Dogs, I imagine, have a different view of house and pet sitting. A knock! People! Hmmm… I don’t know you, you’re a stranger. Why do you stare? Who said you could touch me? Hey, where’ve my humans gone? What, you’re moving in? OMG, what’s going on here? Do You Trust Every Stranger You Meet? To … Read more
After 54 months of house sitting, we’ve cared for 32 different dogs. We’ve learned that knowing how to foster trust with stranger dogs is more important than knowing how to train dogs. Dogs need to feel safe. It’s a fact that a dog’s most basic need beyond food and water is to feel secure within … Read more
House Sitting with Dogs? Be Ready for Surprises. House-sitting with dogs often comes with amazing surprises. The bundle of energy that “never stopped moving,” or the “protector” who would lose her mind if anything came close, or the nibbler who always grabbed with his teeth. Often, a house sitter will arrive at a sit to … Read more
House sitting with dogs means you meet a lot of dogs, and all of them want to know if you’re a leader or a follower. When you use great manners to say hi, you gain a lot of credibility and respect, the dog sees you as a potential leader and your house sit is off to a great start.
How would you feel:
• If a stranger stared at you?
• If a stranger got very close and begin babbling incoherently?
• If a stranger touched you without permission?