About Dog Leadership

When house sitting with dogs, you’ve got to make a choice.  Do you lead, or do you follow?

Sometimes our house sits come with one or more dogs and, not surprisingly, sometimes the dogs are a little…challenging.

When house sitting a difficult dog, do you:

  • Accept however the dog behaves because “it’s not my dog”.
  • Correct the behavior that bothers you.
  • My pack, my rules. Lead the dog and handle them as you want.

Dog Leadership for House Sitters is a new course designed by full-time house sitters who are both professional and advanced dog handlers.

We teach you how to be a leader to new or unknown dogs.

We understand the unique challenge of house sitting with dogs and know that new or unknown dogs can present unique issues.

Through our experience, we believe that when you are house sitting with dogs, you should always nurture a calm mind and set your rules for behavior.

Because dogs want to follow, when you lead, your house sitting experience is more fun.

Your Choices:

Accept the Dog’s Behavior:

Some house sitters accept the way the dog is, a live and let live attitude.  When this happens, the house sitter is adapting to the dog.  The dog leads.

The dog will pay little attention to you and may present safety issues to yourself, the dog, or others you meet.

Correct Some Behavior:

Some house sitters correct ‘bad’ behavior, behavior that is most annoying or dangerous.

A dog without behavior boundaries is a risk to the sitter, themselves and others you meet.

This choice puts the dog in the leadership position as the house sitter is only ‘leading’ part-time.


Some house sitters nurture a calm mind, set rules and provide lots of exercise.

A dog with a calm mind, expected to follow rules and who gets lots of exercise is happier, easier to handle, safer and more fun to be with.  You become a team.

Why Lead:

Dogs are natural followers.  They respond to leaders who guide and protect the pack.

Leadership provides dogs with a sense of security which allows them to exist in a calm, peaceful state.

When house sitting with dogs, the more relaxed they are, the happier they are.

They get that way when the house sitter takes a leadership role.

Because dogs want to follow, when you lead, your house sitting experience is more fun.

What we Teach:

  • We provide a blueprint for working with new or unknown dogs.
  • We teach house sitters how to establish leadership with easy-to-learn techniques.
  • How to build trust with a dog in less than 2 hours.
  • Know what dogs expect from a leader and how to provide it to them.

When we say simple, we mean simple.

Can you pet a dog when it’s calm or ask it to sit still before you give it food?

These two simple actions tell a dog a lot about you and your expectations for their behavior.

When you’ve completed our course, you’ll be more confident handling dogs who are new and unknown to you and you will understand how to develop a relationship of trust when house sitting with dogs.

Don’t wait until you can’t control the dogs or the situation.  Head over to the course page now, and sign up!

About Us:

Ashley Harrison is a professional dog trainer and handler.  She owns Doggie Pile Dog Training, and has worked with some of North America’s top ‘celebrity’ trainers and has been certified in several training methods.

Louise Read and her husband Tim are full-time house sitters with a combined seventy years experience in handling, training and raising dogs.  We blend a variety of training and handling methods to quickly teach our new furry friends how we want them to behave.

***A HUGE thank you goes out to our Editor-in-Chief, Gail Reed-Harrison.   Her input, thoughtful suggestions, and ever diligence with grammar, kept us on the right path.  We just cannot thank her enough.

***Another huge THANK YOU to all of our beta testers (you know who you are) who diligently worked through the course with us and have provided valuable input into this creation.  We couldn’t have done it without you.

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