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.Read more
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.Read more
Avoid overfeeding your pet
Fall is here and with the cooler days comes richer, heavier food for us humans – by the way, we can’t wait! But while we have a choice in what we eat, our cat and dog does not – which is why it’s so important to continue feeding and exercising your fur kid responsibly all year round.Read more
7 easy ways to make your cat happier!
Here are seven simple happiness tips you make your cat content and healthy....sounds purrfect!Read more
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!Read more
Does your dog really love you?
We pet people know in our heart of hearts that our dogs love us just as much as we love them. But how do you know your dog actually LOVES you in a way that transcends the basic, instinctive need for food and shelter? Here's how!Read more
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'?Read more
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.
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!Read more
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.Read more
DIY pet-friendly cleaning products
We can all agree that it isn’t ideal to expose your fur-kids (or yourself) to any unnecessary nasty chemicals! One solution is to make your own cleaning products. It’s simpler than you think! These recipes are quick, easy, actually do the job, are cheaper than store-bought and free from intense chemicals or perfumes.Read more
When should I take my pet to the vet?
If you own a pet or are a busy pet sitter, this question will eventually rear it's head....'am I being over-reactive, or is the pet in my care actually sick or injured?'Read more
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.Read more
Caring for a senior pet.
We think there’s nothing more rewarding than having a sweet senior in your care, so they deserve every bit of love and attention they can get! But you need to be prepared for a totally different experience to that of pet sitting a young cat or dog.Read more
Nervous about home security? House sitters to the rescue!
There are so many benefits to choosing a house sitting that we couldn’t possibly list them all, but here are a few to get you started!Read more
Pet-matching! Who is the best pet person for your pet?
We want to make sure everyone on Pawshake has the knowledge to make an informed choice about matching a pet with a pet sitter. Because a happy pet and happy pet sitter means a smooth and easy stay for everyone!Read more
Four of the simplest dog treat recipes
We’ve put together some easy-peasy dog treat recipes in the Pawshake test kitchen for you to try at home!Read more
Bring your Pet to Work Day!
How awesome would it be if your pet could join you in the office! But will your pet and office mesh well together? For Bring Your Pet to Work Day, so we have listed some of the pros and cons to think about first.Read more
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) drooling onto your leg while you try to eat. Here are five simple ways to calm your begging pooch.Read more
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.Read more
Tips for successfully introducing cats and dogs
Forget what you’ve seen in the cartoons, because the truth about cats and dogs is….they actually can get along swimmingly! Here are some tips for success for those first important introductions.Read more
Coping with a pet cone
We see the pet cone come out at the vet and instantly feel dread – which our pet can surely pick up on! If you know your dog or cat will soon be wearing a cone, protective collar or e-collar, fear not. Here are some tips to make it less of an ordeal for everyone!Read more
Help! How do I stop my dog from jumping on visitors?
Bouncing up to give you a big sloppy kiss is one of the most common challenges for any dog owner. You want to give a good impression to friends and family, as well as the pet sitter popping over for a meet and greet….so what do you do when your dog leaps up in guest’s faces?Read more
What to do when a cat won't use their litter tray
The litter tray habits of our feline friends might seem strange, even mysterious - but a little understanding and care can go a long way to preventing even the smelliest problems!Read more
Your dog's tongue - a window into their health
Did you know that your dog’s tongue is not just for giving us kisses….it’s also a window into their health? Here’s how to get to know and interpret your pup’s tongue!Read more