Professional Pet Sitter Atlanta

How Much Does A Pet Sitter Cost?

We get a lot of calls asking about our pricing, and we understand why! The cost of Pet Sitting is an important consideration when you're hiring a pet sitter, and it's helpful to understand where the pricing comes from. 

Whoa Doggy! Team Member, Chris, with his gorgeous dog, Reese!

Whoa Doggy! Team Member, Chris, with his gorgeous dog, Reese!

How does a pet sitter price services?

There's a lot that goes into setting prices for a professional pet sitting service, so let's take a look at some of the most important considerations.

How many pets do you have?

Many pet sitters charge higher rates based on how many pets you have in your home. Caring for one pet is a different job than caring for multiple pets. All of your pets need additional love, care, and attention, and often require more time to get the job done. It's also more responsibility for your pet sitter. 

Length of visits

The duration of a pet sitting visit generally affects pet sitting rates. A longer visit should cost more than a shorter pet sitting visit. Whoa Doggy! offers visits in different durations, to meet the needs of pets, and to meet budget requirements for our clients.

Insurance

This is a big one! A professional pet sitter has insurance to protect your pets, your home, himself, and every member of his team. You should always make sure your pet sitter is insured, and if he isn't, you should consider looking for a new pet sitter who is. It's that important. Whoa Doggy! is insured and bonded through Business Insurers of the Carolinas

Ongoing Training

Part of being a professional pet sitter is keeping up to date on new industry trends and procedures, such as pet first aid training and CPR certifications, and memberships to professional pet organizations, and all of these things are helpful to providing their pet sitting clients with better care. 

Cost of gas and vehicle maintenance

Getting around town can burn a lot of gas, and that's a more tangible aspect to the pricing of a pet sitter's service. Driving around from appointment to appointment also puts wear and tear on a pet sitter's vehicle, and requires more frequent maintenance and repairs. A quality, professional pet sitter has reliable transportation, and that costs money.

Responsible business practices

In addition to being highly trained and insured, professional pet sitting businesses should also be registered and licensed with their local and federal government, and pay taxes. Pet sitters who operate on their own sometimes operate as cash businesses, off the books and under the radar. Whoa Doggy! is registered locally and federally, and we proudly employ highly trained pet sitters to care for your pets.

Ease of service

A professional pet sitting service should provide a wonderful customer experience. Things like online booking, easy electronic invoicing, credit card processing, and other various systems can really improve the customer experience for the humans, too! Whoa Doggy! offers online booking, credit card processing, and real-time GPS check-in and check-out at your home so you know when we were there, and for how long. We also send message updates after each and every visit.

Want to learn more about Whoa Doggy's Pet Sitting Services and Pricing, just check out our Pet Sitting Services page and our Cat Sitting Services page and if you have questions or want to schedule your Meet & Greet, just give us a call at (404) 941-4646 or Contact Us by email!

 

 

So, You Need A Pet Sitter (Part 2) - What To Consider

Finding the right pet sitter is serious business. In last week's post, we talked about the guilt and anxiety that come along with not having a professional pet sitting service on your side (not to mention the risk). We understand. We've been there. Our clients have been there. We want to help.

Finding the perfect pet sitter or dog walker seems overwhelming. Especially since you don't look at your pet as a pet. You actually kind of hate the word, "pet" a little, because it doesn't seem to have enough meaning. "Love of my life", "partner in crime", "workout buddy", "therapist", "best bud", and even, "bestie" would be more appropriate.

So, where do you start? You're busy. It's not like you have the time to interview every professional pet sitter in town! That's the whole reason you need a pet sitter in the first place, right?

It goes without saying that the right professional pet sitter will have an amazing connection with you and your furbabies, but that's not all they need to have. We've put together a little list of other important things to consider. This will give you a good place to start.

Your schedule. How busy are you? How often will you need your pet sitter? Will you need them sporadically, or have you daydreamed about clearing out your spare bedroom to move them in? Do you need someone that can be available in short notice? Same day? Getting clear on this is the first step in finding the right professional pet sitter for you.

If you need someone all of the time, and they are only available some of the time, it will never work. You'll find yourself back at square one, scrambling for help, every time you need them. Stress City, no thank you.

Your privacy. This is so important, and I can't tell you how many times we meet prospective clients that haven't considered this. How will your confidential information be handled? How will your sitter maintain their schedule and notes? Do they have a secure system for your information, like your address, alarm code, and dates that you'll be out of town? Or do they carry it around in a notebook? Will your keys be stored in a ziplock baggie somewhere? How will they be tagged or labelled? Will they be left in your sitter's car? Or are there secure policies in place to protect them? 
 
You deserve to know exactly how your information and keys will be treated, as well as the peace of mind in knowing that keeping them safe and secure are a priority.

Their team. Who makes up their team of professional pet sitters? Do they have employees, or independent contractors (ICs)? Yes, there is a BIG difference between employees and independent contractors, that's a topic for a whole separate blog post...stay tuned.

Are they solo-sitters (I just made that a word, it means that they have no team and do it all alone), and if so, how busy are they? How do they ensure availability? Will they be able to accommodate extra time for an emergency if the need arrises? Who will be there when they can't

Do they have a large team? Will there be a new sitter visiting every day?

Or are they somewhere in between? 

How are they trained? Are they background checked? What does their experience look like?


Relationships are important, y'all. Getting to know your professional pet sitters is part of the fun! The size of your professional pet sitting service's team should be intentional, with you and your needs in mind. They should be able to accommodate your schedule and needs (including emergencies and last-minute requests), while still being small enough to foster real, meaningful relationships with you and your furbabies.

We are going to keep this conversation going. In the next few weeks, we'll write about what to expect from your professional pet sitting service, and where to find the right one, because if you do, you'll only have to go through the process once. Doesn't that sound nice? We think so. You deserve that peace of mind, and your bestie will surely thank you for it too.

Wags & Hugs,
Whoa Doggy!  

Whoa Doggy! Pet Sitting Video!

We are Professional Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers here in Atlanta and Decatur. Did you know that we also moonlight as moviestars? Not really. But we had so much fun shooting this video with some of our furry friends (they are the real stars after all)! We think it does a pretty good job at explaining what we do, and what it's like to work with Whoa Doggy!. Check it out, we'd love to hear what you think!