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What Are the Best Pet Care, Dog Sitting, and Dog Walking Apps?

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Looking for someone to walk your dog while you’re busy at work? Need a pet sitter while you take a much-needed vacation? Or do you have a special needs pet that can’t be left alone? There’s an app for that … and more. Read on to learn about popular dog walking apps and online matchmaking services that connect pet owners with pet care-givers.

Before you choose a service, here are a few tips:

  • Ask family members or friends with pets for referrals. Have they used any of the popular dog-walking apps or services?
  • Start your search as early as possible. The best pet sitters and dog walkers are busy and get booked quickly.
  • Even if a pet care service screens its caregivers, perform your own background check and check their references and reviews. 
  • Take advantage of free meet-and-greets, consultations, or trials with your potential caregivers, as this can give you an idea of who they are in person.
  • If you use a dog training tool like the BarxBuddy, ensure that whoever you hire understands how to use the device, what command words you use for training, what rewards (treats) and how many you offer your pet, and that they should repeat the process if your pet fails to comply. 

Disclaimer: The companies listed below are based on our research of popular dog-sitting and dog-care companies and services. Inclusion on our list doesn’t equate to endorsement. Always read the companies’ reviews, and always use common sense when you trust caregivers with your pets (and access to your home). 

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BarklyPets

BarklyPets is a nationwide dog-walking service with vetted independent dog walkers. They allow for as little as 60 minutes’ notice, provide photos from the visit, and a detailed walk report that includes a GPS map of the route. Payments for services are cash-less (you pay through the app) and you can give instant feedback. 

Services Provided

  • Dog walking
  • Home visits for cats include litter box cleaning, refresh water and food, and playtime

Pricing

BarklyPets’ dog walking prices vary according to where you live, walk duration, your walker’s experience, and how many dogs require walking. Enter your ZIP code at BarklyPets.com to view the average price for your area based on a 30-minute walk. You can download the app for Android or Apple mobile devices.

Care.com

Care.com provides a host of services for your pets’ needs. You can select from immediate need of care to a date in the future. Other options include selecting a caregiver with their own transportation, has a college degree, and is a non-smoker. Although Care.com requires every caregiver to complete a caregiver screening and a background check, the company recommends that you run a background check before hiring. After services, you can log into your account and review your experience.

Care.com also offers a slew of services for non-pet-related needs, including house cleaning, elder care, nannies, and childcare.

Services Provided

  • Pet sitting (dogs, cats, rabbits, pigs, fish, birds, among others) at your place or the caregiver’s
  • Dog walking
  • Daycare
  • Pet boarding
  • Dog grooming
  • Training

Pricing

The average rate for a Care.com service provider is $12.25 per hour. However, the rate varies according to your location, services required, the number of pets and your care provider’s experience. Care.com offers free basic membership. If you want to respond to applicants, you must have one of the three premium subscriptions. Here’s a breakdown of the pricing for each:

  • 1 month $38.99
  • 3 months $25.99 per month
  • 12 months $12.99 per month

The Care.com app is available for Android and Apple smartphones.

Fetch! Pet Care

Fetch! Pet Care provides thoroughly vetted local caregivers and offers a free in-home consultation before your first service. Fetch! Pet Care accommodates your schedule with last-minute requests and schedule changes. Pet sitters keep pet parents updated with pet journals that include photos and videos. You can immediately rate your caregiver upon completion of services. 

Services Provided

  • Puppy training
  • Dog walking
  • Pet sitting (dogs, cats, fish, horses, reptiles, birds, plus others)
  • Medical administration (medical professionals can administer pills to injections)
  • Transport
  • Boarding
  • Overnight pet sitting
  • Almost overnight care (a caregiver can stop by in the evening and morning if you leave for the night)

Pricing

Although prices vary based on location and service requested, you can expect to pay around $20 per 30-minute walk and about $25 for pet transport. You can locate your nearest provider by ZIP code to find specific pricing. Payments for services scheduled through the Android or Apple mobile app must be a debit or credit card. You can discuss other payment options with your specific Fetch location.

Pet Backer

Pet Backer provides pet care services in over 50 countries. PetBacker’s Premium Protection insurance covers your pet in case of an accident or emergency whenever you book and pay for services, whether you did it through the website or app. You can rate and review your Pet Backer care provider and services. 

Services Provided

  • Boarding
  • House/pet sitting (dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, fish, reptiles, plus others)
  • Daycare
  • Grooming
  • Transport
  • Dog walking

Pricing

Prices vary based on location, services needed, and caregiver. Once you request service, you will receive five quotes from local caregivers that meet your requirements. You can request pet service providers directly through the Pet Backer mobile app available for Android and Apple devices. 

Rover

Rover provides dog care nationwide. In addition to 24/7 support to pet owners, the company offers a Rover Guarantee that reimburses damages or injuries resulting from the care provided during a Rover walk or stay. Caregivers on Rover pass a third-party background check. After your Rover experience, you can rate and review your provider.

Services Provided

  • Boarding
  • Pet/house sitting
  • Drop-in visits
  • Doggy daycare
  • Dog walking

Pricing

Prices vary by location, date, and your caregiver’s skills and experience. Payments are cash-less and completed through the website or app. The Rover app is available for Android and Apple smartphones.

Wag!

Wag! provides pet care services nationwide. The company vets its caregivers, offers 24/7 customer support, and insures all of its services. Wag! walking options include 20-, 30-, or 60-minute GPS-tracked strolls and allows you to follow along with live pictures and videos from the caregiver. You can rate and review your experience immediately following completion of services.

Services Provided

  • Dog walking
  • Boarding 
  • Sitting (dogs, cats)
  • In-home training
  • Digital training
  • Drop-in visits

Pricing

Prices depend on the rates set by the caregiver. However, the average house-sitting charge on Wag! is $39, while a 20-min drop-in visit ranges between $13-$16. Payments are made through the Wag! website or app. The Wag! app is available for Android and Apple mobile devices.