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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 11-02-2010, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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I started to put this on the coffee shop forum but thought this was the better forum (I HOPE). I am thinking about doing pet sitting. If any of you have a pet sitter, or have done pet sitting please give me some input. I think I need insurance, will be pet sitting in THEIR home, staying overnight, 24/7 while needed. Not sure about what to charge either. This seems to depend on what is typical in the area. Here it is about 25,30 a day, while in the Atlanta area I understand it is more.
As most of you know I am in real estate, but this is leaving me too much spare time and the economy here is not picking up the way I would like, so Pet Sitting is what I am going to do. Thanks I appreciate any suggestions, help, comments I will have to take Sir Winston with me, as I am not prepared to give him up. I will introduce him to the family first and he will wear a belly band at all times, just in case...so that may or may not be a problem..most say okay! What do you think?
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I wish you lived closer! I'd love to have you and Winston take care of Stella. My groomer takes her now when she doesn't go with me and I love that but it's at her house. My Mom does come here for shorter trips but she's 83 and I don't know how long she'll be able to do it. I'd love to have someone who would come in, Stella does so much better if she's in her own home when I'm not here.

Good luck, I hope you do well!

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Flynn, that's a great idea! I will see if I can find out what it is here. I'm not sure if there is a service in our area. Would you be staying there all the time or just going in several times a day? There used to be a woman that did that.

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Flynn, I do pet sitting in a few different ways. I left real estate (used to sell new homes) and went back to school fulltime, so I do it for some spending money. I actually work for a local petsitter in my area and do some overnight sitting for her in other people's homes (my DH stays home with our pups) and some vacation petcare visits iif they don't want someonee staying there. THe rates are much higher in my area. Here is a link to my petsitters website with all of her rates. She has quite a business going. www.pet-nanny.net. Of course, I only get part of it when I do the work for her. We also watch small dogs in our home. I charge $35 a night for 1 and discount if there are multiple dogs. It works out well for us in our home since we have 3 of our own and a huge fenced yard, etc. I hope some of this information helps. I have really enjoyed doing this and making a few extra $$$$. I have quite a few havs who stay with us (referred from my breeder and word of mouth) so that is fun. My groomer also refers me small dogs. I would recommend spreading the word through them if you are looking to get started with this.


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I think you have to be insured and bonded. There is a national association website which probably has lists of stuff you neede to know.

http://www.petsitters.org/index.cfm

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Kathy, Kathie, Karen and Jack, I appreciate your input! I plan to stay over night and all day if that is what the client wants. I think it might be possible to take a small dog, because I surely won't give up Sir Winston. Yes, lots to learn. I have several older cats, so bringin them into my home won't work now. I plan to work in the northeast Ga area and into Atlanta, if asked. Many people in my rural area won't even let their pets in the house so I would starve trying to get work here. I just met my neighbors older dogs, one almost blind, etc., and they surely don't need to go to a boarder. I remember when my older dog was nearly blind, deaf, etc., and that is when they need special care at home...I am looking into the requirements, thank you Jack. One lady who lives on the coast jokingly said I could visit the beach for a month and care for her dogs...sounds like fun, but again, not while my older cats are still here. I think the Pet Nanny has the right idea!!

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My petsitter is very cheap. I know she cuts me a break. If I need her to walk them, she is 25.00 for an hour walk/visit. If I'd like her to take them all day, she only charges me 40.00 and feeds them dinner! She charges 60.00 for overnights and that's 24 hours. Good luck. I think it's a great idea!





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My petsitter is very cheap. I know she cuts me a break. If I need her to walk them, she is 25.00 for an hour walk/visit. If I'd like her to take them all day, she only charges me 40.00 and feeds them dinner! She charges 60.00 for overnights and that's 24 hours. Good luck. I think it's a great idea!
Around here they are staying 24 hours for 20.00 per day/night...I can't do that so I will have to be "better"...:-}

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I think that is a really great idea! Have you considered starting a service and helping place sitters (eventually) sort of like a pet sitter pimp? lol I know that would entail some insurance, similar to what a housecleaning company has..

I would hire a live in house sitter before I'd EVER put her in a kennel, well..I never would use a kennel. I'm guessing pay would be between 50-100 a day (That's just my guess, never priced it though)

If you could also offer it at your home, that might bring some business, too.I know some people are sketchy about house sitters, I'm not...but some would rather take their dog elsewhere.

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Flynn - one of my daughters is a vet tech. Her schedule is 6 days on, 6 days off. She "splits" a job with another vet tech walking a lady's 2 dogs at noon time, Monday thru Friday. The other bet tech works the opposite shift from her. They charge $100 for 5 work days of walking her two dogs for about an hour.... So - $20 per day for one hour of dog walking... You might find others who need their dog's walked during the workday by calling on local vets and leaving your contact information.... This works out well because it doesn't involve weekend work.......

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