Pet sitting offers such diversity that you may be walking a Chihuahua one week and minding rabbits and chickens the next. Some pet sitters also offer boarding services for dogs within their own home. But should you board an aggressive dog again?
Recommend Dog Training
Dogs act aggressively for a number of reasons. However, pet sitters often feel out of their depth when it comes to working out just why a particular dog acted the way they did while they were under their care. If you were unable to control the dog and do not want to go through the same experience again, you should mention alternatives that the dog owner should consider, such as dog training classes.
A responsible dog owner will listen carefully to the pet sitter’s feedback, rather than become defensive, insisting that “Rosie would never do that” by viewing the advice in the right spirit for which it was intended.
How to Tactfully Refuse Further Business
Pet sitters should enjoy what they do, or at least feel a sense of satisfaction for a job well done at the end of the day. Unfortunately, it is hard to feel that way when you have had to put up with an aggressive dog for the past month. If you have boarded a dog that was aggressive, would not obey simple commands, has bitten or attacked you or other dogs in your care, you have every right to refuse further business from the dog’s owner.
However much you may resent Rosie the Rottweiler for putting you through so much, you must make sure that you use tact and diplomacy when reporting back to her owner. Keep a detailed log or record of each and every incident, including a record of any damage that was done to your property, as evidence of the dog’s aggressive tendencies.
Take Extra Precautions
If you were not put off the first time and are persuaded to board an aggressive dog again, you must take extra precautions to protect yourself, your home and any other pets in your care. Dog proof your property, take note of any of the dog’s triggers and try to minimize these as much as possible. You should also consult the dog’s owner to find out if there is anything else you can do to reduce the dog’s aggressive tendencies.
Pet sitters who offer home boarding services should not feel pressured into boarding an aggressive dog again. However, if they choose to do so, they should take all the necessary precautions to make sure that they feel safe and comfortable with taking on the dog once more.
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