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Meet and Greet - a How-To Guide

Pawshake gives you some top tips on the best ways to meet and greet before pet sitting!

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Selling yourself as a pet sitter

If you are a pet sitter, trust and responsibility are key. It's important that owners can tell that you are the person with whom their pet is in good hands. But how do you let the world see that you are a reliable sitter? How do you increase the likelihood that pet owners (continue to) book you? One of the most important things that comes with excellent service is clear communication. Read our tips on how to sell yourself as a pet sitter and how to communicate with pet owners.

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Whining cats 3 tips for annoying behaviour.

Cats can sometimes show really intrusive behavior: meowing, begging or throwing your stuff on the floor. Where does this remarkable behavior come from? Why do cats throw random stuff on the floor and how can you stop the begging behavior? Also important to discuss with your cat sitter: here are our 3 tips for whining cats.

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Missing dog? How to find a lost pet quickly

It is a worry that's always in the back of your mind: what if your dog or cat goes missing? Especially if you plan to bring your pet to a sitter for home boarding or doggy daycare, you might be worried: what happens if your furry friend suddenly takes off? The good news is that you can do a lot to prevent your pet from getting lost in the first place. And what if your pet does get lost? Then we have an action plan ready for you to bring your pet home very fast. Here are our most important tips for pet owners and pet sitters

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Why do dogs smell?

Yes, some dogs can smell a bit funny. In general, a healthy dog doesn't smell so bad. But if your dog's odour is starting to get really unpleasant, that might be a sign that something's wrong. In this article, we share with you everything about that typical dog scent and what to do if your dog gets a bit stinky.


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Pet sitting rates: how much should I charge as a pet sitter?

If you want to find affordable pet care in your area, you can go to Pawshake to find dedicated pet sitters near you. But then you'll find out that the rates vary per pet sitter. What is a reasonable price for pet sitting? And how do you determine what exactly you should charge for dog boarding or cat sitting?:

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First aid for cats: how to take care of a sick cat

You do everything you can to keep your cat happy and healthy - but at some point, just like us humans, your cat might get sick. Or adventurous cats can sometimes get themselves into trouble and suffer an injury. It's therefore really important that all cat owners and cat sitters can spot symptoms of illness or injury in a cat. What should you as a cat owner or cat sitter do in case of an emergency? How do you perform first aid on a cat? These are our emergency cat care tips:

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How much time do I need for a dog?

How long can a dog stay home alone? If you want to bring a new dog into your home, it is important to know in advance how much time you will need to take care of your dog. Also, if you want to become a dog sitter it's good to ask yourself this important question: how much time do I need to provide a dog what he really needs? With our checklist you will find out!

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Introducing dogs to each other

Anyone who walks a dog every now and then knows how exciting it can be to meet another dog. Which body language signals should you pay attention to? And how do you ensure that a meeting runs smoothly? With these 5 tips, you can introduce your dog to a new friend in a safe and calm way!

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The ideal pet sitter profile

If you are looking for dog walking services or doggy day care, it is important to choose a sitter that fits your situation perfectly. But what should you look for in a great petsitter profile? How do you make sure that you choose that reliable babysitter that fits your pet perfectly?



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School holiday activities with your pet

The Easter school holidays are nearly here again! If you want to avoid your kids being glued to their screens for two weeks, why not get them out and about for some fun with the family pet?

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Celebrate the Year of the Dog!

Lunar New Year (also often known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival) is one of the world’s most bright, beautiful and exciting cultural celebrations. And in 2018 we are lucky enough to be entering the Year of the Dog!

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Cute ways to share Valentines Day with your pet

We think everyone should have a warm and fuzzy Valentines Day, whatever your relationship status – and it’s even more fun if your pet can be a part of your day.

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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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Soothing your dog’s dry flakey skin

The cool, dry air in winter can really batter your skin – but did you know the same goes for your dog?

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Christmas Gift Ideas

What to get for the pet or human who has everything? Get some inspiration here - these pressie ideas will bring a smile to everyone's face :-)

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Christmas Dangers - keeping your pet safe.

Christmas Dangers - keeping your pet safe. teaser: 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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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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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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Preventing fleas at home

Though fleas are a fact of life all year, the mild weather has made them particularly nasty in the UK in recent months. Here are some preventative measures that your furry friends will thank you for!

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Is it ok to dress my pet?

Halloween is frighteningly close and it’s time to get your costumes and sweets ready! But what about your pet….can they join in the festivities too?

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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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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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Avoid overfeeding your pet

Autumn 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.

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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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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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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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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!

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