Making Your Pet the #1 Priority

There are a range of reasons why people choose to be a house and pet sitter. Many join for the freedom of living in different locations, travelling the country, meeting new people and furry friends, or saving money by living rent free.

But one thing is for sure – house and pet sitters are animal lovers.

Many house sitters have grown up with animals but aren’t able to own their own, so house and pet sitting gives them the chance to snuggle up with a pet-pal for a while. Others simply enjoy the opportunity to get out and about with a variety of different animal companions.

99% of Mindahome’s house and pet sitting positions involve the care of a pet, so a love of animals is a must. 59% of Mindahome house and pet sitters actually admit that saying goodbye to pets is the hardest things about leaving a house sit.

Here are 3 top tips to making sure your pet is given the star treatment during your next house and pet sit. Continue reading “Making Your Pet the #1 Priority”

A Home Owners 4-Step Guide to House Sitting

Australians are known for their relaxed and what-you-see-is-what-you-get characteristics, so house and pet sitting across the nation has proven to be a very rewarding and financially beneficial arrangement for many Aussie pet owners, as well as house sitters.

Trust plays an important role in any house and pet sitting agreement and ensuring that both the home and pet owner and the house sitter understand the other party’s expectations, is the key to a fuss-free and enjoyable sit. Continue reading “A Home Owners 4-Step Guide to House Sitting”

Best places to exercise with your dog

adorableWe speak with veterinarian and ambassador for PAW by Blackmores, Dr Katrina Warren, about her favourite spots and expert tips.

We all know how beneficial regular exercise can be for us both physically and mentally, and the same can be said for dogs of all ages too. Dr Katrina Warren shares her top 5 favourite Sydney spots to take your four-legged friend for some exercise: Continue reading “Best places to exercise with your dog”

7 tips for keeping your dog cool this summer

wildlife-photography-1551693_1920Summer has hit Australia! So if you’re considering a trip to the beach with your furry friend or a dip in the pool this summer, then check out this post from our friend and PAW by Blackmores ambassador, Dr Katrina Warren, about what to watch out for when keeping your canine companion cool this summer.

Summer is all about swimming. But is it okay to let your dog swim in your pool, and the ocean? And how do you take care of his/her coat and ears if your pooch is a regular dipper?

Taking a dip with your pooch can be oodles of fun, and under the right conditions, it’s quite safe to swim with your dog in a pool or in the ocean. But there a few things you need to consider before you set off for the water with your furry friend: Continue reading “7 tips for keeping your dog cool this summer”

5 things to do before the pet sitter arrives

dog-on-sofa2Preparing to leave our pet in the care of a sitter requires some careful planning and consideration for every eventuality.

Thanks to our friends at Petplan, this post covers some of the things you need to think about before you leave to make sure you, your pet and the pet sitter can rest easy.

You’re going on holiday, and as much as you might like to pack Fido into your luggage and take him with you, it’s simply not an option. So you’ve arranged for a pet sitter to come over to your home and make sure your furry friend is well taken care of and hopefully he won’t even notice you’re gone. To make sure everything goes off without a hitch and that the pet sitter is in the best position to look after your pet, here are five essentials to keep in mind before they arrive. Continue reading “5 things to do before the pet sitter arrives”

Tips on how to teach your pets how to behave

dr-katrina-warren_tips-to-behave-article2Training your dog to behave around your home and in situations with other people can take some time, but it is worth the effort to ensure you and your furry family member are able to enjoy spending quality time together.

This post from Dr Katrina Warren outlines how you can help your dog understand boundaries and provides strategies to help you manage their behaviour.

Tips on how to teach your pet how to behave

It’s almost impossible to imagine your canine partner evoking any feeling other than joy. Alas – if not sufficiently trained, they can prove to be a difficult member of the family. Just like we teach our kids, we need to teach our pets to learn what behaviour is acceptable and what is not – remember they are not born understanding your house rules and despite common belief, with the right level of love and respect, dogs at any age can learn to behave.

Before you begin tearing your hair out about your misbehaved fur-ball, educate yourself on the most common problems when it comes to behaviour and how to solve them. Continue reading “Tips on how to teach your pets how to behave”

5 tips to keep your house tidy with pets

-dog2We love our dogs, but we don’t want our homes to smell like them. Here are some tips to keep your home tidy and clean when you have one or more fur-friend sharing your home.

Removing pet hair

Brushing your dog every day will cut down the hair flying around in your home. It will also remove any flaky skin by distributing natural oils through your dogs coat. Not only will regular brushing save your home and furniture from unruly hair and mess, it will also provide you with some important bonding time with your fur-friend. To remove hair from clothes, use a tape roller and always have one readily available around the house. For the furniture, an upholstery tool will do the job nicely. Continue reading “5 tips to keep your house tidy with pets”

Breaking down the costs of pet care

Our pets are our companions and give us unconditional love, so when we have to go away, we want the best care for them.

Aside from the mental and emotional aspects of pet care which every pet owner considers when leaving their pet, there is also the practical financial expense that needs to be considered.

Research has shown that boarding your pet in a kennel, cattery or other such facility can prove expensive, especially during peak holiday periods such as Christmas, New Year or public holidays and also if you have more than one pet that requires care.

Below is a table of some of the daily costs associated with pet care in Australia and how much it could set owners back this festive season. Continue reading “Breaking down the costs of pet care”

5 surprising facts about pet sitting

dog-2Pet sitting is about a bond with the pet that you care for and understanding their needs, routines and moods. So here are some facts that you may not have known about pet sitting that will highlight the important role pet sitters play in caring for treasured pets.

1. 84% of Mindahome house and pet sitters say that caring for and meeting different types of animals is a benefit of house and pet sitting

2. A survey of Mindahome pet sitters revealed that 94% admit to talking with the pets they care for, 65% watch TV with the pets and 25% sleep with the pets they care for. Continue reading “5 surprising facts about pet sitting”

Springtime care for your pet

Spring has definitely arrived! The weather is warming up, the flowers are starting to burst and spring cleaning is becoming a priority for many households around this time of year.

But when doing your odd jobs around the house such as maintaining your garden and cleaning the windows, take some time to consider your pet’s inquisitive nature and how to keep them away from harm. Continue reading “Springtime care for your pet”