Post # 1
We are new-ish dog owners and need to find a pet sitter for ONE night.
Darling Husband just informed me that he is not comfortable with anyone spending the night in our house.
The pet sitter I want to use is a very nice lady I know from church. I am not worried about her AT ALL. I’m not quite sure why Darling Husband is leery (other than not liking a person in his space/bed) – but he isn’t even comfortable with a friend!
I want to respect his feelings – but I also want to push him a little on it. 😉
He wanted to take the dog with us – which I’m fine with – but all the available hotels I’m finding require the pet to be attended at all times – which means potentially an HOURLY dog sitter! $$$
His other idea is to have a trusted friend come to our house and feed/walk the dog but not stay the night (which I’m not ok with!). I’d prefer for someone to at least be home, because I don’t want her alone all night.
So… who needs to convincing – me or him?
She’s 4 years old and probably could spend the night by herself… but I just don’t like the idea!
Post # 3
@oracle: What about having her stay with one of your friends since your Darling Husband isn’t comfortable having people stay at your home? Do you have a close dog-loving friend?
Post # 4
She will be fine. Have a trusted friend come over and hang out with her and then leave at bed time. You and your husband should sleep with a blanket then put it in her bed. She will be okay.
Post # 5
i totally understand your DH’s view. the dog is 4 years old, not a puppy, not sickly? i’m sure one night alone is fine. i sympathize that you’re concerned and worried but i think your DH’s idea of having someone feed/walk/play with the dog and then leaving is the best solution.
Post # 6
@Sunfire: This was my first thought too.
I think his idea of someone coming over is a great idea. She still gets her time out and about, she still gets to see someone, but no one has to spend the night.
If you’re absolutely set on her not being alone for a night then what about a nanny cam?
Post # 7
I agree with you that I feel uncomfortable with the idea of my dog spending the night all alone, but actually, I’m pretty sure he would be fine. It’s me who would have the hard time.
Is having the dog stay at someone else’s place not an option? That’s what we usually do, and I figure it’s less disruptive for that person anyway, since they don’t have to make the trip to your house to feed/walk him. If not, he really should be OK overnight. But I knwo I’d feel terrible!
Post # 8
I am with your hubby. The only person I’d really feel comfortable having stay in our house and care for our dogs is a former roommate who actually lived in the house with them and understand their schedule AND I dont’ have to be worried about him seeing the secret dirty places in our house. 🙂 I prefer to board.
Post # 9
@Sunfire: I have a friend who is more than willing to take our dog in – but has 3 other dogs, and Darling Husband is concerned our dog will bully one of them. Our dog is a rescue and we’ve been slow to introduce her to other dogs. I want to take her over there for a play date and see how she does… maybe that’s the best option?? Other than that, we don’t have any non-dog owners that would take her in for the night. 🙁
Post # 10
Thanks for the advice, everyone! I guess I’m the one worrying for no good reason at her being all alone! 😉 She usually doesn’t make a peep at night (except for the two times there was a possum on our back fence)…. I’d never thought it was ‘ok’ to leave her all alone all night… but, sounds like it’s not as big of a deal as I think!
@missrobots: Boarding isn’t an option, yet, because she’s not dog-friendly yet (too many anxiety issues around other dogs).
Post # 11
I definitly get being worried about your dog. I baby our pets soooo much lol. But look at it this way. Do you work? Or go to the mall? Or the movies? If your dog is ok with being alone for 8 hours while you are at work, being alone for a night shouldn’t be horrible for her. Especially if someone has spent the evening with her walking/playing with her.
If you don’t currently crate her, I would look at crate training before you leave, and have her sleep in that. The good thing about it is she will know its her place, and you will have peace of mind that she isn’t getting into something she shouldn’t.
Good Luck and enjoy your trip!
Post # 12
I definitely think it’s okay to leave her alone for a night. I’m in the “have someone come over, but not spend the night” camp. Maybe leave a TV or radio on a low volume and make sure she’s set up with plenty of food, water, and maybe a new toy or bone to keep her occupied. It’s always hard to leave a “baby” home alone, even when you know they’ll be 100% fine.
Post # 13
If you can have a friend check in, that would be ideal. Normally when Darling Husband and I travel we have family stay over because we have 4 doggies and its way too expensive to board them all.
You may also want to try out doggie daycare to begin introducing her to knew friends. I know several colleagues who do this and its helpful when you do need to board.
Post # 14
I could NEVER leave my dog alone overnight…that is TOO long without human contact…and since yours is a rescue (we’ve had ours since she was 6 weeks and she is now 4)…..I would be even more concerned
I would find a pet sitter whom you can take to THEIR home…around here it is usually $30 a night and that includes lots of good walks….
Usually my parents take our dog….but I have several other people I can ask/hire to take her if needed…the trainer I work with with my dog also dog sits and I 100% trust her…
I figure, if you won’t leave your CHILDREN by themselves overnight, why would you leave a dog?
Post # 15
Thanks for all the input, everyone!
Darling Husband and I decided to not spend the night (we are driving about 75 miles away for a wedding) and will come home that night.
We’ll have a friend feed her and walk her in the evening… and leave a light on for her….
I do think she would have been ok overnight (well, maybe not, considering our new chewing issue!), but think is this ideal (except for the driving home after the wedding and/or having to leave the reception early!). 😉
Post # 16
@oracle: Glad you got it worked out and came up with a compromise to make all 3 of you happy. 🙂