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.

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!

Banksia Park Puppies Taylee

Happy Mother’s Day to Taylee

A goodbye and good luck to Taylee

Taylee

Taylee

Who knows Taylee? She is one of our much loved cavoodle mums here at Banksia Park Puppies. We are very sad but happy to say that our beloved Taylee will be going to her new home in the next couple of weeks. She has been very much loved by us. She is leaving us earlier than our other mums to go to her new home. A family came to us to rehome one of our dogs as a therapy type dog, and we just knew Taylee would be perfect for their family.

They have a boy who needs extra care and attention, and therefore they need a dog who will walk with them easily, be gentle, caring, and understanding with him, but also be a companion and a teacher. They need a very special dog, and so Taylee will be rehomed to this lovely family. As our fourth Mother’s Day tribute, and with a tear in our eye, we are going to miss you Taylee. Here is a little trip down memory lane of our time with the lovely Taylee.

 

Animal Studies Tour

The annual Animal Studies Tour of Banksia Park Puppies 

As part of our community engagement program, last week we had the annual Animal Studies tour group through Banksia Park Puppies. This tour has been occurring for about the past 4 years and is a great way to show our local animal loving community what we do at Banksia Park Puppies and why.

This year the students were put in charge of a puppy for their entire tour. They carry and play with it throughout the day and along with this being great for the puppy’s socialisation, it is also a lot of fun for the students!

Matt took them on a tour through every part of our property – the same type of tour that we give our customers when they visit us. Each section of a puppy’s life and where the parents live and why is explained in detail. The students are shown the socialisation and enrichment areas, playgrounds, the sleeping and playing areas, the live-in yards, and through all of the nurseries. We explain to them in detail why we use hay, cardboard boxes, and how the nurseries in particular must be cleaned out every day in order to achieve the highest sanitary levels for our puppies and mums. It is really important for animal studies groups to see these sorts of things in the real world not just in theory. We also explain the importance of socialisation and enrichment, and how it is this that sets our dogs up to be confident, happy dogs who are then also able to assimilate into new environments when they are rehomed at 4-5 years old.

This tour is a lesson on both animal care as well on social media and the internet in general – that you cannot believe everything you see on the internet, and that you should see it for yourself before making a judgement. We have about 3 customer tours a week and are very proud to showcase our property to local students, our community, and to our customers.

 

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!