Best Dog Walking Services In Washington DC

August 9, 2013 8:00 AM

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Washingtonians are busy people who love their dogs. The long hours outside the home calls for a dog walker. Whether it be just for the day or on a regular basis, here are the top dog walkers in the area that will make sure your pooch is cared for until you can get home.

Brighter Days Collective
Washington DC 20010
(202) 630-3297

Brighter Days dog walking service serves the DC area and will walk any dog regardless of breed, size or energy level. It is an insured dog walking service that is reasonable for an occasional walk, as well regular walks. Its 30-minute visit includes a 20- to 25-minute walk and whatever else the dog may need, like a feeding or a little play time. The walks are $18 for one dog or $20 for two dogs, regardless of the time of day, but it does require a two-hour window. Brighter Days’ dog walkers all use bicycle transportation, so they only serve certain neighborhoods stretching from the Shaw neighborhood across Rock Creek to Woodley Park and up to Petworth. Fellow bikers that are members of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association will get a discount.

Danny’s Pet Care
1619 Irving St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 905-4684

Serving the DC area, Danny’s Pet Care offers an affordable, single-person dog walking service. The prices are reasonable and you know your walker will be because it’s Danny. Walks are offered for 30 minutes at $16 for one dog, $20 for two and $25 for three. There’s a twice-per-day walk package for $30. If you know your dog doesn’t need that long of a walk, go for the 15-minute walk for $12. Have a dog that is super energized and needs a full hour? Danny will do an hour walk for $25 per dog and $5 for each additional dog. And for holidays, the price is only $25 per dog and $5 for each additional for a 30-minute walk and feeding.

Fur Get Me Not
4140 S. Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 933-1935

Fur Get Me Not offers many services like grooming, boarding and daycare, but it also offers dog walking mid-day service between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. within a two-hour timeframe. The standard visit is 25 minutes and includes the walk, any feedings or treats you may require and a note telling you about your dog’s day. The walking service is $20 for one dog with additional fees for added pets or time. For walking service outside of the company’s normal timeframe, it’s considered a pet sit, which are 30-minute visits for $21 for one dog.

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Pet Nanny
10401 Grosvenor Place
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(302) 383-8453

Dale Swift, owner and operator of the Pet Nanny, loves dogs. Her services are affordable, reliable and you know that your canines will receive more love than you ever would expect. Dale services the Montgomery County area of Maryland. She offers private dog walks of 30 minutes, which is $17 for up to two dogs and $3 for each additional dog. She is meticulous with her clients’ wishes and leaves well-detailed notes about the dog’s day, where they went, what they did, etc. Her hours are flexible and she’s highly responsive.

Saving Grace Services
224 9th St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 544-9247

Saving Grace offers dog walking services in the DC area. It is located on Capital Hill and used by many of the Hill’s residents for their canine needs. There are two types of dog walking services offered. One is the mid-day walk, which is your typical dog walking service consisting of 30 minutes of pack walking, that is, a small group of dogs are all walked together between the hours of 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. For the dog owners that need care for their puppy, there’s the puppy pee breaks for dogs under six months of age. This service is a quick visit once or twice per day to ensure a mid-day meal and time outside the crate. Mid-day rates are $18 for one dog and $5 for each additional dog. For walks outside of the mid-day, it is $20 for one dog and $5 for each additional. Puppy pee breaks are $12 per visit. Frequency discounts are available.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at

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