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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 2019-06-15 02:00:24 -0600

I feel strongly as a dog sitter it is best to limit the risk factors wherever possible for the best imaginable experience when taking in each, new dog. As dog sitters we have an incredible amount of responsibility to keep someone else's dog safe as well as the people and other dogs who come into contact with that dog safe. In my opinion, it is simply far too great of a risk to take another person's dog out to a public park. As a sitter who has been keeping dogs for more than 20 years I can tell you from experience it doesn't matter how well you or even the owner of a dog thinks they know their dog, they are ALWAYS capable of surprising you. Dogs are animals and at the end of the day we have to remember they will never not have that animal instinct to protect at any cost if they feel themselves or the people they are with are in danger. It is simply not worth the risk and many people don't think enough about what's at risk when the worst case scenario comes about until they're living in it. Be safe, not sorry!

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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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