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Q: When people come to sitter for a dog whats the right amount to pay for each day

April 21, 2009 | By Marigny D. | 10 answers | Expired: 1935 days ago

Marigny D.

I pay my friend across the street $5.00 a day to come watch our dog mostly were gone a week or so. I wanna know How much do you pay for someone to watch your dog and is that the right amount $5.00? Thanks again!

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Jillian
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Apr 23, 2009

$5 is kinda...well, cheap. you have to feed/water them, provide attention and play, let them out to go to the bathroom, and that doesn't even include walking them. they should be stopping by at least 3 times a day, but probably more, should be more. $5 is more something i would pay if it were a hamster or something. dogs need so much attention and when the owners are gone that long, they tend to get needy. i use to watch my brothers animals for 1-2 weeks while he was away and i refused payment. he lived in a different town, different state even and i had to stay there the whole time - so sometimes payment isn't necessary, but you'd have to discuss it w/your neighbor.

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Azzurrapl
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Apr 22, 2009

Where do you live? In NJ - I pay my dog walker $15.00 for a 30 minute walk... if I go away for the weekend she comes 4 times a day - $60.00/day --- she spends a lot more time then just the 30 min. walking sessions. There are other "firms" around here that charge $50.00 per hour to walk your dog.

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Caitlin B.
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Apr 21, 2009

It really depends,if the person is just walking and feeding your dog then leaving , you should give them $5-$10 dollars a day , if the person is staying with the animal for 1-3 hours i would say $15-$25 a day but is a whole different can of beans if someone is staying overnight with your lonly pet, the cost of that would probably be $40-$100 dollars a week or about $50 if its for only a few days. hope thatv was helpful
Caitlin

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SISSI V.
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Apr 21, 2009

Good question, depends what needs to be done, and who does the job, and how far this person has to drive, and the gas prices. If you are just paying the neighbor kid, I would say $10 per visit or $20 per day, depending how many animals, litter boxes, etc. I paid a friend of mine who lives close by $100 for a week to come by two times a day to feed the cat, two dogs and four horses. She had to drive approx. 4 miles. I would probably have to pay a lot more for a professional service as I live outside the city

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Treeman76
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Apr 21, 2009

$5 sounds right for one pet. We sometimes pay as much as $25 per day; $10 for our 2 dogs and 2 cats, plus more depending upon how many foster critters are calling our house home at the time.

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Mitchellcat
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Apr 21, 2009

I tried a neighbor for quite some time until they forgot about my kitty. Now I use a pet sitting service that I pay $15 a visit for. I only use it if I will be gone more than 3 days, otherwise he is a bachelor on his own for that time. The sitter is great and worth the money for my kitty's safety and my peace of mind.

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M Evelyn F.
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Apr 21, 2009

I know the pet sitters here (that do it for a living) charge 15-25 a trip, depending on # and size of animals and such. They spend close to an hour with the dogs, sometimes more, per trip. They feed, water, clean up after and walk the dogs, most of them empty litter boxes if there are cats in the home too.

In the case of a neighbor, it would depend on age and what they will be doing. I "babysit", at my home, for friends and don't charge them, but I also know that if I go away they will take my dog while I'm gone.

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Stacy H.
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Apr 21, 2009

It seems a little low to me. It really depends on what you expect from this person. I'm getting ready to hire someone to come stay with my dogs in June and I was thinking 50 dollars a day, but I am expecting a lot more than just walking across the street. Thinking back I do remember a time when I paid the neighbors daughter ten dollars a day to feed my two dogs twice a day but that was fifteen years ago. I think I would pay her more to stay in her good graces and to let her know how much I appreciate what she is doing for me.

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Dennis S.
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Apr 21, 2009

Honestly, that is a good friend. The dog doesn't have to go to a kennel which would cost several times that and to have someone come to the home will generally cost even more..................Dennis

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Emily B.
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Apr 21, 2009

I'd say it depends how long they spend there, what they do for your pet, etc.

If they just come by, feed the dog, let him into the back yard, bring him in 5 min later, then sure, $5 is reasonable if the person is willing to do it for that much. if they stay longer, I'd say pay more, but always discuss the price with the person you'd be paying. most people won't accept an unreasonable amount from someone they know

if the stay is longer, you might want to go for like $5/hr (such as if they have to stay at your house, take the dog out frequently, go for walks, bathe the animal, play, clean up accidents etc.)

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