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.

 

Puppy Photography

Our Top 4 Tips for taking pawsome puppy pics!

 Ever wanted to capture your puppy in the pawfect photo but frustrated by the lighting conditions or when your puppy decides it’s suddenly camera shy!? We can relate! Here at Banksia Park Puppies, we take many puppy photos per week for our website and customers, and we usually need to work with whatever Mother Nature decides on any given day and the personality of each puppy. We don’t have any professional gear or fancy setups, usually just a basic DSLR camera, the subject ie. the puppy and location ie. the park. We are sometimes asked by our Banksia Park Community for tips on how to take good photos of dark coloured puppies and puppies in general, so we thought we would help you out! We definitely aren’t professionals but our years of puppy photography experience will certainly get you started – all you need is your puppy/dog, any camera of choice, a location, and our Top 4 Tips!
Lighting
Time of Day
Position
Persuasion
Read on for our 4 Top Tips plus a BPP Top Tip & Insight to help take your puppy photography to the next level:

Tip1

Tip 1. Lighting

This is one of the most important tips for capturing a great snap of your puppy as well as for photography in general! The best lighting conditions are: light shade, overcast and sunny.

Light/open shade:

This means on the edge of a shady area just before the full-sun area. Light shade areas can either be under a tall tree, shade cloth/sail, verandah or near a building. When your puppy moves deeper into the shaded area you can risk losing its features due to low lighting and black puppies can ‘disappear’ in the dark background. Unfortunately, mosquitoes love the shade as well especially on a warm sunny day so be prepared with some insect repellant. Mozzies usually aren’t a problem for puppies with thick coats but keep an eye out for any that try to get into your puppies delicate areas.

Overcast:

Is when the sun is covered by clouds or sometimes smoke/pollution. This is one of the best weather conditions for capturing details in puppies! Overcast conditions produce soft lighting instead of the contrasting strong lighting and dark shadows on a full-sun day! Sometimes overcast days means rain which is not always great for your camera! It is fine for your puppy/dog to experience being rained-on and most of the time they will enjoy it – just be mindful that your puppy is fully dried-off on a cold/rainy day!

Sunny:

A Sunny day always make a photo look warm, bright and cheery! The light is great for not only showing up most puppy features but also capturing the glistening highlights in their fur, eyes, and whiskers! Try to avoid a full-sun aspect especially on hot Summer’s days which can cause your puppy to over-heat and become dehydrated.

These cute Cavoodle siblings have been positioned under a single large tree. As you can see in this photo the puppies are in an open-shaded position just on the edge of where the shade meets the light. This means that it isn’t too shaded/dark but also not too bright/glary from full-sun! This light-shade position means that details are captured in the puppies fur, eyes etc. without harsh dark shadows. This photoshoot was in March (at the start of Autumn) which is still fairly sunny and warm. Because of the warm/sunny weather, it was taken in the evening between 3 and 4pm which means that the sun and light were softer than in the middle of the day and of course cooler in temperature!


Tip2

Tip 2. Time of Day

Sometimes the time of day cannot be controlled especially when your pooch has pulled a super cute pose and you need to capture it asap! Whether you have been selective about the time of day or not we will help you out with the what works best during that time!

Sunrise:

This is a magical time of day when the sun slowly emerges from the horizon and produces a warm and gentle light source! Some mornings may even have the added bonus of mist which can make for an interesting/mysterious photo and your puppy will look magical!

Morning:

Photos in an open area are pawfect for this time of day! The light is still soft during the morning which will capture nice details of your puppy and you won’t need to use a shaded area.

Midday:

The middle of the day is generally too sunny and bright (unless overcast) but is a great time to use light/open shade! If you need to take photos this time of day (especially during hot Summer days) pose your puppy under trees, a verandah or shade sail. It is also a good time of day if you like photography or black and white photography with high contrast ie. strong lights/whites with strong darks/shadows.

Afternoon:

This time of day is overall a good time for puppy photos! During Summer it can sometimes still be quite hot with strong light but is a great time of day to capture the glistening highlights in your puppy’s fur, eyes and whiskers.

Evening/Sunset:

Evenings are another amazing time of day for puppy photography enthusiasts. A sky and horizon filled with warm colours and soft warm light make puppy photos look semi-pro! This is a great time of day to capture the detail of your puppy as well as have a beautiful backdrop!

Night:

Nighttime can, unfortunately, be too dark for puppy photography and result in a blurry dark photo. However this can be avoided by using the flash option on your camera/phone, a slow shutter speed to capture the most amount of light or the best and easiest option is taking your puppy inside and using home lighting as your light source and furnishings as your backdrop!

Seasons:

Puppy photography can be practiced all year round but our personal favorite seasons are Autumn and Spring! The lighting during these times is favorable as it is generally softer than Summer and lighter/brighter than Winter. Autumn has the added bonus of a backdrop of Autumnal colours/leaves and Spring has beautiful flowers and fresh green grass!

This photo of a gorgeous Cavador puppy was taken in the morning between 9-10am, early April. It was a beautiful time of day as the sun was peeping through the trees in the park. In that particular spot, it was still a bit too shady so the puppy was located where soft light was streaming through the trees. The surrounding area was shaded so the puppy became the feature and her light coloured fur and pink harness really stood-out against the darker background.


Tip3

Tip 3. Position

Your puppy’s pose and position can take your photography from paw to pawsome! It’s all very well to pick the best time of day and lighting but then forget to your pose your pooch in a flattering position or realise that your black Cavoodle magically disappeared into a dark coloured background. To avoid fluffy-butt pics or puppy-chameleons here are some tips to help you out!

Puppy Position/Pose:

A good way to position your pooch is to face it towards the light source. This will enable your puppy’s beautiful facial features to be highlighted and visible in the photo. Facing your puppy forward like a portrait is the most well known and flattering position! When you and your puppy get confident you can try different poses such as side pose, action shot, sleeping pose (easy-peasy) etc.

Background/Backdrop:

Backgrounds are often overlooked and understated but can make a big difference to the overall vibe. They can make a puppy either stand out and become the feature subject or recede and blend in with the surroundings. Here at Banksia Park Puppies, we like to use green grass, trees, and our park environment as our background/backdrop and theme. Not only are these a part of our puppies upbringing and our business brand but this backdrop enables all coat colours and puppy breeds to stand out and be the star!

Indoors:

We mainly take puppy photos outside using natural light and the natural environment but there are times and weather conditions where this is undesirable and uncomfortable for our puppies so indoor photography is required! Our indoor set up is basic but gets the job done so we are unable to recommend a professional set up but here are some basic tips for indoor puppy photography…
Try to use as much natural light as possible by posing your puppy near windows or a see-through door. If the area is windowless or if it is nighttime turn on the lights or get creative and use a lamp as the light source and play-around with puppy poses, props and backdrops!

BPP TOP TIP:

Some photographers say don’t work with children or animals for the very reason that they are unpredictable! But don’t worry, you’ll enjoy puppy photography, even more, when you switch your camera setting to ‘Action/Sports’ or adjust your camera’s manual settings to a faster shutter speed! Why’s this? Well, the quicker your camera takes a photo frame the more likely you will be able to capture your puppy playing, running, bounding and just being a puppy! When puppies are awake they are always on the move and using a general camera setting or slower shutter speed will result in missing the pawfect puppy moment and instead the photo will look like a blurry blob against a backdrop! On a camera phone go into the camera’s Settings, then Camera Modes, then Edit Modes and select (or drag and drop) Sports or Action mode (phone settings may differ per device brand and model).

The ‘Sports’ mode with the fast shutter speed helped to capture these cute Cavoodles in action! This photo was taken in the middle of the day and in a full-sun aspect but as it was at the end of Autumn the sun/light wasn’t too strong. The puppies are also facing the light, so no harsh visible shadows across the puppies’ bodies.


Tip4

Tip 4. Persuasion

You maybe be thinking woah hold on a sec – these tips are all very well but how do you encourage your puppy to pose and obey your instructions in the first place!? Don’t be disheartened, here are some handy ideas to help your puppy comply.

Doggy Toys:

Squeaky dog toys are the best tool when enticing or distracting your puppy for a photo. The noise can even cause your puppy to head-tilt or perk its ears which makes for the cutest pic!

Doggy Treats:

Most puppy/dog owners love to spoil their pooch with treats and this is a great way to entice (errr bribe) them to pose for a photo! Some puppies and dogs can even perform cool tricks with the use of treats which makes for a great action shot!

Peanut Butter:

What paw-pal doesn’t love peanut butter!? Best of all it can be smeared onto or under most objects which can not only keep your puppy occupied but entice them to pose in the pawfect position! Just remember to use the low-sugar/salt variety and use only as a treat as overconsumption of this high-fat condiment can lead to weight gain in most dog breeds.

Play-date:

Is your puppy a stage-9 clinger and you don’t fancy taking photos of your feet!? All good, a fun distraction is key and that usually involves a play-mate. If you have a relative or friend with a paw-pal bring them along for a dual photo shoot! Distraction, playtime and lasting memories all in one, minus the feet pics!

Training:

Puppy training is beneficially for your puppy regardless if it’s intended for those pawfect puppy snaps or not! We recommend Ian The Dog Trainer, but there is also puppy training information on the internet and YouTube!

Exercise:

You’re channeling a celebrity puppyrazzi, but you realise that your paw-pal is on red-cordial! This is an ideal time to burn up your puppy’s extra energy and take them for an exercise and play session! Even a walk around the park can calm your puppy enough to sit still and pose!

Assistance:

Finding it challenging juggling a puppy and a camera!? That’s where an assistant can come in handy! It’s best your puppy/dog knows the assistant so they are comfortable when being handled and will listen to their commands. Your assistant can be useful to hold your puppy and then quickly move out of the frame, yet still be close enough to keep your puppy out of potential danger. They can also interact and play with your puppy and be a part of the photoshoot.
BPP INSIGHT:

Here at Banksia Park Puppies our puppies are usually too young for rigid puppy training and to understand what a doggy treat is and we prefer our adult dogs to eat healthy well-balanced meals and not be treat-obsessed so doggy treats are only limited to special occasions and for dental health! So you may be wondering what puppy photography persuasion tricks do we use? We actually use sound! Either whistling, calling out “pup-pup”, “puppy” or dog’s name or using a squeaky dog toy to get their attention. We mainly work solo when taking our puppy photos and rarely have the luxury of an assistant to hold or distract puppies while we take pictures, so using sound is simple and it works! For our photoshoots, we like to capture our puppies acting naturally so we place them down in a section of the park and let them do their thing, which is always entertaining and makes for a spontaneous snap! If we want them to look at the camera we will call out or whistle to get their attention – pretty basic but gets the job done! For our 6 week photos, our puppies are still at that age where they are calm enough to sit still and be puppyrazzied! For the active and older puppies, they are photographed in the Puppy Playground area or in a section of the park where they can run and play but still have their photos taken!

How do you get your puppy or dog to pose and produce pawsome photographs!? Share with us your tips below… 

Poodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Poodle 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 Poodle!

For more information on our Poodle breed visit here.

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

 

Schnoodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Schnoodle 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 Schnoodle!

For more information on our Schnoodle breed visit here.

 

Moodles

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Moodle 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 Moodle!

For more information on our Moodle breed visit here.

 

Moodliers

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Moodlier 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 Moodlier!

For more information on our Moodlier breed contact one of our helpful Puppy Consultants.

 

Cavaliers

See our puppies all grown up…

 

We love watching our Cavalier 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 Cavalier!

For more information on our Cavalier breed visit our Cavalier page or contact one of our helpful Puppy Consultants.

 

Bushfire near Banksia!

 

You may have heard in the media about the recent bushfires roaring through Victoria! Well, unfortunately the Rosedale/Gippsland fire happens to be close to our back door. We certainly do not want to alarm anyone but just keep our followers and families updated. We are not in immediate danger but are not out of danger yet either; the fire is hovering approximately 4-6 kms away. For now, we have no property damages, and everyone is safe and secure, but with this enormous fire we just dont know what’s around the corner.

At the local community meeting held at the Longford hall on Saturday, we were informed that it could potentially take 2 weeks to have the fire under control. CFA crews are currently creating containment lines and back-burning whilst still attempting to control the flames with tankers and aircraft. CFA Vic facebook has updated that the Gippsland blaze has already burnt through 10,952 hectares of land. Our hearts go out to the other families and livelihoods who are in danger or affected!

 

 

We have always been aware that the potential of a bushfire could be real, it’s just one of those realities that come with living and working in the bush! Because of this, we have fire plans and preparations in place.

These include:

• Members of the Hams family and team are trained as CFA Volunteers who stay and protect the property and dogs.

• Younger and older members of the Hams family relocate into the local town.

• Team members look after the puppies and dogs when appropriate and leave to the safety of their own homes in town.

• Regular burn-offs of the under-scrub throughout our property every year plays a huge role in reducing the chance of fuelling a fire.

• Installed sprinklers on all our nurseries, sheds and homes.

• Numerous water tanks and fire hoses throughout the property.

• Diesel pumps and dams.

• A bore system that can be used to flood the park or specific areas if required.

• Our nurseries are air-conditioned and fanned to keep our parent dogs and puppies cool with fresh air during hot and smokey days.

• We also move any of our parent dogs from the middle of our property up to the front where it is safer.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank CFA Victoria and all other fire agencies and fighters for their goliath efforts in battling this blaze along with the 700 other fires across Victoria since the start of December, according to ABC News!

We would also especially love to thank the generosity of our family, friends and members of the local community, some who even left the safety of their homes to help us out in ways they could, from being on-call for fire-duties, helping with our dogs, providing safe temporary accommodation and the many well-wishes!

Fingers crossed for some much-needed rain to help slow the fire and allow the fire fighters to contain the fire and get it under control.

If you’d like to stay updated with the Gippsland/Rosedale fire or would like to be prepared in case of an emergency, Vic Emergency (other Australian State’s equivalent) has an app, Facebook page and website to stay informed.

Here are some photos taken this afternoon on our property. No filter or editing here, just the golden-smokey haze of a nearby blaze!

We also took some photos at a nearby pine plantation just outside of Stradbroke, in Longford. Much of the smoke is heading in a south-easterly direction covering Longford, Sale and Wurruk.

Schnoodle Shazams Dog Sports!

How a Banksia Park Schnoodle is dominating dog sports competitions…

 

One pure-white, long-haired Schnoodle has been strutting her stuff. Not just down at the local park, but on the national stage! This super smart Schnoodle – appropriately named Shazam – has been dominating the dog sports of Obedience and Trick Training. She has quickly made her way through competition levels; even achieving the Ultimate Obedience Grand Champion title.

(Scroll down below to see Shazam’s super cool trick videos.)

Dog sports include a wide variety of activities, obstacles and competitions for dogs but also their owners/handlers to participate in. They are designed to challenge a dog both mentally and physically as well as strengthen the canine-human bond. This fun and positive stimulation not only improves their overall wellbeing but helps create positive interactions with other people and paw-pals.

If you’d love your puppy/dog to start obedience training or dog sports but not sure where to start, Shazam’s Mum, Sylvia shares her Top 5 Tips, below. To lay a great foundation for your puppy/dog’s obedience we also recommend Ian the Dog Trainer who has decades of experience as a Dog Trainer and Behavioural Consultant.

Shazam’s mum, Sylvia, has kindly taken the time to answer our questions and share with us some amazing information and fun videos:

We are very proud of Shazam’s elite level competition achievements and both of your dedication to dog obedience training…

 -How did you and Shazam get into the Obedience/Trick sport and competition?

Shazam is my third dog I have competed with in Obedience. My first dog (Labradoodle) had big dominance aggression issues. Not the loving companion I had imagined. I needed help, that is why I started going to a local Obedience club. One thing led to another and I started competing. I was able to get her to Obedience Champion, which was the highest title at that time. I was hooked. She taught me so much, including that you don’t always get what you want, but you get what you need! She really changed my life. She enriched it so much and gave me a new passion.

-What are the categories in an Obedience Competition?

Community Companion Dog (CCD). The only level where the dog is permitted to be on lead except for the recall exercise. This level is optional and you are allowed to go straight into competing in CD.

Companion Dog (CD)

Companion Dog Excellent (CDX)

Utility Dog (UD)

Utility Dog Excellent (UDX)

Each of the above require 3 passes at each level with at least 170 points out of the maximum 200 (except in CCD which is out of 100 and you need 70+).

Obedience Champion (OC) can be obtained after you achieve UD. Then you need a further 5 passes in UD of at least 185 points. An alternate route is if you have obtained UDX you can get a further 3 passes in UDX of at least 185.

Obedience Grand Champion (O.GR.CH) is gained once you are both an Obedience Champion and obtained have obtained your UDX title. Then you need a further 5 UDX passes of at least 185 points.

 

-Can you list Shazam’s achievements/records?

 There are so many. I will only list the ones that mean the most to me.

Shazam skipped CCD and went straight into CD. She got 3 passes in a row of, 200, 199 and 199. Not sure that has ever been done before.

We gained our UD title in one weekend. Again, not sure that has ever been done before.

We competed in UD and UDX at the same time as an option to see which would get her OC quickest. Everyone said that you could not compete at both levels at the same time as a dog could not do the different exercises required at the same time. Too confusing they said. I took up that challenge and showed it could be done. The first time getting 198 and 197 in the same trial. So straight out of the UD ring into the UDX ring. Never been done before.

Shazam was very consistent and obtained her O.GR.CH within one year at the tender age of 3. Not sure that has ever been done before either.

To show how elite this title is, it was introduced in 2011. My second Obedience Dog was the first to gain the title in Victoria. Shazam was the 7th and last in Victoria. I think that shows how difficult it is to achieve.

Every time Shazam gained a pass she achieved a first place.

At Obedience trials, they award ‘Best In Trial’ to the highest scoring dog overall categories. All except one time when Shazam passed she achieved Best In Trial.

She trialled over 2 financial years and obtained Victorian Top Obedience Dog of the Year awards in both.

An interstate judge had judged her in both UD and UDX on the same day. At presentation, he said, “I have never judged a better dog and I have been judging for over 30 years”.

There have been many more great things I could mention but I think that is enough showing off.

 

-How much time and dedication goes into training for an elite event?

 A lot. How much? It depends what challenges each dog presents and how you are able to overcome them. I have never trained for lengthy periods. A short but effective training session is much more fun for my dog and me. It usually is full of games targeted at what I am working on at any particular time. I used to call myself a TV commercial trainer. I trained during the TV commercials.

I worked full time until Shazam was 2 years old so time was always tight. Most of that time I had 3 dogs. You have to prioritise and have a goal for each session.

Planning is key. Using ‘Post It’ notes helps many people. Write down 2 or 3 things you are going to do next. Eg. Spin in front to right, then left. Lure with food. As they complete the action mark it with a marker word like ‘yes’ and then release the food. Do again the same while the dog still thinks you have food in your hand. When the action is complete mark with ‘yes’ and gives the treat. The Post It would simply say spin right then left with a lure. Repeat without a lure. The rest of the explanation above is the same with any trick. Do trick/action, mark then treat. First time with food lure in hand. Second time with fake food, but still mark and treat. Once they know the trick/action you put a cue word to it. So you may say ‘spin’ then mark ‘yes’ and reward when they have done it.

 

-In your opinion, are there characteristics of certain dog breeds that lend themselves favourably to dog obedience training, or do you feel that any dog and breed can be trained successfully with the right tools and tricks?

 Absolutely any dog and any breed can enjoy training and succeed, no matter what ‘success’ means to you. Tricks can be done by puppies as young as 8 weeks and also enjoyed by our more senior dogs. Tricks allow a bond to develop that enriches both the dog and owner. Seeing what your dog can do for you and how much you both enjoy it is priceless. The more your dog learns, the easier it is, and the more eager they are to learn more. In effect, they learn to learn.

 

-What have been the positives you and Shazam have gained from training and competing together?

 She focuses on me above all else. She wants to be with me, not go sniff, go lunge at other dogs, or jump on any stranger that comes close. 100% reliable off leash. She values me as I do her.

She also has good manners at home. No counter surfing or stealing food from the coffee table. Treat pots are throughout my house so they are close at hand for training. She could steal these treat but she does not. Even if I am not at home. She can be calm while I am busy doing other things. My dogs learn to take turns. Work with one and the others patiently wait for their turn. One can race to a ball while others wait and then it’s another’s turn etc.

-Have there been any negatives?

 I don’t get frustrated with my dogs. If things aren’t going well I try to look for what I can do differently to allow my dog to understand what I want. Dogs generally will not disobey on purpose. So it is my job to often break things down into easier steps where the dog gets wins (and treats for them) so they want to stay engaged with you.

I find it very difficult to see dogs be mistreated sometimes just because they are misunderstood, but they get blamed as a ‘bad dog’, a ‘stupid’ dog, or much worse.

-What would be your top 5 tips to help a puppy/dog owner starting out in obedience/trick training?

1. Always have fun.

2. Never blame the dog. Sort out how you need to work with them.

3. If you are new to training, get into a good class. Go and watch what they do without your dog first. If they do not use methods you agree with, go somewhere else. Many councils provide training. These are run by volunteers. Check them out, but sometimes paying for an Obedience or Trick class is worthwhile. Trust your gut.

4. For Tricks and to a lesser degree Obedience, Youtube is amazing. Plenty of step by step Tricks training can be found. Again, pay attention that they are only using positive reinforcement methods.

5. Consider private lessons. Be sure to ask what training methods they adopt, as well as asking what their training plan would be for your dog. They should ask for a history of your dog’s behaviours and what they have already been trained in order to come up with an individual plan. 

Bowing Puppy

Pickpocket Puppy

Chase Your Tail

Lift Your Paw

Cuddles

Going Shopping

Piggy-Back Puppy

Houdini Puppy

Watering The Plant

Kisses For Butterfly

 

 

Does your Banksia Park Puppy have any special talents or tricks? We’d love to hear from you!