Dog walking in Chicago

Book on demand and scheduled walks with local dog walkers

How it works

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Flexible scheduling

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

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Customized for your pup

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

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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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My name is Julie. I live in Lakeview with my beautiful four year old chocolate Lab. I've loved dogs all my life. I frequently volunteer at Chicago Canine Rescue and am certified in pet CPR and first aid.

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

Hi my name is Janet and I can't wait to meet your dog !I'm a huge dog lover , and have had over 3 plus years of dog walking and pet sitting experience in recent years.I'm also a pet parent to a 9 year old Min Pin/Chihuahua mix named Nacho. I look forward to providing excellent pet care to Wag clients both new and old.

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Hi, I'm Mitch. I grew up in Chicago with a Labrador Retriever named Bailey. I have worked as a dog walker in Logan Square, which has given me a lot of hands on experience working and interacting with a variety of dogs! In my free time I enjoy writing, making films, and watching Bulls basketball. I can't wait to start walking your dogs.

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Hi, I’m located in Logan Square and parent to a nine year old rescued pit bull, and in the past have been foster parent to rescued dogs while they were awaiting placement in their forever homes. I love all kinds of dogs, big, small, and in between, and have a particular fondness for pit bulls and other bully breeds, because they’re so cute and sweet!

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Hi, My name is Lisa and I am a dog lover/animal lover. I have 15 years expereince in taking care of animals. I have also been a longtime dog walker. I have been rescuing dogs and cats since I was a little girl. I am looking forward to taking care of your pup!

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“We love and welcome all pups in our place!”

My name is Andrew. I am a huge dog lover and own a husky puppy named Mack, who is not only great with other dogs but is great training for walking your dog! I am a student at DePaul, so I have a pretty open schedule and am mostly available in the Lincoln Park and Gold Coast areas. I can't wait to meet you and your furry friend(s)!

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Hello I'm Kiava! I'm relatively new here to Chicago but so far my dog Marley and I are loving it! I've had Marley, a female lab mix, for over three years now and adopted her from the animal shelter I volunteered at! I have plenty of experience with many different types of dogs and look forward to meeting yours for a walk!

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“Pups are not just pets, they are family!”

Hi, my name is Brian Martinez Flores- I am a true animal lover! I own a beautiful pit bull! My life style is very active and I hope by joining this team I can contribute to making it even better.​

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​Hi, I'm Jamie! I have experience dog walking and sitting for many different breeds, old and young, big and small. I take the health and safety of the dogs I work with seriously. To be the best walking companion for your dog, I have done extensive research on safe dog walking tips and techniques, and the various types of collars and harnesses to ensure your dog remains safe and healthy while they are in my care.​

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I grew up with dogs and cats. My husband and I got our first puppy when our children were small and took several training classes to learn the proper way to handle dogs. We now have two large dogs that I walk every day, rain or shine. I like staying fit and walking our dogs helps me stay young and stress free!

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Dog Walking in Chicago

Dog Walking Fun Fact #1:

While life may keep you busy, your dog may be twiddling their paws at home waiting for you. Don’t let boredom make your dog take it out on the furniture! Walks are a great way to curb destructive behaviors and give your dog a chance to safely use up that energy. Explore Chi-Town’s many dog-friendly beaches, parks, restaurants, and shopping to tire out your pup!

Dog Walking Fun Fact #2:

Daily exercise is your dog’s best defense against obesity, but that’s not all. Simply walking your pup regularly can reduce your dog’s chances of developing many health conditions including diabetes and arthritis. Just meandering along the streets of historic Near North Side, or searching for the best pet boutique along the Magnificent Mile, allows you to add years to your dog’s lifespan!

Dog Walking Fun Fact #3:

Whether your dog is an anxious, shy guy, or a boisterous social butterfly, there’s no doubt that socialization is important. Spending time with different people and canines can give nervous dogs experience and confidence, while outgoing pups can work on their manners. Take a walk to one of Chicago’s dozens of off leash dog parks to teach your dog how to hobnob with everyone.

Average Cost of Dog Walking in Chicago

How much do dog walkers charge in Chicago? Many companies and professional dog walkers offer various lengths of walks, with 30-minute walks costing upwards of $30. Some services base their charges on recurring walks only, and can even charge a same day booking fee which can add up to $10 per walk. Few dog walkers offer hour long walks, and most don’t work weekends.

When you need the best Pet Caregivers for your pooch, Wag! has you covered! Our 30-minute walks averages around $20, with options for longer 60-minute walks around $30, and short 20-minute spins around the block for about $15. Best of all, our thoroughly vetted and insured walkers are available when you need them, including on weekends. There’s no charge to book an on-demand or one-time walk that takes your dog out the same day, and while we don’t require you to book multiple walks, you can save 15% when you book in advance.

Pet Caregivers with Wag! go the extra mile to keep you updated on your dog’s adventure with GPS tracking on the Wag! app. You’ll also receive text and video messaging, and an end of walk report card about your dog’s adventure in the city.

Dog Parks in Chicago

With many places to explore, getting your dog out and about in Chicago is easy! History buffs will love strolling Uptown, home of Prohibition-era jazz clubs that once entertained gangsters like Al Capone. While still home to upscale entertainment venues, your pup will surely prefer a trip to Puptown at Margate Park. This off leash hot spot offers sprinklers in the summer. But for those doggos who want to get their paws in Lake Michigan, head to Montrose Dog Beach which has a fenced-in section for canine beachgoers to safely run and swim.

Truly athletic pups will love an expedition along the 18-mile Lakefront Trail. While it starts in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood, leashed pups can jump on anywhere south along the Lake Michigan shoreline as it winds all the way down to South Shore.

For those who bark, look no further than Wicker Park! The Walsh Playground Dog Park is the place to go if you want wide open spaces and shelter from the summer sun. Head on over to Churchill Field Dog Park for a game of fetch with Fido. For real grass terrain though, you’ll have to head to the Wicker Park Dog Park.

The trendy River North neighborhood lures culture vultures with art galleries, glitzy bars, and chic clubs. Your pup will surely be tugging on the leash the whole way to Larrabee Dog Park! Nestled on the banks of the Chicago River, this furbulous park features drinking water and a mess-free pea gravel surface.

Located just a bone's throw from the Loop and Lake Michigan, Near South Side’s Fred Anderson Dog Park caters to all sizes with separate enclosures for large and small pups, and a performance area with a stage for competitive types. Though smaller, the Coliseum Dog Park offers water and plenty of neighborhood pups, and a playground in the surrounding community park, making it a pawrific spot to bring the human kids too.

Before setting out to romp at Chicago's dog parks, be sure your dog has a permit and a tag from a participating veterinarian. Keep your dog on leash outside of any off leash designated areas, and always have clean-up bags handy to promptly pick up after your pup.

Dog Walking in Chicago with Wag!

There’s no doubt your furry companion loves you. But they probably don’t love being left home alone. Luckily, Wag! can rescue your dog from the boredom blues!

Thoroughly vetted dog walkers with Wag! can get your pup out and about in The Windy City with a walk catered to them. Whether you have an active doggo who loves daily hour-long walks, or a shy pup who just needs an occasional 20-minute stroll, Wag! has what they need. And with 30-minute spins around the neighborhood on tap too, your dog is sure to find the pawfect match for their needs.

Wag! also knows that your life can get busy, so scheduling a walk is as easy as 1-2-3! Just download the best dog walking app in town, the Wag! app, and select a date and time for an on-demand walk, a one-time walk, or a recurring walk. Then, choose the length your dog would prefer. Scan dog walker profiles to choose the right Pet Caregiver to see a finalized rate, and bring some sunshine into your dog’s day. And with GPS tracking, and text and video updates, you can enjoy some peace of mind too!

Many popular Chicago breeds, such as Labrador Retrievers and German Shepherds, have boundless energy, and would love frequent long adventures! Smaller city doggos like Chihuahuas and Shih Tzus never like to be left out, so our shorter walks are furbulous opportunities for them to sniff out the local news. And while your senior Golden Retriever may not be as active as they want to be, Drop-Ins from Wag! can give them some excitement at home.

Keep the pep in your dog’s step and book a dog walk with Wag! today!

Best Dog Neighborhoods in Chicago

River North

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Population Density
5,820 per sq. mi.

River North

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The trendy River North neighborhood lures culture vultures and party people alike with an impressive array of art galleries, glitzy bars, and chic clubs. Sparky will surely be tugging on the leash the whole way to A. Montgomery Ward Park! Nestled on the banks of the Chicago River, the park features a dog-friendly area, called Larrabee Dog Park, which is a "pawpular" spot with locals and dog walkers in Chicago. On-site amenities include drinking water for doggos and a mess-free surface of pea gravel. Just don't forget to bring plenty of waste bags! After your buddy has sniffed out some new four-legged friends, treat yourself to a taco or craft brew at one of the neighborhood's dog-friendly restaurants and bars.

Near North Side

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Population Density
29,770 per sq. mi.

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Dubbed one of Chicago's most walkable neighborhoods, Near North Side is a must-see for four-legged foodies and fashionistas. The district is also one of the oldest neighborhoods in Chi-Town, making it the perfect spot for hound-dog history buffs. Once you've walked up an appetite, take your pick of dog-friendly restaurants serving up everything from coffee and donuts to five-star fare. Get some seafood at Juniper Spirits and Oysters inside the Claridge Hotel, or check out Barrio which features a dog menu in the summer. The aptly-named Magnificent Mile is a magnet for shopaholics, boasting dozens of dog-friendly stores, pet boutiques, and even hotels. For a truly unique experience, book a cruise with your canine to see Chicago from a different perspective.

Near South Side

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2 parks

Population Density
11,930 per sq. mi.

Near South Side

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Located just a bone's throw from the Loop and Lake Michigan, Near South Side is a "furrific" area for puppers that features museums and high-rise condos. What does Chicago's Near South Side have to offer our fuzziest family members? Two beautiful dog parks! The first of these is the renowned Fred Anderson Dog Park. This hot spot for Spot features separate enclosures for large and small pups. Things get fancy with a special performance area complete with a stage if your dog is the competitive type. Though smaller than Fred Anderson Dog Park, what Coliseum Dog Park lacks in space it more than makes up for in amenities. Water and waste baggies are provided, and you'll usually find plenty of other dogs playing here. If you and your dog travel with kiddos, this park is right up your alley. The surrounding community park features a fun playground, making it the "pawfect" place to take the kids — fur-babies included!

Wicker Park

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Dog Parks
3 parks

Population Density
27,300 per sq. mi.

Wicker Park

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For those who bark, look no further than Wicker Park! This Chicago neighborhood has not one, not two, but three fenced-in, off-leash dog parks. How do you decide which one is best for you and your canine compadre? Walsh Playground Dog Park is the place to go if you want wide open spaces and shelter from the summer sun. Head on over to Churchill Field Dog Park for a game of fetch with Fido. The humans can also play ball on the baseball field. Last but definitely not least is Wicker Park Dog Park. This dog park is the only one of the three to feature real, live grass for all of your dog's rolling, sniffing, and running needs! Wicker Park Dog Park tends to get busy on weekends, so it may be easier to get into the other two parks on Saturdays and Sundays.

Uptown

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Dog Parks
2 parks

Population Density
24,300 per sq. mi.

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Most folks know Uptown for its Prohibition-era history. Many of the bars and snazzy jazz clubs you'll see today were pupular hangouts for world-famous gangsters like Al Capone back in the Roaring '20s. Modern-day Uptown is just as glamorous, home to live concerts, gourmet cuisine, and upscale entertainment venues. The star attraction for your woofer will be the Montrose Dog Beach. Puptown at Margate Park is another "grrreat" place to play off-leash. Maintained by volunteers, this park provides drinking water and waste baggies. In the summer, the sprinklers offer a fun way for your canine to stay cool. When you've explored all of Uptown's parks, settle in for a hearty meal complete with beautiful views of Lake Michigan.