This App Makes Waiting Around for Your Dog Walker a Thing of the Past

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Having a dog is great. Unlimited snuggles, unconditional love, scheduling lunch breaks around dog walks, picking up poop... Thankfully, you can pay somebody to walk the dog (and pick up the poop). offers on-demand dog-walking services in major U.S. cities (specifically, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, D.C., Denver and New York) and has a low-key convenient feature that’s actually kind of game changing: a free lockbox. Yep, that means no more waiting around to let in the dog walker.

Here’s how it works: When you sign up for Rover, you’ll have the option to request a free lockbox that’s then shipped to you. You choose the combination and add it to your entry instructions in the Rover app, along with any other specific orders for the dog walker (e.g., Suzie loves squirrels and demands two treats to wear her halter).

And if you, like us, feel anxious about leaving your dog in the hands of a stranger, you can rest assured that Fido will be taken care of: Rover’s dog walkers are prescreened, receive safety education and go through an enhanced background check. You can also stalk your pup on the Rover app if you need a potty-break log—whatever helps you sleep at night.

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