Puppy Teething

 

 Do chew marks on furniture or destroyed slippers sound familiar? What could be considered as naughty puppy behaviour may actually be less sinister than originally thought and in fact a part of the puppy teething stage! Puppy teething sounds much like toddler teething in humans and actually, it is quite similar. It is a tender time for your puppy as it is losing its ‘baby’ puppy teeth and growing ‘adult’ dog teeth all within the short time frame of 3-4 months. During this period your puppy’s primary aim is to ease the pain, so not only will there be excess chewing but also bleeding gums, whining, apathy and potential aggressive moments! We have some great tips about easing your puppy through this milestone as well as some great oral health information!

 

 

What to do?:

This stage in a puppy’s life can sometimes be challenging for puppy and owner. On-off pain due to losing and growing teeth can cause what looks like puppy mood swings and behavioural issues. You may feel helpless, concerned or have run out of options. Don’t worry, we have some helpful tips to soothe puppy’s pain, save your furniture and keep everyone happy:

  • Use tough but safe puppy chew toys to help relieve your puppy’s mouth pain and stress and hopefully save your belongings. If your puppy decides that socks etc. are more interesting, reinforce the use of their own toys and make it into a fun game so they associate the toy with fun. There are also many puppy toys on the market that can be filled with treats or a smidge of peanut butter, which is another fun way to keep puppy distracted and entertained.
  • Freezing puppy safe foods and even toys is a cooling chew treat. Foods to freeze can include sliced apples, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon (rind-and seedless), carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato, as well as ice blocks. These cool treats help to reduce sore and inflamed gums.
  • Playtime and obedience training not only is great for your puppy’s development but also a good distraction. When your puppy is active and mentally stimulated it has less time to remember its teething pain and also less likely to return to negative chewing habits.

 

Dental Care:

  • From a young age, get your puppy used to you touching in and around its mouth. This will help a lot in the future especially with brushing, oral examinations and vet visits.
  • Puppy and dogs can’t clean their own teeth, and chew toys and bones can only do so much. That’s why it is a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth regularly and to start when they are young. Brushing helps to reduce plaque build-up and keep breath fresh. This will reduce the need for regular vet visits and potential mouth diseases.
  • Begin with just a finger brush and then when you are both confident move to a soft toothbrush with puppy toothpaste (human toothpaste can cause an upset tummy).

 If you’re worried about your puppy and see that it is in a lot of pain or not acting its usual self, talk to a Veterinarian. They may prescribe puppy pain medication or provide other helpful advice!

 Also if your puppy’s behaviour requires extra attention it could be a good idea to get help from a dog behavioralist such as Ian the Dog Trainer. Even puppies going through their teething stage need set boundaries and discipline to prevent negative behaviour turning into long-term habits.

 Is your puppy going through Puppy Teething or are you passed those days? What cool tips and tricks did you use to keep your puppy happy and healthy? Comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Groodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Groodle puppies be born, reared and grow into happy and healthy 8-week old pups. Thanks to social media and our extended families, we can watch our puppies grow up having pawsome lives! Here, families have shared with us just some of the many milestones and happy-snaps of their beloved Banksia Park Puppy!

For more information on our Groodle breed visit here.

If you’d like your Banksia Park Groodle to star on this page we’d love you to contact us via email, Instagram or Facebook.

Cavadors

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Cavador puppies be born, reared and grow into happy and healthy 8-week old pups. Thanks to social media and our extended families, we can watch our puppies grow up having pawsome lives! Here, families have shared with us just some of the many milestones and happy-snaps of their beloved Banksia Park Puppy!

For more information on our Cavador breed visit here.

If you’d like your Banksia Park Cavador to star on this page we’d love you to contact us via email, Instagram or Facebook.

 

Spoodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Spoodle puppies be born, reared and grow into happy and healthy 8-week old pups. Thanks to social media and our extended families, we can watch our puppies grow up having pawsome lives! Here, families have shared with us just some of the many milestones and happy-snaps of their beloved Banksia Park Puppy!

For more information on our Spoodle breed visit here.

If you’d like your Banksia Park Spoodle to star on this page we’d love you to contact us via email, Instagram or Facebook.

 

Cavoodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Cavoodle puppies be born, reared and grow into happy and healthy 8-week old pups. Thanks to social media and our extended families, we can watch our puppies grow up having happy and pawsome lives! Here, families have shared with us just some of the many milestones and happy-snaps of their beloved Banksia Park Cavoodle!

For more information on our Cavoodle breed visit here.

 

 

Real-life Pupstar

Wilson’s pawsome start to modelling…

 

The charismatic Groodle Wilson has become the talk of the park. He has recently shot to fame after starring in a Kmart Australia website photo! Wilson had the fur-abulous gig of posing as a doggy extra in the photo shoot for the ‘Moving’ category on their website, which has been a highlight of his modelling career to date.

Wilson took time out of his busy pupstar schedule to answer our questions…

 

Congratulations on your successful modelling career Wilson! How long have you been modelling for?

 Thank you! I only have been a model one time for the one Kmart shoot. It was incredibly fun and I hope I get to do it again!

 

How did your modelling career begin?

 It began when my mum placed me on an animal modelling agency (she always thought I was pretty handsome). My mum got a phone call asking if I was free for the photo shoot. 

 

What was the audition process to get the Kmart modelling gig?

 There was no real audition process actually, I was just lucky enough to be asked for that photo shoot.

 

Is there a special routine or ritual you practice before you go on set for good luck or to settle any last minute nerves?

 Not particularly, but I did get a nice bath the night before which was nice and relaxing. On set, I did get the opportunity to meet lots of new people and have a good sniff of the place before we began shooting!

 

What is it like being a celebrity dog? Do you get extra pampering or dog licks at the park?

 It is awesome! All of my parents’ friends and family are so happy for me. After my photo shoot, I was lucky enough to get a nice steak for a treat. My doggie buddies are very happy to be friends with a celebrity like me! 

 

Do you see yourself continuing modelling as a career?

 I would love to continue my modelling career. It was so much fun and I got to meet heaps of new people. I also had many treats throughout the day (I think it was to get me to sit and stay but I enjoyed it anyway).

 

Who would you like to thank for being supportive during your modelling career?

Definitely my mum and dad but especially my mum for driving me to my shoot and giving me lots of treats whilst I was on set!

 

 

*Kmart Australia photo and photos of Wilson kindly provided by Wilson’s owner

All in a Name

6 Fun Tips to help you choose the pawfect puppy name!

 

What’s the second hardest decision after choosing your perfect puppy or dog? Why of course, choosing a name! A name not only sums up your paw-pal’s personality but also something you as the owner will be using quite often! Some dog owners pick out a name before they have met their puppy or dog, while others can take weeks, even asking friends and family (or an occasional stranger) for their opinion before deciding. So how do you narrow down your options and pick the pawfect name for your paw-pal? We’ve got 6 fun tips to help you choose:

 

Tip 1: Use a baby name book or app.

We know babies aren’t quite related to puppies but hey, they’re both cute and they both require a name! It also helps that baby name books are alphabetical and cover every practical (and interesting) name discovered.

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“Hmmm, we do like the name ‘Cuddles’!”

 

Tip 2: Use a map.

If you’re fond of travelling and or love some of the names towns or landmarks are called then why not use them. We’re surrounded by amazing places that hold significant meaning for us and using a place name for your dog can help keep that travelling nostalgia alive!

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“Errrr, we’re definitely lost but Stradbroke is a cool name!”

 

Tip 3: Hold a competition.

On Instagram, we love to post ‘Name A Puppy Competition’! Our followers enter by commenting on our post with their name suggestion(s) for one or two of our future parents. We also mention any competition conditions, such as only names starting with a certain letter. We receive hundreds of entries and many names are ones we would never think of, are from a different culture and or have specific meanings behind them. Our winning entry receives a prize and recognition for naming our puppy which makes the process worthwhile and unique.

COMPETITION!

Toby the Cavoodle named our Poodle future mum ‘Maya’!

 

Tip 4: Ask a kid.

Kids have a beautiful imagination and make up the coolest names! They seem to have a knack for blurting out what seems at the time like a crazy word but actually perfectly describes a situation or object. Use this to your advantage and invite your or your friend’s child to play with your puppy or dog and ask them for a cool name suggestion, it may surprise you!

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“I name him ‘Paw Patrol’!”

 

Tip 5: Observe your puppy/dog:

Puppy and dogs are amusing to watch and can find fun in almost anything. They have their usual traits of eating, sleeping, digging, chewing, running and jumping but if you watch your puppy regularly you’ll notice that it may have some interesting colour markings or personality quirks. These quirks make your dog unique from most other dogs and can be an awesome way of thinking up a name. Here at Banksia Park Puppies we have used observation on many occasions to name our future parent dogs. We have a beautiful female Cocker Spaniel named Swan. Although her name needed to start with the letter ‘S’ like her mum Sari (which is one way we track bloodlines) it perfectly describes her elegant and graceful personality, physique and temperament, which is like a ‘swan’.

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This puppy should be could ‘Eagle’…not only did she find an Eagle toy figurine but her ears look like eagle wings!

 

Tip 6: Lucky Dip.

So you’ve narrowed down your options but are at a stand-still! There’s a couple of names that you love and know will suit your dog but you are struggling to decide. That’s when a lucky dip can help! Write down your favourite dog names and place them in a hat or container, close your eyes and pick one out. If you find yourself feeling disappointed straight away with the name you picked then you know that name can be removed from the hat. Even though lucky dips work by staying with the first choice we do realize that choosing a dog name is an important process and learning the names you don’t want (using a fun and creative game) will definitely help you narrow down your options quicker!

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“And the winning name is…”

 

So now that you’re inspired or have hopefully chosen a name for your beautiful puppy or dog you will definitely have a story to tell about the process that went into carefully choosing your paw-pal’s pawsome name!

Has your dog’s name made the top 100 popular names of 2017 according to Medibank Pet Insurance?

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What did you name your puppy?