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.