Have you ever considered being a part-time dog walker to help supplement your source of income? Check out our comparison table below and learn more about the benefits of working with a local business like Windy City Paws versus an on-demand app-based dog walking company. Make an educated choice about where you work!

If working for a local dog walking business like Windy City Paws sounds like a great fit for you, please fill out our online application so that we can get to know you better. Click Here To Apply!

Dog Walking Labor Comparison Chart

 

  
 
Employee or Independent Contractors
How are you paid?
Paid additional for evening/weekend work
Paid Time Off
Additional compensation opportunities outside of walking
Company pays for background check
Hands-On training provided before first day
Shadowing with a Staff Member on first day
Ongoing petcare education
Career growth opportunity
Company finds regular clients for you
Company plans efficient route to fit your schedule and maximize your client roster
Office staff meets each client to ensure walker safety
Office phone and in-person support when you have issues
Detailed information regarding the dogs routine, behavior and temperament provided to walkers for every walk
Dog walkers have a dedicated, walkable route in one neighborhood
Consistent clients so you see the same pups each day
Local Manager on duty 24/7 to answer questions in real time
Manager can be on site in case of emergencies
Managers know clients, staff and service area
Workmen’s Compensation (covers on the job injuries)
Liability Insurance
Bonding

Windy City Paws

Employee or Independent Contractors : Employee
How are you paid? : Paid Per Hour (includes time between clients)
Paid additional for evening/weekend work : Yes! 1.5x pay evenings/weekends
Paid Time Off
Additional compensation opportunities outside of walking
Company pays for background check
Hands-On training provided before first day
Shadowing with a Staff Member on first day
Ongoing petcare education
Career growth opportunity
Company finds regular clients for you
Company plans efficient route to fit your schedule and maximize your client roster
Office staff meets each client to ensure walker safety
Office phone and in-person support when you have issues
Detailed information regarding the dogs routine, behavior and temperament provided to walkers for every walk
Dog walkers have a dedicated, walkable route in one neighborhood
Consistent clients so you see the same pups each day
Local Manager on duty 24/7 to answer questions in real time
Manager can be on site in case of emergencies
Managers know clients, staff and service area
Workmen’s Compensation (covers on the job injuries)
Liability Insurance : All deductibles paid by WCP, covering payout for vet expenses & property damages or 3rd party injuries
Bonding

Wag!

Employee or Independent Contractors : Independent Contractor
How are you paid? : Paid Per Walk
Paid additional for evening/weekend work
Paid Time Off
Additional compensation opportunities outside of walking
Company pays for background check
Hands-On training provided before first day
Shadowing with a Staff Member on first day
Ongoing petcare education
Career growth opportunity
Company finds regular clients for you
Company plans efficient route to fit your schedule and maximize your client roster
Office staff meets each client to ensure walker safety
Office phone and in-person support when you have issues
Detailed information regarding the dogs routine, behavior and temperament provided to walkers for every walk
Dog walkers have a dedicated, walkable route in one neighborhood
Consistent clients so you see the same pups each day
Local Manager on duty 24/7 to answer questions in real time
Manager can be on site in case of emergencies
Managers know clients, staff and service area
Workmen’s Compensation (covers on the job injuries)
Liability Insurance : Only accepts upto $500 max in damages on any claim type
Bonding

Rover

Employee or Independent Contractors : Independent Contractor
How are you paid? : Paid Per Walk
Paid additional for evening/weekend work
Paid Time Off
Additional compensation opportunities outside of walking
Company pays for background check
Hands-On training provided before first day
Shadowing with a Staff Member on first day
Ongoing petcare education
Career growth opportunity
Company finds regular clients for you
Company plans efficient route to fit your schedule and maximize your client roster
Office staff meets each client to ensure walker safety
Office phone and in-person support when you have issues
Detailed information regarding the dogs routine, behavior and temperament provided to walkers for every walk
Dog walkers have a dedicated, walkable route in one neighborhood
Consistent clients so you see the same pups each day
Local Manager on duty 24/7 to answer questions in real time
Manager can be on site in case of emergencies
Managers know clients, staff and service area
Workmen’s Compensation (covers on the job injuries)
Liability Insurance : Sitters personally responsible for damages unless the sitter is unwilling or unable to pay costs
Bonding

What do people like about working for WCP?

Enjoy a consistent schedule, local manager support to answer any questions in real time and best of all, spend your time playing with dogs and cats all while enjoying Chicago! Learn more about what it means to be a Windy City Paws Dog Walker.

You can also view our answers to our most frequently asked questions we get from dog walker applicants!

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