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He works up here LA and lives in Santa Fe so it is too far a commute to leave the ... my girl a break. I am just unsure of a) how much to charge and b) how much to say

Are there other reliable dog sitters around that your client might hire instead? I doubt it though I don't know for sure. If there are, charge what they charge. As for how much to say, go ahead and speak your mind. As long as you do it nicely, politely, firmly and know what you're talking about (have back-up sources), he should be grateful for the advice. It is like getting a trainer for the price of a dog sitter. As long as you're with his dog, go ahead and train it. That will just make it easier for you while you're dog sitting.
Lia
Pet sitters around here charge something like $12+ per visit ( I think a visit is $30). If you're in charge of a puppy all day, I would think $15 would be a MINIMUM acceptable price, depending on where you live. Check out doggie daycares and see what they're charging (one that just opened near me is $30 per day).
You will train this little devil just by caring for him every day. I used to do daycare. Basically, I wasn't obligated to do anything but feed, change, and keep safe a child. But we did a lot of learning play and toilet training was something we did because it made all of our lives easier!
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If I were dog sitting, I'd certainly be training that handful puppy and teaching it manners. I'm assuming he's leaving the puppy there/.. I'd charge $5 a day with training free.

If I charged $5.00 a day for that I would go broke. Training a puppy is 24/7. I just completed a 3 week board and train at $63.00 a day for a puppy and I felt I was being generous. $5.00 doesn't even cover the aggravation of an untrained puppy in your house.
BD
I just completed a 3 week board and train at $63.00 a day for a puppy and I felt I was being generous.

You earned it. :} That puppy was a handful. But what a good boy he's turning out to be!
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If I were dog sitting, I'd certainly be training that ... puppy there/.. I'd charge $5 a day with training free.

If I charged $5.00 a day for that I would go broke. Training a puppy is 24/7. I just completed ... I felt I was being generous. $5.00 doesn't even cover the aggravation of an untrained puppy in your house. BD

You are a professional. That's different. This other person never stated as much.
I train puppys all the time for free. It's pure bliss. I get a puppy fix, and they get a trained dog.
Does anyone suggest looking in the newspaper for dog sitters or kennels? Are references necessary and how picky should I be when choosing a dog sitter or kennel? Has anyone had problems with choosing a place or person to entrust with your dog?
Brandy
Is it hard to find reliable persons to watch dogs? Is there a website that allows for reviews or suggestions for dog sitting? Are the local newspapers reiliabe or the local vet that has a kennel? What are the worst experiences people have had with dog sitting?
Brandy
Is it hard to find reliable persons to watch dogs? Is there a website that allows for reviews or suggestions ... reiliabe or the local vet that has a kennel? What are the worst experiences people have had with dog sitting?

I prefer word of mouth for finding reliable sitting or kennel situations. When that's not possible, I'd ask a trusted vet (not necessarily just my own vet). I'd never leave my dog in the care of someone I discovered in a newspaper ad without independently verifying their reliability via references.
Luckily the worst experience I've had with leaving my dog in the care of someone else is that he came home with a pretty bad stomach bug. I had a good relationship with the kennel owner, and she volunteered to pay the vet bill.
The worst experience I've had sitting for other people's animals is that a cat died the day after the owner left town. And she didn't leave a number where she could be reached. And it was a nightmare. So I always leave several phone numbers and emergency instructions when I leave town.
Cate