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7 reasons a dog makes you happy

Did you know that a dog can make you happy and healthy? Indeed, a dog can change your entire life. Dog owners, of course, already know this. Yet you needn't own a dog yourself in order to benefit from the company of a dog. A dog sitter or dog walker can also experience all of the wonderful things that a dog has to offer. Below you'll find 7 reasons a dog makes you happy.

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I want a puppy! Six questions about getting a dog

Puppies are just too cute! You want to get one, right this instant. But wait a minute! Answer these six questions BEFORE you welcome a puppy into your home. With this checklist, you can be sure that you will enjoy the company of a lovely, healthy dog that is a good match for you and your lifestyle.

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DIY: Make your own cat toys!

Cat owners know only too well: every small object that's left lying around is a potential cat toy. It simply needs to be light and springy, and smell irresistible! So why buy expensive cat toys when they are so easy to make at home? You can be as creative as you wish. And a homemade cat toy makes the perfect gift for your cat sitter!

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Booking a cat sitter? This checklist helps you pick the right one

The time has come to meet your cat sitter for the first time. Pretty exciting, isn't it? You want to know exactly who this sitter is, so you can leave your cat (and your home) in their care without any misgivings. We have made this checklist for your first meeting to help you find out whether the cat sitter you are meeting is a good match.

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Boarding your dog? Discuss this first.

Dog boarding for the first time is quite an experience for your best friend! That’s why it’s so important to be fully prepared. The best preparation is to visit the pet sitter’s home, where they can ask you questions about your dog and your expectations. Here are some issues that should be taken into consideration.

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Pimp your profile and start pet sitting!

Want to spend your new year surrounded by as many pets at possible? Who wouldn't? :-) And it's possible with Pawshake! With a pet sitter profile, you can board pets in your home, or you can visit them in their own home. But how do you find customers? With a lovely and attractive profile, of course. All of you dog people, cat ladies, rabbit lovers and friends of other pets: Keep reading!

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Are you (looking for) a dog sitter? Take time to read this.

With the holidays just around the corner, many pet owners have been booking a pet sitter. We have hundreds of passionate pet sitters at your service. Being a dog sitter is the most fun and rewarding occupation there is, of course! But we also have to be aware that it's not just a fun way of earning some money: It's a big responsibility! That's why it's important to consider the implications for the dog before taking him into your care. How do you make the dogs time with you as pleasant as possible? 4 important tips for dog owners and sitters.

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Is your pet afraid of fireworks? Please be careful and take all the precautions you need to keep your pet safe.

Will you be celebrating New Year's Eve together with your (guest) pet? Then have a read of this: There are plenty of ways to train your pet not to be afraid, but there's little point in starting now, as you won't have enough time to truly achieve something before this year's fireworks start. Come midnight, you might be busy opening the champagne and hugging family and friends. And then everyone will go outside to watch the fireworks. Just one moment of not paying attention can have grave consequences. This is how to prevent that.

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5 ways of celebrating Christmas in an animal-friendly way

Christmas is not just an excuse to celebrate and exchange presents. It's also a time of year where you can look back on life and reflect. You can give attention to the things that really matter. More and more people want to celebrate an animal-friendly Christmas. We have five festive, animal-friendly suggestions for you.

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Plants that are poisonous for cats (and safe alternatives)

Cats are real carnivores. And yet many cats love a bit of green on the side. Unfortunately, not all plants and veggies are safe for your cat - some are even downright poisonous. Which plants should you avoid, which vegetables should you be careful with and what are healthy alternatives?

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Becoming a pet sitter: how to determine your rates

Perhaps you are considering becoming a pet sitter, or you might already have a profile on Pawhshake. You can decide for yourself which services you would like to offer: Dog walking, doggy day care, home visits or boarding. You determine yourself how much you want to charge for each service. But are you unsure how to decide on a rate for your services and what is reasonable?

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Pets are good for childrens’ wellbeing

We all know that children love animals and enthusiastically ask Mum and Dad when they can have a pet of their own. A recent study indicates that pets can even help relieve stress and anxiety disorders in kids. This means that they can contribute substantially to your child's wellbeing.

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Boarding your pet: What to take along

When you're boarding your dog or cat with a pet sitter, you naturally want them to have a good time there. So, what do they need during their stay? We've made a convenient little check list of all the things you should take along to the pet sitters' place.

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How to walk multiple dogs

If you are active as a pet sitter in your neighbourhood, you may sometimes want to walk several dogs at the same time. Perhaps you would like to take your own dog along too when walking your Pawshake dog, or perhaps you have more than 2 dogs staying with you that you would like to walk together. It is quite difficult to have all the dogs walk next to you in a well-mannered way without getting all the leads entangled. That‘s why we‘re giving you some tips how you as a dog sitter can walk multiple dogs at once.

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Tips and tricks for removing dog and cat hair

Do your pets like to lie on your couch or bed? If so, chances are that there’s hair everywhere. Of course you vacuum all the time and you brush your dog or cat regularly to remove excess hair. But still the hair is stuck on your furniture and clothing. That’s why we’re showing you some easy and affordable solutions to get your furniture, carpet and clothing hair-free.

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Pet duos: These animals need a buddy

Are you crazy about pets too? Is your pet your best friend? We have a lot in common! Of course you are giving your pet lots of love, and perhaps you have a pet sitter who spoils them every now and then. And yet some pets need a friend of their own species besides their human best friend. Let's ne honest, the same is true the other way around, isn’t it? Here‘s an overview of some very cute pet duos.

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Taking your pet to work - is it a good idea?

Dogs, cats, rats, rabbits, birds, fish: Some pets need more personal attention from their human than others, but they all need lots of dedication. How convenient would it be to take your pet with you to work? You spend every day there, so why shouldn't your pet be allowed to join? We have listed some of the pros and cons for you.

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4 creative ways of feeding your dog

Okay, so we expect most of you feed your dog only once or twice a day and he looks forward to it so much, right?! ... But in no more than a few seconds, it's all gone! Your dog is by nature what they call an opportunistic scavenger, a gatherer who eats what he finds and who will hunt if the opportunity presents itself. So you could try feeding your dog or your dog sitting guest their food in a different, more creative way!

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Why does my cat scratch? (And what can be done about it)

Every cat owner has been there: Wrecked furniture, scratch marks on the wallpaper, carpets that have been torn apart ... Scratching - it's just what cats do. But why? And what can we do about it?

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The Pawshake Halloween Special

Coming Saturday, 31 October, it’s Halloween for you and your pet! That’s why we made this little Halloween Special for you to give you some spooooky tips!

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My top 10 favourite dog friendly pubs to visit in Hampshire recommended by Katy - your Community Manager UK

Fancy a lovely Sunday carvery or a wholesome pub lunch, but feel bad having to leave your pooch at home? Well, there is a solution! There are many places within your local area that you probably don't even know about where they will allow you and your pooch to sit together, enjoy an open fire, possibly some chilled music and some lovely food to top it off with.

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Heartwarming - a bucket list for your pet

Would you make a bucket list for your terminally ill dog? Lauren did! A heartwarming story about a girl who lost her dearest friend to bone cancer.

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Strange dog breeds

Have you ever seen a dog with a split nose or a dog with hair growing in the opposite direction? There are many different dog breeds for sure! We’ll show you some of the strangest dog breeds around the world!

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The first vet visit

Do you remember your first vet visit with your kitten or puppy? Odd smells, whining dogs, cats lurking in travel crates, ... Not exactly a fun trip for most pets. We’ll give you a few tips on how to prepare for the first trip to the vet!

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Pet-friendly travelling with "Bring Fido"

Would you like to take your pet along on holiday? He doesn’t need to stay home all the time, after all! Via “Bring Fido”, you can find pet-friendly hotels all over the world.

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Jobs for pet lovers

Vets, groomers, dog trainers, ... are among the most common jobs we know of. But let's talk about other jobs that involve working with animals... Here are a few listed for your interest.

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5 DIY dog toys

You have invested in the coolest and flashiest toys for your dog, but he seems to prefer playing with a plastic bag or an old sock. Sounds familiar? You might as well start making your own dog toys. We’ll show you how to do it!

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Tips and advice from one of our top pet sitters! Keep those tails wagging!

Being part of the Pawshake community is a lovely, welcoming experience.. We would like to get to know you better and for you to get help and advice from one another. So we have contacted one of our top pet sitters who would like to share her experience with you all!

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Pet Sitting: Keeping Our Pets Summer Safe!!

Hot weather is an exciting prospect for us here in the UK, particularly because it disappears as quickly as it appears! It means we can spend much more time outdoors enjoying the warmth and sun! As responsible pet sitters/owners make sure you follow these tips to ensure we keep our pets tails wagging!

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Pet sitters - start updating your profiles now ahead of the holiday season.....

NOW is the time for you as a pet sitter to give your profile a bit of a ‘spring clean’ and boost your chances of getting more bookings for the summer months ahead……

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