A house sitter gets to choose the house and pets, but a dog doesn’t get to choose their dog sitters. We can agree that while the dog might not be perfect, you probably won’t have to train them.  But, since you’re moving into their house, you should know how to provide leadership and earn their trust.

In the dog world, trust and respect are important. A dog is only truly happy when they feel secure within their pack.

When you are house-sitting with dogs, you become the dog’s pack. To the dog, your ability to build trust and make friends is important to the dog’s well-being.

Why is this important for dog sitters?

Because you’re a stranger, because you’ve invaded their space, and because you are going to be living with the dog for a period of time.

dog sitters train or lead

The dog needs you to demonstrate that you’re not a threat and that doesn’t involve giving them cookies.  It begins and ends with great doggie manners.

For example, there’s a universally accepted right way to greet a strange dog.  When you say hi politely and respectfully, the dog’s reaction is positive. They might think something like:

“A new human! Wow, you’re cool.  You’re staying for a bit? Great news!”

When you greet a dog, you either nurture trust and respect or you will create anxiety.

Build Trust, Not Barriers

Dog leadership is a way of interacting with dogs that the dog recognizes as leadership.

For example, when we greet a strange human, we often shake hands, talk and make eye contact.

Dog Leadership train or leadIf you greet a dog this way, you probably make the dog nervous or anxious.  That means their first experience with you is negative.

This builds a barrier to trust. As dog sitters, our goal is to make the dog’s first experience with us positive.

That means we use great doggie manners to say hi. When you first meet a dog, any dog, the rules are:

Do not look at the dog / Do not talk to the dog / Do not touch the dog.

The dog will be amazed by your great manners and feel respected. They’ll associate you with positive feelings.

That’s the beginning of a good relationship with a stranger dog.

Dog Leadership for House Sitters

Dog Leadership for House Sitters is a course designed by full-time house and dog sitters, advanced dog handlers and professional trainers.

Each dog is a stranger, and each requires that you earn their trust.

Our course teaches you how to assume leadership, build trust, nurture calm, and make friends with strange dogs.

Dog Leadership train or leadApplying these tried and true techniques, such as food, door, and resource control you demonstrate your leadership to the dog in a way the dog understands.

What we’re teaching you is how to provide a dog with a feeling of security.

You’ve taken over their pack and they expect you to lead.

More importantly, when you do, the dog will present fewer behavioral issues and generally be calmer and happier.

Our 2-hour Relationship Builder is designed to bring the dog and the human together.

It lets you communicate and demonstrates to the dog that they can trust our leadership.

We nurture calm, set rules, and use leadership cues that all dogs understand. All dogs.

Dog leadership skills are universal. Every dog on Earth knows what you’re doing.

When you nurture the dog’s nature with leadership, you’re acknowledging their nature and desire to follow.

Dog’s love it because they naturally are great followers.  They want you to lead.

Go here sign up for our dog leadership course.

To learn more about house sitting, read our blog on how to get started.


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