Dogs have become much more than just family pets and are often considered four-legged members of the family. Many dogs have their own wardrobe and are included in family portraits. For dog owners, it can be difficult ensuring your pet gets their regular daytime walks when holding down a standard nine-to-five job. Take advantage of some of the quality dog walking services located in Chicago and ensure your dog is properly taken care of, whether you’re at work or on vacation. Not only will it alleviate some of your guilt for being away from your beloved pet, but it will improve your dog’s disposition and keep your home nice and clean.
Walk The Dog
1341 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Unlike other dog walking services that don’t offer much in terms of accountability, Walk The Dog’s founder, Doug Simon, created Pet Check Technology. This is a system that features everything from mobile barcode technology and GPS tracking to email alerts to provide the owner with details on its services. Owners will know exactly what time their dog was taken out, where the walker has taken the pet and how long the walk was. While walkers operate under standard business hours, there are some accommodations that can be made for owners requesting weekend or after-hours services due to vacations or work-overtime circumstances. Prices range between $12 to $18 per visit.
Windy City Dog Walkers
910 W. Van Buren St., Suite 401
Chicago, IL 60607
Windy City Dog Walkers services various neighborhoods in Chicago including the South Loop, University Village, Tri-Taylor, West Loop, River North, Ukranian Village, Wicker Park and the Gold Coast area. Dog walking services are 25 minutes for each visit, with rates starting at $14. Walkers use 100 percent biodegradable bags for cleanup, administer any medication that might be requested and even offer services for other pets beside dogs. There are available walking appointments for any day of the year, including holidays and after business hours.
2332 W. Melrose St.
Chicago, IL 60618
This is a mom and pop company that has been proudly serving dog owners in the Chicago area since 1995. It is fully insured, bonded and registered with the NAPPS (National Association of Pet Sitters). Owners will love the regularity of having the same walker at almost every visit and there are services available for all price points. Services start at $11 and additional dogs can be added for only $2. There are a number of different neighborhoods that Cruisin’ Canines cater to. Check the website for more information.
Chicago Dog Walkers
Chicago Dog Walkers provides services that include a 20-minute walking session with the last five minutes dedicated to clean-up, refilling water bowls, providing treats and leaving the owner a detailed note on the visit. Each owner will receive the same dog watcher with each visit to ensure a cultivated relationship with your pet. This company serves 20 Chicago neighborhoods, is fully licensed and bonded and offers a rate of $14 per each visit. Chicago Dog Walkers is proud of the relationship it has with animal shelters and organizations. It makes a $100 donation to an animal-related charity or shelter with every pet referral and gives discounted prices for owners with rescue pets.
Bark Chicago, Inc.
1804 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Bark Chicago is more than just a dog walking service. It offers everything from doggy daycare to luxury boarding. Its Chicago Mobile Grooming is ultra convenient and an innovative way to get your pet groomed in style. Bark Chicago’s facility is state of the art, including marble floors with atrium-style doors for boarding. The 6,000-square-foot outdoor play yard has everything a dog might want, while the indoor area can be a great option for rainy days. Rest assured your dog will be walked with the utmost care by professionals in an all-encompassing, pet-friendly company.
Sara Lugardo is a professional writer out of Chicago, Illinois. She has a Bachelor’s in Communication and is currently working on her Master’s. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.