A dog can bring a great deal of joy to life. An ever-happy companion is a great addition to any home. But with this great love, comes great commitment. Dogs need to be fed, groomed, walked, and cared for on a constant basis. Between life’s never-ending commitments, travel, and work, there may not be enough time in the day for our pets. So what’s a person to do?
Thankfully, in our modern world, there is a great way to give our pets the love and care they need, even when we are not able to be there ourselves. With services such as Rover and Wag! finding care for your dog has never been so simple.
Rover is an all-in-one pet care services stop. Rover can be accessed online and through their app for both Android and Apple devices. Rover claims to be the “nation’s largest network of 5 star pet sitters and dog walkers” with over 65,000 sitters and their services can be found in cities and towns across the U.S.
This service connects pet owners to dog walkers and sitters in their area who provide a variety of services. Walkers and sitters on Rover must pass a background check, provide detailed personal profiles, and have been selected by Rover’s team of specialists. The service claims to accept less than 20% of potential sitters through this rigorous process.
Services included in Rover’s arsenal include dog boarding, house sitting, dog walking, doggy day care (in sitter’s home), and drop-in visits for bathroom breaks and short play-sessions. Pet owners can search through sitters and walkers in their area, read verified reviews, and pick the perfect person for their dog. Through the app, owners can receive photo updates, food and water alerts, and track their dog’s walk (including pee/poop reports) using GPS. Owners can also message sitters, as well as conveniently schedule and securely pay for services through the app.
And for peace of mind, all services are backed by insurance and Rover always provides a reservation guarantee as well as 24/7 support.
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Wag! is a dog walking and sitting service and promotes its popularity with the tagline that it is the “#1 dog walking and dog sitting app for busy dog owners”. Wag! works by connecting dog owners and those providing dog walking, dog sitting, and dog boarding services in their community through the Wag! app (Apple or Google).
The Wag! app provides flexibility by offering walkers that can arrive in as little as 15 minutes, as well as services that can be regularly scheduled. Dog pick-up and drop-off can be arranged for an additional cost. The Wag! app enables owners to receive full descriptions of their dog’s experience through updates by text, GPS tracking, pee/poop reports, and photo report cards, then rate and review walkers.
Wag! certified walkers are rigorously vetted and even tested on dog-handling skills. Wag! also bonds and insures all of its services and provides around the clock customer service. Secure meet and greets with potential walkers can be arranged prior to setting up a walk. Pet owners can leave instructions for home entry and securely pay walkers through the app.
Wag! helps owners by providing a free lockbox on request so that, if necessary, they can leave their key for dog walkers to enter while they are at work or out of town. Wag! Ambassadors can also earn $25 when a new customer books a walk using their code, so dog owners can earn some extra cash for referring friends to the program.
Wag! also donates to charity by providing meals to shelter dogs with each walk booked.
Final Verdict: Rover vs Wag
In the end, both Rover and Wag! provide a variety of services for dog owners. Both are available in most cities and in many towns throughout the U.S. Checking availability and prices in your area is an important first step when choosing either app.
For dog owners who are looking for helpful services that can help manage some of the difficulties to owning a pet, these apps can be a lifesaver. These apps can provide us with the freedom to live life without neglecting our pets. And as most dog owners know, a happy dog can go a long way toward a happy human.