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How to survive the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a pet sitter

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has turned life upside down, but here’s how pet sitters can survive, thrive and come out stronger when things settle.

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Can I pet sit during the Coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic?

Yes, you can continue to pet sit if your services are essential to the health and welfare of your client’s pet. Here's what you need to know.

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Can domestic pets spread coronavirus (Covid-19)?

The new coronavirus intervenes deeply in our daily lives. What does the virus actually mean for our pets? And what does this exceptional situation mean for bookings made on Pawshake?

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How to stop your dog from begging

As natural hunters, dogs can be pretty fixated on food. But the typical begging behaviour that some dogs display is primarily taught by humans. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to get rid of it if you are patient and diligent.

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Is it safe for kids to pet sit?

Looking after pets is fun, and can teach kids about responsibility and social skills. However, you must consider your child’s age: Young children must be supervised around pets at all times, and an adult must be the primary carer if you wish to pet sit with your child under 18.

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How much does a dog sitter cost?

If you book a dog sitter that offers home boarding, you pay for each night your dog stays with the sitter and, at Pawshake, these rates can vary between individual dog sitters. But what do people spend on the average dog sitter? And what service can you expect for that price?

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Are dog parks safe?

Dog parks are safe when all owners follow the rules and are responsible for their dogs. To keep your dog safe, do some research about the dog parks around you, make sure your dog has a strong foundation in basic training and choose an off-peak time that isn’t too hectic.

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Which flowers are toxic to dogs and cats?

There are a number of common ornamental flowers that are toxic to both cats and dogs. This list covers the most common that you should be aware of.

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Can I get sick from my pet?

It’s possible to get sick from your cat or dog, but don’t panic: it’s unlikely this will happen if you practice safe hygiene and common sense. It’s important to be especially mindful of hygiene if you have a weakened immune system, are very young, older or pregnant.

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Why are dogs afraid of thunderstorms?

Dogs can fear thunder and lightning because they don’t know what it is. Such a loud sound can be scary and seem a danger.

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Why do cats vomit?

Many cats regularly throw up after eating. This is normal in most cases, but sometimes vomiting can also indicate underlying health problems. To keep your cat healthy it is important to keep a close eye on your cat's upset stomach and its contents.

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Winner of Australia's Favourite Pet-Friendly Cafe!

Coffee and doggo lovers came out in droves to vote for Australia's Favourite Pet-Friendly Cafe, with thousands of votes cast since December for the coveted top spot.

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Why is my dog afraid of strangers?

Some dogs may be nervous, skittish or shy around strangers because of poor socialisation, genetics or negative past experience. Fortunately, you can help your dog manage their fear with patience, reassurance and consistency.

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How to help animals during bushfire season

The most effective way to help precious pets and wildlife during bushfire season is to plan ahead, spread awareness and donate to wildlife rescue organisations. The bushfire devastation can feel super overwhelming, but choosing just some of the following simple, actionable steps can have a positive impact.

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How to keep your pet safe at Christmas

The best way to keep your pet safe at Christmas time is to plan ahead and factor your pet's safety into the day's festivities. Watch out for choking hazards or dropped food scraps, keep doors and windows shut and give your pet a quiet area to relax away from the noise.

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What does a dog sitter do?

A dog sitter’s role is to feed, play with and care for your dog when you are busy with work or away on a holiday. A dog sitter can either come to your home to look after your dog, or provide dog boarding at their own home.

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Pets in hot weather

Overheating can have really dangerous consequences for your pet during the summer heat. To protect your dog or cat from overheating, t's important that you provide plenty of cool, shady spots, lots of rest-time, extra water and frequent brushing to keep their body temperature stable.

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How to find a cat sitter

Cats are attached to their environment, and, as such, prefer to stay at home than a cattery. A good option for holidaying cat owners is to hire a pet sitter that provides in-home visits. The pet sitter can make sure that your cat is fed, safe and happy, without being moved at all.

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Is it better to board cats or leave them at home?

Cats generally prefer to stay comfortably at home than a cattery or cat boarding facility. A happy cat has access to food, water, mental and physical stimulation in a safe, familiar environment. As such, consider hiring a house sitter, or sitter that can drop in and visit your cat during the day.

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Australia’s Top Pet-Friendly Café Award

More pet-friendly cafes are popping around Australia than ever before, so we want to hear all about your favourite and share the love with our pet community!

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Why hire a house sitter?

A house sitter can keep your home secure and care for your dog or cat while you are away. By living in your home as a guest would, a house sitter maintains your household routine and keeps your home safe and sound.

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How to find a dog sitter over Christmas

If you are looking for a place for your dog to stay over Christmas and New Years, it's important to make an arrangement that suits your dog best so that both of you have a stress-free holiday period. Here are 7 tips for finding a great pet sitter for your dog.

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Why a cat scratches (and how to stop it)

On the furniture, on your hand during playtime, on the scratching post, on the floor... Cats scratch their claws on just about anything, which can be annoying if it causes damage. Why does a cat scratch and what can you do about unwanted scratching?

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How to tell if you love your pet more than people

Do you sometimes wonder if you are alone in loving your pet as much, if not more, than you love people? How can you tell if this is the case? Pawshake conducted a survey recently amongst 1,500 pet owners, and it turns out, loving your pet as much as the people around you is a very normal feeling for many of us.

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How long can you leave a cat home alone?

Cats might seem super independent, but they have social, mental and physical needs just like any other pet. As such, it’s best that your cat has some company at least once every day in order to remain happy, safe and healthy. Here is why.

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How do you stop your cat peeing in the house?

Despite the pristine litter box that you set up for your cat, there might be the odd mishap around the house. Why would a cat pee outside their litter box, and how can you get your cat back to a good toilet routine? Here are 7 tips.

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8 Easy Dog Training Tips

Aside from physical exercise, dogs also need mental stimulation each day. This is why it’s important to make dog obedience training part of your everyday routine.

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What is house sitting?

House sitting is an arrangement between a homeowner and a house sitter, in which the house sitter lives in the house for a set period of time when the owner is away. It can be a fantastic option for pet owners who want to maintain their pet’s normal routine in addition to keeping the house safe and secure.

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Why do dogs smell each other's behinds?

Dogs often sniff each other's bums when they greet each other. This might seem a bit weird to us, but it is completely normal for a dog! Read here about this doggy habit and why it is important to let your dog sniff freely.

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How To Be An Eco-Friendly Dog Walker

Becoming an eco-friendly dog walker isn’t as tricky as you might think! By planning ahead and incorporating a few sustainable habits into your routine, you can set a great example to other dog walkers and make a real difference to your environmental paw-print.

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