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As a sitter, is it a bad idea to take owners dogs to the dog park (with their permission) ?

asked 2018-11-14 03:29:17 -0600

I'm brand new to Rover. Wondering if it is okay to take dogs I am sitting to the dog park if a) they have already been before with their owners and b) with owners permission? Or is that a bad idea? I can't locate Rover's policy or advice on this.

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answered 2018-12-20 04:52:41 -0600

I stay overcautious! I have only let rover dogs off leash twice. The first situation was with an insistent owner and not at a dog park. I had been with the dog almost a week, there was no one around in the giant park by their home, and the dog had zero desire to do anything but fetch its ball! The second instance was with my dog and two Rover dogs from the same home whose parents kept hinting they really wanted me to take the dogs. It was the second occasion I had boarded them, I brought my husband with me just in case someone ran off, and there weren't actually any other dogs around because it was muddy (we live in rainy Portland). I let the dogs off leash one by one just to be sure but am glad there weren't any other dogs around because their large male dog played rougher than I expected. His sister and my dog don't care, but there is too much potential for fights with strange dogs. I don't know if I would ever actually take someone else's dog to a dog park. Even if you know their dog well, you don't know the other people. I see dog park fights pretty frequently though most of them aren't bad. I always just tell owners that I prefer to be overcautious and highlight all the steps I take and that I've never had any issues because of the extra care I give the dogs. They can't argue with that, and everyone tells me they appreciate it.

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answered 2019-07-10 22:26:26 -0600

I am personally not a fan of dog parks. But I hike with my own dogs several times per week at a local national park and always ask permission for the client dog to accompany me weather permitting. I make sure the dog doesn't have any limitations to hiking and ask how far of a distance is okay with the dog.

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answered 2019-07-11 18:54:24 -0600

My dog doesn't like the dog park, so it's not something I would do. If the owner encourages it and you feel comfortable doing it, then go ahead. I would definitely get to know the dog first so that you know it will listen to you and obey you when needed. It would probably be best to take the dog to the dog park it is used to going to also, if possible.

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answered 2019-07-14 18:12:37 -0600

I personally wouldn't take a clients dog to the dog park. I view it as my job to keep everyone in one piece while they are away! The dog park just has so many 'ifs'. I know I have had more than a handful of issues at parks on my own time!

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