Top Tips: Washing Your Dog

How to wash a dog

Generally speaking, dogs only need to be bathed when necessary. If they have accumulated dirt on their coat or they have an unpleasant odour that won’t go away, then it might be time for a good scrub and clean.

Bathing helps to remove excess hair, scale and debris and improve the shine to your dog’s coat.

RSPCA Pet Insurance has put together a comprehensive Ultimate Guide to Grooming and Bathing Your Dog for a step by step guide and below are few tips to help you get started. Continue reading “Top Tips: Washing Your Dog”

Making the Most of Your Membership

Pet Sitter

Whether you have travelled the country caring for other people’s pets as a pet sitter, or felt comfort in knowing your pet was at home, keeping to their usual routines with one-on-one attention, you will understand the many ways that house and pet sitting addresses the needs of everyday Australians.

With around 60% of Australian households enjoying the company of one or more fur-kids, it’s no wonder that over the years house and pet sitting has become a popular – and cost-saving – form of travel, pet care and fur-kid company. Continue reading “Making the Most of Your Membership”

Pet Sitter Profile: Chloe and Wayne

Chloe and Wayne are pet lovers through and through. They have cared for many different pets in the two years that they have chosen the pet sitting lifestyle and their escapades with furry friends have helped them save for a wedding and many other life goals. Read about their pet sitting experiences and tips for securing repeat pet sits.

Pet Sitter Profile

What is your favourite pet sitting experience?

There’s so much to love about the people and pets that we have met it’s hard to pick a standout winner. But our two favourite sits couldn’t be more different, one home set among the eucalyptus trees and walking tracks of Warranwood, it was a real place of peace and solitude for us. Their 8 month old Rottweiler is also one of our favourite pets to sit for. Continue reading “Pet Sitter Profile: Chloe and Wayne”

Pet Sitting Guinea Pigs

Guinea Pigs

Pet Sitting Guinea Pigs

Dogs, cat, horses, sheep; sometimes it seems that the larger the pet, the more attention they get. For smaller, four-legged, furry friends, a considerate care routine is just as important and will ensure the happiness and health of some of the world’s smallest companion animals.

Guinea pigs are cute and cuddly, inquisitive, intelligent, social, and friendly. They are known to live up to ten years and are ideal pets for families.

When taking on the responsibility of pet-parent to a guinea pig, consider this pocket pet’s personality for a healthy, happy life. Continue reading “Pet Sitting Guinea Pigs”

Pets and COVID-19

dog enjoying the sun

The World Health Organisation states that there is no evidence to suggest that domestic pets play a role in transmitting or spreading COVID-19 to humans. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reiterates this finding and considers the risk of pets transmitting the COVID-19 virus to humans as extremely low.

The RSPCA has compiled detailed information about the evidence available to date of COVID-19 and pets.

While COVID-19 remains within the community, pet owners need to take precautionary steps to protect themselves and their family, including the fur-kids in the household. Continue reading “Pets and COVID-19”

Pet Sits Post COVID-19

Woman cuddling dog

State borders are re-opening (for some) and day by day our once pipe dreams of travelling around our beautiful country, are now edging closer to reality.

Another reality of our ‘new normal’ is the fact that Coronavirus lingers in parts of the country. This means we need to adapt our traditional pet sitter/pet parent protocol to ensure everyone’s safety – including our pets.

At Mindahome, we’re regularly reviewing the latest COVID-19 developments set out by the Australian Government to keep our community abreast of guidelines for health and safety. Continue reading “Pet Sits Post COVID-19”

Safety Checklist for Pet Sits During COVID-19

covid19 pet care

Pets are good for our health and well-being. They are known stress relievers and have an extraordinary power that makes us feel an overall sense of happiness. As we all face a ‘new normal’ for everyday life, we could all use a touch of fur-friend happiness.

House and pet sits are making a comeback, with COVID-19 restrictions in Australia easing in some areas. But preparation and vigilance will be key in ensuring the safety of pet owners, pet sitters and our cuddly fur-friends.

The CDC (Centres for Disease Control and Infections) offers tips and hints for staying safe at home. Below we’ve outlined some of the simple steps you can take to stay safe and healthy. Continue reading “Safety Checklist for Pet Sits During COVID-19”

3 Reasons Your Pet Needs to Stay at Home

At home with a pet

Our pets are our companions, our confidants, our best friends. We want to spend every moment enjoying their unconditional love and affection. It’s natural to want to have them by your side always. But for the times when we have to be away from home for an extended period, maybe leaving them at home is the best option for their safety and overall mental health and well-being.

A survey of Mindahome pet parents revealed that 96% said they chose a live-in pet sitter so their pet could stay in their own home environment. 66% felt that engaging a pet sitter would reduce their pet’s anxiety. 86% valued having a pet sitter for their pets to keep to their usual routine.

So no matter how much you love your pet, here’s some of the reasons why your pet may be better off staying at home. Continue reading “3 Reasons Your Pet Needs to Stay at Home”

Live a More Comfortable Life as a Pet Sitter

Pet sitter with dog

When you become a pet sitter you unlock some of the secrets to leading a happy and stress-free life. Don’t believe us? We surveyed our members to find out a few of the reasons they choose to pet sit.

Some of the results may surprise you, some may not. But it’s the little everyday benefits of the pet sitting lifestyle that prove there is much to be gained by choosing a life that focusses on caring for other people’s pets.

Save for a Home Faster

A survey of our members found that 27% said that they chose the lifestyle to save on rent and almost 30% said that house and pet sitting helped them save for their own home. Housing prices in Australia’s capital cities remain at an all-time high and out of reach for many young Aussies. Of the members surveyed, 64% said that they saved up to $5,000 by pet sitting. That’s a hefty sum that you can put towards a home of your own. Continue reading “Live a More Comfortable Life as a Pet Sitter”

Free Things To Do Around Australia

Travel and House Sit

There are loads of things to do in Australia’s major cities and they don’t have to cost you a fortune. So pack up your things and head out to your favourite place to experience more of what our beautiful country has to offer. To make your holiday budget go even further, register as a pet sitter and stay in homes across Australia for free!

Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne draws you in with its amazing sense of culture and lively eclectic atmosphere. If you’re looking to get a sense of Melbourne’s heart, head to Federation Square and sit and take in the people and the buildings, and even watch the big screens for some down-time. Flinders Street Station is nearby, so be sure to stop by, especially when the sun is setting to watch how the light dances across this iconic Melbourne structure. If you’re into art, head to the National Gallery of Victoria and ACMI (The Australian Centre for the Moving Image) for some awesome exhibits. Or if wildlife is more your interest, the St Kilda penguins are a must see and they return to their burrows along the St Kilda break wall every evening of the year just after sunset. Visit Melbourne’s array of markets and take advantage of the free tram zone around the city. Be sure to check out the many pet sitting positions available around Victoria, so you can stay for free and get to live like a local.

Hobart, TAS

Walk through Salamanca Markets, visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery or head up to the top of Mt Wellington to get a bird’s eye view of Hobart. A house and pet sit in Tasmania will help you appreciate the natural beauties of the state. Continue reading “Free Things To Do Around Australia”