Most experts advise against publishing actual rates for services to avoid a race to the bottom with competitors. However, we do offer lower rates for additional visits on the same day and a discount for 5 or more sits scheduled consecutively. We may have negotiated special rates with you.
So, we are using this space to help educate the general public on factors that usually affect petsitting/pet sitter rates on a case-by-case basis.
Don’t ask for more than you need. If Fluffy really doesn’t require to be brushed during your visit, say so. Some cats really like it and it is a good way to become friends but you may want to leave that up to your sitter.
We strongly recommend at least one visit per 24-hour period to check on your cat’s welfare, access to their food and litter, etc. Cats are not as nimble as you may think and can get stuck behind refrigerators and furniture. Generally cats require access to fresh water, food, and need their litter scooped daily. They really do appreciate human company although you may not realize it. Typical cat visits with feeding and scooping take about 20 minutes but you may want to add some additional time for social interaction.
Sit. Stay. Grow. allows you to choose a visit based on services alone or choose a visit based on time allotted. You may wish to discuss this with your sitter during the initial consultation.
Determine how many times Spot needs to relieve himself during the day. A dog that typically only goes out twice a day will probably enjoy sticking to that schedule. If a dog is crated, it is less likely to damage your home in your absence but only you know if a dog will be comfortable in a crate.
Our goal is to recreate the dog(s) normal daily experience as closely as possible. So, if he eats twice a day, we need to know that, how much and about what times. Please let us know of any issues with your dog’s behavior at the meet and greet. We are better sitters if we know what to expect.
Again, Sit. Stay. Grow. allows you to choose a visit based on services alone or choose a visit based on time allotted. You may wish to discuss this with your sitter during the initial consultation. We have smaller fees for potty break visits that don’t require feeding.
All dogs are different. Some enjoy long brisk walks while others only short leisurely walks. Some of this is breed specific, related to age, medical condition, or simply normal practice.
Large herding breeds tend to be active and want a lot of exercise while small dogs may be challenged by a 15-minute walk. Some dogs are couch potatoes and only need a wellness check and potty break. We recommend you discuss this and your normal routine with your sitter. Even if you run your dog without a leash, your sitter is required to maintain control at all times.
Some dogs won’t walk in the rain or snow. Some dogs pull. Some dogs react to other dogs, bikes, kids, or squirrels. These are good things to discuss with your sitter at the consultation. You might not want your little dog to walk if the windchill is below 20 degrees. These are all things you can specify. Sit. Stay. Grow. will allow you to tailor a walking program that suits your needs.
Plant Care Advice
Plants thrive when positioned in areas that provide the right amount of sun, good soil, and sufficient water. Generally your plant care service will provide weeding, watering, or mulching as requested.
Generally perennial plants need to be kept wet to 6” and annuals to 12”. Pots should generally be moist throughout.
This can be difficult to maintain if you are working long days or are out-of-town for many days. Sit. Stay. Grow. can help. We will access your garden and supply what Mother Nature does not. If you schedule us for a plant care visit you can specify additional activities you would like performed if watering is not needed. Please discuss your particular situation with your sitter at your meet and greet session.
Talk to us. We will help you find the best program for your pet(s) and/or plants and provide an estimate of the rates prior to any paid service.
Susan Deisher, CPPS
Sit. Stay. Grow.