An Alexandria-based dog walking, training, sitting and boarding company for people and their best friends. We love cats too! Ask about our cat sitting specials.


New client enjoys the flexibility without the fees

We've been using For the Love of Dog for the past four months for our 6 month old dachshund mix and our 11 year old chow mix. We started with Barbie as our daily walker at first and now Traci comes by every day. We love getting home and reading the great notes left by Barbie or Traci telling us how the walks went, and we know our beloved pooches are well cared for. They are reliable and prices are very reasonable compared to other walking companies in the area. They are very responsive when we have questions or last minute cancelations. I can't speak highly enough of FLOD and would recommend them to anyone looking for an afternoon dog walker in Alexandria!

Lauren C.,

Dog walks

We have consulted with Thomas on our rescue pup, use their dog walking service and met with Madeline their trainer, who I would say is more like behaviorist. Ginny walks our lab and hound mix reliably leaving us notes to their temperaments and moods. All of our experiences have been positive that is why just this weekend I recommended FTLOD to two more families. They are price of mind in a busy work week!

Jeanie M.,

Cat sitting

I found For the Love of Dog through a recommendation from a friend, and I could not have been happier with the service we received. Thomas took excellent care of our cat, as well as our house, collecting the mail and watering my flowers. He even sent me text messages and a photo of our cat when we were gone! I also very much appreciated the email reminder of the dates that he was planning to come, which kept me from having to remember to confirm with him. Even during the times we were gone he was available via email if I needed to check up on things, and he didn't hesitate to email me when he had a question. It goes without saying that we will most definitely be calling him the next time we're out of town.

Susan M., Cat Sitting

Former walker

I'd like to share my experience from an "insider's" point of view of this dog walking company. I worked for Thomas, the owner of FTLOD, about two years ago. I no longer work for him (I now live in another state), so this review will benefit me in no way.

Anyway, upon meeting Thomas, it is immediately apparent that he cares deeply and genuinely for the pets he takes care of. He is very calm and patient with the animals he works with, and I've seen him work extensively with his clients to ensure that they understand exactly what it takes to have a happy, healthy pet. When he hires a new walker, Thomas takes plenty of time to make sure that the walker is comfortable with the dogs on their route and ensures that the employee truly understands the needs of each dog they walk. As most people know, a good boss equals happy employees, and happy employees equal good service...and this is definitely the case with FTLOD. It seems that everyone, from the walkers to the pups to the pet owners, couldn't be happier with FTLOD.

Thomas also does behavioral training for dogs who need a little extra help, which I was able to make good use of when my husband and I brought home a new puppy who had trouble adjusting to his new environment. Thomas helped us think on the puppy's level and came up with many helpful solutions to his behavioral issues.

Having seen the company from the inside, I would definitely recommend FTLOD to anyone seeking pet care in the Alexandria area.

Victoria C.,