5 Cool Ways to Spoil Your Pet

We all love to be spoiled now and again and our pets are no different. They give us so much love and affection that sometimes we may not always truly show how much we care.

But, there are really cool things you can do to spoil your pet that will truly make their day. So whether you’re celebrating your fur-friend’s birthday, their adoption day, or just because… we’ve got some simple ideas for paw-some fun – and they don’t have to cost a fortune. Continue reading “5 Cool Ways to Spoil Your Pet”

5 Thing You Can Do To Show Your Pet You Care

We can all agree that our dogs show us unconditional love, but have we ever stopped to think whether we show as much affection in return?

Many Australians can’t contemplate what life would be like if our dogs weren’t by our side. Many of us treat our pets just as we would a human child.

But while a cuddle and a pat will always be welcome from our fur-kids, does it really show just how much you care for this tongue wagging, ball catching, bundle of fun and friendship?

To show your special fur-friend just how much they mean to you, try these small gestures that will not only give your some genuine fur-kid/pet-parent time together, but also show your fur-pal just how much they mean to you. Continue reading “5 Thing You Can Do To Show Your Pet You Care”

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”