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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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Fireworks nearby this New Years Eve? Be prepared!

Do you celebrate New Year’s Eve together with your pet, or guest pet? Read this first, because there’s a good chance that your pet is afraid of fireworks. There are ways to train you pet not to be afraid, but there’s little point in starting now as you won’t have enough time to truly achieve anything before this year’s fireworks start. Come midnight, you might be busy uncorking the champagne and hugging family and friends. Or you might be outside watching the fireworks. Just one moment of distraction can have grave consequences. Here is our guide on how to prevent that.

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Are you a dog sitter, or looking for one? Read this first!

With the holidays in full swing, many dog owners have been booking pet sitters. Pawshake has literally thousands of passionate pet sitters around Australia, there to help when you need. Needless to say, being a sitter is the most fun occupation there is! But we also have to be aware that it’s not just a fun way of earning extra money: it’s a big responsibility! That’s why it’s important to consider the implications for a dog before taking them into your care. How do you make the dog’s time with you as pleasant as possible? Here are four important tips for dog owners and sitters:

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Do pets like Christmas as much as we think?

Here we are again at that wonderful, hectic and fun time of year! Many people want their pets to be a part of their holiday celebrations, as they are after all a part of the family. On the internet, we will find photos of cute dogs and cats with Christmas hats or gift wrapping bows around their necks by the dozens. But is that such a great idea? It’s funny, for sure, but are we doing our pets any favours by dressing them up?

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Plants that are poisonous for cats (and safe alternatives)

Cats are real carnivores, and yet many cats love a bit of green on the side. Unfortunately, not all plants and veggies are safe for your cat - some are even downright poisonous. Which plants should you avoid, which vegetables should you be careful with and what are healthy alternatives?

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Becoming a pet sitter: how to determine your rates

Perhaps you are considering becoming a pet sitter, or you might already have a profile on Pawhshake. You can determine yourself which services you offer: dog walking, day care, home visits or boarding. In turn, you decide yourself how much you want to charge for each service within the price range on our site. But how do you set your rates, and what is reasonable?

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Pets are good for childrens’ wellbeing

We all know that children adore pets. A recent study indicates that pets can even help relieve stress and anxiety disorders in kids, therefore contributing substantially to a child's wellbeing.

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Christmas Gift Ideas

What to get for the pet or human who has everything? Get some inspiration here - these pressie ideas will bring a smile to everyone's face :-)

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Boarding your pet: What to take along?

You naturally want your pet to have a great time with their friendly Pawshake pet sitter! So what will they need during their stay to make sure this happens? We’ve made a convenient little check list of all the things you should bring to the pet sitter’s home in preparation for boarding.

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How to walk multiple dogs

If you are an active pet sitter or dog walker in your neighbourhood, you may sometimes want to walk several dogs at the same time. Perhaps you want to bring your own dog along too when walking your Pawshake guest dog, or perhaps you take several of your Pawshake dogs for a walk together. It is quite difficult to have all the dogs walk next to you in a well-mannered way without getting all the leads entangled, so here some tips on the fine art of walking multiple dogs at once!

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Pet duos: animals that need a buddy

Are you crazy about pets? Is your pet your best friend? We can relate! Of course you give your pet lots of love, and perhaps you have your favourite pet sitter who spoils them every now and then. And yet some pets might need a friend of their own species, as well as their human best friend. The same is true the other way around, isn’t it?

Here‘s an overview of some particularly cute pet duos.

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Pets in the Summertime

Temperatures are rising - so why not brush up on your knowledge for pet care and safety during the hot summer months? A must-read for sitters and owners alike!

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Tips and tricks for removing dog and cat hair

Do your pets like to lounge on your couch or bed? If so, chances are that there's hair everywhere! Of course you vacuum ALL the time and you brush your dog or cat regularly to remove excess hair. But still the hair is stuck on your furniture and clothing, and even you! That’s why we’re showing you some easy and affordable solutions to get your furniture, carpet and clothing hair-free.

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4 creative ways of feeding your dog

You might feed your dog in the morning or evening, which is probably the absolute highlight of their day (next to walkies)... But in no more than a few seconds, it’s all gone! It’s a shame they can't enjoy it for longer. Your dog is, by nature, an “opportunistic scavenger” - in other words, a gatherer that eats what they find and will hunt if the opportunity presents itself. This means that your dog gains great satisfaction from working for their food. So why not try feeding your dog (or your pet sitting guest dog) in a different, more creative way!

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Dogs in Hot Cars – Don’t Risk It!

Summer fun is just around the corner, but it's super important to be mindful of your pets when driving and parking. This blog gives some helpful tips on how to raise awareness and prevent incidents of dogs getting locked in cars on a hot day.

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Why does my cat scratch? (And what you can do about it)

Every cat owner has been there: ruined furniture, scratch marks on the wallpaper, carpets that have been shredded ... Scratching - it’s just what cats do. But why? And what can you do about it?

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Summer Fun!

Summer is JUST around the corner, and we hope you’re getting out there and enjoying the sunshine with your pets! Whether you enjoy taking it easy by the pool, sitting in a beer garden or having a morning run on the beach, there are fun spots all over Australia where you can chill out with your fur babies and human pals at the same time. Check out these suggestions – and feel free to share your favourite places with us in the comments or on Facebook!

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Doggie Weddings

Choosing your bridesmaids and groomsmen can be a bit of a headache sometimes, but there is another way…. why not involve your fur baby in the celebrations! Some of our Facebook followers shared these truly fantastic wedding pictures with us and we thought they were too sweet not to post ☺

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The Pawshake Halloween Special

This Saturday the 31st of October is Halloween for you and your pet! Here's a special little Halloween Blog to give you some spooooky tips!

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A bucket list for your pet

Would you make a bucket list for your terminally ill dog? Lauren did! This is a heartwarming story about a girl who lost her dearest furry friend to bone cancer.

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Strange dog breeds

A dog with a split nose? A dog with hair growing in the opposite direction? There are many unusual and unique dog breeds for sure! Come with us as we’ll show you some of the strangest ones in the world.

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The first vet visit

Remember the first vet visit with your kitten or puppy? Odd smells, whining dogs, nervous cats lurking in travel crates, ... Not exactly a fun trip for most pets. We’ll give you a few tips on how to prepare for that first trip to the vet, which will make all later trips smoother too!

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Jobs for pet lovers

Vets, groomers, dog trainers, ... the list goes on of commonly known pet-related occupations. But there are many jobs working with pets that are just a little different! Here are five lesser-known pet jobs that are worth considering.

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5 DIY dog toys

So...you've invested in the coolest and flashiest dog toys, but your pooch seems to prefer playing with a plastic bag or an old sock. Sound familiar? Why save some dollars and have a go at making your own dog toys? We’ll even show you how to do it - too easy!

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Learn to be a Top Petsitter!

Our top five tips to stand out from the crowd and become a tip-top petsitter!

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Getting To Know You

Want to get to know the Pawshake community a little better? This week we have a Q and A session with one of our fantastic new pet-sitters!

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Prepare your Home for Doggy Stays

Four-footed guest coming to stay? No worries - here is a guide to help you prepare!

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Activities to Build a Closer Bond With Your Dog

This week we list the top ten ways to bond with your beloved pooch, by guest blogger and pet-whiz Nikki from Pressplay Pets!

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Meet and Greet - a How-To Guide

Pawshake gives you some top tips on the best ways to meet and greet before pet sitting!

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Be an Animal Superhero

What can you do to help disadvantaged animals live happy, healthier lives? Plenty! Here's how...

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