Clearly, there is a lot of variation in terms of prices you may have to pay to have your dog cared for by a professional while you are away. Several factors are usually at play in this case. To help you better understand and anticipate sitting rates, here are the key determinants of your final bill from the pooch sitter.
Your location plays a huge role in determining just how much you end up paying.
More often than not, cities and affluent neighborhoods have higher sitting rates than small towns and middle-class neighborhoods. If your location is known for being unsafe, you may also end up paying a lot more than the average.
The breed of the dog
The dog breed determines a lot about the dog sitting experience with factors like size, temperament, and care needs. Larger, livelier, and more playful dogs usually require more attention and care and therefore cost more to have looked after.
Direct vs. Middleman-facilitated bookings
There are 2 ways to get a dog sitter.
One is directly in which case you have the flexibility to negotiate the price. The second is through third party platforms like Rover.com.
These middle-men usually take a cut which may sometimes affect how much you have to pay so that the sitter can get a fair wage.
Health status of dog
This, again, boils down to whether or not the pooch has special care needs. Maybe they need medicine administered at certain times of the day or they have to be handled with care to avoid discomfort. Whatever it is, a sickly dog with a lot of needs may cost more to take care of.
Length of the sitting
This matters mainly with dog sitters who use hourly rates. If you are working on a per diem basis, you will end up saving a lot of money.
These are additional services you may want the dog sitter or boarding facility to do as a part of caring for your furry best friend. We will go through what some of these services are and how they affect the price next.