Post # 1
We are leaving for 4 days, 3 nights. I want to hire the young girl whose parents live down the block – she does petsitting. But I don’t feel great about having her sleep at my house. I know I could hire her and she could stay at her parents house and just come by in the morning, evening and to walk the dog. Does anything think this is okay? will he be too lonely spending all night by himself? should I just suck it up and ask her to stay the night?
Post # 3
It would depend on your dog, mine would be fine with being checked on 3x per day, and left overnight (I work shift work and DH travels 1 week per month for work, so there are a few nights each month my puppy sleeps alone). My parents dog would howl and cry all night if she was left along though.
Post # 4
@Ms Mini: Agreed. It totally depends on the dog.
My FMIL and FFIL live literally one mile away and so when we go out of town they petsit our pups. They leave them in the kitchen to roam during the day and check in on them periodically to let them out, give them love etc. At night the pups are put into their crate and are at the house alone and we haven’t had any issues.
Post # 5
As PP said, it definately depends on the dog. My parent’s dog just gets checked on and shes fine with that because shes used to being home alone during the day. Our (FI + mine) dog wines when shes home alone too long cuz she gets lonely/bored. So we would want someone to spend the night with her if possible. But I think its totally fine for my parents to leave their dog alone because she really doesn’t care.
ETA: If she does not spend the night, try to get her to hang out for awhile when she comes to feed and let the dog out. That will help your dog not be so lonely. I know one person I dog sit for encourages me to have friends over so that I hang out at her place. I think thats overkill, but if you don’t care thats one way to get the sitter to spend more time at your place without spending the night.
Post # 6
For my situation I have to have someone who can spend the night. We are going on vaca for a week this summer and my dogs will be lonely enough without us. They don’t need to be left alone while I get to go have fun…it just isn’t fair. I should admit that my dogs are very needy though.
Post # 7
Thanks for the comments. I have definitely left him alone for up to 12 hours before with no problems. He seems happy just to curl up and sleep. Good idea though about encouraging her to stick around. I think I’ll offer to teach her how to use the remotes and she could watch some of our movies or something – a nice quiet place for her? I’m glad no one said I was a monster for considering leaving him alone all night!
Post # 8
If it were cats I’d be fine with checking in, but for our dog, I would feel uncomfortable having someone check on him…I would prefer to have the petsitter take my dog to her home, or get someone else to watchin him.