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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.

How to Socialise your Puppy

How to Socialise your Puppy

How to Socialise your Puppy

Think of the best mannered dog you know, the one that walks perfectly on the lead and can play with all the other dogs; that dog was well “socialised”.

In this five-minute video, Dr Kersti really explains socialisation, so that you don’t miss this critically important part of your puppy’s development that will shape them for the rest of their life.

The 3 things you need to know about puppy socialisation and habituation.

The 3 things you need to know about puppy socialisation and habituation.
Socialisation means learning to accept and tolerate members of your own and other species in close proximity. The socialisation period for a puppy happens between 3 weeks to 3 months of age. This is when they really form their impressions of the world and others, and very much shapes how they respond to others when they are older. It’s important to distinguish here that socialisation is not “playing”. Habituation is simply getting used to things (like living on a busy road and getting used to the traffic).

1. How do you socialise with other dogs?

Puppy preschool! This is so your puppy can learn to interact safely and positively with other dogs and get used to interacting with lots of new humans. When you choose your puppy school, make sure the trainer only uses positive reinforcement and that there are no more than six puppies in the class. Keep in mind that puppies all have different personalities, like people. Some are introverts and others are extroverts.

2. How do you socialise with other people?

Slow and steady, don’t force your dog to interact with every person they meet. Reward your puppy when they are quiet and calm, this is a great behaviour to reinforce.

3. When do you socialise?

The easiest and best time to do this is between three weeks to three months, however you can do this at any time or any age. Respect your dog for who they are, by this we mean if your dog isn’t comfortable in certain situations (e.g. swimming at the beach) then don’t force them to participate. If you’re afraid of heights, chances are you avoid them. This isn’t considered a behaviour problem. If your puppy is overly aggressive or reacting abnormally, or dangerously then certainly seek out a trained professional.

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