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Begging – five simple ways to calm a hungry pooch

Please, sir! I want some more! It’s kind of cute, but it can be a bit much….having your dog (or a guest dog if you’re a pet sitter) dribbling into your leg while you try to eat. Here are five simple ways to calm your begging pooch.

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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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Indoor games to play with your dog

The nonstop rain, the flash floods, and the persistent (but refreshing) cold wind.. It's the perfect weather for us! But, how do we ensure that our dogs are kept occupied during this monsoon period? Here are some fun games you can try out with your dog at home - perfect for rainy days!

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Keep your Pawshake profile safe

Every day, thousands of sitters, owners and a whole lot of furry friends have great experiences on Pawshake – and we want to make sure this continues! Here are a few tips for protecting your profile information from online scams and phishing.

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10 Paw-sitive New Year Resolutions…for pets!

A new year is a fresh start – and though your pet really doesn’t care what year we’re in (there’s a lesson in that for us somewhere!), January can be a great opportunity to improve your routines as an owner.

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Christmas Dangers - keeping your pet safe.

Do you celebrate Christmas together with your pets? Awesome! Of course you can enjoy the holidays together, but beware of a few unexpected dangers that could even be life-threatening to your pet. But don't worry: prepare in advance and you will prevent any problems.

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10 pets who want to wish you a Merry Christmas

Our Pawshake pets are spreading the festive cheer! These cuties are bound to make you go heart eyes.

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Signs that a cat loves you

We always wish that we know what our pets are thinking. Are they hungry, do they want to play, and most important, do they love us?! Well, your cat does! Here are some behaviors that your cat might display to tell you that it thinks you are purrfect.

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Healthy and tasty treats for your dog

Here at Pawshake, it’s always Treat Yo Self O’clock! Here are couple of recipes that you can make for your furkid.

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Fun things to do with your pet this December

December is here, and what better way to spend it than with your furkids? Here's a bunch of fun and relaxing activities to engage in with your pets.

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Can dogs smell fear?

It’s an old saying - usually told as a warning in case you run into an unfamiliar dog - but is it true that a dog can smell human fear, or any other emotion for that matter?

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Pet-proofing for boarding and daycare

Have you recently joined Pawshake as a pet sitter and ticked the boxes that say ‘doggy daycare’ and ‘home boarding’?
You’re in for fun times…but remember, having a pet stay with you isn’t a simple matter of joining Pawshake and mindlessly taking in cute dogs and cats. Fear not though, pet boarders! Work your way carefully through this checklist and you’ll be good to go.

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Why senior pets are the best pets of all

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month - which means it's time to celebrate our wonderfully cuddly older cats and dogs! Considering adopting a pet in the near future? Here, we break down a few senior pet myths and explore why you might should let a sweet senior pet into your heart and home.

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Tidy your profile for the holidays!

December 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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Caring for pets during the rainy season

It's starting to rain cats and dogs, so taking your dog out for a walk or exercise might be harder. But don't let the rain get you down - Here's what to do!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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