Do you guys charge extra for bath(s)?

asked 2016-07-28 14:15:51 -0500

If a client requests that you bathe his/her dog while you're house/pet sitting overnight, do you guys charge extra for the bath(s)? If so, how much do you charge? There is an option, for those of you who don't know, when you're filling out your sitter services and rates, to add your rate for bathing and grooming or to check a box to offer these services for free.

For those of you who don't charge extra, what's your reasoning? Thanks!

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Namasté, I would charge as you are paying for the water/items being used. Only if you feel you did something an the dog(s) needs a bath then I would not charge. DO NOT wash the dog(s) if the client does not ask. Some owners can be rude! Do only what is requested! Stay SAFE! Namasté, Marcus

Marcus L.'s profile image Marcus L.  ( 2016-08-07 12:35:11 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2016-07-28 15:35:44 -0500

I base my pricing differently for every dog depending on their personality (if it's easy or a pain to keep them in the tub), coat, and size. As a general rule of thumb I go by 1 minute = $1 and tack on extra charges from there. Extra charges would be: blow drying vs. air drying, brushing, or providing your shampoo vs. using the owner's.

For example: a small dog that loves baths and only takes a few mins with no brushing, I'd charge $5. A big dog with long fur that I just cannot seem to keep in the tub and needs to be brushed afterwards, I'd charge around $20.

I don't list these prices on my profile because there is such a large price range, but do mention to my clients that I offer it. These aren't meant to be really competitive rates, just enough to reimburse me for my time and supplies. Still a steal considering self pet washes go for $10-$15 and groomers starting at $20+ .

The only time I don't charge is when the dog makes a mess or gets dirty under my watch and I first ask the owner for their permission to bathe their dog.

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answered 2016-08-06 11:02:49 -0500

I do charge extra for baths. All first-time customers get a "free groom", and that includes ear cleaning, trimmed nails and the works. If a dog is especially stinky and he's going to be living in my house for 5 days, I'll give him a quick wash so he doesn't stink up the house (but I don't advertise that I do that) . If a client asks me to bathe the dog, and it is not their first visit, then I will charge them for the service.

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answered 2016-07-28 16:26:10 -0500

My profile shows I charge for that service and it's really not something I want to promote. It's unusual that the dogs I watch would gets dirty enough to need more than a wipe down. However, if a small dog that is one of my regulars needs a quick bath, I may or may not charge depending on the circumstances. i.e The dog comes dirty and the owner asks me to bathe will result in a charge. A dog pees on another dog during a walk is bathed at no charge.

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answered 2016-07-28 16:38:23 -0500

I'm mostly do walks and drop in visits, but I do charge $10 per bath, with a booked walk required (I need a relaxed dog for a bath!). This includes the bath and a blow-dry.

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