Jett is 1 year old!

Our lovely cavoodle Jett is now 1 year old. She has brought us so much joy it’s unbelievable. She will respond immediately to us and our commands, and she is a pleasure to have near us and with us. She doesn’t shed and her coat is gorgeous. As long as we groom her regularly her coat stays lovely. We groom her every 6 weeks or so and just groom her back to a shorter coat. Doing this regularly means that it is much easier to keep her coat from matting up and keeps it healthy. And while she doesn’t like a bath (at all!) she will put up with one and a groom as required.

It’s been great sharing this journey with you all. If you have any questions about her just let me know!

Kirstin

NOTE: Jett is not for sale! She is our family pet 🙂

 

 

 

Jett is 10 months old!

Wow how has time flown. I can’t believe she is 10 months old now. We are simply utterly in love with her and our kids love her to bits. She is so good with any kid and she shares her love around with everyone she meets!

She does need a good groom every few weeks but we are lucky that our nursery manager Tash is a great groomer and keeps her looking Fab!

She started to push the boundaries a little bit and do some naughty things between 7-9 months old but I am happy to say that she is fabulous at listening to commands now! For example one thing I hate is when you look out a window and see your dog on your garden bed. They look at you through the window just KNOWING that there is a window between you and there isn’t much of a threat to them if they don’t listen to you. Then by the time you get out there they jump off and act perfectly and it’s super hard to tell them off then! So we went through that for about 2 months with Jett but I’m pleased to say that even if she does still jump up from time to time that she will now listen to the command even through it’s through the window!

We took Jett and our other little dog Scatter to the beach the other day. Scatter is a beagle cross pug and while he is just lovely and his temperament is amazing, his recall ability is simply atrocious (beagle owners will understand this one!). Jett could be let off the lead and would come back to hang out or check with us that we were still were she left us and we loved having her on the day with us. If she got lost she didn’t like it and would come back at our call. I know from experience that dogs in my life haven’t done this and it’s just such a great trait when you also have all of the beach stuff and a 5 and 7 year old to drag along… having a dog who wont come back is super duper annoying but having Jett by our side enhanced the day by bucketloads and she simply loved the day out too.

She will run after a ball but wont bring it back (probably our fault this one but she just wont get the hang of it!) but she simply loves the kids old soft toys. She carries one around with her all the time and at the moment it’s an Elsa toy!

I will get some new updated photos and add them when I can – she hasn’t changed much and certainly hasn’t grown much!

I hope you’re loving the updates on what to expect and some of the learning challenges (and fun and love) along the way!

Kirstin.

 

Jett the Cavoodle is 6 months old!

She has had her first groom and boy did she need it!

Her shedding stopped after the groom at 6 months and so we only had 2 months of light shedding while she moved into her adult coat. The change of colour is super interesting to watch. Our Jett actually got a little darker which was interesting – lots of puppies go lighter so its interesting to watch. You can certainly tell when they need their first groom – you can see their adult hair under the puppy hair very clearly and the puppy hair starts matting and is hard to keep under control. So if you think your puppy needs a groom it probably does – trust your gut! If you are taking your puppy to the groomer from early on they will give you advice as well.

Jett is now able to follow orders super well. We continue to use Ian’s ‘Uh-uh’ method and it works super well! She is always in my office while I work and knows she has to stay in her bed now (although she gets FOMO and wants to go outside if there is anything happening out there!). She is well behaved now and a pleasure to take places and have inside or out. She follows commands super easy. 6 months things seem to get a little easier – although she still steals a sock every time she is inside! and shoes… she loves shoes. Having a well trained dog has made having Jett a pleasure. Ian’s training (which we now give away complimentary with all puppies) is amazing and helps you just tweak your training to get a dog who follows your commands and who you just adore being with (along with good breeding of course!).

 

 

Jett – 4 months

So our little Jett is now 16 weeks old. Over the last week or two she has starting to slowly lose her puppy coat. We know this process can take a few months even, and it’s not very bad, but it’s different from when we first got her that’s for sure. Now after cuddles in a black top, it gets thrown in the wash! So the process has begun and just so you know.. it’s right when our Feature Article ‘My oodle is shedding’ says that the process will begin! I will watch her and see when it slows down but it’s here with a vengeance at the moment!

We’ve taken her for lots of walks and her walking on a lead is getting better – she still pulls at the lead so we’re excited to have Ian the Dog Trainer coming to visit us soon and help us with this. She can now walk 3-4km without any worries running most of the way, so she’s getting nice and fit!

She loves our Puppy Pouncers and we regularly play fetch with it – she won’t play fetch with any other ball besides this one (and a mini tennis ball) so we’re happy to have something she seems super interested in.

She is not at all interested in swimming! I guess some dogs are and some aren’t, but she, unfortunately, isn’t very keen on it much to our dismay!

She is so lovely to have around – she doesn’t jump up when we get home even though she is super excited to see the kids after school, and when we go out and about to check on things or play outside with the kids she will come when we call her. It is lovely to have a dog who takes pleasure in your company!

She is getting great at commands and can sit and stay until we tell her to ‘come’, and in my office, she will just sit on her bed while here which is lovely company! Her sleeping position seems a bit uncomfortable to me but she moves her blankets around and seems to love lying upside down like this so I just let her be!

She is solely on a grain free dry food diet and is doing great on it. We currently have her on Man’s Best food and it seems to be agreeing with her really well. If we put the food down she eats it as she knows we will take the bowl away until the next food time!

She has been getting little grooms from our grooming team here to get her used to being groomed. She has needed to have her bum clipped and cleaned up a couple of times and face trimmed. She is getting regular washes and brushes and all to help her get used to the feeling of being groomed and understanding it. Even if a puppy doesn’t need a full cut until 6 months it is still a good idea to take him or her in to get them used to the feeling.

If you have any questions about Jett or puppies in general at this or other ages let us know!

 

 

 

 

 

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.