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Question How Much To Pay A Dog Siiter? - July 6th 2015, 08:35 PM

I have "hired" someone in my area to come over and feed my dog, make sure he has water and to let him outside while I am at work. My only problem is, how much should someone pay a dog sitter? She would be coming to my apartment once or twice a day (she wouldn't be actually staying the entire time) for about 4-5 days of the week.

I was thinking $20 a day, but that's kinda a lot per day... but then people who babysit children it's usually 10 dollars an hour or something. I was thinking to pay her $10 dollars a day.

But, since I am new at this, what is an acceptable amount to pay a dog sitter?
What things should I put in place for the sitter? Like contact information, those sorts of things. I will be giving her my works number only to call if there is an absolute emergency.
Is there things I should get from the sitter before handing over the keys to my building and apartment?

He is my furbaby and I want him to be happy and comfortable while I am away for long periods of time during the day when I am working.


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Re: How Much To Pay A Dog Siiter? - July 7th 2015, 11:36 PM

Hey there,

You would need to take many things in account:
-How many animals/dogs do you have in which they will be taking care of?
-How far of a drive is it for that person? How much gas will they use?
-How much time does it take to feed, water, and let the animals/dogs out twice per day (including travel times WITH traffic)?
-How much are THEY requesting and/or think is fair for their time?


For example, if this person is going to travel 15 miles to get to your house, with moderate traffic (which would be somewhere around 30 minutes) TWICE per day (so 4 trips, equaling 2 hours) not counting the actually spent at the house (lets say, another hour a day), meaning this person is committing 3 hours a day to service your needs. Figure out what your local minimum wage is (pay them for 3 hours a day) AND add how much gas it would typically take for two straight hours of travel per day, and figure out a nice medium. Of course, this is just the example and may change. Obviously, if they live two blocks away, then you really should only be paying them hourly.

Nonetheless, keep in mind that this needs to be worth their time (even though it's minimal). Personally, if I was paying someone in my local area to spend an hour (30 minutes, twice a day) with my dog/animal (who I consider a part of my family), I would most likely pay that person $12.00 for the hour, 5 days a week. This would only differ if I had several dogs/animals and/or if they have to travel.

Regarding security measures and giving keys to someone, make sure you check around online (search them on Google), take a peak their social media, and/or even run a background check to see who they really are, or the possible negative habits/behaviors they use. Additionally, security cameras (or just one) or security systems, can't hurt either. Keep in mind, they are surrounded by all your property, prized possessions, and memories - you can never be too safe.


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Re: How Much To Pay A Dog Siiter? - July 12th 2015, 09:56 PM

I went with a company who picks up the dogs and brings them to their farm with lots of space. It's a good price. He'll be with other dogs so he can make friends and have a good time while I am away at work.

I had a meeting with the owner today and it went well.

I am excited that he will be somewhere where he can be a dog while I am at work during the day. Come home to a happy dog.


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Re: How Much To Pay A Dog Siiter? - July 14th 2015, 05:21 PM

I usually pay pet sitters $15 a day to check on a care for my cats when I'm out of town. It's usually a little more for dogs, like about $20 or so. I think it's pretty normal to pay $15 to $25 a day for a pet sitter, depending what they're doing for you, your pet, amd so on. If check the rates in your area.

Another thing, it is important to make sure your pet sitter / dog walker is certified and has a criminal reference check. I know that sounds snooty, but I like to think about what I'd expect if these pets were my human children and I consider how these people are probably coming into my home to see / walk my pet and if I'm not there cause I'm at work or travelling or what ever then I definitely don't want jus any one in there.

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