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!

 

Banksia Park Puppies Agility

Our new Agility Park

Playtime at Banksia Park Puppies

We decided that one playground for our puppies wasn’t enough… so we built another!

And our dogs and puppies don’t really enjoy it… not even a little bit… 😉

You may spot a few little humans playing on the equipment too – turns out our kids love it as much (if not more!) than our dogs do!

Why does your dog lick you-

Licking… are they really kisses?

You have probably wondered whether your Banksia Park Puppy licking you is really ‘kisses’ like you have always been told. You will be surprised to learn that there is much more to it than you think!

Lets start with a scenario – You come home from work and your dog hasn’t seen you all day and when you go out to give him a pat he smothers you in licks! Are these kisses because he has missed you? Or something else?

In this blog I will give you a bit more information on why dogs lick and where that action came from. Hopefully by the end you will be able to answer the question yourself!

Licking has always been an instinctive action

Thousands of years ago – before dogs were living with humans – they were licking their mums. The reason for this is primarily because they were hungry and telling mum that they want food! Mum would go out hunting and instead of trying to carry the food back to her litter of puppies she would eat the food and carry it back in her belly. When she saw her puppies they would lick at her face and mouth to get the food, and she would regurgitate it back up for them to eat.

Mum has also used licking to clean her puppies as well as helping their bodies function the way that they should and stimulate movements if required.

Pack order

Dogs also lick to show that they are submissive to another dog/being. You may have seen younger dogs do this to older adult dogs. This also happens in adult dogs i.e. adult dog to adult dog. You will see the submissive dog lower itself and lick either the other dog or in the air in the direction of the dog. The dominant dog will stand tall and not return the lick; this all helps to work out who is the boss.

Dogs today

Our dogs and puppies today live in our houses with us and are a huge part of our families. We teach them through puppy training and usually positive reinforcement to learn mannerisms so that they fit into our lives and we can time together as human and dog. Some ways that we reward our dogs and puppies are through pats, cuddles, kisses back from us, rubs on the belly, throwing the ball for them etc. These all use positive reinforcement training. Do you come home from work and your dog gives you kisses and you think it’s super cute so you pat and cuddle them and kiss them back or perhaps throw them the ball? This is all reinforcement that you like the kisses and your dog is being trained to give you more kisses for all your love in return. This is an example of learned behaviour of domesticated dogs.

So why is your dog licking you?

Now you know where your dog’s instincts come from with licking. So let’s ask the same question

“You come home from work and your dog hasn’t seen you all day and when you go out to give him a pat he smothers you in licks! Are these kisses because he has missed you? Or something else?”

Now you should understand a little more about what he may be trying to tell you i.e.:

  • Is he hungry or thirsty?
  • Has he learned the behaviour from you through positive reinforcement and is wanting kisses and cuddles, a treat, or a ball thrown?
  • Is he (cutely) asking for a treat?
  • Is he saying that you are the dominant one in the pack?

Hopefully we have helped you communicate with your dog a little better and understand what he or she may be trying to say to you!

Does your dog lick you? Let us know when and if we’ve helped you understand your dog more!

 

Banksia Park Puppies Petunia

Cavie fun in the Agility Yard

Banksia Park Dogs Tricky, Tia and Petunia

These mums had such a ball playing in the agility yard 🙂 Such cute photos of them playing with one of our socialisation staff, John.

Have a Banksia Park Puppies break

Introducing KitKat!

This is Kitkat having some exercise time with Sylvie. KitKat is around 3 months old here, having a run and playing in her live-in yard.

Banksia Park Puppies

Socialisation time!

Banksia Park Puppies socialisation

At Banksia Park Puppies we’ve had lots of people here over the past couple of months. Whenever we have new people we bring our future mums and dads (in their critical socialisation period) over to play with us so that they understand and get used to people, and especially kids. It’s great for our puppies, and of course the kids don’t ever complain about having cute puppies to play with!

Here is some of the photos we’ve taken over this time. These photos feature Bailey, Missy, Sylvie and Tim Tam!

At the very bottom is also some more of our socialisation play, these two lovely volunteers even took a funky video of them playing with the puppies and let us share it with you!

 

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Banksia Park Puppies Parents Pages

Banksia Park Puppies Parents

 

Have you wondered who the parents of your Banksia Park Puppy are, or what they look like?

At Banksia Park Puppies, we’ve started pages for each of our parents so that you can look at Mum and Dad and see similarities in looks and behaviour!

Simply fill out the form on our Parents contact us page, and we’ll email you the page of Mum and Dad with photos and if you’re lucky sometimes there is a video too!

Have a look at Carlo’s page for an example of one of our Parents pages.

Banksia Park Puppies Carlohttps://banksiaparkpuppies.net/carlo/

This is just another way we want to make sure all our Banksia Park Puppy families are thoroughly happy with their purchase from Banksia Park Puppies and Pines Puppies, and another reason we are a World Class Breeding Park.