Pit Bull Terriers (most commonly referred to as Pit Bulls) have received a bad press over the years due to their reputation as aggressive fighting dogs. As a result, Pit Bulls are often feared and avoided. If you are a pet sitter, should you agree to pet sit a Pit Bull?
Why Pit Bull Owners Turn to Pet Sitters
The reason why many dog owners turn to pet sitters over boarding their Pit Bulls in a kennel is because many kennels are reluctant to take on the responsibility of Pit Bulls, due to the fact that they are unsure if the dog will show signs of aggression toward staff or other animals.
Meet the Dog and Owners
A good way to find out if you should pet sit a Pit Bull is to stop by the home to meet the dog before you make a firm decision. Take the time to speak to the owners and to ask questions. It is also important to observe firsthand how the dog interacts with its owners, other pets in the home, and also with you. Does the dog feel comfortable around other humans and animals? Is he aggressive at all? Did the dog growl or snarl at you when you first walked into the home? These are important questions that can help you to reach a more balanced decision.
Never Take on More Than You Can Handle
Pet sitters deal with a variety of breeds and species of animals on a day-to-day basis. However, that does not mean you should accept each and every job offer that comes your way. A good rule of thumb is to never take on more than you can handle. After observing the Pit Bull in its natural environment with its owners and as the dog interacts with you, ask yourself whether you feel comfortable looking after the dog. If the dog shows any signs of aggression on your initial visit, does the aggression go away as you spend a few minutes getting to know the dog, or does the dog continue to display this type of behaviour?
As a pet sitter, it is ultimately up to you to decide whether you will accept the responsibility of a Pit Bull or if you will kindly turn the dog owners down. Before you agree to take on the responsibility of a Pit Bull, arrange to meet the dog and its owners to find out whether you would be a good fit. Never take on more than you can handle, but go with what you feel most comfortable with.