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5 ways to celebrate Lunar New Year with your pet

This Year of the Rooster, why not start off on a positive note and freshen up your life and home with your pet by your side? Here are five pet-friendly ways to celebrate the New Year.

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Have a Pet-Friendly Australia Day!

This January 26, why not involve your beloved dog or cat in some fun Australia Day activities? Whether you're into the indoors or outdoors, we have something for everyone...

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Preventing Heatstroke in Pets

Summer is here and we're in for a scorcher! The wonderful Doctor Anna from Love That Pet has given us some helpful hints on keeping your pet safe and comfortable when the heat is on.

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The Best Dog-Friendly Cafes in Brisbane, QLD

Just you, your pooch, a latte and a puppacino....bliss! Pawshake is excited to bring our favourite dog-friendly cafes in sunny Brisbane.

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The Best Dog Beaches on the Gold Coast

Looking for some fun in the sun with your best friend? It's time to feel the sand between your paws on Pawshake's favourite doggy beaches on the Gold Coast, Queensland!

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Five Best Dog Walks in Sydney

Where are the best spots to walk your mutt, we hear you ask? Pawshake's Community Manager Sarah has tried and tested the best Sydney has to offer - here's her shortlist of the top 5 Sydney walkies!

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Best Dog-Friendly Parks in Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's weather (though a little unpredictable lately!) is getting more welcoming by the day. Why not take your pooch for a trot and a sniff in one of our recommended lovely local dog parks?

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How does a cat show love?

Do you understand what a cat is trying to tell you with their body language? Cats might seem a bit aloof, but that doesn't mean that they don't adore you! Here are 5 surprising ways cats display love for us humans.

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Your newly adopted pet: how to give a thoroughly warm welcome!

Adopting a cat or dog is a truly rewarding experience. And the day you finally get to take your furry friend home marks the beginning of your mutual journey. Yet those first few days can be fraught with tension. Planning to adopt a cat or dog? Ensure that you're thoroughly prepared for the big day with our helpful tips below!

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How to walk a cat (and why)

Walking your dog is the most natural thing in the world. However, you rarely see anyone with a cat on a lead! Walking your cat might not be a 'walk in the park', but it can have many benefits for the right feline. Fancy giving it a go? Then follow our helpful 3-step plan below.

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How to prevent stress for you and your pet

We already know that pets reduce stress, and make us happy and healthy. So, it's hardly surprising that so many of us have a furry friend of our own or enjoy looking after those of our friends and neighbours. But did you know that those feelings of bliss can rapidly transform into stress? Prevent burn-out from affecting you and your pets with our useful tips for busy pet owners and pet sitters.

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Houseplants that are poisonous to dogs (and some safe alternatives)

Many houseplants are toxic to dogs, and some are downright life-threatening. You should therefore avoid growing these common houseplants and replace them with a safe alternative instead.

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Would you entrust your pet to a stranger?

Imagine: you suddenly have an unexpected work commitment or the possibility of a last-minute weekend getaway. You have to find a suitable solution for your cat or dog, and soon. Would you hand over your beloved pet to a complete stranger? Of course not!

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Meet Dr. Jo of Creature Clinic!

We recently got in touch with Melbourne super-vet Dr Jo of pet blog Creature Clinic to talk all things four-legged...

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Tips for camping with your dog

Many animal lovers enjoy a holiday in the great outdoors; camping in beautiful surroundings. Of course, it's a lot of fun if you can bring your dog along with you for the adventure. But what should you keep in mind if you decide to share your tent or caravan with your faithful friend? Here are 5 Tips for a successful camping trip with your dog!

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Keeping your pet warm in the winter

We humans have the luxury of being able to layer up, but your pet might need a bit of extra help staying warm. This is especially important in short-haired breeds, older pets or smaller pets that really feel the chill at this time of the year.

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What you need to know about dog poo

Since the introduction of tough state and local council laws, most responsible dog owners now clean up after their four legged friends. But scooping up your dog's poop is actually more beneficial than you might think: your pooch's poo reveals a great deal about his or her current state of health. So, time to overcome your reservations, grab a bag and start studying the brown stuff!

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Which is best: an indoor or an outdoor cat?

Some people prefer allowing their cat outdoors, whilst others believe that cats are perfectly happy indoors. But who's right?

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How to take the perfect pet photo

It goes without saying that your precious pet is also a stunning supermodel! But what's the best way to capture your furry friend on camera? Below you'll find 5 tips for successful pet photography.

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Fanatical about dogs, cats or both? Become a pet sitter!

So, you love pets and want a fun part-time job? Pawshake makes it possible! You simply create a profile on the Pawshake website, and from there can begin offering your services as a dog walker or pet sitter. But what does it actually involve? And do you have what it takes to become a responsible pet sitter? Satisfy the 5 requirements below, and you're likely the perfect candidate!

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I want a kitten and I want one now!

Considering getting a new kitten or cat? Finding one is a piece of cake. These days the internet will help you to locate the ideal litter in no time. Such an adorable little ball of fluff costs next to nothing and, well, how hard can it really be? Well, getting your first cat is certainly exciting, but it should never, ever be done on impulse. So, before you take the plunge, ask yourself the following 5 questions. Our checklist below will ensure you're thoroughly prepared for your new kitten!

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5 Tips For A Healthy Dog Coat

Most dogs change their outfit to match the weather: just like us, they swap their summer coat for a winter one. This may also be accompanied by additional shedding. While molting is perfectly normal, there are ways to make life more comfortable for your four-legged friend. With that in mind, we've prepared 5 questions and answers to ensure optimal care of your dog's coat.

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Play away the Winter Blues!

It's officially the chilly season Pawshakers! Time to hibernate - we're thinking lazy cuddles in front of the heater and sleep-ins on the weekend. BUT the weather can also make it a little harder to get out and active... Good news is, you can beat the winter lethargy blues with help from your pet - and both of you will benefit!

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Why Microchipping and Registering Your Pet is so Important

Although you might not want to think about it - pets do go missing. In fact more than 100,000 cats and dogs are placed in RSPCA shelters in Australia each year. And plenty of other pets go AWOL too. Thankfully, the microchip registration scheme ensures that many are ultimately reunited with their owners.

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Guide Dog Day!

To celebrate International Guide Dog Day, Pawshake is getting down to business with a blog all about these amazing dogs! Read on to discover more...

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Why talking to your pet is so healthy

Regardless of whether it's your cat, dog, bunny rabbit, fish or canary: talking to your trusty companion is rather healthy! In fact, those who converse with their pets tend to develop a closer bond with them. And there are many other benefits too.

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Taking Your Dog in the Car: Avoid These Common Mistakes

Most dogs LOVE travelling by car! That's because there's usually a fun walk or an interesting destination at the end of it. A trip to the vet or pet sitter's place might also involve a car journey. Although this all sounds simple enough, dangerous situations can arise when entering and exiting the vehicle, and during the car journey itself. Which is why we've conveniently listed the essential do's and don'ts for you below.

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The Golden Tip for Pet Sitters

Hey there, pet sitters! Can't wait to land yourself your first job looking after a cute critter or two? Great to hear - plenty of pets and their owners will be delighted to find you on Pawshake! But have you stopped to consider the most important aspect of your job? The ONE thing that you as pet sitter must never forget, and that the very success of your pet sitting service absolutely depends on. Read on to discover our indispensable Golden Tip for successful pet sitters!

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Lazy dogs simply don't exist

Is your four legged friend a bit of a couch potato? It might seem like he or she is just being lazy, but it's also possible there is something else going on. So what is your pooch trying to tell you? Read on...

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What does it take to become a pet sitter?

The greatest job in the world? It's got to be a pet sitter! Which child doesn't dream of 'working with animals' when they grow up? Thanks to modern technology and a large community of animal lovers, that dream can now become a reality at Pawshake! So, what knowledge and skills are required to become a competent pet sitter? The 5 qualities below will certainly stand you in good stead.

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