Saturday, September 14, 2013 6:42 PM by Margaret Andreyeva
$10 a month? That's probably not a very good deal for you.
Posted @ Monday, September 16, 2013 10:15 AM by john reh
im only 13 and i feel like starting a dog walking business so i can earn money for a new phone and now i know how much it is for dog walking THANKS!!!!!
Posted @ Sunday, July 06, 2014 7:12 PM by destiny
well in 15 and I want to start a dog business like dog walks baby sitting them etc . i would also help them gibe birth to there little ones . i want to start fresh , i want to be a vet when i grow up , i also good at helping them get better if the feel sick . but I don't know how much to charge because its going to be 2 of us . we love dogs we could be great at it . I need help to see how much . its going to start at Denver Colorado
Posted @ Sunday, August 31, 2014 7:45 PM by Gloria Hernandez
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