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DTS 01-27-2014 11:55 AM

Pet sitting woes
 
So today I am home from work ill. I can't cancel my appointment without 24 hr notice.
So instead I laid in bed while my pet sitter came.
I didn't tell her I was home.. Might be a mistake or not.
I hear her take him out and play with him.
I've given her instructions many times with the bite inhibition. He doesn't mouth us anymore, but I think he views her as a playmate.
The whole time she's yelling no or ow, and then says do you want to go in your crate.
She feeds him and takes him out. We've explained NILF and she isn't doing it.
She got in my house at 1104 and left at 1145. I pay for an hour.
Should I bring this up to someone or since she didn't know I was there I can't really do anything.

LaRen616 01-27-2014 12:18 PM

I would call and complain, you are paying for 1 hour and she was only there for 40 minutes. You talked to her about her doing NILIF and bite inhibition, if she agreed to do it and she isn't then I would want a new dog walker.

Who knows how many times she cuts out of there early. :mad:

Blanketback 01-27-2014 01:33 PM

You could say you set up a webcam to watch your house, and that's how you know what's going on - if you feel sneaky about being in your bedroom, lol. I'd call and request someone else: someone who can follow instructions, and who'll be there for the amount of time you're paying for. But I'm a hardbutt, lol. It's all about taking care of your dog though, and who knows what kind of other crazy stuff could be going on.

Neko 01-27-2014 01:37 PM

My dog in my kid, I would expect the same level of care and attention as a parent giving care instructions to someone at daycare. <3 keep us updated!

DTS 01-27-2014 01:48 PM

Well she texted me and said how great he did.
I let her know I had been home.
He never acts like that with us.
He does view her as a playmate and her getting frustrated doesn't help.
He is a very stubborn dog, but once he knows your in charge and is given structure with commands and NILF he's a great puppy. But he is a medium/high drive working line that isn't for normal dog owners.
She said he did better today than usual.. Which scares me.
I feel bad but I told her boss too. I pay $500 a month for this service.
He's on a training regimen and I can't have him going backwards because someone isn't following directions correctly.
She said she left early bc she forgot her meds and that's why her alarm went off.
I get that, but she lives less than a mile away.
She seems apologetic and willing to work.

Neko 01-27-2014 02:04 PM

The meds thing sounds like "my dog ate my homework". taking something 15 min later is really not that much of a difference...

You are super kind =) for $500 I would expect to get what I pay for and that's allot. We payed less for Z when he was little and sounds like we got much more out of it. Our puppy sitter was incredible.

Blanketback 01-27-2014 02:06 PM

How much freedom does she have with your puppy? Does she take him to dog parks or on play dates?

LaRen616 01-27-2014 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Neko (Post 4915018)
The meds thing sounds like "my dog ate my homework". taking something 15 min later is really not that much of a difference...

You are super kind =) for $500 I would expect to get what I pay for and that's allot. We payed less for Z when he was little and sounds like we got much more out of it. Our puppy sitter was incredible.

I agree and holy cow $500 a month is a lot and she doesn't even stay the whole time.

DTS 01-27-2014 02:21 PM

No, I've told her she could take him to the dog park we have in the complex but lately I've seen people just walk in while your in there. I would rather be in control of that. She takes him out potty feeds him bc he needs to eat 3x a day with his megaE. And she can play with him in the house. I pay now for an hour session which is $25 and since I booked for another its $22. During November and December I paid for 2 30
Min sessions which were $17 each.
That's the going rate around here.

Blanketback 01-27-2014 02:29 PM

The reason I asked about the dog park was because I was wondering where else she might disappoint you. Since she won't follow instructions as far as training goes, or keeping to a schedule....lol, I'm not as nice a person as you are, obviously. But you do need someone in there for the mid-day feeding. What did her boss say about this?


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