Let’s take a walk into another grey area of potential au pair responsibilities- your family dog.
“Officially”, here in the USofA, your (See Dawn’s comment, below) with my agency, APIA, the Au Pair is not supposed to do any dog (or pet) care at all. Still, since the dog is part of the family, and your au pair is part of the family, often the au pair is asked — or volunteers — to help care for the dog.
I’m not worried about feeding the dog or letting the dog in and out of the back door — neither of these is a big chore, and both seem perfectly reasonable to ask of an Au Pair. But, taking the dog for a walk (and sometimes having to pick up after the dog) — that’s a different kind of thing.
Let’s take a quick poll:
Among host families (1) who have a dog (2) that needs to be taken for walks:
And to get a little “texture” behind those numbers:
And as for cats???? They deserve — they DEMAND — a poll of their own. (to be continued) …