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DIY: Make your own cat toys!

Cat owners know only too well that every small object left lying around is a potential cat toy. 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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7 things you didn’t know about rabbits

They are cute, have large ears and they like nibbling on things...but did you know that rabbits are also quite smart and affectionate? At Pawshake you can bunny-sit the loveliest rabbits! For all the rabbit lovers out there here are 7 fun facts about rabbits.

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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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I want a puppy! 6 questions about getting a dog

Puppies are just too cute! You want to get one, right this instant. But wait a minute! Answer these 6 questions first before you welcome a puppy into your home. With this checklist, you can make sure that you will enjoy the company of a lovely, healthy dog that is a good match for you and your life style.

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A good start to 2016: 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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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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Keeping your pet safe during fireworks

Keep your pet safe during fireworks by bringing them inside, and provide distracting chew treats and quiet spots to hide. Be sure to make sure your home is escape-proof and your pet's microchip information is current.

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

How do you make the dog’s time with you as pleasant as possible for him? Here are 4 important tips for dog owners and sitters!

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Can you say “no” to your pet?

During the Christmas season, there is always an abundance of yummy seasonal food. Christmas ham, chocolate, mince pies you name it ... Many pet owners like to let their pets share in the joys of these delicious treats, and inconspicuously “drop” bits of food for them under the table. The problematic results can become apparent come January: the pet is too heavy. Fido has to get used to a dog’s diet again and Tiger is going on a diet. Is that what we want?

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Do pets like Christmas as much as we think?

Even if the weather is not quite what we would expect this late in the year, we are already firmly in the grip of the holiday spirit. Many people want to let their pets enjoy the holiday atmosphere, of course. They are a part of the family after all! On the internet, we find photos of cute dogs and cats with Christmas hats or gift wrapping bows around their necks by the dozens. But is that such a great idea? It’s pretty, for sure, but do we do our pets any favours with it?

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5 ways of celebrating Christmas in an animal-friendly way

Christmas is not just a time of celebration and cosiness, but also of contemplation and attention to the things that really matter. More and more people want to celebrate an animal-friendly Christmas. We have five festive and 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 determine yourself which services you offer: dog walking, day care, home visits or boarding. You determine yourself how much you want to charge for each service, but how to you decide on your rate, and what is reasonable?

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Pets are good for childrens’ wellbeing

We all know that children are crazy about pets. A recent study indicates that pets can even help relieve stress and anxiety disorders in kids. This means that they can contribute substantially to our kids’ wellbeing.

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How to walk multiple dogs

If you are a dog walker or a dog owner, you might come to a point where you have to walk several dogs at the same time. Do you want to be able to walk a 'pack' without any problems? Then read this dog walking tips for a safe and easy walk with two or three dogs!

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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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Why does my cat scratch? (And what you can do about it)

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

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4 creative ways for feeding your dog

You might feed your dog in the morning or evening, which is probably the absolute highlight of their day (next to walkies)... But in no more than a few seconds, it’s all gone! It’s a shame they can't enjoy it for longer. Your dog is, by nature, an “opportunistic scavenger” - in other words, a gatherer that eats what they find and will hunt if the opportunity presents itself. This means that your dog gains great satisfaction from working for their food. So why not try feeding your dog (or your pet sitting guest dog) in a different, more creative way!

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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’ve come up with some easy and affordable solutions to get your furniture, carpet and clothing hair-free.

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The Pawshake Halloween Special

With Halloween upon us in just a couple of days (Saturday the 31st), we’ve created a little Halloween Special with some of our best spooooky tips! Halloween was a relatively un-celebrated event in NZ until recently, but more and more people seem to be taking part each year.

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Moving with your pet

Moving to a new place often involves a huge amount of effort ... And among all that chaos, you may forget that this is a stressful period for your pets, too. Here’s some advice on how to make moving as easy as possible for your pet.

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A Heartwarming Strory - Girl makes bucket list for sick dog

Would you make a bucket list for your terminally ill dog? Lauren did! Lauren's story is a heartwarming one - she created a bucket list for her terminally ill dog.

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The first vet visit

Do you remember the first time you took your pet to the vet? Odd smells, whining dogs, cats lurking in travel crates, ... Not exactly a fun trip for most pets. Today we are going to give you a few tips on how to make a trip to the vet a less stressful experience for you furry friend :)

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Rare and interesting dog breeds

Ever seen a dog that is bred for its split nose? What about a dog with hair growing in the wrong direction? There are so many dog breeds out there, and today we’ll show you some of the ones that are a little...unique.

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Pet-friendly travelling with "Bring Fido"

Wil je graag eens je favoriete huisdier meenemen op reis? Want hé, hij hoeft niet altijd thuis te blijven! Via "Bring Fido" kan je over de hele wereld diervriendelijke hotels zoeken.

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Jobs for pet lovers

Vets, groomers, dog trainers... we know those already. But are there any jobs we don't often hear about where you deal with pets? We are listing 5 of them for you here!

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5 DIY dog toys

Have you ever felt the frustration of having invested in the coolest and flashiest toys for your dog to find he prefers playing with an old sock? You might as well start making your own dog toys. We’ll show you how to do it!

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Tips for Great Pet Photography

The first thing to know when preparing for a shoot is that you don’t need a fancy camera! Great pet photos can even happen on a crummy phone cam if you have the right light.

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Prepare your Home for Doggy Stays

Four-footed guest coming to stay? No worries - here is a guide to help you prepare!

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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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