(Closed) House-sitting for the first time this weekend. Advice?

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
583 posts
Busy bee

Don’t feed the dog human food unless you *know for sure* that the owners allow them to eat human food.  When we got back from our honeymoon, our dog was begging like nobody’s business because I forgot to tell the people watching her not to feed her human food.  Now she puts her head in our laps and gives us the saddest eyes anytime we’re eating; ugh.  

Also, don’t forget to bring in the mail/newspapers!  Ours forgot the second half of the week and our mailbox was bursting when we got back.

Post # 4
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Be respectful of the person’s home and be sure toclean up after yourself. 

Also– if you’re taking it for a walk or anything, put the leash on the dog BEFORE you open any doors!!! The last thing you need is for a pooch you don’t know to go running down the road as soon as the door is open. 

Post # 5
5963 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

It’s all about the dog!  I can’t speak for everyone, but when we leave our dogs with someone else, they become emotional messes, be good to poochie, he’s gonna be sad…second, no parties, seriously, don’t let people the homeowners don’t know into the house, it’s rude AND it’s a fact that one of your guests will leave incriminating evidence somewhere, so save yourself the trouble…seriously.  Be nice, strip the bed you slept in and wash the towels you used, replace whatever you eat/drink and if something does get broken, tell them up front, cause hey, shit happens….also, if they’re making a long journey home, I always put a roast or something real easy in the oven for them so they don’t have to cook on top of unpacking and all that stuff…

Post # 6
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Watch out when you open the door to not let the dog dash out! 

Post # 7
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Don’t feed the dog human food at all– if they are not used to what you are feeding them, they can get really nasty intestinal issues and you’ll either have to take him for 10 walks at night, or you’ll be cleaning the carpet the next day.

Behave like a guest in an older relative’s home and not like you are in your own house. Help yourself to a snack but don’t eat the entire contents of the fridge or empty the liquor cabinet.

Ask the homeowner to give you some quick guidelines for what to do in a household emergency.  If you see water leaking from somewhere or have a small electrical problem, do they want you to call a particular company or wait for them to come home?  It can be *really* expensive to get a plumber out over the weekend and while a homeowner might not mind paying the money for a burst pipe or leaking water heater, they might not be happy to come home to an $800 bill for a fallen-off tap handle.

Ask them for the name/house number/phone of their closest neighbor (close in terms of friends although “the guy next door” would do fine too) so you have someone who can pop over in case you run into something unexpected.

Ask them to show you or take photos of the locations for the household water main cutoff, gas cutoff and circuit breaker. Chances are you will not need these things but it’s really good to know where they are, just in case.  If your water heater breaks, cutting the water off as soon as you discover it is going to save you thousands in drywall.

Oh and pick up after the doggie when you take him out. Don’t tick the neighbors off by leaving poop everywhere!

Post # 8
7904 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

Just do what they asked, stay there overnight if you are supposed to, don’t answer their phone unless they told you to, don’t do anything illegal (drugs, letting friends drink underage, etc), and make sure you have sex somewhere in the house or pool… okay, you don’t really have to do that last part, but…

Post # 9
1477 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I used to dog/house sit for a friend. You should be told what is and isn’t okay for the dog to eat and how often (meals and snacks), medications, walking times and where, vet and emergency vet phone numbers and addresses, where the dog sleeps, basic daily habits, what to do when you leave the dog alone for a while, local dog parks. Other than taking care of the dog, take care of the house. Gather the mail and put it in the designated location in the house. Clean up all of your dishes, laundry and mess very well before the owner comes home. 

Also, be sure to bring poop bags with you when you are walking the dog! You can be fined for not picking up the poop!!

Post # 10
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Jump on the beds and couches!! Just kidding… that was the first thing that popped in my head.

The other Bees have the same advice I’d give. Find out the exact food/medication rules for the dog; stay out of their personal stuff; know where all the emergency shut off stuff is. Clean up after yourselves and the pooch! Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t want someone done to your own home!

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