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Pricing Levels?

asked 2015-10-16 08:25:26 -0500

I'm on board with the adult versus puppy pricing structure Rover has, but I'm seriously considering adding a third level.

I also providing training services (outside of Rover), and was hired last month to help a family with their new 10 week old puppy. He came to stay with me last weekend while his family traveled. They asked for training sessions to be added onto his stay, so we wound up doing three 45-60 minute training/play sessions per day. Normally, I would definitely consider this an add-on service, but with a puppy that young (14 weeks), I think I've decided it's almost a necessity: they're so young, they haven't learned to settle, and if you don't keep them occupied, you've got problems.

So, my thought is to have three pricing levels to reflect the amount of time and effort required for the different ages. One for puppies 8-24 weeks old, one for adolescents 7-24 months, and one for adults 2 years and older. I really enjoy training, so it's not too much of a burden to do the extra the pups need. However, it does take considerable time, so I feel like I should charge more. Thoughts?

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answered 2015-10-16 09:16:18 -0500

You might want to look at this differently. There are doggie boot camps or intensive training and boarding facilities, in which a dog stays for a period of time. They charge a flat fee for whatever program is selected. You could model your training/boarding after these. Just Google and you should be able to find them and adapt their programs and rate structures to your needs.

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Thanks for the input, Karen! As a trainer, I've thought about a board and train program, but decided it's not something I want to offer to the general public right now. Most Board and Trains run several weeks at least, and I guess I've felt like I can't devote that much time to just one client.

Leighann H.'s profile imageLeighann H. ( 2015-10-16 13:33:16 -0500 )edit

My out-of-the-house work schedule also makes it difficult for me to take on high maintenance clients---as I feel most B&Ts would be. I also think that most people who want a B&T are not going to be satisfied with my approach: they will not receive a "perfect" dog, even with 1 or 2 follow ups.

Leighann H.'s profile imageLeighann H. ( 2015-10-16 13:35:31 -0500 )edit

I was mainly talking about the demands of a very young puppy. With my idea, the pup receives additional, complementary learning/enrichment activities to ensure the best stay possible. I do not, however, promise any behaviors to the client, or provide follow up sessions/notes.

Leighann H.'s profile imageLeighann H. ( 2015-10-16 13:37:17 -0500 )edit

Does that change your thoughts?

Leighann H.'s profile imageLeighann H. ( 2015-10-16 13:37:24 -0500 )edit

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