How Much to Charge for Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

How Much to Charge for Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

2022 Pricing Video: https://youtu.be/RGDZp4dflBM

The complete guide to pricing your pet sitting and dog walking services! These steps can be used for determining prices for any service-based business. I walk you through how to calculate your break-even point for each service, how to compare your prices to competitors, and the connotations associated with your prices. Learn to set your prices using knowledge and data from a seasoned pet sitter and business owner.

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36 Comments

  1. Sadie J on September 9, 2022 at 8:04 am

    What and where did you get your certifications, insurance and bonding from? I’m having a hard time finding some. Please help me

  2. abbygreenwood09 on September 9, 2022 at 8:06 am

    So helpful!!

  3. Libby Knight on September 9, 2022 at 8:07 am

    How can I calculate how much gas I’ll be using if I haven’t started my business yet?

  4. Debbie Gonzalez on September 9, 2022 at 8:07 am

    Such GREAT CONTENT! THANK YOU!!! YOU ROCK!

  5. John Lombardo on September 9, 2022 at 8:08 am

    Thanks! Gonna have to watch more than once the numbers confused me a bit haha.. how did you start walking dogs,? I’m interested but with no real experience other than having my dog for 10 years I’m nervous and apprehensive

  6. Nathan Joseph on September 9, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Hey to hey dooug the dog guy. I was curious about what products you were mentioning about the later video I watched where you talked about keeping your clients a gift. You said you were going to make a video about this. I was also curious about what affiliate marketers you trust on advertising their product. I just started an Instagram page for my business and I get a lot of comments about trying their product but I don’t know if this is a scam or legit. Can you tell me tips on who is legit and who is not?

  7. Debbie Gonzalez on September 9, 2022 at 8:15 am

    Please make a video on how to walk a reactive dog. Better yet, 2 reactive dogs that need to be walked at the same time. 🙂 Thanks!

  8. BizarreLotus on September 9, 2022 at 8:17 am

    Have you ever run across a client’s Pet that needs grooming or bathing really bad but you hesitated to tell them due to fear of offending them. I have many times… I feel really bad for the animal. I try to brush them or bathe them if possible but I also feel I’m doing too much and they might ask me why I did.

  9. Maddie Cauley on September 9, 2022 at 8:19 am

    This is awesome!!! Thank you for sharing. I’ve been doing this for 3 years and I agree with everything you are saying!

  10. Lesli Weinheimer on September 9, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Great video, thanks!

  11. BPD RAVE on September 9, 2022 at 8:20 am

    Very helpful!!

  12. Animal Advocate on September 9, 2022 at 8:21 am

    $35 is a lot to charge for a 30 minute visit. I charge $25 a 30 minute visit and $30 for multiple animal 1 hour visit. I do a 5 mile radius zone as well to keep mileage down. I love the Time to Pet software and have an iphone that is my major business expense. I would love to charge more but it wouldn’t be fair to the clients because many of them need 2-3 visits a day.

  13. val fournier on September 9, 2022 at 8:22 am

    Great video! Keep ’em coming!

  14. Nathan Joseph on September 9, 2022 at 8:23 am

    But I would like to add onto that comment that when I first started pet sitting $50 was also what I was charging. Until I became more aware of the pet care industry. I really liked a lot what you said in this video because I really agree with what you said about the good clients that are going to give you your full rate are the ones that are going to stick around in the ones that are going to use you on your discounted price are probably clients that will not be around for very long this is very true and I experienced this myself. One of the red flags that I have experienced with clients is that when they do a meet and greet and they mention issue with the price it’s usually a sign or red flag that it probably will not work out. Most people that are younger clients of mine always want a discount on my prices but a lot of my older clients are fine with my rate because I understand the value in the theory that more usually means better not less is more, Also integrity is important and some thing that I would mention in a later video because you should never charge less with a client that asked for a discount because that is not fair for all your other clients that are paying in full rate. It’s important to stick with a solid number with everyone and make sure to stick with what you say. Do not play favoritism with clients on numbers. If they ask for you to lower your rate do not have them as one of your clients

  15. Gigi Chew on September 9, 2022 at 8:24 am

    appreciate your tips! =O i love these!

  16. Melissa Benner on September 9, 2022 at 8:24 am

    Love the background!!

  17. Nathan Joseph on September 9, 2022 at 8:29 am

    I completely agree with you on the topic you mentioned about not setting prices based on your competitors. For example on Rover my competitors are charging a third of the price that I am and yet I am still number one on Rover. Most people will charge roughly $50 a night for pet sitting which is not including the 25% deduction Rover takes home. If you think about that price that’s basically watching these dogs for free. But this is what most will charge. Which makes no sense because if a client which most likely will ask for you to stay the entire day and night is paying only 50 dollars to stay in there home all day? I think if someone is only going to pay you $50 a night to watch the animal all day they probably are not going to give the animals the best care because $50 is not practical for this modern day of price of living. I was wondering what your charges are I guess I could look it up on your website but what do you charge for overnight and each dog walk?

  18. sierra stewart on September 9, 2022 at 8:30 am

    I’m curious about how to charge for time vs task done. So I walk a dog but I also watch him for 3-4 hours. I charge $35 dollars. Back to charging for time. Watching a dog full time for a week. What is appropriate for that? Daily rate?

  19. Car Tech on September 9, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Great info from a seasoned pro. Bravo fellow professional!

  20. rosty2 on September 9, 2022 at 8:33 am

    As a full time dog sitter I love doing overnights. I go to the client’s house and charge them between $60-80 per night. I sleep with the dogs in the most comfortable beds. Hang out in the hot tub. Walk the dog maybe once A-day or play catch with him in the yard till he gets tired. Feed him and give medications. I stay in million dollar homes and eat their food and drink their beer. They tell me to do it and I oblige. And the joy of spending so much time with dogs sometimes 5 plus cats, Is good for the mind. I would highly recommend it if you don’t mind just hanging out with dogs. But you have to be trustworthy and dependable. If you are, you will always be busy. I spend $0 on advertising. I don’t even have cards. It’s all word-of-mouth and I am already booked for this Christmas and next. I only stay at my actual residence for about 10 days a month. It’s a simple life but it works for me. Dogs will keep you happy.

  21. Indigo Brooke Harman on September 9, 2022 at 8:33 am

    What about a weekly service? Is there discounts that you should offer?

  22. Jacquelyn Welch on September 9, 2022 at 8:35 am

    I like the background

  23. Rebecca Brito on September 9, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Hey there! I’ve been watching all your videos, super informative ✨ I’m starting up my dog business and I’m having the most trouble deciding the pricing. I have a hypothetical scenario: If a client has two large dogs I don’t feel comfortable walking together, would it be fair to say I have to walk them separately and charge for 2- 30 minute walks? Or should I charge time and a half for 2- 30 min walks since I’m already at the house? That’s where I’m stuck lol. I just want to have clear policies set before clients start requesting certain things.

    Would love advice from any dog walkers/pet sitters out there ♥️ Thanks in advance.

  24. Natalie Blake on September 9, 2022 at 8:37 am

    You’ve been very helpful.

  25. Andrew Sheffler on September 9, 2022 at 8:37 am

    Hey Doug, my wife and I have a dog business making about 72k a year? Can we hire you as a mentor to help grow our business. This is just with her solo and we are about to double down and try do double income

  26. Frida Haydeé Escandón Hernández on September 9, 2022 at 8:38 am

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  27. Jennifer Lee on September 9, 2022 at 8:43 am

    I totally agree with your philosophy. I am a former nurse now retired and a mid day dog walker. I have owned several businesses and enjoy working for myself. This is helpful. I am now working for a sitting service, but may decide after one year and go out on my own. I want to specialize in mid-day dog walking and cat check services. no overnights and no lengthy catsits unless one visit per day. I will only work Monday to Friday as well. Thanks for your help and advice.

  28. Delia Wing on September 9, 2022 at 8:44 am

    So much great information here. Thank you. I shared this with a fellow dog walker I know it will be helpful for her. I look forward to watching all your other videos.

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  30. Tina Anderson on September 9, 2022 at 8:47 am

    This is so helpful! Thank you!

  31. Stacey Cherie on September 9, 2022 at 8:50 am

    This is great information!! Thank you!

  32. Lauren Reeves on September 9, 2022 at 8:50 am

    This is extremely helpful – thank you!

  33. Christina Ekstrom on September 9, 2022 at 8:53 am

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  34. Karon CLARK on September 9, 2022 at 8:59 am

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  35. miewillie on September 9, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Great video! Very comprehensive !! Thank you!

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