Commission Statements and Payments

All Dog Adventures Northwest workers are hired as Independent Contractors and will receive a Form 1099-MISC postmarked no later than January 31 with a report of the previous year's earnings. In April of each year, Dog Adventures Northwest will include all 1099s in its reporting to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Commission statements are generated by Dog Adventures Northwest through the Time to Pet online management system and are emailed directly to each Contractor on the 15th and the last day of each month for work on the 1st-15th of the month and the 16th-last day of the month, respectively. Contractors are paid on the 15th and the last day of each month via mailed check. Checks are mailed to the address listed on the Contractor's Time to Pet profile through Advantis Credit Union, and take between 5-10 business days to arrive. If Contractors prefer direct deposit, they may enroll in Square Payroll for $5/month for every month paid. Payments sent through this service take 4 business days to appear in personal accounts.

Taxes are not taken out of the the commission statements that Contractors receive from Dog Adventures Northwest; Contractors are encouraged to set aside between 25% and 30% of all of earnings for taxes. Contractors are responsible for their own accounting and tax filing. Contractors are also responsible for paying for their own car, gas, and supplies, and are encouraged to track mileage and other business-related expenses to calculate tax deductions.

Dog Adventures Northwest pays all contractors the following rates:

  • 75% commission on all services rendered
  • 100% of all client tips
  • $25 for every new client Meet-and-Greet
  • $50 client referral credit
  • 0% of fees refused by clients due to inadequate service
  • 0% of fees comped to clients by Dog Adventures Northwest due to inadequate service
  • 75% of cancellation fees imposed by Dog Adventures Northwest*

On January 1, 2020, Dog Adventures Northwest will move to the following Contractor pay rate:

  • 65% commission on all services rendered
  • +5% commission for certification**
  • +5% commission for Contractor establishment as a Sole Proprietor, LLC, or DBA
  • 100% of all client tips
  • $25 for every new client Meet-and-Greet
  • $50 client referral credit
  • 0% of fees refused by clients due to inadequate service
  • 0% of fees comped to clients by Dog Adventures Northwest due to inadequate service
  • 75% of cancellation fees imposed by Dog Adventures Northwest*

* Client Cancellation Rates:

  • 50% of the Adventure price if service is cancelled less than 24-hours in advance
  • 100% of the Adventure price if service is cancelled within 3 hours of pick-up
  • 50% of total invoice for overnight care if service is cancelled within one month of service AND the cancellation is made three or more days after the initial service request 
  • 0% of cost of overnight care if service is cancelled one or more months before the first date of service.
  • 0% of cost of overnight care if service is cancelled within thirty days only if if the cancellation occurs within three days of the initial request

** Accepted certifications for training and adventures include any certification through a nationally-accredited organization that applies coursework, hands-on hours, and an exam toward certification and requires continuing education to maintain certification. For those Independent Contractors who solely pet sit for Dog Adventures Northwest, CPPS is the only accepted certification (Certified Professional Pet Sitter, Pet Sitters International).

Please note that Independent Contractors are not eligible for unemployment benefits. In the event of termination of contract, initiated by either party, a Contractor may not claim unemployment benefits through the State of Oregon.