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.

 

Banksia Park Puppies

Our world class facilities at Banksia Park Puppies

Banksia Park Puppies and our world class facilities

Over the weekend Labor was voted into power in Victoria. They have said that they intend to stop professional breeding, and reduce the amount of breeding females in domestic facilities to 10. This will shut us down, and as industry leaders, we know that it will not stop any illegal breeding, but will instead create puppy blackmarkets. It will be a step down in animal welfare for dogs. It will mean years on waiting lists for the public for whom our puppies are bred specifically for; families with children, people with allergies and those who want a dog of even and fantastic temperament. If this law comes into effect, dogs, puppies, and the everyday Victorian family will be the ones who lose.

Regardless of this change of leadership in Victoria, we want to continue to show the public our fantastic world class facilities, and show what dog breeding should be aiming for in Victoria. Labor should not be prohibiting dog breeding, but should be using enforcement to shut down illegal breeders, and bring every legal breeder up to our standard here at Banksia Park Puppies.

Even in light of this, and the issues we face, we continue to keep up our activities in our world class facilities. Here are some puppies we’ve played with over the weekend. They’re super cute (especially the puggle!).