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Common Meet and Greet mistakes to avoid

Jessica
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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Common Meet and Greet mistakes to avoid

Back to School Blues

Jessica
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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Back to School Blues

Ten tasty human foods your pet can enjoy

Jessica
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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Ten tasty human foods your pet can enjoy

What to do if a dog charges at you

Jessica
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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What to do if a dog charges at you

Puppy proofing your home

Jessica
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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Puppy proofing your home

Dealing With Separation Anxiety in Pets

Jessica
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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Dealing With Separation Anxiety in Pets

Pupp - Dublin's coolest cafe for pooches and people!

Jessica
We have a chat with the lovely folks at Pupp, a fun and funky dog-friendly cafe and pet boutique right in the heart of Dublin. Coffee + shopping + doggy dates = our idea of heaven!
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Pupp - Dublin's coolest cafe for pooches and people!

Pets in the Spring!

Jessica
It's been a long winter, but spring is just around the corner (almost!), so we have a few suggestions for how to prepare your home and your pets for the change in the seasons.
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Pets in the Spring!

5 ways to celebrate Lunar New Year with your pet!

Jessica
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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5 ways to celebrate Lunar New Year with your pet!

Play away the Winter Blues!

Jessica
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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Play away the Winter Blues!

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

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

How do cats display affection?

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Do you understand what your cat is trying to tell you? Your little furball might be somewhat headstrong, but he's likely as fond of you as you are of him! Below are 5 ways he'll tell you just how much he cares.
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How do cats display affection?

Your newly adopted pet: how to give him a thoroughly warm welcome

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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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Your newly adopted pet: how to give him a thoroughly warm welcome

How to walk a cat (and why)

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Walking your dog is the most natural thing in the world. Yet, you rarely see anyone with a cat on a lead. Walking your cat might not be a 'walk in the park', but it's certainly feasible in some cases. Fancy giving it a go? Then follow our helpful 3-step plan below.
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How to walk a cat (and why)

How to prevent stress for you and your pet

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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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How to prevent stress for you and your pet

Would you entrust your pet to a stranger?

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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 soon. Would you hand over your beloved pet to a complete stranger? Of course not!
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Would you entrust your pet to a stranger?

Tips for camping with your dog

Pawshake
Many animal lovers enjoy a holiday in the great outdoors; camping in beautiful surroundings. Of course, it's a lot more fun if you can bring your dog along with you. But what should you keep in mind if you decide to share your tent or caravan with your faithful friend? 5 Tips for a successful camping trip with your dog!
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Tips for camping with your dog

What you need to know about dog poo

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Up until the 1990's it was public gripe number one: dog poo on the pavement. Those were the days! Since the introduction of tougher laws, however, most responsible dog owners now clean up after their four legged friends. But scooping up your dog's poop is actually more beneficial than you might think. Indeed, your pooch's poo reveals a great deal about his current state of health. So, time to overcome your reservations, grab a bag and start studying the brown stuff!
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What you need to know about dog poo

How to take the perfect pet photo

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It goes without saying that your precious pet is also a stunning supermodel! But what's the best way to capture your furry friend on film? Below you'll find 5 tips for successful pet photography.
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How to take the perfect pet photo

I want a kitten and I want one now!

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Considering getting a new kitten or cat? Finding one is a piece of cake. Indeed, these days the internet will help you to locate the ideal litter in no time. Such an adorable little ball of fluff costs next to nothing and, well, how hard can it really be? Getting your first cat is certainly exciting, but it should never be done on impulse. So, before you take the plunge, ask yourself the following 5 questions. Our checklist below will ensure you're thoroughly prepared for your new kitten!
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I want a kitten and I want one now!

5 Tips For A Healthy Dog Coat

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Most dogs change their outfit to match the weather: just like us, they swap their winter coat for a summer one. This may also be accompanied by additional shedding. Whilst moulting is perfectly normal, there are ways to make life more comfortable for your four legged friend. With that in mind, we've prepared 5 questions and answers on the optimal care of your dog's coat.
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5 Tips For A Healthy Dog Coat

Why talking to your pet is so healthy

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Regardless of whether it's your cat, dog, bunny rabbit or parakeet: far from being strange, talking to your trusty companion is rather healthy! In fact, those who converse with their pets tend to develop a closer bond with them. And there are numerous other benefits too.
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Why talking to your pet is so healthy

Taking your dog in the car: avoid these common mistakes

Pawshake
Most dogs love travelling by car! That's because there's usually a fun walk or an interesting destination at the end of it. A trip to the vet or pet sitter might also involve a car journey. Although this sounds simple enough, dangerous situations can arise when entering and exiting the vehicle, and during the car journey itself. Which is why we've conveniently listed the essential do's and don'ts for you below.
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Taking your dog in the car: avoid these common mistakes

The Golden Tip for Pet Sitters

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Hey, pet sitters! Can't wait to land yourself your first job looking after the sweetest of pets? Great! Plenty of pets and their owners will be delighted! But have you stopped to consider the most important aspect...? The one thing that you as pet sitter must never forget. That the very success of your pet sitting service absolutely depends on. Read on to discover our indispensable Golden Tip for pet sitters!
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The Golden Tip for Pet Sitters

Lazy dogs simply don't exist

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Is your four legged friend a bit of a couch potato? It might seem like he's just being lazy, but that's highly unlikely! Indeed, there's doubtless something else at hand. Do you know what your dog is trying to tell you?
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Lazy dogs simply don't exist

What does it take to become a pet sitter?

Pawshake
The greatest job in the world? It's got to be: pet sitter! Which child doesn't dream of 'working with animals' when they grow up? Thanks to modern technology and a large community of animal lovers, that dream can now become a reality at Pawshake! So, what knowledge and skills are required to become a competent pet sitter? The 5 qualities below will certainly stand you in good stead.
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What does it take to become a pet sitter?

Doggy etiquette: 7 tips for an enjoyable walk

Pawshake
Animal lovers are not necessarily people lovers, and dog psychology is completely different to human psychology. In order for dogs and their owners or pet sitters to enjoy a pleasant walk, it's therefore important to be familiar with the unwritten rules. Apply these simple guidelines, and you can be sure of fun and stress-free walkies with your four legged friend!
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Doggy etiquette: 7 tips for an enjoyable walk

I want a puppy! Six questions about getting a dog

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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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I want a puppy! Six questions about getting a dog