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Protect your profile from scammers

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an unfortunate surge in scam activity targeting online businesses worldwide. But don’t worry: we are here to help protect you and prevent this on Pawshake.

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Dog Enrichment Food Puzzles

Discover 10 quick and simple dog enrichment food puzzles you can put together that will challenge and stimulate their brains.

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Why is pet sitting so quiet at the moment?

Life has turned upside down since the arrival of coronavirus (COVID-19), and a lot of these changes can explain what is happening to the pet sitting industry. Find out what it means for you as a pet sitter.

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Should I adopt a pet?

Adopting a pet seems like a great idea: pets bring us joy, and it feels great rehoming an animal in need. But before you adopt a pet, consider if you are in it for the longterm.

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Why do pets make us happy?

Domestic pets can bring us a lot of laughter, joy and comfort, especially during difficult times. Here’s the science behind why pets make us happy, and why spending time with your pet can help you maintain good mental health.

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How to walk a dog during lockdown

Both you and your dog still need exercise during the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, and are still allowed to do so as long as you follow the rules.

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Can I pet sit during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?

Yes, you can continue to pet sit if your services are essential to the health and welfare of your client’s pet. Here's what you need to know.

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How to cope as a pet sitter during the COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has turned life upside down, but here’s how pet sitters can survive, thrive and come out stronger when things settle.

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Can domestic pets spread coronavirus (Covid-19)?

The new coronavirus intervenes deeply in our daily lives. What does the virus actually mean for our pets? And what does this exceptional situation mean for bookings made on Pawshake?

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Is it safe for kids to pet sit?

Looking after pets is fun, and can teach kids about responsibility and social skills. However, you must consider your child’s age: Young children must be supervised around pets at all times, and an adult must be the primary carer if you wish to pet sit with your child under 18.

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Which flowers are toxic to dogs and cats?

There are a number of common ornamental flowers that are toxic to both cats and dogs. This list covers the most common that you should be aware of.

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Why do cats vomit?

Many cats regularly throw up after eating. This is normal in most cases, but sometimes vomiting can also indicate underlying health problems. To keep your cat healthy it is important to keep a close eye on your cat's upset stomach and its contents.

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Why is my dog afraid of strangers?

Some dogs may be nervous, skittish or shy around strangers because of poor socialisation, genetics or a bad past experience. Fortunately, you can help your dog manage their fear with patience, reassurance and consistency.

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How to find a cat sitter

Cats are attached to their environment, and, as such, prefer to stay at home than a cattery. A good option for holidaying cat owners is to hire a pet sitter that provides in-home visits. The pet sitter can make sure that your cat is fed, safe and happy, without being moved at all.

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How to find a dog sitter over Christmas

If you are looking for a place for your dog to stay over Christmas and New Years, it's important to make an arrangement that suits your dog best so that both of you have a stress-free holiday period. Here are 7 tips for finding a great pet sitter for your dog.

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Why a cat scratches (and how to stop it)

On the furniture, on your hand during playtime, on the scratching post, on the floor... Cats scratch their claws on just about anything, which can be annoying if it causes damage. Why does a cat scratch and what can you do about unwanted scratching?

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Why do dogs smell each other's behinds?

Dogs often sniff each other's bums when they greet each other. This might seem a bit weird to us, but it is completely normal for a dog! Read here about this doggy habit and why it is important to let your dog sniff freely.

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Getting rid of fleas from your pet and home

Fleas can hit at any time of year, making your pet super itchy and uncomfortable. How do you eliminate and prevent fleas so that they keep away from your pets and house, all year round?

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Encouraging your cat to drink more water

Cats don't drink a lot of water by nature. Yet it is hugely importance for them to get enough fluid every day. Is your cat not drinking enough water? With a few simple tricks, you can ensure that your cat stays healthy and hydrated!

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Why do dogs wipe their paws?

Wiping or kicking the grass after going to the toilet is a common behaviour in all dogs. But why do dogs do this? And is it a problem you should stop, or is it perfectly normal?

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Can dogs feel guilty?

Dogs do seem to have a guilty expression, especially when they've done the wrong thing. But do dogs really feel guilt like we humans do? And what should and shouldn't you do when your dog looks guilty?

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Protect your pet from overheating

Most pets can't sweat in the same way we humans do. As such, overheating can have really dangerous consequences for your pet's health during the summer heat. How do you keep your pet cool on these really hot days? Here are 6 tips for keeping your pets refreshed and chilled-out.


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What you need to know about cat whiskers

Whiskers are not only beautiful but are also incredibly useful for your cat. To make sure we don't accidentally harm our cat's '6th sense', it is important to know and understand how the whiskers work and how we can protect them.

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Why do dogs eat poo?

At some stage, a dog might eat either their own or another animal's poop. Not so pleasant of course, but is it actually a problem? And can you stop your dog from eating poop?

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How to stop dogs from fighting

It's a scary scenario for any dog owner: the thought of your dog in a fight. What can you do in case of a dog fight? And how can you prevent dogs from fighting in the first place? Here's what every dog owner and dog sitter should know.

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Protect your cat from dangers around the house

Cats are wonderfully adventurous critters. This means that they aren't afraid of risks and the accidents that can follow. Fortunately, with this checklist, you can make your cat's life a lot healthier and safer.

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Should I crate train a puppy?

A crate is a commonly used puppy training tool. But is a crate really necessary? And what risks does your dog run if you use a crate? Read all about when and how to use a crate for your puppy or adult dog.

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Does a cat miss you when you're gone?

"Cats don't have owners, they have staff," they say. But is that true? How attached are cats to their owners, and does a cat miss you when you're gone? In this article, you will discover everything about cats & attachment + useful tips for when you go on vacation.

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Taking care of an older dog

It can be difficult to watch your dog grow older. But fortunately, we can do a lot to help our precious dogs grow old happily and healthily. Recognise the signs of the aging dog and help your pooch lead a comfortable and happy life.

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5 reasons why rescue dogs are the best

Many people choose to adopt a dog from the shelter or a rescue animal organisation. Here are 5 important reasons why adopting a dog is so rewarding + what you need to know to adopt a dog responsibly.

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