Startup companies like Uber and Lyft have introduced the world to the potential of on-demand products and services. Whether you want to book transportation to take you across town or housekeeper to clean your home, you can now do so via your smartphone or tablet. If you’re a dog lover, you now have a growing number of on-demand startups at your disposal. What about an Uber for Dogs? Check out the following five on-demand dog startups to discover helpful new services for your fur-child:
Based out of Atlanta, PupWalkr offers on-demand dog walking. They insure their dog walkers as well as perform background checks on potential candidates. If you love the idea of being able to schedule an on-call canine caregiver whenever your schedule gets crazy, add PupWalkr to your list of pet-friendly resources.
Chicago-based Worthee also offers on-demand dog walking services. Their caregivers are all professionally trained canine specialists and are fully bonded. You can book their services in advance, or at a moment’s notice if you’re stuck in a meeting or your flight is late.
Currently in the beta-testing stage, Washington, DC’s Dogma is combining peer-to-peer sharing and on-demand services. Their startup company is attempting to build a community of pet owners who are willing to exchange pet-sitting services with their neighbors. Instead of paying someone to look after your dog, you exchange pet sitting services with another Dogma user in your vicinity.
Currently available in New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, Wag offers a mobile app for pet parents. The Wag app not only lets you book a dog walker via your smartphone or tablet, it also lets you track your dog’s walk in real-time.
Available in numerous cities across the United States, Rover lets you book dog sitting and dog boarding services for your beloved pooch. Whether you’re in Atlanta or Anaheim, San Antonio or San Francisco, you can arrange to have your pet cared for by an insured and bonded pet protector whenever you need. Each potential pet sitter has a profile on Rover, complete with customer ratings, hourly rate, and scheduling availability.
These five on-demand startups for pet parents are but a tiny sampling of the growing number of helpful services available to dog lovers. From on-demand veterinarians to smart technology dog toys, there are many innovative companies being built around the canine culture. Whether you use one of these services or consider building a similar business in your area, dog-related startup companies are well worth keeping on your radar.
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Sandra Hightower says
Very useful idea based on a successful model.
Kathy Ritesman says
I really hope to see these services in more cities. I guess this is where you would find it easier to franchise the service out that way it can branch out where other business owners would see the benefit for it.
Vanessa Waylon says
I love these services. I always thought about starting my own service like this because I am a fan of dogs, but the ideas I had never panned out. The service industry is one that amazes me in many ways. Usually by the services offered, but more so by the fact that people will pay for these services to begin with 🙂
These all seem pretty cool to me. The only one I was familiar with from that list was Rover, and that’s just because I would see people posting ads about it on Craigslist.
I can’t tell whether every industry getting an uber is a good thing or a bad thing, but I can say that in the transitionary phase in between getting adopted by everything, there’s a real chance to make money. If you jump on board now as a user you can make a lot of coin.
I’d much rather have a network of pet sitters I can call on instead of just having one guy who may or may not be on vacation. I have family that used to be in the pet sitting industry and it’s an extremely demanding job. Although it may put some people out of business, it will help others with their marketing efforts so I say it’s a wash.
In the end, this is where commerce is going, so you either change or die.