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Does my dog want to be the boss?

Raising a dog isn't always straight forward. Of course, you adore your dog, but sometimes they can do things that drive you crazy: barking at visitors or at people on the street, growling at other dogs, chewing your stuff or ignoring you when you call. Also as dog sitter, it can be challenging to work with a dog that won't listen to you. Does your dog just want to be the dominant one? Or is something else going on?

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Why doesn't my cat want to play?

Playing is extremely important for the health and wellbeing of your cat. A playing cat is a happy cat! But some cats don't seem to feel like it at all! Here are 5 reasons your cat doesn't want to play + the solution for cat owners and cat sitters.

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Saying goodbye to your pet

We may not want to think about it, but saying goodbye to your pet is a moment every pet owner will face at some point. The grief and mourning that can come from this might be painful, but it is very normal and natural to experience these feelings. So let's talk about it openly together: what do you need to know about saying goodbye to your beloved four-legged friend?

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Why does my dog lick me?

Some dog owners love a friendly lick from their dog. But why does a dog actually lick you? And what are the implications for your health when a dog licks? Read all about your dog's licking habits!

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Is Pawshake safe?

Nowadays, we can easily find a pet sitter with just a few clicks via a website or app. But how do you know that you can trust a pet sitter? What are the experiences of other pet owners and how do you know for sure that your Pawshake booking is safe?

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Becoming a house sitter: the best job in the world?

It's a fun and adventurous way to discover new places, people and pets: being a house sitter. You will stay in the house of the owner. There, you take care of the pets and keep the house safe. What should you pay attention to as a house sitter and how do you ensure that you become successful?

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Cool activities for your dog in the summer heat

In the summer heat, it's dangerous for dogs to run around too much. However, it's still super important that your dog gets enough physical exercise, even on hot days. So how can your dog keep it cool whilst burning some energy at the same time? Dog owners and dog sitters: here are some fun summer activities for you and your pooch!

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Is your pet afraid of fireworks? 5 tips

Fireworks can cause a lot of anxiety and stress in animals (at worst, many pets also run away). As a pet owner or sitter, you can take extra measures to prevent accidents and pets going missing. With these tips, you and your pet can have a safe start to the new year!

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5 holiday dangers for your pet

During the Christmas holidays, there are extra risks that you must consider if you're a pet owner or pet sitter. Fortunately, you can be prepared and identify household hazards before they cause harm to your furry friend. Here's how to keep your pets healthy and safe during the festive season!

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7 tips for sustainable pet ownership

Pet ownership and sustainability aren’t always 100% compatible. Nevertheless, you can still take some positive steps and… every little bit helps! Discover how to make life with your faithful companion fun, green and eco-friendly with our 7 tips for sustainable pet ownership.

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Can you leave a young puppy with a dog sitter?

It's the ideal solution for busy puppy-parents, and the best job in the world for dog sitters: puppy boarding! But providing a puppy sitting service is not without its challenges. Discover all you need to know about puppy boarding and puppy daycare below.

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Pets and divorce: what’s best for your furry friend?

Pets are part of the family. This means that we’re faced with a difficult dilemma in the event of a separation or divorce. Putting your pet’s interests first and knowing what to do in such a situation requires being adequately informed. How can you ensure that your pet doesn’t suffer from an impending separation or divorce?

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Is my cat or dog overweight?

Approximately over 50% our cats and dogs are overweight. There is a habit of 'spoiling' our beloved pets with edible treats as an act of kindness. Yet, this can result in your pet experiencing a number of serious health issues. Helping your pet to maintain a healthy weight is key to ensuring that they remain fit and happy. Here's how!

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What should you put in your pet sitter profile description?

Your pet sitter profile is essentially your pet sitting business card. But what exactly should you write in your profile text? What can you put in your description to elicit the desired response from pet owners?

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Why do cats groom themselves so often?

Cats groom their coats on a daily basis and devote almost half their 'waking' hours to this very activity! But what can you learn from this unique cat behaviour? What does this fastidious grooming habit reveal about your cat, and can their primping ever become a problem? Discover all you need to know about cat grooming!

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How to be affectionate with your dog – in the right way

One of the most important doggy needs is a daily dose of affection. It gives your dog peace of mind, confidence, and a sense of security. When you show your dog you love him, he develops a general sense of well-being, sleeps well at night, and feels balanced and self-assured throughout the day. But how do you show your dog love and affection in the right way?

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Why does my dog bark?

Dogs bark, that we know. But why do some dogs bark more than others? And what should you do if your (doggy day care or dog boarding) dog doesn’t stop barking? Discover all you need to know about why dogs bark + 3 tips on how to break their barking habit.

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Which house plants are poisonous for pets?

Many cats and dogs like to nibble on your house plants. Particularly indoor cats in search of some fresh greenery. However, some plants are poisonous and can make your pet seriously ill. So, which plants are toxic for your cat or dog, and what are the safe alternatives?

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What’s a good name for your cat or dog?

When contemplating names for your pet, you might be tempted to come up with something highly original, a name that you have a strong personal connection with. However, it’s wise to pause for thought before finally settling on a name. In this article, you can read about what makes a good name for your cat or dog, and discover some of the most popular pet names.

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7 activities for a mindful dog

Is your dog a tad hyperactive? Perhaps they have become disobedient, disinterested or even stressed? Even bored or unable to satisfy natural instincts? It’s important that your dog is physically and mentally challenged on a regular basis. The activities below are guaranteed to leave your four-legged friend mentally engaged and content. This will also increase the bond between you and your dog, and you’ll become a more 'mindful' dog owner or dog sitter in the process.

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Pet sitting home visits: what's involved

If you’ve recently become a pet sitter, you’ll no doubt be keen to start home visiting all those lovely pets in your neighbourhood. But how long should such a visit last? What can pet owners expect from you? And what, exactly, do pets need from their pet sitter?

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7 ways to improve your cat's life

Cats tend to be regarded as 'low-maintenance' pets that require little time and attention. As a result, their basic needs and natural desires are often overlooked, and they forget how to be 'cats'. Our 7 simple tips below will improve life for your little furball demonstrably and soon have her purring away with happiness!

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My dog has separation anxiety. What should I do?

Dogs are social animals, which explains why most are not happy alone. In some cases this can become really problematic, with the separation anxiety becoming so intense that the dog cannot be left alone at home. Some dogs are also so attached to their owner that they can also get separation anxiety when they stay with a dog sitter. How do you ensure that the separation anxiety is reduced and how do you ensure that your dog feels safe and happy without you?

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What's better: one pet or two?

Contemplating getting a pet and unsure whether two tails are better than one? Or perhaps you’ve already got a furry companion and are wondering if they might benefit from a playmate? Are single pets ‘lonely’ or is being the sole object of your affection actually good for them? This article will help you to determine whether to take on one or more pets.

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How often should I walk my dog?

Everyone knows that dogs require plenty of regular exercise. But how often should you walk your dog exactly and for how long? In this article, you’ll learn how much time you need to devote to your dog’s favourite pastime and what to expect from your dog sitting or dog walking service.

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