(Closed) Taken advantage of as a babysitter or dog hotel! What would you do?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Find a good kenel and recommend it to all your friends and family. For the kids just make up plans for that night like dh and I have tickets to a show and just can’t miss it.

Post # 4
3626 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow I hope that dog owner paid you back at least! I’d just say you can’t watch the dog or kid when you’re asked. Say you have other plans. If you say no enough times, people will get the hint.

Post # 5
2086 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

I have a friend with a very high strung dog.  My golden is chill.  I just told her that I didn’t want to handle both of our dogs at once (we’ve watched a little doodle, which was a totally different story).  A perceptive person wouldn’t push.

Set the boundary now…there might be more dogs waiting in the wings!

Post # 6
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It’s rude for anyone to invite their pets and/or kids over to your house. When someone approaches you about it, just say no. Don’t give excuses, apologies, or explanations. Be polite but firm. If someone gets offended by a simple NO, then it’s probably not worth being close to someone with so little respect for you and your time/money. Setting boundaries is important, otherwise people will walk all over you!

Post # 7
7293 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Cave, and start your own dog sitting venutre? 

LOL just kidding! I think you just need to be firm and set the standard. It’s okay to do favors , especially in exchange for someone watching your dog, but if you do it all the time without really wanting to people only see the part about you doing it- so they assume its an option!

Post # 8
7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Come up with a few ‘pat’ answers, so you don’t feel like you are put on the spot with nothing to say!

“I’m sorry, I’m unable to watch Fido for you”

“I’m sorry, it won’t be possible; I know of a great dog-sitter – would you like their info?”


Post # 9
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

“I’d LOVE to look after your kids! You know, funny story, I looked after my other friend’s kids last week and one of them ran away and was missing for like, 6 hours. I didn’t even notice! The police came and everything!! But yes, again, I would LOVE to look after your kids!!”


Problem solved?

Post # 12
114 posts
Blushing bee

My advise?  Have a neutral answer when people ask “What are you doing this weekend (or whatever date they ask)?”  When people ask that, they may be wanting to obligate you for something.  That is a totally different question than, “Can you watch my dog on the weekend of August XX?” or “Want to come to dinner on August XX?”  I had to learn that the hard way myself. 

A neutral answer could be “We have some plans for the weekend, but why do you ask?

You sound really nice and not-so-nice people can take advantage of that.  Best wishes.

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