How many dogs over capacity do you go?

asked 2017-03-20 12:56:22 -0500

So my capacity is 3 dogs at a time, although, one time I allowed 4 dogs because a family that lived near by needed a sitter for a few hours while they moved (they had 2 dogs). But here is my problem right now: I have 2 stays booked for a weekend in April, one of them is only 2 nights (2 dogs from the same family) and the other is 3 nights (only one dog). But I have 2 meet and greets this week with 2 clients who need a sitter for much longer stays, that happen to coincide with that weekend. So if the meet and greets go well then I will have 5 dogs in my house for 2 nights. My husband will be home those 2 days so I will have a helping hand, but would you take the 5 dogs or would you cancel one of the meet and greets? Also it is a weekend so there will be 24/7 supervision the days that I have the 5 dogs. I might just cancel with the most recent inquiry since we haven't even scheduled the m and g yet, But I was just curious as to how many dogs above your capacity you would be willing to care for if it was just a couple of days?

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answered 2017-03-20 14:13:35 -0500

I've gone way over capacity some days, to add daycare dogs or because I have a grooming client arriving. I went a full 4 dogs over one day because I wanted to add a short term daycare dog (it was only 3 hours) and because I had grooming clients coming over the same day AND some close friends of ours had to leave town and needed someone to watch their dogs.

It was a circus, but it worked out.

I've had a few with stays that overlapped like that, and it can take some juggling, but it's really not that bad to pull off. Having an extra hand will certainly help! If you accept the other reservations, just do some planning ahead to decide how you want everybody to be fed at meal times, who you are going to place with who, and how you plan to exchange play groups when you put everybody up for the night. As long as you have a game plan, you'll do fine.

Pro Tip: Make sure you have crates for each dog. I've never accepted more dogs than I had a crate for, and that has saved me from many potentially bad situations.

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That's good to know, even though I raised my prices I am still getting bookings like crazy haha, I will probably see how the meet and greets go and watch all them since it will be a weekend. I will definitely have to get a baby gate tho haha

Kelsie N.'s profile image Kelsie N.  ( 2017-03-20 14:45:29 -0500 ) edit
answered 2017-03-20 14:43:54 -0500

I have also gone over capacity by 3 or 4. When I do that, it is normally because the dogs that are here are regulars and the ones that want to stay are regulars. I do not go over capacity with dogs that I have never kept simply because one dog can cause complete chaos if it is a barker, whiner, etc.

When I do go over capacity, I have separate out times like half go out and when they are brought in, I take the other half out. While out in the morning and evening, food bowls are filled and put in the crate so that it is all ready for them to come in. It is all about finding a comfortable stride for you!

I second Jessica's Pro Tip about the crates too!


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answered 2017-03-20 15:10:34 -0500

I'd suggest you keep the M&G because you never know if that will be a match from both sides (you could let them know you are booking up quickly though so if it doesn't get booked this time, maybe next time). In the beginning, I went over my desired capacity and the circus wasn't worth it, especially since there's no other human to help out and I don't require every dog to be crated. So, the fact that you have a partner in this changes things and if you require a crate for each one then you should be fine.

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