Unless faced with extraordinary circumstances, neither you nor an owner can cancel a confirmed sit. This is just another reason to ensure you carefully consider a sit before you officially confirm it.
How to consider a sit:
- Read the listing carefully and ask yourself honestly whether you are ready for all the responsibilities detailed.
- Feel free to ask the owner anything you need to know to decide whether it’s the right sit for you.
- Speak to the owner on the phone and then, if possible, meet them in person or video call them via services like Skype or FaceTime. As well as helping you both get to know one another, it also means you can get to know their pet and potentially see where you’ll be staying.
During these introductory conversations, it’s important to ask for all the information you’ll need for a successful sit. Perhaps you want to ask:
- What is your pet’s personality like?
- Does your pet have any special care needs or require medication?
- Is your pet happy to be left alone for a few hours or are they used to constant companionship?
- What is the local area like?
- Are there public transport links or will the sitter need a car?
- What are your local attractions and how far are amenities from your home?
If you are applying to a long-term sit, you may also need to discuss and agree on financial commitments, such as utility bills.
Finally, never feel rushed to confirm a sit right away. Both owner and sitter must feel comfortable and confident, so take you your time. And if you do feel uncomfortable with any of the requirements of the sit, discuss this directly with the owner. If this discomfort is not resolved, do not confirm the sit.
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