Boston’s Best Dog Walking Services

August 9, 2013 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: Wanna Go Out?

Photo Credit: Wanna Go Out?

Whether in Southie, Cambridge, Dorchester or the North End, dogs living in Boston need to be walked. Sometimes, as an owner, you’re busy, working, out of town or temporarily unable to walk the dog. Never fear, dog walking companies are here. From solo walks for the canine needing individualized attention to pack walks for the social-butterfly hound, Boston’s got it covered. Some walking services even offer in-home pet sitting, play groups and other services as well.
Photo Credit: Boston Felines & Fidos

Photo Credit: Boston Felines & Fidos

Boston Felines & Fidos
398 Columbus Ave.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 861-7641
www.bostonfelinesandfidos.com

The folks at Boston Felines & Fidos pride themselves on treating every dog like family. Dogs are walked either individually or in very small groups to provide personalized service with a safety-first attitude. A daily log is provided for each pet walked. Evening and weekend walks are also available but special restrictions apply. The standard walk time is 20 to 30 minutes for about $15.

Photo Credit: The Urban Hound

Photo Credit: The Urban Hound

The Urban Hound
129 Malden St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 755-5775
www.urbanhounds.com

Founder of The Urban Hound, Rebecca Willson, had one goal in mind when she started her dog walking service [to] “open the best dog walking company in Boston.” Six years later, the company is a Boston mainstay for dogs and dog parents. The Urban Hound provides dog walking services for canines of all shapes and sizes. Walkers on group walks will never have more than three dogs at any given time. Individual walks are an option for those wanting one-on-one attention. Fees are reasonable and varied to accommodate most schedules.

Photo Credit: Kat’s Dog Walking & Pet Sitting

Photo Credit: Kat’s Dog Walking & Pet Sitting

Kat’s Dog Walking & Pet Sitting
South Boston, MA
(617) 763-5958
www.katsdogwalking.com

Irish native and veterinary assistant Katherine Heatley opened Kat’s Dog Walking & Pet Sitting in 2005 and has never looked back. Dogs are generally walked with one or two other dogs, at a comfortable pace. All walks are on-leash and provide a great opportunity for socializing the pet. Her service area is mainly Dorchester and Southie. In addition to dog walking, play groups, cat care and small animal care is also available.

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Photo Credit: Boston Dog Company

Photo Credit: Boston Dog Company

Boston Dog Company
535 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02141
(617) 858-3647
www.bostondog.co

With its main location in Cambridge and its brand-new location in Acton, Boston Dog Company is the way to go for individualized dog walking services. The company uses a GPS-enabled collar so dog parents can track their canine family member during the walk. For those who are internet-challenged, a printed report and record is provided showing the route and time of the walk. The company prides itself on one-on-one attention for each dog during a “solo walk” and is unique in this aspect (unlike most other dog walking companies in the area).

Photo Credit: Wanna Go Out?

Photo Credit: Wanna Go Out?

Wanna Go Out?
495 Columbus Ave, Suite 1A
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 721-7252
www.wannagooutboston.com

Also known as WGO?, WannaGoOut was established in 2003 and perseveres 10 years later as Boston’s “best” for on-leash and off-leash walks. Group walks never exceed four dogs at a time. Detailed written reports document each pooch’s experience on the walk. The company uses Power PetSitter, an online scheduling provider that makes scheduling Fluffy’s walk times a snap. With a second location in Provincetown, check out WannaGoOut, “a different breed of dog walker.”

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Kathleen Mueller moved to Massachusetts as a toddler and has lived in many communities throughout the Bay State. Currently splitting her time between Worcester county and Cape Cod, she enjoys spending time at the beach with her dogs, reading, and taking scenic drives in New England. Kathleen is a frequent contributor to examiner.com check her out at Examiner.com.

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