I do some occasional pet sitting. I’m not a professional by any means, but people ask me for one reason or another to watch their dogs when they go out of town. I have a hard time saying no, so here I am. In fact, literally, that is where I am. I’m sitting in a strangers house, watching their dog, feeding their dog and of course, training their dog.
I would always recommend an in-home pet sitter for clients or friends, as I think it’s generally the most comfortable place for the dog. If they can stay in their comfort zone, they are less likely to be stressed out when you leave. However, it’s still a weird concept. I mean I’ve met the parents before and of course the dog, but I don’t KNOW these people or this dog very well. They trust me with their dog, though.
From the pet sitter’s standpoint it’s a lot different than taking care of your own dog. My dog, Eddy, sleeps all day AND I have a husband who, honestly, does most of the work. Eddy mostly says hello to me when I’m home and then we snuggle on the couch. He doesn’t need much attention. The dog I’m sitting for will barely let me write this blog. She jumps on the couch so I will pet her. She sits in front of me so I will give her a treat. She bumps my leg to try to make me get up. Her nose touches the computer. Touch, looks at me. Touch, looks at me. Touch, looks at me. Dog! Do you know I’m trying to write my blog here! She could care less that I have a blog to write, she would like me to train her, feed, her play with her, and the thing is, that is totally normal. She is a young German Shepherd. Her breed needs physical and mental stimulation and a lot of it. She needs to go for a walk as soon as I’m done with this blog, and she knows it. I’m the one who needs to get my act in gear, not her.
If you are a pet sitter or hoping to be one, I would suggest that you remember that you aren’t watching your own dogs. Every dog is very different. You’ll want to remember to adjust. If you’re a client going on vacation then I would suggest hiring a dog sitter, as its truly the best thing for your dog.