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2017-02-28 23:30:49 -0500 commented question What is a good rate for additional dogs from the same family?

I give $5 off for the second dog. It really depends on your personal situation and what you are looking for. If you want to build a better client based, maybe start with $22 and go up to $25 in few months.

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2016-12-05 10:53:33 -0500 answered a question What do you use in place of free grocery plastic bags to pick up dog poo?

I don't like throwing away plastic so I buy biodegrabable bags on amazon which is a decent value

2016-12-02 21:55:59 -0500 answered a question What do you do for overlapped schedules?

that's why its a good idea to have designated drop off/pick up times to minimize the chance of dogs overlapping and giving you the chance to clean up. In those cases when I'm boarding and another dog is coming over, I have them separated and give the owner a heads up about other dog(s), then introduce them on a neutral territory.

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2016-11-27 20:45:29 -0500 answered a question Multiple Dog discount?

I do $5 off for the second dog from the same household per day.

2016-11-27 20:42:30 -0500 answered a question Anyone else notice insanely low rates from other Rover sitters?

I find that those sitters do not last once they realize that it's a lot more work than they anticipated and after 20% deduction you're left with nothing. Don't undervalue yourself especially if you feel like you are more qualified/experienced and definitely highlight it in your profile in order to stand out.

2016-11-27 20:40:10 -0500 answered a question Dog I am watching (repeat client) has just chewed up my $100 dog I (try to) charge?

Did the owner disclose that the dog was anxious or prone to chewing? Personally I would not bring it up. I have couple nice beds as well (one that's $150 for my own dog) but I stash them away if I'm not there to supervise and I know the dog has a history of chewing. This is one of those issues that could backfire and you'll end up with a negative review, at the same time I feel your frustration if the owner made no mention of it.

2016-11-24 19:57:15 -0500 answered a question How long did it take before you got your very first client?

couple weeks for me

2016-11-06 13:32:04 -0500 answered a question What happens if the dog that I'm taking care of breaks something in my apartment or do some kind of damage? How pays for the damages?

Unfortunately it's one of those things where you have to foot the bill for damages, depending on how extensive they are. I always have new clients fill out a questionnaire regarding dogs behavioral when not supervised,whether they are crated or not or if there's any history of chewing in the past. Even if they say no but the dog seems like it's being mouthy or destructive with toys, I would either crate or have the dog gated off somewhere when you're away. In a lot of cases, dogs behave differently in new environment vs home, so it could be caused by stress/anxiety. If it's significant damage, you could mention it to the owners and hope for the best, but it's likely that they would get defensive and end up leaving you a bad review.

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2016-10-27 12:33:39 -0500 answered a question If you have 2 dogs coming to stay that are both puppies, do you charge the puppy rate for both?

puppies are a lot of work, I would charge a standard rate and maybe make a note in your profile that a second dog discount does not apply to puppies.

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2016-10-17 18:23:26 -0500 answered a question Is it ok that I turned down a client because it was a pit bull and I have a 7 year old daughter?

The pits I've boarded have been the nicest dogs. I would have done a meet and greet to see how they got along and go from there.

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2016-10-08 18:11:13 -0500 answered a question Dog slips out of collar/Not a good fit multiple questions?

get a martingale collar (you can reuse it for other dogs you're watching) and maybe recommend it to the owner. They are not expensive (

2016-10-08 13:12:41 -0500 answered a question Extended stay due to natural disaster, should we charge?

Thank you, she didn't really say anything, just waited few hours before confirming the extra day, it looks like he's getting picked up today, so crisis averted.

thank you everyone for replies.

2016-10-08 11:12:48 -0500 commented answer Extended stay due to natural disaster, should we charge?

thank you, that's how I feel as well, but I wanted to see what other sitters do in this case. She's a first time customer with me.

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2016-10-08 00:15:49 -0500 answered a question How can I best care for my diabetic insulin-dependent dog without losing my mind (and all my money)?

This is going to sound odd, but what do you feed? I've consulted a lot of customers of mine with diabetic dogs over the years but diabetes is often caused or exacerbates by a high carbohydrate diets. Here's a simplified explanation of what happens in the body when a dog has diabetes (

of course I don't recommend getting off the insulin, but if you're feeding any dry food with grain especially a prescription food which I loathe, it's most likely contributing to your dogs problems. I had several of my customers diabetes go to near remission after switching to a raw diet. If I were you, I would find a qualified holistic vet that specializes in nutrition and get a second opinion about your dogs condition.

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2016-10-07 22:27:17 -0500 asked a question Extended stay due to natural disaster, should we charge?

What do you do in the case of a natural disaster like this Hurricane we're experiencing? my client's flight is delayed from Florida and she's picking her dog up a day or 2 late. Today I sent her a extended stay request to pay for an extra day, while some people online commented that they feel like since it's out of clients control, they let them stay at no extra charge. I want to be sympathetic, but I have previous obligations that I now need to cancel because the puppy I'm watching cannot be left alone for more than 2 hours. I would probably refund the money if the owner came home early, but I still have work to do and other dogs to take care of. I think the only circumstance where I would maybe not charge for a day or 2 if there was a death in the family, just because it's already a lot to deal with.

What do you do in this situation?

2016-10-07 22:21:21 -0500 answered a question Losing Business for Preferring Meet and Greets?

yes, as other said, they are just shopping for the cheapest deal. I agreed to watch one client without m&g and it was the only dog from hell that I've ever had, completely out of control and destructive. So now, meets are mandatory. If they don't respond, you probably dodged a bullet.

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2016-08-24 13:10:06 -0500 asked a question Multiple Dog discount?

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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2016-08-19 15:41:05 -0500 answered a question what dog breed is the worst to sit for?

It's hard to say since every dog is different, just because its a pit or rottweiler doesn't automatically mean they are going to be aggressive. I think the meet and greet is very important in this case because you can gauge the dogs body language and see if there's any dominance/bullying behavior which is pretty easy to spot if you know the cues like posture, tail position, ears, eye contact, etc. I hate to say it, but my own dog has some resource guarding issues, thats why I take great care when it comes to feeding time and keep all dogs separated.

2016-08-19 15:26:49 -0500 commented answer How do you prevent ticks?

personally I wouldnt buy anything from walmart, a lot of that generic stuff like hartz has sickened and killed many animals. I always research brands and number of complaints and go with the lesser of evils.

2016-08-19 15:25:31 -0500 commented question How do you prevent ticks?

I like a product called Wondercide, use it about 2-3 times a week during peak season and it works fine. I reapply if we go hiking in a dense areas.

2016-08-18 21:06:32 -0500 asked a question what should I put in a thank you note?

So I wanted to make some small thank you notes to give to first time customers along with some type of goodie bag. I'm trying to figure out the best way to put something on there that asks them to leave a positive review if they are satisfied with their service. For example "We hope your pup had a great experience staying with us and we would greatly appreciate your positive review"

do you think thats too much? I dont want to sound too needy.

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2016-08-17 22:21:47 -0500 commented answer How can I improve profile to attract clients?

thank you, I'll do that. I don't know why, but in my setting its set to 0-2 hours, but when I look at my profile in the search it shows up as 2-4.