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giannac
Dog fanatic

Dog destroyed expensive item

I am sitting for 3 dogs at their owners house. They have a puppy and asked that I put him in his crate if I'm leaving and at night, but didn't say anything about any other times. Today I went to take a shower and when i came out I saw that the dog had chewed my laptop charger in half. I usually wouldnt mind but it costs $80 and I'm a college student so my laptop is really important for my school work. Also the charger was plugged in under a bed and not easily reachable. I want to ask for reimbursement but I'm not sure how. Is it rude to ask them to pay me back for something like that?

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WaltG
Top dog

Re: Dog destroyed expensive item

You can always ask the owner to reimburse you but don't expect them to pay, I wouldn't!    Lesson learned be more careful next time and always contain a dog you don't know very well, especially a puppy

giannac
Dog fanatic

Re: Dog destroyed expensive item

Thanks, I would never expect them to pay but I was hoping to ask them about it. And I do know now that I'll have to keep him in sight at all times:)

Hrhopkins77
Dog person

Re: Dog destroyed expensive item

I think maybe asking for half the cost. As sitters we pretty much know that a puppy usually will be a chewer and since the owners asked for the puppy to be created or kenneled while you are away or sleeping it is safe to say they kinda warned that puppy needs to be supervised. So I think it's fair to ask for partial reimbursement and explain how it happened.

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VivianaR
Champ

Re: Dog destroyed expensive item

Most of the time owners don't reimburse any damage to your property and your sitter insurance should cover it. 

In my experience, since I move to the US, I learned by this kind of experiences, to make a contract with the owners, so they are signing that they will cover any damage to my property.  With a contract, the owners usually disclose everything about their dogs. 

I don't think is rude to ask for reimbursement, but do not expect that the owner is going to pay.   Just explain the situation in a very professional way and let's hope for the best. 

giannac
Dog fanatic

Re: Dog destroyed expensive item

Thank you so much.

I love that you discuss a contract about the things that could potentially happen during a dog sitting visit. I agree that it should not be expected that the owner reimberses expesenses without a previous discussion, and i think that with your idea of a contract, it really solves a lot of problems.

I've had puppies that have chewed on my things in the past, but i never worried about it because the owners made it clear from the start that something like that might happen. In this case, where my expensive item was ruined, I really think your idea of the contract would have been perfect, as the owners didnt  completely disclose the potential problems. 

You are the best!