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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.

Taking your Dog on Holiday with You

Taking your Dog on Holiday with You

Next time you’re planning a holiday, don’t forget to include your dog. There are plenty of dog-friendly options available across your own country, ready for your next road trip with your dog. Here's my top tips on how to take your dog on holiday.

Tips for planning a holiday with your dog
  • Keep vaccinations, worming, flea and tick medication up to date, along with documentation to prove it.
  • Update all the contact information on your dog’s microchip and tag.
  • Make plans to maintain your dog’s diet to avoid tummy upsets.
  • Research the dog-friendly adventures you can take at all locations.
  • Make a note of all vets in the area, including emergency or 24-hour vets.
  • Find out if there are options if you need to leave your dog.
  • Make sure to pack all your essential items for your dog.
  • Make or buy a pet first aid kit just in case.

Tips for taking your dog on a road trip
  • Make sure your dog is comfortable in the car for long periods.
  • Ensure you have water available for your dog whilst youryou're driving.
  • Take regular breaks to allow your dog to stretch their legs and use the toilet.
  • Keep your dog restrained and safe, but also comfortable with room to move or stretch.
  • Make sure to clean up after your dog along the way.
  • Best not to give your pup a big meal before heading out on the road, it may end with the food coming back up in your car.
  • Give your dog a toy that will keep them occupied in the car.

Tips for finding dog-friendly accommodation
  • Check out websites like Holidaying with Dogs, Pupsy, Pet Friendly and Holidaypaws that all list a range of dog-friendly accommodation across the country.
  • You can also check other accommodation websites and filter by “pets allowed”.
  • Most caravan parks around Australia allow dogs on-site, which is perfect for those who camp or have campervans.

Some of the things to check with the accommodation directly include:
  • The size of the accommodation - will your dog feel restricted or cooped up?
  • Size limits - are there limits to the size of dog allowed?
  • Extra fees - are there additional fees for taking a dog?
  • The number of pets - can you have more than one dog?
  • Restrictions - does your dog need to stay in one area? Do they need to be on-leash at all times?
  • Left alone - Can you leave your dog unattended in the accommodation at all?
With international travel not on the cards anytime soon it is the perfect time for taking your dog on holiday.

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