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What's better: one pet or two?

Contemplating getting a pet and unsure whether two tails are better than one? Or perhaps you’ve already got a furry companion and are wondering if they might benefit from a playmate? Are single pets ‘lonely’ or is being the sole object of your affection actually good for them? This article will help you to determine whether to take on one or more pets.

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How often should I walk my dog?

Everyone knows that dogs require plenty of regular exercise. But how often should you walk your dog exactly and for how long? In this article, you’ll learn how much time you need to devote to your dog’s favourite pastime and what to expect from your dog sitting or dog walking service.

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Introducing cat and dog in 7 steps

Cats and dogs appear to be natural enemies and can sometimes get hostile. Nevertheless, well-socialised cats and dogs can live together in harmony and ultimately become good friends. Do you wish to home a dog with a resident cat or vice versa? Then you must ensure a safe and responsible introduction between your furry companions.

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Calling your dog: How to get your dog to come to you

The 'here' or 'come' command is essential, as it can get your dog out of dangerous situations. However, it seems that some dogs simply don’t want to listen. So, why do some dogs refuse to come when called? And how can you ensure that your dog always comes on command?

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Meeting your pet sitter: here's what to discuss during a meet & greet

If you are searching for a pet sitter, then you’ll naturally prefer someone you feel comfortable leaving your beloved pet with. It’s important, therefore, to get along really well with your sitter. But how can you be sure of that all-important 'click' when booking a pet sitter via Pawshake? You'll find out during the meet & greet. Here are the do's and don'ts when meeting & greeting.

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Pet-proofing your house: preventing accidents and damage

If a new pet comes into your life or if a dog comes to visit you, it's important that your home is a pet-safe place and that you know your boundaries. We've created 2 convenient checklists to prepare your home for the arrival of a new pet - this will prevent damage to your property and keep the pet safe and sound.

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Pimp your profile and start pet sitting!

Want to spend your time surrounded by as many pets at possible? Who wouldn't? :-) And it's possible with Pawshake! With a pet sitter profile, you can board pets in your home, or you can visit them in their own home. But how do you find customers? With a lovely and attractive profile, of course. All of you dog people, cat ladies, rabbit lovers and friends of other pets: Keep reading!

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Traveling with your dog: tips for a pet-friendly holiday

There's nothing better than enjoying a holiday with your pet. But traveling should not only be fun for you as a pet owner: your dog should also have a good and comfortable experience. Here are the most important tips to ensure a pet-friendly holiday with your dog.

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Moulting: Why does my pet shed so much fur?

It seems like it will never end: your pet's summer coat falls out and you find tufts of fur all over the place. What is moulting exactly? What can you do to make things as comfortable as possible for your dog or cat, and what should you avoid doing?

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Selling yourself as a pet sitter

If you are a pet sitter, trust and responsibility are key, and pet owners should be able to tell that their pet is in safe hands with you. But how do you let the world see that you are that reliable sitter? How do you increase the likelihood that pet owners will book you? Read our tips on how you sell yourself as a pet sitter and how to communicate with pet owners.

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Cheeky cats - 3 tips for annoying behaviour

Cats can sometimes show really cheeky behavior: meowing, begging or throwing your stuff on the floor. But why? What makes your cat push objects off tables, and how can you stop the begging and 4am wake-up calls? This is also an important discussion to have with your cat sitter, so they know what to do when caring for your cat. Here are our top 3 tips to minimise cheeky cat behaviour

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Tips to prevent your pet from going missing

It is a risk that is always at in the back of your mind: what if your dog or cat goes missing? This is especially so if you plan to bring your pet to a sitter for home boarding or doggy daycare...you may worry about your furry friend suddenly going on the run. Fortunately, most pets are found and returned to their owner very quickly. And the good news is that you can do a lot to prevent your pet from getting lost in the first place. And if your pet does go missing? We have an action plan ready for you to bring your pet home quickly. Here are our tips for pet owners and pet sitters how to find a lost pet quickly.


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Why do dogs smell?

Yes, some dogs can smell a bit, but generally, a healthy dog doesn't smell too bad. But if your dog's odor is starting to get really nasty, that might be a sign that something's wrong. In this article, we share with you everything doggy smell, and what to do if your dog gets a bit stinky.

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How much does a pet sitter cost?

Find out the average cost of a pet sitter in Australia, the services you can expect and the factors that affect the cost of a pet sitter on Pawshake.

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First aid for cats: how to take care of a sick cat

You do everything you can to keep your cat happy and healthy - but at some point, just like us humans, your cat might get sick. Or adventurous cats can sometimes get themselves into trouble and suffer an injury. It's therefore really important that all cat owners and cat sitters can spot symptoms of illness or injury in a cat. What should you as a cat owner or cat sitter do in case of an emergency? How do you perform first aid on a cat? These are our emergency cat care tips:

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How much time do I need for a dog?

Most dogs love attention and company. Plan the amount of time needed to take care of a dog, what to consider and how to prepare your dog for being alone.

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Introducing dogs to each other

Anyone who walks a dog knows how exciting it can be to meet another dog. But what body language signals should you pay attention to? And how do you ensure that a meeting runs smoothly? With these 5 tips, you can introduce your dog to a new friend in a safe and calm way.

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The ideal pet sitter profile

If you are looking for dog walking services or doggy day care, it is important to choose a sitter that fits your situation perfectly. But what should you look for in a pet sitter profile? How do you use this to choose a reliable pet sitter that just 'clicks' with you and your pet?

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Cute ways to share Valentines Day with your pet

We think everyone should have a warm and fuzzy Valentines Day, whatever your relationship status – and it’s even more fun if your pet can be a part of your day.

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Celebrate the Year of the Dog!

Lunar New Year (also often known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival) is one of the world’s most bright, beautiful and exciting cultural celebrations. And in 2018 we are lucky enough to be entering the Year of the Dog!

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The Paralysis Tick – what you need to know

When we talk paralysis ticks, we mean business – these nasty critters are responsible for the death and illness of thousands of pets each year. So what can you do to make sure this never, ever happens to a cat or dog in your care?

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Australia Day Safety

Plans this Australia Day weekend? Whether you’re hitting the beach, having a quiet one at home or a family barbeque in the park, here are a few pet safety tips to think about ahead of time.

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Australia's Funniest Pets are here!

It was tough looking through all those hilarious pet videos, but we finally have our top ten list - and winners - of Pawshake's Australia's Funniest Pet Competition - yew!

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10 Paw-sitive New Year Resolutions…for pets!

A new year is a fresh start – and though your pet really doesn’t care what year we’re in (there’s a lesson in that for us somewhere!), January can be a great opportunity to improve your routines as an owner.

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Christmas Dangers - keeping your pet safe.

Christmas Dangers - keeping your pet safe. teaser: Do you celebrate Christmas together with your pets? Awesome! Of course you can enjoy the holidays together, but beware of a few unexpected dangers that could even be life-threatening to your pet. But don't worry: prepare in advance and you will prevent any problems.

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10 pets who want to wish you a Merry Christmas

Our Pawshake pets are spreading the festive cheer! These cuties are bound to make you go heart eyes...

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Can dogs smell fear?

It’s an old saying - usually told as a warning in case you run into an unfamiliar dog - but is it true that a dog can smell human fear, or any other emotion for that matter?

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Flying your pet with Jetpets

Have you ever faced the task of flying with your furry best friend, perhaps interstate or overseas, and didn't know where to begin? This week we chat with the experts at Jetpets about all things pet travel.

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Pet-proofing for boarding and daycare

Have you recently joined Pawshake as a pet sitter and ticked the boxes that say ‘doggy daycare’ and ‘home boarding’?
You’re in for fun times…but remember, having a pet stay with you isn’t a simple matter of joining Pawshake and mindlessly taking in cute dogs and cats. Fear not though, pet boarders! Work your way carefully through this checklist and you’ll be good to go.

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Why senior pets are the best pets of all

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month - which means it's time to celebrate our wonderfully cuddly older cats and dogs! Considering adopting a pet in the near future? Here, we break down a few senior pet myths and explore why you might should let a sweet senior pet into your heart and home.

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