I am a lifelong dog-lover. My family has welcomed dogs as part of our family for as long as I can remember. Caring for dogs has always brought me joy, and any dog lover knows how much joy we can bring to our pets.
As the youngest in my family I have never been the main caregiver, but I have taken care of all the responsibilities : letting them out to take care of business, feeding, brushing, nail-clipping, bathing, and walking,
In addition to the normal responsibilities I also have experience injecting insulin into two different diabetic beagles (taught by my mom, a longtime nurse) as well as feeding them their pills (hidden in a little peanut butter or bread).
My family routinely takes care of dogs for family and friends, so I have experience dealing with a number of different dogs staying anywhere from a couple days to a week. The dogs all have different personalities and temperaments and I've always been able to work with any dog that gets dropped off.
As for the house, it is 2 stories with hardwood floors and a fenced backyard. The main room that I would use to take care of dogs is the family room. The family room has the door to the backyard as well as the door to the garage (if a dog prefers being crated in a garage at night). There is also a couch and loveseat that we typically allow dogs to sit/sleep on if they are housetrained. There is also a crate in the family room.
We have always let our dogs roam freely, but if a particular dog doesn't have good manners I would keep it in the family room where I can easily keep an eye on everything. I would try to be flexible about the amount of freedom given to the dog(s) to fit the owners wishes.
A typical day would be walking and playing around in the backyard, petting the dog and giving tummy scratches, playing fetch if the dog fetches. None of my dogs have ever been willing to play fetch, so I assure you that your dog would grow tired of fetch before I do! There would also be some downtime to rest (hopefully next to me) while I work on some online college classes.
My parents' house is where I would take care of pets staying the night. My parents would be around if I needed to go anywhere for a little while. They love dogs just as much as I do, so there is plenty of love in this house for your dog. From the moment they enter the home they are treated like part of the family.
Restrictions: Unfortunately we cannot take any dogs that are not 95% house-trained. Even the best dogs are capable of an occasional piddle, but that is all we can accept: occasional.
Due to different family members' sleep schedules I am unable to take dogs that bark a lot. As with house-training, even the best dogs are capable of barking but we can only accept dogs that are mostly quiet enough not to wake up a sleeping person.
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