Jett’s Journey

Oh my oh my. Jett the puppy has entered our home.

So we have a little girl and a little boy. Our little boy (4) desperately wants to take after his dad and care for the puppies. He goes for the nursery nighttime visits and checks on the newborns, and spends all day at home playing with the puppies, but he is always incredibly sad when we tell him that the puppy he is playing with already has a new home and he has to say goodbye.

So we decided to let him choose a little cavoodle to take care of and live with him. We also think this is a good time to share the journey of this little girl named ‘Jett’ and what we go through. If you have any questions please feel free to let us know on this journey! Hopefully it will show some of our owners the normal parts of the puppy process.

Introducing Jett

Jett is a girl Cavoodle. She is sometimes referred to as little tiger as our boy’s favourite animal is a tiger and he is SURE that she loves tigers just as much as him. Here are some of our pics of her as a little one around 8 weeks of age.

Best New Puppy Products to get

We were very excited in the first week to get a pack of goodies from our Puppy Information Centre. There are two things that Jett (and we!) have loved the most.

One is the microfibre mat for the front door. A Dirty Doggy doormat that seems like it sucks up all the sand and dirt… not only good for dogs but for little kid’s feet too! Our house seems to be cleaner now than prior to Jett entering our home! So a hot tip – pick up your microfibre mat from the team at our Puppy Information Centre as the first thing you do!

The second is a little red Rogz toy. It’s an unassuming little toy and I never would have thought it would have created any interest but Jett seems to love it! I think it’s called Rogz Scrubz – ask the team at our Information Centre for more details. Also little squeak toys seem to have caught her fancy – there are lots of them around for only a few dollars so we suggest getting a range of toys as you never know what they will love the most and there are some good bouncy ball toys she loves too which we’re sourcing at the moment – Jett has been loving the samples!

Training

So we have only just started to have her in our life and have immediately called in Ian the Dog Trainer. Ian said to have her for 2 weeks on our own before he will come in and help train her (or us and our kids really!). Why are we having Ian come in? We bring lots of puppies up every year, we ensure they are healthy and happy; but our kids like every other child, wants a puppy to keep as their own, so now we need to teach our puppy, and our kids manners, and what to do!

So far we have had her inside and tried to toilet train her. She’s doing very well but we still have a long way to go for her! She doesn’t much like her inside play area and wants full reign of the house. We are teaching her ‘Sit’ ‘Stay’ ‘Fist bump ‘ (just for fun!) and ‘on your bed’. Training a puppy is very repetitive and very time consuming but the kids love to watch and see what is happening and all love the thought of training her.

Fur and Shedding

Her fur is gorgeous and fluffy, and right now if I wear black or navy I may find some hairs on me post-cuddletime, but we also have a pug x beagle and the difference is enormous. There are not many hairs around but I’m aware that over the next 6 months she will start to lose her puppy hair and get her adult coat. Will she keep her white tip on her head and tail? We’ll just have to wait and see!

Socialising

She is getting on well with our other dog Scatter. She pulls his ears and they play together now. The first week or so that wasn’t the case but they do seem to be liking each other more even though Scatter is 8 years old and a much different dog! They are both Banksia Park Puppies dogs and are both extremely well tempered both with each other and with any kids they come into contact with.

Eating

Jett eats very differently to other breeds of dogs (as we know many Cavoodle owners talk about and are sometimes concerned about). We are feeding her our new grain free kibble by itself and she picks at it rather than scoffs it down like Scatter our puggle. This is quite normal for a Cavoodle and alot of our Banksia Park Puppies Families ask us about their dog picking at the food and whether they are actually eating enough. Jett is probably 10 weeks old now and only eats probably half a cup a day. She will have bursts where she will each more after going through a growth stage, but will eat what is required for her needs we’re sure. We know that if we put enticing leftovers in her bowl she will eat it all in one sitting, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t like the kibble, or that we need to change what she is eating. The kibble gives her all the nutrients she needs at this stage.

 

 

Gumnuts School Holiday Program

“The best day ever!”

What a wonderful day again with the Gumnuts school holiday program. It is so fantastic having the children out and they absolutely love it with the last comments being ‘this is the best day ever!’.

This is the second time the school holiday program has attended and it is an amazing experience for both the children and the dogs and puppies. The children have a fantastic day looking at all our facilities and learning about the development of the dogs and puppies and why socialisation is really important. They spend time in the Early Socialisation Pen, the surface training area, the youth agility park, and also through our nurseries. They see the live in yards as well as the playgrounds. The puppies absolutely love the day and it is great for their development to see so many children over a 2 hour period. They are picked up and held and a few we saw even having massages! The dogs thrived in the attention and it is great to give them different experiences like this as it broadens their brains from a young age making them more confident dogs for their entire lives.

The Gumnuts kids we must say always behave INCREDIBLY well and are a credit to their carers and parents for how they listen to instructions, information, and are keen to learn. They always treat the dogs and puppies with respect and care, and it’s a great thing to see in children.

Our dogs and puppies were presented with a big box of 301 doggie biscuits cooked specially by some of the older girls including things like peanut butter and bacon which we all know are loved by the dogs. The dogs all gobbled up the biccies within a couple of days and we loved the presentation by the older girls.

Here are some lovely photos of the day!

Block the cap on breeding dogs

Cavoodles, Spoodles and Groodles could soon be unattainable at $10,000 each

The Victorian Government will soon put a Bill to Parliament which will include a cap on breeding dogs for professional breeders. The drop in supply from this cap will lead to huge price increases in prices for family-friendly puppies such as cavoodles, spoodles and groodles. This will leave many Victorian families without the option of a family friendly, ethically bred, puppy.

Breeding will move underground with unscrupulous people supplying a black market where dogs are bred unethically in horrible conditions, and customers left with no health guarantees.

We need your help to tell your Upper House MPs that you want them to block this cap.

Banksia Park PuppiesBlocking the cap

The cap will mean that the supply of ethically bred puppies will drop and prices will increase up to $10,000 for a puppy. This will make puppies such as cavoodles, spoodles and groodles unattainable for the average Victorian. The price increase will drive dogs into horrible conditions by unscrupulous people who will breed them to gain the price increases.

What you can do

Help us stop dogs being bred in horrible conditions! You need to tell your Upper House MP NOW that you don’t want this to happen! Ask them to not support this cap for professional breeders who breed ethically, openly, and transparently.

Find your local Upper House MP HERE

  1. Type in your suburb or postcode and search
  2. Click the RED/PINK colour result for your upper house MP details (or contact us on kirstin@banksiaparkpuppies.com and we will do it for you)
  3. Email them and explain why you don’t want an upper cap for professional, ethical breeders. This will be bad for animal welfare and bad for Victorian Families.

 

 

Do you place being family friendly above ‘cuteness’?

A survey of puppy buyers has found just that; that people want dogs which will be family friendly, low shedding and suited to their lifestyle, while ‘cuteness’ is of least importance to them.
Banksia Park Puppies is one of Australia’s largest dog breeders and has been breeding dogs for more than 50 years. Banksia Park is situated on a 220 acre property near Sale in Gippsland where the climate and local environment is ideally suited to dog breeding.

More than 1700 Banksia Park customers were surveyed over the past 18 months on their preferences when making a puppy purchase.
Highlights from the survey results included:

  • 90 per cent of people surveyed said their decision was primarily based on the puppy being family friendly, followed by low shedding and whether the dog would suit their lifestyle. ‘Cuteness’ was the lowest rated factor, and it did not feature at all in 37 per cent of responses.
  • 81 per cent of those surveyed knew exactly the type of dog they wanted prior to purchase, with only two per cent undecided;
  • 65 per cent of customers did their research online, with breeder websites the most popular information source;
  • 51 per cent of Banksia Park customers visited an animal shelter when looking for their puppy. However, they didn’t get a rescue dog due to the breed they wanted not being available or concerns about the temperament and suitability of the dogs available.

Matt Hams, the owner of Banksia Park Puppies, said the survey results highlighted the amount of thought and effort that many people put into making a puppy purchase.

‘People really care about the kind of the puppy they are getting and its background, including its health and temperament,’ Mr Hams said.

‘For families in particular, choosing the right type of puppy is essential to make sure it is suitable for their lifestyle and home environment.

‘We put a lot of care and attention into the health and socialisation of our puppies to help their transition into a family environment, for the benefit of the dog and its owners,’ Mr Hams said.

The survey also found puppy buyers placed a high priority on getting the type of dog they wanted, followed by a health guarantee. Purchasers also wanted to get their puppy from a reputable and experienced breeder, including those who were full-time breeders. For three-quarters of those surveyed, price was their lowest priority.

Mr Hams said the survey highlighted the important role of professional breeders in meeting the demand from customers for healthy, happy and well-socialised puppies that become much loved and valued members of Australian households.

 

https://www.banksiaparkpuppies.com.au/PUPPY-BUYERS-VALUE-FAMILY-FRIENDLY-QUALITIES-MORE-THAN-CUTENESS-IN-MAKING-PURCHASE-DECISION.html

 

Media Contact:

Kirstin Hams

0448804644

Banksia Park Accessories

These accessories have a pattern which is unique to Banksia Park Puppies. Why? So that if we see a dog out and about with one of these products then we will be able to stop and say hi! Also so that if you see another dog in the dog park with one of these accessories you know you can walk over and introduce yourself and see who the parents are and if you have a sibling or even a cousin.

Here are some of our gorgeous dogs in the new accessories. See here for information on purchasing.

Milo the feature puppy

Feature Banksia Park Puppy!

We love to follow our Banksia Park Puppies on Instagram and watch them grow and experience many happy memories and adventures with their families!

Their individual Instagram accounts showcase their own unique personalities and fun lifestyles which can be humorous and adorable to see! In order to get to know them even better we have recently introduced a weekly @banksiaparkpuppies Feature Insta-Pup post!
The post consists of a set of fun questions which our chosen Banksia Park Puppy answers and we include a cute photo of them as well!  This also enables our @banksiaparkpuppies followers to see what our breed types and puppies look like when they have grownup!
The following post was from our fellow groodle, Milo @thegroovygroodle who has personality-plus! He was so ecstatic when he found out he was chosen for the @banksiaparkpuppies Feature Insta-Post that he was so zealous with his answers and even anticipated celebrity status!!
  1. How old are you Milo (birthdate)?

I am two now! I was born on 16th June 2015! I am such a big boy now.

  1. What do you love most about being a puppy?

 Everything! Everyone says how cute I am and they want to pat me and play with me. I love that I am allowed to do anything, and l mean, anything! I love that i am given all the freedom in the world to just be happy. I know a few tricks but my humans realised early on that i was only going to do things on my terms, and they love my spirit and bounciness, so they don’t make me do anything unless it is in my best interest, to keep me safe. So i am a good boy always, because i appreciate this.

  1. What is your favourite toy/doggy accessory?

There’s this fur friend that my humans got me from this place they won’t let me come to with them, called Ikea. He’s a dog too, by the looks of it. I call him Grrr, but my humans call him Rolf. He doesn’t do anything at all. He’s so lazy. Even so, I play with him allllll the time.  And anything that squeaks. I LOVE things that squeak. I love squeaking them. I LOVE fetching them. I am addicted to them…my humans are so used to me squeaking away that they tune out to the noise now, and let me just play away, even when they’re watching the moving pictures on that black box on the table.

  1. What is your favourite meal/snack?

Chicken. Chicken. Chicken. And my love of the chook got worse when a chicken butcher (of all things) moved into the warehouse right next to our workplace (yes, I go to work every day with my humans too). Now, the biggest thing that irks my humans is that i never come straight inside when we get to work..it takes a good 5mins of chasing me around and calling out to me to get inside. I am just too busy scouring for leftover chicken bits over next door!

  1. Who is your fur mum/dad?

 My fur Dad is Ollie and my fur Mum is Luna. I probably kept them very busy after i was born, it’s safe to assume. I have been a handful from day one, my humans say.

  1. Who is your human family?

 My Daddy is Dee. He’s so cool. He is the strict one, but i still have him wrapped around my little paw. My Mummy is a sucker. Her name is Pep. I can do anything and she thinks it the best thing in the world. She’s possibly the reason I am a little bit of a narcissist. 

  1. What is your least favourite thing about being a puppy?

The hugs and kisses! My gosh….I get way too much affection. If you can die from love, it’s gonna happen to me. I am constantly being hugged and kissed. I always have pink marks on my head from Mummy’s lip gloss. People think i’m a girl because of this. Great. Not. I try to keep my distance when I see someone bend down for a pat, as i’m not the affectionate type, but they don’t care…They’ll just grab and hug me anyway.

  1. Who is your best friend?

My humans, for sure. I have another fur bestie, Lenny (@lillennylove)….he’s cool as. And then there’s a cute little number from the park, Mint. She’s a little bit pawfect. I’m currently waiting for Havanas digits though….she’s living with you guys at Banksia Park, and I gave her that awesome name. You’re welcome. 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

A HUGE final Happy Mother’s Day to all our mums!

We have focused on a few different mums and thoughts this week to showcase our mums here at Banksia Park Puppies. On today, we say a big Happy Mother’s Day to all our mums here living with us at Banksia Park Puppies, as well as those that we have rehomed into homes throughout Victoria (and further in some cases!). We also say a big happy Mother’s Day to all the human mums of our Banksia Park Puppies. Thank you for keeping us involved in their lives and their personalities. We love seeing the photos and hearing the stories!

Remember

As a last note on this Mother’s Day week, we hope that wherever you got your puppy from that you know who your puppy’s mum is, and the conditions your mum grew up and lives in. We hope that everyone who looks for a puppy is mindful of where mum (and dad) lives and that we can all work together to promote open, transparent, ethical breeding. Ask questions, visit first hand, and remember – for the sake of all our furry mums – choose ethically.