I'm taking the week off after I get my puppy, but after that I'll need to hire a pet sitter to come in during the day. Does anyone use pet sitters? I was wondering what the average cost might be, what your experiences have been. I'll probably have to have the person come in twice a day for such a young pup. Hopefully I can stop home at lunch sometimes, but I may not be able to.
I've never used one, but I'm a stay at home mom. Is there any family that could use the extra money that might be able to? Me personally, I would rather pay family to do it because they're cheaper to pay..lol and I trust them more. Plus, it's win win because you are helping them out too.
Scout, I work with a girl that uses a petsitter for her cats when she's on vacation. I thought she said $14 per day. You don't have to tell me what you charge, but I guess I'm wondering if you charge for each visit if more than one needs to be made in a day, and also if it's common to have different prices that use your services regularly? Speaking of petsitting, I bought a book on how to start your own petsitting business. I'm so tired of working at a desk and thought it would be cool to have my own business doing something I absolutely love. But it seems like, at least in my area (Philadelphia area) there are a lot of petsitters. Too much competition.
14 - 18 dollars a visit is pretty average. i am in jersey so we are in the same ballpark pretty much. generally most petsitters charge per visit, whether it is just a daily walk or taking care of pets while their owners are away. on average a visit lasts 1/2 an hour. i don't quote people a set time but a minimum amt of time. if they have lots of pets, it may take me a 1/2 hour just to walk and feed and clean up after them, and that leaves no time to actually interact with them, playing, etc. i start out with a base fee per visit for 2 pets and then go up from there based on the number of pets they have. my max charge is 18 per visit. i don't charge for feeding fish or rabbits, mice etc. or for watering plants, taking in mail and newspapers. for daily walks on a routine basis ie: every day, i would charge less per visit then if the owners are away. makes it more affordable for someone who is trying to do the best for their new pup. before you decide to do this as a business yourself, take into consideration that this is an every weekend, every holiday type of work. i don't think there has been 1 holiday in the past 9 years, that i didn't have at least 1 pet to take care of. and this year, on my vacation time, i have 2 clients who need me. i hadn't had any plans to go away so it wasn't a big deal but people do rely on you to be there when they need you, even for last minute emrgency trips so you have to be available. one of my clients just called me last night to ask me if i can sit for her cat. she knew she was taking a chance i wouldn't be around cause it is halloween time and this is the time of year i usually go on vacation. most of my clients know this already, but sometimes things come up for them.
I have a 14 month old cocker/poodle mix that I got when he was 5 months old. Like you, I work all day so I needed to find someone to take care of him at least once during the day. At my local shelter and pet store they have this little book called "Pet Lover's Companion" and it lists all the local services for pet owners here in the DC area. I started calling around to get a dog walker for mid-day walks. You might be surprised at how many cannot take new clients cause they are already so booked. Anyway, I found one company that charged $16/day for a 20 minute visit. A few months later a retired gentleman in my condo complex started a dog walking business for $10/day for 30 minutes. I changed to him. After about 5 months he had to give it up cause all the walking was hurting his knees, so another woman in the complex took all of his clients. She now charges $12/day for a 30 minutes, but she typically spends close to an hour with Duncan. My experiences have been great with all the people that have walked Duncan. It gives me peace of mind to know if I am delayed getting home after work, that he is not sitting there with his little paws crossed waiting to go potty. And he gets to run off some of that puppy energy when I cannot be there.