Dog walking

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A dog walking service
A dog being walked

Dog walking is both a pastime and a profession involving the act of a person walking with a dog, typically from the dog's residence and then returning. This constitutes part of the daily exercise regime needed to keep a dog healthy.[1] It also provides exercise and companionship for the walker.[2]


Many cities encourage dog walkers to pick up after their pets by providing free baggies along popular paths or in parks, such as this one in Yorba Linda, California.

In the UK, The Kennel Club conducted a survey of 1,000 dog owners and found that one in five did not walk their dogs on a daily basis.[3]

Dogs are walked with a collar around their neck, or a dog harness,[4] or by following their owner by familiarity and verbal control. Commonly the dog is walked by the owner, or another family member, but there are also professional dog walkers.[5]

Health benefits[edit]

A study by Michigan State University showed that people who walk their dogs are 34% more likely to meet expected levels of exercise, with a recommended level of 150 minutes of activity such as dog walking per week. Matthew Reeves, the co-author of the study said, "There is no magic bullet in getting people to reach those benchmarks but walking a dog has a measurable impact."[6]

Professional dog walkers[edit]

This professional dog walker on skates is pulled rapidly down a street by six dogs in Summit, New Jersey.

Professional dog walkers, both individuals and businesses, are paid by dog owners to walk their dogs for them. Some dog walkers will take many dogs for a walk at once, while others will not.[5] Also growing in popularity is dog running. Dog runners are professionals who will take your dog running, usually between 1 and 10 miles for a set fee, usually not more than 2 dogs at a time.[7] In some jurisdictions dog walking businesses must be licensed and have animal first-aid-trained employees. Professional dog walking services can be obtained locally or through online referral services.[8]

In the United States, the first professional dog walker is believed to have been Jim Buck, who in 1960 launched his dog walking service in New York City.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ “Are new rules woof justice for pooches?”. Grimsby Telegraph ( (Template:ISO date/en). Template:ISO date/en閲覧。 
  2. ^ Bumgardner, Wendy (Template:ISO date/en). “[ Dog Owners Get Twice as Much Exercise - Dog Walking for Exercise]”. Template:ISO date/en閲覧。
  3. ^ Derbyshire, David (Template:ISO date/en). “Walkies? Fat chance. One in five dog owners too lazy to take their pets out every day”. Mail Online. Template:ISO date/en閲覧。 
  4. ^ Shaw, Lorrie (Template:ISO date/en). “[ Commercialism: coming to a pet near you]”. Template:ISO date/en閲覧。
  5. ^ a b Smith, Mark (Template:ISO date/en). “Lawyer wants to bring dog walkers to heel”. The Scotsman. Template:ISO date/en閲覧。 
  6. ^ “Walkies Not Just For Dogs”. Daily Express. (Template:ISO date/en). 
  7. ^ “[ example dog runner]”. Template:ISO date/en閲覧。
  8. ^ Jill Priluck (Template:ISO date/en). “The founder's life for young VCs”. CNN-Money-Fortune Magazine. 2010年12月7日閲覧. "In early 2009, ... Ringwelski launched SkillSlate, a site that organizes handymen, dogwalkers, massage therapists and other solos through profiles and ratings the same way dating sites corral singles." 
  9. ^ Fox, Margalit (Template:ISO date/en). “Jim Buck, Who Made Walking Dogs a Job, Dies at 81”. New York Times. Template:ISO date/en閲覧。 

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