How do you feel when owners ask only a single?

I’m quite surprised when I see owners asking for a single sitter, if they hade in the past welcomed couples (what you may check reading their feed backs)
Do you try to come with your partner, asking the owner why (s)he changed his/her mind ? What had happened in previous sits ?
Don’t you ever give a damn ? And ignore totally these types of listings ?
Could it give you the opportunity to come alone ?
How your husband/wife/partner would react if you come alone (this is not a question for “all year long pet sitters” of course !!)
I’m rather curious.
Why ? Because I sit with my husband sometimes, and sometimes alone.

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I can’t imagine many possible scenarios for specifying a single sitter; the obvious being that the pet has fears about people in its home or there isn’t space for more than one person.
If there is a rescue dog fearful of men (it’s usually men but I accept the alternative possibility) then the owner could specify a female sitter but why just one?
I would discount the listing because we are a team, but there must be plenty of singles in the community that benefit from this specification.

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We occasionally see listings like this and while we might be disappointed that we’re not eligible, we respect it and don’t apply. We’ve also seen many and even applied for sits that ask specifically for couples. We can venture guesses for both requests, however we respect whatever reasons the owner has for their requirement.

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Sometimes an owner may request a couple. Annoying to the single sitters like me. If I don’t think I could handle the animals on my own I wouldn’t apply for the sit.

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Yes, forgot to add that we wouldn’t apply, nor would we ask for their reasons!
(Doesn’t stop me wondering though :wink:)

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I am also very curious about this and would love to hear from maybe some pet/home owners that specific single sitters when they themselves are a couple, or like you mentioned, have welcomed couples in the past. It makes me wonder if something happened? I’ve seen a few times house sits specific “no couples due to space in the apartment” - when it’s a couple already living there! I don’t really get it, but like others have mentioned, I respect people’s needs and desires and we just don’t apply to those kinds of sits. On the other hand, if it’s a single woman requesting a single woman, I totally understand and respect that. She wants to feel safe and secure in her own home.

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I’ve never done it but I would be curious to check if when owners have asked singles only, they had selected a single sitter in the end. The only way to check would be they publish another ad a few time later. I’ve been so surprised to notice in feed backs, although they ask for a single, they had a majority of couples. The pets are the same…

When people ask for couples, it’because they own 2 heavy dogs or more than 2. I do understand it’s pretty hard to walk 5 or 6 dogs, even when you are 2…

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