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.

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all our mums!

Happy Mother’s Day week to all our Banksia Park Puppies mums

Yesterday we showcased all our future mums, and today we are showcasing our adult mums! Our mums live and play in our adult area with their own adult playground. We have 3 dedicated socialisation staff in this area and the mums here love to play in the playground. They are led into the playground by our socialisation staff to learn leading, and then have exercise in groups of 4-6 which they adore!

Here are some of our mums having a great play with two of our socialisation staff!

Happy Mother’s Day to our future mums

Our future Banksia Park Puppies mums!

 

Where did the mum of your puppy grow up? What interaction did she have with our socialisation and play staff? Where did she play? When she was 10 weeks old where was she? These are all questions which we go through on a customer tour of Banksia Park Puppies, so this special Mother’s Day post is for all of our future mums!

Why did we choose her as a future mum?

Our Banksia Park Puppies mums are chosen to breed here at Banksia Park because they have the healthiest and best temperament in their mums, and she is healthy herself. We look at her mum and dad and pick the healthiest parents for her, and then she is also checked incredibly closely by our Vet to make sure she is also healthy and strong.

Where was your puppy’s mum as a puppy?

After 8 weeks when her siblings have left to go to their new families, our young future mums spend their days in our ‘Early Socialisation Pen’ – we call it our ESP. There are three of these. They have dedicated socialisation staff to make sure they are growing and learning every day, and therefore will grow into confident, happy, healthy adult dogs. Our ESPs are set in the middle of the property where they see the most people, the most machinery, the most cars, and the most kids and visitors to ensure they are top of mind and always getting a play and a pat. Here are some photos of our current puppies in our ESP.

How did your puppy’s mum receive enrichment?

When our puppies are between 8-12 weeks they start to play in our surface training area where they spend lots and lots of time playing with us, our socialisation staff, and on/with different surfaces. This helps them become confident dogs with the ability to settle into different experiences and places. This is incredibly important for our puppies as they will be rehomed at 4-5 years old and need to be able to assimilate into new environments – often into city homes from a country environment! Here are some photos of our puppies playing with our socialisation staff in our surface training area.

Where did your puppy’s mum spend her youth?

After spending time in the ESP and in the dedicated surface training areas they move to an area which is dedicated for our youth. The dogs here are usually 6-12 months old and start moving into group play in our youth playgrounds and individual lead training. They still have dedicated socialisation staff and a dedicated playground. They also have individual playgrounds in their live-in yards to make sure they are always entertained and have things to jump over, run through, and play with. Here are some photos of our future mums in the youth live-in areas and youth playgrounds! You can see the puppies are very used to coming out for exercise and play; after a good play the puppies are very happy to run back into their live-in yards for a drink and a rest 🙂

Happy Mother’s day to all our future mums here at Banksia Park!

Happy Mother’s Day to Lolly

Lolly the Banksia Park Puppies schnauzer

Lolly is one of our gorgeous schnauzers and we have absolutely adored watching her grow. She was a lovely puppy with a lovely temperament who has grown into a gorgeous loving mum! Here are some photos celebrating our lovely Lolly; she has really stolen a little place in our heart!

Here is Lolly with her latest litter of schnoodles, then her having fun in our adult playground. Some of the photos also include socialisation time we had with her when she was little with her siblings. Together their names are Lolly, Loopy, Lulu, and Lila!

Who think’s it’s hot at 19 degrees?

Our Banksia Park Puppies mums and dads love a swim!

Here are some great photos of the fun our Banksia Park Puppies parents had in one of our Agility Parks the other day. It’s been so cold here lately that they loved the sun and some even took the opportunity for a quick swim. Featured here are Sami, Oops, Shorty, Luna, Willbee, Ponky, Odette, Jellybean, Jazz, Wally and Swoosh!

Newborn puppies

How big will my puppy grow?

How big will my cavoodle grow?

Banksia Park Puppies Jasper

A question that we commonly get asked is ‘How big will my cavoodle get?’ or ‘I only want a certain sized puppy and I’ve been told that my spoodle needs to be x cm tall’. ‘Are your poodles mini or toy poodles?’ is another question we are asked. Here you will find some answers to your questions and some help with how this will affect you and your relationship with your puppy.

What is a miniature versus a toy poodle?

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This is Jack, he is 34cm

Poodles have been in dog shows for years and they are grouped into three categories; there is the toy, miniature and standard poodle. The two that that our customers predominently ask about are miniature poodles and toy poodles. If you want to categorise them, a toy poodle’s height is at maximum 28cm and the miniature poodle’s height starts at 28cm. The ‘height’ of a dog is measured at the withers of the dog, which put simply is around the highest point of the shoulders (rather than at the head of the dog).

Do toy and mini poodles differ in temperament?

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This is Ollie, he is 40cm

The difference in temperament is little, but in general the smaller poodles may be a little ‘yappier’ and more fragile given their smaller size. The miniature poodle is very good for families, and is the most rounded of the three sizes. It was so good to train that it was used in circuses for years!

What does this mean for your and your puppy?

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This is Tyrone, he is 30cm

We breed dogs at Banksia Park Puppies for temperament and to fit perfectly into family life. For this reason we cross breed mostly King Charles Cavaliers, cocker spaniels, and golden retrievers with our poodles. The size of your puppy is based on both mum and dad – not just the poodle. Mum and dad’s genes mix together to make your puppy, and we cannot be sure quite which parts of mum and dad’s DNA that the puppy will pick up. This is similar to the blog that we wrote on why your puppy might actually be a different colour to both it’s parents (see here).

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So if your mum is a King Charles Cavalier and dad is a poodle (making one of our gorgeous cavoodles!) then mum would be about 30-33cm at the shoulder and right now our poodles range from 27cm to 42cm. The difference between a puppy bred with our very smallest poodle 27cm high and our very largest at 42cm high may be different in size – but the difference between one of our 30cm and 35cm poodles we expect would not actually be very different – if at all.

Size may not actually matter at all

We expect our dogs (alongside good behavioural training) to be the perfect companion who will fill your lives with happiness. They should be able to sit with you at a café, run or walk with you, play with your children, and go with you wherever you go as a family. With the proper behavioural training, this is the potential of the dog that you are bringing into your family. The thing to remember is the question of whether your dog is 2 or even 3 or 4cm different than your next-door neighbours dog may actually be insignificant when you have the perfectly behaved dog at your feet!

So what should you know when you think about the size of your cavoodle or spoodle?

When you ask what size the poodle dad is, there are a few things to consider:

  • We don’t categorise our poodles into toy or mini. This is mostly done for showing dogs. We don’t feel that it helps to identify the size of your puppy. What we can do though is let you know the size in cm of your poodle parent and this will help you much more!
  • Your puppy could be tall even if he or she seems small as a puppy.
  • Your puppy could be bigger or small than his or her siblings – they each have a different DNA make up from mum and dad. They may also grow differently.
  • There are very minor differences between the smaller and larger poodles.
  • Because you have a cross bred puppy, being bred with a smaller poodle as the parent doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be as small as the poodle – you need to consider the other parent too.
  • When you think about the size of your puppy, it could be 34cm high or 31cm high but the actual difference to your life may be minimal.
  • The height is taken at the highest point of the shoulder (called the withers).
  • Any of our mums and dads will produce a puppy with a similar, family-friendly temperament.

Can I guess how big my puppy will get?

We do know that you have an interest as to how big that your cavoodle, spoodle or groodle puppy will get – so although we cannot predict exactly, here is a graph that will help you see the approximate growth pattern of your puppy*. No dog will follow this exact same path (the same way that no child will follow the same growth path) but it may help give you an idea as to where the largest growth periods are for your puppy.

Let us know if the graph seems right for your puppy or if yours differed!

Growth chart

*NOTE: This graph is approximate and is not intended as a health or exact indicator for your puppy.

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Banksia Park Puppies – Cavies and Cavoodles

Fun with our Cavie and Cavoodle puppies

We had a good play with some of our puppies we’re keeping here at Banksia Park Puppies. One day they’ll be Banksia Park Dogs! Now they want lots and lots and lots of attention due to being in their critical socialisation period. This is where they do all their learning. So in this time we put loads of effort into training them, playing with them, patting them, and in general teaching them to be around people and kids. Here are some photos of these gorgeous puppies – Cuzzie, Muppet, Muffin, Harlow, Harsha, Harper, Poko and Harlee.