There are many reasons for dog owners to utilize a dog walking service. Maybe they are physically unable to provide the exercise their pet needs, work long hours or are away on vacation. No matter what the situation, dogs need the daily mental and physical stimulation that a dog walking service can provide. While there are many exceptional pet care companies in the Twin Cities area, here are a few buzz-worthy local leaders that will help your dogs release their pent-up energy or burn a few extra pounds.

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The Urban Dog
Minneapolis, MN
(651) 231-6333

For over 15 years, The Urban Dog has been customizing dog walking schedules to fit the needs of busy owners and their pets. Canines of all sizes and breeds will enjoy the friendly attention of The Urban Dog staff when it arrives to bring your dog on a light workout or much-needed outside time. Choose from a 20- to 30-minute walk around the neighborhood so your pup can enjoy the fresh air or a quick 10-minute stop to let your dog out into the backyard for a potty break and a friendly pat on the head. The Urban Dog also offers half- or full-day field trips which include multiple walks or visiting with other dogs. Daily and monthly rates are available for these services based on your needs.

G’Day Pet Care
Eagan, MN
(651) 900-9683

Tailor your pet’s exercise schedule with dog walking services from G’Day. This popular company will bring your dog out for a stroll based on the animal’s specific physical needs. G’Day also provides you with a pet report to let you know how the time with your dog was spent and about their temperament. In addition to the exercise, G’Day is sure to leave fresh food and water, as well as clean up any pet waste.

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Lucky Dog Pet Care
2420 Stevens Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 382-7217

The Lucky Dog Pet Care staff is uber-prepared to keep you and your dog feeling secure and safe. It is certified in pet CPR and first-aid skills from the American Red Cross, as well as bonded, insured and a member of Pet Sitters International. Typically, the same dog walker is on hand to bring your beloved pet out each day, so Fido is very familiar and at ease each time. Lucky Dog also administers medicine if necessary and refills food and water. Not only does Lucky Dog provide leashed walks around the neighborhood for your pet, but it can also arrange for unleashed dog park visits too.

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Paws-A-Bella Pets
Belle Plaine, MN 56011
(651) 398-5000

For dog walking and play time southwest of the Twin Cities area, check out Paws-A-Bella Pets. This in-home pet care provider serves within a 40-mile radius of Belle Plaine, Minnesota. Paws-A-Bella will give your pooch the attention and exercise it craves while you are away with customized walks. The company also offers light grooming services, feeding and lots of affection for your beloved doggy.

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Twin Cities Pets
St. Paul, MN 55102
(612) 222-2310

Twin Cities Pets prides itself on being an eco-friendly pet care service. It brings biodegradable bags to pick up after dogs while on neighborhood jaunts and uses cleaning products (for those challenged in the area of potty training) that are safe for the environment and your pet. Twin Cities Pets also takes care to wipe off dirty pooch paws in inclement weather and will text you with dog excursion updates. This local company is even flexible enough to come to your home on short notice when a last-minute work situation or unforeseen circumstance should arise.

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