So I found this girl on CL who has a yorkie that she's having trouble potty training because she's gone all day(he's 1 1/2 yrs. old she didn't always have this schedule). Well I met up with her and Quark (her yorkie) and I'm doing a kinda day care with him where she drops him off in the morning and picks him up at night. She's willing to pay but I don't know what a far price would be as it's not too much work to throw a third dog in the mix lol but at the same time I am working. She had found a dog walker that charged $20 an hour (making it $100 a week) is this a reasonable amount? (the $100 a week) or is it too much/not enough? Any help is appreciated!
I've seen anywhere from $25-$40/day. Dog walkers, however, charge about $17/hour, so you would think you could get more than that for a whole day, but who knows. Go with what you're comfortable with, but don't let yourself be taken advantage of.
I'm actually looking for someone to provide the same sort of service for my two a couple of weekends a month. In my area, I can board a dog overnight for $15, and from what I've seen looking around the internet, professional "doggy daycares" (which sadly do not exisit in my area) have rates as low a $20 a day (of course going up from there, with all the 'perks' they offer the guilt-stricken puppy parents). So to me, $20 an hour for a one hour walk oyu would be giving anyway seems excessive. But $20 a day to keep him all day seems reasonable to me. We had a situation worked out with a woman where she would stop by the house and walk each one seperately, play with them, etc. for two hours and we were paying her $30 a weekend - I work weekend op and Nikki just took a new client for every other weekend, so we will be leaving them alone about 11 hours on those Sat and Sundays -not acceptable! Unfortunatley, our cats gave her hives... back to square one. Hope this helps!
$100 a week seems reasonable to me for all-day care and potty training assistance. I pay $15 per 30 minute visit for my pet sitters. When I go away for a long day trip, I usually have them come out at suppertime and walk Max and feed him. Now that I added the cats, if the care includes them and their litterbox (if I went away for a more than a day) it would be $17 a visit and I'd usually have 2 visits a day. This is instead of boarding them. So that's $170 for 5 days of two 30 minute visits a day.
I think the one by me is $18 if you go more than once a week. Maybe $15. Otherwise, it's $20 each time.
I babysat some dogs from my therapy group and let members pay me $15 a day (including overnight) and to be honest, the $15 didn't make it worth my time. So, you want to charge a price that YOU feel good about too, don't just give a really good deal that you find doesn't motivate you to continue the relationship. Better to start off with the price than try and raise it later and feel like a jerk! You might not realize how much extra effort the one really is to your 'family.'
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