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.


Long time client

Thomas has walked my dogs from the time I moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Both he and his walkers (Yay, Traci!) are amazing. For the past twelve years, they have helped my dogs, all rescues, progress past their initial anxieties and develop into wonderful pets. This has been, in no small part,, due the the incredible diligence and patience of everyone who is a part of the For the Love of Dog family. As a customer, I have always been able to immediately contact Thomas as needed, and when I have an emergency, I always know my dogs are covered. I would never use any other service for my dogs.

Tiffani W.,

Dog Walks

For the Love of Dog has been walking our dog since we moved to Alexandria two years ago. Our bichon frise absolutely her walker, who leaves cute, complimentary notes after every walk letting us know what the two of them saw and did on their walk. Our dog likes her walker so much that on days when I happen to stay home, I seem to get these eyes looking at me that say, "when are you going to leave?" from my dog so the walker could come. Thomas has also been very accommodating and flexible when my schedule has changed, allowing me to cancel walks and adjust my schedule as needed. A great company all around.

Rebecca T., Daily walks

Play Group

If you really love your dog, Thomas Schantz is your man. My dog has been part of Thomas' playgroup for more than 4 years. He waits every day for the appointed hour when he gets to go with Thomas to his playgroup and happily trots out the door without hesitation and wagging his tale. He comes back happy and worn out. The socialization part of Thomas' program is excellent -- he understands the pack behavior of dogs and organizes his groups accordingly. He is simply wonderful with the animals and it shows in all his clients.

Polo- Play group

Chance, Bitsy and Coco

We have been clients of Thomas and the team at For the Love of Dog for nearly a decade now, and continue to recommend them to friends and neighbors in Alexandria, VA. Ginny is our primary walker now, and we cannot speak of her highly enough. She is kind, patient, reliable, trustworthy, friendly, and went above and beyond to take special care of our golden retriever who was terminally ill (and required checking on, and special, shorter, walks). Thomas is also one-of-a-kind, and is extremely reliable, trustworthy, and there to count on for any last minute walks. They also try to accommodate pet sitting needs as best as possible, though the schedule books up fast. We also appreciate that FTLOD charges on a per-walk basis as opposed to a monthly contract, and that they are flexible with cancellations and schedule changes. Both Thomas and Ginny truly love animals, and have a lot of previous experience with training, rescue, and also have that "little extra something," which shows that this is more than just a business to them.

Jennifer L., 3 dogs - daily dog walks