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Saying goodbye to your pet

We may not want to think about it, but saying goodbye to your pet is a moment every pet owner will face at some point. The grief and mourning that can come from this might be painful, but it is very normal and natural to experience these feelings. So let's talk about it openly together: what do you need to know about saying goodbye to your beloved four-legged friend?

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Is Pawshake safe?

Nowadays, we can easily find a pet sitter with just a few clicks via a website or app. But how do you know that you can trust a pet sitter? What are the experiences of other pet owners and how do you know for sure that your Pawshake booking is safe?

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Why does my dog lick me?

Some dog owners love a friendly lick from their dog. But why does a dog actually lick you? And what are the implications for your health when a dog licks? Read all about your dog's licking habits!

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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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Is your pet afraid of fireworks? 5 tips

Fireworks can cause a lot of anxiety and stress in animals (at worst, many pets also run away). As a pet owner or sitter, you can take extra measures to prevent accidents and pets going missing. With these tips, you and your pet can have a safe start to the new year!

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7 tips for sustainable pet ownership

Pet ownership and sustainability aren’t always 100% compatible. Nevertheless, you can still take some positive steps and… every little bit helps! Discover how to make life with your faithful companion fun, green and eco-friendly with our 7 tips for sustainable pet ownership.

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Can you leave a young puppy with a dog sitter?

It's the ideal solution for busy puppy-parents, and the best job in the world for dog sitters: puppy boarding! But providing a puppy sitting service is not without its challenges. Discover all you need to know about puppy boarding and puppy daycare below.

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Pets and divorce: what’s best for your furry friend?

Pets are part of the family. This means that we’re faced with a difficult dilemma in the event of a separation or divorce. Putting your pet’s interests first and knowing what to do in such a situation requires being adequately informed. How can you ensure that your pet doesn’t suffer from your impending separation or divorce?

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Is my cat or dog overweight?

Approximately over 30% of our cats and dogs are overweight. We tend to regard 'spoiling' our beloved pets with a tasty treat as an act of kindness. Yet, this can result in your pet experiencing a number of health issues. Helping your pet to maintain a healthy weight is key to ensuring that they remain fit and happy. But, how do you go about this?

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How to be affectionate with your dog – in the right way

One of the most important doggy needs is a daily dose of affection. It gives your dog peace of mind, confidence, and a sense of security. When you show your dog you love him, he develops a general sense of well-being, sleeps well at night, and feels balanced and self-assured throughout the day. But how do you show your dog love and affection in the right way?

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Should you really brush your cat or dog's teeth?

Dental care is an essential part of the daily pet routine, but we often forget it. What should you do to keep your cat or dog's teeth healthy, and is tooth brushing really necessary?

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Why does my dog bark?

Dogs bark, that we know. But why do some dogs bark more than others? And what should you do if your (doggy day care) dog doesn’t stop barking? Discover all you need to know about why dogs bark + 3 tips on how to break their barking habit.

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A full-time job and pets: is it really feasible?

Can you successfully juggle work and pet duties? And is a full-time job really compatible with responsible dog ownership? Discover our 7 tips for combining work and pets.

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Which house plants are poisonous for pets?

Many cats and dogs like to nibble on your house plants. Particularly indoor cats in search of some fresh greenery. However, some plants are poisonous and can make your pet seriously ill. So, which plants are toxic for your cat or dog, and what are the safe alternatives?

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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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Walking your cat: why and how?

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 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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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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Tips for camping with your dog

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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What you need to know about dog poo

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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How to take the perfect pet photo

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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Fanatical about dogs? Become a dog sitter!

So, you love dogs and want a fun part-time job that combines your passion for pets? Pawshake makes it possible! Indeed, you need simply create a profile on the Pawshake website, and you can begin offering your services as a dog walker or dog sitter. But what does it actually involve? And do you have what it takes to become a responsible dog sitter? Satisfy the 5 requirements below, and you're likely the perfect candidate!

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I want a kitten and I want one now!

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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5 Tips For A Healthy Dog Coat

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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Why talking to your pet is so healthy

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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