I am interested to know what other sitters might think of these situations and if it would affect any pet sitting insurance regarding a dog being injured on site.
- After a tentative enquiry of a potential sit, I try to arrange where I can and if local to do an assessment visit.
I am recently finding farmhouse property types and grounds/forecourt in dissaray and under complete renovation not mentioned in our conversations prior to the visit.
Major building work going on so lots of very large, potentially hazardous machinery in the forecourt right next to the house. The owners just point out that they are having ‘some’ work done and it wont be a problem!
Some dogs are just allowed to roam around outside all day and are ‘fine’ and apparantly ‘get on with the builders’
When I ask about scafolding/machinery dangers and noise from the work being so close to the house (sometimes the whole roof being reroofed while I am there) I am told it will be ok and it couldnt be arranged at any other time!
As I work remotely part time I am very concious of loud or repetative, banging noises and how it will affect my very sensitive calls.
Where do I stand on this from an insurance point of view?
Obviously I use common sense and do a risk assessment and 9 times out of 10 decline the sit but there have been particular ones I have agreed to because the owner has said the work will have stopped by the time of the sit.
Of course it hasnt, and the work is continuing.
I then get a message a week before or even days before the sit, warning me of this!
As the owners are travelling abroad I can hardly then, let them down and cancel the sit at the last minute so it leaves me in a really tricky predicament.
In the middle of one sit with a very young, highly nervous and anxious dog, scafolders turned up out of the blue and completely unexpectedly, banging on the door and announcing they had arrived as agreed with the owner to put scafolding around the entire farmhouse and that the roofer would be turning up another day.
As the HO had told me this wouldnt be happening until the day I left I was more than surprised and taken aback.
In that case I turned them away after speaking to the owner who apologised and kindly rang the builders himself
But if I hadnt strongly resisted, 4 blokes would have just arrived and carried on!
Its a good job I hadnt gone out that morning or left the nervous dog alone in the house.
When I pointed out that their work would highly disturb the anxious dog and could be a danger to the dogs safety, they just said
“oh its ok we like dogs, it wont be a problem”!
Would appreciate your thoughts please.