|Barked: Sat Jul 4, '09 5:23pm PST |
|I live in the suburbs of a big city, and petsitting companies here charge from $65 - $75 for someone to spend the night, plus $20 for a mid-day visit to walk the dog(s). That's for up to 2 dogs. That's a lot, but with a professional company you get professional and reliable service, and you get an insured petsitter, so it costs more. This is also a pretty big city, so prices are on the high side.
I recently had a friend stay over while we went out of town for 5 days, and we paid her $25 a day. She was fantastic, and if we use her again, which is likely, I'll probably pay her $35, since she was home so much, and walked the dogs so much. I personally think that $25-35 is not unreasonable in your case, since you will be paying a good amount for gas, and spending a lot of time with the dogs. You'll also be there making the house look occupied, and making sure the AC doesn't fail, or pipes burst, etc., so that is worth something that people don't get when they take their dogs to the kennel.
I agree with a previous poster - don't sell yourself short, especially with that 45 minute drive! You should definitely charge at least a little more than a kennel or other boarding facility.
Edited by author Sat Jul 4, '09 5:26pm PST
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