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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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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?

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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?

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'Oh Crap' - saving the world one poo bag at a time!

We were lucky enough to chat to ‘Oh Crap’ founder Bruce and his gorgeous Rescue Pup Brady about all things dog poo, landfill, and saving the world one poo bag at a time. 'Oh Crap' also have a special offer for Pawshake users - listen up dog walkers - this one is for you!!

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Ten tasty human foods your pet can enjoy

Easter is just around the corner, which means plenty of edible treats for us humans! We all know we need to keep the chocolate well out of reach of our furry friends, but there are still plenty of human foods that your cat or dog can enjoy as an occasional treat.

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Puppy proofing your home

Do you have a bundle of fluff coming into your home anytime soon? We chat with super-star Pawshake pet sitter Concetta about her experience adopting a puppy - she gives us her top 5 tips to make the transition a smooth one!

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What to do if a dog charges at you

This week we have a chat with our Community Manager and super-experienced pet-sitter Sam about what to do in the event of a dog charging at you.

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Dealing with separation anxiety in pets

This is one of the bigger challenges facing pet owners and pet sitters alike. Do you know a dog or cat suffering from separation anxiety? Read on for some simple solutions to make your pet's life (and yours!) a lot easier!

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Your Secret Weapon to Renting With a Pet!

It isn't always easy, but it's absolutely possible to successfully secure a rental property with your pet! We chat with the folks at rent.com.au, who give us the absolute best secret weapon to winning that lease...

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5 ways to celebrate Lunar New Year with your pet

This Year of the Rooster, why not start off on a positive note and freshen up your life and home with your pet by your side? Here are five pet-friendly ways to celebrate the New Year.

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Have a Pet-Friendly Australia Day!

This January 26, why not involve your beloved dog or cat in some fun Australia Day activities? Whether you're into the indoors or outdoors, we have something for everyone...

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Preventing Heatstroke in Pets

Summer is here and we're in for a scorcher! The wonderful Doctor Anna from Love That Pet has given us some helpful hints on keeping your pet safe and comfortable when the heat is on.

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The Best Dog-Friendly Cafes in Brisbane, QLD

Just you, your pooch, a latte and a puppacino....bliss! Pawshake is excited to bring our favourite dog-friendly cafes in sunny Brisbane.

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The Best Dog Beaches on the Gold Coast

Looking for some fun in the sun with your best friend? It's time to feel the sand between your paws on Pawshake's favourite doggy beaches on the Gold Coast, Queensland!

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Five Best Dog Walks in Sydney

Where are the best spots to walk your mutt, we hear you ask? Pawshake's Community Manager Sarah has tried and tested the best Sydney has to offer - here's her shortlist of the top 5 Sydney walkies!

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Best Dog-Friendly Parks in Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne's weather (though a little unpredictable lately!) is getting more welcoming by the day. Why not take your pooch for a trot and a sniff in one of our recommended lovely local dog parks?

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How does a cat show love?

Do you understand what a cat is trying to tell you with their body language? Cats might seem a bit aloof, but that doesn't mean that they don't adore you! Here are 5 surprising ways cats display love for us humans.

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Your newly adopted pet: how to give a thoroughly warm welcome!

Adopting a cat or dog is a truly rewarding experience. And the day you finally get to take your furry friend home marks the beginning of your mutual journey. Yet those first few days can be fraught with tension. Planning to adopt a cat or dog? Ensure that you're thoroughly prepared for the big day with our helpful tips below!

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How to walk a cat (and why)

Walking your dog is the most natural thing in the world. However, you rarely see anyone with a cat on a lead! Walking your cat might not be a 'walk in the park', but it can have many benefits for the right feline. Fancy giving it a go? Then follow our helpful 3-step plan below.

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How to prevent stress for you and your pet

We already know that pets reduce stress, and make us happy and healthy. So, it's hardly surprising that so many of us have a furry friend of our own or enjoy looking after those of our friends and neighbours. But did you know that those feelings of bliss can rapidly transform into stress? Prevent burn-out from affecting you and your pets with our useful tips for busy pet owners and pet sitters.

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Houseplants that are poisonous to dogs (and some safe alternatives)

Many houseplants are toxic to dogs, and some are downright life-threatening. You should therefore avoid growing these common houseplants and replace them with a safe alternative instead.

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Would you entrust your pet to a stranger?

Imagine: you suddenly have an unexpected work commitment or the possibility of a last-minute weekend getaway. You have to find a suitable solution for your cat or dog, and soon. Would you hand over your beloved pet to a complete stranger? Of course not!

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Meet Dr. Jo of Creature Clinic!

We recently got in touch with Melbourne super-vet Dr Jo of pet blog Creature Clinic to talk all things four-legged...

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