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chiefsuave

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Deployment Devil
« on: July 21, 2018, 06:00:18 AM »
So I am currently deployed. ^Duh. What does that mean? A lot of my friends are deployed with me. That leaves them in a rough situation considering they have pets. So my fiancÚ and I came up with the idea of dog sitting while I am gone. So right now she is watching a beautiful devil Belgian Malinois. Extremely smart/energetic/trained. This dog is very high maintenance; she is currently raking in about $800/month.

I feel like we can keep this going. Just got to be super picky about dogs like I would tenants.

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Re: Deployment Devil
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2018, 10:05:56 AM »
Sounds like a great idea, BUT:
Are you saying this dog is a devil in a funny way, or serious PIA way? How does your wife feel about this type of dog?

If an owner is deployed, she can't say she's going to do it, and then halfway through decide it's too much, and quit.
Some dogs are just going to be PIA's.  I've lived  and bred such a breed for 25 years and was VERY selective in choosing homes for the pups.
Owners who want to hire her are not going to say their dog is a devil, owners usually don't think so,  so she needs to be aware of things that indicate a potential client's dog is a PIA.

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Re: Deployment Devil
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2018, 10:50:36 AM »
-What happens if the dog gets sick or injured? Is there a limit as to what you can spend in an acute emergency situation before you have to contact the owner for clearance? A single emerg can cost thousands and the decision to leave them at the animal hospital for a few night of observation vs taking them home and monitoring yourself can be an enormous difference in cost.

-What behaviour is the owner expecting the dog to have when they return, are they going to be okay with the dog developing a whole new set of routines, or will she be required to maintain a given dog's level of training, especially since the "good dogs" tend to be well socialized and trained. If you are boarding a dog with exquisite training, the owner may expect a minimum amount of that training to be maintained. My dogs were trained to wait at every doorway for permission to enter a room. My DH then got his over-indulgent hands on them and broke my animals. They're now total savages. Still cute, but years of work was undone within a year of him spoiling them.
What happens if the owner comes back and their quiet puppy is now a barker?

-What happens if the dog develops diabetes, epilepsy, skin rash, or some other ongoing medical condition? Will she then be responsible for the daily medical care? What will she do with the dog of a deployed person if it needs more care than she can reasonably provide? What if the medical issue becomes too disruptive or destructive? Incontinence, seizures, meds that need to be given every few hours including in the middle of the night...

-What level of grooming will be required? Are the owners okay with her outsourcing any grooming/maintenance care that they normally provide themselves for the dog? Is she cleared to spend on something like nail trimming if the dog becomes uncooperative/dangerous with her?

-What happens if the dog injures someone? What if the dog injures one of you? All dogs are dangerous, no matter how "good" they are. They all have triggers in their instincts, and being in a totally different environment can make them easier to trigger.

These are just a few logistical questions that pop into my mind in the 30 seconds that I thought about this as a business model, as my family breeds and boards dogs and you have NO IDEA the level of crazy that you can get drowned in when it comes to people and their pets.

I would not take on a long term boarding dog without a strict contract outlining the responsibilities and financial obligations of almost every possible scenario. If there was one thing I learned about pet owners through my family and when I was seriously considering becoming a vet, it's that owners are often a terrifying combo of incredibly protective of their animals, but also shockingly unwilling to spend on them when unexpected things come up.

I would go out and talk to a few dog boarders about what their practices and standards are. A little knowledge will go a long way in the animal care world.