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Pet sitting rates: how much does a sitter cost?

If you want to find affordable pet care in your area, you can go to Pawshake! You'll soon discover that the rates vary between each pet sitter. What is a reasonable price for pet sitting? And how do you, as a pet sitter, determine exactly what price you should ask for your sitting, boarding or walking services?:

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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?

How long can a dog stay home alone? If you want to adopt a new dog, it is important to know in advance how much time you will need to take care of it. Also, if you want to become a dog sitter it's super important to ask yourself: how much time should I provide to a dog to make sure they are happy and healthy?

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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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Think you own Australia's funniest pet? We want to hear from you!

If you think your pet is hilarious, then this competition is for you – Pawshake presents, Australia’s Funniest Pet Video of 2017, the country’s first ever award to be presented for a pet video submission!

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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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The right way to rent with a pet

More Aussies are pet owners than ever before, with online pet sitting and dog walking services like Pawshake as clear evidence of this. So how do you rent responsibly with a pet and do the right thing by your real estate agent or landlord? Here’s how we can all give pet owners the good name they deserve.

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Is it ok to dress my pet?

Halloween is frighteningly close and it’s time to get your costumes and candy ready! But what about your pet….can they join in the festivities too?

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Spring clean your profile!

Summer is super close, and with it comes peak petsitting period, where all sorts of people are turning to Pawshake to find the perfect companion for their furry friends while they’re away. We've put together a few tips to get your Pawshake profile in excellent condition so that it is a sure stand-out

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Preventing fleas at home

Though fleas are a fact of life all year in the warm climate of Australia, we are heading into the peak season. Prepare now and your pet and their furry friends will thank you for it!

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Pets and paw-sitivity

Pet sitters and owners know that our furry friends can bring daily joy and comfort even in the toughest times. And it’s no surprise that new research shows that pets are way more important to long-term mental health than previously recognised.

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30 ways to have a meaningful World Animal Day!

Obviously, our animals deserve the best every single day - no doubt that your own pets are very lucky to live in a warm, loving home. Yet October 4th is also a great day to celebrate ALL our four legged, furry, feathered and fishy companions, all over the world.

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How To Clean Pet Stains From Your Carpets

A dog or cat is not just a pet but a family member. Like any family member, most of the time they're totally lovable but there are occasions where they may frustrate you. Leaving stains on the carpets is certainly one of those moments.

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Protecting your pets from the sun

Just as we humans have to take care to not get burnt by harmful UVA and UVB rays when we’re catching some sun, we need to watch out for our pets too.

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7 easy ways to make your cat happier!

Here are seven simple happiness tips you make your cat content and healthy....sounds purrfect!

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How long is a home visit or a dog walk?

What exactly can you expect from your petsitter? How long should a house visit or a dog walk take? What expectations are reasonable? Find out here!

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What to do if your pet gets a bee sting

Though we love our bee friends, it isn’t fun at all when your dog or cat gets a sting! Pets are inquisitive and use their noses to explore the world, so the occasional sting can happen from time to time. Here's your plan of action if that happens.

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Pets of the Homeless

Most of us on Pawshake are lucky enough to be safe under a roof with money for yummy food and the monthly bills. But sadly, some people in our community are facing really tough times that many may never fully appreciate….where the simple act of finding the next meal for yourself is a struggle, let alone affording food and health care for your fur-kid.

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