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So You Want To Get A Puppy - How To Choose THE ONE

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So You Want To Get A Puppy - How To Choose THE ONE

So you've decided your family is ready for a puppy. What now? Research The Best Fit For Your Family How will you decide on type of dog, or breed, that will best fit into your family? Are you an active family that spend a lot of time outdoors, hiking, bushwalking etc? Will your dog be joining you? Bearing in mind that dogs aren't allowed in National Parks, will having a dog restrict your activities?  Do you have very young children? Honestly assess whether you have the time to train a puppy at this time. Puppies are just like children -...

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 4 - Overstimulated

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 4 - Overstimulated

Puppies explore the world through their mouths, just like human babies.  And just like human babies, they can become overstimulated - when this happens, they can get very bitey, and it can be difficult to calm them. What is overstimulation? Overstimulation is when the brain is so 'wired' that the puppy just can't relax. This can lead to ongoing issues, so it's really important to make sure your puppy gets plenty of down time. Dogs relax and sleep for up to 18 hours each day, and at least 12 hours are in deep sleep. Your puppy needs even more than...

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 3 - Teething

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 3 - Teething

Puppies explore the world through their mouths, just like human babies. When they are teething, everything is fair game, whether it's on the floor or not. When Do Puppies Adult Teeth Start To Erupt? By the time your puppy comes home with you, he has a full set of baby teeth. But, no sooner are they settled in than they start losing their baby teeth as the adult teeth start to erupt.Typically this process starts at approximately 12 weeks, and is usually completed by around 6 months of age. Three months - that sounds manageable, right? Yes....if you're prepared. Otherwise, it will be...

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 2 Bored

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 2 Bored

 Here is Part 2 of our bite sized breakdown into why puppies bite.  Puppies bite because they're bored Puppies have a really short attention span – and just like a cranky toddler, once they get bored, they start looking for mischief. Now that mischief can take many forms, but a lot will involve their teeth. Whether they are chomping down on your fingers or toes, or they've found a cushion to destuff, the reason is the same, and so is the solution.  How do you stop your puppy being bored? Enrichment activities are your friend here. Here are a few different enrichment...

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 1 - Tired

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Why Do Puppies Bite Part 1 - Tired

Your adorable little puppy has landed, and you've just found out they have teeth like needles. There are several reasons why puppies bite, so let's break this down into "bite sized" pieces.  Your Puppy Bites Because He Is Tired Puppies bite when they are tired. Puppies actually need a lot more rest than you probably realise, and once they are overtired, just like two-legged kids, they can get cranky.      How Much Sleep Do Puppies Need? When your puppy comes to you at 8 - 10 weeks of age, he will need around 20 hours rest each day. Most people...

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