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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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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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Can a house sitter keep my home safe?

Thinking about hiring a house sitter? There are many benefits to 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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