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DOGS
Services & Rates

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An initial consultation to meet you and your pet(s) is FREE

I will provide whatever you need in terms of references so that you can feel absolutely comfortable choosing me!

NOTE: I am ALSO available EVENINGS, WEEKENDS, and most HOLIDAYS.

ALSO -- After ANY visit, I offer to send a short text or note about our time together that day

PLUS (with your approval) I will give your dog(s) treats at the end of my visit. I always carry low-cal, high-quality-ingredient, made-in-the-USA dog treats. But, let me know of your pet has allergies or sensitivities and then I can use the treats you buy, instead. 

I think the main thing I want you to understand is that I try to make my visits a lot of FUN!

With dogs, especially, we seem to develop individual routines for our greetings when I arrive and for the games we play and for how I give their treats at the end. I have as much fun as they do! 

For instance, some dogs like their treats loaded into Kongs as I leave. Others LOVE me to toss them and let them chase them! (The Charlee Bear brand of treats are especially good for this game and only 3 calories each).

For dogs that I walk several times a week, I try to find a few different spots close by that are fun. Then we alternate among them each visit, so it does not get boring for either of us -- unless we always go to a nearby dog park, which is always fun no matter what!

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NOTE:

At the present time, I do not offer overnight dog sitting
(where I sleep in your home).

I also do not offer boarding in my own home. 

Alternatively -- and ONLY if you live within 15 min. of my home -- I could possibly make 3 visits a day, but I would not be able to make my first visit of the day until at least mid-morning. However, because I am a night owl, I can easily make my last visit of the day pretty late at night, even up to 10, 11, or even midnight.

So, if your dog(s)' schedule could adjust to that -- or you could have other family or friends handle any non-negotiable early morning visits -- let me know what your needs might be. I would charge for each individual visit according to its length, as described below.

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Important Info About DOG WALKING:

In all honesty, I do best with small-to-medium or medium-large dogs that are fairly easy to handle on a leash. However, I also AM able to work with larger dogs that are older or otherwise very calm and trained to be good on a leash.

I would NOT be the choice for dogs that need to really run or walk extremely briskly OR who pull on the leash unless they use something like a gentle leader. If in doubt, we could test it out with a short trial walk, on my initial free visit. 

However, IF they like playing 'fetch' and if you DO have a fenced yard or we go to the off-leash dog park (if within a reasonable distance), I can really give them a good work out.

Since we live in an area of many lakes and parks, what I do most often (if not close enough to an off-leash dog park) is to jump into my car with the dog(s) and go for a few minutes' ride to the nearest lake, park, Minnehaha Parkway, etc...

This seems to be double fun for dogs because they all usually LOVE a car ride, even if it's actually only for a few minutes!

NOTE:  City sidewalks are usually so uneven/cracked that I much prefer walking dogs on the grass or paved walking paths at the lakes, parks, etc. The suburbs often don't even HAVE sidewalks and I prefer avoiding being so close to any traffic. Plus, in the summer, it's much better to keep their feet OFF the HOT sidewalks, roads, and pavement, and it's usually easier to stay in the shade that way!

What We Can Do: 

For visits of at least 45 minutes and an off-leash dog park is located nearby, we could even make a short visit to one -- I believe that even a shorter time at an off-dog park gives them A LOT more exercise than they'd get with just a plain walk on a leash, or even play time in a fenced yard!

> If the weather is absolutely forbidding (pouring rain or thunder/lightning storms, or extremely frigid winter temps or a blizzard), we can also play indoors and/or drive around a bit longer to our walk destination, with a shorter actual walk -- or even stay at home and play with multiple shorter trips outside for potty breaks.

> I can also feed them or work on simple training commands, etc.

During our good-byes (and with your permission) I give them treats -- sometimes we play games with the treats or I can stuff them into their Kong (if they have one) to leave with them.

OR... If your dog has food sensitivities or a restricted diet and you want them to only have the treats you provide, that's okay, too.


15-min. Potty/Play Breaks

I can stop by to just let your pup(s) out in your yard for a potty break plus play time, some loving attention, and treats. If it's their meal time, I can also feed them.

FEES: * See NOTE, below

1 DOG: 

If you live within 15 min. from my home = $10 per visit

If you live between 15-30 min. from my home = $15 per visit

ADDITIONAL DOGS: 

Each additional dog = $2 more per Visit


20-min. Potty/Play Breaks

If you don't really need your dog(s) to have a full-length walk, I can stop by to just let them out in your yard for a potty break (or just a very short walk long enough for them to go potty IF they are good on a leash) plus play time, some loving attention, and treats. If it's their meal time, I can also feed them.

FEES: * See NOTE, below

1 DOG: 

If you live within 15 min. from my home = $12 per visit

If you live between 15-30 min. from my home = $17 per visit

ADDITIONAL DOGS: 

For each additional dog:

- Playing in your fenced yard ONLY = $2 more per visit

- Taking a very short on-leash walk = $5 more per visit


30-min. Potty/Play Breaks or Short Walks

I can stop by to just let them out in your yard for a potty and play break or a shorter walk (IF they are good on a leash), some loving attention, and treats. If it's their meal time, I can also feed them.

FEES: * See NOTE, below

1 DOG: 

If you live within 15 min. from my home = $14 per visit

If you live between 15-30 min. from my home = $19 per visit

ADDITIONAL DOGS: 

For each additional dog:

- Playing in your fenced yard ONLY = $2 more per visit

- Taking a short on-leash walk = $5 more per visit


35- to 45-min. Walks or Quick Trips to a Nearby Dog Park

NOTE: These visits are typically always 45 min., but if my schedule is occasionally extremely tight for a certain day or there is a ton of new snow or unexpected traffic delays, it may be 35 min. only now and then.

FEES: * See NOTE, below

1 DOG:

If you live within 15 min. from my home = $16 per Visit

If you live between 15-30 min. from my home = $21 per Visit

ADDITIONAL DOGS:  

For each additional dog:

- Playing in your fenced yard ONLY = $2 more per visit

- On-leash walks or trips to a park = $5 more per visit


60-min. Trips to a Nearby Dog Park

NOTE:  This option may not always be available, depending on my schedule, but we can figure that out as we go.

Visits lasting a total of 60 minutes give us a longer time to play and exercise at the park. We'll do a combination of walking, playing fetch, and playing with other dogs that are friendly.

FEES: * See NOTE, below

1 DOG: 

If you live within 15 min. from my home AND the dog park is also within 15 min. = $21 per Visit
Example: If you live between me and the Airport Dog Park, it's still within 15 min. of my home.

If you live between 15-30 min. from my home = $26 per Visit

Example: Even if you live within 15 min. of my home but you are closer to the Bloomington Dog park, that park is about 25 min. from my home so I would charge the higher amount.

ADDITIONAL DOGS:  

Each additional dog = $5 more per Visit


Additional Services:

Extra Time:  If the time is available in my schedule, you can add 15 minute increments for $5 extra each increment to the base price.

Extra Tasks (if you are traveling):  NO CHARGE to feed and clean/refill the water bowls, or to take in the mail, water indoor plants, switch up the lights left on when I leave, and/or set the garbage cans out and then back.

Outdoor Watering (if you are traveling):  I can also possibly water outdoor plants/garden for an extra fee, if desired. I can give you a quote at our initial meeting when I see the extent of what would be required.


* NOTE: 

-- My Location:
I live in Bloomington just south of 494 on 12th Ave. So. (basically, 12th Ave. So. at 82nd Street)

12th Ave. runs north/south parallel with/between Cedar (Hwy. 77) and Portland -- relatively near the Mall of America (to its west), and southwest of the airport.

-- IF you live MORE than 30 min. away from my home, unfortunately, I CANNOT even consider taking the job!


Additional Charges:

Extra Trips to Pick Up or Drop Off Keys:

We usually make arrangements for the keys at our initial visit.

You may not be comfortable making a decision to hire me until after I get home and email you my references document that includes full contact information for my past and current clients.

In that case, once you make the decision to hire me, we can often figure out a way for you to hide the key(s) on your property where I can pick them up upon arrival, keep with me for the duration of our agreement, then leave for you upon my last visit. (If you have a mailbox that drops mail inside your home, I can drop them into that upon leaving.)

However, if you are not comfortable with that and it's necessary for me to make additional trips back to your house to either pick up or drop off the key(s), I need to charge extra for my time and gas:

$5 per trip if you live within 15 min. of me.

$10 per trip if you live between 15-30 min. from me.


Holiday Surcharges:
 

There is an additional $5 per VISIT charge on the following days:

New Year's Eve
New Year's Day
Easter
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
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Contact Me!
 
After reviewing the info here, please call me with your questions. If it seems like a possible match, we can set up a time for a FREE consultation... I will come to your place to meet you and your pets.

Phone:  952-814-7296

Please be sure to leave a message because I do not answer calls unless I already have the number in my phone's contacts... thanks!

Email:  LuckyLuckyLK@gmail.com

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