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The Dog Walking Sisters of Bristol

In our second installment of Pawshake sitter stories, we get to meet Rebecca, one of our top sitters in Bristol. Locally known as The Dog Walking Sisters she and her family have dedicated themselves to making dogs and their owners happy. Read her story and get some really great tips on what makes for a successful meet-n-greet and the fine art of learning to say “No”.

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Dogs and Coronavirus: what you need to know about Covid-19 and your pet

The new coronavirus significantly affects our daily lives. Many of you will have questions: Is this virus dangerous for my pets? What does this exceptional situation mean for reservations at Pawshake? Here is some key information about coronavirus (COVID-19) that you should know and additional resources you can turn to.

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A day in the life of a dog sitter in Brighton

It seems the ideal job for pet lovers: being a loving sitter for your neighborhood pets. But what does a day of the pet sitter really look like? And what does it take to be successful? Meet Jola, one of our top sitters in Brighton, who reveals her best practices and gives us a nice sneak peek into her not so ordinary life. In the course of the interview, we also learned about Jola’s interest in filmmaking and we'll share her wonderful video "A Day in the Life of a Dog Sitter "with you.

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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 men?

Some dogs can act nervous, skittish, or shy around men. The reason why may just surprise you. Find out where your dog's anxiety might come from and what you can do to help overcome it.

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How to find a cat sitter

Cats are attached to their environment, and, as such, prefer to stay at home instead of a cattery. A good option for cat owners going on holiday 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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Kennel or home boarding: How to find a dog sitter for Christmas

If you traveling over the holidays and are looking for a place for your dog to stay, it's important to find a place 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 over Christmas and New Year.

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Why do cats scratch (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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How to keep your pet safe during fireworks

Stress, trauma, and pets going missing: fireworks can be very hazardous for animals and can cause a lot of anxiety, at worst, many pets may run away and get lost. Are you a pet owner or a pet sitter? Be sure to take these extra measures to prevent accidents and your pet from going missing.

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How to stop your cat from soiling in your house

Despite the pristine litter box that you set up for your cat, there might be the odd mishap around the house. Why would a cat pee outside their litter box, and how can you get your cat back to a good toilet routine? Here are 7 tips.

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Why do dogs smell each others' bums?

Dogs often sniff each other's bums when they first meet. While it might make us feel a bit uncomfortable it is completely normal behaviour for a dog! Learn more about this doggy habit and why it is important to let your dog sniff freely.

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Should you take your pet to work?

Employers begin to recognize the benefits of allowing employees to bring their pets to work. But how to make it work for everyone? Why taking pets to work is a great idea

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What you need to know about traveling with your pet after Brexit

Despite this large number of UK pet owners, sharing information about traveling with pets after Brexit has not been a top priority. Here is our summary of how Brexit will affect you and your pet for the next 12 months and beyond.

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5 best dog walks for the bank holiday

Dogs like nothing more than a good walk. Pawshake shares our picks of some of the best dog-friendly walking routes, parks, beaches and trails to enjoy with your dog this bank holiday.

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How to get rid of fleas ?

Fleas can hit at any time of year, making your pet itchy and uncomfortable. How to get rid of 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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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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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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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 holiday.

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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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Is raw egg healthy for your cat or dog?

Eggs are tasty for us humans, but some owners also feed their dog or cat an egg every now and then. Are eggs actually healthy for your dog or cat? And what's the safest way to serve an egg to your four-legged friend?

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10 ways to save money on your pet expenses

We love our pets, but it's a fact of life that pet care can cost a lot of money. Here are a few easy saving tips that can help to keep costs down.

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Why pets are healthy for kids

Many children adore animals. Although it can be a big job raising your child responsibly with pets, it's definitely something worth investing time and energy into. Did you know that owning a pet is not just fun, but also very healthy for children? Here's how + some tips to consider if your child wants a pet.

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