I've been a dog sitter forever. In fact, in another life I was probably a well-loved dog. I hear from owners that once they reach my street, their dog goes bananas because it knows it's going to Auntie Jeralyn's house. I give every client love and attention, and they always want to come back for more.
Dogs are funny. They make me laugh and sometimes cry happy tears. Since I was about seven, I've had a dog beside me. They don't talk back or present any false pretenses. Dogs are playful creatures and I love being around them. The more dogs I get to meet, the longer my friendship list is. I'm grateful for that.
She was fantastic!
For new clients, I offer a Meet & Greet.
Both owner and dog come to my house where everyone concerned can have a feel of what it would be like to stay. This includes brief and long stays.
I've trained dogs in obedience, best of breed and NoseWork. I've also studied and passed tests on the responsibilities of dog sitters and how to care for dogs in extreme circumstances.
I do have a standard for pricing, but at times and under certain circumstances, the price is higher or lower.
Typically, an overnight stay is $35. Holidays are sometimes more.
Doggy day camp is between $25-30 for full day. Half day is $20. Any stay over 8 hours is priced as an overnight stay.
Not everyone can afford long term care and I keep that in mind. On the other paw, the care I give is exceptional and I can't give that away for too little. My own two doggies would be upset. 😉
I lived in The Bahamas for 15 years wherein I worked at the Humane Society and found a dog sitter for my own dogs. She became like family and I realized how important she was to my dogs and to me. It's probably because of her that I started dog sitting, but then again, I grew up taking care of dogs and other animals.
My clients vary due to the needs of their owners.
I have a number of dogs who come over for doggy day camp. These doggies need playtime, socializing or the owner will be out all day. Some are dropped off for only a few hours as they can't remain home alone. Others are visiting from out-of-town and for a number of reasons can't stay alone in their temporary setting. I have senior dogs where the owner won't trust anyone else with their dog. I have puppies that just wanna play. 🐾🐾