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How much should I pay a pet sitter?

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June 25, 2018

I'm going to hire a pet sitter to stay at my house and take care of my dog and cat while I'm on vacation. How much does it usually cost to have someone come and stay for a week to pet sit?

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I start at $55.00 to 60.00 per day for one dog: That is the standard rate now with Pet Sitter's International pay scale. They do a marketing survey across the country and that is the average. Dog walks are $17 to 25.00 per hour depending on what all you'll be doing with the dog. Bottom line is you get what you pay for. Screen and interview at least 3 pet sitter's/dog walkers to get the best out there. Some dogs need a pack to be with daily and some of our little ones just want a private walk. T. Liggett petnannyofmarin.com

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I’m in Borthwrn NJ. For a 24/7 overnight pet sitting which includes daily walks and of course feeding and playtime, I charge for one dog , $100.00 per day. Additional dog or cat is $25 per pet .

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Hi Maddie, Recently, I was paid $75 a day to pet sit. I let the family tell me what they thought was reasonable as this was my first time pet sitting in the area. The family had 2 dogs: a 2year old terrier mix and a 3-5 year old rescued English Bulldog. I walked the dogs 3 times a day at 7am, 4pm and 8pm. I fed them before the 7am walk and at 2pm. I also administered medications to the bulldog 3 times a day. I spent the night at their home (approximately 15 miles from my home) from 6pm Wednesday of Thanksgiving through 4:30pm Friday. I left the dogs at home for approximately 6 hours on Thanksgiving day. Hope this helps!

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User in Houston, TX
Feb. 3, 2019

I am in Southwest Texas. I charge a per pet fee, plus mileage per visit (round-trip). I do give the first 5 miles free. Overnights include the evening and next morning visits for $65. If additional visits are needed during the day the regular visit fee is added.

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It depends on how many animals (and types) and what care is need with them. It also depends on the area you live. I'm in Northern Virginia and I mostly charge between $25-35 a night, if I have to walk or just let out in yard to play with them and if I have meds that are needed to be given. Included with this fee I also take care of mail, newspaper and if they have plants that need watering. I also scoop the yard if dog is just let out into the yard to play

Chris in Lorton, VA
Nov. 27, 2017

As a pet sitter who works both independently and for a service in the same area, I just want to gently say you are way undercharging for this area. I charge $65 a night, which includes an evening walk and a bedtime let out/quick bathroom walk, and a morning walk. The service I work for charges $22 per regular midday walk, and is one of tbe cheapest in this area.

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There is no set fee for paying a pet sitter to stay in your home. I would suggest that you interview several professional pet sitters. They should belong to one of the pet sitting organizations. They should be bonded and have liability insurance. Chek to see how long they have been in business. Also view their Background Check to see if there are any problems assciated with the person. Do not judge a pet sitter by what they charge. Everyone and his brother are going into Animal Care because they think it is lucrative. Do no hire anyone who doesn't have a tax ID for their business. When interviewing, notice how your pets react to this person. Pay close attention to the pet sitter's energy. If you are happy with one of the people who you interviewed, then discuss fees. If you are comfortable with their fee, hire them. If not, keep interviewing. Lois Stein Pet Pleasers of New Jersey, LLC

Just because you paid for, employees, llc filling, liabilty insurance, bonding, organization memberships fees, marketing, ext. doesn't make your service any better than little jimmy down the road. A tax id shouldnt be a requirement when it comes to an affordable, trustworthy service. Maybe if you have plenty of money to spend on your dog, but most people dont.

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User in Nisswa, MN
Feb. 3, 2019

I think it is reasonable to pay $50-$75 a day for extended period of time sitting. Otherwise hourly I would only expect anywhere from $7 to minimum wage.

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User in Dallas, TX
Feb. 3, 2019

I live in Dallas and have a few clients now that I pet sit for at their homes. I charge a rate of $60 for one pet a night. I also am a vet tech and my clients all attend the vet clinic I work at. I even pet sit for a few hours at a time and my clients usually pay me more than what I ask. I don't believe you should only look at companies to hire a sitter. I know that when my clients hire me, and I work with their animalsi know I'm doing it because I love working with animals. I treat their pets as my own and provide better care than some companies employees. One thing I always do is go to my clients homes and do a free meet and greet. This is my chance to meet the owners and pets(s) in their home; I also get all feeding and medication instructions. I've been doing this for a few months and already my small independent business is growing!! For 9 days I charged $500, hope this helps!!

User in Dallas, TX
Feb. 19, 2017

How much do you charge hourly for a pet visit? My dogs just need fresh water and food and someone there to play with for about 1-1.5 hours.

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Really it depends on the pet sitter and what you want them to do for your animals

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User in Danbury, CT
Feb. 3, 2019

I charge $50.00/day to stay at my customer's home to sit for their pets. More than 2 pets $10.00 extra/day for each additional pet.

How much should I pay a17 hr old girl neighbor to feed my puggle twice a day and let her out in front to poop and one in afternoon to pee. Each visit is between 10 to 15 min. I was going to pay her 10 dollars per visit. Is that fair ?

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User in Pharr, TX
Feb. 3, 2019

I believe 50 bucks is fine

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User in Staunton, VA
June 24, 2017

It is reasonable to expect to pay 40 to 50 dollars a day at least for overnight care in your home. Remember you are getting a house sitter as well.

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Laura in Garner, NC
Dec. 31, 2018

If you need someone to stay at your home to dog sit 24/7, I would start negotiations at $100/day. I think it is worth at least that much. After all, someone is putting their life on hold for you days at a time. If the shoe were on the other foot, how much is 24 committed hours of your life worth?

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I think anywhere from $35 to $65 per night.

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You can expect to pay anywhere from $40-$60 dollars per day.

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People for pet sitting usually charge between $8-13 dollars an hour. You do have the option of paying a flat rate. Considering it is two animals and for a whole week, id say $150-250 for the week is pretty fare.

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I think you should pay her with a court summons. If it was a child she would have been arrested for child endangerment. Please tell me you still have the footage. When she comes over to collect the pay have others with you for safety. If the pets growl that is a bad sign. Ask her for the price "Of a job completed." After the quote or invoice show her the video and ask her what is the recalculations based off of what you received as opposed to what was expected.

Laurie in Marina, CA
Aug. 25, 2018

I'm confused as to what your comment is about. She is asking about rates

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Chris in Lorton, VA
Dec. 31, 2018

Please don't undercharge. It ruins things for the rest of us. Take into account the going rate in your area. Don't forget you must pay your own taxes, too--that means keeping back about 30%. And remember you pay for gas too.

Umer in Los Angeles, CA
March 22, 2018

Excuse you. It's called competition. Thankfully you don't have a real business otherwise you'd be in jail for having a monopoly.

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User in Massapequa, NY
Sept. 23, 2018

Starting at $25 per visit

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Please advise!!! I hired a local pet sitter who is a vet assistant and totally reliable I thought! A home monitor installed to view pet sitter activity. She did not provide the pet service I had asked for. She only fed my chi's once a day my chi's get fed twice a day. She told me she fed them. She didn't show up the first night so my pets didn't get fed. She said she was there and fed my pets. I felt so helpless. I was out of town for a week and I knew my pets were not being cared for. She is charging me full price $30.00 a day and not performing as requested. What should I pay her? Thank you.

Half, she did a half a** job.

She doesn't sound so reliable to me at all. If it were me, I would look for another pet sitter.. I am not a vet tech, however I treat all the pets I sit for as my own, so they get lots of attention, love and care. I am paid 50 a night for one large dog and a cat. Besides feeding and making sure they both have plenty of water, I always give the kitty at least 30min-1 hour of rubbing and massaging. The dog gets at least one walk in the morning, and two is not too hot later. We go out in the yard at least 4 times a day to play ball, and so she can pee, poop. Oh and she gets a few massages and much love during the day and night. The dog sleeps beside me on the floor if there are storms. When I pet sit my friends 3 large dogs, two who needed medication 3 times a day, and slow walks around the large yard to get some exercise, I was paid 1000 for 14 days. I was going to do it just to help her out, but she said she would pay me exactly what the previous pet sitter charged, who did not give her dogs much attention, one got bored and ate part of the couch, got an obstruction and has to have surgery when they got home. But my friend KNEW that I would pay them lots of attention, and not just feed water and give them their medications. I also scooped up all the poop, watered flowers twice a day, and got the mail. So, obviously it varies. IF you hadn't had the home monitor, then you would have never known how little attention your pet sitter gave to your babies. IF I lived in Ok, I would help you out, but since I live in NC, not possible. Please search for another pet sitter who will actually do what she is paid to do, and that actually cares about your pets. ps I got this particular pet sitting job because I met the dog and owner at my local vet, and fell in love with Gracie and she liked me also, so we had a quick connection. The 2nd time I pet-sit for this couple, was due to the wife breaking her foot, so could not take her dog out. So, I was hired to go to the house 4 times a day to let dog out, but ending up playing ball with her for at least 30 minutes 3 times and a walk for the other, so even though I agreed to 10 the first time, and 5 the other 3 times, the owner paid me twice that amount because she said I spent so much time with her furry baby, and she got to see in person how much I love her and how much she loves me. Pss...I am not saying all of the above to toot my own horn, but to say that I give the type of care to others pets, that I would want from those taking care of my pets. NO LESS.... hope this helps, and good luck! Peggy

Chris in Lorton, VA
Nov. 27, 2017

Find another sitter. Honestly, I would sue her.

If you contacted her via this site, send in a complaint

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User in Dallas, TX
July 23, 2017

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$25-$30 dollars per day! iF THEY ARE STAYING IN YOUR HOME.

User in Burbank, CA
Sept. 28, 2018

I am in the San Fernando Valley, Ca and had a huge Teddy Bear German Shepherd for 3 days. This was for my son to make some money and to learn about having a dog. We have one cat and they did not get along. I had to keep them separate which was a lot of work. We walked the dog 2 x a day, as being highly intelligent this was a lot of fun, aside from the cat issue. We asked for $25.00 a day. Two 1/2 hour walks a day, should have been more. Lesson's learned.

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I think you should pay what your comfortable with. This is your babies and you want nothing to happen to them. Go with your gut and your pets if you don't like don't hire. I watched 3 dogs (2 golden retrievers 1 1/2 & 15 and a black lab 6) 4 cats all on medication a large fish tank. I watered indoor and outdoor plants and house sat as well. I did a full house cleaning and cleaned pool did yard work. Walked the dogs 2 times a day and to dog park a few times a week. The oldest dog has a thunder jacket and you have to cuddle her on the floor in a blanket in a thunderstorm in Florida. The owners went to Paris. I take what they pay they trust me with their babies. It is not just a job to me that's how it should be. But we should not be taken for vantage either! I got French Perfume!

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A good overall rate is about $100 per day, depending on the number of dogs. Some of the cheaper services will do a $30 rate, yes, but they will just stop in from time to time and don't care much about your pet in my experience. We love our animals and always take the best care of our babies, so we're willing to pay for top notch dog walking and boarding service. We're currently using http://mdpetcare.com/ in the Walnut Creek, California bay area and LOVE this service. Very personal and actually care about the well being of your dog. Yes, it's a bit more pricey but Michael (the owner) actually stays, plays, sends pictures and videos, takes the dogs on excursions and hikes while you're away, it's amazing and leaves you happy knowing your best friend is in good hands while you're on vacation.

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Kelly in Costa Mesa, CA
Sept. 23, 2018

I Charge $100 for three feedings and an overnight in their home. We do not stay all day but go to other jobs throughout the day. I charge $65 per day for overnight in my home. Three half-hour drop in visits including feeding, scooping, walking, playing $50 per day. For more than two dogs, I charge $5 more per dog, but no extra charge for cats. A short drop in visit of 15 minutes costs $10 and a half hour dog walk is $20. I never ever under any circumstances work for anyone more than a mile from my house.

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I drive 10 miles twice a day. In the morning I feed 2large breed dogs and put them in the back fenced in area, feed and water 5 cats, scoop the litter box each day, clean up the dog feces everyday that is left on the area rug and clean up anything that the dog's tore up, plus I've been doing extra stuff like washing the dog bowls and washing the litter box. I do this for my friends, who sprung it on me bc their 18 moved out and they work out of town 7-8 days then come home for a week. What she's been paying has been varying and lowering e en though I'm doing more and I just need to know what others would charge for what I'm doing. I'm not we to work anymore and waiting on disability hearing so the extra cash helps but here it is Saturday and I've used $25 of my money so far in gas and now I'm out of gas and ghey won't be home for another two days. Please help this good ol country girl keep her friends but nnot get taken advantage of.

First of all ,I'm not thinking very much of your friends at the moment, but you didn't ask my opinion on that so sorry.. However, why do they even have pets if they are out of town so much? But, I realize I don't know their reasons, so Ill stop on that. However, 2 times a day may not be enough for the large dogs, esp. if they are older, not great for the bladders to hold urine too long. Unfortunately, it will be very tricky for you to get consistently paid and enough, without being blunt with your friends. they shouldn't take advantage of you, but maybe they do not mean to. Obviously, they need to pay you for your gas to get over to take care of their pets, so figure up exactly how much you are spending on gas to go over twice a day. They decide how much time you are over there, cleaning poop. and stuff the dogs have torn up etc. They should at least pay you 15 dollars a day to go there 2x day. I would say 20 to include gas. good luck! peggy

Lorraine in Tampa, FL
Aug. 27, 2018

you need to give them a itemized bill with the cost of gas time you have spent there. and what you have done. I estimate about 300. 00 per day

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User in Ridgecrest, CA
March 22, 2018

I tend to charge $10 per day for up to four animals (or three large breed dogs)--though so far I have never had a client with more than two animals This includes two visits per day and I will spend time with them (for dogs, this includes walk, play, or just hang out). Every pet sitting client I've had so far has been happy with this rate.

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Maybe $20 a day, at the most.

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User in Mesa, AZ
May 5, 2017

Depending on how long the work hours are i would suggest around 20 dollars a day.

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150 a week

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User in Mebane, NC
May 5, 2017

We pay $45 a day/night for our 11 yr old active yellow lab and 3.5 year old Med sized Hound /Husky mix . They are like our children so I'm very picky . We live on one acre in central NC fenced in backing to woods . He likes coming here , it's like a mini vacation for him. I also pet sit here at my home and charge $40 day/ night or less for extended stays more then 1 week .

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if I am house sitting and pet sitting 5 dogs (one is diabetic), 3 cats, 2 guinea pigs, and a parrot. How much should I charge per nignt

When I pet sit 3 large dogs, and two needed medication 3 times a day and special walks around yard for their hips, I was paid 75.00 a night. This was in Eastern NC. Will you be playing with the dogs, walking them (separately of course cause 5 is too many for one person to handle)? Then you have 3 cats, which I would imagine you have to keep from and the dogs going after and hurting the guinea pigs and parrot, so you have a lot to do and watch. I suppose it also depends on what they owners are expecting from you as far as each of the pets are concerned. As I posted above, for 1 large dog and 1 cat I am paid 50.00 per night. I do play ball for about 20-30 minutes 4-5 times a day and take the dog for a morning walk. If the owners had to board each of the pets, the dogs would cost about 25.00 a night, and more if had to give medicine to the diabetic dog. , and the cats at least 15.00, not sure about parrot and guinea pigs would coat to board. So, they are saving money by having someone pet sit in their home, but still need to pay a decent amount with that many pets for one person to care for. If it were me, I would charge at the very minimum, 75.00 a night, and maybe more. Depends on how well the dogs are behaved, and what sizes they are. Peggy

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$100 a day in Miami Beach

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User in Bushkill, PA
May 29, 2015

I get $50 a night in Pa.

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User in Merrick, NY
Sept. 2, 2015

I have a ? I am from N.Y. and have a tiny dog at my home already. What is the going rate for another dog to stay with us for a week.

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Hi! I recently house sat for a farm. They had 5 dogs, 4 horses, 2 cats, a bird and turtle. They paid me $50 a day for 11 nights and 12 days so a total of $550.00. When I do day stuff for them or just spend one night, it’s also $50 a day but I think I should be charged $75 for one night staying over in the house. Am I asking for too much? I feed all the animals at night and let them in and out in the morning. And of course taking care of the dogs, spending time with each one and letting them play outside as well.

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Each Professional Pet Sitter will charge differently . I am in Canyon Country CA. I am a Certified Professional Pet Sitter with over 20 years professional animal experience. I charge 80.00 per night. I completely agree with Lois Stein Pet Pleasers of New Jersey ( her comment is listed above) * View their background check is it current? *Check their tax ID number *Do they belong to any Professional Pet sitting organizations? *Check their Insurance is it current? * Are they C P R and First Aid certified? Do they have any other certifications in the pet field? * What is their Professional animal experience? R V T , Groomer, Animal nutritionist , vet tech, ect. * How do they act around your pets and How do your pets interact with them? * Don't be afraid to ask them questions.

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Typically the average is $50 per day no matter what type of pet it is. More if you are providing overnight/boarding care.

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I am a professional Dog Trainer and am looking for pet sitting jobs in the St. Louis area. You can reach me by phone HIDDEN) or email (HIDDEN). I respond faster to text messages but will typically respond within 24 hours by email. Thanks for your consideration.

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User in Vista, CA
March 4, 2016

What is the going pay for overnight pet sitters?

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User in Haslet, TX
Aug. 15, 2016

I'm petsitting 3 dogs and 3 cats, just dropping in about 3-5 minutes away. How much should I charge?

Honestly, it depends on what the pet owners want you to do, and what you feel you need to do. When I was hired, and they asked would I rather go to the house 4 times a day or spend the night, I said..."whatever your pets want"...that it the say I feel about pet care, everyone doesn't' I'm sure. If you are only going out to let the dogs out, check on cats, feed , water scoop litter box-, then I would say 10, the 1st time, and 5 each other time. However, if you stay and play with the dogs, or walk them etc. then go up a little. Peggy

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thank you it helped and you have a blessed day

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User in Peoria, AZ
June 6, 2015

The usual going rate is $25-$50/day, depending on the number of animals and the type of care they require (exotic animals, special needs, etc). From the information you provided, I think anywhere from $175-$250 is fair. For comparison, Petsmart charges $30/day/1 pet.

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User in Largo, FL
June 6, 2015

The rates are based on a median on what sitters are paid around your area. Always better to contact the sitter and ask about prices and references and shop around. Remember though, cheaper is not always better and you're also opening your home and trusting your kids to a stranger... Sitting companies will charge more because they keep a chunk. There are other independent sitters than are not cheap but not as expensive as the sitter agency, just as responsible and you'll always know who is going to your house.

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User in Long Beach, CA
March 31, 2016

I pest sit call me for more info at (572) 412-7693

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User in Orlando, FL
Jan. 25, 2016

Good afternoon How much I suppose to charge total 6 dogs ?? 3 pit bulls , 1 beagle,1 Bullie, 1 snowshoer ... (Sorry for the spelling .)

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i think that it would be okay for 5$ for every visit. Morning, Noon, and Night. so either 10 or 15 dollars.For walks, maybe 15$ an hour. You dont need 75$ unless your a professional. But if you are starting a small buisness, this would be fine.

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I am in Montgomery AL and just helped my widower neighbor by introducing him to a nice girl just out of college who has just gone to work for my husband's firm. She just moved into a small apartment around the corner from my neighbor; she is going to stay at his house for three weeks while he is out of the country for $20/day to care for his two young cats. Kitties were receptive to her. Both parties are excited.

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I charge 75 to 100 per day. I take VERY good care of their animal's and their house. It's normally cleaner when they come home as to when they left. I do 80% overnights.

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User in Houma, LA
June 7, 2015

normally they charge about $10 an hour but if they're going to stay with the ammo for a week in your home on make sure you trust this person you got a background check and all the above and I would talk to them and try to pay them a flat rate for the week it's going to wind up being cheaper

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How much should I pay someone to take care of my dogs for 3 hours the only think there going to do is take them out to do their bathroom

Mia in Saint Paul, MN
Jan. 30, 2018

Probably $10 an hour, maybe somewhere around $7 or $8 if that's really all they're doing. But as I'm sure you know, caring for a pet takes a lot of work! Hope this helped :)

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I think $200-250 is good for a week, especially if you're staying there and not going home the whole time. Actually $300 is probably fairer, for a whole week if that person, stays there night and day... without leaving. I just got into an argument with a friend, because she thought $150 was fair, and I asked for $200, cause it was going to be from a Friday night until the following Saturday, so is two hundred sound about right for that amount of time. I took care of an old German Sheppard that had diarrhea, and had to clean that up, plus two year old German Sheppard\wolf mix, a cat, two Rabbits, and fish, so what do you guys think is fair for that? I only have to let them outside, plus I scoop up all the poop... even though it was way more than the time I was there, and bonus I always try to clean something. So please tell me what you guys think... please!!

350 to 500

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I live in Northwest Washington and I charge about $30-35 for overnights. Walks and drops ins are $15-20.

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Mia in Saint Paul, MN
Jan. 30, 2018

The standard is a little above $10 an hour, maybe up to $20 if your pet is especially difficult.

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User in Frisco, TX
June 10, 2015

My fee is $7 every 15 mins. All walk and pick up waste.

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User in Mahopac, NY
Sept. 9, 2015

I pay $ 185 daily. I live in New York.

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Hi Maddie, That really depends on number of pets and for how long. If you are wanting someone to take care of your pet in-home, for the full duration of your vacation you should expect to be paying them around $70 a day. However, if you just want someone to stop by your house a few times a week to check on a pet, it should be around $10 an hour. Of course, pet-care for fish should be less. So, like I said, it depends on the extent of care needed! Hope this helps.

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