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Old July 28th, 2011, 11:23 AM
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Dog-sitting a non-housebroken dog?


A question for dog-owning forum-readers: in your opinion, is it reasonable to ask someone to dog-sit if the dog isn't housebroken?

We've been looking after our neighbor's six-year old son once a week, mostly to give her (a single mum) an evening off. He's a good kid, and we enjoy spending time with him.

A year ago, she got a shih-tzu puppy. He spends most days alone at home, and not surprisingly, a year and a half later, he's still not housebroken. While the mum hasn't been outright asking us to take the dog when we pick up her son, it's somewhat implied. The few times that we've had the dog over, he's frequently peed and occasionally pooped indoors. My partner thinks that looking after the dog (at our house) is part-and-parcel of looking after the six-year old. I think that, while it's sad and unfortunate that the dog is basically neglected during the day, it's within our rights to say no to dog-sitting in this case.

What are your thoughts? Would you ask a friend to look after your dog if it wasn't house-trained? Alternatively, would you agree or decline to do so if you were asked?
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Old July 28th, 2011, 11:40 AM
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I think this is all very personal. Different people are grossed out by different things...but most people are grossed out by pee and poop that does not come from their own pets or kids.

While the mum hasn't been outright asking us to take the dog when we pick up her son, it's somewhat implied.
If she's not asking then it's not implied....you are just being (perhaps) too nice. It seems you are way more sensitive to animals and people than your neighbor.

Personally I would not house-sit someone else's non toilet trained dog in my house....unless it was an emergency. I might do them a favour and watch their dog in THEIR house if they were my neighbor and they needed a favour.
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Old July 28th, 2011, 11:47 AM
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I think it is absolutely ridiculous to ask someone to take a dog into their home if it is not house trained. I would tell them that I would be happy to take the dog too, when it is 100% house trained.
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