Do you have to book first or wait for a response first?

asked 2015-09-26 13:40:20 -0600

So I chose a sitter and selected "contact this sitter" and sent an inquiry. Do I wait for a response from the sitter first? Or am I suppose to go ahead and book it?

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You should wait for a response from the sitter. They may not be available for your time of sitting, or they ?ay have a booking. Please "e respective of other people. I try to respond to an inquiry within an hour.

Patricia J.'s profile image Patricia J.  ( 2015-09-30 14:08:37 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2015-09-28 10:43:52 -0600

I would highly recommend waiting for a response, for a few reasons:

[1] Some sitters require meet and greets prior to booking new clients. As a pet parent, I would expect that and would want to meet the person taking care of my loved one. What if they have another dog and that dog doesn't get along with yours? What if there is an absolute deal breaker for you? (e.g., smoking in the house, no fenced back yard)

[2] Some sitters may never respond to the request if you select "book now".

[3] Booking right away sort of binds you, should the sitter accept, to that person. The great thing about Rover is that it gives you choices, that way you can find the person that fits best with you!

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answered 2015-09-26 14:06:36 -0600

You can do either, but most sitters are going to want to meet with you and your dog before accepting the job. The Rover site does recommend that you contact a few sitters and request Meet & Greets to discuss your requirements/expectations with a potential sitter and see where your dog will be staying.


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Great idea to have but sometimes the owners end up picking someone else even if things work out during the m&g.

Dawn S.'s profile image Dawn S.  ( 2015-09-28 17:47:48 -0600 ) edit

Yes, that does happen to all of us.

Karen R.'s profile image Karen R.  ( 2015-09-28 19:54:43 -0600 ) edit

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