Pet fee - how much do you charge?

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Pet fee - how much do you charge?

Was just thinking about my pet fee and was wondering what everyone else charges? 

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Gerri7
Level 4
Birchwood, WI

We charge $20 per night per dog, and collect a fully refundable $250 security deposit per dog. Our maximum is 2 dogs. Guests are asked to complete and sign a copy of our Dog Agreement (contract). We have several restrictions - no puppies under 1 year, dogs must be spayed or neutered (less likely to mark, to be aggressive, to roam, often are more calm, etc.), dogs must be well behaved on leash, and owners must agree to keep dogs on leash whenever they are outdoors. We have lots of wild critters here - bear, deer, turkeys, fox, eagles, coyotes, etc., and the leash rule is intended to protect wildlife as well as the dogs and our neighbors.  It is amazing how few problems we've had. Vacuums are available to guests at both of our homes and we tell guests if they clean up after the dog/s and there are no damages, we'll refund 100% of the deposit. I don't know how many visiting dogs we've had over the years, but it's a lot. The owners are thrilled to be able to bring them along on vacation, and we have found that dog-owning guests are often better than those without pets. In 5 years we have only withheld money once from the deposit. We have dogs ourselves and allowing them at the rentals is really a win-win. 

 

Sorry this is so long, but I want to add a comment about the new restrictive policy Airbnb has implemented. If you check the 'pets accepted' box, their default is 5 animals (!!! right??) and you're required to enter a per-stay fee. The host has no flexibility to charge per night, instead of per stay.  

 

My workaround is to message guests immediately after booking with a copy of our Dog Agreement. The Agreement contains information about our fees and deposits. I bill through the Resolution Center and, after the stay, I promptly refund the deposits. Not ideal, but there doesn't seem to be any other way to do it.

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I agree with you 150%. 

Very good this article! 👍👍

Hi gerri,

Your reply was very helpful,  do you think you can send me the pet agreement/ contact,  i am needing it asap. I'm a new host and i have s family wanting to bring 5 pets.  2 cats and 3 dogs. 

Please scroll through this thread and you'll find it. 🙂

Hello,  i have a different question regarding animals.  How often do you have booking with a pet? Is it like every second booking or 1 in 10? Did you have cats? Thank you 

No to cats. I love them, but they go where they want and will shed all over everything. Also, many will jump up on counters, etc. and it's too easy for items to be knocked off and broken. Not to mention scratching. I don't know of any VR owner that allows cats.

 

We have bookings with dogs often in summer - at least 50% of guests. In winter it's much less. 

would you mind sharing your pet contract with me?  **

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Hi Gerri,

I'm doing a little research on renting our mountain home and because we have a dog and would want to take our dog with us on vacation, are also wanting to make our rental dog friendly.  I LOVE all your advice and will definitely follow it. Would you be willing to share your contract with me? **

Thanks in advance and no worries if you'd rather not. 
Gigi

 

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UPDATE - 2024:

 

We've been accepting dogs since we began renting vacation homes - about 7 years - and have never had to keep a penny of any guest's dog deposit. People are so happy to be able to bring their dog/s (we accept up to 2) that I think they are extra careful. 

 

About a year ago, I decided to stop asking for a dog deposit to see how it would go. No problems at all, and it eliminated the need to ask for the payment and then to refund it after the stay. And of course, Airbnb took their bite out of every deposit we received.

 

We do still require that the Dog Agreement form be completed and signed (no typed names). I have wondered whether the fact that it's a contract that must be filled out, signed and returned before check-in has contributed to the care that guests take of their pets. The content of the agreement is the same - I just removed the deposit requirement. 

 

I'm still waiting for Airbnb to change the way they force hosts to handle pet deposits. Their system is awkward and makes us look unprofessional when we have to ask for fees 'after the fact.' Vrbo's system is so much better. Hope this update is helpful. 

oops - I forgot that we did have to keep $50 from one deposit. That was it, after many many guests brought their pups along.

Brittany542
Level 2
San Luis Obispo, CA

After reading through all of these fantastic answers and suggestions, and the desire for Airbnb to fix the pet charges… 
this is where I am landing. 
We don’t allow pets, because cleaning after dirty people, (have only had 2, out of 50 guests) just seems easier than dirty people and dirty dogs, slobber, toe nail scratching wood floors, etc..
But we are considering, a 2 month stay inquiry with a labordoodle. 

 

Maybe:
$300 refundable animal damage fee.
$650 cleaning fee. (Cleaners come 2x a month @$100 a time + $150 move out clean).
And no pet fee. Or maybe $100. (It’s 2 months). 

1 dog, must be approved, contract signed and deposit paid 3 days before arrival.

David305
Level 3
Diever, The Netherlands

We have always charged per dog, but of course that's not possible on ABB. Our guests book mostly 2–3 dogs, but of course end up paying for just 1 dog. Having just had 3 dogs to stay with, a lot more vacuum cleaning needed than usual (I can't count the times I had to stop and remove the dog hair from the clogged vacuum head) we have decided to increase our standard fee (now for 2 dogs). If guests are staying with 1 or 3 dogs, then we ask guests to let us know, and we will adjust the booking cost to reflect this. Why ABB still doesn't have pet fee options (per pet, per stay, per night) on the site, completely baffles us.