About Us

Dogs Deserve It LLC® was formed in response to the pressing need for qualified dog walkers and pet care providers in the Chicagoland area.

Owner, Lauren Pietrocarlo, identified some shortcomings in the present dog walking industry and decided to address the issues. A dog lover herself, Lauren was aware of the importance of the daily walk to the health and well being of her pet. She became determined to create a service that would maximize its potential.

Lauren worked with a well-respected trainer to learn the proper way to walk a dog, the way to introduce and reinforce positive canine behavior during this daily routine. Clients benefit from this special attention to on-leash etiquette. DDI dogs are not aimlessly paraded through city streets. Instead, their walk becomes purposeful and engaging.

In addition, pet CPR certification is required for all DDI walkers.

Pietrocarlo left the corporate world to share her long-time passion for dogs. She is now using her communications and public relations experience to bring a fresh, professional, accountable perspective to the world of pet care.

We Believe Dogs Deserve

Committed, loving owners who make their dogs a top priority

Plenty of exercise to promote health & well being

Adequate training & appropriate discipline

Respect, companionship, comfort & affection

Social stimulation & interaction to engage with the world

Good nutrition, adequate medical care, safe shelter

our difference

Leash Etiquette

So, what dog doesn’t love to go for a walk? For the most part, both owner and pet look forward to this “together” time. However, does the excitement sometimes turn into a battle for power? Does your dog pull on the leash and walk you, instead of you walking him?

At Dogs Deserve It®, we provide direction to reverse this frustrating behavior. Whether your dog is a puppy or a more mature dog, rest assured that this negative on-leash behavior can almost always be corrected.

Our walkers have comprehensive training in DDI leash etiquette® skills. We will implement simple and easy techniques so that your dog will walk better on the leash. All of our techniques are force-free and may involve the use of specific leashes and collars. The Deserving Dog Etiquette® option is not a requirement.

Walker Tracking

We know that it takes a “leap of faith” to allow access to your home. We respect your trust and will not abuse the privilege.

DDI offers state of the art GPS walker tracking and Dogs Deserve It pedometers.

You receive an email as soon as the walk starts and ends, along with a GPS tracked map of the walk. Our service provides more than the typical, daily anecdotal report regarding your dog’s output. We will provide a detailed daily adventure calendar to personalize your pet’s experience, including a daily manners evaluation.

We are also proud to partner with Nest, an indoor security camera used for child or dog monitoring. We believe that Nest is a natural addition to our walker tracking services. We also provide Musher’s Secret Paw Wax to all clients free of charge. As always, Dogs Deserve It is committed to providing you with the most innovative and reliable pet care service!

Pride in who we employ

At DDI, we take pride in who we employ. We believe that all DDI workers should be treated as employees and not 1099 contractors. The difference between independent contractors and employees is essential to how your pet is taken care of.

Independent Contractor-based Company Employee-based Company
Worker contracted for a specific project or time period Worker’s employment is ongoing yet may be terminated
Worker decides when and where to work Worker has set schedule and location
Worker does not receive skills training Worker receives training and instruction
Worker may delegate tasks to others Worker cannot delegate work to others

Chart Courtesy of the Pet Industry Coalition

We are proud members of the Pet Industry Coalition, an organization that requires 100% legal compliance in all operations.

We also take pride in who we are-that means the type of employer we are and the type of service provider we are. You don’t have to take this from us, though. Check out one of our former walkers turned client’s email below.

“Hey all at DDI, I just want to reach out and send a quick message about Stubs’ and my plans for the future. I don’t know how I’ll be able to keep this brief because DDI has been so important to me, but here’s my best shot:

At the end of this month Stubs and I are moving to Lake Tahoe, CA. I can’t really begin to explain how grateful I am for the relationships I’ve made through this company, and for the hard work you all do day in and day out. If it weren’t for DDI, Stubs never would have entered my life! I’ve made life-long friendships because of you. When I was 21 and looking for a way to stay afloat, you offered me a job as a walker and introduced me to experiences I’ll never forget.
I also want to reiterate how thankful I am for the special care you’ve given me the past 2+ years as a client. Welcoming a dog into my home on a tight budget wasn’t exactly a part of my plan (what are plans, anyway), but thanks to your generosity I was able to make it work. There’s so much more to DDI than what you can write in a business pitch. You’ve been a rock to me, a source of love and patience, and I can’t express my gratitude enough.
I’ll be sure to keep y’all updated on our life in the mountains. There will be plenty of pine trees for Stubs to pee on. I am indebted to y’all. “

 

our team

Lauren

President / Owner

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Lauren

President / Owner

Lauren Pietrocarlo left the corporate world to share her long-time passion for dogs. She is now using her communications and public relations experience to bring a fresh, professional, and accountable perspective to the world of pet care.

Kaitlin

Vice-President

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Kaitlin

Vice-President

Kaitlin Bishop joins the DDI team as a (passionate) lifelong dog lover and long time client of Dogs Deserve It. Kaitlin brings with her a background in the arts, non-profit management, and financial regulatory compliance. When she's not working to offer clients & their pets the best pet care in Chicago, she can be found in the office of Bark Pouch, a revolutionary dog treat company she co-owns with Ms. Pietrocarlo and Brandi Barker, running after her maniac sons, Rocky & Mickey, or walking/jogging/snuggling/training/smooching her Argentine Dogo (and one true love), Jax. Kaitlin is incredibly excited to be joining the very team that has brought such professionalism, commitment, and peace of mind to her life and more importantly the life of her 4-legged family.

Danielle

General Manager

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Danielle

General Manager

“I've been an animal person since I can remember.  My  grandparents owned a kennel, growing up I worked there during the summers, meeting all kinds of dogs, cats and the occasional lizard! I guess you could say being an animal lover was in my blood. We always had a family dog, and several barn cats! When I met my dog, Havok he was only 6 months old, I immediately did my research on training, a good diet, everything! Raising and training a puppy has taught me a lot,  I try to bring all the knowledge of my own experiences into my work. Every dog is different though and learning the personality of a dog and their unique "quirks" is one of my favorite things about dog walking! I try to use these special differences to customize my approach to our daily walks, always thinking of the dog and it's individual needs first.”

Kyle

Scheduling Manager

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Kyle

Scheduling Manager

Kyle is a Bass guitar player who studied at the Berklee College of Music. He loves playing music, golfing, and eating oreos. He has had two cats, a husky, and currently loves his two Pugs, Tito and Franco (named after dictators because they run the house)!

Masalah

Operations Manager

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Masalah

Operations Manager

Masalah is a Chicago local, originally from Mesa, Arizona. He graduated from Columbia College with a degree in film, and spends a lot of his free time making art. He has no pets of his own, but definitely has a few fluffy friends around the city who he hosts regularly. He loves all dogs, but has a soft spot for mutts in need! Bring your pup in to the office and he'll stop everything to say hi!

Morgan

Administrative / Scheduling Manager

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Morgan

Administrative / Scheduling Manager

Morgan was born and raised in Chicago and has loved animals since she was a wee babe. She has three kitties Georgia, Bean, and Chili, and two dogs, Faline and Evie! She went to college in Napa, CA and graduated with a degree in film. In her free time she enjoys eating things, saying hi to ALL the doggies, watching movies, and addding things to her amazon wishlist. Morgan is so excited to be a part of the DDI family and can't wait to meet you and your pup!

Alexx

Dog Walker

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Alexx

Dog Walker

I'm a Chicago native who studied screenwriting, and loves reading, hiking and photography! I've loved and cared for dogs all my life and wanted to extend love and piece of mind to others who can't be with their pets all the time. I've owned 10 dogs and 2 cats!  I currently have an 8 year old Akita named Xena and an 11 year old Beagle mix named Boone. I love BIG DOGS!

Angelique

Dog Walker

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Angelique

Dog Walker

Each young person is faced with the inevitable choice of choosing a career that will either fulfill them or become work. Angelique chose to pursue her passion, yoga, as a life long venture. She began her teacher training in 2009 and is currently a thoroughbred yogi and delightful teacher. Angelique blessed DDI with her presence in 2012 and has been a tremendous asset since.

Anthony

Dog Walker

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Anthony

Dog Walker

Anthony is a weekday walker originally from Chicago through and through! He recently moved back here after a brief stint due to simply missing it, and living comfortably. Although he’s never worked with dogs professionally before, he’s owned dogs his whole life and couldn’t imagine it without them. He has also had more exotic pets such as snakes, insects, etc. He’s had dogs off all breeds and sizes, but his favorite breed would have to be labs due to being surrounded by them his whole life. Anthony studied Kinesiology and First Aid in school. Anthony can’t wait to meet all the different types and personalities of dogs however unique and quirky.

Andrew

Dog Walker

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Andrew

Dog Walker

Andrew is a walker who moved to Chicago from the DC area. He moved here to get his masters, and hasn’t wanted to leave since finishing three years ago! He has previously worked with animals, mostly limited to independent walking and pet-sitting in the past for friends. Andrew is a classically trained musician and loves all types of music. He also enjoys hiking and camping, especially with, you guessed it - dogs! Andrew can’t wait to get acquainted with your pups in this brand new city!

Ashleigh

Dog Walker

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Ashleigh

Dog Walker

Ashleigh is originally from Iowa, who moved to Chicago to pursue a career in photography. She likes photography, music, road trips and hanging with friends! She has years of pet sitting experience and loves yorkies! She's very excited to work and be around dogs especially since she can't have one of her own!

Charlie

Dog Walker

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Charlie

Dog Walker

Charlie is one of our walkers from Chicagoland who has been around dogs his whole life! His favorite part about the job is getting them out for some exercise! He went to Columbia College in Chicago where he majored in Broadcast/Journalism. He loves, running, biking, writing, reading, and traveling.

Callie

Dog Walker

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Callie

Dog Walker

Callie is from Lake Barrington IL, and graduated from Loyala University. She is interested in cooking, Zumba, theatre, reading and learning French! She's been dog sitting since middle school and jhad had 2 doves, 1 hamster 2 fish, 6 rabbits, and a beagle named Tuffy! She loves Bernese Mountain dogs but is most looking forward to meeting new pups!

Eric

Dog Walker

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Eric

Dog Walker

Eric was a dog walker in Brooklyn before moving to Chicago seeking a change of scenery and new experiences. He likes being around animals and being outside, so dog walking is the perfect gig! We asked Eric to name his favorite dog breed, to which he replied "I've always found German Shepherds very pretty, and all the ones I've met have been very relaxed." The best aspect about dog walking for Eric is the feeling when dogs build a liking to him and develop trust. Outside spending time with your dogs, Eric's interests include photography, guitar, reading and writing.   

 

Gift

Dog Walker

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Gift

Dog Walker

My full name is Watcharee Karnjanapokin but you can call may Gift! I love sports like running basketball and especially Tennis, and like to watch Wild life and Animal documentaries. I'm originally from Bangkok, Thailand but have lived in Chicago since 2017! I have a bachelors degree in Environmental Engineering. I've had 9 siamese cats, 1 German Shepard, 1 golden retriever mix and betta fishes. Border Collies and Pitfalls are my favorite dog breeds because of their loyalty! I'm excited to meet new furry friends and have fun with them, especially when they are wagging their tails knowing that they are about to get some fresh air out on a walk!

Greg R

Dog Walker

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Greg R

Dog Walker

My name is Greg, and I am a filmmaker and dog lover based here in Chicago. Walking dogs provides me with more than just money to pay the bills while I grow as an artist; it's a fun, energetic job that introduces me to all sorts of awesome dogs. I can't think of a better way to spend the week than in the company of these incredible animals we call (rightfully so!) "man's best friend".

Ivan

Dog Walker

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Ivan

Dog Walker

Ivan is a born and raised Chicagoan! He loves to bike around to unique spots in Chicago and shoot pictures and video. He's always loved meeting new dogs wherever he is! He's helped at an animal hospital and has lots of dog sitting experience. He has dog named Bolt who is a husky/German Shepard mix with white fuzzy fur. He's looking forward to meeting all the personalities of all the new dogs he meets!!

James

Dog Walker

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James

Dog Walker

James moved to Chicago from a very small town in rural Ohio to study film at Columbia College. He adores dogs, but unfortunately his landlord does not; thus, James joined the DDI team as a way of filling that void! James has had all kinds of pets over the 18 years living at his family home in Ohio: 6 dogs, 10 cats, birds, geckos, rats, fish....you name it! He's received a BA from Columbia and Wright State in Film Production and Film History and Criticism, respectively and does free lance work in film production when he's not walking your pups. His favorite part about being a dog walker? ... "How excited the dog gets when they see a leash!"

Jack

Dog Walker

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Jack

Dog Walker

Hi, I'm Jack. I moved to Chicago last year from Kansas City. I'm the biggest Kansas City Chiefs fan you'll ever meet. Also, I enjoy comedy, playing basketball, cooking, and hiking. I grew up with a dog and while I have no pets of my own, my family dog Mojo is always excited for the extra attention when I visit home. I look forward to meeting and walking your dog!

Julia

Dog Walker

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Julia

Dog Walker

Julia is a walker from just across the border in Hammond, Indiana. She came to Chicago for school and graduated, and is looking for something new! Julia loves dogs but wanted to do something more one-on-one than her previous experience of daycare and the like. Julia likes all breeds of dogs, no favorites! Julia currently has a pit mix, and a french bulldog as well. She’s had a German Shepard and other pits, and a few mixed breed dogs. In her downtime, Julia likes to paint, draw, and read. Julia is looking forward to building great relationships with all the DDI dogs she walks!

James

Dog Walker

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James

Dog Walker

James is a Chicago native from the south. Went to  high school and grammar school across the street from each other and college down the street at Harvey community college. He loves bike riding, videos games, and hanging at home with friends and family. Also some great deep dish pizza!

Jermaine

Dog Walker

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Jermaine

Dog Walker

Jermaine is a Chicago native and long-time carer of dogs! His experience with working with dogs brought him to DDI enthusiastically. For 8 years, Jermaine worked at a daycare called EarthPups. In his downtime, he enjoys biking, video games, reading, and Stage Managers for Theatre. Jermaine can’t wait to hang out with your dogs and getting to know them!  

Jose

Dog Walker

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Jose

Dog Walker

Jose is a Chicago native born and raised. He has had a lifelong passion for dogs, although never working with them professionally he has been surrounded by them since birth. On top of dogs, cats, hamsters, and fish are his type of animals! Jose is torn between huskies and corgis as his favorite breeds, the cold dogs are his type! He currently attends Coyne College studying Applied Sciences. Jose can’t wait to meet all the different dogs and their unique personalities!

Joe K

Dog Walker

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Joe K

Dog Walker

Joe is an avid cyclist with a  range of other interests from cooking  to embroidery and art making. He also loves to camp and has a passion for activism and social work. He considers New Jersey his home but has lived in Chicago for nearly 15 years now, stating, “After visiting my older brother I fell in love and found a place I could thrive.” Though he does not own a dog at the moment, he lives and loves vicariously through interactions with his friends’ dogs and those he meets out in the world. Joe has experience working in a doggy daycare and loved meeting all types of dogs. He does think his friend’s dog, Akira (older Pit) is his favorite dog in the solar system! Currently, Joe is studying social work with the City Colleges system with an intent to transfer to a Master’s program; but in the meantime Joe looks forward to the excited greetings he will receive on this job!

Liam

Dog Walker

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Liam

Dog Walker

Hailing from Lake In The Hills, IL, Liam is an avid dog lover with an enthusiastic attitude. He came to Chicago for college, studying Game Art at Columbia. and is enjoying the summer dog walking! He has been doing independent petsitting since he was young, and has been surrounded by dogs all his life. He loves them all, but is partial to German Shepards and Irish Setters. Liam can't wait to get acquainted with all sorts of new types of dogs along the way!

Logan

Dog Walker

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Logan

Dog Walker

Logan made his way from beautiful Minnesota to the Windy City of Chicago to be with friends and to attend college. A simple love for dogs brought him to this job, but Huskies are definitely the cutest and most loyal dogs he's ever seen and are by far his favorite breed. In general he loves being a dog walker because it allows him to get to chill with all sorts of different dogs every day. Who wouldn't love that? Logan has a cat named Amun-Ra, a true Egyptian God of Cats, and Logan loves playing video games, Dungeons and Dragons, and essentially all things "nerd."

Marti

Dog Walker

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Marti

Dog Walker

Marti is a freelance musician who plays the french horn and loves to bake! She came to Dogs Deserve It to seek out a more stimulating work opportunity and loves getting to bike around the city and spend every day outside. She’s originally from Wisconsin and grew up with many different dogs including a Samoyed, Golden Retriever, American Eskimo and Duck Toller, but also loves Vizslas and Labs! Marti moved to Chicago to attend graduate school at De Paul and graduated with a Masters in Musical Performance. She currently lives with her boyfriend and their cat Bud.

Nathan

Dog Walker

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Nathan

Dog Walker

Nathan came to Chicago from a nearby suburb. He graduated with a degree in geology and worked as a commercial real estate appraiser for six years before welcoming a career change. He says animals are his passion, which is what brings him to us, and he looks forward to a job in which he gets to make friends with dogs! At home, he has a pit bull, two cats, lizards, and fish, so he has extensive experience with friends both furry and scaley!

Noah

Dog Walker

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Noah

Dog Walker

My name is Noah Swisshelm and I am from Hammond, Indiana. However, I am not “new” to the Chicago area, as I attended and graduated from Mount Carmel High School on the Southside. For fun, I enjoy exercising, seeing live music, and playing video games. I currently own one pet back home in Indiana, a golden retriever puppy named Sampson. My favorite part about being a walker is the look of excitement on a dogs face when they see me and realize they get to go outside and explore the world. It brightens my day being able to provide a much needed service for the dogs of Chicago!

Pam

Dog Walker

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Pam

Dog Walker

My name is Pam. I have a 2 year old cat named Cheeto. I enjoy dog walking because to me it has been one of the most rewarding career moves i have ever made. Dogs have always reminded me that no matter what is going, they appreciate the little things you do for them. And as long as they know you care about them, they will care about you. My initial plan is to learn to properly groom and train. And eventually to go back to school to become a vets assistant.

Patrick

Dog Walker

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Patrick

Dog Walker

Patrick is one of our dedicated walkers, a Cleveland native he came to Chicago for love and to experience a new city! Patrick is a dog and animal lover that sadly had to leave his German Shepard back in Ohio, so this is a great opportunity to be around dogs and fill that void! Patrick’s favorite breed is Golden Retrievers, however St Bernards are some he’d like to own one day. Patrick personally helped raise and train two dogs, an Golden Retriever and a German Shepard. Patrick can’t wait being able to explore a new city with all different types of dogs!  

Rachel

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

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Rachel

On-Call Manager and Dog Walker

Rachel hails from Highland, IL, currently residing in Pilsen. She enjoys cycling, yoga, writing, photography, and traveling. She grew up with a Siberian cat named Felix, who was dubbed as, "the cuddliest cat ever." Rachel is down for any dog with a personality and is excited to enjoy the summer with awesome dogs!

Rob

Dog Walker

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Rob

Dog Walker

Rob Byrd Is a singer songwriter, professional multi-musician and music producer. His love of life and passion for music drips from these four strings of his ukulele taking you to a world far away from work and the everyday stress of life. When he's not making music you can find him walking dogs for DDI and enjoying the love he gets back from his friends while he takes care of all their fabulous needs. He also enjoys the challenge of what it takes to make new fur-friends at work and the tranquility of walking with them around the city of Chicago.

Ryne

Dog Walker

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Ryne

Dog Walker

Hi I am Ryne Blaising, named after Ryne Sandberg. I am a huge baseball fan. Cubs of course! I am always a huge football fan and the Patriots are my favorite. I am also into hockey Golden Knights & NBA Nuggets. I came to city for school in sports broadcasting & got a part time job dog walking and fell in love with it. I have boxer/lab mix named Dexter. And boxers are my favorite dog my first dog was a three legged Boxer named Rambo. For hobbies I love to do fantasy sports & play sports games on PS4.

Sarah

Dog Walker

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Sarah

Dog Walker

Sarah is a visual artists with a love for nature and animals. Big dogs are on the top of the list. Raised by two artists she got started right away finger painting and getting into messes. Most of her artwork is surrealism and symbolism, though she dabbles in a bit of everything. She recently finished a 100ft mural in park ridge for Manicmeatball. She aspires to have a farm one day filled with animals and vegetation. She practices kungfu, yoga and meditation.

Val

Dog Walker

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Val

Dog Walker

Hi I’m Val!
When I’m not out walking dogs, you can count that I’m in my studio painting. My cat Eve is my supervisor, and sits on my shoulders or inches away from my work to ensure I’m doing it right.
I’m still fairly new to Chicago and I’m happy to say that I’ve been hard at work to make great things happen.
I also play the saxophone. Open jams and any opportunity to play with friends are my favorite.
I love dogs, getting to bond with them on these walks is something I look forward to. My favorite part is walking in and seeing my dogs get excited when I arrive!

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