Rover—Dog Sitters & Walkers

Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Travel 3.73.0 Aug 08, 2012 Apr 25, 2018 117.3 MB iOS 8.0 or later 4+
New in version 3.73.0

+ Check out the More tab to learn about inviting friends and getting rewarded!
+ Performance improvements
+ Bug fixes (nobody likes fleas)
I'm a pup
That's what's up
Invite your friends!
Make amends!
Cause I'm furry
In a hurry
To go outside
To stride with pride
~ Anonymous Rover Pup


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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Rover Rocks!!
Huntress Extraordinaire on 6/23/2018
So the deal is, I found my dogs favorite dog house and once you find that sweet spot you’ve hit doggie heaven! I can’t thank Rover enough for matching us up with our sitter! 10 BIG PAWS UP!
Don’t get a lock box
carre lynn on 6/23/2018
Mabel has really enjoyed the responsive dog walking option. However don’t get a lock box from them! They sent me one and it worked great for a few months. At some point, 1 of the walkers — somehow changed the code?! It no longer works and is now stuck on my metal railing. After 2-3 emails and 2 calls to customers service, they finally sent me the manufacturer info. and said they couldn’t otherwise help! Yikes. Hope the manufacturer can decode this!
ruby&des on 6/23/2018
I love rover! I honestly can’t talk about it enough!! I had a stay where I needed help and the support from them was awesome!! Reassuring that no matter the day or time that they are ready to help and sooo friendly! And it was Easter I love Rover sooo much for all business and everything
At peace
SpotsTheRunner on 6/23/2018
I know that when I leave my pups, they are in loving caring hands
The great problem solver
AndreaTshi on 6/22/2018
If you have never used, let me recommend it to you. There are so many reasons...I have used them twice. I like that I can meet the potential sitter and the place my dog would be staying. Our first experience was so good that I wanted the same person the second time, but she wasn’t available. The descriptions are helpful to choose, depending on what situation I want, and meeting the person is most helpful. I love that I get updates by text. The videos and photos reassure me that my pup is alright. This feels so much better than pawning off my dog to a friend or relative. In my experience, the Rover sitters go above and beyond what even I would do in the day-to-day care of my pet. I never write reviews on anything, but Rover is so good that I just had to.
Terrible app
Daddy M Smack dat Girl on 6/21/2018
Your Hulu ads are really annoying.
Better than dog boarding
jilliesmother on 6/21/2018
So nice to contact people that will watch your family pets their house
ladyrocky on 6/21/2018
I love Rover. Although I’m a little upset that there is s fee now!
2toDestiny on 6/21/2018
Cool App!
Needs work
dineenjared on 6/20/2018
The app is good but for just sitters or walkers it needs a different side of it. For instance calendar apt’s to be added, to keep apt’s in order. And on demand walks could use a better link in the app. Look at uber and Lyft.
Love the app, hate the fees!
KomalSampat89 on 6/20/2018
Nice app to find local sitters for your pets
todd4765 on 6/20/2018
This is the second tome I have used Alyssa for extended overnight sitting She is a very professional, courteous and polite woman with a genuine love of dogs. I appreciate her and Roger very much. If you keep associated with people like her, your business is guaranteed success.
No-show, no-contact
Pharynxthymusesophagus on 6/20/2018
My rover sitter was a no show and lost all communication after that... was very disappointed and had to cancel our trip due to this.
Needs better overview of scheduled walks
HBMARY on 6/20/2018
Your competitor -WAG shows you a calendar and what days and times you have booked. Not easy to see on Rover-need to go search messages
Have to pay to become sitter
Dcjfleodj on 6/19/2018
Not only do they take money out from what you earn while dog sitting (which is reasonable) but they charge you over $25 just for a background check. Honestly i think that is ridiculous and I’m super disappointed cause I got this app to make money, not spend it
Dog Owners Beware
DPKASPRZAK on 6/19/2018
My wife and I had a 4 day trip for a wedding and we knew we could not travel with our dog so we decided to try an in home sitter. We usually do travel with him, but the schedule during the trip was too hectic and would have been unfair to our puppy. We hired a sitter off rover who is a nanny Monday-Thursday so of course we thought if someone trusts their kids with them, a 10 pound dog should be no issue. We were gravely mistaken. We never heard from the sitter unless we reached out and even then it was only once a day, unless we reached out again. On the last night our sitter called us at 830pm saying she couldn’t get into our apartment, yet the 3 days prior were fine. Our first question was “why aren’t you there when our dog’s feeding schedule says he is to be fed dinner at 5?” Her response was she booked additional appointments throughout the city and had to leave to go to them. So not only did she not fully fulfill the definition of a “live in” sitter, she left my dog alone in a pitch black apartment with no food or water for over 14 hours. He did not see food or a human being until we got home from our trip the next day. The cherry on top is we got to see how she lived in our home. It was appalling, worse than a college dorm room. Can not believe a grown woman would treat someone else’s home like that. So not only was our dog put in complete unnecessary danger, the sitter trashed our home, and Rover is putting us In “mitigation” to resolve a refund with the sitter directly. Nothing is worse than a company that deflects responsibility and refuses ownership. I want to like the idea of this service, but it needs a complete overhaul of expectations and requirements especially with in home sitting. I will not ever use this service again until I see detailed expectation requirements for the sitters that includes home cleanliness as well as a guaranteed timeframe the sitter is required to be in home as well as a full refund on my credit card.
happy to have rover
srmkb on 6/19/2018
I used a gal in the city And now found one in the burbs Thx for being there for my fur babies
Good app but be warned
Rosterland on 6/18/2018
I’ve used a sitter with this app and it worked out great. The app was fairly easy to use and the protections like background checks and vet protection are nice. However be warned when you start using the app and you are getting text messages from the person that is not the number of the person. So if you strike up a friendship or something and still text using that number rover tracks the messages and reads them. They don’t really let you know that and technically you are still using the app. I found that to be a horrible invasion since it was not made clear and not sure I’ll continue the use the app. I see the response and my review stands. Instead of burying in the terms that you know people won’t fully read how about add a message when you get the first one letting people know that this is not their phone number and it will be monitored.
There exactly when you need them!
Diamondmelon on 6/18/2018
Rover was a lifesaver for me. My extended family had been helping with my puppy but it was getting harder for them to spend the time he needed. Rover came to our rescue and 24 hours later I had the greatest dog walker. Later, when I needed a break from being a new puppy Mom Rover rescued me again and I found someone to board home overnight at the last minute. Everyone was so knowledgeable and accommodating. This is a wonderful service.
Charlie and Callie
charlie and callie on 6/18/2018
Becky is the greatest. Callie and Charlie loves to go to her home and the attention she gives. Always available for last minute. Sends pics to show their activity!! Thanks Becky!!
Love the service!
Amah is Marti on 6/18/2018
Two of my favorite dog companions for Winnie are her daily walker, Sandy, and her overnight sitter, Chelsea! They love my little pet as much as I do & Winnie adores them both so I know they take great care of her when she spends time with either lady! I appreciate the bond that Winnie has seeing the same walker everyday! She perches in the window waiting to see her. When she stays overnight with Chelsea she has settled in as part of the family! I highly recommend this service to anyone who is looking for great Dog care!
So easy!
Miarose19 on 6/18/2018
Easy and simple way to book pet sitters! The app lets you stay connect while you a away.
Not Useful In All Scenarios
Datvivar on 6/18/2018
So first off let me state that my rating is just from my perspective, a guy working a 9-5 that was looking to make a couple of extra bucks on the side in his free time, long story short... I have lost $15 over the use of this app. So I had a friend recommend this app to me and I actually randomly talked with a couple of Rover dog walkers and I thought I would be a great idea. I love dogs and I just moved to the city and missed my dogs. I thought I would get to walk pups and get a beer here and there, but that was not the case. Turns out everyone actually wants to walk their own dogs (believe it or not) and even during winter time when it is extremely cold and I assumed people would want to be with family (I get two weeks off from my job) I extended my hours, my rates were very low (even though Rover advises a 15% increase over the holiday season) and I did not get to walk a single dog... Now of course, I had some issues that affected things, I did not extend my range more than 5 miles from my home, and most of the time I have a full time job, but still, the fact that I could charge $12 an hour (which Rover would take $3 of that) during the Christmas time when I was free all day and not get a single client... well this app was not worth the background check fee. Essentially, unless you are planning on being a full time dog walker and doing massive self networking and advertising I would not use this app. I have seen people have more success dog watching, as in taking dogs into their homes for a weekend, but I also assume that less people can do that and there is more demand for that. Don’t spend $15 on the background check if it won’t work out for you, just a fair warning.
Pay to apply
Kitsuneko-nyan on 6/17/2018
Just a heads up to anyone wanting to join the Rover team as a walker/pet sitter: the application process is really long with multiple steps including having to fulfill a minimum character limit, having to add pictures of yourself, and having to take a quiz. HOWEVER all of that is fine- it’s actually kind of fun, until the very end after you’ve spent about 30 minutes or more on carefully filling out all of the application and watching the video and then taking the quiz, THEY ASK YOU TO PAY FOR YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK. Please be wary. If you are not already an experienced dog walker or pet sitter, you may be wasting money (even if you have experience with dogs.) There is one background check for 20 dollars and one for 35. YOU CANNOT COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION UNTIL YOU PAY. I did not apply myself, my best friend did, but neither of us expected for her to have to pay $20+ of her own money (while she is currently unemployed) for a background check just for them to *look* at her application. Because there is no guarantee that after paying for the background check you will even be accepted. It’s not a bad app, but that really is unfortunate. TL;DR: If you wanna work for them, just know that the application is really long and you can’t even complete it unless you pay 20-35 dollars for a background check before they even look at your application.
Need some changes
CRE480 on 6/17/2018
Once you chat with the sitter there’s no way to go back and look through their profile. And if you have 2 dogs there’s no way to know how much it’ll be to board the both of them except if you contact the sitter.
Wish they would include a tip option :/
a1yj on 6/16/2018
Have been using Rover as a walker for about a month now and really wish they included a tip option for clients! I really don't see why they shouldn't and don't. 4 stars for stellar support, a functional app, and ease of use.
i know i’m an anomaly, but i found rover mind bogglingly bad
LeonardoRoberto on 6/15/2018
Biggest gap between idea (awesome) and execution (truly abysmal). customer service is super nice and tries their hardest to be helpful, but they have not figured out how to effectively monitor their walkers such that their best intentions aside, egregiously bad and against rover policy stuff REPEATEDLY happened to me. and i see rovers overall rating so i know that i just got unlucky, but might as well throw this out there just so people know that it’s not all perfect, even though it’s highly unlikely anyone else will have quite the terrible terrible terrible experience i had.
Good app
sassssssssaasaaaaaaa on 6/14/2018
I use Rover and I like how easy it is to choose a pet sitter but I’d change 2 things. First of all, once you contact the sitter and you have an open chat, there is no way you can get back to their profile. You’ll need to make a new search if you want to see the profile. Second, I would add the “price” button so I will see (if I choose it) the cheapest ones first
Dog walking? Paycheck?
AlyEMT on 6/14/2018
I love Rover! The app has made having a side hustle very easy! I have had great experiences walking/sitting for Rover, and it has helped foster great relationships with clients!
Rover is easy to use!
D'Ann & Lance on 6/14/2018
We’ve always had great success finding wonderful caretakers for Kyle. Easy to use app makes setting up appointments and payments easy!
Last minute dog care and setting
233445566 on 6/14/2018
What a lifesaver Amber came to my rescue
Melissa S. is awesome
Terri & Diane on 6/13/2018
Melissa treats our babies as if they were hers. She sends us multiple updates everyday and our dogs look forward to seeing her and instantly reconnect with immediately every time she comes. We love her and trust her implicitly.
Wag is whacked on 6/13/2018
I love the sitter and I love the app. I love that people mean what they say. This is the best app for dog sitting and boarding. Don’t go with any other app! Rover is the BEST!!!
di3hl on 6/13/2018
So glad this exists!
none of your sitters update their calendars
colubrid on 6/13/2018
none of the sitters updated their calendars - tried 3 different sitters - calendars said they had availability - but when i contacted them was turned away because they were not available when I needed them. not very convenient and a whole lot more work than a kennel.
ororpr on 6/13/2018
I like that in Rover you can have a direct message with the owner of the dog your walking. However I really don’t like that you can’t submit the end of a walk until you take a picture.
Meet and Greet
Randyk53 on 6/13/2018
Would be great if Rover app had an option to schedule a meet and greet without having to schedule a service.
Not free
Hannah19Marie on 6/13/2018
What a terrible app. I tried to register to walk dogs and after going through all those stupid questions and information, you have to pay $25-35 for a background check on yourself. A waste of time.
Pet sitter
KB 1234512345 on 6/12/2018
Great service. I was hesitant at first, but we found the most amazing pet sitter through Rover. 100 times better than leaving our big fur baby at a vet when we go out of town!
Luv it!!!
V Carmean on 6/12/2018
Kristy with Rover is the best! Im so glad to have found her thru Rover! Easy and convenient!
There should be a way to view people looking for sitters
atlas.shrugged on 6/11/2018
There should be a way to view pet owners who are looking for a sitter, not just vice versa. Because people who have completed sitting jobs are more likely to get contacted more frequently afterwards, it can be harder for new people’s profiles to get any traffic. I have so much availability but I feel like no one is looking at my profile and I have no clue how to do anything about it! If I paid for a background check, I feel like my profile should be readily viewable, and if not, I should be able to reach out to pet owners.
Who still uses rover?
Tattoosrstupid on 6/11/2018
I’m a walker and boarder and I get tons of hits on Wag and nothing on Rover. It’s funny. I don’t promote for anything unless it’s a good thing.
The Airbnb for dog sitting
Binding Bee on 6/11/2018
We discovered a few years ago and have used it exclusively since then. We met awesome local dog sitters and always travel now with the peace of mind knowing our dog is well cared for and getting personal, family attention. Would highly recommend!!
Such a great app for finding doggy care.
Megan "The Army Wife" Allen on 6/11/2018
This app is fantastic! It helps me connect with local folks who have proven records of good pet care, in their home. Reading the reviews makes me feel so much more comfortable about leaving my pets with someone else. Payment set up is easy and communication with the sitter is great thru the app. Love it!
This app is terrible for booking
jwu05 on 6/10/2018
There’s literally less functionality than the mobile site and some key info on sitters isn’t even in the app! I end up just going to the mobile site to book so what’s the point?! Also seems like not as up to date...
Warning! Hard to get refund on cancelled bookings!
city girl by the sea on 6/10/2018
It’s super easy to find a dog sitter. You meet and agree to a schedule for dog sitting. takes the full payment up front quite quickly. Instant collection of your money. BUT not so quick to give a refund when you change the service. if you need to change your dates you click a “modify” service button which takes you to a screen where basically you have to type long hand into an empty box and send an email to an unknown entity which responds with an auto reply that they will get back to within 4 hours. Really! You can book and they take your money in minutes but no easy way to cancel or modify service. AVOID!!! Do not use this app if you value your hard earned money .
Modons363930 on 6/10/2018
Im sure it’s a great app but I was very disappointed that you have to be above 18 to be a walker. I’m a senior in high school with a driver license and have had multiple jobs and really have a passion for animals. Unfortunately, I cannot join because I am 16 about to be 17. I think you should consider changing the age. For the app “bambino” (an app for babysitting children) you can be under 18 you just have to get a referral from a parent. I highly recommend you adopt this principle as well.
manels26 on 6/10/2018
Cheri and her daughter were so friendly and nice! Highly recommended!
No notification for cancellations
SUgradstudent on 6/9/2018
So far I was really enjoying the app. I will say, I feel that too much money is taken by the company. I am a college student and have been using Rover for a couple months now to try to help cover some expenses and it’s unfortunate that I don’t get the full amount, or at least more of the money that the clients are paying. But what really agitated me was how today I drove 20-25minutes to go do a house sit, get there and find out that it was cancelled. Rover sends notifications for everything else, but didn’t both to let me know the lady had cancelled the house sit. It’s quite inconvenient when I could have planned other things for my evening. But what’s even better is Rover sent a message to the lady confirming the cancellation, leading her to believe they would inform me as well, because that’s what happens when booking. Very disappointed.
Want a favorites list
PC Vee on 6/9/2018
Is there any way to bookmark a pet sitter? There are so many to choose from but not all pet sitters listed are always readily available. I’d like to be able to bookmark and add to a list so I don’t have to scroll through a very long list just to find a backup pet sitter.
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