Birthday Celebration!

4 Generations at Banksia Park…

Today Mary Hams – one of the founders of Banksia Park Puppies at Stradbroke – will celebrate her 90th Birthday! Just looking at her and her immaculate house and garden you would never guess she was a day over 60! Still fit and agile, she loves to get out and about to tend to her plants and chooks, with her dog Roxy close by and her rescued sheep Rambo wanting yet another feed. Our team members love to stop and have a chat with Mary as they walk the dogs past her house. Scrabble with her friends every week keeps her mind sharp and she’s never short of a witty comment or wise advice! She is still determined to do her own shopping and won’t even let you push the trolley, but this tenacity is what helped to start off Banksia Park Puppies at its current Stradbroke location nearly 30 years ago!

Mary’s son Colin had been breeding dogs for the pet industry for over a decade before that and his wife’s dad Alan had been breeding working dogs and then companion dogs since the 1950’s. Colin later moved the family’s dog breeding business to Stradbroke, Victoria in the early 1990’s. The environment is more favourable here in Stradbroke, with even temperatures, lower rainfall compared to other parts of Gippsland and sandy soils, which is ideal for good drainage to reduce the chance of potential waterborne diseases.

When Banksia Park was in its early stages Mary lived on the property by herself taking care of the puppies and parent dogs at night and on the weekend when her son Colin was travelling to and from Trafalgar. Over the years the successful family business has grown and now 4 generations of Hams’ reside at Banksia Park!

Mary has long retired from the business but is always influential with her moral support, level-head and witty advice. Colin is still actively involved as one of the Managing Directors and his supportive wife Kay is well known in the local area as a most loved Primary School teacher, and for her volunteer and charity work which the family is extremely proud of. The reigns have now been passed onto their son Matt who has grown up with puppy breeding in his blood, and along with his wife Kirstin are the Managing and Operational Directors and the face of the brand; you most likely have seen them on the news or heard them on the radio. They live here with their two children, Bella and Diesel who have grown up on the property and enjoy inviting friends and family over to play with the puppies.

On the weekend the family went above and beyond to pay respects to Mary with a spectacular birthday celebration fit for a Queen! A beautiful horse drawn carriage, lead by a bagpiper escorted Mary through the pines, across the road and through Banksia Park, stopping at Mary’s house. Over 70 guests enjoyed the afternoon with a traditional style high-tea and uncanny nice winter weather!

Happy Birthday Mary, may we celebrate many more!!

 

Puppy Teething

 

 Do chew marks on furniture or destroyed slippers sound familiar? What could be considered as naughty puppy behaviour may actually be less sinister than originally thought and in fact a part of the puppy teething stage! Puppy teething sounds much like toddler teething in humans and actually, it is quite similar. It is a tender time for your puppy as it is losing its ‘baby’ puppy teeth and growing ‘adult’ dog teeth all within the short time frame of 3-4 months. During this period your puppy’s primary aim is to ease the pain, so not only will there be excess chewing but also bleeding gums, whining, apathy and potential aggressive moments! We have some great tips about easing your puppy through this milestone as well as some great oral health information!

 

 

What to do?:

This stage in a puppy’s life can sometimes be challenging for puppy and owner. On-off pain due to losing and growing teeth can cause what looks like puppy mood swings and behavioural issues. You may feel helpless, concerned or have run out of options. Don’t worry, we have some helpful tips to soothe puppy’s pain, save your furniture and keep everyone happy:

  • Use tough but safe puppy chew toys to help relieve your puppy’s mouth pain and stress and hopefully save your belongings. If your puppy decides that socks etc. are more interesting, reinforce the use of their own toys and make it into a fun game so they associate the toy with fun. There are also many puppy toys on the market that can be filled with treats or a smidge of peanut butter, which is another fun way to keep puppy distracted and entertained.
  • Freezing puppy safe foods and even toys is a cooling chew treat. Foods to freeze can include sliced apples, strawberries, blueberries, watermelon (rind-and seedless), carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato, as well as ice blocks. These cool treats help to reduce sore and inflamed gums.
  • Playtime and obedience training not only is great for your puppy’s development but also a good distraction. When your puppy is active and mentally stimulated it has less time to remember its teething pain and also less likely to return to negative chewing habits.

 

Dental Care:

  • From a young age, get your puppy used to you touching in and around its mouth. This will help a lot in the future especially with brushing, oral examinations and vet visits.
  • Puppy and dogs can’t clean their own teeth, and chew toys and bones can only do so much. That’s why it is a good idea to brush your dog’s teeth regularly and to start when they are young. Brushing helps to reduce plaque build-up and keep breath fresh. This will reduce the need for regular vet visits and potential mouth diseases.
  • Begin with just a finger brush and then when you are both confident move to a soft toothbrush with puppy toothpaste (human toothpaste can cause an upset tummy).

 If you’re worried about your puppy and see that it is in a lot of pain or not acting its usual self, talk to a Veterinarian. They may prescribe puppy pain medication or provide other helpful advice!

 Also if your puppy’s behaviour requires extra attention it could be a good idea to get help from a dog behavioralist such as Ian the Dog Trainer. Even puppies going through their teething stage need set boundaries and discipline to prevent negative behaviour turning into long-term habits.

 Is your puppy going through Puppy Teething or are you passed those days? What cool tips and tricks did you use to keep your puppy happy and healthy? Comment below, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Do you place being family friendly above ‘cuteness’?

A survey of puppy buyers has found just that; that people want dogs which will be family friendly, low shedding and suited to their lifestyle, while ‘cuteness’ is of least importance to them.
Banksia Park Puppies is one of Australia’s largest dog breeders and has been breeding dogs for more than 50 years. Banksia Park is situated on a 220 acre property near Sale in Gippsland where the climate and local environment is ideally suited to dog breeding.

More than 1700 Banksia Park customers were surveyed over the past 18 months on their preferences when making a puppy purchase.
Highlights from the survey results included:

  • 90 per cent of people surveyed said their decision was primarily based on the puppy being family friendly, followed by low shedding and whether the dog would suit their lifestyle. ‘Cuteness’ was the lowest rated factor, and it did not feature at all in 37 per cent of responses.
  • 81 per cent of those surveyed knew exactly the type of dog they wanted prior to purchase, with only two per cent undecided;
  • 65 per cent of customers did their research online, with breeder websites the most popular information source;
  • 51 per cent of Banksia Park customers visited an animal shelter when looking for their puppy. However, they didn’t get a rescue dog due to the breed they wanted not being available or concerns about the temperament and suitability of the dogs available.

Matt Hams, the owner of Banksia Park Puppies, said the survey results highlighted the amount of thought and effort that many people put into making a puppy purchase.

‘People really care about the kind of the puppy they are getting and its background, including its health and temperament,’ Mr Hams said.

‘For families in particular, choosing the right type of puppy is essential to make sure it is suitable for their lifestyle and home environment.

‘We put a lot of care and attention into the health and socialisation of our puppies to help their transition into a family environment, for the benefit of the dog and its owners,’ Mr Hams said.

The survey also found puppy buyers placed a high priority on getting the type of dog they wanted, followed by a health guarantee. Purchasers also wanted to get their puppy from a reputable and experienced breeder, including those who were full-time breeders. For three-quarters of those surveyed, price was their lowest priority.

Mr Hams said the survey highlighted the important role of professional breeders in meeting the demand from customers for healthy, happy and well-socialised puppies that become much loved and valued members of Australian households.

 

https://www.banksiaparkpuppies.com.au/PUPPY-BUYERS-VALUE-FAMILY-FRIENDLY-QUALITIES-MORE-THAN-CUTENESS-IN-MAKING-PURCHASE-DECISION.html

 

Media Contact:

Kirstin Hams

0448804644

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

A HUGE final Happy Mother’s Day to all our mums!

We have focused on a few different mums and thoughts this week to showcase our mums here at Banksia Park Puppies. On today, we say a big Happy Mother’s Day to all our mums here living with us at Banksia Park Puppies, as well as those that we have rehomed into homes throughout Victoria (and further in some cases!). We also say a big happy Mother’s Day to all the human mums of our Banksia Park Puppies. Thank you for keeping us involved in their lives and their personalities. We love seeing the photos and hearing the stories!

Remember

As a last note on this Mother’s Day week, we hope that wherever you got your puppy from that you know who your puppy’s mum is, and the conditions your mum grew up and lives in. We hope that everyone who looks for a puppy is mindful of where mum (and dad) lives and that we can all work together to promote open, transparent, ethical breeding. Ask questions, visit first hand, and remember – for the sake of all our furry mums – choose ethically.

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!