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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) drooling onto your leg while you try to eat. Here are five simple ways to calm your begging pooch.

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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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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.

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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!

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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?

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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!

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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!

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Catspeak: the meaning behind your cat’s meow

Embrace the meow-lody of your cat’s mew and pay attention – you’ll be fluent in catspeak in no time!

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Getting an uncooperative cat into a carrier

Does your cat simply hate it when you pull out the carrier to go to the vet or a pet sitter’s house? Our guide will help you ease your cat into their carrier - with minimal scratches for you!

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Common Meet and Greet mistakes to avoid

The number one secret to a successful booking on Pawshake is a thorough meet and greet – but there are some common mistakes that are worth avoiding!

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Spring clean your profile!

Summer isn't far away, 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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Ten tasty human foods your pet can enjoy

Easter is just around the corner, which means plenty of edible treats for us humans! We all know we need to keep the chocolate well out of reach of our furry friends, but there are still plenty of human foods that your cat or dog can enjoy as an occasional treat.

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What to do if a dog charges at you

This week we have a chat with our Community Manager and super-experienced pet-sitter Sam about what to do in the event of a dog charging at you.

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Puppy proofing your home

Do you have a bundle of fluff coming into your home anytime soon? We chat with super-star Pawshake pet sitter Concetta about her experience adopting a puppy - she gives us her top 5 tips to make the transition a smooth one!

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10 of the Cutest Red-Furred and Feathered Pets for Saint Patrick's Day

These adorable ginger pets from our Wall of Paws might not native Irelanders, but they surely have the Celtic spirit for Saint Patrick's Day!

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Dealing With Separation Anxiety in Pets

This is one of the bigger challenges facing pet owners and pet sitters alike. Do you know a dog or cat suffering from separation anxiety? Read on for some simple solutions to make your pet's life (and yours!) a lot easier!

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Pets in the Spring!

It's been a long winter, but spring is just around the corner (almost!), so we have a few suggestions for how to prepare your home and your pets for the change in the seasons.

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Sustainability and Pet Ownership

Pet ownership too can have a big impact on the environment, so making sustainable choices about how we care for our pets makes sense! Here are some ideas on how to be a responsible, green pet owner.

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12 Pets Who Want You To Be Their Valentine...

For Valentines Day, we're celebrating the love of our faithful furry friends. We promise these 12 cuties from our Wall of Paws will melt your heart with their head-tilts and love-eyes. Squee!

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5 ways to celebrate Chinese New Year with your pet!

This Chinese Year of the Rooster, why not start off on a positive note and freshen up your life and home with your pet by your side? Here are five pet-friendly ways to celebrate the New Year.

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Play away the Winter Blues!

BRRRRR....it's cold out there! Time to hibernate - we're thinking lazy cuddles in front of the fire and sleep-ins on the weekend. BUT the weather can also make it a little harder to get out and active... Good news is, you can beat the winter lethargy blues with help from your pet - and both of you will benefit!

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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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5 ways your cat displays affection

Do you understand what your cat is trying to tell you? Your little tiger might be somewhat headstrong, but he's likely as fond of you as you are of him! Below are 5 ways he'll tell you just how much he cares.

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Your newly adopted pet: how to give a thoroughly warm welcome

Adopting a cat or dog is a truly rewarding experience. And the day you finally get to take your furry friend home with you marks the beginning of your mutual journey. Yet those first few days can be fraught with tension. Planning to adopt a cat or dog? Ensure that you're thoroughly prepared for your big day with our helpful tips below!

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Walking your cat: why and how?

Walking your dog is the most natural thing in the world. Yet, you rarely see anyone with a cat on a lead. Walking your cat might not be a 'walk in the park', but it's certainly feasible in some cases. Fancy giving it a go? Then follow our helpful 3-step plan below.

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How to prevent stress for you and your pet

That pets reduce stress, and make us happy and healthy, we already know. So, it's hardly surprising that so many of us have a furry friend of our own or enjoy looking after those of friends and neighbours. But did you know that those feelings of bliss can rapidly transform into stress? Prevent burn-out from affecting you and your pets with our useful tips for pet owners and pet sitters.

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Houseplants that are poisonous to dogs (and safe alternatives)

Many houseplants are toxic to dogs, and some are downright life threatening. You should therefore avoid these common houseplants and replace them with a safe alternative instead.

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Would you entrust your pet to a stranger?

Imagine: you suddenly have an unexpected work commitment or the possibility of a last-minute weekend getaway. You have to find a suitable solution for your cat or dog, and sharpish. Would you hand over your beloved pet to a complete stranger? Of course not!

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Tips for camping with your dog

Many animal lovers enjoy a holiday in the great outdoors; camping in beautiful surroundings. Of course, it's a lot more fun if you can bring your dog along with you. But what should you keep in mind if you decide to share your tent or caravan with your faithful friend? 5 Tips for a successful camping trip with your dog!

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What you need to know about dog poo

Up until the 1990's it was public gripe number one: dog poo on the pavement. Those were the days! Since the introduction of tougher laws, however, most responsible dog owners now clean up after their four legged friends. But scooping up your dog's poop is actually more beneficial than you might think. Indeed, your pooch's poo reveals a great deal about his current state of health. So, time to overcome your reservations, grab a bag and start studying the brown stuff!

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