I was asked by a couple that is friends with my aunt to house/pet sit for them for the next 4 weeks as they will be going on vacation, camping. The dog is fairly young but definitely not a puppy. I’d say he’s about 2 or 3? I’m not sure.
They told me that he can either be put in his crate at night or left to sleep in the dog bed in the living room. They also have 2 cats that they said could either be left loose at night or put in their cage. I live about 10 minutes away, and I really don’t feel completely comfortable staying the night at their house as it is in a really remote area of town and kind of a creepy older house. I’m a 19 year old female and just don’t like the idea of it.
I don’t have a dog, so I was wondering if it would be okay if, after feeding him and giving him water and letting him outside to do his business, I put him in his crate and went to spend the night at my own house and then returned in the morning to let him out and feed him again? I don’t see what the necessity is of having me stay there overnight if he is left in his crate at night usually anyways.
They also never really specified if they wanted me to stay overnight or not, they just said that I was welcome to sleep in the guest bedroom. I have no problem staying at the house for the whole day, just as long as I can go home and sleep and then come back. I also am being paid per day plus extra to mow their lawn once every couple weeks. They also told me that they don’t lock the doors when they leave the house, but gave me a key if I wanted to lock them. This indicates to me that they’re not very worried about safety in their neighborhood, and probably don’t count on me being there to make the house seem occupied for security reasons.
Also, they left very little food for me but gave me about half of my money upfront so that I could buy groceries. As a broke college student, I’d much rather eat at my own house for free.
I just need to know if this is okay, or if I really need to stay at their house overnight.
The reason I would crate him is because they told me to crate him whenever I am not there, because otherwise he will tear up the house. They also told me that he is fed twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. And he is also taken out to go to the bathroom about 3 times a day including once right before bed. So because of this….I don’t think its necessary to stick food and water in the crate with him? I’m not stupid and I’m not cruel. It’s not like I’m going to let him starve or die of thirst. Plus there’s really not room in the crate for a bowl of food and water.
They told me he is also used to being in the crate for extended periods of time while they are at work or in bed.
I understand that different pet owners have different routines. However, this dog is left in his crate most nights while the owners are sleeping. It is fed and let out to go to the bathroom rightbefore bed and first thing in the morning so why would you say that he would be holding in his pee? These people are animal lovers, trust me, and would not tell me to do something that seems cruel to them. This is their routine. This would not be the issue, as this would be the same routine whether I stayed the night at the house or not. It is ridiculous for anyone to wake up in the middle of the night to let their dog out to go to the bathroom anyways.
Unfortunately, as like I said I am a college student trying to save money, I am staying at my parents house for the summer. They’ve never had pets and honestly don’t like them, and I just know that taking them to my house is not an option. If it was my own house I wouldn’t mind at all, but being here I have to respect my parents wishes.