would I be able to meet and get to know a sitter prior to getting a dog?

asked 2018-02-22 23:48:11 -0500

I am looking to get a dog in the future but work nights as a nurse and my daughter is really anxious about being left alone at night with a new puppy and I want to get to know the sitter before hiring them. Is this possible? I am very interested in Erin, near Kingsport TN.

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Yes you can and absolutely should get to know your sitter. As a dog sitter I insist on meet and greets too. If I have any reservations about the dog I ask that we complete a second meet and greet or even complete a couple of daycare stays first. Your sitter should be very understanding.

Neville M.'s profile image Neville M.  ( 2018-02-23 15:53:46 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2018-03-02 22:34:39 -0500

You are definitely planning ahead, which is wonderful. Definitely reach out to a few sitters in your area to find one you really like and another one or two as backups in case your primary is ever unavailable. Explain that you do NOT have a dog but that you would like to make sure you have someone signed up to take care of a puppy when you need them. I believe a good sitter will be open to scheduling a meet and greet, first with just you (and your daughter if you wish), then later with your puppy. Make sure you let your potential sitter(s) know that you will be adopting a puppy, as many sitters do not take puppies or charge extra for them. Best of luck!

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answered 2018-02-26 11:09:19 -0500

Of course getting to know your sitter is a great step, as a host myself I highly appreciate my clients for taking the time to schedule a meet-and-greet or even have the interest in doing so. It says a lot as a person and allows your dog to get a better feel of the host's home along with the parent.

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answered 2018-02-23 16:15:36 -0500

Rover highly recommends that a meet and greet be completed for every booking with a new sitter. The process is to be sure both sitter, client, and dog(s) are happy with each other before the booking is accepted by all. When you are ready is to search for sitters in your area, and select several to find the right fit for you.

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