Dog walking in Santa Cruz

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How it works

Flexible scheduling

Select the date and time that best suit your needs. Want a walk ASAP? We’ve got you covered.

Customized for your pup

Choose between a 20-minute, 30-minute, or 60-minute stroll for your dog.

Follow along

Track your walk with our live GPS tracker, then view your detailed report card after the walk.

What is Wag!?

Wag! is the nation's fastest-growing network of pre-screened and insured pet sitters and dog walkers. In less than 15 minutes you can book a nearby dog sitter, daycare provider, or dog walker, who'll take complete care of your loved one - at their place or yours.

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Gillian PSanta Cruz, CA

4.9

(848)

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Hi, I'm Gillian. I grew up in England in a household full of pets, including Cindy the Welsh corgi & Rover the old sheep dog. Years later, we have Priya, a rescued beagle-mix. I began dog walking 8 years ago in Florida, with dogs of all sizes and ages from dachshunds and poodles to bulldogs and Huskies! I love meeting new dogs & giving them a good walk for fun and exercise. I ve volunteered at animal shelters and the SPCA, I am professional & caring, and ready to begin a new adventure with Wag!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, High energy dogs, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Christina CSanta Cruz, CA

4.9

(550)

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“Give every puppo a hug and a squeeze”

After close to 600 walks for canine clients, I've gained much confidence and experience to care for all kinds of puppos. Today I am a proud momma to a German Shepherd mix I adopted, and we're so happy together. Dogs are wonderful creatures. I often feel like we don't deserve such loyalty and undying affection. For all they do for us, I like to give back and remind them how much they are loved and appreciated.

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Fast walker

Maria CSanta Cruz, CA

4.9

(393)

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“Experienced, trustworthy, loving and fun!”

Hi and welcome to WAG! I love dogs and making them happy by getting them out for some exercise and fun. I have been a dog owner for 9 years and was a shelter volunteer where I took workshops about how to handle dogs including fearful, adolescents and puppies. I use positive reinforcement and have taken a dog cognition and behavior course. I am accepting walks at this time and use a mask, gloves, hand sanitizer, as well as my own leash when walking your dog.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Brett WSanta Cruz, CA

4.9

(316)

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Hi, my name is Brett and I'm looking forward to meeting your pup! Dogs bring the greatest joy to my life and I can never get enough. I have been the proud owner/human of two dogs in the past and believe they have been a key in living a happy life. Meeting a new dog is the high point in my day, especially knowing I get to play and satisfy them. I work in a customer service job so it's always nice to change to a species that really appreciates the simple things. Our best friends deserve nothing but the best!

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Jessica KSanta Cruz, CA

4.9

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“i am safe, sweet, loving, energetic, experienced.”

Hi! My name is Jessica. I have been working with dogs for over five years in various capacities: five animal shelters (both volunteer and employed), a veterinary hospital, three doggy day cares, so much dog sitting, and so, so much dog walking! I have a professional dog walking certification and am trained in pet cpr and pet first aid. Your pet's safety and health is paramount. I am mature and love all animals! i have also had cats my whole life. i am fully present and focused on your fur baby.

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Dog first aid and/or CPR, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Julia TSanta Cruz, CA

4.9

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Hi! My name is Julia Thomas and I'm looking forward to meeting you and your pup(s)! I have experience both walking dogs and dog sitting from my high school and college days, and I've been a pet owner for most of my life. Right now I have two fluffy cats, but I'm hoping to add a dog-friend to the mix soon. Here's a little about me and my availability in case you're interested in hiring me to walk your furry friend. I've taught 5th grade in Philadelphia for the past two years, but I'm taking this school year off from teaching in order to apply to law school. Right now I work in the evening from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, which means that I'm available during the day for walks. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any further questions. Thanks for reading!

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Madison RSanta Cruz, CA

4.9

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“I love dogs more than people”

My name is Madison. I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA. I am from a large family of eight. I currently own a two year old yellow lab and his name is Brody. As well, I own a kitten named Casper! I am an active outdoors person and love playing sports. I am a fun loving person and love to cuddle, walk, run, and play with dogs. I am very flexible on hours and for tasks that are asked of me. I will keep your dog happy, safe, active, and having fun while they are in my care.

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Can run with dogs, Senior dog care, High energy dogs, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Steve SSanta Cruz, CA

4.9

(159)

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“Five-Star Walker!!! 100% Reliable and Honest! ”

I have always loved dogs, and have a special bond with them since childhood. I've owned two cattle dogs, and always had dogs in my home. My family breeds Saluki's. My specialty is walking, but I also board dogs. I have experience with Labradors, Doodles, Boxers, Greyhounds, Shepherds, JRTs, & many more. I am a home owner, and business owner. I work from home, and live alone, there are two fenced yards. My preference would be repeating services. I typically do not work on weekends. 5-star!

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Can run with dogs, Oral medicine administration, Injected medicine administration, Senior dog care, Special needs dog care, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Mike CSanta Cruz, CA

4.9

(165)

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Warm greetings to you, Pet Parent(s). I am an avid canine enthusiast and have lived in the great North of Alaska and raised sled dogs on a dog farm at the size of 100 animals at any given time. I have always had dogs in my family ever since I was a child ranging from labs to beagles to Bassett hounds to dachshunds. I tend to love all breeds and enjoy getting your pup out to catch some Cali sun and such. “Happy tails make happy trails.”

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Can run with dogs, High energy dogs, Training experience, Dogs who pull, Puppy care, Fast walker

Niel WSanta Cruz, CA

4.9

(151)

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Hi, I’m Niel. I’ve lived in the Bay Area all my life and have been dog sitting for years. You can feel at ease knowing your pupper is in good loving hands. I will try to accommodate any request to fully satisfy your best friend and alleviate any concerns you may have.

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Senior dog care, Dogs who pull

Dog Walking in Santa Cruz

In the city of Santa Cruz, there around 63,000 people, of which 17,288 households have at least one pet; that adds up to over 30,000 pets! The people of this city really love their pets, and there is a huge amount of pet-friendly places around Santa Cruz for you and your furry family members to enjoy while you are here.

Some of the pet-friendly hotels in Santa Cruz are the Bay Front Inn Hotel on Pacific Avenue, Ocean Pacific Lodge on Pacific Avenue, and Aqua Breeze Inn on 2nd Street. There are also some great pet-friendly restaurants in the city of Santa Cruz, California. The Seabright Brewery on Seabright Avenue has a spacious patio with excellent food and beer and the servers actually keep dog treats in their aprons for your little buddy. It is a few blocks from the Seabright Beach, where dogs are welcome as well. Aldo’s Restaurant, on Atlantic Drive, has fresh seafood and great pasta, and they love dogs. Harbor Café is on 7th Avenue, has a beach type setting and give your furry friend their own bowl of water to enjoy. On Cedar Street, Gabriella Café has a variety of incredible food that changes with the seasons and they welcome your fur babies too.

Mimi De Marta Dog Park on Broadway has picnic tables, water fountains, and plenty of open space to play fetch. Mitchell’s Cove Beach on West Cliff Drive by Lighthouse Field State Beach is a gorgeous beach area with off-leash access after four in the afternoon. Chanticleer Dog Park on Chanticleer Avenue is a cute little informal neighborhood park with a fenced-in area for the pups to run free. Another great park, Pacheco Dog Park, is on Pacheco Avenue and even has extra balls for the furballs to play with.

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Santa Cruz

Seabright

49
Dog Parks
1 park

Population Density
7,357 per sq. mi.

Seabright

49

The Seabright neighborhood in Santa Cruz offers plenty of dining, lodging, entertainment and activities for locals and their guest to enjoy! Located off Seabright State Beach and overlooking Monterrey Bay, you and your pooch can take a hike to the beach and catch some rays. While dogs are allowed off-leash here, there is a beach patroller to notify people when the tide is coming, and at that time your dog needs to be on-leash for their safety. Every Sunday Woofers & Walkers hosts the Dog Walk & Yappy Hour event where you go on a walk with your pooch in Santa Cruz County!

Mount Hermon

36
Population Density
406 per sq. mi.

Mount Hermon

36

Mount Hermon is a family-friendly area that offers outdoor fun which can be enjoyed by humans and pups. California’s towering redwood forests can be enjoyed with your furry best friend aboard the Redwood Forest Steam train at Roaring Camp Railroads. Dogs are permitted aboard the train as well as the grounds of the railroads, which makes it a fun place to walk Fido! Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park welcomes leashed dogs on their picnic and campgrounds, as well as Pipeline Road, Graham Hill Trail, Powder Mill Fire Road, and Meadow Trail. You'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to planning an entertaining outing or weekend getaway!

Soquel

24
Population Density
531 per sq. mi.

Soquel

24

This Santa Cruz neighborhood is family-friendly and conveniently located off the Cabrillo Highway. The Anna Jean Cummings Park spans 95 acres and offers a huge playground, pavilion picnic areas, BBQ pits, and several athletic fields that can be enjoyed by on-leash dogs and their humans. Soquel Lions Park is another place you can take your on-leash dog for a walk. The park is located on 1.5 acres and offers open space, drinking fountains, BBQ pits, and benches if you want to have a picnic or cookout with your fur baby and friends! Not feeling like cooking? Michael’s on Main and Carpos are dog-friendly restaurants in the area.

Live Oak

12
Population Density
787 per sq. mi.

Live Oak

12

Live Oak is a fun and family friendly Santa Cruz locale that is a hop, skip and a jump from the massive DeLaveaga Park. DeLaveaga Park is dog-friendly and rests on 565 acres of land. It includes a golf course, disc golf course, athletic fields, picnic areas, and hiking/biking trails, with the Branciforte Creek as a backdrop flowing through the west edge of the park. If you’re looking for something a little more simple, check out the nearby Chanticleer Avenue Park and Jose Avenue Park. Both allow on-leash dogs to walk and enjoy their open spaces. 

University of California S.C

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Population Density
5,004 per sq. mi.

University of California S.C

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The neighborhood near University of California Santa Cruz is surrounded by open areas and state parks. University Terrace Park is located on 8.5 acres and includes trails, lawn areas, benches, picnic areas, playground, tennis courts, basketball courts and, most importantly, a dog park! The University Terrace Dog Park is a fenced-in, off-leash dog park that offers a drinking fountain for both pups and humans. Westlake Park is another great park you can take your on-leash dog for a nice walk around a beautiful lake or to enjoy a nice afternoon picnic.