If you want to find someone to do your dog walking in Brisbane, it’s a super important task! No one wants to trust their favourite four-legged friend to just anyone. But if you work long hours, have young kids you don’t want to drag out twice a day, are mobility impaired or are away a lot, then using the best dog walkers in Brisbane might well be a necessity. Rather than a luxury!
The people offering dog walking services in Brisbane can do an amazing job. They can be there for your pet when you’re not available, ensuring they get all the fresh air and exercise they need. As well as plenty of attention, of course! Well we speak for ourselves here, as various members of the Families team love to lavish affection on the pooches they walk on behalf of other people!
Whether you want to find dog walking in the New Farm area, Brisbane city dog walking or a dog walker in north Brisbane, this guide can help you find the right dog walking service. Reliable pet care from a professional dog walker – and dog lover – can really offer peace of mind. What price is the happiness and well-being of your precious family pet worth, anyway?
Find all the professional dog walking services you need, right here. Read on for the full lowdown on how dog walkers in Brisbane could help to ease the strain in your life. The best dog walking in Brisbane could be just a few short clicks away. As well as right up your street.
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8 of the best dog walkers in Brisbane
Mad Dogs & Englishmen
FAMILIES MAGAZINE TOP PICK
- Areas: City, Bulimba, Carina Heights, Indooroopilly and surrounding areas
- Other services: Doggy day care and dog training
Kyle knows all the best dog walks in Brisbane, so you’re in good hands when using Mad Dogs and Englishmen in Queensland. He and Leticia have been running their service in the city since 2017. Kyle has a National Dog Trainers Federation (NDTF) Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training – and he’s a genuinely lovely guy too.
So the committed, dog-loving couple offers dog training in Brisbane, walking services and also doggy day care in Brisbane. What we love is the personal touch here. Plus the way the website homepage makes all their services and pricing crystal clear at a glance.
Mad Dogs and Englishmen is actually a franchise that operates in Sydney and the Central Coast as well as the Brisbane area. The Sydney Opera House Dogs helped to ping this dog care name on the map. Pet training is a key focus, in addition to walking and doggy day care services.
As an NDTF accredited dog trainer, these dog walks also include a firm focus on training. Over time, this can lead to better recall, improved confidence and great social skills in your canine. This is especially helpful if you have a rescue dog that needs extra attention. If a behavioural issue, free training advice will gladly be given by Kyle or a team member.
Owners can also check out the Instagram feed for daily videos and photos from doggie walks. The options for booking include one and two hour walks, and for the former additional dogs are charged at half the single pet rate. Group or individual walks are available, and you can also book 90-minute one-on-one training sessions to set your pet on the right path.
- Simple, clear services and pricing
- Led by an NDTF accredited dog trainer
- Reduced group walk rates for a second pet
- Less dog walkers available
- Areas: All – Australia-wide
- Other services: Pet day care, visits, sitting, hosting, training and grooming
To find dog walkers in Brisbane North and indeed all over and around the city, you can count on MadPaws. Australia’s biggest pet care marketplace offers so much more than just a dog walking service.
In addition to dog walks, the platform can also connect you to people who offer pet sitter services and even hosting. Plus day care, visits and even grooming and training. It’s the one-stop-shop for all things woof and we love the convenience and clarity of that.
MadPaws has a rigorous screening process before any of its dog walkers are taken on. In fact, only one in every four applicants makes the grade. For peace of mind, you can read real-life reviews before booking, as we did.
Mad Paws Accident Cover is a real plus when you book through MadPaws. Help is available seven days per week, and in the unfortunate event of an accident, your pet is fully covered. You can also arrange a Meet and Greet with your dog walker in Brisbane before engaging them.
- Fully screened and insured
- Pet sitting and other services
- Can be more expensive
Brisbane Dog Walkers
- Areas: City-wide
- Other services: No, but private, group or adventure dog walks
If you want to book Brisbane city dog walking from a company that specialises in nothing else, then the simply named Brisbane Dog Walkers could be just what you need. What makes them stand out is the fact that they offer three different types of dog walk.
The cheapest of these is the group dog walk, where up to four canines are walked at once. This is ideal for puppies who need to be socialised. It’s also a money saver, with the most affordable rates.
Next up on the pricing scale are private dog walks. Here the walking service is for one only, so the dog-loving walker can lavish all their care and attention on your pet.
Thirdly, you can book your dog a longer adventure, which is ideal for really tiring them out while they explore new horizons. These can be up to five hours long, and will include at least two hours of walking.
Brisbane Dog Walkers offers a Best Price Guarantee, though do note that agency prices aren’t included in this. What you do get, in the vast majority of cases, is the same walker every week, and we love how that ensures the personal touch. All must love animals, and pass the company’s own training course covering health, safety and canine behaviour.
- Fully trained dog walkers
- 3 levels of walk to choose from
- Best Price Guarantee is limited
- Areas: All – Australia-wide
- Other services: Doggy day care, dog boarding, house sitting, home visits
PawShake is a competitor of MadPaws, and also operates across Australia. They can also help if you’re seeking a pet sitter, either for boarding or to visit your home. A house sitting service is also available.
This company promises to find you a dog walker in Brisbane that will treat your pet like a member of their own family. Which in our experience is definitely true! Once you’ve found a walker you like the look of, you can arrange a meet and greet without payment or commitment. The third step is making a flexible booking online.
Of all the pet sitting applications received, PawShake says they only accept 15%. Nationwide they work with over 30,000 dog walkers and sitters, and apparently 97% of reviews give them five stars.
PawShake also offers national police checks via InterCheck to ensure your dog walker has nothing to hide. All bookings also include full veterinary coverage, and they take care to work with only genuine animal lovers.
PawShake also offers an app for booking, updates and payments on the go. They also have useful blog articles on the site, offering advice on topics like preparing your home for a dog sitter, and getting your pet ready for that first vet’s visit or a meet and greet with their would-be walker.
- Rates can be lower
- Police checked and veterinary cover
- Also offers doggy day care and dog boarding
- Limited choice of walkers in certain areas
Spot the Dog Walker
- Areas: Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria
- Other services: Private, group or adventure dog walks; pet sitting, visits, pet care
Spot the Dog Walker in Brisbane stands out for several reasons. 50 cents per walk booked is donated to the RSPCA, for starters. They also, rather unusually, have a gift shop on the website. This currently sells gift vouchers, and other products are promised to be ‘coming soon’.
Spot Dog Walk – as the website is called – offers either group, private or adventure dog walks. The latter can last for up to three hours, and may include beach swims or bushland trails. You can also book various pet care services such as a taxi to the vet, pet sitting or even a wash and brush-up in the backyard.
All walkers working for Spot are fully insured and police checked. They’re also trained in pet first aid. The whole team is carefully vetted, reliable, friendly and made up of genuine dog lovers. Who in turn love leading your dog on some awesome nature walks!
The website has a page where you can ‘meet’ the dog walkers in the area – albeit virtually. There are many to choose from in all areas, so you’re sure to find one that suits you and your pet. Spot was featured on Totally Wild, so you can watch a clip, or alternatively follow them on Instagram to get a feel for how your dog walks might work.
- Check out the dog walkers online
- Insured, police checked, trained and vetted
- 3 hour adventures can include bushland trails or beach swims
- Higher rates for ad hoc bookings
- Areas: All – Australia-wide
- Other services: Veterinary care, doggy day care, boarding, house sitting, pet taxi, home visits, 24-hour supervision, grooming, training
Like PawShake and MadPaws, PetCloud is a broad-ranging dog care service that operates Australia-wide. Their credentials are pretty impressive, and include awards and a collaboration with RSPCA Queensland. The selection of services offered is also pretty much second-to-none.
Through PetCloud, you can arrange to have your dog washed, supervised 24 hours, driven around, trained, clipped – and of course walked. And then some.
You can search for a sitter or walker in your area as the first step. Alternatively, post a job online. This will send out an alert within a 25-kilometre radius, so that walkers who are suitable, interested and available can come to you. We found this to be a real time saver.
Once you’ve found a sitter, you can arrange a meet and greet session if you want to. Next you can book your pet’s dog friendly walks in Brisbane. There’s a digital wallet to use when paying.
If you’re also considering dog boarding for an upcoming holiday, you can visit the property your pet would stay at in advance as well. All pet carers booked through PetCloud are insured, police checked and RSPCA Accredited Pet Care Training is provided. You also have access to a written agreement online plus RSPCA support.
- Find a walker or post a job
- Police checked and RSPCA trained
- Insurance, written agreement and RSPCA support
- Not the best website design and speed
- Areas: Southern and western suburbs
- Other services: 30, 45 or 60 minute walks plus pet sitting, pet taxi, washing, grooming
If you want to bag a discount for using dog walkers in Brisbane on a regular basis, then you might like to call on Rosie Pets. They cover the western and southern suburbs, from Anstead and Bellbowrie to Westlake, Yeerongpilly and Yeronga. Washing, grooming and pet sitting services are offered as well as walkies.
Whether you need a tailored clipping service for your specific breed or a quick hydrobath to spruce them up, Rosie Pets can help. They can also look after other pets, whether you have birds, cats, mice or a snake. Which is great news for one of the Families team and their kids’ offbeat taste in pets!
When it comes to dog walking prices in Brisbane, Rosie Pets offers great rates for two pets plus. At the time of writing, you’ll only pay $8 per extra pet, per walk. The same rate applies for ad hoc or regular bookings, and for any walk duration.
You can book a walk for an hour, for half an hour or for 45 minutes. Pet taxis are available where required, and Rosie Pets encourage pet owners to split walking costs with their neighbours to get better value for money.
Rosie Pets place animals at the centre of all they do, and have been offering their services in Brisbane for over a decade.
- Great discounts for more than one dog
- Pet sitting for all sorts of creatures
- Breed specific clipping service
- Western and southern suburbs only
Jogs for Dogs
- Areas: Chapel Hill and western suburbs
- Other services: Nature walks, pet playdates, pet sitting, dog cakes, dog pools
Jogs for Dogs is based in Chapel Hill and covers the city’s western suburbs. This company has a couple of unique services to offer as well as dog walking in Brisbane. You can order dog cakes for your pooch’s big birthday, or buy dog pools for pets who love getting wet!
The aims of every dog walk booked are socialisation and stimulation as well as exercise. About 180 pets are walked each week by Jogs for Dogs, and they love venturing into the forest or sniffing out waterholes for the full sensory experience. Nature walks and pet play dates are a speciality, and a pet sitting service is also available.
For every dog walk you book, Jogs for Dogs donates 50 cents to the RSPCA. You can follow this local company on Facebook or Instagram, which we find covers all age groups very nicely.
- Dog pools and cakes supplied
- Nature walks venture into forest and to watering holes
- Walks designed for socialisation, stimulation and exercise
- Western suburbs only
Dog Walkers in Brisbane FAQs
How much do dog walkers charge in Brisbane?
Dog walkers in Brisbane can charge anywhere between around $10 and $50 per hour – or per walk. Discounts may be available for second dogs, or for regular bookings. Private walks that are one-on-one with your pet tend to cost more than group walks with up to four dogs.
How much do dog walkers charge per hour in Australia?
According to Payscale, the median hourly rate for a dog walker in Australia was $23.93 in March 2023. The minimum wage, by comparison, is $21.38 per hour, so it’s slightly above that figure.
How do I become a dog walker in Brisbane?
While you don’t necessarily need any formal qualifications to become a dog walker in Brisbane, experience and any training will help. Many of the leading pet care companies and platforms have strict vetting policies, so the success rate among applicants can sometimes be low.
Companies may also run a police check, and are likely to look for a genuine love of dogs too. You can apply to do paid dog walking in Brisbane through PetCloud, Brisbane Dog Walkers, MadPaws and more.
Which dog walkers in Brisbane will you use?
As you can see, there are plenty of dog walking services in Brisbane to choose from. Many offer other services as well as dog walking in Brisbane too. So it’s no problem if you’ll be looking for dog sitting in Brisbane, pet boarding, grooming, a pet taxi and more in future.
In fact some Brisbane dog walkers even sell dog cakes and doggie pools. Or offer full-on one-to-one training sessions delivered by an NDTF accredited dog trainer. Many of these act as a one stop shop for all your pet care needs, whether that’s a walk in the park once a week, boarding while you take off around Australia or training and socialising a new puppy. Some can even take care of your other pets too!
Regular walks are good for your dog’s physical and mental health, and help them to stay happy and healthy. Booking Brisbane dog walking services also takes the strain off anyone who’s busy or unable to walk their dog in the short or longer term. If you want a pet who’s socialised, exercised and stimulated, what’s not to love?
If you are looking for a doggy daycare in Brisbane for your furry friend, we know that too. Or if you want to take your pooch to the beach that welcome dogs on the Sunshine Coast or dog friendly Gold Coast beaches, or just an off leash park for dogs in Brisbane, we’ve got you covered! And if you want to sip on a coffee and treat your pooch with a pupachino, check out these awesome dog friendly cafes in Brisbane. Camping your thing? Check out these dog friendly camping spots near Brisbane. You. Are. Welcome!