Dog Walking Jobs in Chicago

Becoming a Dog Walker

If you love dogs but don’t love your job, you’ve probably considered becoming a dog walker at some point. It’s a highly rewarding job, but being a dog walker in Chicago has its challenges. There are weather and logistical issues to deal with, but the opportunity to spend your day with the most adorable dogs in River North, West Loop, Streeterville, Old Town, and the Gold Coast makes it worth your while.

As a prospective candidate for Highrise Pet Care, the first decision to make is deciding when you’d like to work. Our Caregivers choose their own hours — a luxury that most dog walkers in Chicago do not have.

Next, select the neighborhood(s) in Chicago that you’re available to work. The majority of our dog walking clients live in River North, West Loop, Streeterville, Old Town, and the Gold Coast. We also service pet families in select areas of Lincoln Park and Lakeview.

Getting Started

After your interviews, the Highrise team will match you with pet families who need pet care services at the times you’re available. For most pet owners, their dogs and cats are like their children. We’ll coordinate meet & greets with you and your new clients so you’ll have the opportunity to learn about each pet’s unique needs and to ensure it’s a good mutual fit.

Highrise Pet Care’s scheduling app will have all the relevant info to ensure you have successful visit. If you have any questions during a visit, the support staff in the office is always happy to help!

If you’re interested in becoming a dog walker at Highrise Pet Care, please send your cover letter and resume to!

A Match Made in Heaven: Dog Breeds that are Right for You

Just like humans, dogs have personalities of their own! When selecting a dog breed, there’s more to consider than just looks or popular opinion. Here are a few things to first consider about yourself before you consider a certain breed.

1. Activity Level
Honesty is key with this one. If the thought of hour-long walks in Chicago’s winter weather makes you cringe, a high energy breed may not be the best fit. Some lower-energy breeds include: Basset Hounds, Bulldogs, Chow Chows, Greyhounds, and Pugs.

On the other hand, if you enjoy spending time strolling through Chicago’s neighborhoods year-round, there are several great breeds which will test your endurance. Higher-energy breeds include: Beagles, Collies, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Poodles, and Samoyeds.

2. Work Schedule
PierreThink about a typical workweek: How often are you away from home? If you live in Lakeview but work in Chicago’s West Loop, your dog may be alone for hours at a time. Consider a pooch that is self-sufficient and comfortable with spending solitary hours on her own. Some of the best breeds to spend more time alone include: Basset Hounds, Chihuahuas, Greyhounds, Maltese, and Whippets.

If you work from home or have family members that will be in and out throughout the day, you might be looking for an ultra-loyal and outgoing pup. In this case, it would be wise to choose a friendlier breed that requires more attention (just as long as you can truly offer it)! Some of the most social breeds include: Bearded Collies, Golden Retrievers, Keeshonds, Labrador Retrievers, and Saint Bernards.

3. Maintenance
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It’s a given that certain breeds require much more care than others. Whether they are grooming requirements or difficulty with training, it is important to know how much time and money you will need to devote to the caring of your dog. High-maintenance breeds include: Afghan Hounds, Bichon Frises, Chow Chows, Collies, Poodles, and Yorkshire Terriers.

If you’re looking for a pup that will require less time and money to upkeep, consider breeds that don’t require much grooming and are quick to train. Some low-maintenance breeds include: Aspins, Boxers, Dachshunds, Greyhounds, and Schipperkes.

Overall, the key to finding the right dog breed is simple: you just have to reflect honestly on your personality and lifestyle. We’ve designed these simple prompts to help get the ball rolling — hopefully now you’re closer to finding your perfect pooch!

Summer Style for Your Dog

Summer has arrived in Chicago! When you visit Chicago’s pet friendly restaurants, make sure your pooch is outfitted in the latest styles, which will keep him cool and fashionable during the dog days of summer.

Swimsuits: The beach is one of the best places to show off your pup’s style. For the ladies, a cute bikini will surely grab everyone’s attention. For the guys, a pair of swim trunks will help make a big splash. Check out some fashionable options here.

Muscle Tanks and Hawaiian Tees: A tank top will ensure that your dog stays cool and comfortable while also showing off his physique. Hawaiian shirts are a must-have summer classic for your pooch to flaunt his more relaxed side, whether it’s by the pool or at the beach.

Sunglasses: These sunglasses are a basic summer accessory that also make a clear fashion statement. Whether he is relaxing at the park or sticking his head out of the car window, a pair of shades will keep your dog looking cool and collected. And, rest assured, they also have the added perk of protecting his eyes from the bright summer sun.  

Any combination of these outfits and accessories could make your dog the most fashionable in the city!