Meet-N-Greets are a wonderful opportunity for dog owners and pet sitters to meet in person and see if a host’s home is the right environment for a dog to vacay in. There’s a lot of ground both parties should cover to ensure the meeting is as informative and productive as possible. Below are 7 tips to help hosts and dog owners to effectively conduct a Meet-N-Greet.
1. If a host owns a dog, it’s best to let the dogs get acquainted by taking a walk together. Many dogs are territorial and need to socialize with other pups outside of the home to feel comfortable. Walking the dogs together is a great way for them to become familiar with each other in a neutral environment.
2. Prospective clients should fill out their dog’s profile with as much information as possible. Being straightforward and keeping expectations clear for both parties will lead to better vacays.
3. Discuss EVERYTHING food-related. Does the dog have any allergies? A feeding schedule? Is it okay to give her treats? How much does the dog eat in one day? Cover all of this information. Also, the dog owner should always bring the dog’s regular food in order to prevent upset stomachs or surprise food allergies.
4. Determine exactly what the dog owner will provide and what the host will provide. Many hosts offer goodies such as homemade treats. Others may require that the owner provide all food items or a t-shirt that reminds the pup of home. Regardless, clarify what each party is responsible for.
5. Detail the dog’s history – both behavioral and medical. Has the dog ever tried to dig under the fence? Does he cough when he eats too fast? Does he suffer from separation anxiety when you leave? Owners should inform hosts of all of this information.
6. Handle the accessories. Dogs should be wearing tags that are legible and readable. Also, if the dog wears something such as a prong collar during walks, be sure to discuss this with the host to ensure consistent usage.
7. Contacts, Contacts, Contacts. Both parties should provide as much contact information as possible. It is advised that dog owners leave their vet’s information, emergency contacts that can make medical decisions if needed, and their travel itinerary. Hosts should provide mobile numbers, email contacts, and alternate numbers where they can be reached.