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Bringing children on pet sitting visits

by Therese on July 27, 2007

in Pet Sitting, Pets, The Pet Care Biz

30359259.jpgPeople who operate pet sitting businesses are a pretty diverse group. You’ll find former lawyers, stockbrokers, teachers, stay at home moms, business execs, and others who pet sit for a living. In fact, there is probably a pet sitter somewhere who used to work in just about any career you could imagine. Partly because of their backgrounds, personalities, and that a pet sitting business can be pretty much what we want it to be, there are many different ways to run that business. Some operate in a very business-like manner while others are a bit more laid back in their approach. And, out of this comes opportunities for pet sitters to debate a long list of topics and practices they feel are and are not acceptable in running a pet care business.

One of the topics that gets a lot of attention is bringing children along on pet sitting jobs. Some feel it is a completely acceptable practice, and are confident in the fact that they can give the pets in their charge the same level of care and attention as if they were alone. On the other hand, there are those who believe it’s unprofessional and possibly dangerous to bring a child along, citing liability issues, and a lack of professionalism.

I’ve seen the arguments either way from professional pet sitters, but I’d like to hear the opinions of those of you who may hire a pet care profession to come into your home. As a pet owner, how do you feel about it? Are kids coming in with your pet sitter OK or not? What concerns would you have? Would you want to meet the kids ahead of time to decide? Have you ever been faced with this option?

I’d love to hear what you think…

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Johann July 27, 2007 at 8:30 pm

I’m afraid I would have to say no kids. I’m a herding breed and not good with kids sometimes. I wouldn’t want any pet sitter to take a chance with their children along…..always better to play the safe side, just in case.

Hope you have a good weekend! We’re off to an agility trial….

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eurica July 28, 2007 at 12:53 pm

I do not think children should come along when we are speaking of children under the age of ten. Older children should be fine and can even help.
As to your previous blog, leaving an animal or child in a hot car is just horrible. Unless we park under a tree with the windows not completely shut, we take the dog or cat with us. (in a carrier, the rare times that we happen to travel with the pets and need to shop). Even if you think it will be “just a minute” . That is not so difficult. there is no excuse for letting a living being die so horribly.

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AuthorMomWithDogs August 2, 2007 at 7:55 pm

I think it really depends on the breed and how each owner feels their dog is with kids. I also have herding breeds and would be concerned about kids coming over if I weren’t there to supervise. So, for me, it would be a no go.

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Molly August 6, 2007 at 9:48 am

I would have to wonder if the pet sitter was sitting the pets, or the children?

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Therese August 6, 2007 at 9:55 am

I tend to agree with you, Molly. I know it works for some people but it seems like it would open the door to too many possible problems.

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