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!

 

Your Banksia Park Puppy Record Book

Your Personalised Banksia Park Puppies Record Book

At Banksia Park Puppies, we know that your puppy becomes part of your family when it leaves our family here. For this reason, we have started something fantastic for all our new Banksia Park Puppy families.

Now when you pick up your puppy you will also receive a detailed,personalised, Puppy Record Book. It has details and photos on mum, dad, puppy and siblings, as well as photos and information about where your puppy grew up and mum and dad live.

We hope that this Record Book will be treasured and give you lovely memories of your dog as a young puppy. Below is some example pages of our books!

Note: the images are a sample, and the information is not real.

Banksia Park – Where did your puppy come from?

Banksia Park Puppies – Where did your puppy come from?

Interested in where your puppy came from? If you want to know more about Banksia Park Puppies, this 10 minute documentary will tell you all there is to know. It shows the live in yards, the heated nurseries, the Veterinary care, choosing through Pines Puppies, and then all the way through to our re-homing.

Let us know what you think!

Why isn’t my puppy the same colour as it’s parents?

Coat colouring and genetic make-up

At Banksia Park Puppies, we get a lot of questions about a puppy’s colouring, relating to the colour of it’s parents. These are questions like ‘why is my puppy’s coat gold when both of it’s parents are black?’ or ‘my puppy is golden but it’s parents are red, how can this be the case?’.

I would have to go into significant scientific gene detail to completely answer these questions! But I also would like to address the question, and give you enough detail so that you can understand why a puppy’s coat is random rather than a certainty based on it’s parents.

The basics

Every puppy has DNA. This DNA is made up of a whole lot of different ‘points’. Each of these has two parts that make this up, and these can be ‘dominant’ and/or ‘recessive’. When mum and dad breed, each parent passes on one of their DNA to make up the DNA of the puppy. The gene passed on is picked at random. Each of the puppies (even within the same litter) will therefore be made up of a random set of DNA from mum, and a random set of DNA from dad (the figures below will help you understand this!).

Black or Liver

We’ll talk first about how a dog can be black or liver (for the sake of making this the basics, we’ll show liver as brown). This depends on the ‘B’ part of the DNA.

‘B’ is dominant over ‘b’.

So depending on the genetic makeup, if black mum and black dad both have a recessive ‘b’ gene (i.e. they are Bb), the puppies actually have a possibility of being liver (or another colour other than black) as they could get the ‘b’ gene from mum and dad, making then ‘bb’.

Banksia Park Puppies_Larna

Larna is one of our black Labradors, and she has both black and gold puppies, so she must be ‘Bb’ (and dad must either be ‘bb’ or ‘Bb’

 

Recessive Red

Recessive red adds an additional complexity, to make this simpler, we will only use the two recessive red genes ‘E’ and ‘e’.

E – this basically means that whatever their colour as determined by other genes (e.g. B) will occur.

e – The dog cant produce the black colour, it will produce a red/tan colour instead.

Combining the Black and Recessive Red Genes

So putting B and E together, a puppy with the following make up will have the below colour.

BBEE – black
BBEe – black (red/tan carrier)
BBee – red/tan with a black nose
BbEE – black (liver carrier)
BbEe – black (liver and red/tan carrier)
Bbee – red/tan with a black nose (liver carrier)
bbEE – liver
bbEe – liver (red/tan carrier)
bbee – red/tan with a brown (liver) nose

Here is one of the more complex examples of ‘B’ and ‘E’ together, and it shows the possibility of the colours of their puppies, and the different resulting genes.

Duplicating genes haven’t been shown in the first example, so this doesn’t show the ‘chance’.

 

Banksia Park Puppies Genes

 

 

Figure below shows the ‘chance’ of a puppy being a certain colour with duplicating genes shown.

Banksia Park Puppies Genes

Gene make up showing the ‘chance’ of a certain colour in a litter of puppies

 

 

NOTE: Just a note that this blog article doesn’t take into account many the other genes i.e. whether white patching will occur or the intensity of the colouring to create red/tan/yellow. It is put together as a simple description to show customers that puppy may not always be the same colour as mum and/or dad.

 

Paw-friendly life

Dog Fashion

Banksia Park Puppies

Has anyone else noticed the rise in dog related activities and products? Having a dog in today’s society doesn’t just mean that we have one in our backyard; having a dog now means that we take them to our favourite cafes for a cup of coffee and the good cafes even have menus for our paw friends.

We take them on our walks around town to do shopping, and even on winery tours (see Gourmet Paw Prints who specialise in exactly this)! They live inside, in apartments with courtyards, and now have car seats in between our children in the back seat.

The dogs in our life now have specially designed clothes (like the cute puppy in the photo!), dog bowls and toys individualised for them, doggie day care if their carers are at work during the day, and dog ‘resorts’ for when their carers go on holidays.

This all just shows how much our dogs now mean to us. They really become part of our lives. This is the predominant reason that we at Banksia Park Puppies and Pines Pets breed the dogs that we do. The dogs we breed are low allergenic, low shedding, are softly tempered, and still love exercise and absolutely adore their owners.

At Banksia Park Puppies we specialise in cross breeding; we do this so that the puppies who join your family will fit perfectly into your family life. For example, our Cavoodles are King Charles Cavalier (usually the mum), and a Miniature or Toy Poodle (usually the dad). This breed of dog fits perfectly into family life. They have extremely low shedding coats which is great for inside the house, or for children with allergies (thanks to the Poodle) and are beautifully tempered for inside the home and with children (thanks to the King Charles Cavalier). They will walk on a lead, sit at your cafe for a coffee or a paw-treat from the doggy menu, and play with your children outside chasing balls or toys.

Our Banksia Park Puppies are beautifully tempered, well socialised, and we have a group of full time staff looking after them at our property to make sure that when your puppy joins your family, he or she fits perfectly into your life.

Our website explains further the breeds that we specialise in or contact Pines Pets for help on choosing the right breed for your lifestyle.

 

Note: There is no affiliation or endorsement from Gourmet Paw Prints.

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