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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.

2-3 months

Welcome home little one! Let the adventure begin. We guarantee you, your lives will never be the same – in the best way possible.

Puppies generally go to their new homes at about nine weeks of age. By now, your house should be fully puppy-proof with all toxins and hazards removed, a designated sleeping area and plenty of toys.

Make it a priority to introduce toilet training, a meal schedule and some basic treat-based training to help your pup adjust to their new routine. It’s also important to stick to the vaccination schedule your breeder or non-breeder had started in their first few weeks of life.

A well-socialised pup who has been exposed to different stimuli and new situations has a better chance of growing into a well-adjusted dog, so consider enrolling your new mate into puppy pre-school at this age.

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