Our New York City dog walking service is geared toward discerning NYC dog owners who seek the reliability and security of a legally registered business but who aren't prepared to compromise on the quality of personal care and level of attention their dog receives.
Our New York dog walkers are all experienced professionals who have come to us with prior dog experience. We have very high standards of safety and conduct, and we recognize that a good New York dog walking service is one that stops you worrying about your dog while you're at work.
We want your New York dog to be safe and happy!
King Pup is fully insured and bonded for your protection. We are also a member of the National Association Of Professional Pet Sitters, an organization devoted to maintaining high standards in the pet care industry.
|Walks Per Week||10 Or More||5 Or More||4||3 Or Less|
|30 Min Walk||$13||$15||$17||$20|
|45 Min Walk||$18||$20||$22||$25|
|1 Hr Walk||$22||$25||$27||$30|
All prices are subject to the usual New York sales tax of 8.875%.
For additional dogs from the same household, add 50%. We only charge extra for the second additional dog.
Because the care of a living animal is a great responsibility, we are very particular about whom we hire. Our New York dog walkers approach us with an enthusiastic desire to work with dogs, and they have all come to us with prior dog handling experience.
Our dog walkers pass a criminal background check and have checkable references. They are trained and assessed by James Phillips - the owner of King Pup and a professional dog walker with over 10 years of dog walking experience.
New York dog walking is a skill that requires intelligence, 360 degree awareness, street smarts and above all, a working knowledge of dogs and how they see and respond to the world around them. It's a role we take very seriously indeed. Your dog is in safe hands.
"How many dogs do you walk together at one time?"
Our New York dog walkers do not walk dogs in packs. We feel that this style of NYC dog walking is outdated and unsafe. We will sometimes, however, walk two dogs together if they're a suitable match. Most dogs benefit immensely from this social aspect to their daily walks and we have created many inseparable canine friendships like this. Also, puppies develop street smarts much faster when they're paired with an older dog they can learn from.
"Will my dog be walked by the same dog walker every day?"
Yes. We do not switch walkers from day to day, although a substitution may be made with your full approval in rare cases of emergency or illness. Under no circumstances will anyone have access to your apartment without your permission.
"Can I meet the walker beforehand?"
Absolutely and this is something we strongly encourage. We want you to be 100% happy about the walker who's taking your dog out every day. It's also a good idea to have your dog meet the walker in your presence before they come into your home without you there.
"Can you accommodate my sporadic dog walking needs?"
We cannot guarantee availability of sporadic walks during our peak weekday service hours (11am-3pm), but we can often schedule them outside of these hours. We evaluate sporadic requirements on a case by case basis, so by all means contact us and we'll see what we can do!
"Do we have to give you a set of keys to our apartment?"
Yes, unless you live in a doorman building and we can collect a key daily from the front desk. But don't worry - we keep all keys in a locked security box and under no circumstances will we ever label your key with your address.
"Is feeding included in the price of the walk?"
Feeding is included in the price and available on request. We will also give your dog fresh water before we leave.
"Are you available for evening, weekend or holiday walks?"
Yes, although we recommend booking evening and weekend walks at least 24 hours in advance. Holidays are a very busy time for us and we recommend booking at least a week in advance. All walks before 9am, after 6pm, on weekends and certain holidays carry a $5 surcharge.
"Can you help us reinforce our dog's training?"
Sure! If you're working with a trainer then be sure to let us know what commands and exercises you're working on so that your dog walker can practice them with your dog during the walk.
"How come you charge sales tax?"
Dog walking and pet sitting are considered taxable services by the State of New York. Since we are a legally registered business which operates within the law then we must charge sales tax.
"Are your New York dog walkers legal employees?"
Yes, all of our walkers are official King Pup employees. They're paid a generous wage and receive worker's compensation and disability insurance. We do not operate a revolving door of minimum wage employees or random independent contractors. The welfare of your pets remains our first and foremost concern and we recognize that good employees do not come cheap.
For the ultimate in dog walking safety, our walkers attach dog leashes to a moutaineering-grade carabiner clip on their belt. This is not a hands-free dog walking technique and they still hold the leash firmly at all times with a length wrapped around their hand. But if anything were to happen, the extra layer of security means that your dog will never have the opportunity to run off.
Carabiners are available from all good outdoor stores and we strongly recommend their use for New York City dog walking.
Please note that we do not consider retractable leashes to meet our high standards of safety and so we will substitute our own leash should you have one of those.
Before each walk, our dog walkers will ensure that your dog is not able to slip out of their collar or harness. Any loose fitting collars or harnesses will be tightened for security, while still ensuring the comfort of your dog. As a general rule, collars should be tight enough so that they can't slip over your dog's head, while being just loose enough to fit two fingers underneath.
Our New York dog walkers are trained to continually scan the sidewalk ahead of them to watch for broken glass or anything else which could hurt your dog's paws. They are also constantly on the lookout for anything your dog may try and eat.
We will also prevent your dog from spraying lampposts, which is dangerous because of the risk of electrocution from exposed wires in the base.