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Dogs and cleaners (people not cleaning products!)

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madamy Sun 14-May-17 11:49:51

Does anyone have a cleaner and a dog, and if so, how does it work?
DH and I both work (nurses, shifts) and ddog is taken for a walk by our lovely older neighbour if we're both going to be out during the day.
With work and 3dc we're thinking of getting a cleaner but not sure if this will work with the dog! Neighbour likes to be flexible so doesn't want to stick to a fixed time to walk the dog. He's super friendly, but does get over excited and would be all over the cleaner for 10 mins if we're not there to calm him down! He'd get bored though and then take himself off.
I guess we could pay for a dog walker for cleaning days/times.
Any ideas?

pigsDOfly Sun 14-May-17 12:10:31

Find a cleaner who likes dogs and is prepared to be followed around and fussed over for 10 minutes or so by a friendly dog; would be different if dog was aggressive.

Maybe you need to factor in the 10 minutes as part of the cleaners duties but I doubt a dog loving cleaner wouldn't see it as a problem and might actually like have a doggy companion while working.

As you say, eventually he'll get bored and take himself off and leave the cleaner in peace.

My dog's like that when people come to the house, although it's more like 3 minutes than 10 - she has a short attention span - but once she's said hello you don't generally get another peep out of her.

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 14-May-17 12:44:12

My cleaner has dog so quite happy with mine. She quite often lets him the garden whilst she is cleaning so he gets a bonus trip to the garden too.

AlpacaLypse Sun 14-May-17 12:49:45

Professional dog walker here. At least half our clients have housekeeping help. All the cleaners we've met when we pick up/bring home seem to be perfectly happy with the dog(s) being around.

madamy Sun 14-May-17 13:15:41

Ok, so that all sounds quite promising! I've had some recommendations from (non-dog owning) friends, so feel a bit better about finding out if they are dog lovers! Didn't think about them letting him outside - that's a great idea, he'd love extra time outdoors.

Bubble2bubble Sun 14-May-17 13:23:07

I think you just have to be very upfront with the cleaner and hold out for one who likes dogs. I initially spoke to a few who I could tell weren't keen on dogs so it really wasn't worth pursuing.
You also need to be very clear about where the dog is allowed, can he be let out, etc.
I waited for ages but struck lucky with an amazing cleaner who loves animals. Ddogs get very excited when she arrives as they love her, but that lasts a few minutes and they go off an do their own thing. She sometimes has to shut them out of the room to mop the floor for example, but is very capable of doing that.
I am usually working upstairs when she is here and can hear to chatting to the dogs as she goes around ;)

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