Dog walking in London
With over 26,000 dogs registered in London (and an estimated 25,000 dogs that aren’t), there are plenty of good places to take your dog for a walk. When you can’t take your dog out yourself, there are plenty of dog walking services available in London.
What are the best places for dog walking in London?
London is a dog-friendly city and there are lots of places you can go to share some fun time with your dog. Parks and green areas are all over the city, so finding a great spot to walk your dog should not be any problem. Here are a few of our favourites:
A touristic landmark, Hyde Park is also a dream playground for dogs right in the centre of the city. The park boasts over 350 acres of land and thousands of trees: a true paradise for our four-legged friends!
Situated on the south bank of the Thames, Battersea Park is a 200-acre green space that is considered to be one of the most pet-friendly parks in London. The space is mostly flat with plenty of open areas where dogs can run around freely.
Located in North London, Hampstead Heath carries unusually strong countryside vibes for the otherwise highly metropolitan city of London. With an astounding 790 acres of green space stretching from Hampstead to Highgate, the park is a heaven for dogs and their owners. On hot days, you can even let your dog go and have a dip in the special dog swimming pond!
South-west of the city, Richmond Park is one of the largest royal parks in London. It acts as a nature reserve and is home to wild deer. During the rutting (September-October) and birthing (May-July) seasons it is best to avoid walking your dog here. Outside of these periods, dogs can enjoy off-lead areas to run and mess around with other dogs as much as they like!
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Using a dog walking service in London
At times, all of us need a little help with giving our dogs the attention and exercise they all need an deserve. Making sure that our dogs get the chance to go out for a walk several times a day can prove especially challenging. That’s when dog walkers come in handy! But how do you find someone who can walk your dog?
Ask a friend, a relative or a neighbour
This is a good place to start. Check if someone around you would be willing to walk your dog. It’s by far the cheapest solution and you’ll probably feel more comfortable handling your keys and your furry friend to someone you know. If no one can give a hand, no worries. There are other ways to find the perfect dog walker.
Ask your vet or your local animal shelter
Vet nurses or volunteers may offer dog sitting services, including dog walking. While you will probably have to pay for the service, you’ll also be sure that your dog will be in the hands of a loving and experienced person.
Use a reputable pet sitting company
There are a lot of companies that offer pet sitting services. Find one that operates locally and check if it offers dog walking in London. Don’t forget to check the rates and the experience of the pet sitters and also make sure that there are no hidden fees. Once you’ve selected your dog walker, it’s best to meet in person before the first dog walk.
The costs of dog walking services in London
Prices for dog walking vary depending on several things: make sure you go carefully through the rates before the service starts, especially if you have special requirements. The size of your dog, your exact location, the walk’s duration and the day of the week can all influence the price you will pay.
Prices for dog walking in London are usually a bit higher than in other parts of the UK. Bigger breeds that need a lot of exercise are also more expensive than their smaller compatriots. Need a dog walker in the early morning or late at night? This will also cost you more. The same goes for booking a dog walker during typical vacation times Of course, the longer the walk, the higher the costs, and the same goes for a highly experienced dog walker.
Taking all of the aforementioned variables into account, you can usually expect to pay between £10 and £15 per walk. A final piece of advice: if you have the choice, always go for a dog walker with insurance.