It’s no secret that Coloradans love their dogs, and taking care of Fido just got a little easier thanks to new technology from Rover.com, the nation’s largest dog-walking and pet-sitting network.
A recent survey reveals some surprising facts about Denver dogs — and their owners. Did you know that 30 percent of Colorado dog owners say their dogs only get one to two walks per week and 45 percent think their dogs need to go for more walks? They cite being too busy, bad weather and laziness as the reasons their dogs aren’t walked regularly.
But Rover’s Quick Match technology, officially launched in Denver, has come to the rescue. Rover has more than 120,000 dog walkers in thousands of cities across the United States, including Denver. The technology lets owners instantly book a dog walker who has been prescreened, completed safety education and passed an enhanced background check. More than 3,500 dog walkers in Denver list their services on Rover, and in the past year, dogs in Denver have walked more than 1 million miles with Rover dog walkers.
The beta version of the technology successfully launched in Seattle and San Francisco earlier this year. In Denver, Rover is introducing an enhanced model that offers dog owners the option to book pet care the way they want it — by browsing or being instantly matched. The enhanced version also allows pet parents to rebook with a matched sitter.
The new feature, available on the Rover website and app in select markets, allows pet parents to schedule a walk for their dog within an hour, later today or every week with a Rover-certified dog walkers. Dog owners provide instructions on how the walker should enter the home and information about their dog’s behaviors. Rover also offers free, secure lockboxes to ensure dog owners have a safe option for walkers to access their homes. Pet parents receive an update sent to their phone when the walk starts and stops, as well as a detailed Rover Card that provides a GPS map of the walk, photos and notes on bathroom breaks.