Are Dogs Ruining Our Friendships?

How to avoid mishaps when staying with a friend or having them dog sit

By Justyne Yuen-Lee

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It’s almost vacation season!

The winter blues scarred us so much that we’ve all booked our trips to somewhere sunny and beautiful, or somewhere cool and adventurous to refocus. As dog people, we naturally want our bff with us on any vacation. Although it’s not always possible, dog-friendly hotels and even Airbnb listings do make it easier to bring our pups with us for some holiday fun. In some cases, having a friend pet sit, whether they’re a fellow dog owner or are just dying for some puppy time, is the right way to go. One step better, having a friend in the destination you’re visiting who can offer up a bed and dog bed for you and woofers is ideal.  Ideal that is, until all hell breaks loose and you’re left wondering whyyyy must my dog act so naughty and when did they become the worst house guest ever?

When staying at a friend’s place, bringing our pet can bring a range of problems. For this reason, there are many pet owners who choose to relocate their pets rather than bring them along on a night away. Sadly, there are also some situations where damage to your friendship from a dog-stay nightmare can be everlasting.

Here’s what you need to prepare for, and an expert’s tips on how to avoid stress on your dog and your friendships.

Accidents:

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At home, by creating a routine for our dogs at a young age, fewer accidents tend to happen. We think our dog will naturally be well-behaved elsewhere, but sometimes at a friend’s house, we let our dog free and #oops there’s a pee puddle on an expensive carpet.

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Why did it get quiet all of a sudden? Oh.

Alternatively, while we have drinks with our friends, we don’t hear a peep from our dog. After a brief investigation, it turns out that the dog chewed up some gorgeous throw pillows. Get out your credit card or risk not being invited back…or invited to anything again.

Altercations:

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At the dog park, our dogs mind their own business; sometimes they sniff a butt or two. There may be few occasions where a snarl escapes their mouths, but for the most part, everything goes smoothly.

With your friend’s dog at their house, and your dog thrown in, doggy hell can break loose. Imagine this playing out: one dog wants to be immediate friends while the other either cowers in the corner or fights back.

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