A Guide to Dog Walkers in Montclair + Beyond

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If you’re lucky enough to have a dog, you know they earned the title “man’s best friend” for a reason. So when you are out for the day and need someone reliable to take care of your furry family member, a dog walker is always a great go-to. Read on for a roundup of dog walkers in Essex County to help take care of your side-kick.

Charlie’s Canines

Charlie’s Canines

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Charlie’s Canines specializes in dog walking and training and sells their own homemade treats. A one-hour neighborhood walk starts at $20, with packages available for more consistent walks. Located right in Montclair, Charlie’s Canines can be contacted via its website for the towns it serves, and that’s where you can also buy their special single ingredient dog treats.

ESP Pet Specialists

Offering dog walking, pet sitting, and boarding, ESP Pet Specialists services the following Essex County towns: Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Fairfield, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, Montclair, Roseland, Short Hills, South Orange, Verona, West Caldwell, West Orange – along with a few in Morris County. The prepaid walking services have different package levels, which can be discussed via contact through their website.

Happy Dog Paws

Happy Dog Paws

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A family-owned business, Happy Dog Paws offers walks, boarding, pet sitting (for both dogs + cats), transportation services, and administering medication. Located in West Orange, this family’s goal is to make sure your pets are loved while you are away. It can be contacted via their website to check if it can accommodate location as well as pricing, as both can vary.

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Harvest Dog Pet Services

Harvest Dog Pet Services has been serving Essex County for over 25 years, offering walks, exercise + adventures, cat sitting, home care service,s and senior/special needs services. Individual walks start at $15 – 20 depending on location and needs. Adventures, a one-hour trail-hike, are $25 – 40 and an exciting option for more energetic dogs.

Home Away from Home Pet Services

Home Away from Home Pet Services

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Home Away from Home Pet Services offers pet boarding crate-free, in a house), dog walking, in-home overnight sitting, pet taxi, and doggy daycare services in Essex, Bergen, Passaic, Union, & Hudson Counties. Their individual dog walks are $15 for 15 minutes and include GPS tracked walks – a great choice for anyone who wants to make sure they know where their pup is at all times.

Jersey Dogs

Jersey Dogs covers a wide range of Jersey towns, including Belleville, Bloomfield, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Glen Ridge, Montclair, Nutley, Roseland, South Orange, Upper Montclair, and West Orange. It offers plenty of services, including dog walks, group walks, dog sitting, overnights, group park walks, adventure hikes, and more. The individual walks start at $20 for 20 – 30 minutes. For the social butterfly pup, a group walk is $25 for 30 – 45 minutes.

Leash N’ Wellness

Leash N’ Wellness

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Leash N’ Wellness offers its services in Caldwell, North Caldwell, West Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Chatham, East Hanover, Essex Fells, Livingston, Maplewood, Millburn, Montclair, Upper Montclair, Roseland, South Orange, Summit, Verona, and West Orange – and those services include dog walking, pet sitting, and coaching. Dog walks start at $20 for half an hour, with other package options. 

Leashes & Love

Leashes & Love offers dog walking and overnight sitting for both dogs and cats. The walks start at $20 for 30 minutes in the towns of Montclair, Glen Ridge, Cedar Grove, Verona, The Caldwells, Essex Fells and Little Falls. 

Luv Em and Leash Em

Luv Em and Leash Em offers dog walking and both dog and cat sitting services in Northern New Jersey, specifically West Orange, Livingston, South Orange, and surrounding areas. It also offers transportation such as for taking your pets to and from vet or grooming visits. The standard dog walks start at $15 for 15 minutes, and go up from there depending on additional time and dogs. 

Montclair Pet Girl

Montclair Pet Girl offers many services for both dogs and cats, including dog walks, cat sitting, and “pawjama parties” — a slumber party in the dog’s home while you are away. Standard dog walks (if 3 times a week) start at $20 for 30 minutes, while one-offs are $22. It is currently accepting new pets in Montclair, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, and Verona.

Montclair Pet Care

True to its name, Montclair Pet Care services pets in Montclair, but also the surrounding towns of Verona, Glen Ridge, and parts of West Orange, Clifton, and Bloomfield. It offers pet sitting, daily dog walks, and a piddle stop — made for older dogs that need to go out but might not want to walk far. Their standard walks start at $25 for a 30-minute walk. 

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Positive Dogma Dog Training

Positive Dogma Dog Training

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For the dogs that might need a little extra care, Positive Dogma Dog Training does training, dog walking, and pet sitting. All services can be customized to work on training needs your dog may have. It offers discounts for weekly walks and can be reached via email or phone (on the website) to get pricing, as it varies.

Silver Hound Dogwalkers

Silver Hound Dogwalkers specializes in dog walking and cat sitting in Essex County, specifically the towns of Maplewood, South Orange, Millburn, Summit, Madison, and Chatham. It has 5-star reviews on Yelp and Google. You can fill out your pet information on their website for a quote on their services.

What About the Pets

A 5-time winner of Best of Essex County from 2015 – 2019 and a 2021 winner of Montclair Magazine Readers Choice Awards, What About the Pets specializes in dog sitting, dog walking, cat sitting, and pet sitting. Not to mention the company has over 11,000 followers on Instagram. The mid-day standard walk starts at $20 for 30 minutes, and it services Caldwell, West Caldwell, North Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Montclair, Roseland, Verona, Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Livingston & West Orange.


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Brooke is a native New Yorker who moved to Cedar Grove with her family and has loved every minute of it. She enjoys the escape of her weekday corporate job in the city to the quieter, but still lively, Essex County. On nights and weekends, she can be found exploring the neighboring towns with her husband and daughter or curled up on the couch with her dog and a book. She also binge-watches way too much TV.


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