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For drop-in visits how much do you charge for more than one dog?

asked 2016-08-18 17:23:48 -0500

I know that people often charge $5 less than their single dog rate for each additional dog for boarding, but I haven't heard people talk about drop-in visits... it's only a 30 min visit so it's less intensive; what do you end up charging for two dogs, for instance?

Also, do you frequently do walks for drop in visits? It seems like there's a lot of gray area between 'walks' and drop in visits if a person is away

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answered 2016-08-20 15:50:20 -0500

I do only drop-ins and dog walks, and I charge the same price for both services for the first dog, and only slightly less for each additional dog, per visit or walk. I found this was easier for clients to understand than charging different prices for drop ins and walks. Eliminates lots of back and forth explaining charges. My rates are $12 for first dog, $10 for each additional dog per visit or walk. In my experience, no matter how nice the dogs are, more dogs = more work and cleanup in a household, so I feel my additional dog charge is justified. Have never been questioned on it. I also have first cat, and additional cat rates. However, I will deeply discount the cats if I'm at the client's home anyway for their dogs. Hope this helps!

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answered 2017-01-18 15:23:06 -0500

In my opinion scheduling a walk and scheduling a drop in visit are two completely different things. All of the clients I have had schedule drop in visits only when they are going to be out of town and walks are just while they're at work. Drop in visits would typically include letting them outside, playtime to burn off as much energy as possible, feeding them and changing water, bringing in the mail/paper and making sure nothing in the house has been torn apart (ie. all things you would do if the owner is gone for a number of days). But each drop in is typically different, because normally I would be going over 2-3 times a day. If I do a walk during a drop in, it's usually only 15 minutes. It really all depends on what the client wants though.

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answered 2016-08-18 19:26:04 -0500

I do more drop-ins than walks...I charge $15 for the first dog, and $5 for each additional dog. I try to give each dog individual attention, which sometimes includes a (very) short walk. And yes, there's a lot of gray area between walks and drop ins...mostly due to weather and the physical location of the stay. For instance, during the summer when it's screaming hot out, I'll shorten a walk and finish it with playtime indoors so it's a half walk/half drop in visit. The winters here in WI sometimes walks get the same treatment.

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Do you charge per day or per drop in visit

Emily H.'s profile image Emily H.  ( 2017-12-05 10:13:13 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2016-08-18 18:50:06 -0500

This is completely up to you, as it is your business. I can don't do drop in visits, however, I think two dogs are a lot more work. I have had multiple dogs and they keep you juggling sometimes. I don't do it anymore for sitting in my home. I think you can try out a price and then alter it if you see fit. Good luck!

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answered 2016-08-19 07:54:19 -0500

I charge the same rate regardless of how many pups I let out, but that's my decision. My drop in rate is higher than my walking rate, and I don't charge more for walking 2 pups, more than 2 won't work for me. You need to decide what is right for you.

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Oh interesting... do you mind explaining why your drop in rate is higher? Seems like it would take less effort than a walk

Sarah B.'s profile image Sarah B.  ( 2016-08-19 10:16:28 -0500 ) edit

Again the flexibility with Rover. I use drop-ins as a substitute for house sitting and I require 3 drops in per day, but I will do 2 if the client pushes hard. With drops ins, I bring in the mail and newspaper if they forget to put them on hold, I feed the pups twice, turn lights off, etc

Walt G.'s profile image Walt G.  ( 2016-08-19 14:28:05 -0500 ) edit

I charge $2 more for drop in than walks, this helps cover the gas for the multiple drives to the clients home and return.

Walt G.'s profile image Walt G.  ( 2016-08-19 14:28:47 -0500 ) edit

That's a great idea

Tara F.'s profile image Tara F.  ( 2018-06-20 12:12:07 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2016-08-19 13:06:13 -0500

I charge the same for walks and drop-ins. I charge $15 for the first dog and $8 for the second dog. These are my final prices after raising them twice already in 8 months time.

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