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How much does it cost to book a sitter or dog walker?

Sitters and walkers manage their own rates on Rover, and the total cost of a booking will vary depending on the service, the sitter's rates, and your own booking needs.

To learn more about the different services offered on Rover, check out this article.

Each service has a standard daily rate. This is the base price of a service. Depending on your booking needs, sitters may charge additional rates which will be added to the cost of the booking.

To learn more about each of these additional rates, click on an individual rate from the list below.

Viewing additional rates

Since additional rates can change the total price of a service, it’s a good idea to review your sitter’s rates before you book. To view standard rates and additional rates:

  1. Navigate to the sitter’s profile from your inbox. Under their profile photo, you’ll see a breakdown of standard rates for each service.

  2. Below the list of services, select the Additional Services & Rates icon to see a detailed list of their rates.

Note: Additional rates may vary for each service.  Make sure you review additional rates for each service a sitter offers.

Holiday rates

Holidays are a busy time for both pet parents and pet care providers. For this reason, sitter rates may be slightly higher during some in-demand times of the year. Here are the holiday rates for 2019 and 2020.

Holiday 2019 dates 2020 dates
Martin Luther King Day  January 18 - January 21  January 17 - January 21
President's Day February 15 - February 18 February 14 - February 18
Memorial Day May 24 - May 27 May 24 - May 28
4th of July July 3 - July 7 July 2 - July 6
Labor Day August 30 - September 2 September 4 - September 8
Indigenous Peoples' Day October 11 - October 15 October 9 - October 13
Thanksgiving November 27 - November 30 November 25 - November 30
Christmas and New Year's Day December 20 - January 1  December 22 - January 4

For residents of Canada: Holiday dates are effective from December 20 - January 1.

Note: If part of your booking dates overlap with a holiday, the sitter's holiday rate will still apply to the entire booking—even if some of the dates within the booking are slightly outside of the holiday ranges listed above.

For example, if you booked a housesitting request from July 4 to July 11, the holiday rate would apply to all dates for that entire booking.

Additional dog rate

If you have more than 1 dog who needs care, then sitters may charge an Additional Dog Rate.

Extended stay rate

Sitters may apply this rate if you need to extend the stay outside of the confirmed booking dates. 

Puppy rate

Puppies often require a different level of care than older dogs. If your dog is less than one year old, then some sitters may charge an additional rate for watching or walking your puppy.

Pick-up and drop-off rate

Some sitters may offer to pick up and drop off your pet at the beginning and end of a stay. If you'd like to include this option in your booking, sitters may charge a small fee to accommodate your request.

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