It might be that it’s the dog days of summer and Fido’s desire to be outside far outweighs his master’s. It could be that one is being worked like a dog at the office and needs someone trustworthy to let the four-legged family member out for a little mid-day relief. Whatever the reason for needing a little assistance where one’s prized pooch is concerned, Atlanta dog owners are fortunate that the city has a number of fabulous dog walking services available throughout the metro area. These services can prove invaluable for pet owners of a young puppy in the midst of potty training, a geriatric dog in need of more trips outside or active dogs in need of distractions in hopes of keeping them from ransacking the home. Many dog walking companies offer special playtime and snuggles for the pooches who need a little extra TLC, and some even provide pet-sitting services for when the owner goes on vacation.
2055 Howard Circle N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Based in the trendy Lake Claire area of Atlanta, this fully insured and bonded dog walking service serves many neighborhoods in the city. Dog walks include neighborhood sightseeing, play time, a refreshing bowl of water and cleaning of any potty accidents. Additional services offered by Whoa Doggy include in-house pet sitting and Go Fetch concierge services, which are comprised of helpful errand runs such as picking up dry cleaning or bringing in take-out so the owner has a hot meal waiting for them when they return home from work.
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1156 Rosedale Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306
This fully insured and bonded dog walking service has a decade of experience under its flea collar. In addition to offering daily dog walking services, Mutt Strutt also provides cat visits, in-home pet sitting and pet taxi – where it will run an owner’s pet to and from the vet, groomer and/or doggy daycare. Visits include special touches such as the administration of a pet’s medication and pooper scooper/kitty litter patrol – heck, it’ll even bring in the mail and water the plants when asked.
Barking Up the Right Tree
3535 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
In business since 1989, Barking Up the Right Tree provides daily midday walks Monday through Friday. Fully bonded and insured, Barking Up the Right Tree also offers customizable visits to the home while the pet owner is away on business or vacation, as well as overnight stays at the house. While at the home, it is happy to alternate the lights and blinds, water plants and pick up the mail, as well as provide lots of love and care to the pet. Additional services include pet taxi and emergency key drop-off in the event that the owner loses his or her own key. Barking Up the Right Tree has been heralded as the “Best Pet Sitters” in the city by Atlanta Magazine in its 2006, 2008 and 2010 Best Of issues.
Critter Sitters, Inc.
6500 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
As leaders in the Atlanta pet sitting business since 1975, Critter Sitters has built a huge network of over 150 sitters that serve the metro area and northwestern Georgia, and stretch all the way down to the Golden Isles area of the Georgia coast. On average, Critter Sitters provides care for over 30,000 homes and over 50,000 much-loved pets each year. While it is best known as pet sitters, dog walking is listed among its extensive list of services. Dog walks can be customized to fit the owner’s needs, scheduled for midday or dinnertime. In addition to dog walking, visits include Critter Sitters’ customary services like feeding, fresh water, any necessary medication and bringing in the mail.
DiOGi Pet Services
Atlanta, GA 30316
Dedicated to “sustaining the well-being and happiness for Atlanta’s pets while their humans are at work and play within the comfort of their own home and surroundings,” DiOGi provides pet sitting, pet taxi and medication administration, in addition to dog walking and running services. For added value, DiOGi offers prepaid VIP walking and running packages.
Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.