Not everyone has time to walk their dog everyday. When tech entrepreneur Josh Viner of L.A. was hesitant to get a dog because he was so busy, the idea of Wag was born. It’s an app that pairs up busy dog owners with dog walkers.
For 30 minutes a dog walker will take your pup on a stroll for $20 (an additional $5 per dog from the same household). Walkers will come anytime between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. with as little as 30 minutes of notice. You also can schedule regular walks for your dog and track them on your phone using GPS.
Wag donates walks to new pet owners who adopted their furry family members from animal shelters. The company recently partnered with Homeward Pet Adoption in Woodinville.
The Greater Seattle Area is the fourth region Wag has launched after a good track record in L.A., San Francisco and New York. We chatted with Viner about what brought the app to the Pacific Northwest, how dog owners can trust their walkers, and if he finally got a furry friend.
Why did you choose King County as your fourth location?
We chose Seattle/King County as our forth location because Seattle is one of the most dog-friendly cities in the country. We love that.
Why did you want to incorporate adoption into your app?
Adoption is one of Wag’s core values. Our goal is to increase adoption rates and make it easier for people to own a dog.
How can users be assured their pet is in good hands?
We require that our walkers be dog lovers. They are also vigorously vetted, background checked, insured, and bonded. The owner can track the dog’s walk in real time on GPS to be assured the dog is actually being walked. At the end, the walker sends a photo of the dog and “pee/poo” report giving the owner peace of mind that the dog is happy and, well, relieved.
What’s the benefit for the dog walkers?
Walkers get paid for each walk they do. The benefits of being a Wag walker are getting paid to be around dogs, living a healthy active lifestyle and having a flexible work schedule.
How do dog walkers pick up the dog? Do they get keys to a user’s house?
Dog walkers can pick up dogs in a variety of ways. If the owner is not home, we give owners a free lockbox that he can put his key into for the walker to access. Alternatively, the app lets owners leave notes in the “home access” section for how the walker can get access to the dog. We make it as easy as possible for walkers to get at the dogs and for owners to feel safe.
Do you have a pet? What kind?
Yes, a Golden Retriever!