(Closed) Dog sitting is torture.

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4478 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Sigh.  There are dog owners who, like some parents, think they have special snowflakes.  The poor dog also is probably super stressed by the new environment and has separation anxiety because it’s never learned to be alone.  Behavior like this is a sign of poor dog training, and has more to do with the dog owner than the dog.  As for the 6:45 wake-up call, If the dog was in its cage I can’t say I blame it – it probably wanted to get out ASAP.

 I’m sorry this is stressful for you, it doesn’t sound like a fun situation, and it doesn’t sound like your friend gave you a proper idea of what watching this dog would entail.


Post # 5
7283 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Wait, you left the dog in the car while you went to the grocery?!

Post # 6
7445 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Horseradish:  She said she put her in her cage and that she could still hear her as she was driving away, so no.

Post # 7
3468 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@Horseradish:  OP said she could hear dog from parking lot, I’m assuming she lives in a condo or APT. she left the dog at home in its cage.

Sorry to hear you couldn’t sleep in OP. A dog could be “well trained” but once it leaves the environment its used to, all bets are off. Thats just my experience though

Post # 8
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Horseradish:  I think she means in a crate at home.

Post # 9
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The dog could’ve just needed to be let out and knew it couldn’t/shouldn’t go in its cage thus the whining and the immediate ‘accident’ on your rug. He is also in a new surroundings so he is bound to be nervous and anxious. My dog who was CGC certified didn’t suffer from separation anxiety but it took him about an hour to sit back and relax when in a new home.


Just think if you dropped off your future child at a babysitter’s house and the babysitter didn’t do anything like you did with your child. Like read them a bed time story, play games with them, or wake up at the same time you do to feed them…You don’t hink your child wouldn’t cry or be freaked out/ throw a tantrum because thats the only way they know how to communicate at this point? I’m just saying from the way you tell this situation you basically took this dog, put them in the cage, and expected them to not be freaked out to a new situation/environment….


Post # 10
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

In the dog and your friend’s defense, dogs never act the same at someone else’s house as they do in their own home.

Post # 11
4950 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

The dog is stressed out and probably has separation anxiety. That has nothing to do with it’s training. 

Post # 12
833 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would just let your friend know that you’re not willing to dog sit for her again.  I personally wouldn’t want to leave my dog in a situation that you described (uncared for).



Post # 13
9682 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Ninteenthchance:  My dog is quite well trained with us. If you don’t know his commands or how to act, he sure won’t listen to you. If he is sitting and you tell him, “okay” he will not listen to you. He will ignore you and look at me or my husband to see if he is allowed to move. It is entirely possible it is a well trained dog who is reacting poorly in an unknown environment without his mama 🙂  

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