what to do with a bad behavior ?

asked 2016-06-19 16:27:53 -0500

hi i am sitting a maltese female for 11 days her owner said that she is under a year, i saw her in the meet and greet she tried to bite my hand but i was ok she was really small and her bite doesn't hurt when i stayed her she had a lot of things going on in her head she constantly eats anybody flip flops she destroyed 2 ,she peed over the bed i had to wash everything at 1 am her owner mentioned that she has to sleep in her crate this is how she was raised but when ever she sits there she barks like theres no tomorrow until someone gets her out, eventually under my bed and wakes up barking at anybody outside the room and start scratching the door .she runs to the bathroom and start chewing on toilet paper i have to close bathroom doors after me, i wasn't warned about all this she requires a lot of attention i charged a lower rate since she was a puppy as he mentioned but after that i realized it was a big mistake she is barely a year old what should i do?

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answered 2016-06-19 16:46:41 -0500

First, puppies should be charged a higher rate. Puppies are almost always more work than adult dogs. Since it's already booked, that is something to just use as a learning experience lesson, so you'll be better prepared with pricing decisions and what bookings you accept the next time you get a puppy inquiry.

Next, If the owner instructed that she needs to sleep in her crate, I'd follow that advise for her safety and your well being. It sounds like some of that destruction/damage that happened, may have occurred during the night, which might have been preventable if crated. If the crate was not near you in the bedroom, you may try placing it near wherever you are/sleep as that may stop her barking. If that damage is happening during the day, you may want to use her leash to tether her to move so you literally are aware of her every move, taking her from room to room with you, so she can't get into too much trouble. If/when you can't do that, then it's advisable to secure her either in her crate or limit her area with pet/baby gates.

Finally, if you absolutely cannot manage the stay, as a last resort, you can contact Rover, who will try to transfer the remaining time to another pet sitter. Beware this could negatively impact you with Rover though.

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you are right i keep her now in the crate to avoid further damages, i also wanted to leave a review for the dog so other sitters will know about this dog before they accept to sit it. so they dont fall in to my same mistakes but i didn't find that option available in rover . thanks for the answer

Heidi S.'s profile image Heidi S.  ( 2016-06-19 17:02:05 -0500 ) edit

Yes, many sitters have requested some streamlined way to communicate with each other, especially within our areas. If you search facebook under sitter to sitter section, you'll see there are a few new facebook groups you can join if you wish.

Deb A.'s profile image Deb A.  ( 2016-06-20 00:16:13 -0500 ) edit
answered 2016-07-18 10:38:08 -0500

You should always keep her by your side at all times and not let her leave your side. I know it's a lot of work but she needs to learn right from wrong. For example you can leash her up in the house and wherever she goes follow her and see what she does. If she's about to do something wrong, just pull her with you and walk in an opposite direction.

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i sat a very aggressive dog that i kept on a leash (anchored by my foot) by my side at all times. whenever she would growl at one of my dogs, i would gently tug on the leash and tell her no. she was always much better when she had something to keep her occupied like a bone or chew toy.

Gaye M.'s profile image Gaye M.  ( 2016-07-25 12:25:22 -0500 ) edit

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