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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 big adult 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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Newcastle cat cafe helps find loving homes for rescue cats!

Cat cafes are popping up all over the UK, giving cat lovers a purrfect way to relax and have some cuddle time with their furry friends. The Catpawcino cafe on Newcastle’s Quayside is doing something extra special...

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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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Alabama Rot - What dog owners need to know

As dog owners it’s vital to be armed with knowledge about this worrying disease, what to look out for and what to do if you’re concerned.

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Dogs in Hot Cars – Don’t Risk It!

Warmer days are finally sneaking in - bliss! But it's super important to be mindful of your pets when driving and parking. Here are some helpful tips to raise awareness and prevent incidents of dogs getting locked in cars on hot days.

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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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Renting with a Pet

It's a fact of life that many pet owners, sitters and dog walkers on Pawshake rent in the United Kingdom. Check out our guide to make the process smoother!

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Dog-friendly dining in Manchester

All we’re dreaming about is Sunday lunch or brunch in a local pub or coffee in a cosy cafe....and the good news is your pooch needn’t stay at home and miss out on the fun!

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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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Back to School Blues

Kids back at school this week? Spare a thought for the furry children in your home, as even pets suffer from the back-to-school blues!

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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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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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High tea with fancy felines at Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium!

This week we had the pleasure of chatting to Lauren from Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium, a beautiful cat-cafe right in the heart of London. Check out these snaps of the resident cats!

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Best Dog Walks in London

Here are some of our favourite local spots to walk your dog around our beautiful capital of London! Read on, Pawshake dog walkers...

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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 Lunar New Year with your pet!

This Lunar 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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How do cats display affection?

Cats may seem aloof, but they are likely as fond of you as you are of them! Do you understand how your cat communicates affection? Here are five tell-tale signs.

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Your newly adopted pet: how to give him 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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How to walk a cat (and why)

Walking your dog is the most natural thing in the world. However, you rarely see anyone with a cat on a lead! Walking your cat might not be a 'walk in the park', but it can have many benefits for the right feline. 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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