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Old 07-22-2019, 09:50 PM
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Someone on my NextDoor site is looking for a dog-sitter twice a week for 7 hours each —- same two days every week — indefinitely for an elderly (16-year-old) dog that cannot be left alone due to anxiety. In their home. The dog needs short walks and attention, but otherwise just a human presence.

I’m no longer teaching and could do this. But what do you think would be a reasonable rate to charge?


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Old 07-22-2019, 09:55 PM
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Can you look at what professional pet sitting places in your area charge, and then offer for this person to pay you a bit less? I pay a pet sitter $22 per day just to spend 30 minutes per day with my cat when I'm out of town (and obviously feed him and clean the litter box when she's here). I would consider that even though you may not be "working" the entire time you're there, you're still stuck in someone else's house for 7 hours and not able to do your own things that need to get done. I would think that deserves at least $50 per day.

ETA: I know this isn't what you asked, but with a dog that old, I'd personally be really concerned about something potentially happening (including the pet possibly passing away) while I'm there. Are you comfortable with assuming that risk? Maybe I'm just a nervous Nelly, but I might have something drawn up for the owner to sign absolving you of responsibility.
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Old 07-23-2019, 04:35 AM
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HALEy23has a good idea. www.rover.com gives info based on zip code.
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Old 07-23-2019, 06:11 AM
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Minimum wage per hour for your time.
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Old 07-23-2019, 07:15 AM
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My dog goes to day care a few days a week and they charge 25/day.


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Old 07-23-2019, 07:35 AM
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In my area it costs $40-$60 a day to walk a dog twice a day for 30-60 minutes. It's ridiculously expensive, and I would consider becoming a dog walker myself if I wasn't traveling so much.

My neighbors hire a college student to housesit whenever they go out of town but it is mostly cat sitting as they have three indoor cats and one of them is very neurotic and can't be left alone. They pay him $60 per day when they go on a trip, and he spends the night. He does get to stay in a very nice place with a pool and hot tub, and they stock the fridge with foods he likes.

I like the minimum wage per hour that happygal mentioned.
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Old 07-23-2019, 03:47 PM
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My doggy daycare charges $55 for 8 hours
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Old 07-23-2019, 04:17 PM
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Whoa, now that I see what some of you pay, I feel blessed by my doggie day care. I pay $60 a week M-F. I can drop off at 7am and pick up any time before 10pm. I pay $25 a day if I board for the night.
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Old 07-23-2019, 05:57 PM
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I'd say $60-80. Dog sitting is ridiculously expensive. Basically a dollar a minute for interactive care (walking, feeding, playing, etc.) and $60-80 for overnights.

Overnights allow the sitter to come and go while you'll be stuck there. On the other hand, it's not like you can't read, craft, nap, etc. while there and it's fewer hours commitment, so I don't think more than an overnight is necessary either.

Minimum wage would be $100/day, which is too high since yiute not focusing on the dog all day like if you had a job with work to finish.

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Old 07-24-2019, 06:29 AM
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Actually, in my state, minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, so that would put it at approximately $50 for a 7-hour day.

$50 per day is also coincidentally what I felt would make it worth my while to tie up those days.


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Old 07-24-2019, 07:32 AM
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Oops, I meant to put that as separate from the rest of my post, just a musing about how much you'd get with minimum wage here. Not an assumption of your state.
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Old 07-24-2019, 07:43 AM
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No worries, Gromit. I was just pointing out the difference between where we live. I requested $50 per day, and she was fine with that. (Now I’m wondering if I could have asked more! Oh well.)

Thank you to everyone who replied. And rest assured, I am going to address beforehand the issue of “What if your elderly dog should happen to die naturally on my watch?”
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