Blog

Blog

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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!

Read more

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!

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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?'

Read more

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?

Read more

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.

Read more

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!

Read more

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!

Read more

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!

Read more

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!

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more

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!

Read more

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.

Read more

Our five favourite dog walks in Newcastle, NSW

With loads of natural beauty and a laid-back 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.

Read more

Help! How do I stop my dog from jumping on visitors?

Bouncing up to give you a big sloppy kiss is one of the most common challenges for any dog owner. You want to give a good impression to friends and family, as well as the pet sitter popping over for a meet and greet….so what do you do when all 20kg of dog go leaping up in guest’s faces?

Read more

What to do when a cat won't use their litter tray

The litter tray habits of our feline friends might seem strange, even mysterious - but a little understanding and care can go a long way to preventing even the smelliest problems!

Read more

Your dog's tongue - a window into their health

Did you know that your dog’s tongue is not just for giving us kisses….it’s also a window into their health? Here’s how to get to know and interpret your pup’s tongue!

Read more

Catspeak: the meaning behind your cat’s meow

Embrace the meow-lody of your cat’s mew and pay attention – you’ll be fluent in catspeak in no time!

Read more

Getting an uncooperative cat into a carrier

Does your cat simply hate it when you pull out the carrier to go to the vet or a pet sitter’s house? Our guide will help you ease your cat into their carrier - with minimal scratches for you!

Read more

Common Meet and Greet mistakes to avoid

The number one secret to a successful booking on Pawshake is a thorough meet and greet – but there are some common mistakes that are worth avoiding!

Read more

5 simple steps to a happy apartment dog

This week we had the pleasure of chatting with the veterinary team at Pet Check about keeping your dog happy and healthy in a smaller living space.

Read more

Pet safety checklist for ANZAC day

Whether you’re attending a dawn service, remembrance march or heading to the local RSL, there’s always a lot going on over the ANZAC long weekend...and it always pays to be prepared when it comes to pet safety!

Read more

School holiday activities with your pet

The school holidays are here again! If you want to avoid your kids being glued to their screens for two weeks, why not get them out and about for some fun with the family pet?

Read more