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The first vet visit

Remember the first vet visit with your kitten or puppy? Odd smells, whining dogs, nervous cats lurking in travel crates, ... Not exactly a fun trip for most pets. We’ll give you a few tips on how to prepare for that first trip to the vet, which will make all later trips smoother too!

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Jobs for pet lovers

Vets, groomers, dog trainers, ... the list goes on of commonly known pet-related occupations. But there are many jobs working with pets that are just a little different! Here are five lesser-known pet jobs that are worth considering.

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5 DIY dog toys

So...you've invested in the coolest and flashiest dog toys, but your pooch seems to prefer playing with a plastic bag or an old sock. Sound familiar? Why save some dollars and have a go at making your own dog toys? We’ll even show you how to do it - too easy!

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Learn to be a Top Petsitter!

Our top five tips to stand out from the crowd and become a tip-top petsitter!

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Getting To Know You

Want to get to know the Pawshake community a little better? This week we have a Q and A session with one of our fantastic new pet-sitters!

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Prepare your Home for Doggy Stays

Four-footed guest coming to stay? No worries - here is a guide to help you prepare!

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Activities to Build a Closer Bond With Your Dog

This week we list the top ten ways to bond with your beloved pooch, by guest blogger and pet-whiz Nikki from Pressplay Pets!

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Meet and Greet - a How-To Guide

Pawshake gives you some top tips on the best ways to meet and greet before pet sitting!

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Be an Animal Superhero

What can you do to help disadvantaged animals live happy, healthier lives? Plenty! Here's how...

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Winter Warmers

This week we get some solid advice from a vet on how to keep your pets warm and happy over the winter months.

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Transporting Cats

Do you have a travel-shy cat who just hates hopping in the car? These tips from a pet travel pro will save the day!

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Meet a Star Petsitter

Get the inside word on what it's like to pet-sit for Pawshake from one of our favourite sitters!

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Kids and Pets

Introducing your pet to a child or vice versa can be a joyous experience – here are some tips to keep everyone safe and happy in the process!

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DIY Doggy Treats

Whip up a batch of delicious DIY doggy treats - your dog will thank-you for it!

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The Naming of Pets

What’s in a name, we hear you ask? Choosing a pet’s name can be as much of a reflection of your unique personality as that of Fido, or Mittens, or Bruce, or Rumpelstiltskin etc.

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Have a Hoppy Easter with these Bunny Sitting Tips!

Extra special Easter love goes to the bunny rabbits of Pawshake. Here are some tips for becoming a bunny’s bestie if you’re lucky enough to mind one of these fluffy bundles as a Pawshake pet sitter.

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Our Favourite Aussie Doggy Instagrams

Checking the Pawshake Instagram is our favourite part of every day. Here are some of the fluffy little faces we've found in our rounds!

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Sustainability and Pet Ownership

Pet ownership too can have a big impact on the environment, so making sustainable choices about how we care for our pets makes sense! Here are some ideas on how to be a responsible, green pet owner.

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What’s in a Pet Sitter’s Bag?

I was packing my backpack to leave on a pet sitting mission recently, and thought - Man, there’s a lot of stuff in here. Is all of it really necessary? Here’s a quick rundown.

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Relocating or Moving Abroad? Pawshake can bridge the gap.

Moving house isn't just tough for us humans - it can also be a stressful time for the family pet. Here we have some handy hints to make your home move a smooth one for you and your fur babies!

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Tips for Great Pet Photography

The first thing to know when preparing for a shoot is that you don’t need a fancy camera! Great pet photos can even happen on a crummy phone cam if you have the right light.

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Delightful Dining with Doggies

While we’re in the peak of outdoor activity time this Summer, it’s nice to stop by a café or pub while you’re out with your doggy companions. So many venues these days welcome well-behaved dogs and their owners, as our furry friends have become a part of the family.

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Shaking Paws in 2015

Happy New Year from Pawshake! We’re planning to make Pawshake Australia an even bigger and better community in 2015 - click through to find out about our team.

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Short Notice? No Problem! Find and Book a Holiday Pet Minder through Pawshake

Even though we’re still young, Pawshake Australia already has over 1000 profiles that you can browse to find the perfect pet sitter. But how do you whittle it down to a few suitable candidates? Here are some tips based on a recent post from our Pawshake Nederlands friend, Paulien.

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Be Prepared for a Pet Emergency

It’s a fact of life, especially in Australia - emergencies happen. Whether it’s a storm or natural disaster, medical issue or a situation that requires evacuation from the house, it’s great to have a plan in place so that you and your family are ready to act safely if there’s an issue.

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The Best Places for Meeting Pet Sitters and Furry Clients

There are so many places that make a good meeting spot for pet sitters, pet owners and pets. At Pawshake we always recommend a quick in-person meetup with your potential client or pet sitter before making a booking. It ensures that everyone’s on the same page - and it helps the pets to understand that this awesome new person is friends with their person!

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Preparing Your Home For A Pet Sitter

So you’ve browsed Pawshake, found yourself the perfect pet sitter, and you’ve had a meet up to introduce yourself and your dog. The day is coming - you’re packed and prepped for your holiday, so make sure your home is ready for your guest!

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5 Tips For Meeting A New Cat

Whether you’re meeting a kitty client or introducing a new cat to your household, these five tips will help you to ‘speak in cat’ and make the best first impressions on any feline.

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Keeping Animals Cool During Summer

December is creeping up on us fast, and so is the sweaty season. It’s a lot more difficult for animals to regulate their temperature in the heat, so here are some tips to keeping your furry friends comfortable during Summer.

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10 Questions To Ask A Pet Owner

When you're a pet sitter meeting up with new clients and perhaps entering their home, it’s important to find out a few basic (and a few not so basic) things to ensure you all have a great pet sitting experience.

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