Speaking your Pet’s Language

A recent article in the news explored how dogs communicate with their humans – and gave an opinion on which species is smarter (dogs versus cats).

First Up – Who’s Smarter?

While dog owners like to think their favoured pet is smart for his loyalty, friendliness, and willingness to be trained, it’s for the very opposite traits that cat owners believe their feline friends are smart – aloofness, attitude, and independence. But science has an answer of sorts. More

Summer Holiday Pet Minding – Get Organised Now!


Before we know it summer will be here – the season of Christmas, New Year, parties, and holidays.

While there are some holiday destinations that are pet friendly, most are not, so you need to make arrangements to have your pet boarded or minded while you are away.

It’s really important that you don’t leave it until the last minute to make these arrangements! Places in boarding kennels, catteries, vet boarding facilities and pet minding book up very quickly at this time of the year, and if you aren’t organised well in advance, you may miss out. More

Summer Holiday Pet Sitting – Get Organised Now!


Are you planning to take a vacation these coming summer holidays? Perhaps you’re heading out of town over Christmas or New Year, or you’re taking some time away in January. If you are, have you made plans for your furry friend?


Now is the time to make arrangements for pet sitting in the Yarraville area over the coming summer holidays. While it’s true that it is still a few months away, places do book up and you’ll want the peace of mind of knowing that your pet minding is sorted out well before the chaos of the Christmas season descends upon us. More

The Queen’s Corgis

Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest reigning monarch to ever hold the British throne. Whether royalist or republican, it can’t be denied that this is an exceptional milestone and that to this day, the Queen is a remarkable woman, particularly to be still serving her nation so actively at such an advanced age.

Corgis go with the Queen like butter goes with bread. She has owned more than thirty Pembroke Welsh Corgis throughout her reign. She has also owned cocker spaniels and dorgis (daschund/corgi crossbreed).


Corgis have been Welsh working dogs for many hundreds of years, herding cattle and sheep by nipping at their hooves.

The Queen has been enamoured with corgis since she was a little girl, More

Pet Sitting at Urban Paws

There comes a time for all of us when we have to be away from our pets. And unless it’s a short break and that pet is a goldfish or a snake that eats only once per week, pets can’t be left entirely alone for more than a day or so. While some dogs love to go to a kennel for their own vacation, and some pet-loving family members are willing to pet-sit, most of us dread having to make arrangements for the care of our pets. Cats hate going to catteries, and no pet enjoys having a trip to the vet for any reason, even if it’s just for boarding. It is stressful for both pet and human pet-parent.

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This is where Urban Paws at Yarraville is here to help. As well as our comprehensive dog day care, dog walking, and dog grooming services, we proudly offer a superior and loving personalised pet sitting service – right in your own home. More

Doggy Day Care – Why You Should Send your Dog

Just like sending your toddler or preschooler to day care has enormous benefits to the child, so does sending your beloved pooch to dog day care. It may seem like an expensive enterprise, but for most dogs and their owners, the benefits far outweigh the costs involved.


How can doggy day care benefit your dog (and you)? More

Basic Dog Grooming – What does it entail?

One of the services we proudly offer here at Urban Paws in Yarraville is Dog Grooming. This is the perfect way to pamper your pooch and take away all of the hard work which is involved if you do it yourself. Our groomers are professionally trained and we have all of the tools on hand to make Rover look and feel fabulous – from his nose to his toes; the tips of his ears to the tip of his tail.

All dogs, regardless of size, age or breed, need to be regularly groomed. This is not just for appearance’s sake; it is crucial for comfort and wellbeing. Adequate grooming is a dog’s basic need. The frequency and level of grooming required will depend on the breed of dog you have, and it’s important to understand your own dog’s individual needs and to keep him on a schedule.

The basics of dog grooming include:

• Washing – let’s face it, few dogs (or owners) actually enjoy bath time. Dogs can learn to remain calm, however. Dogs of most breeds should ideally be bathed at least once a month, especially during summer. If you do it yourself, always use a soap-free dog shampoo – some dogs will need vet-recommended shampoos. Make sure you dry your dog well during cooler months.

• Brushing – the vast majority of dogs love to be brushed, and it can be a great human-canine bonding activity. Long haired breeds require brushing on a daily basis to prevent tangling and matting; even the shortest haired breeds need brushing every few weeks. There is nothing wrong with brushing daily. Coats will be healthy and shiny, and during shedding season it prevents build up, making your dog more comfortable and much cooler. Your clothing and furniture will thank you too.

• Clipping – some dogs have short hair which doesn’t grow long; others have hair which grows continuously and, like a person, needs to be trimmed regularly. The professionals can achieve much better results than most dog owners – they are also experienced at keeping skittish dogs calm for their haircuts.

• Ear Care – pets’ ears can be a nasty haven for yeast and bacteria, and dogs in particular need human help to keep theirs clean. While some dogs can last a lifetime without experiencing a single issue with their ears, others can develop chronic ear disease. This can be genetic and is a bigger problem for dogs that have floppy ears. Vet treatments might be necessary; otherwise, simply and gently clean the external ear canal of debris build up. (This will be addressed in a future article).

• Nail Trimming – no pet enjoys having their nails trimmed. It can be dicey, as too short a trim can be painful and even cause infection and bleeding. Have your vet or dog groomer take care of this delicate job which needs to be done on a regular basis.

Urban Paws can take care of all your dog grooming needs – returning your dog fresh, clean, happy, and looking and smelling great! Call us today.

Need Pet Minding Over Summer? BOOK NOW!

Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes Christmas and the January school holidays. Lots of us take the opportunity to go away on vacation, and in the vast majority of cases, this means making arrangements for the care of pets.

Unless you’re lucky enough to have willing family, friends, or a neighbour close by who is dedicated and able to look after your pet in your absence, you’ll need to make alternative arrangements. These can depend very much on what type of pet you have.

Cats and dogs will commonly be sent to a boarding facility or kennel. The local vet is also an option – and these will also care for rabbits, ferrets, and other small domestic creatures. There is a better alternative, however… More

Merry Christmas to all!

Merry Christmas from Urban Paws Doggy day care!

Merry Christmas!

The Urban Paws team would like to wish all our two & four legged clients a Merry Christmas! It’s been an amazing year and we couldn’t have done it without all your trust & support! We feel blessed to have played an important part in the care of your pet(s) and look forward to seeing all those happy faces again next year! More