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Why Hire a dogtec Certified Dog Walker?

Dog walking is a fast-growing and entirely unregulated industry. Virtually anyone can hang a shingle and pronounce himself a professional dog walker. In this absence of quality control, it’s important to make sure the dog walker you choose is qualified to care for your dog.

dogtec certified dog walkers have been through an intensive training program.

To be dogtec certified, candidates must:
  • Pass a hands-on practical exam. The exam includes walking multiple dogs on and off leash in challenging situations while demonstrating the ability to maintain voice and leash control, keep the dogs safe, and ensure every dog in their care is having a great time.

  • Pass a comprehensive written exam. Candidates must show a high level of understanding in several areas of dog behavior, including learning theory, pack management, building a strong recall, reading dog body language, recognizing early warning signs of discomfort, fear, and aggression, and positively managing inappropriate dog play and leash manners.

  • Be first-aid certified. Our program includes Pet Tech first aid certification focused specifically on dogs for professional walkers.

  • Pledge to use only humane training approaches. All dogtec grads, as a condition of their certification, must commit to use only scientifically sound, positive training methods with all dogs in their care. Just as you wouldn’t want your child spanked by his teacher, you don’t want your dog jerked, shocked, or shouted at by your walker. Hiring a dog walker should provide fun and exercise for your dog and peace of mind for you.

  • Pledge to adhere to ethical business practices. We teach walkers how to run their businesses effectively and ethically—always with the client in mind. Graduates agree to observe the best business practices and to take as good of care of their human clients as their four-legged ones.

Interested in becoming a certified dog walker or starting your own dog walking business? Learn more about the Dog Walking Academy.

Thinking about hiring a dog walker? Download our list of questions to ask before you hire a dog walker.


What does the Advanced Certification seal mean?
Any walker displaying our Advanced Certified Dog Walker seal has taken a second intensive course focused heavily on behavioral problem solving and passed another comprehensive exam. By doing so, these walkers have distinguished themselves by their commitment to professional development and continuing education. Such commitment is all the more impressive in an industry that requires neither, and signals a high degree of dedication and professionalism.