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?

Separation Anxiety

5 tips for a relaxed and happy dog!

 

Have you ever come home after a work trip or holiday and found your paw-pal stressed and your yard a mess? As much as we love our paw-pals, we just can’t take them everywhere with us. Even though dogs are our special companions they can also be content during time away from us! With set boundaries and consistent reinforcement in the short term, your puppy and dog will develop into a healthy and independent dog in the long term.

 

Separation Anxiety Behaviours:

Excessive barking, howling, urination, whining, pacing, digging, chewing and damaging objects, jumping, excessive clinginess, obsessive/repetitive behaviour, withdrawn and reduced activity and appetite.

 

Situations where Separation Anxiety might develop:

  • A change in a family’s schedule causing an increase in or change to times where your dog/puppy might be left alone.
  • A change in residence and or an unfamiliar environment.
  • Traumatic events such as the sudden death of an owner/family member or separation/divorce of owners.
  • Change of guardian or owner.
  • Puppy/dog is being spoilt with too much of owners’ time and resources.

 

5 sure-fire ways to make your dog happy while you’re away!

For your puppy:

  • Create a safe place for your puppy such as a doggy bed, mat, box, or blanket area. Make the area special by using your puppy’s favourite toy or blanket. If you have a safe and secure outside area you can keep a kennel where you can leave your puppy outside when you are not home from an early age so they learn to be independent.

 

  • Wherever you choose to sleep your puppy, do you your best to ignore your puppy’s crying. We know it’s hard but we promise it will go away and then they learn there are no rewards for barking and whining.

 

  • Chew toys are fantastic for when your puppy is alone as they are a good stress reliever. They are also great for jaw strengthening and dental health and best of all reduce the chance that your furry friend will destroy your favourite shoes!

 

  • Invite your friends and family over so they can play with your beautiful puppy (not that they will need an invite!). It helps your puppy meet new people and not get too attached to just you. You will also score yourself some willing puppy minders when you’re away!

 

  • Slowly increase the time spent away from your puppy so it is not stressed with a sudden and long separation. Your puppy will learn that alone time can be fun and that you do come back to them.

 

For your dog:

  • Doggy play dates not only can be fun but can teach your dog how to play with other paw-pals. So when you are at work or away they learn to play with other dogs or animals in a positive way and are not alone or bored. Before you schedule a play date make sure the dogs have met each other and know the backyard/home environment. Bring your dog’s favourite toy or blanket so they feel comfortable and that they have a special area to relax in when they want quiet time.

 

  • Create a fun scavenger hunt that can entertain your dog for hours by hiding some treats in toys or bones in crevices within your backyard. Make sure your four-legged friend isn’t too overwhelmed by a lot of toys and instead have a few interesting toys rotated every couple of days.

 

  • It will be hard but make departures and returns to your companion uneventful and calm. This will help keep your dog relaxed instead of feeling sudden spikes of excitement and stress.

 

  • Regular exercise is an essential part of a healthy active dog’s life. It is also great for releasing doggy endorphins and serotonin (feel-good and calming hormones). Exercising your dog in the morning helps them to use up extra energy so they tire out and are calm during the day.

 

  • Not only is obedience and lead training awesome for your dog’s general behaviour it is also great for their brains! It reduces their chance of feeling bored and destroying your favourite pot plant or sofa. It is also a great way to bond with your paw-pal and improves everyone’s mood!

 

By using these helpful tips, you and your family will be at ease during times of separation from your beloved canine companion and know that they will be happy and healthy.

If you are concerned about your puppy/dog’s behaviour and don’t feel that your strategy is working don’t hesitate to seek assistance from a professional dog trainer (we recommend Ian the Dog Trainer), dog behavioural specialist or Veterinarian.

 

 Here at Banksia Park Puppies we keep our dogs stimulated with regular visits to the Agility Park for extra physical activity and provide socialisation with incursions and excursions. We supply our dogs with some toys and chew ropes and regularly rotate dogs into different yards so they have new neighbours and paw-pals to interact with. We employ an average of 8 Socialisation staff who focus primarily on developing our puppies and dogs’ physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. They undertake walks and lead training, giving and receiving extra affection and cuddles, as well as encouraging surface training with interactive baby toys, mirrors and objects that stimulate a puppy’s senses. With this combination of love, attention and strategies, our puppies and parents are able to adapt to most environments and interact positively with a broad range of people and furiends with minimal to no stress and anxiety!

 

How do you keep your puppy/dog happy and healthy during time apart? We’d love to hear your feedback!

Salt + Sand + Sun!

Happy Australia Day…

 

 We treated some of our future parents with a dinky-di Australia Day down at our local beach! They had a blast playing with the children, lead training, running through the sand and finding interesting morsels. They were also very confident in the water, even though it was their first time at the beach!

 Providing our older puppies with socialisation outings is great for their development. Not only do they learn new and interesting experiences but they grow into happy and confident adult dogs! Positive experiences and human interaction early in their life leads to a well-rounded dog and therefore a happy family!

The featured beach pups in the photos are Kyle and Lettie and we also travelled with Kobie and Lenni.

Have a bonzer time and share with us how you and your paw-pal spent our National Day! 🙂