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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.

6-12 months

That little ball of fluff you brought home is now almost fully grown. They will have revealed their own quirky personality and chances are you’re inseparable like Turner and Hooch, Scooby Doo and Shaggy, Ghost and John Snow.

Between six and 12 months they will continue to grow and fill out, putting more muscle mass onto their bones. That means you can increase their exercise but make sure to watch for their cues of fatigue.

At this stage, it’s good to keep extending your puppy’s exposure to new and novel environments, friends (both human and dog) and even other species (like cats) with caution.

You’re also ready for one of the biggest changes for your pup – desexing. This is usually done around six months old, so speak to your vet now. Final adult teeth should come through by seven months, so think about dental care.

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