Mountain View, CA

Average cost for a Dog Sitter ranges from
$10 - $35

The average cost for dog sitting is $20. Hiring a dog sitter to take care of your dog, you will likely spend between $10 and $35. The price of dog sitting can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local dog sitters or get free estimates from pros near you.

How much does dog sitting cost?

Author: Daniel W.
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Most of us want to know our dogs won’t be alone for hours at a time, while others have a sick or older dog that needs more frequent potty breaks or meds. No matter the reason, it’s a relief to know dog sitters are available to come to our homes for as many hours as we need with prices starting at $10/hour.

Dog Sitting

In Your Home

Nothing beats the convenience of having someone come to your home to spend time with your dog when you know you’ll be gone for a while, and it’s a great option for dogs who won’t do well in different surroundings like doggy daycare. You can also keep the dog on the schedule he’s used to, and he can avoid catching any infections from other dogs.

To come to your home, Cassi Cares Sitting Services in Cincinnati, OH, charges $10/hour plus $2/hour for each additional pet. Doggie Den Care in Silver Spring, MD, charges $30/night plus $18 to walk him or her. Pupsicles Dog Care in Denver, CO, charges $71/night plus $4 for each additional dog. Betty D in Prospect Park, PA, starts pricing at $12/hour.


The better (and more expensive) dog sitters should be fully bonded and insured members of the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters. Knowing your dog sitter is insured can lower the fear of hiring someone you don’t know yet, and insurance will cover any damages to your pets or property.

Many dog sitters know dog CPR and pet first aid, and the more experienced ones are great at giving medicine and recognizing the signs for potty breaks and playtime.

Many dog sitters offer a meet and greet to make sure the dog likes them and to learn about the schedule to follow in the home.

Pet Sitting out of the House

Some dog sitting services will pick up your dog and entertain him for a few hours. Pupsicles Dog Care in Denver, CO, take dogs on an “Off Leash Adventure – (includes pick up/drop off and a fun filled hike off leash)” for $66/3-4 hours. An additional dog is $33.

Dog Sitter Updates

It’s great as a dog owner to get updates at certain intervals while you’re away, such as videos or photos of your dog having fun or cuddling. Your dog is so loved by you, and it’s comforting to know everything is okay. See if your dog sitter is willing to include that in the services offered.


Many dogs don’t need the dog sitter to be with them for hours at a time, but they do need a potty break and a short playtime or cuddle. Pawsitively Pooches in Aurora, CO, offers in-home visits or walks at $19/30 minutes or $34/hour. Pay upfront for ten visits and get a 10-30% discount.

Adventures of Brigid’s Petsitting in Clifton Heights, PA, charges $20 to spend an hour with your dog, and/or a dog-walking rate of $20 for a 20-minute walk. Doggie Escorts in Pompano Beach, FL, charges $30/hour for some playtime, affection, and feeding.

Travel Costs

Most dog sitters coming to your home will have additional pricing for travel costs. Some services like Pupsicles (mentioned above) will also act as a dog taxi and bring your dog to and from doggy daycare. Pupsicles charges $25 (first ten miles included).

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