Hiring an in-home pet sitter is a convenient way to make sure your pet is cared for while you are away, whether it’s just during the day while you’re at work or for an extended period while you’re traveling.

One of the most important steps in hiring a pet sitter is meeting with the potential sitter ahead of time, and there are a few different reasons this is not just a good idea, but an essential part of the process.

1. To let your pet get familiar with the sitter.

You want to make sure that while you’re gone, your pet is looked after by someone they know – you don’t know how they’ll react to a stranger. Besides, just the fact that you’re gone can be stressful for your pet, and you don’t want to compound that stress by springing someone they’ve never met on them in your absence.

2. To get to know the sitter yourself.

It goes without saying that you want to be comfortable with the person who will be coming into your home while you aren’t there. Meeting in advance is the best way to give you peace of mind.

3. To be sure the sitter knows everything they need to know before pet sitting in your home.

From your pet’s schedule to where their food, toys, leash, and any medicines are located, it’s best to show your pet sitter around before you leave and give him or her the chance to get familiar with the layout of your home and ask questions.

Meeting with your VIP Pets pet sitter in advance is the best way to ensure you’re making the right choice and leaving your pet with the best possible caregiver – second only to you.

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