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06 Top dog breeds 08 Power of adoption 10 Your puppy’s development 12 What type of puppy parent will you be?

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G! N I T I C X HOW EJOY OF THE UPPY. A NEW P The cuteness, the cuddles and so much love being sent your way. You’ll probably notice a change in how you do things, too. You’ll want to give your puppy the best life ever. Become the best parent possible, showing kindness, discipline, love and understanding every single day. It’s true, puppies make us better grown ups. In the following pages you’ll find all you need to look after your new family member. These essentials will help you keep your puppy happy and healthy for years to come.

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TOP PUPPY NAMES

BANJO

WILLOW

CHARLIE

LUNA

BUDDY

DAISY

ARCHIE

SADIE

BUSTER

HONEY

Questions to ask before

GETTING A PUPPY

This is the exciting bit: finding the right puppy for you! Make sure you’ve thought about these important questions when choosing your new best friend.

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Where do you live?

And where will your dog live? You need to consider the breed and the size your new puppy will reach once they’re fully grown when you’re working out which furry friend will be the best fit for you. Is your backyard secure so your puppy can run and play safely? Are your fences big enough to hold your curious new pet? If you rent, make sure your landlord is okay with you having a dog.

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Are they right for you?

It’s not just size that you need to consider. Make sure you research the breed first. Temperament: Dogs bred for guard-dog duties may be more protective, while dogs bred as companion animals will be great for lots of cuddles! Exercise: How much running around will your puppy need? Be careful not to over or under-exercise your dog.

Grooming: Do you prefer a low-moult coat? Are you prepared to clip and brush your pet regularly? Indoor/Outdoor: Where will your puppy spend the majority of their time, and does that suit the breed?

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Does their size suit you?

Big dogs aren’t necessarily the most temperamental. Large dogs can be more tolerant and


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Head to petbarn. com.au/petspot and use the Dog Breed Selector tool to help find the most suitable breed for your lifestyle and preferences.

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Do you have the budget?

While the cost of a puppy is a one-off expense, you need to be sure you’re financially stable enough to maintain their care. Grooming, vet care, health treatments and dog food are ongoing expenses. You should also have a back-up plan just in case your beloved friend has an accident – pet insurance or savings. Check out Petbarn Pet Insurance at petbarn.com.au/ insurance for more information or to receive a quote on a policy for your puppy.

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Where is your puppy coming from?

Whether you choose to adopt a rescue puppy, or find your friend via a breeder, make sure the background of the puppy provider checks out. gentle. Very small dogs require delicate handling, so young children might not be a great match for your puppy.

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Will they be alone a lot?

Some breeds cope better with being alone than others. If you are at work all day, choose a breed that doesn’t require constant companionship. Separation anxiety can be a big problem, so you’ll need to take this into account.

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Your local Greencross Vets can talk through any questions or concerns you might have, as well as advise you on what you need to ensure your puppy stays in top health once you’ve brought them home. Head to greencrossvet.com.au for more info.

PUPPY LOVE New pet parent David shares how the joys of puppy parenthood has helped to make him a better grown up. Aslan is a gorgeous ruby Cavoodle. It was a tough choice between him and his brother. We went with Aslan as he looked a little more calm and like he needed a big cuddle, though. While he loves cuddles, we were wrong about the calm part! Aslan quickly settled in and found his confidence. He refuses to eat from his bowl and always wants to do tricks for food. He sleeps like a dream in his crate and loves to play through the day and night. Aslan has turned our world upside down – in the best possible way. We can’t wait to get home and play. Having a little life relying on you is a big adjustment. That said, we have absolutely no regrets. In the two short weeks that we have had him, he has brought so much chaos, laughs, love and overall joy to our lives.

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TOP DOGS When you’re looking for your new best friend, check out some of Australia’s best-loved breeds.

1. Labrador Retriever

An all-round ray of sunshine, the Labrador has a reputation for being an excellent family pet. Good-natured, friendly and affectionate, the Labrador is a relatively large-sized breed and is patient with children and trusting with strangers, too – maybe not the perfect guard dog. They are very loyal and love being around the family. These friendly fellows love to chew and often follow their nose, taking off at any smell.

2. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

An all-or-nothing kind of dog, Staffies give it everything when it comes to love, play or work. Don’t get misled by their muscular features though, as they are very people-friendly and happy, even to meet strangers. As far as children go, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier’s reputation is second to none. You’ll also find lots of these brilliant dogs up for adoption – bring one home and they’ll love you forever!

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3. French Bulldog

French Bulldogs are playful, lively, curious and very comical. Their bright and easy-going personality makes them great companion dogs although this also means they need human companionship at all times. So, if you love to love, then this is the dog for you. Because they are a flat-faced breed, Frenchies can be prone to breathing problems. They can be high-maintenance and may need more vet visits than other breeds, so be sure to keep your budget in mind when thinking about bringing this dog home.

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WHY ADOPT?

With so many dogs needing a safe home, consider adoption instead of buying from a breeder. So, what are the benefits of adoption?

• adopted dogs have been microchipped and had health checks • dogs up for adoption often have some level of training • they’re socially adapted and family friendly • by adopting, you’re saving a life

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4. Border Collie

A Border Collie is not for the faint-hearted and is sure to keep you on your toes. Bred for sheep herding, they are highly intelligent and very active. A happy Border Collie requires regular interaction, play and training. On the plus side, they will be high-fiving you in no time at all – when they’re not running rings around you with energy to burn. They thrive on regular exercise; so daily walks and games of fetch will keep them stimulated. This breed is most suitable for people who have plenty of time to spend with their furry family member.

Don’t forget about the wide world of wonderful mixed-breed dogs! Often you’ll be lucky enough to enjoy some of the best character traits of two or three different breeds. There are so many friendly pups in adoption centres just waiting for forever homes. The centre will have worked out the dog’s temperament and energy levels to help them find a family with a lifestyle that suits. You can learn all about your prospective pet before you make the big commitment. Plus, when you adopt a dog, you’ll bring home a very grateful puppy.

• dogs that are up for adoption are usually already desexed • dogs in adoption centres are just looking for lots of love • if you’re after a puppy, many shelters and rescue organisations can still help you • like all pets, they bring so much joy to your life and can improve your health If you are interested in adopting a new pet, try RSPCA’s adoption service. To find out more information or to locate a centre near you, visit adoptapet.com.au.

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THE POWER OF ADOPTION How one person’s passion for helping animals changed the life of 4,300 dogs (and counting).

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hat would you do if you won the lottery? For Michael McTeigue, founder of SavourLife, he’d hand it all back and help rescue dogs instead. This realisation put the wheels in motion for Michael to quit his corporate job and start SavourLife – an Aussie dog food company that donates 50% of its profits to pet rescue organisations. “I’ve always had a soft spot for dogs, and now rescue dogs in particular,” says Michael. “My best mate Buddy, a Labrador, who passed away last year at 15, was the inspiration for SavourLife. I think if one dog that we help save brings a millionth of the happiness to someone, that he brought to our lives then that would be an awesome thing.”

The pairing of a fantastic cause with a natural, Australian-made product has allowed Michael to contribute so much to pets in need. “We’ve now passed over $700k in donations and shared this with over 220 rescue groups in every state or territory and supported the rehoming of over 4,300 dogs!” he says. This includes his two “Chief Tasting Officers” Missy the ‘Tripawd’ and Max the Labrador. “Missy was abandoned at four weeks old with a crushed leg and Max was abandoned as a six-month-old puppy – he’s an example of the myths around rescue dogs. If you want a puppy or particular

breed, believe me you can find them.” Michael and his small team of six (including the two dogs), work hard to grow SavourLife more and more. “When I make a decision for our business, I always ask ‘Will this help us save more dogs?’ – it’s a really simple guiding principle.” And the need to support adoption is great. “There are over 200k dogs abandoned in Australia every year and we are determined to fix that.”

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YOUR PUPPY’S DEVELOPMENT As your puppy grows to become a well-rounded dog, these are the milestones that will make you a proud parent. Eight to 10 weeks

Puppies arrive at their new home! At this stage, they’ll start their toilet training, lead training and you’ll need to know where they’re at with their vaccinations and parasite prevention. You’ll need: • puppy pads • collar, lead and ID tags • training crate • toys and bed • prevention from parasites (fleas, ticks and worms) (See page 17 for your puppy’s starter kit)

Newborn

Pups at this stage rely solely on their mother until they’re three or four weeks old.

Six weeks

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Their eyes and ears open and they start to walk and bark. They will start developing their milk teeth. At five to seven weeks, their brain reaches physical maturity.

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Pups start to eat firm foods and begin to feed three times daily.

You’ll need: Puppy-specific food enriched with DHA for brain development and vision, as well as premium ingredients to help them grow strong.


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Four to five months

Their permanent teeth continue to grow and they’re more responsive to training.

Once they reach five months, they need to be fed only twice per day. You’ll need: • treats for training • grooming essentials (see page 40)

Adult stage: 12-18 months

They’re no longer a puppy! As they’re now classified as adults, they need to switch to adult dog food. You’ll need: • adult dog food • new harness/collar and bed, based on their growth • dental care essentials (see page 39)

Six months

Your puppy’s skeletal growth starts to slow down. Smaller breeds will reach sexual maturity; this is an ideal time to have a conversation with your Greencross Vets to confirm when is the most appropriate time to book your puppy in for desexing.

Two to three months

Your puppy will start to step out into the world (once they’ve completed their vaccinations) and their permanent teeth will begin to appear. You’ll need: • teething and chew toys • odour neutraliser (for any toilet-training accidents)

You’ll need: • activity-based toys for fun • a trip to the vet Book online greencrossvet.com.au/bookonline

Feel free to chat to your local Petbarn team member to find everything your puppy needs, at every stage of their growth.

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Will my puppy make me a

BETTER GROWN UP?

When an energetic puppy comes into your life, everything changes. While your new friend will be fun to play with, they’ll also be completely dependent on you. Take this quiz to find out how responsible a puppy parent you’re going to be.

Have a strict routine. Your puppy goes into a cosy crate with blanket and a favourite toy with minimal fuss. Sweet dreams!

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Let your puppy fall asleep where and when they like. That one time in the hallway wasn’t ideal though. You tripped over them in the middle of the night.

Think, Noooooooo! I don’t want to leave my cosy bed! The two of you snuggle down together and don’t get up for another half hour.

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Are just as excited as they are. Walkies! The two of you head off on a planned excursion, and everyone has benefited from becoming healthier and happier.

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Know that your dog was bored to engage in this sort of destructive behaviour. You make sure they go for a walk to burn off that excess energy and plan to leave them with boredom-busting toys next time they’re alone.

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Laugh, shrug and post loads of photos on social media. Then hop onto Gumtree – you’re going to need new couch.

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Can’t resist those puppy-dog eyes and feed them when you’re eating, and sometimes even what you’re eating.

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Have an entire cupboard devoted to their nutrition. Feeding from the table is a no-no.

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Know you’ve forgotten to keep on top of your grooming schedule! You quickly whip out your puppy-grooming supplies and get straight to work.

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Can’t understand why. You only cleaned them the other week, or was it the other month? You think about giving them a wash later on.

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← IF YOU ANSWERED... Mostly A: You’re an A-grade grown up. You adore your puppy and know that being a detail-oriented pet parent now will pay off in the long run! You’ve done your research and are fully equipped to give your new pet everything they need to be healthy and happy.

Mostly B: You may still have some growing up to do. You’re not afraid to bend the rules – or break them if it means more cuddles! While you know you should be stricter when it comes to training, those eyes are irresistible!

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The safety checks The kitchen contains drawers and cabinets with interesting smells and tastes. It’s likely that your puppy will want to explore everything, just remember there are dangers. Make sure your cabinet doors are well secured. The bathroom, with razors, cotton buds, or even soap left on the floor (easily ingested by your curious puppy), is a danger zone. Be sure you keep the toilet lid down, too.

How to puppy proof

YOUR PLACE Consider your home through the eyes of a curious puppy and make adjustments so it’s a safe and secure environment. STAFF TIP WHEN YOU CHOOSE AREAS OF THE HOUSE TO ALLOW YOUR PUPPY, MAKE SURE YOU BLOCK ACCESS TO OTHER AREAS SO THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO EXPLORE – A PUPPY GATE IS GREAT FOR THIS. ALI, NEUTRAL BAY

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The bedroom will certainly interest your new puppy as they get to know your scent. Shoes, clothing, hair ties, toys and other small chewable items should be secured for safety. The living area has electronic gadgets and loose cords that your puppy might chew. Don’t leave phones, remotes, kids’ toys and magazines (or really anything of value) lying around, as there’s a risk of them being chewed and swallowed. The backyard has obvious dangers, including chemicals, like paint and cleaners. Some plants can be toxic to pets, too. You should also check that your puppy can’t escape the yard through gaps in the fence. Remember: dogs can dig!


STAFF TIP PUT SOME PUPPY PADS DOWN ON THE GROUND IN THE ROOMS WHERE INTRODUCTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE – CHANCES ARE YOUR PUPPY WILL GET EXCITED AND HAVE A FEW ACCIDENTS.

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HEADING HOME Arriving at their new home can be overwhelming for your new puppy. Here are some things to keep in mind so it’s easy and breezy for everyone.

Setting up camp

The first night at home with you might be the first time your puppy is away from their mother. Even for rescue dogs, moving to a new home can be stressful. Use your puppy’s crate

for a cosy space at home. When it’s bedtime, your puppy may whine and cry. This is natural. Play with your puppy shortly before bed, and don’t let them nap. This will ensure they’re tired and ready for sleep.

MAKING NEW FRIENDS Kids and puppies are a great match, provided they start out on the right foot. Here are some tips for ensuring they’ll be best buds in no time. • let your puppy approach the kids, not the other way around, as this may prevent your puppy getting scared

• one of the first lessons for your kids should be how to pick up, hold and pat your new family member • make sure you are present until both parties know how to behave around one another. This will stop bad habits forming  

Also, take your puppy outside to the toilet area and wait until they’re done. Praise your puppy in a calm and soft tone before taking them to their sleeping spot so they can settle.

Meeting the family

Try not to overwhelm your puppy with too many people and too much attention. Set up a safe zone for them, like their crate, kennel or sleep spot, for them to retreat to when they feel overwhelmed. Make sure everyone is calm and gentle. Your puppy is a baby after all! Remember that you should never leave a puppy or dog alone with a young child.

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PUPPY CHECKLIST HEAD TO PETBARN TO PREPARE FOR THE ARRIVAL OF YOUR LITTLE ONE‌ Coming home Getting prepped Collar, ID tag and lead Chew stop Shampoo and conditioner Brush for grooming Flea, tick and worming treatment

Feeding Two bowls: For water and food Super premium puppy food: If your puppy isn’t already eating super premium food, introduce it to them slowly to avoid an upset tummy Treats: To reward good behaviour and for training

Chew toys: To help with teething

Lots of cuddles: To welcome your puppy

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Car harness, booster seat for car travel Kennel, crate and cover Comfort toys

Crate training Training crate Crate mat Cover Bowl Snuggle toy

Playing

Play toys: A range of options, like plush and fetch toys, to stop boredom

A bed: For both inside and outside

Toilet training Exercising Waste control bags Bag holder Lead/harness

Odour/stain neutraliser: For cleaning up those little accidents Puppy pads: For tidier toilet training


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PETBARN HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO ENSURE YOUR NEW FURRY FAMILY MEMBER IS SETTLED AND HAPPY. Don’t forget to book your puppy in for a free health check with Greencross Vets (see vouchers page 51).

NATURE’S MIRACLE

Stain & Odour Remover

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Puppy Training Pads

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WELL & GOOD Towel

YOU & ME Memory Foam Nester

WELL & GOOD Ear Wipes

SOPHRESH

Biodegradable Dog Waste Bags

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CRATE G TRAININ 101

Getting your puppy to use their crate is a gradual process.

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Should you go for a bed, kennel or crate? Find the perfect sleep zone for your puppy with these pointers.

oft bedding is a must for all puppies, even if you’ve decided that they’ll sleep in a kennel or crate. Your puppy needs a cushioned, cosy bed, and larger breeds require extra padding. Your puppy’s bed will be one of the key elements that help them feel comfy in their home, so choose bedding they can grow into.

Kennel

Kennels are perfect for puppies that will live as outside dogs or share the house with kids and other pets. When you select a kennel, consider the size your puppy will grow. The kennel needs to be big enough for them to turn around and lie down in comfortably. Remember: kennels that are too large will mean your puppy could get cold. Keep the kennel raised

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off the ground and make sure it’s not too far from your house, so your puppy doesn’t feel isolated. Add in some cushioned bedding and your puppy will love their cosy refuge.

Crate

A crate offers your puppy their own safe haven. Crates also limit destructive behaviour and are helpful for creating routine and toilet training, plus, they can be used on car trips. Your puppy needs to be able to comfortably stand-up, lie down, turn around and stretch inside their crate. Visit your local Petbarn for a great range of kennels, crates and bedding, or shop online at petbarn.com.au.

1. set up the crate so it’s cosy and inviting. Put a crate mat on the base and add a soft bed 2. leave the crate door open and tempt your puppy in with a treat 3. place the treat in the back of the crate so they have to go completely inside to retrieve it 4. when your puppy first ventures into their crate stay close and reassure them that all is well 5. gradually close the door and, once they’re comfy, stay with them and reassure them 6. keep the “closed door” periods short 7. when you’re happy that your puppy is relaxed in the crate, with the door closed, leave them alone – initially for short periods, gradually increasing the duration 8. make sure that their crate is always a refuge; never use this as a punishment area

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Your puppy shouldn’t meet other pets until two weeks after their final core vaccination, which is typically administered between 14-16 weeks of age, and they have been treated for fleas, ticks and worms. Check with your vet about when it’s okay to go for walkies.

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EXERCISING YOUR PUPPY We all know exercise is a must for the whole family. The good news is that with your puppy in tow, you’ll be in shape in no time!

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Play is important

Using dog toys, such as a ball launcher or a fetch toy, will help keep your puppy entertained.

Lead free

Some time spent off the lead should be allowed in a safe space such as an enclosed dog park.

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Stay hydrated

If you’re too hot, you can assume your puppy is, too. Always take a drink bottle along for your puppy. Remember, running on hot cement can damage your puppy’s paw pads, so be careful.

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Meet and greet

Walks are a great way to let your puppy socialise with a range of people and other pets. Remember that your puppy might not be ready for long walks yet. Short, gentle walks taken daily are better at this stage than one big walk every couple of days.

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THE ESSENTIALS While nobody likes paperwork, consider these important tips to ensure your puppy’s health, safety and happiness.

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Microchipping and registration

In most Australian states, getting your puppy microchipped is mandatory. Having your little buddy microchipped is a harmless procedure that allows you to register them so that if your puppy ever strays, a vet or pound can use the microchip to identify the pet and access your contact details. Many local councils require residents to register their dogs before they reach 12 weeks of age, and fines can apply if you don’t do so. Check whether your puppy has already been microchipped, as many breeders will do this as standard procedure. Ensure you register your pet with a national pet register for even easier lost-pet recovery. To find out more information visit greencrossvet.com.au.

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If you’re welcoming a purebred puppy into your family, it’s worth knowing their family tree. Breeders should supply papers that show that the puppy is registered with the relevant breeder association. Ask the breeder for the registration and vet records of your puppy’s parents, including certificates showing they’ve been screened for any common hereditary diseases.

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Registered breeders and pet adoption centres will have taken your puppy for their first vet health check, which includes the first round of vaccinations and microchipping. In addition to this, your puppy will likely be on a parasite prevention program to protect them from fleas and ticks, intestinal worms and heartworm. Ask for a record of these past treatments so that you know what stage your puppy is at with their health needs and so you can continue their prevention program. Familiarising yourself with this health record will also be useful when your puppy starts puppy school. They are also necessary if you’re thinking of sending your puppy to doggy day care, a boarding facility or for a pamper session at the groomer.

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WHAT SHOULD I FEED MY PUPPY? It’s only natural that you want to give your new puppy the very best start in life. Where do you begin? Not all foods are created equal, which is why a super premium diet is the best way for your little one to grow into a healthy dog.

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puppy grows much faster than you – in just a year or two, they’ll accomplish what you do in 15 years (hence ‘dog years’). That’s why formulated dry puppy foods contain a higher percentage of proteins, fats and carbohydrates compared to adult dog foods, and some foods, fortified with DHA (a natural omega-3 fatty acid), have even been linked with smarter, more trainable dogs – what a treat!

When you first get your puppy

Don’t change your puppy’s food in the first few days in their new home. Moving house and changing families is very

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stressful and can affect your puppy’s digestive system. Keeping them on the same diet they’re used to will reduce the chance of stomach upsets or diarrhoea. When you are ready

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Choosing their food Take into account: • the age of your puppy • the breed of your puppy • your puppy’s energy levels (different foods have varied energy outputs and therefore varied quantity recommendations) •is your puppy overweight, a healthy weight or under weight? • the size of your puppy, and how big they will grow • what you are currently feeding your puppy

Mix it up

A diet of both wet and dry puppy food may be best for your pup.

Why you should consider a super premium diet

Puppies have different nutritional needs to adult or senior dogs, and small-breed dogs need different nutrition to large breeds. A super premium diet – consisting of high-quality dry and wet food – is formulated to support the needs of specific breeds at each stage of life. These types of pet foods are designed to provide maximum benefits to your puppy’s health, while offering a complete, balanced diet.

What about the cost?

You may think that these super premium diets are expensive compared with supermarket brands. Because of their high digestibility and calorific density, your dog needs less food to meet their nutritional needs. When this is considered and a cost per day is calculated, these foods compare favourably, especially when ingredient quality and the benefits are factored in.

Discover the perfect match for your puppy’s dietary needs with our Dog Food Finder and lots more info on puppy nutrition at petbarn. com.au/petspot.

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to change your puppy’s diet, do so over a minimum of four days, gradually introducing their new food.

BENEFITS OF SUPER PREMIUM FOOD Puppies need nutrition that is specifically formulated to be high in fat, protein and calories to nurture and maintain their development into adulthood. Super premium pet food delivers all the essential nutrients. Choose from our range of super premium brands at Petbarn, including Hill’s Science Diet (pictured), and your puppy will reap all the rewards. These include: • quality ingredients • no artificial colours or flavour enhancers are added • DHA, which aids in enhanced brain and vision development leading to smarter, more trainable puppies

• digestible ingredients leading to smaller, firmer waste • the fibre level is optimal. Too much fibre results in reduced digestibility and interferes with the absorption of other nutrients • supports developing immune systems • encourages strong joints and lean muscles E 51 TO PAG PY TURN UP P A D TO FIN UCHER. VO FOOD

• omega-3 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat

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WHAT ARE THE FOOD OPTIONS FOR MY PUPPY? There’s a world of choice when it comes to choosing what’s on the menu for your puppy. Here’s a look at the options available.

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There are so many gorgeous dog breeds out there and it’s not uncommon for them to have differing nutritional needs. Some dogs are more likely to have faster metabolisms or a predisposition to a certain health concerns, based on genetics. This is where breed specific kibble comes in. It is formulated to meet the needs of your puppy, based on their breed and gives them everything they need to be at their healthiest and happiest.

Raw food

Raw food prioritises natural ingredients and a balance of vitamin and minerals to deliver everything your puppy needs from their diet. Because the ingredients remain in their raw state, the food won’t lose the enzymes and vitamins through cooking or high-pressure processing. Plus, the formulation skips the preservatives and fillers that can be found in non-raw foods. Find raw food for your puppy in the Fresh & Frozen Food section at Petbarn.

offer peace of mind. You know that your puppy is benefiting from the best ingredients and the vitamins and minerals that go with them.

Grain-free pet food

As we’ve come to understand more about pet food allergies and intolerances, there has been a rise in the range of grain-free pet foods. Grain-free pet foods are not to be confused with lowcarb options, as the grain-free foods will usually make up for carbohydrates via sweet potato or potato. These formulations are thought to help with weight management and be a closer match to the diet of your puppy’s ancestors. Just be sure to read the label to ensure that all the ingredients are the right fit for your pet.

Discover the perfect match for your puppy’s dietary needs with our Dog Food Finder and lots more info on puppy nutrition at petbarn.com.au/petspot.

Science based food

Scientific pet food formulations are backed by extensive evidence-based research into the nutritional needs of dogs across different sizes, life stages and special health needs, so they are a great match for puppies. These types of food focus on providing the precise and optimal balance of nutrients from high-quality ingredients to support healthy and happy puppies, right through to their growth into adult dogs.

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Breed specific food

Natural pet food

Pet foods that fall into the natural category are a fantastic choice for your puppy. These formulations are committed to giving your puppy a wellrounded diet with a focus on wholesome ingredients. These foods avoid artificial additives, preservatives and filler ingredients like corn. You also won’t find meat byproducts in this food. Natural pet foods sit at the premium end of the pet food scale, so they are likely to be a little more expensive, but they definitely

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HEALTHY TREATS Treats are a handy training tool for your puppy and some are better than others. Here’s our guide to healthy treating.

STAFF TIP ONLY FEED YOUR PUPPY AFTER THE FAMILY HAS EATEN SO THEY UNDERSTAND HIERARCHY. TELL YOUR PUPPY TO SIT, STAY, WAIT AND WHEN TO EAT, AND HAVE THE KIDS FEED THE DOG. THIS WILL HELP TO SHOW WHO THE LEADER IS IN THE FAMILY.

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Dog treats are a great training aid when teaching your puppy commands and rewarding them for good behaviour. One of the reasons your puppy will be responsive to this type of reward is because they have a strong sense of smell. Make sure you don’t go overboard with the treats – they should only make up 10% of your puppy’s diet – and be sure to choose options made from quality, natural ingredients.

Off the menu

While you may consider table scraps dog “treats”, they can lead to weight gain. Some of our favourite ingredients can be toxic for dogs. Puppies should only eat treats and food created specifically for them for optimal health.

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Dogs, especially when they are young, are highly sensitive to a range of ingredients humans love. No matter how longingly they look at you with their puppy-dog eyes, there are some foods that are absolute no-nos for your pet. The following ingredients can lead to serious health issues, and some can even be fatal. Your puppy should avoid eating any of these foods:

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TOXIC FOOD • onions • garlic • chocolate • coffee or caffeine products • bread dough • avocado • grapes, raisins, sultanas, currants • nuts (especially macadamias) • fruit stones (pits) • green unripe tomatoes • mushrooms • too much fish • cooked bones, small pieces of raw bone and fatty trimmings • xylitol (a sugar substitute found in some products such as lollies) If you believe that your dog has ingested any of the above ingredients, you should immediately take them to your nearest Greencross Vets.

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IN THE PURSUIT OF HAPPIER, HEALTHIER FUR FRIENDS.

Healthy Pets & Peace Of Mind

Prevention Is The Best Medicine

Healthy Pets Plus was developed by veterinarians and is exclusive to Greencross Vets. This membership program includes a complete standard of preventative care services for your canine companion.

We believe proactive care not only improves the quality of your pet’s life, it will add years to it.

Bringing your dog for regular check-ups allows your Greencross Veterinarian to evaluate their general health and identify any health issues before they become serious illnesses. Healthy Pets Plus meets the highest standards for animal care whilst allowing you to spread the costs over a 12-month period.

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Unlike us, pets can’t tell us how they feel, so scheduled and timely check-ups are a great way to make sure your pet is always in the best possible shape. It gives you peace of mind and confidence that your puppy is healthy and happy.

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Most importantly, Healthy Pets Plus will make doing the right thing for your pet simple and affordable through every stage of your pet’s life.


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JOIN TODAY AT YOUR LOCAL GREENCROSS VETS

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VET STOP No-one wants their pet to have health problems, and a healthy pet is a happy pet. How often should you take your puppy to the vet?

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First steps

It’s best to take your puppy to the vet within the first week of bringing them home. Your vet will perform a nose-to-tail physical examination to confirm that there are no health concerns and establish the best preventative health care plan including a vaccination and parasite prevention program.


Relax

Puppies are very intuitive. If you adopt a relaxed and positive attitude when you visit the vet, your puppy will often follow your lead.

Touchy feely

Help your puppy become accustomed to veterinary examinations from nose to tail by playing with their feet and toes, lifting up their lips and feeling their tummy and legs on a regular basis.

The first few months

Vaccinations Ensure that you adhere to the vaccination program your puppy’s vet outlines, so they are protected from nasties like distemper, canine parvovirus and canine cough. Join Healthy Pets Plus at Greencross Vets to receive free vaccinations. Parasites A parasite-protection plan should be discussed with your veterinarian at your first health check for your puppy. This should include the most suitable plan to protect your puppy from, fleas, ticks, intestinal worms and heartworm. Ask your local Greencross Vets about the annual heartworm injection.

Six months

Desexing is an important part of being a responsible pet owner and it’s essential for your puppy’s health and well-being. The correct age for desexing can vary depending on the breed and size of your pet and

On the road

Puppies often arrive at the vet anxious due to the car ride. Taking your puppy on short drives and rewarding them can help them get over stress during trips.

Just drop by

Popping into the clinic to say hello can help familiarise your puppy with the vet and all the smells without being physically examined each time they visit – except for cuddles of course!

your lifestyle. Five to six months is the ideal time to have a conversation with your vet around desexing and the health and behavioural benefits.

their health state can change more rapidly, so maintaining six-monthly check-ups is really important for early detection of illness or unease.

Young dogs up to seven years

What if I notice something?

As your puppy gets older, check-ups every six months will help to avoid health complications or catch any issues that arise early. Each time you visit the vet, bring your dog’s full health history and be sure to tell the vet anything out of the ordinary you’ve noticed.

Older dogs seven years and up

Animals age at about seven times the rate of humans, so by the time your dog is seven human years old, they’re 49 in dog years! As your dog ages,

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TIPS FOR STRESS-FREE VET VISITS

Trips to the vet don’t have to raise the heart rate. There are steps that you can take to encourage an enjoyable and stress-free visit for you and your puppy.

If your pet is injured or showing any signs of illness such as diarrhoea, vomiting, lethargy or weight loss, it’s important to contact your local vet as soon as possible. It doesn’t hurt to be cautious. To locate your nearest Greencross Vets and book an appointment online, visit greencrossvet.com.au. E 51 TOR O TO PAG TURN VOUCHER F EE FIND A PUPPY’S FR. YOUR LTH CHECK HEA

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Going out for walks and socialising in the park is very exciting. Just remember that it can be a bit daunting for young dogs. Here are some tips for basic puppy training.

ocialising is an important part of a young puppy’s life. Getting out and about is an adventure for dogs – you just need to remember to take it slowly. Teaching your puppy to be social should be one of the first lessons you share with your dog. Puppy school is a great place for your dog to learn these all-important skills. Find out more on page 35.

The big wide world

You have to wait until your puppy is protected to take them out. Vets advise waiting until two weeks after a puppy’s 14-16 week vaccination before introducing them to the great outdoors and public places. Also ensure your puppy is protected from fleas, ticks and worms.

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REMEMBER YOUR PUPPY’S BONES AND JOINTS ARE STILL DEVELOPING. WALKS SHOULD BE VERY LOW-IMPACT TO HELP THEM GROW INTO BIG, STRONG DOGS.

Life of the party

After vaccinations, socialising is one of the most important activities in your puppy’s early life. During your puppy’s first three to four months, they will learn how to communicate and get along with people and other animals – essential learning. Missing this step may make it difficult to fix behavioural problems later on. You should try to familiarise your puppy with: • other dogs and puppies • a range of people of all ages, especially children • other pets, such as cats • unfamiliar people, such as strangers at the park • noisy household appliances

Walking on a lead

Most of the time your puppy is outside they will need to be on a lead. These accessories can feel uncomfortable for your pet. It’s best to take your time and let your puppy adjust to the feeling of their collar before attaching the lead. Make sure you try not to lead or drag your puppy – coax them with a snack, and always reward good behaviour. Your puppy will be walking the line in no time.


HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR HOW TO TEACH SIMPLE COMMANDS TO YOUR PUPPY, AND HOW TO GET THEM TO LISTEN.

STAY

• best taught after “Sit” • have your puppy on a long lead and have them sit • hold your palm out in front of your puppy, take a step back, and say “Stay” • if your puppy stays, reward them with a treat or a pat • repeat the steps to practice, gradually taking more and more steps while using the “Stay” command

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• hold a treat and say “Come” clearly

• your puppy will tilt their head back and maybe even sit on their own

• have your puppy on a long lead and let them wander

• praise when your puppy completes the command (not always with a treat, sometimes a pat will do)

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• hold a treat above your puppy’s nose and move it above their head

• say the word “Sit” clearly • reward and praise

So your puppy can learn manners and cues, try Petbarn Puppy School. Visit petbarn.com.au/ services/puppy-school.

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TOILET TRAINING While it might not be the most glamorous side of puppy parenting, toilet training is one of the most important steps.

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uppies will need your help to learn where to relieve themselves. It’s very important you create a toilet routine and stick to it. Take your puppy to the toilet area at these times, remembering they may go around a dozen times a day: • as soon as they wake • after playing or eating • after being in their crate In time, your puppy will learn where is okay to go.

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TAKE YOUR PUPPY TO THE TOILET AT LEAST ONCE EVERY TWO HOURS.

• keep an eye out for signs your puppy may need to go, including turning in circles, sniffing the ground or whining

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• gently redirect them to the right place if you do find they have gone to the toilet in the wrong place • use puppy pads from day one of toilet training • give them lots of praise for going in the right place

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DON’Ts

• get angry at your puppy if you find them going to the toilet in the wrong place or if they have a little accident


Being a puppy parent can be a big step – sending your puppy to school is a great way for both of you to learn and grow.

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uring the early months of your puppy’s life they learn vital socialisation and communication skills. These early life experiences influence how your puppy will play, communicate and learn as they develop into an adult dog. Puppy school is one of the best ways to ensure your puppy learns these skills in a safe and positive environment. Classes are available for puppies as young as eight weeks old, and starting early can give you the tools required to develop a strong relationship with your pet, allowing them to become a real part of your family.

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Dogs are pack animals, so learning how to communicate and interact with others is important. Most puppy schools will include social sessions where your puppy will learn to play nice with other dogs.

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Learning manners and good behaviour is essential to your puppy’s development. At puppy school, you and your puppy will learn essential cues like sit, stay, drop and come. Lead walking, toilet training and troubleshooting naughty behaviour will also be on the agenda.

As a new pet parent you’ll want to keep your puppy safe, while also making sure they adjust well to being a member of your family. At puppy school, your charge will learn how to play safely with kids, and you’ll also learn when and why it’s important to take your puppy to the vet.

HAPPY GRADUATION New puppy parents Nicole and Nick talk through taking their puppy to school. We took Baxter to puppy school when he was 16 weeks old. We learnt a lot. We went once a week, and we’d have homework before class on topics like vaccination and nutrition, as well as training Baxter in how to sit, drop, and walk properly on the lead. It provides you with a wealth of knowledge, gives you tips on how to train your dog, and things you don’t necessarily think about when getting a dog, like making sure they can socialise with other dogs, be a part of a family, and they’re not going to hurt anyone or themselves. Going wasn’t just good for Baxter, it was good for us, too. I highly recommend it.

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WHY PUPPY SCHOOL IS WORTH IT

Selected Petbarn stores operate Puppy School with Greencross Vets for puppies aged 8 to 16 weeks. Puppies must have had at least one vaccination two weeks prior to their first class and be up to date with their worming and flea control to attend. Visit petbarn.com.au or go in-store for more information.

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CURB THOSE LITTLE HABITS

They look up at you with those puppy-dog eyes, and they’ve just chewed through another pair of your shoes. Petbarn to the rescue!

SOLUTION

If your puppy has gone to the toilet in the wrong place, gently re-direct them. Always give lots of praise and affection for using the right spot so they’ll learn where is acceptable. Puppy pads can be useful for when your puppy is not ready to venture outdoors.

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In the first few months of their lives, puppies are learning to communicate and may find meeting other puppies and dogs intimidating. It’s important that they learn to socialise in a safe, controlled and positive environment. They will seek your guidance and they need to trust you – so be careful not to push them too far. If they are fearful, let them observe from a distance while you comfort them. At Petbarn Puppy School, your trainer will teach you about your dog’s body language so you know M: when they need a little extra PROBLE support. If they are older, you may need a behaviour specialist. In most cases, it easily helps puppies to adjust to their new family and become happy and confident.

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SOLUTION

Crate training your puppy is a great way to combat this (see page 18). Also, when you tuck them in at night, try giving your puppy an item that has the scent of their M: mother on it. Adaptil PROBLE (available at Petbarn) will also help your puppy settle in. That said, try and get your puppy to start thinking of you as their new family, so give them an item with your scent, too. We recommend a plush snuggle toy.

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SOLUTION

Even if you find humping amusing, good puppy care involves teaching your pet that it isn’t acceptable behaviour. If a stern “no” doesn’t do the trick, send your dog to their time-out spot and ignore them. Starting with training in the first few days of your puppy coming home will help to establish ground rules. Enrolling your new pet in puppy school will help them master early lessons and learn about the difference M: PROBLE between good and bad behaviour.

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Puppies can have sharp teeth, as those who have been bitten will attest. Habitual biting can start as exploring objects, and turn into a game. Your puppy probably isn’t intentionally trying to hurt you. If you find : M E your puppy nipping regularly, substitute L B PRO what was bitten for a toy. Ignore bad behaviour, and end any games. If biting continues, any time you feel contact with your puppy’s teeth, make a high-pitched ‘yeow’ noise, to teach your pet that biting hurts and is not okay.

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Toys of different shapes, tastes and textures will distract your puppy from teething pain. Chase toys are good for interactive fun, and plush squeaky toys stimulate a variety of senses. Providing food regularly should help to prevent your puppy chewing on a shoe! If all else fails, Chew Stop Spray is available at your local Petbarn.

If you’re worried about your puppy’s behaviour, visit your nearest Greencross Vets.

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BENEFITS OF BATH TIME

This is bonding time and an opportunity to check the condition of your puppy’s skin and coat.

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e recommend getting your puppy comfortable with the washing and brushing process by regular bathing at home. Bathing removes natural oils that are produced in your puppy’s coat, so it’s best not to bathe your puppy more than once a month. Often grooming with a brush and comb will help keep your puppy clean and remove any debris between bath times.

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If cleaning is necessary between bath times, try using bath wipes. Petbarn sells a large range of grooming sprays, puppy-specific shampoos and conditioners, plus other grooming products. If bathing at home is a mess,

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try Petbarn’s DIY Dog Wash (pictured). This will also prepare them for a more luxurious grooming at a Petbarn Grooming Salon. Visit petbarn. com.au/services/diy-dog-wash for more info.

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Find our DIY Dog Wash at selected stores across Australia, and there are so many reasons to bring in your puppy:

• no appointment required • easy-to-use and modern • fully self-contained • non-toxic shampoo and conditioner are provided • flea and tick treatment wash is available • blow-dry your pup • conveniently located at selected Petbarn stores • no mess at home

Sign up to Friends For Life to get one free dog wash for your puppy.

• earn Friends For Life points when you buy tokens • from just $10 per wash


VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR TIPS ON BRUSHING YOUR PUPPY’S TEETH.

THE WHOLE TOOTH

Factor your pup’s dental care into the daily grooming ritual for their best health.

Time for teething

At eight weeks of age, the next phase of a puppy’s teething will begin. The milk teeth will begin to be pushed out by the adult teeth, so don’t be alarmed to find tiny teeth around the house. The adult

teeth will replace the milk teeth, and your puppy will also gain 14 more teeth at the back of their mouth. The teething process should be done by the time your puppy is seven months old and, by this stage, they should have 42 teeth. During this phase, you’ll want to get them accustomed to people looking in their mouth and touching their teeth and gums, so that they won’t be fazed when you start brushing their teeth. This will also be a really good way to keep an eye on how their teething process is tracking.

Caring for their teeth

Establishing a good dental care routine is really important while your puppy is young. Once they feel relaxed about having their mouth examined, it’s smart to start brushing their teeth. Ideally, you will brush them daily for optimal health. Another way to keep their teeth healthy is to use a water additive, and choose treats that also have dental care benefits.

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GROOMING AT HOME Your four-legged friend deserves all the finer things in life. Follow these top tips for a healthy glowing coat.

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Introduce your puppy to shampoo and bathing, using warm water and specific puppy shampoo and conditioner. Well & Good Tearless puppy shampoo Well & Good Grooming Glove

DOGGIE DAY SPA Tunes to groom to... Hound Dog Elvis Presley If Dogs Run Free Bob Dylan Who Let The Dogs Out Baha Men Diamond Dogs David Bowie Dogs Are Everywhere Pulp Howlin’ For You The Black Keys I Love My Dog Cat Stevens Hey Bulldog The Beatles

Different breeds require different levels of grooming. Research your puppy’s breed and the grooming brushes and de-shedding tools that are best suited. Visit us at Petbarn and we’ll happily advise!

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Grooming should start with gentle brushing for five minutes a day. Use the back of the brush initially to calm your puppy down. For longer coats, it’s best to use a de-tangling spray if required.

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Be sure to reward good behaviour and stop a grooming session before your puppy starts to get irritable.

Have a specific grooming area. A table is a good idea as the floor is perceived by your puppy as a play area.

Professional grooms are especially important for wire-coated and long-coated puppies, so it pays to get your puppy accustomed to the noise and smells of a professional grooming salon.

If your puppy is becoming agitated or unsettled, take a break from grooming and return to it once they have relaxed. You don’t want them to have negative associations.

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Petbarn offers grooming services at select stores with a range of packages to suit your puppy’s needs. Visit petbarn. com.au/services/petbarngrooming to book in.

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The rules for happy travels • opt for a travel crate if you’re concerned about their anxiety levels • keep your puppy (restrained) in the back of the car

TRAVELLING IN THE CAR

From the time they first hop in your car to trips to and from the park, your puppy’s safety in the car is very important. First car trip

Bringing your puppy home is so exciting, just be sure to prep the car first. Cover your car seats with towels in case of accidents, use a crate or booster seat and bring water for your puppy. Keep the car ride quiet and relaxed. Comfort your puppy if they whine or cry, just don’t be overly affectionate as this reinforces the behaviour. For longer trips, remember to stop frequently for toilet breaks and stretching.

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As they grow up

The image of a dog with their head hanging out of the car window, tongue flapping in the breeze is cute – it’s not safe though. Dogs must always be secured with a booster seat or harness – it’s the law – as they can distract the driver or become airborne in the case of an accident. Remember, you’ll need to upgrade your puppy’s harness as they grow. There are options that clip to a seatbelt.

• make sure they’re wearing a lead before opening car doors • take water bowls and treats for long journeys • stop frequently for bathroom breaks and leg stretches • be aware that your dog feels the heat much more than you. They should never be left alone in the car • if you have a ute, avoid travelling with your puppy on the tray. Remember that the tray can get very hot in summer

Head to Petbarn to speak to one of our friendly staff members and find all your pet travel needs.


As much as you love your puppy, there will come a time when you have to go away and leave them behind. Boarding is a great option, so you can have peace of mind on your trip.

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ou can’t always leave your puppy with family or friends, and the lead up to going away can be stressful for both you and your pet, especially if it’s the first time. We understand that pet parents want to feel that they’re leaving their loved ones in safe hands. For the convenience of local puppy parents, Petbarn offers pet hotel services in Sydney and Melbourne to make pet boarding hassle free. You can now conveniently drop off and pick

up your pet at a selection of Petbarn stores. An airconditioned pet shuttle will come to collect your pet for free from participating stores and transfer them to one of the pet hotels.This means that your pet can experience either standard or luxury accommodation, with mental and physical stimulation, group playtime for up to four hours per day, as well as training and grooming services. They’ll feel like they’re on holiday, too!

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Visit petbarn.com.au for more details on boarding options.

Tips for sending your pup to board • help your dog adjust to staying at a kennel by booking them in for shorter day visits to start with, before a longer stay • if your dog is too attached to you or dependent on other pets, boarding can give them useful solo adjustment time • ask if you can send along a blanket or toy belonging to your puppy to ease the transition

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• inspect the premises and talk to the staff to ensure you’re happy with the care your dog will receive

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WE HAVE THE ANSWERS Bringing a puppy into your home is a big step and you’ll be faced with the odd challenge. Here are some common puppy-related questions.

How will desexing affect my puppy?

Desexing of pets involves the removal of their reproductive system during surgery under general anaesthetic. While many people believe that desexing a puppy will affect their personality, this is a myth. In fact, desexing helps prevent the development of some inappropriate behaviours (such as roaming and urine marking) and even eliminates some health risks, including certain cancers. Desexing surgery is one of the most common procedures undertaken by vets, who have processes in place to minimise any risks to your puppy. While it might break your heart to see your little guy or girl under the weather, be rest assured that they’re sure to be back to their energetic selves within 10 days of the procedure.

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DID YOU KNOW? DOGS DON’T SWEAT LIKE HUMANS. THEY REGULATE TEMPERATURE THROUGH THEIR TONGUES BY PANTING. IF THE WEATHER IS HOT, PLACE ICE CUBES IN YOUR PET’S WATER BOWL.


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What do I do if my puppy eats something it shouldn’t? Puppies are notorious for eating anything and everything, from toys to human food. It’s true that, left untreated, certain things can be dangerous or even fatal for puppies. If you think your puppy has eaten something they shouldn’t have, the best solution is to seek veterinary assistance.

Your local Greencross Vets team will assess your pet and perform any necessary tests to determine the best course of action. Symptoms you should look out for: • vomiting or gagging • diarrhoea • painful abdomen • rapid breathing • seizures

How do I train my puppy?

Common commands to start with are “come”, “sit” and “stay” (see page 33 for more puppy training tips). Puppy school is the easiest way to ensure that you’re teaching your puppy correctly, and gives your little one the opportunity to socialise with other pups.

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Positive reinforcement is always the winner when it comes to training your new puppy. This means you reward them with a treat, pat or general loving for good behaviour or when they complete a task you have commanded them to do. Ignore bad behaviour or ignorance of your commands by turning or walking away from them.

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Selected Petbarn store locations operate Puppy School in conjunction with Greencross Vets. Visit petbarn.com.au or go in-store for more information.

How often should I wash my puppy?

As a guide, try not to bath puppies more than once a month, as bathing removes natural oils that are produced in their coats. Grooming with a brush and comb in between monthly sessions will help keep your puppy’s coat clean. Look at using grooming products, such as dog bath wipes and brushes, to help keep your dog clean and tidy, and be sure to use treats to reward good bath-time behaviour. If wrestling your precocious puppy into a small tub requires too much effort, Petbarn also provides wash and groom services.

What’s the best way to introduce my puppy to my family and other pets?

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Slowly and gently. Take notice of how your puppy is feeling as they will communicate any discomfort. If introducing a puppy to children, try to keep the kids calm. Introduce babies in a gentle, positive manner, holding them safely out of reach. Arrange a ‘safe zone’ for your pup – such as a cushioned crate or a kennel – where they can retreat to if they feel threatened

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or overwhelmed. If introducing your puppy to an existing pet, do the first meet and greet on neutral ground. A local park is a good idea here. This will prevent resident pets from feeling threatened. Ensure your existing pet and your puppy are up to date on health checks and vaccinations before introducing them.

How often should I exercise my puppy?

Exercise is as important for pets as it is for humans, and when you exercise your pet, you’re exercising, too! For a young puppy, they may take time to develop strength for long walks, so shorter daily walks are the best way to start. This will help your puppy adjust to walking on a lead. Walks are also a good way for your puppy to socialise. Did you know all leashed and vaccinated pets are welcome at Petbarn? Remember, don’t overdo it. Too much exercise can put a strain on your puppy’s hips and joints.


Puppies are susceptible to parasites such as ticks, fleas and worms. The good news is that they can be treated and often prevented.

Worms

Intestinal worms infect your puppy without you knowing. The best way to protect your puppy and your family is to regularly treat your pet with worming tablets. Your puppy should be wormed every two weeks then every month until six months of age, then every three months routinely. Worming should be performed regardless of whether worms are seen in droppings or not, as many worms are too small to be seen.

Heartworm

Ticks are small parasites that inject a dangerous toxin as they feed off pets. They will appear as a small lump on your dog’s skin, and can vary in colour from grey to dark brown. It’s important to remove the tick as soon as possible. This can be done by grasping the tick’s body with tweezers. It is recommended that you visit the vet as soon as possible, even if you have removed the tick, and be aware of the symptoms such as loss of appetite, retching or vomiting, difficulty breathing and weakness in the hind legs. Paralysis ticks are among the most dangerous parasites that can affect your pet and they can be fatal.

Fleas

The best way to prevent fleas is to use an over-the-counter treatment like Advocate (pictured) regularly, plus, it prevents and treats ticks, too, and is available from Petbarn. It’s very important to keep the environment your puppy lives in clean. Make sure carpets are vacuumed and their bedding is washed regularly. Your puppy will frequently be exposed to fleas throughout their life so, rather than letting an infestation develop, it is far better to use a regular preventative treatment.

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Visit your local Petbarn and Greencross Vets for preventative treatment options and information on worms, fleas and ticks.

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Your puppy’s heartworm protections can be started at three to six months of age and the dose will increase as your dog gets heavier. Heartworm prevention is available in several forms including once-yearly injections or monthly tablets. It is important to maintain the heartworm-prevention program throughout your puppy’s life. If you miss a dose, please visit your local Greencross Vets team to discuss the ongoing prevention options.

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TECH ADVANCES

to streamline your and your pet’s life Technology has come a long way! Us humans have enjoyed some pretty incredible advances and the pet world is no different. Here are some top tech buys for puppies. Petcube Bites Wifi Camera

You may have heard of cameras that let you talk to your pet, but have you heard of one that lets you fling treats at them? You can do both with this camera, which will also stream HD video straight to your device. It even has night vision functionality and 3x digital zoom! You’ll know exactly what’s happening at your house in real time.

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Microchip dog doors

Keep your home secure with a dog door that only opens when it registers your dog’s unique microchip number. You can link it to more than one pet and set up curfews and different programs based on the level of access you want to give your dog.

PETKIT SMART BOWL

If you’re keen to make puppy’s nutrition priority one, don’t miss this bowl. It precisely measures food to avoid overfeeding. It also features technology that prevents the growth of bacteria, plus, it’s dishwasher safe.

Electronic feeders

These are fantastic if you sometimes get held back at work. The programmable digital feeders can schedule multiple meals per day (if need be) in exact portions. If you worry that your pet will be waiting at home hungry while you’re stuck in traffic, you can relax knowing that they’ll get their meal on time.


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We asked in-store to find out team members’ top tips for you and your puppy.

“TO PREVENT SEPARATION ANXIETY, PUPPIES SHOULD BE TRAINED TO SPEND SOME TIME APART FROM THEIR NEW FAMILY.”

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“PLACE A PUPPY PAD BY THE BACK DOOR TO ENCOURAGE YOUR PUPPY TO HEAD IN THAT DIRECTION WHEN THEY NEED TO GO TO THE TOILET.”

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“Make sure your puppy has plenty of physical and mental stimulation so that they don’t get bored at home. You can redirect problem chewing with mentally stimulating and durable chew toys like a ANNAHN, H Kong.” ILLETTO

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