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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 2023 dates 2024 dates
Good Friday and Easter

April 7 - 9

March 29 - 31

Victoria Day

May 19 - 22

May 17 - 20

Canada Day June 30 - July 2 June 28 - July 1
Civic Holiday

August 4 - 7

August 2 - 5

Labour Day

September 1 - 4

August 30 - September 2


October 6 - 9

October 11 - 14

Remembrance Day

November 10 - 12

November 8 - 11

Christmas, Boxing Day, & New Year's Day

Dec 22 - January 1

December 21 - January 1, 2025


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 21 - 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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