How much do you pay a house/dog sitter?

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DailyMailDontStealMyThread Sun 30-Jul-17 21:20:51

Going away for 2 weeks and mentioned to a friend that I was thinking about getting a dog/house sitter. She offered for her 17 yr old to stay over, she has babysat for us over night a few times.

So after a few meeting we have agreed on house rules and expectations on both parts but not really discussed money and I have no idea what to offer.

The friends DD is pleased to have somewhere in peace to study and a base closer to town than her own home with mum. I'll obviously stock the fridge and cupboards and only really want her to be company for Ddog, make sure she is fed, watered, loved and walked and remember to water my garden flowers smile

What do you think is a fair price to agree on? I'll leave some cash to buy essential whilst here, do I include this or make it extra because it's for our home and I've asked that we have milk etc for when we return.

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ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 30-Jul-17 21:21:50

We pay £25 for two dogs.

whereismyparachute Sun 30-Jul-17 21:22:51

Maybe £15 a day, I pay £25 a day for mine.

DailyMailDontStealMyThread Sun 30-Jul-17 21:25:08

As a day rate? I have a professional dog sitter who has had Ddog in the past for a few days and she is £22 per day just for 1 dog and no house sitting involved as it's in her own home.

I would have taken Ddog there but it's for 2 weeks and as a rescue I just felt it might unsettle her too much so thought house/dog sitting would work better.

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dudsville Sun 30-Jul-17 21:25:37

We pay £25 a day for live in dog sitter. We don't stock the fridge but I leave wine and I don't leave cash but I do leave vet details and our contact details.

ChrisPrattsFace Sun 30-Jul-17 21:27:08

I get paid £10 a day, just to go check on animals, feed them and water the greenhouse! I only live down the road and her dog comes and lives with me!
I used to do it for free because I have mug on my forehead

ChoudeBruxelles Sun 30-Jul-17 21:27:31

We pay our friends daughter £20 a night for two dogs. That's £10 less than I'd pay the dogsitter we sometimes use to have them at their house.


ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 30-Jul-17 21:28:45

Yes as a day/overnight rate. And I've actually started enquiringly of friends who they use as ours gets booked up and I want a second option. £25-£30 seems to be the going rate for professionals around here.

DailyMailDontStealMyThread Sun 30-Jul-17 21:39:54

Lots of different prices here. I want to make sure I offer enough for her to want to do a really good job. I'm assuming you pay on return?

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ThroughThickAndThin01 Sun 30-Jul-17 21:47:13

Pay on return.

The price I pay doesn't include any food or drink.

I'm not sure what I would pay a teenager. Maybe £15 or £20?

MotherPie Sun 30-Jul-17 22:59:41

I pay my teenage sister £20. I think it's a fair price for a few walks, constant company and one of my dogs needs medication a few times a day.

DailyMailDontStealMyThread Sun 30-Jul-17 23:04:27

£29 was where I was thinking so thank you. Along with my Ddog being looked after I hope my flowers survive the 2 weeks and my house is reasonable with essentials when we return.

I'd like to pay enough to have my Ddog and house looked after whilst we are away.

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whereismyparachute Sun 30-Jul-17 23:08:24

It's really nice to see someone wanting to pay a decent price to a teenager, so many posts on here are trying to pay the least amount possible.

I think that's a fair price.

DailyMailDontStealMyThread Sun 30-Jul-17 23:29:07

I don't understand why anyone would want to pay less. Teens can be unpredictable and easily swayed even with the best intentions and friends without the trust added in to them her mum is very close by and I've let the neighbours know we are away and 2 have keys.

I trust her and we have discussed expectations, I've put them down on paper blush I remember being a teen and a good pay package lead the way for me smile

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JayaNubian Wed 11-Sep-19 08:47:46

I am an Animal Care Provider and I currently charge £15 per 24 stay in my home for 1 dog and £25 for 2 dogs. (fees @ 2019)

Chimpd0g Wed 11-Sep-19 11:31:33

I paid friend's daughter £20 a day for 5 days after googling rates on internet (she's 22) To be honest I think she would have done it for nothing as she loves dogs and loved staying in our house. Didn't ask her to do anything else other than feed & walk dog (& stay overnight obvs)

CMOTDibbler Thu 12-Sep-19 08:55:22

I pay £30 per 24 hours for someone to stay in the house and look after the dogs, cats and chickens - not a professional but he loves the animals and they are so happy to see him (well, the dogs at least). Works brilliantly for us

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