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What are holiday rates and how do I manage them?

Holidays are a busy time for everyone, sitters and pet parents alike. That’s why you have the ability to raise your rates for services throughout the holiday season. 

In this article, we’ll cover the following topics:

Holiday dates

How holiday rates work

Strategies for setting holiday rates


Holiday dates

Holiday 2022 dates 2023 dates
Good Friday and Easter

April 15 - 18

April 7 - 9

Victoria Day

May 20 - 23

May 19 - 22

Canada Day

July 1 - 3

June 30 - July 2
Civic Holiday

July 29 - August 1

August 4 - 7

Labour Day

September 2 - 5

September 1 - 4


October 7 - 10

October 6 - 9

Remembrance Day

November 11-13

November 10 - 12

Christmas, Boxing Day, & New Year's Day

December 23 - January 1

Dec 22 - January 1


How holiday rates work 

If a booking includes dates within a holiday period, your holiday rates will be applied to the first dog in the booking for the entire booking.

For example, let's say you receive a house sitting request from December 27 - January 2 for two dogs. Since the booking partially overlaps with the December 22 - January 1 holiday period, the holiday rate would apply to the first dog for all 6 nights.

For more information about managing/enabling add-on rates, visit this article.

Tip: You can also set a custom price for specific clients during the holiday season by editing the booking request. For step-by-step instructions on how to do this, check out this article. 

Strategies for setting holiday rates

  • Check out the holiday pricing of other sitters in your area to help you determine what your holiday rate should be.

  • We’ve noticed that generally, sitters tend to set their holiday rates 10-20% above their standard rates.

  • Apply holiday rates when they make sense for your business. If you notice different trends or spikes in demand during other holidays that Rover hasn't listed above, you're welcome to apply holiday rates for those periods.

  • If you don't want to set a holiday rate, simply leave the rate blank and Rover will use your normal service rate for holiday bookings instead.
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