list of top 10 dog walking franchises

The 10 Best Dog Walking Franchises

Dog walking franchises exist to help you speed up the process of becoming successful in your dog walking business.  Below you'll find a list of the top 10 to look into. 


Pros & Cons

The main benefit that you'll get with the established dog walking franchises is that they'll help you avoid the mistakes that come with inexperience so you can build your business faster.

The main drawback of these ​companies is that it can be expensive to join and expensive to pay monthly royalties.

​Because these dog walking franchises can be so helpful, yet so expensive, I was wondering if there was a way to bridge the gap between the education and support that a franchise provides with a much more affordable solution.  

After looking around for a long time, I could not find anything that offered the guidance and support of a franchise but at a cost that anyone could afford.  So, I decided to create my own solution.

It's called the Pet Business Masters! Academy.  ​

​If you're evaluating dog walking franchises and want the support that they offer for a fraction of the price, then check out what the Academy offers.

Top 10 Dog Walking Franchises​

In no particular order, here are the top 10 franchises to look into:

  1. ​Pet Sit Pros: Based in California
  2. Out U Go!: Based in Chicago
  3. SnaggleFoot:  Locations primarily in the midwest and eastern part of the nation
  4. Fetch! Pet Care:  One of the largest, if not the largest, dog walking franchises around
  5. Sitter 4 Paws: Mostly in the western US
  6. Walk My Dog: If you're looking for something in the UK, check out this company
  7. Dogs Love Running!: This is the dog walking franchise that I personally started. We have existing franchisees but I would recommend that my Pet Business Masters! Academy is a much better fit than these franchises for 95% of people.  Inside the Academy, you'll find the exact training we use in my franchise
  8. Paw Pals:  Another for UK residents
  9. In Home Pet Services:  Located mostly in New York
  10. Camp Bow Wow:  Known more for dog daycare, they also provide dog walking

How Much It Costs

There are two main components of starting these dog walking franchises.  You've got your "franchise fee" and your "monthly royalty."

Each company is different but you can expect the franchise fee to be an upfront cost of between about $5000 and $15000 in most cases.  

The monthly royalty is typically between 3% and 6% of your gross sales per month.  There may or may not be a monthly minimum royalty payment.

There may be other franchise fees for marketing and other related costs.  On top of all this, of course then you also have all your other costs of simply running your business.

This all adds up pretty quickly.​

Contrast all this to joining the Pet Business Masters! Academy which has NO franchise fee and the monthly investment is a tiny fraction of what these dog walking franchises require.  

How About You?

What's your goal with joining a franchise?  To get help?  Build a business faster?  Have a known name?  Leave us a comment below, OK?​

About the Author John Reh

John loves animals and business. He put the two together and built a multi-million dollar dog walking/running and pet sitting business with hard work, systems, and great people. He now teaches everything he's learned in the Pet Business Masters! community.

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