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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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Does your dog really love you?

We pet people know in our heart of hearts that our dogs love us just as much as we love them. But how do you know your dog actually LOVES you in a way that transcends the basic, instinctive need for food and shelter? Here's how!

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The Best Dog-Friendly Cafes in Perth, WA

One thing’s for sure….Perth locals love two things – dogs and coffee! Here is Pawshake's list of the best dog-friendly cafes in Perth.

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My pet’s nose is dry….is it sick?

There has been a long-standing tale amongst dog and cat owners that your pet should have a wet nose if they are healthy, and that a dry nose means they are sick. Does this theory hold any water, or is it a bit 'on the nose'?

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Is your dog bored?

Dogs, like humans, can get downright bored if they aren’t receiving enough mental and physical stimulation. Here's how to tell if your dog is bored and what you can do to help.

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Dog-friendly activities to conquer the end of winter…

It’s the tail-end of winter, and if you’re anything like us you might be getting a TOUCH over it…So, without further ado, here are some easy ways to get out and about with your dog and beat the late-winter blues.

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The benefits of pets for elderly owners

With loneliness and isolation becoming potential problems in the elderly population, it’s worth looking to pet ownership as a source of healing and purpose.

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Why do we use baby-talk on our pets?

Let’s all admit it – most of us pet fanatics on Pawshake have a special voice reserved for our pet...and there is an interesting reason behind why we use this goo-goo-gaa-gaa talk for our furry friend!

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Moving house with a cat

Pawshake staff member Jess recently moved with her cat, Benjamin. Here are a few pieces of wisdom that she gained from the experience!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?'

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Our five favourite dog walks in Newcastle, NSW

With loads of natural beauty and a beachy 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.

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