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Small Business Snapshot: Zingy Pet

Small Business Snapshot: Zingy Pet Credit: Damien Renaldi

Company name: Zingy Pet (recently acquired by Rover.com)
Website: Rover.com
Founded: 2015

CEO Tobi Skovron shared the story behind Zingy Pet, a company offering an on-demand dog walking service.

We are, first and foremost, a team of dog lovers dedicated to providing the best pet care for our furry friends when their owners can’t be there. Dogs thrive on routine, but for dog owners there are always times when life simply gets in the way. This photo represents our mission and our trained and trusted dog walkers who pride themselves on providing that love, attention and exercise dogs need when the owner is unavailable.

Many of us on the Zingy Pet team are busy dog parents who have used dog-walking services before. Time and again, while we knew that the dog walkers had come to our homes because the cash we’d left for them was gone, we were never entirely sure if our dogs were walked, or how long our walkers were hanging around in our homes. We created Zingy Pet to solve this problem — the app helps create transparency and accessibility in pet care.

Our biggest challenge has been earning the trust of pet parents. Dogs are not just pets, they’re integral parts of our families, and pet owners don’t want just anyone to be walking their dogs. That’s why we put every potential walker through a rigorous 6-point background check and in-person interview to ensure that they are up to our standards, and we make every moment of the dog walk visible through the app.

What separates us from the pack is that we use industry professionals like AKC-certified dog trainer David Wright of iWorkDogs, to create ongoing educational resources for our walkers. At our Zingy Academy, walkers are provided resources on topics that range from pet first aid to basic leash training. Every dog is different and their safety is our number one priority, so we want to make sure that all of our walkers are prepared to handle any situation that comes their way. 

Brittney Morgan

Brittney Q. Morgan is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor, as well as a graduate of Drew University, where she majored in History. Her work can be found all across the web at Apartment Therapy, HuffPost, and more. You can also find her on Twitter at @brittneyplz.