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Keeping your pet warm in the winter

We humans have the luxury of being able to flick on a heater or electric blanket, but spare a moment to think of your pet….they might need a little extra help on the chilliest days! Here are some strategies to help your pet through the winter.

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What you need to know about dog poo

Since the introduction of tough state and local council laws, most responsible dog owners now clean up after their four legged friends. But scooping up your dog's poop is actually more beneficial than you might think: your pooch's poo reveals a great deal about his or her current state of health. So, time to overcome your reservations, grab a bag and start studying the brown stuff!

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Which is best: an indoor or an outdoor cat?

Some people prefer allowing their cat outdoors, whilst others believe that cats are perfectly happy indoors. But who's right?

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How to take the perfect pet photo

It goes without saying that your precious pet is also a stunning supermodel! But what's the best way to capture your furry friend on camera? Below you'll find 5 tips for successful pet photography.

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Fanatical about dogs, cats or both? Become a pet sitter!

So, you love pets and want a fun part-time job? Pawshake makes it possible! You simply create a profile on the Pawshake website, and from there can begin offering your services as a dog walker or pet sitter. But what does it actually involve? And do you have what it takes to become a responsible pet sitter? Satisfy the 5 requirements below, and you're likely the perfect candidate!

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I want a kitten and I want one now!

Considering getting a new kitten or cat? Finding one is a piece of cake. These days the internet will help you to locate the ideal litter in no time. Such an adorable little ball of fluff costs next to nothing and, well, how hard can it really be? Well, getting your first cat is certainly exciting, but it should never, ever be done on impulse. So, before you take the plunge, ask yourself the following 5 questions. Our checklist below will ensure you're thoroughly prepared for your new kitten!

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5 Tips For A Healthy Dog Coat

Most dogs change their outfit to match the weather: just like us, they swap their summer coat for a winter one. This may also be accompanied by additional shedding. While molting is perfectly normal, there are ways to make life more comfortable for your four-legged friend. With that in mind, we've prepared 5 questions and answers to ensure optimal care of your dog's coat.

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Play away the Winter Blues!

It's officially the chilly season Pawshakers! Time to hibernate - we're thinking lazy cuddles in front of the heater and sleep-ins on the weekend. BUT the weather can also make it a little harder to get out and active... Good news is, you can beat the winter lethargy blues with help from your pet - and both of you will benefit!

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Why Microchipping and Registering Your Pet is so Important

Although you might not want to think about it - pets do go missing. In fact more than 100,000 cats and dogs are placed in RSPCA shelters in Australia each year. And plenty of other pets go AWOL too. Thankfully, the microchip registration scheme ensures that many are ultimately reunited with their owners.

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Guide Dog Day!

To celebrate International Guide Dog Day, Pawshake is getting down to business with a blog all about these amazing dogs! Read on to discover more...

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Why talking to your pet is so healthy

Regardless of whether it's your cat, dog, bunny rabbit, fish or canary: talking to your trusty companion is rather healthy! In fact, those who converse with their pets tend to develop a closer bond with them. And there are many other benefits too.

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Taking Your Dog in the Car: Avoid These Common Mistakes

Most dogs LOVE travelling by car! That's because there's usually a fun walk or an interesting destination at the end of it. A trip to the vet or pet sitter's place might also involve a car journey. Although this all sounds simple enough, dangerous situations can arise when entering and exiting the vehicle, and during the car journey itself. Which is why we've conveniently listed the essential do's and don'ts for you below.

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The Golden Tip for Pet Sitters

Hey there, pet sitters! Can't wait to land yourself your first job looking after a cute critter or two? Great to hear - plenty of pets and their owners will be delighted to find you on Pawshake! But have you stopped to consider the most important aspect of your job? The ONE thing that you as pet sitter must never forget, and that the very success of your pet sitting service absolutely depends on. Read on to discover our indispensable Golden Tip for successful pet sitters!

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Lazy dogs simply don't exist

Is your four legged friend a bit of a couch potato? It might seem like he or she is just being lazy, but it's also possible there is something else going on. So what is your pooch trying to tell you? Read on...

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What does it take to become a pet sitter?

The greatest job in the world? It's got to be a pet sitter! Which child doesn't dream of 'working with animals' when they grow up? Thanks to modern technology and a large community of animal lovers, that dream can now become a reality at Pawshake! So, what knowledge and skills are required to become a competent pet sitter? The 5 qualities below will certainly stand you in good stead.

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Doggy etiquette: 7 tips to make walkies fun!

Animal lovers are not necessarily people lovers, and dog psychology is completely different to human psychology. In order for dogs and their owners or pet sitters to enjoy a pleasant walk, it's important to be familiar with the unwritten 'rules'. Stick with these simple guidelines and you can be sure of fun and stress-free walkies with your four legged friend!

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Safe flying with your pet

Traveling with your pet sounds idyllic: exploring far-flung places with your faithful friend at your side... There are many suitable options for those of you wishing to take your dog on your travels, but flying with a pet is far from ideal. If you really are unable to avoid flying with your pet though, then our handy tips below will help to ensure your next flight is as safe, healthy and pleasant for your four-legged friend as possible.

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Travelling with your dog: using public transport together

Travelling with your dog can seem like a great idea, yet public transport is not always geared towards pets. However, for the more adventurous among you, there are still some opportunities to take your dog on the road with you. But before you do, please read our handy tips on traveling with your dog by train, tram, bus and plane.

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Beware! Human food that is poisonous to dogs and cats

Easter is fast approaching, and homes all over Australia are once more crammed with chocolate eggs and bunnies. Yet, whilst many pet owners are well aware that chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs, accidents still happen. Indeed, pets don't come with their own built-in 'poison detector' and some of them love chocolate as much as we do! But chocolate isn't the only item that's life threatening for your four legged friend. Below is a handy list of some of the most common food products that are poisonous to cats and dogs.

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Everything You Need to Know About Patting a Dog

The first thing that many of us impulsively do when we see a dog is reach out and give them a pat (which is hardly surprising when most dogs look so irresistibly sweet!). Children in particular often want to stroke and cuddle dogs. But is that always such a good idea? Below are some useful tips on the best way to pat a dog.

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Cat behaviour and what you need to know about it

In order to give your cat a happy, long life, it's important to understand him or her. What makes your cat tick, and what do they need? The following information about the nature and behaviour of cats will help you to better understand and bond with your pet.

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Delta Society and Pawshake!

At Pawshake, we absolutely adore pets! We also care deeply about the importance of pets to those who need them most in our community. Pawshake and the Delta Society, the non-profit organisation for animal-assisted therapy, have an exciting new partnership that will make you smile on the inside and out :-)

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7 Reasons Why Dogs Make Us Happy

Did you know that a dog can make you happy and healthy? Indeed, a dog can change your entire life! Dog owners, of course, already know this. Yet you don't need to be an owner yourself to benefit from a dog's company : a dog sitter or dog walker can also experience this joy! Below you'll find 7 reasons a dog makes you happy.

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DIY: Make your own cat toys!

Cat owners know only too well: every little object that's left lying around is a potential cat toy. It just needs to be light and springy (and it certainly helps if it smell irresistible too!). So why buy expensive cat toys when they are so easy to make at home? You can be as creative as you wish, and a homemade cat toy makes the perfect gift for your cat sitter!

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Pawshake pet-sitting – a great choice for you and your pet!

In the past, pet-minding in Australia has been pretty limited. The choice of where to leave your fur baby has been restricted to traditional kennels and boarding facilities, but the fact is that not every pet is suited to these situations!

Pawshake knows this and is here to help – we are pet owners and pet sitters ourselves, so have been in your shoes!

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Pet First Aid Course

Do you want to be the best pet sitter or owner you can possibly be, by always being ready to act in a pet emergency? If you live in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, why not come along to one of our pet first aid course days this March? The Pet Industry Association of Australia will be working with Pawshake to present this exciting course at a discounted rate exclusively for Pawshake users!

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Back to School Blues

Kids back at school this week? Spare a thought for the furry children in your home, as even pets suffer from the back-to-school blues!

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7 things you didn’t know about ... Rabbits!

They are cute, they have large ears and they like nibbling on things ... But did you know that rabbits are also very smart and fascinating little animals? And at Pawshake, you can bunny-sit the cutest rabbits! For all the rabbit lovers out there: 7 fun facts about rabbits.

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I want a puppy! Six questions about getting a dog

Puppies are just too cute! You want to get one, right this instant. But wait a minute! Answer these six questions BEFORE you welcome a puppy into your home. With this checklist, you can be sure that you will enjoy the company of a lovely, healthy dog that is a good match for you and your lifestyle.

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Boarding your dog? Discuss this first.

Dog boarding for the first time is quite an experience for your best friend! That’s why it’s so important to be fully prepared. The best preparation is to visit the pet sitter’s home, where they can ask you questions about your dog and your expectations. Here are some issues that should be taken into consideration.

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