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2017-04-15 15:35:07 -0500 answered a question What social media advertising do you do to promote your business?

I use Craigslist. I'm pretty confident that it works because even when I don't get bookings, I've noticed my promo code being redeemed.

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2017-04-08 22:21:22 -0500 answered a question Rover & DogVacay Joining Forces ?

This thought just came up...
I'm on both sites but rarely use DV. Recently, I've had several requests from DV but am wondering, since they're merged and essentially one company now anyway, could I ask my DV clients to book with me on Rover so that my schedule is easier to maintain.

2017-04-07 15:05:51 -0500 answered a question More direct competition since buyout/merger?

Tons of new Sitters in my area but I've been busier than ever.

I will say that Rover advertised heavily around Christmas and the first of the year, both for Sitters and for services. I had a lot of clients new to Rover and I'm sure they told their friends.
There just seems to be an uptick all around. Not to mention that Rover and pet sitting has been in the news quite a bit as of late, with an emphasis on how great a career per sitting can be. Just keep your metrics up and it should be fine. Pet Sitting is not for everyone and many new Sitters may not last long. Besides, I had several new clients this month who were first time Rover clients. There are new Sitters but also tons of new clients. Pets get purchased or adopted every day.

All the best!

2017-04-07 14:37:13 -0500 commented answer Does Anyone Charge for Time Spent in Appointments?

She has returned and was angry that I did not wait around until she got home. Her flight was due at 11a and she gave me no idea when she would be home. I left at 11:20a because I had walks. She texted me after 7p and was angry that I had not waited around. So glad it's over

2017-04-07 14:35:11 -0500 commented answer Does Anyone Charge for Time Spent in Appointments?

Agreed. The one appointment for suture removal was the only one that I was made aware of and didn't charge because it was a one-time reasonable part of the stay. Once the Stay began, the owner started demanding additional things and visits that cut into my walks.

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2017-04-03 18:17:54 -0500 commented answer Does Anyone Charge for Time Spent in Appointments?

Agreed. I have no problem with the odd errand. But we were at the clinic (the first time), from 7p until 10:20p. And then one smack in the middle of the day. I had to shuffle everyone and she has never said, 'thank you'.

2017-04-03 18:00:11 -0500 commented answer Does Anyone Charge for Time Spent in Appointments?

In the end, the vet clinic wss very sympathetic. They told me that I should consider not sitting for her ever again and that she had been banned from their clinic for the way she treated the staff and refusal to pay.

2017-04-03 17:58:39 -0500 commented answer Does Anyone Charge for Time Spent in Appointments?

Thanks, Carly. I was just curious if anyone had anything in place and what it was, ballpark-wise. I do tons of house sitting but this has been beyond the pale. In the end, after 3 hours in the vet, she told them that she wasn't going to pay. I was afraid they were going to ask me to pay her bill.

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2017-03-31 12:10:37 -0500 commented answer Does Anyone Charge for Time Spent in Appointments?

Rover support did not send a nasty email. I tried speaking with owner and then reached out to Support for suggestions since these last minute texts were begining to make me have to reschedule walks. Rover has access to our communication and based on what they read sent a checking in email.

2017-03-31 12:07:35 -0500 commented answer Does Anyone Charge for Time Spent in Appointments?

I agree. Just like puppy care is caring for all of its needs but we charge extra because its usually more work than standard dog care. I was simply asking if a Stay were beyond the norm if you had fees in place. I've had tons of Stays and this one is the 'puppy care' of Stays

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2017-03-30 23:49:13 -0500 commented answer Hired for dog walking but dog won't go?

I think larger breeds tend to be more resistant. Little dogs that I've sat tend to be excited for walks, all wags and wiggles. X-large breeds don't seem to have that enthusiasm.

2017-03-30 23:44:58 -0500 commented question Does Anyone Charge for Time Spent in Appointments?

Finally leaving at 10:38p. Now the drive to the Stay. :/

2017-03-30 22:10:25 -0500 commented question Does Anyone Charge for Time Spent in Appointments?

Update: It's after 9p and we're still waiting to be seen in the waiting room. 1+ hour so far

2017-03-30 20:26:07 -0500 asked a question Does Anyone Charge for Time Spent in Appointments?

My basic question is if anyone charges (and how much), for vet visits, etc, so I'm updating this question because the answers I'm getting are not answering that and are focused on communication and what house keeping entails. I mainly house sit and consider normal care 24 hours, walks, feeding, etc.

This is not the issue. As for communication, that is also not the issue. I have tried. So, I am simply trying to figure out if anyone charges transport fees, appointment fees, etc. Most of us charge extra for puppies because it really is extra work. Anything else?

I just started a Stay in which the dog was injured a week prior to the Stay. The owner had taken the pup to the vet, surgery was preformed and the dog received sutures. Two days before the Stay began, the owner informed me that the dog would need her sutures out during the Stay and that I would need to her to an open vet clinic where I would have to wait up to a couple of hours (no scheduled appointments). I have walks during the day as well, so this means rescheduling other clients with very short notice.

Whether or not I actually get paid for these extra appointments (yes, it's plural), I will have to see but my question is simply, does anyone have a fee associated?

Our appointment last night was a few hours. It was an out of the blue appointment with no notice. If I had a fee in place, I could have mentioned it.
I have a feeling that she will have more of these appointments and she is not very reasonable.

I heard her yelling on the phone at the vet techs because she didn't want to hear what the doctor's orders were, she wanted the doctor, herself. Doc was in surgery on a critical case. Owner said she didn't care, have her come out for a minute and pick up the phone (from surgery on another dog's life).

The entire waiting room could hear her yelling. Her pup was fine and hadn't needed the vet visit. Great energy, great appetite. Just slightly loose stools from the antibiotics she has been on.
She made me go to the trauma center. Two dogs had died, one was critical and another had an emergency c-section.
So, again, my question is, if you knew you were going to have unscheduled appointments lasting several hours, do you have a fee? I know I certainly would have added a bit to the overall House Sitting costs.

2017-03-29 22:32:35 -0500 edited answer Hired for dog walking but dog won't go?

I had a dog like that. He was awful. It was so bad it bordered on comical.

He would let me leash him if I gave him a treat. But, if he managed to get the treat from me before I put his leash on, he would gobble it up and return to his bed. Then, he would do this low growl. (He mouthed my hand once when I tried to put his leash on without showing the treat. A clear threat).

If I did manage to get him outside, he would bolt off the porch, lift his leg to pee at the bottom and then dash back in. Literally less than 20 feet. That was his walk. And, he was huge! I couldn't force him.

It's awful that yours won't even take a treat...

Take the suggestions of walking him with the owner, if that's a possibility and just be consistent. You can't make him walk.

I still charged the full 30 minutes because I did my part. It was not my fault that the dog refused to move. The owner swore that he loved 2 hour walks but I didn't buy it. The substitute sitter had the same issue. Some dogs are just difficult.

2017-03-29 18:11:10 -0500 edited answer why are sitters with no reviews ranked so high in search ?

The previous poster was correct. Rover gives new Sitter's a boost when they first begin, to help them get started.

As for your other question, that's really up to you. Only you know what would be in your best interest.
For me, I am getting a bit overwhelmed and so I have limited my calendar and will most likely be limiting myself to my current clients until I can feel a bit rested.

I hope the best for you,

2017-03-29 18:07:04 -0500 commented answer Rover & DogVacay Joining Forces ?

Agreed. I loved the faster payout but dreaded the booking process.