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How old is your dog?

Pre-Puppy
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Pre-Puppy

What’s better than puppies? That’s right: your own puppy. So, what do you need to know before you take the plunge into pet parenthood?

0-2 months
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0-2 months

Welcome to the world little one. It’s all grow-grow-grow for your puppy right now, so there’s many things to prepare.

2-3 months
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2-3 months

Your puppy is ready to come home and turn your world upside down. It’s time to put your preparation into practice – and remember to take it all in!

3-6 months
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3-6 months

You’re entering a period of immense growth, lots of learning and new adventures. Bring on the play date with the big wide world!

6-12 months
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6-12 months

Your fur-baby is nearing adulthood. Can you see their grown self coming through? Sigh…they grow up so fast, don’t they?

12-18 months
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12-18 months

Your puppy has turned one and they might not be so little anymore. Make sure to book their first annual check-up.

18 months - 3 years
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18 months - 3 years

Your dog is one an established family member now. Enjoy who they have become and the bond you now share at this special stage.

3 - 8 years
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3 - 8 years

Your dog is a full-grown adult now. They understand where their place is in your home and the wider world.

8+ years
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8+ years

Just like many senior citizens, senior dogs have some extra needs. Learn to look after your best friend and support their health as they grow older.

Keeping your Home Clean with a Messy Dog

Keeping your Home Clean with a Messy Dog

Owning a dog comes with a lot of love but sometimes it also comes with a lot of mess. From puppy training to the occasional vomit to the ‘accidents’ that occur as they get older, there is often a lot of clean up.

There are some things you can do to help your home stay clean even when your puppy is making a mess.

Toilet Training

One of the best ways to limit the amount of mess in your home is to fully toilet train your puppy ASAP. Whether it’s using a specific indoor area with a pee pad, or going outside to pee or poop, your life will be kept cleaner by proper toilet training.

Multiple products can help you keep things clean during training, encourage your pup on where they should go or clean up after the inevitable accidents.

Designate Their Space

A great way to minimise the spread of this mess is to limit the areas they are allowed access to inside your home. Especially if your furry friend is going to spend most of their time at home alone whilst you're out at work.

Whether you opt to have them outside in your yard, in a single room in your house or a crate, keeping them contained will also keep any mess contained. You’ll then only need to clean up this designated area to keep your home fresh and clean.

Keep them Clean

You don't need to bath your dog daily but giving them a regular bath will keep them smelling fresh and maintain skin and coat health. Another option is to wipe your pup's paws after each walk to make sure they aren't bringing dirt inside.
Just remember that washing them too frequently might damage their skin health. Keeping your pup clean will help keep your house not only looking fresh and clean but also smelling that way.

Depending on the type of fur your dog has, it may be a good idea to have them professionally groomed regularly to keep their coat clipped. You will also need to periodically trim your pup's nails. You can have a groomer do this for a small cost, or your local vet may do it for free.

Keeping the mess minimal when you are living with a furry friend isn't hard. It just takes small amounts of effort regularly.

Written by Jodie Humphries, Dog Lover

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