Best in show: The industry will continue to grow as owners put more emphasis on their pets

IBISWorld’s Dog Walking Services market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
Annual Growth

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Higher pet ownership and increased pet spending have helped the industry thrive
  • Pet ownership is at an all-time high, having steadily grown over the past two decades
  • Pet owners will have to leave their pets alone at home as they re-enter the workforce

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Dog Walking Services industry maintained growth in the five years to 2016 despite the tail end of recessionary effects. This is largely due to pets more consistently being thought of as members of the family. Growth will continue in the five years to 2021 as consumers have more disposable income to spend on their pets...

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    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The Dog Walking Services industry has thrived in the five years from 2011 to 2016, with industry revenue expanding by an estimated annualized rate of 3.1% to $900.8 million. Even more impressive, industry revenue increased in each of the past five years. This steady growth was driven by two factors: an increasing level of pet ownership in the United States and a tendency for pet owners to treat their dogs and cats as part of their family, foregoing their own discretionary spending to provide for their four-legged friends. As the economy recovered and employment and disposable income levels rose, pet owners, especially those returning to the workforce, had more money and an increasing need to hire dog walkers and pet sitters. Accordingly, industry revenue is expected to increase by 2.8% i..

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    Additional Insights for the Dog Walking Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Dog Walking Services Industry are

  • Easy access for clients
  • Ability to cater to dogs' individual needs
  • Having a loyal customer base
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of pets (cats and dogs) and Per capita disposable income in the Dog Walking Services industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Dog Walking Services Industry?

    This industry includes establishments that provide dog walking services to households. Also included in this industry are pet sitters, who commonly make personal visits to pet owner’s homes to care for dogs and cats. The industry does not include companies that primarily offer pet grooming, training, boarding or other pet services, which are included in the Pet Grooming and Boarding industry.

    Industry Products
    Walks 30 minutes or less
    Walks longer than 30 minutes
    Dog sitting
    Other services
    Industry Activities
    Dog walking
    Pet sitting
    Dog transportation services

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of pets (cats and dogs)
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of households
  • National unemployment rate

  • Current Performance
  • Evolution of the industry
  • Pet ownership at historic highs
  • Competitions from pet boarding facilities
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • New technology offers new competition
  • Table: Dog Walking Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Dog Walking Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Direct Mail Advertising
  • Insurance Brokers & Agencies
  • Internet Publishing and Broadcasting
  • Pet Stores

  • Products & Services
  • Walks 30 minutes or less
  • Walks longer than 30 minutes
  • Dog sitting
  • Other services
  • Chart: Dog Walking Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 36 to 50
  • Consumers aged 51 to 66
  • Consumers aged 26 to 35
  • Consumers aged 65 or older
  • Consumers under 25
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Dog Walking Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    WagesProfitMarketingPurchasesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Dog Walking Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Dog Walking Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Dog Walking Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Dog Walking Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • Number of Cats and Dogs (2007-2021)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Dog walkers that have completed a background check.
  • Coupler
  • A piece of equipment that creates multiple branches for a leash, allowing a dog walker to walk multiple dogs with one leash.
  • Gps Tracking Collar
  • A dog collar which is attached to the dog in order to provide live updating as to their current location.
  • Pet Taxi
  • A service in which dog walkers provide transportation as per owner's request.
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