Our Lifetime Puppy Home Guarantee

Your puppy will ALWAYS be a Banksia Park Puppy

Your puppy – no matter how old – will always be a Banksia Park Puppy. He or she will hold a special place in our hearts for it’s entire life. We know it’s parents, we watched it be born, and we raised it and we watched it grow. We will forever hold it in our hearts as a Banksia Park Puppy.

We know you have waited for your puppy, researched him or her, and invested significantly to have him or her join your family. Even though we know that you are dedicated to your puppy right now, you have more than 10 years ahead of you with your puppy.

Sometimes circumstances change. Sometimes there is a death, a divorce, a move, or countless other things which could impact your ability to take care of this puppy.

Rehoming a Banksia Park Puppy

Whatever the reason, whatever the age, if you cannot take care of this puppy and you want to find a new home for him or her, we want you to contact us. 

Every single puppy is a Banksia Park Puppy for life. 

We have a very successful rehoming program, where new families of our dogs are vetted to ensure that they are dedicated and suited to a rehomed member of Banksia Park Puppies. Because you have a Banksia Park Puppy, you can use this rehoming list and our other resources to re-home your dog at any stage of it’s life. If this doesnt suit you or your timeframe, we will organise for your puppy to come to us and we will look after it until such time when it finds a new home. We will always help and we would hate to think of you not contacting us first, so please remember to tell us if you ever need our help.

We hope you have a very long and happy life with this puppy, but if your circumstances change please remember – if you need help contact us first. 

Baby toys at Banksia Park Puppies

Is your puppy just like a baby?

Did you know that your puppy goes through ‘wonder weeks’ or learning cycles just like a baby does (read more on this here).

One such stage is the Human Socialisation Period. This is when a puppy is 7-12 weeks old, and is a really important time in it’s life. We take this time in a puppy’s life very seriously. This stage of a puppy’s life sets the puppy up for its future, it is the time where puppy forms bonds with humans and develops the capability to like and love humans. It also is the time where a puppy is very sensitive, so if it is not shown how to deal with experiences in this stage of life, then it may not develop this in the future which will restrict it’s ability to lead a long and happy life with a family.

Our mums are rehomed generally at around 4-5 years old. At time of writing this post, we have close to 80 people on our waiting list for our rehoming dogs. This means that we have plenty of homes who are looking for one of our gorgeous mums or dads to add to their family.

Why is our rehoming program relevant to a post about our 7-12 week old puppies? If our mums and dads are not socialised and confident dogs, they will not be able to enter new homes and will have a hard time adjusting to their new environments. What we aim to do in this time of their lives as a puppy is to build confident, happy, balanced puppies who grow into dogs who can bond with other animals easily but also who can bond with humans and understand the human-dog relationship.

Puppies need to experience as many things as they can in this young, short time to understand how to react to shock (from seeing themselves in a mirror – ‘who is that dog!’), nerves (‘these steps feel strange under my feet’) and anxiety (‘why does this toy make a noise when I use it?!’), and then be shown with our guidance, that these experiences are ok. This results in confident Banksia Park Dogs who are proud, capable, and able to transition into new homes later in life.

Some of the things we introduce our puppies to at this stage of life include:

  • Mirrors
  • See through plastic
  • Different floor coverings (tarp, carpet, grass, rugs etc)
  • Toys that make sounds when you touch or move them (baby toys work fantastic!)
  • Stairs and different ground levels
  • Plastic cups hanging to allow jumping and toys which crinkle
  • Different types of balls – i.e. ball pits, see through ones and ones which light up or make noises
  • Tunnels
  • Sit and Lead training

 

Our Banksia Park Dogs can then transition into new homes which are usually in suburban Melbourne. They will be able to adjust to new things they have never encounted before such as Trams, Trains, Mobile Phones, Door Bells, Emergency Sirens (Ambulance, Fire Engine etc). These things are normal to a puppy who has lived in these situations for it’s entire life, but our puppies live in the Country, and just like little country kids who need to be shown how to drive in the city, our puppies need to learn how to adjust to things they may encounter in the future.

Have a look at some of our gorgeous puppies below having a play in our surface training area.

We are also happy to receive any baby/toddler/kids toys which are at the end of their journey and are being thrown away. We would love to reuse them for our puppies so Contact Us if you have any pre-loved toys that you would like to give a new home!

Why no grass?

Our Banksia Park Puppies Soil

Have you seen photos of Banksia Park Puppies such as this and wondered why we don’t have much grass at Banksia Park Puppies over summer?

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Our post today is going to explain to you why we don’t have grass in summer and the benefits of this. We tell this to people who come for a tour at Banksia Park Puppies, but many of you probably see the photos and think how much nicer it would be if we had nice green grass in all months of the year! We do have grass in winter, but over summer it dies off easily. Here is why.

The Background

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When Matt’s grandfather started breeding dogs it was in the back of Hill End in Gippsland. For those who don’t know the area, it is sort of out the back of Warragul, and it is dairy country; here is a photo from Google Maps. You can see it has lush green grass, and it has rolling hillsides, and it has everything you need to make a perfect photo. You can just imagine dogs running up and down the hillside having the best time ever in the grass.

Unfortunately, Matt’s grandfather found that with great dairy soil, and lots of rain, makes… mud. And with mud comes diseases. He found it was so much harder to keep the dogs clean and to ensure that puppies were free from disease in the critical stages of their life.

So one of the huge benefits of being third generation dog breeders is that when Colin (Matt’s dad) decided to find a place to breed dogs professionally in Victoria, what did he look for? He looked for the OPPOSITE of these rolling grass mountains. He looked for a place that some would call ‘barren’ but he did it for a very specific reason.

The list of demands of the new property:

  • Sandy soil (not red dirt thick with nutrients)
  • Little rainfall
  • Some inclines (not all flat ground)
  • Not extremely high or low temperatures (in a row especially)

Matt and Colin looked all over Victoria (they discussed other parts of Australia but most states were found to be lacking; NSW has paralysis ticks, Queensland has too many high temperatures etc.). They then came upon this land in Stradbroke which had everything they were looking for. And what did the property look like? It was covered in bush and scrub, but it had the perfect soil and the perfect climate for breeding dogs.

Meeting the demands

Did this new property meet the demands?

Sandy soil

The Stradbroke property is about 20km from the ocean and has incredibly sandy soil. This means that when it rains – even if it pours – only an hour later there will barely be a puddle on the property. The sandy soil means that the rain simply drains away. This is great for the dogs, and it means they are never sitting in mud which is rich with nutrients and therefore also ripe for disease. The photo at the top is after lots and lots of rain. You can see that the soil looks different, but that it isn’t muddy or sticky for the dogs. Over winter the grass grows and it does get green for the dogs to play in and dig in, but in summer because of the soil, the grass is hard to grow so the dogs have fun playing in the sand instead!

Little rainfall

Stradbroke (or the closest town to it – Sale) has annual rainfall averages of 432.6mm. How does that compare to other places around Victoria? As a comparison Hill End has averages of 598mm, Warragul is 894mm, and Mornington has 614mm.

Some inclines (not all flat ground)

Why is this important? When it rains, the water goes through the sand and washes it down the incline. This naturally washes the soil. It helps to keep the pens fresh and clean. This is along with of course us picking up the dog’s droppings and other large things such as replacing toys etc., but freshening up the ground with natural rainfall is an additional way to keep disease away and our dogs happy and healthy.

Not extremely high or low temperatures

The temperatures in Stradbroke are not too high or low and therefore are the best for our dogs to live in, our mums to be pregnant and give birth in, and for our puppies to be raised in.

In February, the hottest month, our temperatures range from average highs of 26.4 Degrees Celcius and average lows of 13.7 Degrees Celcius.

In July our coldest month the temperatures range from average highs of 14.2 Degrees Celcius and average lows of 4.6 Degrees Celcius.

Photos

So the next time you see photos like these in the gallery below of our live-in yards over summer you will know that this soil – although it isn’t green and wonderful to look at in summer – is the best for our mums and dads and puppies health wise. We did not come to Stradbroke without reason, we came here as it is the best place in Australia to breed dogs. The sandy soil means that sometimes our photos dont look as wonderful as ones on green grass do, but we know that our dogs have a much better life because of the soil under their feet. We would rather have a better and healthier life for our dogs, than wonderful photos showing wonderful green pastures over summer.

 

Christmas Puppies – the do’s and donts

Buyer Beware; do your research

It is coming up to Christmas and we know that many families are now looking for a puppy to join their family. Before you do, make sure you know the basics for things you should and shouldn’t do over this holiday period.

1. Is the advertisement is a scam? 

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There are many unscrupulous people who bet on people in a rush to buy over the Christmas period. They will ask you to send a deposit and travel funds and they will send you the puppy without giving you information on them, who they are or their business details. These are on the internet and in the paper and are nearly always scams, and if they’re not scams they’re probably unethical.

We hear that they use our name ‘Banksia Park Puppies’ (as recent as last week) and trick people into thinking that they are getting one of our puppies, when they actually get nothing at all. Do not waste your hard earned cash (especially at Christmas time) on something you are not sure of.

Make sure the person has a physical address you can meet them at, ask them for the microchip number of the puppy, ask for their breeder registration number, and never EVER exchange money with someone you cannot check the details of or go and visit yourself.

If you want a Banksia Park Puppy, the only way you can be certain is to get it from us. Every single one of the puppies from us or from our puppy consultants in Doncaster comes from us and comes with the Banksia Park health guarantees and programs.

2. Make sure you are only supporting ethical breeders

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It is easy in the Christmas rush to just look online and buy a cheap puppy, or one you are not completely comfortable with in order to get the puppy in time for Christmas.

Please do not do this, take your time and research the breeder to make sure that they are breeding ethically. You could end up with a sick puppy or with no health guarantees at all if you buy a puppy from the wrong breeder – worse, you will be supporting breeders who are doing the wrong thing.

Another thing to consider is looking at a shelter; if you think that your family could have a shelter dog in your life it is a great idea to check there first.

If you want to have a puppy join your family here are some tips to ensure you are only supporting ethical breeders:

  • VISITS – Can you visit the breeder? Make sure that the breeder allows visits and that you can not only see mum and dad and puppy and the conditions all of these live in. Do not purchase a puppy from anywhere which does not allow tours.
  • GUARANTEES – Does the puppy have a health guarantee? Make sure you have asked questions and that there is a good health guarantee in place. Taking a puppy home is very fun and exciting, but in the future if this gorgeous happy puppy does get sick, you need to know where to turn and who is supporting you.
  • REHOMING – Does the breeder have a rehoming program for the mums and dads? You should be able to see a functioning rehoming program where the mums and dads are placed with families or continue to live with the breeder.
  • SOCIALISATION – Does the breeder have socialisation and enrichment programs for the puppies and the parents? The parents are important as well as the puppies, and these enrichment programs are very important for mental stability in the dog’s life.
  • COMFORT – Do you feel uncomfortable about the purchase? Will the breeder not answer some questions or has made you feel strange about what guarantees they offer? Trust your gut and if you need to visit the breeder personally and it cannot happen in time for Christmas just wait until after Christmas – but make sure you are happy with the breeder even if that means driving out yourself to see the conditions.

3. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you to give! 

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A puppy is a great idea for Christmas – why? Because most people have the following 2 weeks off work and can help settle puppy into it’s new life at home. That is great and it’s a perfect time IF you were already considering a puppy. If you are trying to think of a Christmas present for a loved one and just on impulse think ‘a puppy!’ then it is not the right present. Do not buy a puppy as a present for someone else (unless of course they are in the same household as you and the puppy is under your care i.e. kids or a husband!). If the puppy is not under your direct care then do not buy it as a present. They are not presents, they are members of a family.

So even though Christmas is a fantastic time for puppies to join a family – it still needs to be the right thing for the person receiving it.

 

If you have thought about all of these things, researched your puppy and your breeder, asked lots of questions, and understand the commitment – well done! You are not only saving yourself many issues in the future but you are also only supporting ethical breeders. Good luck with your new puppy and enjoy the summer holiday fun that can be had with puppies!

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From Banksia Park Puppies

Slip and Slide fun

Banksia Park Puppies Summer Fun

It was very warm here yesterday at Banksia Park, but we had lots of fun. We had some of our young cavie puppies down playing with us on the slip and slide, and some in particular loved it! We shared one photo on Facebook but we had to share more as it was such a fun time with them.

Banksia Park Puppies under threat

An update of the ‘Puppy Farm’ Bill

We have been very busy over the last few months and particularly the last few weeks. The ‘Puppy Farm’ Bill was introduced into the Victorian Parliament, and since then, we have been meeting with politicians, media, and other well respected Industry officials about the unintended consequences of this Bill. See lower for an update on what this Bill entails, what it means for Banksia Park Puppies, and what it means for you.

The latest update

Your efforts have directly assisted in the Bill being referred to an Upper House Committee for review

This means that an  Upper house committee called the Economic and Infrastructure Standing Committee will undertake an inquiry into the Bill to make sure it is the best thing for animal welfare, and the best thing for Victoria.

This is FANTASTIC news.
We are putting in a written submission to the Committee, and have also been called to appear as a witness.  If you would like to have your say you can, send an email with your statement to the Secretariat at dabillinquiry@parliament.vic.gov.au. It does not need to be long and you could include the following:

  • Your experience in looking for a puppy in Victoria
  • The things that matter to you when buying a puppy
  • Your experience of buying from Banksia Park

What do we need to do now?

As you know the Bill is looking to limit the number of breeding dogs to 10 per breeder which will have the effect of closing Banksia Park Puppies.

It is still vital that we keep the pressure on the MPs We have come so far but we need to make sure that the Victorian MPs well and truly know that you care about this legislation and don’t want to see it introduced in its current form

While the Inquiry is a great step forward we still need MPs to vote against the Bill when it comes to Parliament.

What can I do?
Contact your Local Member of Parliament!

CALL, EMAIL, VISIT, EMAIL AGAIN!

Make sure your local members know your point of view. Tell them your story. Why did you buy a Banksia Park Puppy? Why do you not want to see us closed? Are you sure they know your thoughts on the Bill?

Check who the Members in your region are by putting your address in at this link https://electoratelookup.vec.vic.gov.au/LocalityFinder.aspx

As we have two Houses of Parliament in Victoria you have different Members representing you in each House. You have one Member of Parliament representing you in the Lower House and five in the Upper House. We need you to write to all of them.

State District Sitting Member (your local Lower House Representative):
It is important that they understand your point of view, and most MPs will respond directly to you explaining that they understand and take your concerns seriously.

State Region Sitting Member (your local Upper House Representatives):
These are the members who will ultimately decide whether the legislation is passed as law, reviewed, changed, or blocked. Remember to email them and let them know that you care about this issue and you don’t want to see the Bill introduced in it’s current form.
Your members need to know that this Bill is bad for animal welfare and bad for Victorians. Make sure that the members representing you know your thoughts.

Let us know if you want us to help and how your local members respond to your concerns.

In the Media

Have you seen us? We’ve been on the Bolt Report, in the Herald Sun, and in the Australian over the past few weeks. They all support our concerns about this ill-considered Bill. See below to copies of these articles.

Australian Articles:
Pain for Victorian Labor as dog breeders maul mongrel of a law
Weekend Australian Inquirer
Victorian puppy farm bill back on the leash
New Victorian laws will create puppy black market- vets

Heald Sun:
Herald Sun on dog breeding laws

Andrew Bolt:
Andrew Bolt live on SkyNews

 

 

Background

What does the Bill entail?

The Bill states that all dog breeders have a maximum of 10 female dogs. This is regardless of the care they are given, the experience of the breeders, or the number of staff a breeder has. It also doesn’t take into account the facilities, the rehoming practices or the benefit to the community.

There is no scientific or animal welfare reason for imposing a limit of 10 breeding dogs at one property. A NSW parliamentary inquiry into this issue found there was no valid reason to impose a limit on breeding dogs, and the RSPCA has stated that there is no evidence that imposing this limit will have any benefit to animal welfare.

What does it mean for Banksia Park Puppies?

Banksia Park Puppies will not exist as it does now. Victorians will not have an open and transparent place to get their family-friendly puppies.

Smaller does not mean safer. Our property has more than 100 breeding dogs which are looked after to the highest possible standard. The scale of our business enables us to make the investments needed to ensure our dogs and puppies are provided the best care and go to their new homes healthy, happy and well-socialised.

We have invested approximately $250,000 over several years to ensure our breeding facilities meet or exceed the required standards. Our dogs have access to playgrounds in their yards, two different agility yards, heated and cooled nurseries (including heated floors) and exercise areas in the nursery.

We welcome the supervision of our business by local council and animal welfare inspectors.

The welfare of our dogs and puppies is our top priority. We have nothing to hide and we welcome visitors so they can see how puppies and their parents are cared for.

Many of our customers carry out extensive research before choosing their puppy, many of which includes a visit to our property to see for themselves how our puppies are cared for. This avenue will no longer exist, and closing a business such as ours will force more consumers online and into unregulated markets.

What will it mean for you and puppies?

The legislation is well-meaning, but will have unintended consequences and may in fact lead to worse animal welfare outcomes.

We welcome effective regulation that protects and improves animal welfare and stops cruel puppy farming operations, but this legislation will not target these people.

There is strong demand for puppies and the proposed legislation will likely promote an underground industry with more (not fewer) rogue breeders, making it harder to monitor and ensure compliance with the rules.

Dog breeding businesses should be regulated and transparent but the proposed legislation does nothing to promote this objective.