House and Pet sitter manual

Hello! We are very excited to begin our relationship with TrustedHousesitters. As frequent international travelers, we were so glad to learn about this site. Our two dogs, Beau-Bo (10 year old Sheltie) and Mailie (3.5 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever) are our pride and joy.

I see on the T.H. website there are places to input all manner of information for sitters (vet numbers, car information, etc…). I’ve begun creating a hard copy of a “House and Pet Sitter’s Manual” for our sitters that includes (so far) Important Contact Information, Dog Feeding Details, TV Remote, Pool, “Where is it?,” and a couple of other pages.

What has worked well for others? Has anyone found a hard copy in the house is better for you/your sitters or do folks prefer putting all information online? (If this document of mine proves worthwhile or helpful to anyone, I would be happy to share more details.) Thank you!

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As I sitter I am happy to receive a copy online to study in advance of the Sit but I ALWAYS appreciate having a hard copy of the manual at the house for ease of reference.

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We prefer the online THS template as so much gets forgotten when owners use their own template.

Hi @PapaDaddy and welcome to the forum! Your question has been asked many many times by not only new members but even older members who just aren’t sure what works best. It is pretty imperative to create the online guide for your sitter with all the pertinent information, but I, personally also always had a hard copy for our sitters with even more info, including local stores, restaurants, places of interest and distance to each of those.

There is indeed a template within the dashboard that will guide you through all the different categories of information that will help your sitters once you’ve selected someone for your sit.

This will guide you through the process, and becomes an invaluable resource for sitters with all the information they might need about the property, the pets, the location. You can always supplement this with other information you feel is relevant, but as a sitter, having this information in advance is so very helpful. It also helps prompt any questions that might arise for the pre-sit chat or at handover.

You may find that some members will give you suggestions of other useful information not covered in the guide, but it is pretty comprehensive as a starting point.

Thank you for joining our community forum. You are going to find it is filled with answers to most, if not all, of your questions and enquiries.

My name is Debbie and I am one of the forum moderators, as well as a sitter member of TrustedHousesitters. I was an owner member for three years and have now moved over to a sitter membership, so I have insight into both sides of the memberships.

I am hoping this info will help you find your way around the platform and interest you to join in the conversations. It can be a little daunting and confusing at first, so we included this handy guide

How to use our Community Forum | TrustedHousesitters.com

Our members are connecting every day and the forum is a great place where you can get to know one another. Please take a moment to introduce yourself About the introduce yourself category - Introduce Yourself - TrustedHousesitters Community Forum by giving us as little or as much info as you prefer. If you are confused on what to say, we have some great suggestions:

  • How long have you been a member of Trustedhousesitters?
  • Where is your home location?
    • As a pet parent, tell us about your pets.
  • Share pics of you, your own pets, or pets you have cared for or are caring for.

Also, you may want to link your member profile to your forum profile for additional exposure when you are using the forum. To do so just go to How to add a listing or profile link to your FORUM profile

We are always here to help, so please don’t hesitate to message us with any questions or concerns.

Also, can I just ask how you came upon the forum and decided to join? I am always curious as to what drives someone to a certain site.

Have a great day!

Debbie – Forum Team Moderator

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Thank you so much for your thorough response. I will certainly complete the Welcome Guide.