Signs of doggy stress that are easy to miss
Interpreting doggy language is usually easy enough….but as part of the Pawshake family, we hope you have that extra edge of knowledge to interpret the more subtle signs - whether you’re a dog sitter or dog owner.
Puppy sitting vs regular pet sitting – what’s the difference?
If you’ve never looked after a puppy before, or it’s been a while, then you need to know this – it’s fun, it’s full-on, and it’s definitely NOT a walk in the park.Read more
DIY pet-friendly cleaning products
We can all agree that it isn’t ideal to expose your fur-kids (or yourself) to any unnecessary nasty chemicals! One solution is to make your own cleaning products. It’s simpler than you think! These recipes are quick, easy, actually do the job, are cheaper than store-bought and free from intense chemicals or perfumes.Read more
When should I take my pet to the vet?
If you own a pet or are a busy pet sitter, this question will eventually rear it's head....'am I being over-reactive, or is the pet in my care actually sick or injured?'Read more
Soothing your dog’s dry flakey skin
The cool, dry air in winter can really batter our skin – but did you know the same goes for your dog?Read more
Caring for a senior pet.
We think there’s nothing more rewarding than having a sweet senior in your care, so they deserve every bit of love and attention they can get! But you need to be prepared for a totally different experience to that of pet sitting a young cat or dog.Read more
Nervous about home security? House sitters to the rescue!
There are so many benefits to choosing a house sitting that we couldn’t possibly list them all, but here are a few to get you started!Read more
When to say 'no thanks' after a meet and greet
Here are few issues that can be red flags if you are a pet sitter or pet owner….pay attention and take ownership over your decision, because you want to be sure you’ve found a purrfect pet-to-person match!Read more
Four of the simplest dog treat recipes
We’ve put together some easy-peasy dog treat recipes in the Pawshake test kitchen for you to try at home!Read more
Pet-matching! Who is the best pet person for your pet?
We want to make sure everyone on Pawshake has the knowledge to make an informed choice about matching a pet with a pet sitter. Because a happy pet and happy pet sitter means a smooth and easy stay for everyone!Read more
Bring your Pet to Work Day!
How awesome would it be if your pet could join you in the office! But will your pet and office mesh well together? For Bring Your Pet to Work Day, so we have listed some of the pros and cons to think about first.Read more
Begging – five simple ways to calm a hungry pooch
Please, sir! I want some more! It’s kind of cute, but it can be a bit much….having your dog (or a guest dog if you’re a pet sitter) dribbling into your leg while you try to eat. Here are five simple ways to calm your begging pooch.Read more
Keep your Pawshake profile safe
Every day, thousands of sitters, owners and a whole lot of furry friends have great experiences on Pawshake – and we want to make sure this continues! Here are a few tips for protecting your profile information from online scams and phishing.Read more
Tips for successfully introducing cats and dogs
Forget what you’ve seen in the cartoons, because the truth about cats and dogs is….they actually can get along swimmingly! Here are some tips for success for those first important introductions.Read more
Coping with a pet cone
We see the pet cone come out at the vet and instantly feel dread – which our pet can surely pick up on! If you know your dog or cat will soon be wearing a cone, protective collar or e-collar, fear not. Here are some tips to make it less of an ordeal for everyone!Read more
Ten top ways for Aussies to earn money from the share economy.
Though we think pet sitting and dog walking is the most awesome job (ok, we admit we’re totally biased!), there’s so much more out there in the share economy that we know all you members of the Pawshake community will love.Read more
Our five favourite dog walks in Newcastle, NSW
With loads of natural beauty and a laid-back vibe, Newcastle is a great place to own a dog and, of course, dog-walk and pet-sit on Pawshake! Check out our top five favourite walks.Read more
Help! How do I stop my dog from jumping on visitors?
Bouncing up to give you a big sloppy kiss is one of the most common challenges for any dog owner. You want to give a good impression to friends and family, as well as the pet sitter popping over for a meet and greet….so what do you do when all 20kg of dog go leaping up in guest’s faces?Read more
What to do when a cat won't use their litter tray
The litter tray habits of our feline friends might seem strange, even mysterious - but a little understanding and care can go a long way to preventing even the smelliest problems!Read more
Your dog's tongue - a window into their health
Did you know that your dog’s tongue is not just for giving us kisses….it’s also a window into their health? Here’s how to get to know and interpret your pup’s tongue!Read more
Catspeak: the meaning behind your cat’s meow
Embrace the meow-lody of your cat’s mew and pay attention – you’ll be fluent in catspeak in no time!Read more
Getting an uncooperative cat into a carrier
Does your cat simply hate it when you pull out the carrier to go to the vet or a pet sitter’s house? Our guide will help you ease your cat into their carrier - with minimal scratches for you!Read more
Common Meet and Greet mistakes to avoid
The number one secret to a successful booking on Pawshake is a thorough meet and greet – but there are some common mistakes that are worth avoiding!Read more
5 simple steps to a happy apartment dog
This week we had the pleasure of chatting with the veterinary team at Pet Check about keeping your dog happy and healthy in a smaller living space.Read more
Pet safety checklist for ANZAC day
Whether you’re attending a dawn service, remembrance march or heading to the local RSL, there’s always a lot going on over the ANZAC long weekend...and it always pays to be prepared when it comes to pet safety!Read more
School holiday activities with your pet
The school holidays are here again! If you want to avoid your kids being glued to their screens for two weeks, why not get them out and about for some fun with the family pet?Read more
'Oh Crap' - saving the world one poo bag at a time!
We were lucky enough to chat to ‘Oh Crap’ founder Bruce and his gorgeous Rescue Pup Brady about all things dog poo, landfill, and saving the world one poo bag at a time. 'Oh Crap' also have a special offer for Pawshake users - listen up dog walkers - this one is for you!!Read more
Ten tasty human foods your pet can enjoy
Easter is just around the corner, which means plenty of edible treats for us humans! We all know we need to keep the chocolate well out of reach of our furry friends, but there are still plenty of human foods that your cat or dog can enjoy as an occasional treat.Read more
Puppy proofing your home
Do you have a bundle of fluff coming into your home anytime soon? We chat with super-star Pawshake pet sitter Concetta about her experience adopting a puppy - she gives us her top 5 tips to make the transition a smooth one!Read more