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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.

Holiday Dates
Good Friday and Easter April 2 - 5
Victoria Day May 21 - 24
Canada Day July 1 - 4
Civic Holiday July 30 - August 2
Labour Day September 3 - 6
Thanksgiving October 8 - 11
Christmas, Boxing Day, & New Year December 23 - January 2, 2022

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 December 18 to December 26, 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 Care rate

Rover automatically applies extended care rates to dog boarding or house sitting requests if the pick-up time you selected on the final day is much later than when you dropped off your pet on the first day. This ensures that sitters are compensated for their additional time. 

  • If the extended care is more than 2 hours or up to 8 additional hours, you’ll pay an additional amount that is 50% of the sitter’s nightly rate.

  • If the extended care is more than 8 additional hours, Rover will include an additional charge that is 100% of the sitter’s nightly rate.

Extended Stay rate

The extended stay rate is a nightly rate that sitters can apply to boarding, house sitting, or drop-in bookings for longer stay. Sitters customize the length of time to determine when the extended stay rate applies. For instance, a sitter may apply this nightly rate for stays that are 7 nights or longer. This rate would apply to all dates for the booking.

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 fee to accommodate your request.

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