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  • How Much Should I Pay A Dog Sitter?

    Posted July 15, 2010 By in Pet Owners With | No Comments

    “How much should I pay a dog sitter?” is a very common question, and one we have the answer to!

    Even though the amount you should pay someone to care for your pets is a tough question to answer.

    You have many options when it comes to hiring a dog sitter.

    You could:

    • Organize a friend or neighbor to check in on your pets
    • Hire a neighborhood teenager looking for a way to make a little extra money
    • Or place them in the care of a pet sitting professional.

    It’s important to note that just like everything in life, when you hire someone to care for your furry family members you often get what you pay for.

    So What Does A Professional Dog Sitter Buy You?

    When you invest in hiring a professional pet sitter you receive:

    1) Many years of pet experience.

    Professional pet sitters know how to react to common pet behaviors and pet emergencies, and many are trained in pet first aid.

    In situations where your pet’s health and safety is in danger every minute counts.

    2) Protection of insurance.

    If your home is damaged, or your pet suffers an injury while in the care of a pet sitter you will be covered for any loss by the insurance policy of the pet sitting service.

    3) Peace of mind.

    A professional pet sitter will be there when they say they will and will not cancel on you at the last minute because other plans get in the way.

    Pet sitters commit to spending quality time with the pets and won’t just stop in quickly to put down food and water. A pet sitter will also send you regular updates on your pets via text message or email to update you on your pets during your absence.

    Dog Sitter Pay Rates (Average)

    Average rates for pet sitter services vary depending on your location but typically range from $16 – $22 for a 30 minute visit. This fee normally includes dog walking, feeding, litter box and accident cleaning, and home services such as mail collection and watering of plants.

    Can you afford to leave your precious companions with anyone else?

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