How much would you charge to watch someone's dog?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

It sounds like that dog is going to destroy your home in a month.  I either wouldn’t watch her at all or charge the same as the boarding facilities.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

@ChellFish22:  Definitely make sure she is covering all costs of Lucy’s car plus paying for you having to have the burden of caring for a rowdy dog. I think your prices are reasonable, and that is what my sister charges when she cares for people’s pets ($10/day), and she doesn’t even have to bring the pets home with her! I think between $300-400 is good (that could include cost of food) as that’s half of what she would pay for a kennel, and Lucy is getting more individualized attention.

ETA: I agree with PP in that the dog could end up destroying your house. When you discuss fees tell Lucy’s mom that you are more than willing to try and take care of Lucy at whatever rate that you both decide on, but if Lucy does end up destroying anything in your house that she will be responsible for paying for it. Make sure you document anything that Lucy is marking on, and maybe get something in writing from her owner stating that she will pay for repairs.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Honestly I just wouldn’t do it. The dog will destroy your house. It’s better off in a facility that is equipped to handle it.

I pay my sister or my cat lady (depending) $20 a day to come feed my cat when I’m on holiday… and a cat is a whole lot easier to look after. She just pops in for like 30 minutes and feeds and plays with him!!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@ChellFish22:  I just plain wouldn’t watch this dog.  The marking, the seperation anxiety, etc.  Plus, I don’t agree with you putting the dog in a kennel if the owner did not want the dog in a kennel.

With that being said I have been charged $30-50/day for someone to watch my dog and cat in MY home.  If you are going to watch this dog draw up a contract saying you will be reimbursed cleaning costs if he marks and any other costs for item he destroys.

Are there no doggie day care facilities in your area for this girl to consider?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ChellFish22:  My friend would come to our house and watch our two 55lb dogs for a weekend and charge $20. So I would say $20-40 a week plus $ for food. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@ChellFish22:  Your friend sounds a bit eccentric about the dog! LOL Good luck with Lucy. I’m sure she will be fine especially if your dog is already at least okay around her, and you’ll only have her for a month or so. Hopefully Lucy stops marking her territory, and doesn’t pee on your laptop! My sister always puts her laptop on the floor, so maybe the other family did that? Probably not the best idea!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@ChellFish22:  Seriously, don’t do this.  It will end one of two ways:

1:  The owner never pays you for your services, no matter how generous you are with pricing and either never comes back for her and she becomes yours OR, you just sent your home and life into a crazy pomeranian fueled freak out for essentially nothing.

2:  SOMETHING happens to the dog while you’re watching it, it either gets sick, or gets hurt or god forbid it runs away and the owner demands you pay for another fluffy pain in the ass for her to spoil and ruin to the tune of $$$$.

I would just tell her to board the dog, when you have a dog, this is what happens, they get expensive, they can be inconvenient, you can’t rely on other people to shoulder the burden for you, the dog is her animal, she needs to find a way to keep it with her or have it taken care of that does not include turning your day to day life upside down….not to mention, dog urine, especially female dog urine…will literally ruin your home.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@ChellFish22:  Depends on what kind of boarding facility she uses, there’s a really nice one near me that does not simply kennel dogs and forget about them all day. Kennels get a bad rap!  If I were the dogs owner and needed it boarded (kennel or with a friend) for a month I would look farther outside my city for a good kennel rather than destroy a friendship over this anxious dog!

Good luck, OP!

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mchitt329:  boarding facilities usually put dogs in kennels at some point anyways so the owner needs to get over the kennel thing. Besides, it’s her fault she did a shit job of training her and the dogs pisses on everything.

OP, good luck with this dog. She sounds like a handful. As far as the couch thing, put aluminum foil on the couches, dogs typically won’t jump on a couch with it. As far as price, I think $10/day is pretty fair.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@IzzyBear:  :/ Seriously? Didn’t I just respond to this?

I’m not saying that the woman did a great job of training her dog….

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

@ChellFish22:  Yeah, I think the dog NEEDS to be kenneled if she is marking in the house. I don’t see the big deal with putting a dog in a kennel especially at night when the dog should be sleeping anyway. If my mom leaves two of our older dogs out of the kennel at night they wander around the house crying and peeing everywhere LOL. They, for some reason, think they can’t sleep in there with the door open. Most dogs eventually end up enjoying their “houses” anyway.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

If its a friend of a friend, I would just say that you can’t watch the dog. Explain that night 1 did not go smoothly and you can’t risk your house getting destroyed, regardless of the owner’s willingness to cover the damage.

What if the dog ruins something expensive, like a couch, or your mattrress? Is the owner going to pay $1000 or whatever to replace it? With that kind of risk, she should just board the dog.

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