Rover—Dog Sitters & Walkers

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Travel 3.72.0 Aug 08, 2012 Apr 02, 2018 116 MB iOS 8.0 or later 4+
New in version 3.72.0

+ Sitters can now confirm availability for the next two weeks—take a peek at your calendar!
+ Performance improvements
+ Bug fixes (nobody likes fleas)

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Rover is the #1 pet sitting and dog walking app. Get trusted pet care in your neighborhood.

The Rover app was created for dog people by The Dog PeopleTM. Through the app, get adorable photo updates, GPS tracking of your dog’s walk, an easy way to message sitters or manage your business, and a secure way to book and pay.

With over 100,000 pet sitters and dog walkers in the U.S. and Canada, Rover makes it easy to book pet care you can trust.

95% of reviewed services receive a perfect 5-star rating.
Rover accepts less than 20% of potential sitters, because your dog deserves the best.
Every service booked on Rover is backed by premium insurance, 24/7 support, a reservation guarantee.

Contact and message sitters and dog walkers, right from the app. Receive messages from sitters when you're on the go.
Hassle-free and secure payments, every time.
Get a map of your dog's walk, pee/poo and food/water alerts, and a personalized note from your sitter or dog walker.

Send photos, videos, and messages to pet owners with just a few taps.
Get paid on the go—it’s simple and secure with the Rover app.
Seamlessly manage your business, even if you're at the dog park.
Enable push notifications to respond faster than ever to booking requests.
Create Rover Cards to seamlessly share information with your clients.

Rover has appeared in:
The New York Times
The Today Show
The Wall Street Journal
USA Today
ABC News
And many more!

Note: Rover uses location information in the background for tracking active services. Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

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There’s an app for that.
teh.FunKiller on 4/20/2018
Lots of time on people’s hands to come up with all these basic needs apps. I think it’s cool, but good lord, what has our society become.
It’s kinda racist and a scam
Babygurl5000 on 4/20/2018
My white friends get booked more and most dog owners are very cheap. I had one dog owner ask me to walk their dog for free because they canceled walk. I don’t get it. I don’t recommend this at all.
Dog owner
Who(areswhatmynameis on 4/20/2018
I have found the perfect dog walker, Julie, and it is such peace of mind to know that she’s going to get my little doggie break during the day!
Calendar on app doesn’t match website
Juliojjgfdhg on 4/20/2018
The app has been fine so far but one major concern I noticed is that my sitter’s calendar availability doesn’t match her calendar when I go to the rover website on my laptop. I’ve uninstalled and reinstalled the app and checked and my booking shows up on her calendar on my laptop (the days are shaded as unavailable), but on the iOS app, it shows green (as available). Also her other dates with other people don’t match from the website calendar to her app calendar. I wanted to make you aware of this issue.
Don’t forget about the kitties!
Knotarthomas17 on 4/19/2018
Rover is seriously awesome, but even though you can schedule drop in visits for cats, everything is written exclusively for dogs. I didn’t even have the option of indicating whether I had a cat or dog, so in the description for my kitty had to write “my dog is actually a cat.” Other than that, it’s been so wonderful to easily schedule and get picture and video updates of our sweet girl while we’re on our honeymoon on the other side of the world!
alarson94 on 4/18/2018
To the company itself: Please stop suggesting locations that are past my radius and bigger than my weight limit.
Occasionally good
Oskilowks on 4/17/2018
I’ve worked for Rover for only 5 months and it’s been ok. You really need to build a trust with clients and jobs are slim starting out
Can’t update anything
anotheronebitesthedust on 4/17/2018
Worked fine for a while but now when I try to update things like my dog’s weight, vet, etc I get a 403 error. Can’t even add a new pet or delete. Seems like a pretty major bug for the latest version...
Happy customer
Dare momma on 4/17/2018
ROVER has always been a great experience for me and my babies! I have two ladies that are wonderful providers and they make it all work. One I use for drop in visits and one provides boarding. So happy to have found them both!
Rover is a great resource!
LaureNicoL on 4/17/2018
Rover has helped me to find quality clients that request my services again and again! The app is easy to use and payment process is seamless!
Great service!!
Sebastians Dad on 4/16/2018
Rover is so simple to use. Our walker, Emily loves our dog and takes great care of him! She is available on short notice and is very flexible with changes if they come up. Takes the stress out of long work days knowing that our furry friend is taken care of.
Rover quirks with policy
RosieNiz on 4/16/2018
I’ve been using rover for 3+ years as a sitter and when traveling, I look up sitters in that area so I can have a night out without my dogs. 1.As a sitter I charge differently depending on the pickup time or whether they’re puppies or adults. so, I need to look over a booking before the client books it. Rover says the money isn’t taken from their account until after I confirm it, but the only way to look at the booking before confirming what a client has put thru is to cancel the booking and RE-book. This results in gazillion emails from rover to the client, a need to plug in AGAIN their cc info, and confirmations from both of us again, reimbursement for the first because per rover “even tho they were never charged when you cancel it, then the money they’ve not paid yet does go through so you have to rebook everything” It’s a pain for my clients. Please fix this quirk! 2.Video photos of the stay. Please allow me to select which to memorialize the stay in an album. Rover chooses the first 10 shots, so if dog was with me for 10 days the video reflects the first day only. 3. Conversation threads go both to rover and to your cell phone. The problem is that some conversation snippets put through stay only in one place (either in the rover app under the envelope) or (on your cell phone with the message threads) only iPhone messages are time stamped with more precision than an hour and when out and about you need to send using cell phone, yet when home where there’s no cell coverage, it must go via WiFi. I can’t look back at a complete thread of conversation in either place. It makes no sense that all that goes through the rover base does not also end up on at least the Rover thread. But it doesn’t. 4. Then, as an owner, when asking for sitters, if the resulting questions reveal a problem in scheduling or dog misfit, I as the dog owner cannot archive the request. It sits in my pending folder until the sitter archives it, or the dates requested are passed. I’d like to put dead requests to bed. Why can’t I? 5. Rover is at least responsive and apologetic about what they know is a system that needs fine tuning.
Our Pet Savior Isabella
Tay48 on 4/16/2018
Through Rover we connected to Isabella. She has been assisting us with our 2 dogs since last year. We love Rover services and the easy scheduling and payment process. We are thrilled to have met Isabella! Shes a trusted joy in our home and with our beloved pets.
Need another button in app
TrekkingGirls on 4/16/2018
In the section for food, water, pee & poop in the drop-in cards on the app, there needs to be another box for Meds.
I love the app!
Dischan on 4/15/2018
I am new to dog sitting and so far simple to use. A lot of work near my home! Very convenient and know app. Dog owners have been great! No problems so far.
Thank you Rover!
Giana Lopez on 4/15/2018
Rover is great for both sitters & pert owners. They are trustworthy and I’m happy to recommend it to anyone !
Good for $ when it’s fair
Kgotch on 4/15/2018
We’ve completed a few stats with Rover and I know they need to make $, but due to taking 20% from the sitter AND charging a fee to the dog owner, it’s a bit excessive and we’ve had multiple people ask if they could just give us cash instead. The other sitter frustration is with the dog boarding, you’re paid per *night*. We had one dog who was quite a handful from morning one day to evening the next, making it a day and a half but get the same pay as a 24-hour stay. There should be a drop off and pickup time extra charge if it’s over 24 hours that the sitter could set.
Pls add outside calendar sync
Carmentwist on 4/14/2018
Great app pls add outside calendar sync :) pls pls pls
Slow & Steady
sfvs_x3 on 4/14/2018
I've just started using the app. & It definitely takes time to build clientele depending on your area. But it's pretty straight forward. I wish it was a bit easier to use especially if you're a sitter.
3 Stars for the App , 5 Stars for its Service
Abarrh on 4/14/2018
I use an iPad, iPhone and MacBook Pro. Rover is the only app I’ve used that is inconsistent between devices. It is not readily available in searching for the App Store on the iPhone. Why hasn’t Rover been developed for iPad by now? Messages arrive at varying intervals between the three. Messages not sent. Payments not processed ...All kinds of annoying snafus. I put up with these, though, because the people I’ve hired to look after my Buddy have been reliable and earnest dog lovers. In NYC where I live, this is a wonderful surprise.
App Is Useless - Zero Filter Functionality
Ben Vossler on 4/12/2018
I’ve used Rover in the past and was happy, but it seems like who ever runs the service has given up. I’ve sent out seven requests with filters selected for in-home sitting at my home on a specific date, and I’ve gotten four declines and three non-responses. Either Rover has zero accountability for its sitters when it comes to abiding by scheduling filters, or it has just turned off the filter altogether when showing results. Either way, it’s disappointing and a waste of time.
punkysexie on 4/12/2018
I been having this app for 3 weeks and I haven’t gotten any doggies to take care of feel like I gave 25$ to this company for nothing I Really needed money to go to college And would of been great talking care of pets It your interested I’m located in the rover app in city heights (A)
I love it
Demonkiller160 on 4/11/2018
I love Rover, but whenever I go to do the meet and greets it’s always two hours behind. Say I write 3pm comes up as 1pm. Overall it’s a great app!
Be careful do you meet and greets before dropping off your dog
Lonniestanfieldjr on 4/10/2018
Am a dog sitter in Vallejo,Ca! Am $35 a night or $30 for doggy day care! I only take in one pet at a time! Also I have a baby gate and a security gate to stop the dogs running out the front door! I have a pool in the backyard have a gate around the pool as well I even know cpr for animals! Safety comes first! I agree it’s scary leaving your pet with anyone that’s why make sure they have good reviews! And you check out their house before leaving your dog have a meet and greet that’s always recommended! My dog died at the groomers they filled up the tub and she drowned her horrible to lose a pet! Be careful sitters and dog owners! Brittaney .N
I cant sign up
Jackieguerra16 on 4/9/2018
Everytime i put the information for my phone # and emergency contacts, it never goes through 😐 so i never really got the experience to be a dog sitter myself due to app difficulty
Puppy saver
TN Cowgirl on 4/8/2018
I used this app due to a coworker‘s recommendations. I thought it was just a dog walking app but it is so much more. I have found a great in-home dog daycare so my puppy can play with three or four dogs instead of a big facility with 20+ dogs.
It Would Take Months To Replace It
Sbbreyer21 on 4/8/2018
I understand why Rover doesn't cover dog damage, but how are you looking out for the people providing the service for your app? We had a dog destroy a couch and that's on us according to Rover's coverage. I'd have to dog sit for months to replace that couch. There's no safety net for when a dog you're watching tears up something in your house. The coverage doesn't include damage done by the dog. There really needs to be some way for people to prove that damage was done so that you, as the sitter, can charge it back. Dogs will naturally tear things up, poop on your furniture, pee on stuff. And there's no way that Rover mitigates the costs associated with that. If I host an Airbnb, my property is covered. It's pretty basic conceptually.
Great but take a lot of cut
puppluv on 4/7/2018
I like rover! But it also makes me want to do something on my own because of how much I they keep for themselves !
Signed out after update...EVERY TIME
BadassBertha on 4/7/2018
Would be great if users weren’t signed out after each update.
Great job!!!!
Joel for somewhere on 4/7/2018
Molly did great watching our dogs while we were gone for a week. Our previous sitter canceled right before our trip, and she took the job with short notice. She also sent pics and feedback so we knew everything was ok.
Love Rover!
KillaKam39 on 4/6/2018
Love this app/company as a pet owner and as a dog sitter!
Easy to use
geenee71 on 4/6/2018
Great app
First review
cdh805 on 4/5/2018
I find it hard to navigate between iPhone n iPad. In addition what are my dogs? I currently am without. The ones I am fortunate to care for are NOT mine. I call them clients (dogs). I see nowhere to note the difference. I hope I am clearly expressing myself. If not, please let me know.
Life saver!!!!
jasminemariee.!<3 on 4/5/2018
I have been in contact with great people with rover. Days I woke long hours river is my go to!
“Your internet connection is offline...” crap
SRN4UA on 4/3/2018
I currently have Verizon, 4 bars, and LTE, yet when I try pulling the app up, it won’t load anything, and says at the top “Your internet connection is offline.” Ummm. What. I’m able to get online and update Facebook, with no WiFi, yet I have to turn WiFi on to get the app to work. Fix it. 😡
Rover is a great tool!
GrahamDogMan on 4/2/2018
As a dog walker/boarder, Rover makes it very easy to be selected by local pet owners in the area in need of my services.
Rover is great!
MrGordon816 on 3/31/2018
The app works very well, only a few small glitches here and there. Functionality is wonderful, especially when receiving notifications from multiple avenues.
Sign On No Longer Works
Business Traveler2017 on 3/30/2018
Sign In does not support latest update.
Good for extra cash, but it’s always crashing
eliiseeee on 3/29/2018
I’ve been using Rover for over a year now and it’s been great using the app to earn extra cash. I set my rates and my schedule with it and can talk with clients through the app. Also, I love that you can contact their customer support line to edit the booking if the client makes a last minute cancellation or date change. I’ve had great service with the customer support line every time. HOWEVER. My biggest pet peeve is that IT IS ALWAYS CRASHING. I’ve updated to the latest software, I’ve deleted and reinstalled SEVERAL times, and I’ve reset my phone. Nothing has helped. It’s super frustrating because it’s always happening while I’m walking a client. In the middle of a walk, it’ll just shut off MY ENTIRE PHONE and my phone will restart. I can’t even open the app without it crashing 3 seconds later. Or I’ll try and add a picture/pee/etc, and it’ll crash. At times when I finish a walk or check-in, it’ll shut off my phone and when I try to open the app, the walks/check-ins will sit on the page and not send and I’ll try and send and it’ll restart my phone again. I get messages from owners because they’re concerned that they haven’t received a Rover card after it’s started and I have to explain that it’s a glitch. If this could be fixed, I’d give the app 5 stars.
marshareinvention on 3/29/2018
The one thing I would change about Rover is to told what time of day the sitter was coming as in early morning, late morning, etc. On my last trip, I ended up taking a late flight out of Austin. I could have scheduled three drop in visits instead of four. The time before that, I was home in my bathrobe before the sitter came.
Fraud Charges!!!
Mrsmevans on 3/28/2018
Right after confirming and paying for my sitter, my bank account got 20+ fraudulent charges within the next day. Thankfully Wells Fargo called and made me aware so I could cancel my card. According to them, they have seen this many times right after a Rover charge. I really wanted to love this app, but it isn’t worth this mess 😢.
Ray Kramp on 3/28/2018
Becoming a sitter has been a great opportunity for me. I have developed some great relationships with pet owners and their dogs. I’ve had a lot of fun doing this.
handy washington dc on 3/28/2018
Not sure why Rover doesn't make sitters update their availability. Doesn't feel good to message 15 sitters who supposedly are available then get responses from them saying they're not available on said day as they're traveling etc..
Starting to pick up
Kikzadoo on 3/26/2018
Finally got around and paid for the background check so I could do dog sitting, and didn’t get any activity for 2-3 weeks. I finally got messaged by someone, met them, and now I have two weekends scheduled with them. Another person reached out to me as well and I’ll be meeting them soon to see about watching their dog. So it took some waiting and about $35, but I’m about to make close to $300 in the span of two weeks. Not a bad investment.
hey A on 3/24/2018
I am a rover sitter, and I love it! It is so easy for people to communicate with you, and the Rover customers I’ve had are amazing! I highly recommend it for all the dog lovers out there :)
Huge Networking Op, but Not Without Serious Paycuts
rover.1889 on 3/24/2018
The amount Rover takes from its sitters is was crazy even at 15%, and now at 20% it’s ridiculous. Essentially just for building a client network. Which don’t get me wrong, has been great. Support is quick and I’ve never felt unsafe; easiest way to market yourself in the world. But.....20% cut is obscene. They took over $150 from me for a long stay once. What’s worse, is that the owners believe that we the sitters get all of that money, which is deceptive. Lastly, an owner confided in me that they get charged a “Rover fee” on their end as well. I find it very difficult to believe that with a company of this size, they need to still be gutting their workforce to this extent, when companies with similar models are not.
Good app.
Adams ZBL on 3/22/2018
It took forever to get my first client. But I love the service. Hoping to continue and grow.
Bear199310 on 3/22/2018
Does this app really work? Seems like a b.s company.
I ♥️ Rover!
ludwigy on 3/21/2018
This is a great app! It’s amazing to be able to find dog sitters so easily. It has opened up so may more opportunities when I travel with my dog. I find it easy to find quality pet sitters primarily doggie day care. My girl enjoys her experiences too.
New update requires address, not at all helpful!
freezin_my_butt_off_in_ak on 3/21/2018
Owners usually add their address in the conversation because they don't like putting it on Rover in their profile info. Now you can't accept the booking unless they do that, very frustrating and not helpful!! Please go back to the old way and don't require it! Other than that I love the app.
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