Multiple Dog discount?

asked 2016-08-24 13:10:06 -0500

I just met with a potential client that has 2 dogs, but she thought that the rate was $30 per night not per dog and doesn't want to pay $60 for both. I think $60 is fair since its double the work, hair, poop and responsibility. The boarding places here charge at least $60 per dog and private sitters charge $100 per night. I was thinking of offering her $5 off per day so it'll be $55 total, but I'm not sure.

Do you do any type of discounts for more than one dog from the same household?

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But it's not actually double the work, right? I mean, you're still going on the same number of walks per day, poop takes all of 10 seconds to pick up, and you get 2x the snuggles. I think it's reasonable to charge her $30 for the first dog and somewhere between $10-$15 for the second, per night.

Christine N.'s profile image Christine N.  ( 2016-11-27 00:17:45 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2016-08-24 19:33:14 -0500

I offer a discount of $10 per night for each additional dog from the same family. I do this because for me if the dogs are from the same family they tend to keep each other entertained. And my experience has been that they are more well behaved than just a solo dog. Walking them, feeding, and other care for me has not been that much more complex than for one dog.

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answered 2016-08-24 13:19:54 -0500

I do offer a discount of $10 for each additional dog. So if Dog #1 is $30 a night, Dog #2 can stay for only $20 a night.

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answered 2016-08-24 21:59:18 -0500

I offer a $2 discount for 2nd dog as a courtesy since I could easily fill that space with a full paying dog. Stick to your guns. If she went to PetSmart or any kennel, she'd be paying for both dogs.

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Only true in some areas. The boarding kennels near me charge a discounted rate for dog #2, and my personal business isn't busy enough to turn anybody away right now. Find a policy that fits your needs and circumstances. I would see how much local kennel charges.

Jessica M.'s profile image Jessica M.  ( 2016-08-25 17:11:35 -0500 ) edit

I didn't say they charged full rate, but like I do, most kennels offer a nominal discount. At least around here, DEFINITELY not half off as her client wants. I have done my market research having been sitting for the last 3.5 years through Rover.

Heather M.'s profile image Heather M.  ( 2016-08-25 18:44:47 -0500 ) edit
answered 2016-11-19 13:29:24 -0500

I can usually walk both dogs from the same family at the same time. If there are two from the same family, they tend to entertain each other more. I charge $25/night and $12/2nd dog--but I only take more than one dog if they are from the same family.

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answered 2016-11-27 00:14:59 -0500

I find it a bit absurd that the rate doubles for an extra dog. It isn't double the work - I'm still going on the same number of walks, plus I LOVE dogs so much that sometimes I prefer having two: twice the cuteness, plus they keep each other company if I have to pop out for a while.

My rate is still very low as I am trying to build clientele on Rover, but once I increase it to the same rate I charge my current clients, I will charge $10 per extra dog.

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answered 2016-11-28 13:07:37 -0500

I have been a Rover sitter for about a year and a half now! My clients tend to appreciate my discount for additional dogs. Although When it comes to young puppies, I don't discount because they may not be fully potty trained and are more work even if they come from the same family. For dogs older than a year, I offer a $10 off discount for additional dogs but certainly not half off. Multiple dog families can get expensive, I believe its good service to accommodate reasonably for yourself and your client if you want them as a loyal client. Honestly, I am more willing to work with someone on pricing if they aren't demanding the lower price. If you don't feel comfortable working with that client that is absolutely your choice. You have to know your worth as a sitter not every potential client understands the work and love we put in for each fur-baby under our care! I hope this helps in your current situation!:)

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answered 2016-11-26 16:29:21 -0500

If the dog is really ready easy, than give a nice discount.I find the ones that ask normally have super easy dogs. One can always book another stay, if their small and easy too.

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