Will I have the same walker every day?

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Yes. We match you with a dedicated dog walker for your dog(s). If your regular dog walker is unable to walk your dog due to illness or planned time off, it is Windy City Paws’ policy to seamlessly assign another walker on staff to walk your dog that day. All Windy City Paws dog walkers are employees and trained to walk the Windy City Paws way. You will never have a back up dog walker who is anything less than a fully trained team member.

If in the event your regular dog walker is unable to walk your dog due to illness or planned time off, it is Windy City Paws’ policy to seamlessly assign another walker on staff to walk your dog that day. We will notify you proactively of the change in walker for that scheduled service. You can also always view the dog walker scheduled to walk your dog in the online scheduling system.

Do you require a minimum number of walks?

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To maintain our high standard of service with a consistent walker for every client, we require dog walking clients to meet the minimum service requirement of three (3) scheduled service days per week. Scheduled services are defined as M-F, 8am-5pm with recurring days and times (ex: M/W/F 11am-1pm). If minimums are not met, the minimum service commitment will be applied to the monthly invoice.

Why are service minimums important?

  1. To hire and retain the best talent, we need to offer consistent work. When a dog walker’s clients cancel, they work fewer hours and get paid less.
  2. Our dog walkers are rarely able to pick up an extra service to compensate for cancellations. Most of our dog walkers have other jobs and life pursuits. Because our employees are of a higher caliber, they can find other forms of part-time consistent work if we are not able to offer it.

Please view our Service Minimum Policy page for additional FAQs regarding this policy.

For our Puppy Package, we require a minimum of 10 regularly scheduled dog walks per week (2 walks per day) between the hours of 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday.

How will I know my visit is complete?

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You will receive an email notification when your visit is completed. That notification will include:

  • A GPS verification of your service location
  • A photo of your pet(s)
  • Notes about the day's visit
How can I adjust my schedule?

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You have full access to your schedule through our online client portal. There, you can easily request new appointments and cancel existing appointments. You will receive an email confirmation when your request is confirmed.

We are happy to check availability and make any needed adjustments to your schedule whether it be days per week or timeframe so just email us at info@windycitypaws.com! Just give us at least a week's notice to give us time to check our availability and get everything updated on our end. Note these changes may result in a walker change. (Example: You currently have a M/W/F 12pm-2pm 30 min. walk schedule and you want to change that to a M/Tu/W schedule with the same timeframe and 30 minute walk.)

What is your cancellation policy?

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We implement a cancellation policy for the benefit of our employees, who clear their schedules for your specific service timeframe. When cancellations are made prior to our deadline, our walkers and sitters can make other plans and take other jobs.

For a walk, run, petsit or cat visit:

You must submit your cancellation request by 5pm the day before a scheduled service or it will be charged in full.

*Cancellation requests submitted after the deadlines described above are considered “late cancellations,” and will be referred to as such in email communication.

When will my appointment occur?

For dog walks:

If you have (1) scheduled dog walk per day, we require a 2-hour timeframe for the walker to arrive in. If you have (2) scheduled dog walks per day, we require a 1-hour timeframe for the walker to arrive in.

For cat visits:

Periodic Cat Visits: Sitters typically arrive consistently at the same time of day but we ask for an 8am-5pm time window for cat visits. Evening visits can be scheduled if desired.

Daily Cat Visits: The service timeframe for daily cat visits is 10am-4pm. Evening visits can be scheduled if desired.

For petsits:

Sitters will arrive between 8am and 9am for a morning petsit and between 5pm and 6pm for an evening petsit.

How do I pay?

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We invoice customers monthly after services are completed. You may pay with an auto-debit from your bank account (ACH payment), and we accept Visa and Mastercard credit card payments.

Invoices are sent out on the first of each month for services completed the previous month. Payments are processed automatically on the 5th of the month to your default payment method on file.

Do you work on holidays?

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Yes. However, WCP observes the following holidays. On these days there are no regularly scheduled services unless specifically requested and approved. Services on these days will follow holiday pricing:

  • New Years Day
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Black Friday
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas
Do you have a referral program?

Thanks to you we're Chicago Reader's "Best Dog Walkers"

To celebrate, we're increasing our referral bonus- $100 or you and your friend

We are so excited to announce that we won the Chicago Reader's Best of 2019 Contest for "Best Dog Walkers!" This would not have been possible without you, our amazing clients, and your help in the nomination and voting rounds! To thank you for your continued support and loyalty we wanted to do a special increase for our client referral bonus!

Beginning the month of November 2019 through February 2020, we are tripling our current client referral bonus!

If you know a friend, family member, neighbor, coworker, or anyone else who needs regular dog walking services, send them our way! If they sign up for 3 or more regularly scheduled walks per week, we will give them $50 off their first 2 invoices and also credit your account $100 after their first month of service! Just remember to have them mention your name when they sign up!

Are you insured?

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Yes, we are bonded, insured and licensed in the city of Chicago. We can also provide prospective clients with copies of this documentation.

What are Windy City Paws office hours?

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Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.

Please call us at 312.473.6466 with any questions you have regarding our areas of service.