Have any other sitters experienced this?

asked 2018-08-04 19:44:17 -0600

Has anyone had an experience where someone requests day care for only a few hours in your home? The owner doesn't have any pictures of the dog or any information whatsoever. He sent the request late tonight for early tomorrow. Only info on his page is his picture and that his dog is 30 pounds and doesn't like cats or dogs. Just thought the last minute request, lack of information and the short stay seemed a little fishy. I'm a young girl and dont k ot if I'm comfortable with that scenario.

Update: when I asked owner for more information I received no response.

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answered 2018-08-05 13:34:16 -0600

There are legitimate requests where someone only needs a few hours (usually they have recreational plans at a non dog-friendly location such as dinner, movies, etc.) Often, requests contain limited information. It's up to the sitter to ask what you want to know to help determine if you're interested. Always meet the client & dog in a public place, before inviting inside if you feel safe to do so, and follow your intuition.

It's good that you message & requested more info. His lack of response indicates that he's not serious about going ahead. So that's fine - addresses aren't provided by Rover until it's booked. It can be archived.

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answered 2018-08-05 22:15:31 -0600

Shelby I think it's a very responsible to have concern in this situation, although yes, of course it could very easily be a legitimate and safe request. I once had a guy contact me about one night of boarding saying that his son found a dog and brought it home and they just needed a place for it to stay for one night so to be very honest when I hear requests like this I immediately think this person might be trying to dump the unwanted dog.

I ALWAYS request meet and greet prior to a stay. I've had many clients over time come to me wanting to either drop off a dog the very next day and sometimes even the same day and to those people I simply say sorry but I cannot do it. To me, the much bigger risk comes in not truly knowing what the dogs demeanor is like. I have made the mistake in the past of accepting dogs without a proper meeting first and it can be a big problem in the end so I say always be cautious.

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answered 2018-08-05 15:50:04 -0600

Agree with Deb. There are legitimate reasons for only needing a few hours of daycare and that it is last minute. It could be the person who was supposed to watch the dog backed out. As a result, the person more than likely contacted a number of Rover sitters and chose another one, which is why you didn't get a response. Somebody else probably didn't bother asking questions and hit the "Book It" button.

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At the same time though, sitters have to be careful. Anyone can use rover and claim to have a dog to get access to where you live. Always better to be safe. I will always ask questions and request a meet and greet when I feel those red flags. Especially when it involves them being in my home.

Shelby C.'s profile image Shelby C.  ( 2018-08-05 15:57:47 -0600 ) edit

No argument from me. Just saying what might have transpired. I always require a M&G but have waived them twice when the person was from out of town, brought their dog and couldn't bring it to some event. The dog only stayed with me for less than a day.

Karen R.'s profile image Karen R.  ( 2018-08-05 19:04:14 -0600 ) edit

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