The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-01-04T06:23:10Z Iso, Sunshine, Zoom and Dreamer - dog names predicted to take off in 2021 2021-01-04T06:23:10Z iso-sunshine-zoom-and-dreamer-dog-names-predicted-to-take-off-in-2021 With the Coronavirus pandemic and the increase in demand for highly personalised pet care services, the team at Pawshake predicts that 2021 will result in pet parents choosing unique names that reflect and inspire hope: Arrow Buttercup Captain  Dreamer Storm Halo Hero Hope Iso Rona Sunshine Zoom 2020 has resulted in the largest number of pet adoptions across Australia. Over the last 8 months, many pet rescue organisations reported a record number of adoptions and several instances where their kennels have been completely empty. Bella, Luna, Charlie and Max continue to be four of the most popular Australian dog names in 2020. According to over 250,000 dog profiles on the Pawshake platform, those four names consistently make the top 10 list each year. They are followed closely by Rosie, Molly, Alfie and Oscar. Pawshake CEO Tanguy Peers is not surprised, “with an increase in the humanisation of pets, it’s not unusual to see human names gaining popularity with pet parents. In fact, all the male and female dog names on our top 10 most popular list this year are all human names.” “Especially during difficult times, people have a stronger desire to connect with their pets more than ever.” According to recent research from Pawshake, 97% say owning a pet has helped them through tough times. Additionally, 68% of participants confirmed that they spent more time with their pet in 2020 than in previous years.  This has led to the increase in the number of bespoke dog experiences Pawshake pet sitters are offering as part of their services. “We have seen a wave of more personalised pet sitting experiences,” Tanguy confirms. “From home organic home cooked meals to doggy spa days, doggy birthday parties and bush walking adventures. Dog parents are now spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a carer for their mate.” 2020 was also a record year for unique pet names on Pawshake. With 21% of all the registered dog names on Pawshake being one of a kind. Many were inspired by food and fictional characters. If you are looking for a special name, here are Pawshake’s top 10 most unique dog names: Food Inspired Dog Names Baguette Blueberry Cheddar Hotpot Lambchop Lamington Merlot Omelette Pistachio Satay Fictional Character Inspired Dog Names Alexis Rose Batman Elsa Moira Rose Mr Meowgi Murphy Brown Obiwan Olaf Snoopy Tigger Top 10 female pet names Bella Molly Ruby Luna Coco Daisy Lucy Rosie Lola Millie Top 10 male pet names Charlie Max Buddy Oscar Archie Ollie Milo Toby Leo Alfie While it may seem exciting to give your dog a name that is just as special as them, it’s also important to consider how it will sound out loud - especially for dogs. Names that are too long or hard to pronounce can cause confusion with your dog and for anyone who may be looking after them! According to Tanguy, “gone are the days of a simple walk around the block. 2020 proved that it was all about the unique names and pet care experiences. And we expect this trend to continue to grow in 2021.” Pawshake has had a significant uptick in new pet registrations on the platform in 2020. It looks forward to supporting Aussie pet owners with plenty of flexible care options for their precious pets in 2021. With more than 20,000 Pawshake sitters in Australia, many available at a moment’s notice, pet owners no longer need to worry about their pet feeling stressed when they aren’t at home. For more information, visit www.pawshake.com.au Facebook www.facebook.com/pawshakeaustralia, Instagram www.instagram.com/pawshakeau. Pawshake analysed over 250,000 Australian pet profiles from it’s website database. For additional quotes, high res imagery or to arrange an interview with a Pawshake spokesperson, please contact jessica@pawshake.com or tanguy@pawshake.com About Pawshake Pawshake is a trusted community of pet lovers. Pet owners can find vetted pet sitters, dog walkers, doggy daycare or home boarding solutions through the Pawshake website or app. Rates start at $20/night and include veterinary coverage, customer support 7 days a week, and daily updates. Pawshake was co-founded in 2013 by Tanguy Peers, a former eBay executive who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of people and their pets. Since launching in Australia in 2014, Pawshake has built a reputation for connecting pet owners with trusted and vetted pet sitters and now, more than 20,000 Australians are offering their services as pet sitters on Pawshake. Pawshake is backed by AirTree Ventures, the leading Australian venture capital fund. Share-economy pet-sitting platform Pawshake releases industry-first report card in time for busy holiday season 2020-12-16T10:05:48Z share-economy-pet-sitting-platform-pawshake-releases-industry-first-report-card-in-time-for-busy-holiday-season Pawshake has created the pet sitter report cards to enhance trust and safety on their pet-sitting platform, which boasts thousands of verified sitters Australia-wide. The pet sitter report cards allow pet owners to send information to pet sitters after a sitting assignment, including tracking the route taken during a dog walk and more. The feature is not dissimilar to fitness apps in being able to track walking routes and is designed to be fun as well as an important safety feature ‘Innovation in new features has always been very important to Pawshake’ says company founder and CEO, Tanguy Peers. ‘We want to be able to use technology to enhance safety and community between pet sitters and pet owners. The new sitter report cards will encourage transparency and communication between parties, as well as making the pet sitting process smoother and more enjoyable.’ In preparation for the approaching summer, Pawshake has invested in several new advanced features, including integrated police checks for pet sitters. This is in response to overwhelming demand as a result of post-lockdown travel and state border openings. For further information and imagery requests please contact: jessica@pawshake.com Website: ​https://www.pawshake.com.au  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com.au/PawshakeAustralia ​ Instagram: https://instagram.com/pawshakeau About Pawshake Pawshake is a trusted community of pet lovers. Pet owners can find local loving, vetted and insured pet-sitters, dog walkers, housesitters or dog boarding solutions through the Pawshake website or app. Rates start at $10/night and all reservations include complimentary insurance, in house customer support, and daily photo updates. Pawshake was created in 2013 by Tanguy Peers, a former eBay executive who has harnessed their experience to benefit a global community of pet lovers. Pawshake has built a reputation for connecting pet owners with trusted and insured pet sitters and now, 25,000 verified Australians are offering their services as pet-sitters on Pawshake. Pawshake is backed by AirTree Ventures, one of Australia’s most successful venture capital firms. 97% of Australian pet owners are surviving 2020 thanks to their pets 2020-10-05T23:41:50Z 97-of-australian-pet-owners-are-surviving-2020-thanks-to-their-pets We all know Aussies love their pets, but how vital are they to coping with life’s ups and downs? According to a new study from Pawshake, pets are hugely beneficial to coping with tough times: especially reflecting on the coronavirus pandemic and other major events of 2020. Pets have been a source of strength during COVID-19 The coronavirus pandemic has overshadowed 2020 for most of us, with 60% of survey participants saying the pandemic has had a significant to moderate impact on their lives. It’s hardly surprising then that pets have been an essential source of strength for many Aussies. Many pet shelters have reported an increase in adoptions and fostering during 2020, likely due to more people being stuck at home and seeking comfort from a furry friend. Of the 97% of Australian pet owners who say their pet helped them through tough times in 2020, 69% also said their pet has helped them to deal with loneliness, 56% say their pet has helped them maintain a healthy routine and 52% say their pet has motivated them to exercise.  When asked what their pets meant to them, most frequent answers included ‘Everything!’, ‘My whole world’, ‘Part of the family’ and ‘My sanity’.  2020 has forever changed our relationship with our pets With coronavirus turning many of our lives upside down overnight, Aussie pets have had to see a lot more of their owners around the house than ever before. Indeed, 68% of survey participants confirmed that they had spent more time with their pet in 2020 than in previous years.  Being in lockdown for weeks (even months) has altered how many pet owners feel about their fur kid - with 37% confirming that events of 2020 have changed their relationship with their pet. Of those who have noticed a change in their relationship with their pet, 67% say they feel closer to their pet, 47% say they now take their pet more into account when making decisions and 45% say they now notice subtle details in their pet’s behaviour.  Some pet owners have taken to pampering their pets, with 32% of pet owners spending more money on pet products in 2020 than in previous years. Pet owner anxiety has risen too, with 37% now worrying even more about leaving their pet at home alone. This is a big shift from the days when most pet owners would head off to work and not think twice about leaving their pets home alone all day.  Pawshake CEO Tanguy Peers comments on the research, “Separation anxiety can be a problem, especially when pets are used to us being at home all day then experience a drastic change in routine when we go back to work. The change can be quite unsettling for them.” “At Pawshake, we hope our pet sitting and dog walking services will alleviate some of the stress. We are continuously educating and preparing our sitters to be ready to help when things open back up.” Pets have felt the events of 2020 too It seems the events of 2020 have been noticed by our pets, too. 43% of pet owners confirmed that they had spotted changes recently in their pet’s behaviour. Some of these changes are for the better, such as 44% of pets appearing to be happier and 24% of pets settling easily into their new routine.  Unfortunately, not all changes have been positive. 46% of pet owners admit their pet is more attached to them and frets when they’re home alone, and 18% admitting their pet had gained weight. At worst, destructive behaviours such as digging and chewing furniture were noticed by 9% of pet owners.  This begs the question of how pet owners can help their pet adapt to life’s ups and downs with minimal stress. Australian dog behaviourist, trainer and published author, Lara Shannon, says ‘It’s important to be attuned to changes in your pet’s behaviour - they are more sensitive than we give them credit for to events in the human world.  ‘You can help ease your pet into a new routine with time, patience and planning. Hiring a dog walking or pet sitter is a great way to make sure they have company and exercise during the day and ease them back into normal life.’ Pawshake has had a significant uptick in new pet registrations on the website in 2020. It looks forward to supporting Aussie pet owners with plenty of flexible care options for their precious pets. With more than 20,000 Pawshake sitters in Australia, many available at a moment’s notice, pet owners no longer need to worry about their pet feeling stressed when they aren’t at home. For more information, visit www.pawshake.com.au, Facebook www.facebook.com/pawshakeaustralia, Instagram www.instagram.com/pawshakeau. Pawshake surveyed over 1,500 Australian pet owners from it’s website database. About Pawshake Pawshake is a trusted community of pet lovers. Pet owners can find vetted pet sitters, dog walkers, doggy daycare or home boarding solutions through the Pawshake website or app. Rates start at $20/night and include veterinary coverage, customer support 7 days a week, and daily updates. Pawshake was co-founded in 2013 by Tanguy Peers, a former eBay executive who is passionate about making a difference to the lives of people and their pets. Since launching in Australia in 2014, Pawshake has built a reputation for connecting pet owners with trusted and vetted pet sitters and now, more than 20,000 Australians are offering their services as pet sitters on Pawshake. Pawshake is backed by AirTree Ventures, the leading Australian venture capital fund. Pet experts warn: check your pet daily for paralysis ticks 2020-09-15T05:01:43Z pet-experts-warn-check-your-pet-daily-for-paralysis-ticks Pet owners are being urged to check their pet’s fur daily as paralysis tick season begins.   The paralysis tick (Ixodes holocyclus) is a small parasite that feeds on the blood of native animals, such as possums. The tick can also bite dogs and cats, which do not have immunity to the tick. When the tick bites a pet, it releases a neurotoxin that can cause paralysis and eventual death.  Fortunately, vets can administer a treatment serum once a paralysis tick bite has been positively identified, but the effect of the serum can slow down while symptoms worsen.  It’s therefore essential to take your pet to the vet immediately if you suspect they have been bitten.  Pawshake, often described as the Airbnb for pet sitting, is urging Aussie pet owners to start checking their pet’s fur daily. If a dog walker or pet sitter is involved, they should also keep a close eye out for ticks.  ‘You may not even see a tick once your pet displays symptoms, as it may have dropped off after biting’ says Tanguy Peers, co-founder of Pawshake, ‘this is why it is so important to be diligent in checking your pet’s fur around their legs, belly, ears, chin, torso and tail.’ ‘It’s a good idea to speak to your vet and discuss the various tick treatments on the market. And always clear up long grass and plant clippings from around the house.’ The paralysis tick is most active from spring through to summer and is most common in humid conditions on the east coast. The tick can be found in grassy environments and bushland, including in suburban backyards and parks.   Paralysis tick symptoms are similar between cats and dogs. The vet should be called if any of the following symptoms are spotted. Cats can appear lethargic and wheezy, with a little gasp at the end of their breath. They also might meow more than usual, or their meow might sound different. Dogs can appear quieter than normal or lethargic.  They can suffer from difficulty swallowing or having an unusual sounding bark, which is caused by the setting in of paralysis around the throat. They can also suffer from coughing, vomiting, retching, gagging, swelling or loss of coordination. If you do spot a tick and it is yellow or grey with long legs (or if you find any tick you are unsure about), don’t try to remove the tick or as this might make it release more toxins.  Instead, call the vet immediately and await their instructions.  For further information or quotes, please contact  Pawshake Marketing Manager: jessica@pawshake.com https://www.pawshake.com.au/   Experts warn: don’t forget your pet as lockdown lifts 2020-05-22T03:53:06Z experts-warn-don-t-forget-your-pet-as-lockdown-lifts Pet owners are being urged to plan ahead for their pets as they return to the office after the lifting of lockdown restrictions. Cats and dogs around Australia are likely to face a stressful adjustment period as pet owners venture back to work and school over the next few months.  Pet adoption numbers have skyrocketed since the coronavirus pandemic resulted in Australia-wide lockdown restrictions. This adds concerns that new pet owners may not know how to include their adopted furry friend into a post-lockdown lifestyle. Pawshake, often described as the Airbnb for pet sitting, is encouraging Aussie pet owners to factor their pet into their post-lockdown plans.  ‘Our pets have loved having us at home and the additional time we have been spending with them,’ says Tanguy Peers, co-founder of Pawshake, ‘but we will need to ease them back into our regular routines properly or else they could develop behavioural issues. This can lead to undesirable behaviours like chewing and barking or separation anxiety.’ ‘It’s important that pet owners set aside some extra time to continue to exercise, play and bond with their pets.’ To encourage pet owners to continue to spend time with their pets, Pawshake has launched a free 7-Day Challenge to help pet owners ease their cat or dog into the next phase with a fun and healthy routine. The 7-Day Challenge includes games, training lessons and handy tips to help humans and pets adjust to post-lockdown life and keep them physically and mentally challenged.  Each day’s challenge arrives straight in your inbox and can be done from the comfort of home, using everyday items from around the house. Most of the challenges take less than ten minutes to complete. The 7-Day Challenge has been created by Pawshake dog and cat experts, and is designed to be fun and healthy for pets. Highlights include building giant box castles and slow feeders for your cat, to homemade treats and teaching your dog to help around the house by closing drawers. Humans will benefit, too, with each challenge designed to celebrate the daily joy that can be found from spending quality time with your pet. The Pawshake 7-Day Challenge can be joined for free here. For further information or quotes, please contact  Pawshake Marketing Manager: sharon@pawshake.com Australian Community Manager: jessica@pawshake.com 7-Day Challenge: https://mailchi.mp/pawshake/7-day-challenge https://www.pawshake.com.au/