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  • Why dogs shouldn’t eat scraps from the table

    We’ve all seen the faces of desperation from our dogs as we eat our dinner. They want what we’re having and it’s often hard to resist giving them a scrap from our plates. But our pets have very different nutritional needs to us and some of the foods we love can cause serious health issues for dogs. Here’s why ...

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  • What should I feed my cat?

    Cats have very specific nutritional requirements and choosing a high-quality diet is one of the most important factors for maintaining good health. Here’s our guide to ensuring they’re eating all the right things. Feline nutrition is very different to that of their canine friends and it is important that cat owners recognise this difference. Cats ...

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  • What should I feed my senior dog?

    As your dog starts to get older, their nutritional needs begin to change. This means that you will have to adjust your senior dog’s diet to better suit their life stage, in an effort to keep them at their best. Here’s our guide to making changes to your senior dog’s diet to keep them in top ...

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  • 12 Days Before Christmas Competition terms and conditions

    Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged based on unique answers and photographs. The judge’s decision is final. All figures are in Australian dollars and include ...

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  • 5 Halloween-inspired pets

    Bringing home a pet doesn’t always have to be a friend of the canine or feline variety. If you’re interested in giving an alternative pet a forever home, this is the list for you. Snakes Snakes won’t deafen your neighbours or demand a run at the park, and they make great Halloween-worthy pets. A Children’s ...

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  • Australia’s 5 top cat breeds

    If you’re thinking of purchasing or adopting a cat, here are the five top cat breeds most commonly welcomed into Aussie homes that you may want to consider. Cats make wonderful pets. They’re affectionate yet independent, and because they don’t need a daily walk, they’re a manageable option for families on the go. Looking for your very own ...

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  • 6 ways having a puppy will make you a better grown-up

    Dogs are a source of happiness and love and there are many ways you enrich their lives, but have you ever thought about the ways in which a dog makes you a better grown-up? Here are six ways having a puppy will help you mature. Exercise It can be hard to convince yourself to walk to ...

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  • What having a pet can teach your kids

    Pets can teach their humans (especially the kids!) so much. Responsibility, compassion, loyalty and exercise are all among the benefits of kids who grow up with a pet. Oh, and a best friend! Responsibility Looking after a pet requires you to care for them, so kids who grow up with a pet often learn to be more ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia: September Pupdate

    Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise funds for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA). Here’s an update on just a few of the dogs who you have helped fund on their journey to become Seeing Eye Dogs! Macy Now 15 months old, Macy is currently waiting to begin her formal training and is ...

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  • 7 things only new puppy parents know

    There’s so much to love about puppies! From those wide, innocent eyes to that enthusiastically wagging tail, your new little one is sure to melt your heart. But there’s also a whole lot to learn about the special relationship between a puppy and their human. Here’s our top 7 things that new pet parents know (and ...

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  • Which dog breed is right for you?

    Bringing a puppy home is a big step for any household. They’re lively, fun and active pets, but depending on your lifestyle, different breeds of dog will suit your family better. Find out what your perfect pup is! Size matters Before falling in love with the first pup you see, think about the size of ...

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  • Australia’s top 5 dog breeds

    Inviting a dog into your family is a big step and it’s important to choose the right breed for your lifestyle. Here is our handy guide to the top five dog breeds being welcomed into Aussie homes. German Shepherd If you want a bodyguard and a best friend the German Shepherd could be the one of ...

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  • Puppy quiz: Will my puppy make me a better grown up?

    Follow the path of this puppy quiz infographic, choosing path A or path B along the way, to find out if your puppy will make you a better grown-up.

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  • Petbarn Adoption: Meet Roxy

    “Something told me I had to get in my car, drive to Petbarn in Westcourt, Cairns and check out my future cat,” says Wendy Roesler, remembering the day she visited a Petbarn Adoption centre back in June 2014. “Sure enough, there she was – a little black kitten with enormous ears, an extra long tail and ...

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  • Six Stages of Puppy Development

    Want to know which milestones to look out for as your puppy grows up into a dog? Here are the six stages of puppy development:    

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  • Why your cat brings you dead animals

    Cats are natural born predators. Their night vision and retractable claws combined with their sharp teeth and agility make them formidable hunters indeed. Domesticated cats have retained their wild hunting instincts and it’s impossible to take them away. Here’s the reason why your cat brings you dead animals.     When your cat kills a ...

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  • Your pet dental FAQs answered

    We have collated your most-asked pet dental FAQs from our Facebook call-out and put them to Greencross Vet, Dr Adam Sternberg.   Dogs My vet says my dog’s teeth are great. Is there anything to help combat that gross doggy breath or do we just put up with it? After a meal, a small amount of doggie ...

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  • Why growing up caring for pets is good for kids

    There are many benefits for children who grow up caring for pets. Here, we look at the top five:   1. Lessons for life A pet will teach your little one a great deal about love and life.  Living with an animal will help your child to develop valuable qualities including empathy, compassion and consideration ...

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  • Harrier Hound

    With an endless supply of energy, a Harrier Hound is a great pet for active households. They are incredible scent hounds and gentle, sweet playmates for children. You’d be forgiven for thinking your Harrier Hound runs on batteries that never go flat. They’re non-stop, on-the-go dogs. Playfully referred to as ‘Beagles on steroids’ they are ...

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  • Maremma Sheepdog

    Perfect for rural living, Maremma Sheepdogs are large, loyal and protective family pets that needs lots of mental stimulation. Affectionately known as gentle giants, Maremma Sheepdogs originated in Italy where their primary job was to guard flocks against wolves, bears and wild dogs. Maremma Sheepdogs are known for their self-reliant, independent and protective temperament. They ...

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  • Miniature Bull Terrier

    Courageous, clownish and energetic, a Miniature Bull Terrier is a fun and affectionate family pet. They are great with older children, the elderly and suit being in single-pet households. Daily runs are a must.   Fit to replace a clown at your child’s 10th birthday party, this lively, comical and playful dog has proved itself ...

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  • Coonhound

    With the stamina to play all day long, your Coonhound needs vigorous daily exercise. Partial to a cuddle, gentle with children and friendly to other cats and dogs, a Coonhound is a fantastic family pet. With an unbeatable sense of smell, a Coonhound is infamous for its ability to follow a trail, no matter how ...

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  • Sussex Spaniel

    Friendly, sociable and lively, the Sussex Spaniel is a hunting breed turned loyal companion. Active and energetic, they get along brilliantly with older children, other canines and benefit from running around a large yard. While your Sussex Spaniel might seem slow and lazy, when they get on the scent of a bird they become lightning ...

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  • Tibetan Mastiff

    The Regal, protective and loyal Tibetan Mastiff is an intelligent, dignified and independent breed. They are territorial with strangers, but calm, gentle and sweet with their family. A Tibetan Mastiff is as protective of their family as you are of your coffee on a Monday morning. Nothing will escape their attention as they carefully and ...

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  • Pembroke Welsh Corgi

    Pembroke Welsh Corgis are a lively, energetic and loyal breed that love to get involved with the family. They benefit from daily walks and are gentle, sweet playmates for children. Queen Elizabeth loves Corgis, if you do too, maybe it’s what you always suspected – you belong to a royal lineage. Highly intelligent and loyal, ...

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  • Cardigan Welsh Corgi

    Spirited, lively and charming dogs, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi is a loyal and loving companion that thrives off daily runs and lap cuddles. They are great with children too. ‘Cor gi’ is a Welsh word meaning ‘dwarf’. They are among the oldest of herding breeds and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi is characterised by its long ...

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  • Tenterfield Terrier

    Bubbly, energetic, lively and fun, a Tenterfield Terrier is a loving and sweet family pet. They get along well with children and the elderly but not small animals like Guinea Pigs or Rabbits. Both a keen hunter and a loving, loyal companion, a Tenterfield Terrier is a wonderful family pet for children and the elderly ...

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  • Tibetan Spaniel

    Small, charming and agile, a Tibetan Spaniel is an ideal apartment pet for families with young children or seniors. They are intelligent, sensitive and thrive on human companionship. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s your agile, light-footed cat bouncing around the couch and perching on top of the windowsill if you own a Tibetan Spaniel. ...

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  • Swedish Vallhund

    Intelligent, affectionate and mild-mannered, a Swedish Vallhund is the perfect pet for active elderly couples or families with young children. They need vigorous daily exercise. Need a laugh? A Swedish Vallhund might just be the pet you need. They are energetic, playful and loving pets that are fond of playing games. Lots of games. They ...

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  • Norwich Terrier

    Small but bold and active, a Norwich Terrier is a wonderful companion for elderly couples or families. They are loyal, loving pets that need gentle daily exercise and a large yard to roam in. Always ready for adventure, your Norwich Terrier will love going to new places. They are family-orientated dogs and thrive when involved ...

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  • Sloughi

    Elegant and dignified, Sloughis are king of the canine world. They are extremely loyal and devoted to their family, as well as being gentle enough playmates for children. Originating from North Africa, these dogs are the closest canines to royalty there is. Revered by the Bedouin tribesmen and used for many different purposes, they were ...

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  • Scoodle

    Obedient, affectionate, loving, calm and sweet are just some of the words to describe a Scoodle. These wonderful family pets are great with children and other pets requiring a daily dose of exercise for a happy dog. Love the temperament of a Scottish Terrier but suffer from allergies? A Scoodle is just the pet for ...

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  • Shiba Inu

    Strong-willed, bold and incredibly alert, a Shiba Inu is an exciting and wonderful pet. Best suited to households with no children or pets, they make loyal companions who need daily vigorous exercise. A Shiba Inu is a fox in looks, Einstein in brains and a toddler in needs. Their handsome looks, easy to groom coat, ...

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  • Skye Terrier

    Small, bold, bright and loyal, a Skye Terrier is a spirited and lively pet. They relish being the only pet in the house and having your undivided attention. They are great for older families. A Skye Terrier is an ancient breed originally developed to hunt otters, foxes and badgers in Scotland. They are happy house ...

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  • Schnoodle

    Loyal, loving and affectionate, this sturdy and reliable breed is a great pet for families. Only needing a moderate amount of daily exercise, they are wonderful with children and other pets. They are also hypoallergenic. A cross between a Poodle and a Schnauzer, these fun-loving friendly dogs have the best of both parent breeds – ...

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  • Saluki

    The elegant and dignified Saluki is a regal and highly energetic breed that needs vigorous daily exercise and a soft bed for cuddles. They are gentle, sweet pets and great for children, but not ideal company for cats. Skinnier than a Greyhound, a Saluki is long, agile and extremely fast. They are a one-dog family ...

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  • Schipperke

    Fast, active, loyal and spirited, a Schipperke is a fun family dog. They are wonderful with children but also make great watchdogs suitable for apartment living. Don’t even try to keep up with your lightning-fast Schipperke. Pronounced ‘skip-per-key’, this breed is a big dog in a small body. They are lively, alert, energetic, highly intelligent, ...

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  • Pharaoh Hound

    Loyal, loving and sociable, Pharaoh Hounds know no limits, whether it’s running at the park or snuggling in your bed. They shed little and are gentle with children. Originally from Malta and known as the ‘rabbit dog’, these tall hunting dogs are graceful and athletic. They are independent but also loyal and loving to their ...

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  • Parson Russell Terrier

    Sweet, loyal and affectionate, Parson Russell Terrier owners can expect lots of cuddles. They are full of energy and perfect for active households and children, but do prefer to be the only pet. Your multitalented Parson Russell Terrier might steal the limelight in your household. They are excellent at agility, hunting and tracking and make ...

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  • Manchester Terrier

    Lively, energetic and loud, a Manchester Terrier is a fun, sociable and loving pet. Gentle with children and great for older couples, this dog needs daily exercise and snuggles. Known as the ‘gentleman’s terrier’ this dog was historically bred in England for hunting rats and rabbits. They are exceptional chasers and will go after anything ...

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  • Norfolk Terrier

    Bubbly, bright and active, a Norfolk Terrier is a high-energy, loving and sociable pet. They are great for families or older couples. They might be one of the smallest Terriers in the group, but don’t let their size fool you. Norfolk Terriers are full of personality and have the typical temperament of a terrier – ...

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  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever

    Full of energy, this dog is great for active households. They are sociable, friendly and affectionate and great for families and children. Lots of runs and swims are essential. Their feathered orange/brown coat with a white-tipped tail and feet are not only deemed attractive to birds but to humans as well – you might find ...

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  • Lowchen

    Bright, bold and lively, a Lowchen is a fun and affectionate pet to have around the home. They are mild-mannered and get along great with children. They will even befriend other pets and are perfect for families or older couples. Lowchen, more commonly known as the Lion Dog due to their looks, is a big ...

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  • Leonberger

    Graceful and strong, a Leonberger resembles a lion in looks but not temperament. They are sweet, mild-mannered, calm and they’ll even get along with other pets. Great for families and children, a Leonberger is a loyal companion. Resembling a lion, these large, graceful dogs are a cross between a Newfoundland and St Bernard, among other ...

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  • Komondor

    Protective, loyal and devoted, don’t be surprised to see your Komondor following you from room to room. They are intelligent, steady and strong-willed pets that get along with children, but prefer being in a single-pet household. You’d be forgiven for thinking your mop has come alive if there’s a Komondor in the house, but good ...

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  • Keeshond

    Keeshonds are ideal family pets. They are energetic, bold, loyal and affectionate and their world revolves around their family. They are gentle with children and want to be included in all family activities. They don’t dig, drool or snore, are easy to train, their favourite activity is cuddling on the couch and they have a ...

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  • Japanese Akita

    Dignified, calm and protective, a Japanese Akita is best for single-pet households who have plenty of time to train their canine. They are loyal and loving towards their family, however aren’t suited to young children. Originally used for guarding royalty and nobility in Japan, true to his heritage, a Japanese Akita is a loyal and ...

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  • Irish Setter

    Sociable and gentle, an Irish Setter is an excellent pet for children. Full of love and affection, their family is their world. They have a strong desire to exercise and need to be taken to the park daily. Irish Setters are bold, boisterous and bright. Originally bred for hunting, they have a fantastic sense of ...

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  • Havanese

    Hypoallergenic, smart and small, a Havanese is a wonderful companion for families or senior couples. They tend to suffer from separation anxiety and suit families that are home during the day. The Havanese is the national dog of Cuba and boasts of a long luxurious coat. Originally they were bred to be a pampered lap ...

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  • Flat-coated Retriever

    Puppy-like as an adult, a Flat-Coated Retriever will bring much joy into your home. They are sweet, calm, affectionate and loyal, not to mention gentle with children and even good with cats. This dog is the epitome of a wagging tail – it just never stops! These happy-go-lucky dogs were bred in the 18th Century ...

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  • Field Spaniel

    With endless amounts of energy, your Field Spaniel is happiest when at the park or at the beach playing fetch. They are great family pets and have a sweet, sensitive, loyal and affectionate disposition. A Field Spaniels love of running, jumping and swimming is so strong, it seems born to exercise. This highly energetic breed ...

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  • Ibizan Hound

    With a strong love of both exercising and sleeping your Ibizan Hound will keep you on your toes. Sweet and gentle, your children and cat will get along brilliantly with an Ibizan Hound. Pronounced ‘ee-BEE-than’, Ibizan Hounds are a sighthound closely related to the Greyhound. They originated in Ibiza where they hunted rabbits. They are ...

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  • Gordon Setter

    The large, graceful Gordon Setter has high demand for exercise and play-time. They thrive when involved in all aspects of family life and are affectionate, loyal, loving pets. Gordon Setters are a huge fan of running, jumping and keeping active. Once is not enough, get out twice daily and you’ll have the most content and ...

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  • Goldendoodle

    Charming, sociable and bubbly, a Goldendoodle will sweep you off your feet. They are ideal first pets and great family dogs known to be gentle with children and playful with other dogs or cats. Mix a Golden Retriever with a Poodle and you may just get the cutest dog ever known. These large dogs with ...

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  • German Spitz Klein

    Bubbly and spirited, a German Spitz Klein is a fun, energetic and loving dog. They want to spend every day with their family, whether it be relaxing on the couch or playing in the yard. Bold and bright is an easy way to sum up the personality of a German Spitz Klein. They are adventurous, ...

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  • Finnish Spitz

    Lively, energetic and spirited, a Finnish Spitz is a happy, loving and active family pet. They are highly intelligent, gentle with children and even love cats. Boasting impeccable eyesight and hearing, nothing will escape your Finnish Spitz. So good luck sneaking in at 2am! Lively and energetic, your dog is always ready to play a ...

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  • Finnish Lapphund

    Friendly, sweet, loving and devoted, a Finnish Lapphund is an easy dog to train and suitable for novice dog owners however they do have serious exercise needs so suit an active family. These fluffy dogs will steal the title of ‘smartest member of the household’. They are a friendly, smart and sociable dog, always ready ...

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  • English Setter

    Bursting with energy, affection and love, your English Setter will want to be everyone’s best friend. They are loyal and sweet dogs who thrive when included in all aspects of family life. A new person means a new friend in an English Setter’s eyes. Naturally happy and very affectionate, this breed will greet people with ...

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  • Dogue De Bordeaux

    Pat after pat after pat, your Dogue De Bordeaux is a sucker for some love. Their family is their universe and they never want to leave your side. As adults, they are sweet, gentle and have a calm disposition. Crave company? A Dogue De Bordeaux is just the pet for you. They will stick to ...

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  • Deerhound

    A calm, sweet gentle giant, your Deerhound will find a favourite spot on your couch. For the happiest pet around, take them to the park every day. They are wonderful family pets. Deerhounds have been used in Australian since colonial times and were used to hunt Kangaroos for their meat. They are gentle giants and ...

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  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier

    Dignified and independent, yet affectionate and cuddly, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a sweet and loving family pet. Renowned for being hardy and friendly a Dandie Dinmont Terrier is a wonderful family pet. They are one of the most placid, docile and gentle Terriers, neither yappy or snappy, and they love to snuggle. Reserve a ...

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  • Curly-coated Retriever

    A gorgeous curly coat keeps this friendly, bubbly and energetic breed protected in cold weather. They love a long game of fetch at the beach. During the 18th Century, these dogs retrieved ducks and quail in England. They don’t do much retrieving these days, having found a niche as a wonderful family pet that loves ...

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  • Clumber Spaniel

    Clumber Spaniels have a happy-go-lucky attitude. Their favourite pastime includes eating and being a couch potato so you may need to hide the dog food. They are gentle, loving and great pets for families. The Clumber Spaniel is renowned for having excellent memory. These intelligent dogs are eager to please so training is a breeze. ...

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  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever

    A Chesapeake Bay Retriever’s three most favourite things in life are swimming, training and hanging out with their family. Devote lots of time to training and exercising your dog and you’ll have a wonderful family pet. Their ability to swim and hunt in the water is second to none. If you love the great outdoors ...

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  • Cesky Terrier

    Perhaps the friendliest of Terriers, this calm, sweet and spirited dog is a great playmate for children, perfect jogging buddy and just the right size for snuggling on the couch. Has your toast disappeared off the table? No, there’s no food thief hiding in the cupboards, it’s just your Cesky Terrier. This breed has a ...

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  • Cairn Terrier

    Spirited and animated, with a strong sense of humour, a Cairn Terrier is an excitable, loving dog with a sweet disposition. They love getting involved in family life and make charming pets. The Cairn Terrier’s reputation as ‘best pal in the world’ is well-deserved. They are sweet, animated and full of love. Known to handle ...

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  • Brittany Dog

    Great for families, this Energizer bunny is very active yet sweet and calm. Brittany Dogs are loyal, peaceful with other pets and love to be out exploring new walking paths. The Brittany Dog is the national dog of France and since the 70’s has developed a strong and loyal following in Australia. It’s easy to ...

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  • Bracco Italiano

    Big yards and lots of exercise make for one happy Bracco Italiano. These guys are sweet and gentle, shed little and will even befriend the household cat. Your children and great grandma will be well looked after by this gentle giant. With puppy dog eyes that could peer into your soul, an Italian Bracco is ...

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  • #PetbarnWorldAnimalDay competition terms and conditions

    Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged based on unique answers and photographs. The judge’s decision is final. All figures are in Australian dollars and include ...

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  • Borzoi

    Dignified, gentle, graceful and regal sums up a Borzoi. They have a sweet and calm disposition and make loyal companions. A daily run and snooze on the couch is a day well spent for this dog. This court-jester originally came from Russia and its love of cold weather means you will often find your Borzoi ...

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  • Bouvier des Flandres

    Sweet, calm and laid-back is the best way to describe a Bouvier des Flandres’ temperament. They are gentle with children, friendly to cats and require a moderate amount of exercise. They are ideal family pets. The Bouvier des Flandres was nearly forced to extinction during World War I but survived as a cattle dog. Their ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog Groenendael

    The long flowing black coat of this breed is sure to stop people in the street. They are highly active and love a long vigorous run. Family is at the centre of the universe for this dog. Originally bred to herd and guard fields where valuable linen cloths were laid out to dry in the ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervueren

    Their spirited and cheeky sense of humour makes them wonderful family pets. Gentle with children and friendly to other pets, your Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervueren will be right at home. The Belgian Shepherd Dog Tervueren was originally bred to herd and guard fields where valuable linen cloths were laid out to dry in the sun, but ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog Malinois

    Loyal and devoted, a Belgian Shepherd Dog Malinois is a great pet for active households who have lots of spare time. They crave human companionship, are gentle with children and will even befriend other pets. Pronounced Belgian Shepherd Dog ‘Mal-in-wah’, this dog was originally bred to herd and guard fields where valuable linen cloths were ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog Malinois

    Loyal and devoted, a Belgian Shepherd Dog Malinois is a great pet for active households who have lots of spare time. They crave human companionship, are gentle with children and will even befriend other pets. Pronounced Belgian Shepherd Dog ‘Mal-in-wah’, this dog was originally bred to herd and guard fields where valuable linen cloths were ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog Laekenois

    Big yards, lots of playtime and your undivided attention makes a Belgian Shepherd Dog Laekenois a happy dog. They are gentle with children and will even befriend your partner’s cat. Pronounced ‘Belgian Shepherd Dog Lak-in-wah’, these dogs were originally bred to herd and guard fields where valuable linen cloths were laid out to dry in ...

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  • Basset Fauve de Bretagne

    Known for being gentle and sweet with children, this short-legged hound is not only the cutest foot-warmer but also the cutest running buddy. This breed is lively, amicable and sociable. In fact, signs of timidity are considered to be a flaw. They are the ultimate family pet, being gentle and loving with all members, including ...

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  • Bedlington Terrier

    Moderately active and full of love for their family, a Bedlington Terrier is devoted, loyal and a great family pet. They might resemble a sheep, but a Bedlington Terrier’s personality is far from sheep-like. They possess lightning-fast speed and are intelligent, friendly and loving as well as jealous and protective. Bedlington Terriers are smart dogs ...

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  • Basenji

    Basenjis are unusual dogs because they are self-grooming, odour-free and barkless. Perfect for active households, this breed will keep you on your toes. Basenjis are a truly unique breed that can be likened to many different animals. They groom themselves like cats, can climb trees like monkeys, hug like bears and even stalk birds. They ...

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  • Anatolian Shepherd Dog

    Loyal, devoted and strong-willed, your Anatolian Shepherd Dog will love you unconditionally. Their family is the centre of their universe. Also known as the Karabash or Kangal Dog, the Anatolian Shepherd Dog is a large, powerful breed hailing from Turkey where they were used to guard flocks of sheep and goats. These highly intelligent and ...

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  • Affenpinscher

    Outgoing, charming, lively and spirited you’ll wonder how you ever lived without an Affenpinscher. They are wonderful family pets and hypoallergenic. Affectionately nicknamed ‘the monkey dog’ due to their appearance, this mischievous, charming dog will have the family in fits of giggles. They are quirky and spirited little dogs who show great affection for their ...

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  • Spoodle

    Friendly, outgoing and sweet are the top words to describe a Spoodle. Children, dogs and even cats will find a spot in this breed’s loyal and devoted heart. Sometimes referred to as the ‘social butterfly’ of dogs, a Spoodle has a wonderful temperament that makes them ideal family pets or a loyal companion. A cross ...

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  • Irish Wolfhound

    Noble, kind, sweet and moderately active, Irish Wolfhounds are wonderful family pets. Don’t be mistaken, this isn’t a small pony. The Irish Wolfhound is one of tallest dog breeds in the world, standing around 80cms tall. Once bred for hunting wolves, they are now calm and slow loyal companions. Affectionately known as a gentle giant ...

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  • Portuguese Water Dog

    Animated and spirited, a Portuguese Water Dog is a loving, gentle pet perfect for families who love spending time by the beach. The Cao De Agua, or ‘dog of water’ as it is known Portugal is a fun-loving and family-friendly dog. Unsurprisingly, they are excellent swimmers and were originally bred to assist fisherman. Nowadays, they ...

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  • Canaan

    Canaans make wonderful family pets. They are loyal, devoted and sweet-tempered dogs that are happy when snuggled by your feet or playing games in the park. Canaans love fetch so much, they have been known to retrieve a ball a hundred times in a row. You can expect your fitness level to increase as they ...

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  • Silky Terrier

    They have a mischievous side, but this small yet lively companion is a great pet for families. Silky Terriers are a close cousin to the Yorkshire Terrier. If you’re a jet-setter that misses the family, take along your Silky Terrier – they are easy travelers. They are also affectionate, happy and amiable. Don’t be surprised ...

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  • Newfoundland

    Sweet and kind, this gentle giant is wonderful with children. They are also intelligent, quick to learn and tend to favour the couch over rigorous exercise. If you have a large family at home, a Newfoundland is the dog for you. Sweet-tempered, patient and loving, they are an excellent companion and friend of children. Grown-ups ...

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  • Great Pyrenees

    Majestic, loyal, calm and a couch potato, a Great Pyrenees is a loyal companion. Many similarities can be drawn between teenagers and Great Pyrenees. For example, both leave an imprint on the couch and tend to be independent and stubborn. But unlike teenagers, they are majestic and have a gentle disposition. They were originally bred ...

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  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

    Three words describe a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog: loyal, friendly and athletic. You can rest assured they’ll be friends with your children and your cat. Be careful that your Greater Swiss Mountain Dog doesn’t end up walking you! They are a strong and athletic breed, so early obedience training is a must for a well-behaved ...

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  • Briard

    Want a dog that will turn heads, encourage you to exercise more, and that will get along with children? Then a Briard is your perfect pet. ‘Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the prettiest of them all?’ Your Briard would be a top contender with their attractive long coat. This breed is an all-rounder, ...

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  • Bearded Collie

    Their carefree attitude and charming disposition make Bearded Collies wonderful pets. They are active, lively and benefit from lots of regular activity. The ultimate tail-wagger, a Bearded Collie is a happy-go-lucky kind of dog. They are gentle and love to get involved in all aspects of family life. Expect a walking buddy, a swimming buddy ...

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  • Afghan Hound

    Their elegant flowing coats make them one of the most gorgeous dogs, if you can handle their grooming requirements. They are also loving, devoted and highly intelligent. Regal and dignified, you’ve be forgiven for thinking this breed stems from aristocracy. But they actually come from much more humble origins, being used to chase game across ...

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  • Puli

    Their corded coat makes them one of the most unique looking dogs on the block. Pulis are protective, loyal, lively, and enjoy lots of snuggles and afternoon runs. Pulis are the ultimate hipster dog. With their tassel-like coat that could pass for dreadlocks, you can have matching hairstyles with your dog. These happy, spring-like, playful ...

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  • Shar-Pei

    We’ll forgive you for thinking of your pet as your child if you have a Shar-Pei. They are dominant, strong-willed and need to be constantly taught right from wrong. But they are as cute as a button and loyal to a fault. What more could you want from a dog? Stubborn strong-willed and independent, this ...

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  • American Eskimo

    Built for the cold, this fluffy, all-white, intelligent and loving dog enjoys long runs, a good noisy chat and a cuddle on the couch. Teenagers beware, there is no sneaking in past curfew with this dog in the house. With their great eyesight, even better hearing and a love for barking, an American Eskimo will ...

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  • American Water Spaniel

    Is it a bird? Is it a fish? No it’s an American Water Spaniel! Renowned for being ultra-fast and a serious exercise lover, this breed is perfect for active households. Don’t be fooled, that’s not Thorpedo in the water, its your buddy, the fearless American Water Spaniel. These dogs are skilled swimmers, have a water-resistant ...

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  • Beauceron

    Bred in France, this sleek, agile and energetic dog is a great pet for households looking for a running buddy. They are devoted, loyal and gentle with children. Croissants, cheese, wine and macaroons – so many great things come from France, including the beautiful Beauceron. Originally bred to guard and herd sheep, they are an ...

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  • Australian Cattle Dog

    Need a running buddy? Challenge yourself to race an Australian Cattle Dog – they are ideal pets for active households. Be ready to give up the title of ‘fastest runner in the house’, as an Australian Cattle Dog will outrun you every time. They are a high-energy, hard-working dog who enjoy being active all day ...

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  • Weimaraner

    Want an active pet that loves children and is low-maintenance? A Weimaraner will be your best buddy. Nicknamed the Silver Ghost, the Weimaraner is a fast, agile and elegant dog. They are great family pets, getting along well with children and making ideal companions. They love family life and enjoy getting involved and playing lots ...

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  • Miniature Dachshund

    Playful, lively and very cute, Miniature Dachshunds are great pets for those who love long walks and snuggles. Nicknamed the ‘sausage dog’, a full-grown Miniature Dachshund weighs between 4-5 kgs, and is only 35cm long. Historically, Miniature Dachshunds were bred to hunt rabbits, but now they are wonderful family pets. These cute little lapdogs are ...

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  • Australian Bulldog

    If you love the cuteness of a Bulldog but also want a loving, gentle, low-maintenance and healthy dog, then the Australian Bulldog is just the pet for you. Not yet recognised as an official breed in Australia, the Australian Bulldog is a relative of the British Bulldog. Bred for Aussie conditions, they tend to suffer ...

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  • Samoyed

    Fluffy, all-white and very pretty is the best way to sum up a Samoyed. They are also incredibly family-friendly and known for being great with children. They’ll also have you out and about exercising in no time. Known for herding reindeer in Northern Russia, this family pet may just help ‘herd’ your family into line. ...

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  • Old English Sheepdog

    This may be the ultimate furry friend. Whether you’re running, biking, hiking or catching up on the latest TV series, an Old English Sheepdog will always be happy to join you. Your happiness is your dog’s happiness when you own an Old English Sheepdog. Whether running, biking, walking or being a couch potato, this dog ...

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  • Miniature Pinscher

    A Miniature Pinscher’s greatest joys in life are toys, more toys and their humans, so expect lots of playtime and cuddles. Miniature Pinscher owners are constantly replacing half-eaten chew toys. They adore toys and will happily play with them all day long. It is said people who have a Miniature Pinscher are never bored. Brash, ...

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  • Italian Greyhound

    This breed isn’t always fast and furious. Italian Greyhounds love nothing more than a relaxing afternoon snuggled on the couch. Italian Greyhounds – basically miniature Greyhounds – date back as far as Ancient Egypt. Like Greyhounds, they are known for their speed, but also their couch-potato tendencies and a casual laid-back approach to life. They ...

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  • Foxhound

    “On the go” is the best way to describe this breed. Always ready for a run or cuddle, this friendly good-natured dog is a great fit for a family. Excitable, lively, energetic and loving, your Foxhound will be at your beck and call and always eager to please… except when on the scent. This is ...

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  • Dachshund – Wirehaired

    These cute sausage dogs are curious, affectionate and playful and suit apartment living. Pronounced ‘dak-sund’ and affectionately known as the sausage dog, this short-legged, long-bodied little guy is playful, curious, affectionate and brave. Strangers shouldn’t expect much love, as they tend to be reserved with unknown people but they are incredibly loyal and loving with ...

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  • Dachshund – Longhaired

    This long-haired Dachshund has a gorgeous glossy coat that will stop people in their tracks. They are sweet, loving and mild-mannered pets, perfect for families. Loyal to fault, family means everything to this breed. Pronounced ‘dak-sund’ and affectionately known as the sausage dog, this short-legged, long-bodied little guy is playful, curious, affectionate and brave. However ...

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  • Australian Shepherd

    With a gorgeous mottled coat and a steady friendly temperament, the Australian Shepherd is ideal for all households and makes a wonderful family dog. Don’t be fooled, these hardy dogs are from America, not Australia. The origin of their name is unclear. This breed is great for active households and is strong, eager to please, ...

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  • Chinese Crested

    This breed sticks by its beloved humans like Velcro and will want to share every moment. They are small, sweet, gentle… and hairless. Confident, graceful, alert, and um…., bald. These are just some of the terms used to describe a Chinese Crested. They are strong-willed and intelligent, but not snappy, making them easy to train. ...

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  • Chow Chow

    Their resemblance to a bear, low-exercise requirements and independent personality may be the perfect fit for you. Aloof and strong with a facial expression, the Chow Chow is a true introvert. They are naturally clean pets, easy to house-train and are relatively quiet, tending to mind their own business. They often pick a favourite person ...

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  • Pet symptoms you shouldn’t ignore

    Dogs and cats are particularly good at hiding that they are feeling sick. This makes it difficult to tell if your furry friend is exhibiting any pet symptoms that you should be worried about.     If your dog or cat is unwell you may notice a lack of energy or a change in behaviour ...

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  • Bloodhound

    Giant-sized dogs that are active, playful and will follow a scent for days on end. Hide the food. Don’t leave last night’s dinner lying around as a Bloodhound will find it before you’ve had time to scoop it into your lunchbox. Their ability to follow scents is second to none and they are interested in ...

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  • Bernese Mountain Dog

    Bernese Mountain Dogs tick all the boxes: friendly, affectionate, good with children, and not overly energetic. Their striking good looks and terrific temperament may result in your guests being more excited to give your dog a cuddle than you. Originally from farmlands in Switzerland, this is an incredibly strong and sturdy dog, not to mention ...

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  • Kelpie

    Known for being a workaholic, this dog loves to exercise! They are also easy to train and very friendly. Be prepared to lose your status as the fastest runner in the house. Quick and agile, Kelpies are great dogs for families that love to work out. They have endless stamina and will work till they ...

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  • Pointer

    Originally prized for being great gun dogs, with their friendly, affectionate and loving nature Pointers make ideal family pets for active households. This is one dog that will happily run anywhere with you. Pointers are terrific as either as working dogs or family pets. They are lithe and athletic and do well with a loving ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia: August Pupdate

    Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise funds for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA). Here’s an update on just a few of the dogs who you have helped fund on their journey to become Seeing Eye Dogs! Missy Missy has been progressing very well over the past few months, and both her puppy ...

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  • Labradoodle

    If you love Labradors, but are allergic to dogs, then a Labradoodle is your perfect pet! They are active yet gentle, and are great family pets. Labradoodles are a mix between a Labrador Retriever and Poodle. They are not yet a registered breed in Australia because they are so new, first appearing in the 1980s ...

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  • Cavoodle

    Perfect for those after a small, fluffy, intelligent and low-shedding dog. The Cavoodle is a mix between a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and a Poodle. Both parent breeds have a gentle nature that is carried over in the Cavoodle. The Cavalier brings its laid-back approach to life and the Poodle, its intelligence and loyalty. They ...

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  • Japanese Chin

    Bred to be a loyal companion, this fluffy toy-sized breed loves nothing more than a gentle stroll and a cuddle on the couch. A gorgeous, fluffy lap-warmer who requires little exercise, a Japanese Chin is the perfect loyal companion. They are pleasant, loving and charming. They are extremely devoted to their owner, and will act ...

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  • Pugalier

    Affectionate and human-friendly, a Pugalier will fit right in. A mix of a Pug and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, this small pup has all the cuteness of a Pug, but without the breathing difficulties. They still have slightly squished faces, but longer nose and ears. Their appearance might be an acquired taste but they ...

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  • Welsh Springer Spaniel

    Peaceful, dependable, loving and endless energy sums up the qualities of the Welsh Springer Spaniel. Expect lots of licks, cuddles and runs with a Welsh Springer Spaniel in the family. They have a very steady temperament and love to be around their humans. Their favourite activities are runs, games and cuddles. Their long wavy coat, ...

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  • English Springer Spaniel

    A good all-rounder dog, your English Springer Spaniel will love to accompany you on a run or snuggle up on the couch. Known for their puppy dog eyes, these gorgeous friendly pets will be a welcome addition to any home. They are eager to please, intelligent and willing to obey, making them easy pets to ...

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  • American Staffordshire Terrier

    As a young puppy, American Staffordshire Terrier are like bulls in a china shop: full of energy, constantly running and jumping. They mature into a graceful, strong, happy and social dog. This breed is the canine equivalent of an Olympian. Strong and agile, they are powerful, active dogs who benefit from daily rigorous activity. Active ...

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  • Scottish Terrier

    Loyal companion, friendly and a vermin controller, a Scottish Terrier is the perfect fit for you. If exercise is not high on your daily agenda, then a Scottish Terrier might suit your household perfectly. While all dogs need regular exercise to stay healthy, this breed doesn’t go and go and go. Instead, a daily casual ...

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  • Boston Terrier

    Bred in the United States and characterised by perky ears and a flat face, a Boston Terrier makes a great first pet. With bulging eyes, short muzzle and perky ears, these Terriers just make you want to curl up for a cuddle. They look similar to a French Bulldog, but the Boston Terrier is easier ...

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  • Border Terrier

    Border Terriers like to do things in their own time and are essentially a large dog in a small body. Curious about what Border Terriers are like as pets? Confident and courageous, these dogs are well behaved and can be trained to know all the basic commands, but sometimes they just don’t feel like doing ...

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  • Yorkshire Terrier

    This British born dog is lively, inquisitive and great for those who suffer from allergies. Small and cuddly, Yorkshire Terriers will happily curl up in your lap. Toy-sized, these terriers weigh between 2 and 3kgs and grow no taller than 20.5cms. Did you know you can even get a smaller Yorkshire Terrier? Teacup (or Miniature) ...

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  • Belgian Shepherd Dog

    Full of life and hailing from Belgium, this breed suits single-pet households. The Belgian Shepherd comes in four varieties, the Groenendael, Tervueren, Malinois and Laekenois. The Belgian Shepherd might be hard to win over, but they are incredibly loyal to their owners. Known for being strong, athletic and large, the Belgian Shepherd also tends to ...

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  • German Shepherd

    If you’re after a loyal, intelligent and very active dog, then a German Shepherd could be the perfect pet for you. If you want a great watchdog and a best friend, the German Shepherd could be the breed for you. Bred for herding and commonly used as watchdogs due to their high level of intelligence, ...

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  • Labrador Retriever

    Known for being a great family pet, this large, friendly dog fits in well with active families. Don’t mistake a Labrador Retriever for a Golden Retriever, as while similar, they are different breeds. An all-round ray of sunshine, the Labrador Retriever has a reputation for being an excellent family pet. Good-natured, friendly and affectionate, Labrador ...

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  • Cat dental care: 5 steps to healthy teeth

    Just like people, cats’ teeth need to be looked after to ensure they stay in tip-top condition. Here are five cat dental care tips.   Spotting dental problems in cats Have you ever watched your cat using their front paws to rub at their mouth? Maybe you’ve noticed your cat is licking up food as ...

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  • Should I get a second dog?

    Are you thinking of welcoming a second dog into your home? Here’s how to maximise the chance of your dogs becoming best friends instead of double trouble.  Home alone Pet owners exert a great deal of energy worrying whether their dog is lonely while they’re spending long working hours at the office. The truth is, ...

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  • How to teach your dog to do tricks

    A well-behaved dog that can sit, stay, come and walk on a leash properly is fantastic. It’s even more fun when your pet can high-five you, shake and roll over on command. Here’s how to teach your dog to do tricks. Before you can teach your dog to do tricks, your best friend needs to know ...

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  • Five essentials for your pet’s dental health

    Most pet parents don’t know about what’s on the market for their pet’s dental health care. Here’s our must-have list for your pet’s dental health. Your pet can’t brush their own teeth, but their dental health is just as important as your own, and it requires just as much care and attention. Working with your ...

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  • 5 Alternative pets you can keep in Australia

    Sometimes it isn’t practical for certain people to keep a dog or a cat. Here are five suggestions for alternative pets that can be just as rewarding! Bearded dragons Bearded dragons have a gentle nature and make great pets. The name comes from the rough spiny skin under their throats, which can look like a beard. ...

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  • Petbarn Adoption: introducing Bonny

    “We adopted Penny through Petbarn Adoption services in June, and renamed her Bonny. She loves her big brother Alfie, and she’s already made it known who’s boss!” “Since we took little Penny into our lives, we renamed her Bonny. She has fitted into our family, and our lives, like a glove. “She is just the ...

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  • When does my pet get old?

    Both cats and dogs are considered senior pets from the age of seven years. Did you know you should tweak their diet and exercise regime as they get older? 
Here are some tips for caring for senior pets. Junior or Adult? The kitten or puppy phase only lasts 12 months, then pets are adolescents or ...

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  • Essential paperwork for your new kitten

    There are plenty of life-admin tasks you can put off for a few months, but the paperwork for your new kitten isn’t one of them. The quicker you get onto it, the quicker you know that your kitten is safe. Council clean up First on the list of paperwork for your new kitten: the local council ...

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  • Why Your Cat Needs a Cat Scratcher and Three Key Things to Consider

    A cat scratcher is a must have for any cat owner that wants to save their furniture and there are three key features you should look for when purchasing one. Introduction If you value your furniture then it’s a very good idea to go out and find yourself a good cat scratcher. Be careful though, ...

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  • Why vaccinating your cat is important

    The key benefits of vaccinating your cat, including when you should start, why it’s necessary, and the risks to your family if they are not vaccinated. Introduction Vaccinations help protect your cat against serious illness and potentially fatal diseases. Your should start vaccinating your cat shortly after your kitten is weaned off its mother’s milk and continue ...

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  • 10 Things You Must Do To Prepare Your Home For Your New Kitten

    10 things you must do to prepare your home for the arrival of your new kitten. These will help you provide your new kitten with a safe, happy and healthy home. Introduction Bringing a kitten into your home can be a wonderful and joyous experience, but if you’re unprepared, it can be overwhelming. A kitten ...

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  • Leaving your kitten home alone

    Are you worried about leaving your new kitten home alone? Here are a few things to that can help you feel confident that your pet is safe and sound in their new surroundings. Introduction Separated from mum, a new and unfamiliar home, surrounded by strangers — all these new experiences are a lot for a ...

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  • Introducing Your Kitten to Your Family

    It’s essential to invest some time introducing your kitten to your family members and other pets to ensure it’s properly socialised and there is a smooth transition into home life. Introduction Getting a new kitten should be a fun and rewarding experience, but if you don’t take the time to introduce your pet properly to ...

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  • How to Settle Your Kitten for Sleep on the First Day

    To ensure your kitten is comfortable in their new home, the first step is to set up a comfortable warm space so they feel safe and secure. Introduction While your first instinct arriving home with your adorable kitten may be to smother it in cuddles, it’s actually best to give your kitten some space. First, ...

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  • Choosing the Best Kitten Food – What Your Kitten Should and Shouldn’t Eat

    Deciding what to feed your kitten is an important decision. Here is everything you need to know to ensure your kitten has a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet. Introduction Kittens develop rapidly, both physically and mentally. Your pet requires a great deal of sustenance during their first year of life. You need a food to ...

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  • How to Prevent Flea Infestation

    Fleas can be a serious health risk to both your cat and your family. Find out why year-round preventative measures against these parasites are important to ensure your pet and family is safe. Introduction We normally associate warmer weather with fleas and ticks, however these parasites are surprisingly resilient all year round. When not treated ...

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  • 5 Easy Steps for Toilet Training Your Kitten

    Here are 5 easy steps for toilet training your kitten the right way from day one. Find the best litter for your kitten and where you should keep the litter tray to ensure training success. Introduction Kittens are adorable pets that love to play, explore and nap. However, it can’t always be fun and games ...

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  • Selecting the best food for your puppy

    Petbarn knows nutrition is important for your dog at all life stages, particularly when they’re puppies. Here’s our easy guide to feeding your new puppy. Want to make sure your pup grows up big and strong? Head to PetSpot for advice on what to feed your puppy, or visit your local Petbarn store to discuss ...

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  • How to stop your puppy from biting

    Petbarn is committed to helping your new dog become a decent, paw-abiding citizen. Here’s our training video on how to teach your puppy to stop biting. Want to learn more about training your new puppy? Petbarn Best Behaviour Puppy School is conducted by Greencross Vets at selected Petbarn stores all over Australia. Enquire now!

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  • Crate training your puppy

    Your puppy needs their own space within your home, so you need to have the right puppy crate. Watch this video to learn how to pick the perfect puppy crate. Got questions on which crate is the best pick for your puppy? Visit your local Petbarn store for great advice on puppy crates, and be ...

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  • Why is my puppy barking?

    At Petbarn, we know puppies bark for many different reasons. Watch this video to learn why puppies bark and how to respond when your puppy barks. Barking is natural and normal for puppies. It’s how they communicate. But if your puppy is barking excessively, or if you’re worried about your puppy’s barking, visit your local ...

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  • Training your puppy to play nice at the park

    Petbarn knows that being social is just as important to your puppy as it is to you. Here’s our guide to training your puppy to play nice at the park. Puppy school is the best place to develop those all-important social skills from an early age. Petbarn Best Behaviour Puppy School is conducted by Greencross ...

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  • Puppy proofing your home

    Petbarn knows preparation is important when it comes to puppy parenthood. Here’s how to ensure your new puppy stays safe when you bring them home. Want to learn more about making your home puppy proof? Head to PetSpot for advice on puppy proofing your home, or visit your local Petbarn store to discuss how to ...

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  • Travelling with your puppy

    Car safety while travelling is important for your puppy and Petbarn is here to help. Here’s our safety guide for taking your puppy in the car. Want to learn how to become a more responsible human? Find all the puppy crates, travel accessories and advice you need about travelling safely in the car with your ...

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  • Walking your puppy on a lead

    Teaching your puppy to walk on a lead is an essential part of being a puppy parent. Here’s our handy video on how to lead train your puppy. To learn more about lead training your puppy or to get help and advice on finding the right collar for your puppy visit your local Petbarn store.

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  • How to groom your dog

    At Petbarn we know grooming your dog is important. Here are four key home grooming habits to follow to keep your dog’s coat in optimal condition. Need some help grooming your dog? Petbarn offers both professional grooming salons and DIY dog wash services at selected stores. Enquire now! Check out our grooming services: http://bit.ly/2d5P0Og

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  • Exercising your dog

    Exercising your dog is essential, but it’s important to note that all dogs have different needs. Here are our recommendations on exercising your dog. To learn more about exercising your dog and the different exercise requirements for each breed, head to the Petbarn website or visit your local Petbarn store.

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  • How to brush your dog’s teeth

    At Petbarn, we know toilet training your puppy can be tough. Learn how to toilet train your puppy in no time with this handy video. Did you know brushing your dog’s teeth is the best way to protect them from dental disease? Here’s our handy video on how to brush your dog’s teeth. Want to ...

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  • Toilet training your puppy

    At Petbarn, we know toilet training your puppy can be tough. Learn how to toilet train your puppy in no time with this handy video. Want to learn more about how to toilet train your puppy, as well as other puppy training techniques? Petbarn Best Behaviour Puppy School is conducted by Greencross Vets at selected ...

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  • Your puppy’s sleep space

    There are a lot of things to consider when buying a bed for your puppy, and it’s important to get it right. We show you how to pick the best bed for your puppy. Your dog may need a new kennel, crate or bed as they grow. Visit your local Petbarn for advice on finding ...

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  • Protecting your dog from ticks

    Australia is home to the paralysis tick, which can be deadly for your dog. Watch this handy video to learn how to protect your dog from ticks. Want to learn more about how to protect your pet from ticks? Visit the Petbarn website for more great tips and advice on parasite prevention.

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  • Protecting your dog from fleas

    Petbarn knows prevention is key when it comes to fighting off fleas. Here’s our video on how to protect your dog from fleas. To learn more about protecting your dog from fleas or to get help and advice on fleas and other parasites visit our website, or drop by your local Petbarn store. Shop flea ...

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  • Protecting your dog from worms

    Regular preventative worming is a normal part of caring for your dog. Watch this video to learn how to protect your dog from worms for life. Worming treatments are different depending on the age of your dog, with different products available for puppies and adult dogs. Visit your local Petbarn for expert advice on worming ...

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  • Checking your dog for dental issues

    Dental health is just as important for dogs as it is for humans. Here’s how to care for your dog’s dental health and check your dog for signs of dental disease. At Petbarn we have lots of products, tips and advice on how to care for your dog’s dental health.

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  • Preparing your puppy for grooming

    At Petbarn, we know grooming will be an important part of your puppy’s life. Here’s how to familiarise your puppy with the grooming process. Your puppy’s grooming requirements will vary depending on the length of their coat. Visit the Petbarn website for more information on grooming your puppy.

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  • Keeping your dog safe in summer

    At Petbarn, we’re all about safety, and the harsh summer sun can be harmful to your dog. Watch this video to learn how to keep your dog safe in summer. Visit the Petbarn website to learn more about how to keep your dog safe and happy in summer.

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  • Bringing a new puppy home

    Before you bring your new puppy home it’s important to be prepared. Watch this video for our top tips and advice for new puppy parents. Want to learn more about training your puppy, or puppy proofing your home? Visit the Petbarn website for great articles and puppy training tips.

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  • Toilet training your puppy

    At Petbarn, we know toilet training your puppy can be tough. Learn how to toilet train your puppy in no time with this handy video. Want to learn more about how to toilet train your puppy, as well as other puppy training techniques? Petbarn Best Behaviour Puppy School is conducted by Greencross Vets at selected ...

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  • #PetbarnBetterGrownUp competition terms and conditions

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  • #PetbarnFishFriends competition terms and conditions

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  • 6 things to think of when choosing a puppy

    Puppies are irresistibly cute with their big eyes and wagging tails. But before you begin choosing a puppy there are six key things to look at to make sure you’re pet ready.   1. Be prepared Puppies are a bundle of fun but they also require work, so keep this in mind when choosing a puppy. Dogs ...

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  • Top 5 ways to keep your pet active this winter

    Humans are certainly less inclined to exercise in the colder months, but some animals are also known to become lethargic. Here are some tips to keep them fit and healthy despite the winter weather. 1. Rug up Just like you, your pet could need winter clothing and bedding to help keep them warm during the colder months. ...

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  • 6 reasons to adopt a cat

    If you’re looking for a new cat companion, definitely consider adoption. There are so many benefits, and there are thousands of potential pets waiting for a new home. So, what are the benefits to adopting a cat? 1. Pets need forever homes With hundreds of thousands of pets being taken in at shelters every year, ...

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  • 6 things to know before choosing a kitten

    There’s more to consider when adding a kitten to your family than just which one to get – pet parents should think about breed, adoption, existing pets, family members, and how they will suit
 your lifestyle. Breed To choose the best feline partner for you, consider what breed you’re after. Munchkin or Tonkinese will stay ...

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  • The 7 signs of dog dental disease

    Check your pet for the seven signs of dog dental disease. Head to your nearest Petbarn store or Greencross Vets clinic for more advice!

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  • How to exercise with your pet in the dark

    As the days get shorter, mornings and evenings are getting darker. Here are some tips for exercising safely with your pet in winter.   Training Being pulled along by your over-excited and straining pup isn’t that much fun. We’ve all been there, but it’s important to teach your pet to walk properly on the lead, ...

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  • Meet Milo

    “We adopted Milo in February from Petbarn Watergardens, but sometimes I wonder if he adopted us. It wasn’t long before Milo set out the new house rules! There is a lot to say about Milo and how he interacts with the household. For starters, he’s always up for a cuddle, and he especially loves being ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia: July pupdate

    Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise funds for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA). Here’s an update on just a few of the dogs who you have helped fund on their journey to become Seeing Eye Dogs!   Belle Belle is already turning one this month! Her puppy carer says that as Belle ...

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  • 10 things you didn’t know about pet adoption

    Furry friends bring much joy and love to a family. If you’ve decided that the time is right for a pet and want to adopt, here are 10 things you ought to know.   1. Adopted pets are healthy and happy You never have to worry about your pet running away as shelters microchip your pet, ...

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  • Ultimate dental tips for your pet

    Should you brush your dog’s teeth? What does smelly breath mean? What’s the best food for your pet’s teeth? There are so many questions when it comes to dental hygiene for your pet. Whether you have a dog, cat, reptile or rabbit we have the ultimate dental tips to help look after your pet. Did ...

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  • Petbarn’s adoption partners

    Petbarn’s adoption partners have thousands of loveable pets just waiting for their forever home. Your next best friend is right around the corner! Petbarn has more than 97 adoption centres that have saved more than 14,212 pets. Pets bring immense joy and love to our lives, and here at Petbarn we want everyone to experience ...

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  • Why you should take your dog to work tomorrow

    Nothing makes us happier than cuddling our beloved pets. June 24th  is Take Your Dog to Work Day! Pets can help to make you a better human and be more productive, not to mention also reduce your stress levels and improve your overall health. Here’s some reasons why you should consider taking your pet to work with ...

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  • Panda finds his forever home

    Sherron Maddon and her family recently lost their cat – a beloved member of their family. The Maddon family has recently rescued Panda by adopting him and welcoming him into their home, and everyone is enjoying the cat love! We recently lost our beautiful 18-year-old cat, which left a hole in our family life. We ...

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  • 8 ways we treat our pets like humans

    When it comes to our pets, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do for them. In fact, we love them so much they’re practically part of the family…   Forget ‘baby talk’ it’s all about ‘pet talk’. We know when we have a cute dog in the office, we all just melt and bring our cutesy little puppy ...

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  • How my seeing eye dog changed my life

    Carol Smith has low vision that means it’s difficult for her to navigate everyday life without assistance. She was paired with Bailey, a seeing eye dog sponsored by generous donations from Petbarn customers. In this guest blog post, she tells us of her experience. How can a two-year-old Labrador change your life? My seeing eye dog ...

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  • Petbarn #PetbarnGreenies Competition Terms and Conditions

    1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 2. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged based on unique answers and photographs. The judge’s decision is final. 3. All figures are in Australian ...

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  • Petbarn Leaps & Bounds launch event competition terms and conditions

    1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 2. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged based on unique answers and photographs. The judge’s decision is final. 3. All figures are in Australian ...

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  • Petbarn Greenies Dental competition terms and conditions

    1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 2. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged based on unique answers and photographs. The judge’s decision is final. 3. All figures are in Australian ...

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  • Prepare your pets for winter

    You’ll probably have noticed the shorter days and cooler weather that’s rolling in across Australia – and so have your pets! Have you prepared them for cooler weather? Bedding/shelter It’s definitely snuggle season, and just as you like to pull out the flannel sheets and thicker doona to keep warm, your dog or cat may ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia – May pupdate

    Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise funds for Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA). Here’s an update on just some of the dogs who you have helped fund their journey to become seeing eye dogs!   Benson Benson is such a sweet boy who is progressing in leaps and bounds in his training. His ...

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  • Top fish types to keep as pets

    They’ve been proven to reduce stress and are a relatively low-maintenance pet to keep. Here are just some of our favourite fish types. Head into your local Petbarn store to see our range of fish!   The Rummynose Tetra The Rummynose Tetra fish can typically be found in Rainforest rivers and streams. Its torpedo-shaped body ...

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  • Meet Nickalia Rose

    We were lucky to help Alyssa Adams find the latest addition to her family. She tells us her story. “Nickalia Rose came into our home last September. This was after I went to Petbarn to get supplies for our rabbit Peter, and I saw the cutest kitten. When I dragged my husband back, the kitten ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs: Transformation

    Meet Zuri the seeing eye dog! Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) need your donations to help Zuri and dogs like him reach their potential.   Head to our SEDA information page to find out more about Seeing Eye Dogs Australia and to donate!

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  • Five important things Seeing Eye Dogs learn

    They’re one of the most amazing animals, training for at least two years to change lives, each one costing a mega $50,000 to train! Help us help seeing eye dogs reach their potential by donating today. Walking in a straight line Seeing Eye Dogs need to keep a straight line in the centre of the ...

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  • Cats who think they’re yogis

    Who says we should have all the fun on the yoga mats? These cats are getting to grips with their downward dogs, too! Namaste.   This little guy is becoming one with nature and hitting the great outdoors for his stretches.   Namaste to our feline friend here, who’s really relaxing into his pose.   “I ...

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  • VIPs: Very Important Puppies!

    Catch up on all the news from our friends at Seeing Eye Dogs Australia, where the new puppy recruits are making a lot of headway with their training!   Belle    Belle’s personality is growing bigger and brighter than ever. Her Puppy Carer says she radiates so much joy, leaving people entertained and smiling. Not ...

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  • Top winter fashion for your dog

    Play it cool with these top winter looks for your furry friends this coming season. That’s a wrap Baxter the Dachshund loves his silky coat and he hates being out of trend. Not only does this matching scarf and wrap beanie make him look uber chic but it also protects his coat from those nasty ...

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  • 9 reasons seeing eye dogs are the best dogs in the world

    Seeing Eye Dogs, those beautiful Labradors and Golden Retrievers, bring many loveable qualities to their owners, as well as benefitting the community around them. Here are nine reasons Seeing Eye Dogs are the best dogs in the world! 1. Seeing Eye Dogs are loyal and protective companions, they often provide the owner in need with more ...

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  • Seeing eye dogs – did you know?

    Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dogs Australia division (SEDA), is the only national provider of Seeing Eye Dogs for people that are blind or vision impaired. For the right person, getting a Seeing Eye Dog can have a profound impact on the quality of their life. It takes a lot of time, love, patience and money to ...

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  • Petbarn supports Seeing Eye Dogs Australia

    Having a vision impairment or blindness makes navigating the world, and experiencing everyday life, much more difficult. That’s why it’s so important for organisations like Seeing Eye Dogs Australia to train and supply highly skilled dogs to help those people affected by full or partial blindness and other vision impairment. Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) is ...

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  • Keep your reptile warm in winter

    Look after your reptile right in winter – ensure they keep warm for maximum comfort! Reptiles are different to other pets in the way that they regulate their body temperature. As the weather gets colder, the temperature changes have an effect on our pets. While reptiles are often referred to as “cold-blooded animals”, this doesn’t ...

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  • The ultimate top 10 pet movies

    Treat yourself and your pet to a movie night in! Question is, which one? Don’t worry, we’ve put together 10 of our favourite pet movies, so you don’t have to! Red Dog In a Western Australian town in the Pilbara, a shop owner tells the heartwarming story of Red Dog, who is beloved by all the town, and ...

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  • 10 of the world’s cutest animal mums

    Now, we all know Mother’s Day is a special day for all the hard-working, loving, caring mums out there. But, you know who else deserves a mention on one of the year’s most important days? These cutest animal mums …   I love how you’re a good listener, even though I’m not that great at listening (sometimes!).   ...

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  • 6 reasons to get a snake

    What’s the first animal that comes to mind when owning a pet? Dogs? Cats? Not anymore! It’s time to start thinking of pet snakes, and here’s why… 1. They are relatively easy to take care of As carnivores, snakes need one thing: meat. Among them are dead prey, including mice and rats, which can be ...

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  • What plants are toxic for cats?

    Plants or flowers often give that bright feeling to a home, but if you have a feline friend, that beautiful plant could be toxic for cats. Particular plants are toxic to cats and should be avoided at all times in your home. While in some cases, just parts of a plant might be poisonous, this ...

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  • When pets April Fool us

    It doesn’t matter how switched on we are, every year we’re guaranteed to get April Fooled! These animals decided to not wait until 1st April to get maximum fool effect. Enjoy! Not for those scared of spiders. He had us all tricked, that’s for sure! Would the real Puss In Boots please stand up? To ...

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  • The 10 best things about pet rats

    Pet rats are one of the strongest and most resilient animals there are. From swimming to reading your emotions, their amazing abilities will blow you away.   1.     Rats are adaptable Rats can live in a range of different environments – their ability to adapt is uncanny. Just think of how they have travelled ...

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  • The best collars and leads for running

    Running alongside your best mate is a walk in the park, provided you’re armed with the right equipment.   Most dogs are good runners, they bound with exuberance in the mere presence of another dog, and are practically beside themselves at the prospect at a game of fetch. But, whether or not they are good ...

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  • Petbarn and Rose-Hip Vital Canine competition

    1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 2. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged based on unique answers and photographs. The judge’s decision is final. 3. All figures are in Australian ...

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  • Portrait of guinea pig. Close up photo.

    Understanding your Guinea Pig’s noises

    They’re a small animal and they sure know how to make a lot of sound, but what do all your guinea pig’s squeaks and wheeks mean? Guinea pigs behave in many different ways, and make a lot of different noises – especially for such small animals! They make these sounds in order to communicate with other ...

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  • Neddy and Marcella

    Petbarn Caroline Springs store manager Nicole McDonald tells us the story of an amazing woman and her adopted best friend Neddy. “I met Marcella late in the year of 2014 when she walked into the store I manage – Petbarn Caroline Springs. Walking by her side was Pierce, a puppy training to be a guide ...

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  • Top tips if you’ve never looked after a dog before

    If you’ve never looked after a dog before it can be an exciting opportunity, but it’s important to remember it’s a great responsibility that can have its little challenges. Make sure you’re best prepared for your dog-sitting adventure by following these helpful tips. 1. Ask important questions Every dog parent knows their dog like no one ...

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  • My dog doesn’t like me. What can I do?

    A dog is a man’s best friend, but what happens when the friendship isn’t reciprocated? Most dog-owners delight in the unconditional love of their canine. No matter what happens at work or in their relationships, they can always rely on the affection their dog will show the second they walk through the front door. It ...

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  • Jason and Nacho

     “Nacho is my best friend. He completely turned my life around. I don’t like it when people use the word ‘dog’ as a derogatory term because they really are man’s best friend”. Nacho is 6-year-old Toy Poodle cross who belongs to Jason.

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  • Francine and Zoe

     “My dog helps me get out of the house and gets me exercising. He also teaches me loyalty. I just love him.” Francine (pictured here with her friend’s Toy Poodle, Zoe who is 8) also has a dog of her own.

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  • Justine and Lou

    “This is Lucky Lou, she’s a rescue dog. She almost didn’t survive as a puppy, but there was a kid who rescued her and brought her to my place and that’s how I got her. I’ve always had dogs. I have a mental illness, and I seem to be able to relate to animals better ...

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  • Andrew and Millie

    “This is Millie, my Maltese cross. Why did I get her? Well, I had a caravan down at Nowra for a while, but when I went down there by myself I was lonely. There was an old guy down there with a Maltese, and I could see the kinship that he had with his little ...

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  • Doran and Rummy

     “This is Rummy, she’s a Staffy cross. My parents had Staffies when I was growing up and I finally got to the point where I could get a dog of my own. We go to the park, we go to the beach, I take her into work, and she makes everyone else there happy too. ...

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  • Danielle and Lucy

    “Lucy is my family’s dog – she’s a bichon frise cross poodle, who’s ten years old. She’s really funny, in that she doesn’t like other dogs that much and prefers to be with humans. She also hates couriers! It’s that old thing with dogs and postmen… She chases them all the time! But generally she ...

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  • Why aren’t dogs allowed at national parks and on beaches?

    Few things are more sacred to us than our dogs, so when we’re told that they’re not allowed in national parks or on beaches, you may feel personally offended. Rest assured, however, that any restrictions are in place for good reason.   We like to take our best friends everywhere, and what’s more, they like ...

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  • Tina, Kimba and Leffey

    “My dogs are always happy to see us and don’t ask anything of us. Their love is unconditional.” Tina, human to German Shorthaired Pointer, Kimba and Leffey, a Cattle cross.

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  • What to do if your dog hates other dogs

    It may be a dog-eat-dog world, but that doesn’t give your canine any reason to bare their teeth at the mere sight of another dog. Dog aggression is a serious problem, and while you may not be able to make your dog like other dogs, there are certainly things you can do to help them ...

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  • Does a pet need a jumper?

    Just like humans, pets can feel the changes in the weather, and this can affect their health and happiness. The best way to ensure they stay at a comfortable temperature is to provide them with a coat or jumper. Whether or not your pet actually needs a jumper depends entirely on their breed, age, health ...

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  • My pet has died. How can I commemorate it?

    Life without your beloved pet may seem impossible, even after they’ve passed away. Here are some ways you can honour your pet’s life and help you and your family process the loss.   The intense grief we feel at the loss of a pet can be paralysing the same way the loss of a close ...

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  • Should I let my pet sleep on the floor of my child’s bedroom?

    Anyone who has watched their child grow up with a pet knows just how special their bond can be. But should that bond entitle them to nightly slumber parties? While there’s no doubt that there are many benefits of children growing up with pets – from the reduction in likelihood of developing asthma and allergies, to ...

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  • Why dogs are better than cats

    It’s a competitive world out there, and dog people and cat people have chosen their sides. Of course, you know that canines come out on top when it comes to their catty counterparts. Dogs versus cats; it’s a polarising topic, and one that – along with politics and religion – should never be brought up at ...

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  • How long can a dog be left home alone?

    Do you feel guilty every time you close the front door on your beloved canine friend? Find out how long is too long to leave them home alone, and what you can do to enhance your dog’s day. Dogs are incredibly social animals, and as their owner you are their pseudo-pack; the person they rely ...

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  • Happy Dog

    How do you know if your pet has a tick?

    Ticks can be especially dangerous to your pet as they are difficult to detect. There are two major types of ticks that may affect your dog – the paralysis tick and brown dog tick. Bush ticks and cattle ticks can also be a nuisance for dogs in rural parts of Australia. Be prepared Hot and humid ...

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  • Can anyone get a pet fish?

    If you or your family are enthusiastic and ready to own a pet, then a pet fish is a great start. Use the following guide to begin your exciting journey as a fish owner. Are fish easy to look after? Fish are very popular pets, and compared to the likes of dogs or cats, they ...

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  • Meet 6 relatives of the Easter Bunny

    Ever wondered if your own pet rabbit might be related to the famous Easter Bunny? Here are six lucky bunnies who are.   Hopscotch Meet Hopscotch, the Easter Bunny’s third cousin all the way from Spain. She’s got a particularly fast hop and definitely should not be trusted with hiding the eggs, no one can ever find ...

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  • How do I teach my dog to play fetch?

    Fetch is a great way to play with your dog and exercise them at the same time, and it’s a lot more fun when you aren’t chasing your dog and engaging in a battle of tug-of-war after every throw. While some dogs play fetch more naturally than others, getting your dog to retrieve is, more ...

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  • Why are cats so independent?

    Cats have developed a reputation as being independent and rather self-determined in the way they behave. However, cats still make great companions, and may suit people looking for more independent pets. Compared to their canine equivalents, cats require less maintenance – they sleep a lot, don’t need to be walked and are able to use a ...

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  • Five reasons hermit crabs make great pets

    There are two types of people in the world: Cat people and dog people. Now, it’s time to throw a third one in the mix, called hermit crab people! Here are five benefits of owning these cute little crustaceans.   Hermit crabs are easy to take care of Did you know that hermit crabs are low ...

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  • Why getting a bird could be good for your health

    We all know that pets make us feel better – did you know that having a pet bird could be good for your health? There’s a lot of evidence that pet interaction in general is wonderful for your health. Having pet companionship can alleviate stress and begin to cure disease such as depression. More seriously, ...

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  • 10 things pet parents love about their pets

    Having a pet is great. This is known. Here are the ways pet parents really appreciate their pets.   1. The way you anticipate me getting home And are always there to greet me with a kiss, cuddle, or a chase of your own tail.   2. How you’re always down for a cuddle Even ...

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  • How your pet can help you lose weight

    Forget the gym. Get out and about and let your pet help you to lose weight. Exercise is a key component to a healthy lifestyle, and to losing weight. This goes for humans and their pets. If you have a dog, you need to exercise it frequently (how often depends on the breed). Instead of letting ...

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  • Meet Lola

    After the passing of Toni’s cat, she decided it was time for a new addition to her Adelaide family. Luckily we were able to help with Petbarn adoption!   ”We had been keeping a look out on a pet adoption website for a female kitten to join our family, which already included a male cat and a ...

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  • Is your house dog-ready?

    Without careful preparation, your house can be a series of hazards for a dog or puppy. These tips might just save your dog’s life, not to mention some of your favourite possessions from ending up as chew-toys. They say curiosity killed the cat, but you shouldn’t underestimate your dog’s ability to sniff out trouble. For ...

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  • How can I tell if my fish tank water is healthy?

    The key to healthy fish is healthy tank water. Here’s how to check your aquarium health and stop your fish looking green around the gills.   The easiest way to check your fish tank water is to buy a good all-round tester kit. The key things to look out for are ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and ...

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  • How do you start raising chickens?

    It’s a rather sensitive question but do you want chickens for their company, their eggs or both? The answer will influence how you raise them. From just four-weeks of age, chickens can thrive on a farm or in your suburban backyard. Just make sure you provide enough space for them to stretch their legs and ...

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  • Are cats safe around babies?

    We all know that cats and babies make for adorable photographs, and as these precious images suggest, most cats are in fact very tolerant of children. Find out how to ensure your two littlest family members become happy and safe playmates. There is a lot of varied information out there when it comes to cats ...

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  • How do I clean my dog’s ears?

    Alert and upright like a great dane’s, long and floppy like a basset hound’s, or folded in half like a Jack Russell’s; dog ears come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one thing in common: they need regular cleaning. Prepare Be sure to get all these things in place before calling your ...

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  • What is a group of cats called?

    Do you know how the words “kindle” and “intrigue” relate to cats? Or where the concern about cats and curiosity came from? The cat’s out of the bag! Read on to discover these and more cat-related facts. We’ve all heard of a pack of wolves and a herd of cattle, but did you know that ...

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  • My cat has gone missing. What should I do?

    While it’s normal to panic if your cat goes missing, your best plan of action is to take a deep breath and make plans to find them immediately. When you realise you haven’t heard the familiar meow that signal your cat’s dinnertime, or felt their furry little body rubbing up against your legs in a ...

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  • Should I let my pet sleep in my bed?

    Warm, soft and snuggly, it’s little wonder so many of us share our beds with our pets, but should we be letting our sleeping dogs lie? It’s not uncommon for pet owners to share the bed with their four-legged friends. According to the 2012 Sealy Sleep Census, 8.9 per cent of Australians sleep with at ...

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  • Puppy having tear stains on its eyes

    How do I clean the tear stains around my dog’s eyes?

    Tear stains are a common concern for some pet owners, but there are some easy solutions for getting on top of these unsightly marks on your pet’s fur. What starts out as gunk around your dog’s eyes can quickly turn into big, brown tear stains if you don’t stay on top of good pet care ...

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  • Why do dogs chase their tails?

    It’s one of those dog quirks we’ve all seen, but why do dogs chase their tails?   Entertainment and attention Dogs are the ultimate people-pleasers; they love to make us laugh and live for our affection and attention. Earning our praise is the name of the game for our canine companions, so if your dog ...

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  • Why cats are better than dogs

    There’s no need to fight like cat and dog, we all know felines are better! If you’re still sitting on the fence when it comes to the divisive issue of cats versus dogs, here are ten reasons why felines are a cut above their canine counterparts: Cats are smarter than dogs: Although the size of ...

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  • Is my pet lonely?

    Just like we can feel lonely when we spend a lot of time on our own, so too can our pets. Find out the signs and symptoms of a lonely pet, and how you can help them overcome this feeling. Centuries ago, in a time before domestication, dogs socialised in packs all day, and cats ...

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  • Should my cat live inside?

    Cat owners are divided – should they let their pets brave the great outdoors, or keep them safe from harm by confining them inside? While the decision is up to each pet owner, there’s significant evidence to show that your feline is much safer when kept indoors.   A lot of cat owners feel guilty about ...

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  • What do I need for my new dog?

    Welcome to the dog owners club. There are few things more exciting than welcoming a new dog into the family. But before you start teaching your dog new tricks, here are a few things you should take care of first. Puppy paperwork Ok, paperwork might sound boring, but it’s extremely important. Make sure your dog ...

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  • My kitten is scared. What can I do?

    The world can seem like a big and uncertain place from the perspective of a kitten, particularly one that’s recently been separated from their mum and litter. Here are some ways to bring your newest family member out of their shell. While some kittens buck the trend and demand your affection right from the get ...

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  • How do I teach my dog to swim?

    Doggy paddle may come naturally to certain dogs, however for the vast majority, swimming is a skill that needs to be learned. It’s a commonly held belief that dogs are innately good swimmers. While this is true of certain breeds, such as Irish setters, other breeds, like bulldogs may not be as buoyant. Of course, between ...

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  • My pet is depressed. How can I cheer it up?

    Our pets are great for helping us to overcome periods of low mood and depression, but what can we do when the tables are turned?   If there’s one thing all pet owners will agree on it’s that, biologically different to us, our four-legged best mates, confidants and comrades-in-arms are also similar to us in ...

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  • Is it harder for an adopted adult dog to settle in than a new puppy?

    You know that saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’? Well, obviously the person who came up with that never adopted a dog that was eager to settle into its new home.   Reading humans Most dogs in animal shelters come from homes that just didn’t work out – and often it has ...

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  • What do I need for my new cat?

    So you’ve bought a new cat and now you need pretty much … everything else? Rest assured, we’ve got you covered.   Paperwork Dull? Sure. Important? Absolutely. Make sure your cat is properly registered, you have its microchip data, and you’ve been provided with vaccination records. And don’t forget to look into pet insurance. Kitty ...

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  • 8 things you need to know before becoming a cat parent

    Thinking of adopting a furry friend? Here’s what you need to know before welcoming a cat into your family.   1. Have you thought it through?   While cats are relatively self-sufficient, they do require a level of care and maintenance, including regular check-ups and preventative medication such as flea sprays and worming tablets. Make ...

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  • 9 pets to melt any heart

    Some faces, you can just look at and immediately fall in love. Here are just some our favourite little friends – if only we could have one of each!   1. This little fella doesn’t even need to try to be cute!   2. Look how dainty this fluffy one is!   3. This sleeping beauty.   ...

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  • Dog and owners sitting at sidewalk cafe

    Where to dine out with your dog this weekend

    Everyone loves an outing, especially dogs; thankfully, more and more cafes are popping up that allow us to dine with our best four-legged mates. We found some of the best cafes in select states across Australia for feasting with your furry friend. Sydney Kawa café Where: 348 Crown St, Surry Hills Set in Sydney’s Surry ...

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  • Portrait of beautiful girl with rabbit

    7 times it was love at first sight

    We all know the feeling. When you spot that one animal that you know is practically your soulmate. You can sense the fun you’ll have together in the future. Here are eight examples of pet love at first sight! Whether you’re adopting a pet, receiving a furry friend as a gift, or purchasing a companion, it’s ...

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  • Cat Kaligubmali sits in the window sill

    Kali’s new home

    The Falcke family recently adopted their pet cat Kaligubmali, or Kali for short, from the Petbarn store in Cairns. Kali’s new mum Christiane describes how Kali fits in to her family, and how rewarding she found the adoption process. “In September of 2015 I adopted Kaligubmali (once Ethel), or Kali, from the Petbarn store in Cairns. Since ...

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  • Petbarn’s Pet Dating Adoption event

    With romance set to bloom on Valentine’s Day, The Pet Foundation together with Petbarn is teaming up with local animal shelters to help you find your perfect match. Visit your local participating Petbarn store to meet animals available for adoption. To find out more visit www.petbarn.com.au/petdating and don’t forget to share your photos from the day using #Petdating ...

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  • Why is my fish dead?

    If it’s any consolation, keeping a fish alive and healthy can be a tricky juggling act for beginners and old hands alike. But by staying on top of the following checklist, your next pet fish should enjoy a longer, happier life. Water quality One of the main reasons behind most family fish deaths is poor ...

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  • Why adopt a pet?

    Thousands of pets waiting to be adopted in animal shelters are euthanised each year. If you’re considering a new pet, consider adopting a pet rather than buying one. Here are a few reasons why: You’re saving a life Sadly, a staggering amount of animals – for whatever reason – are surrendered every year. Whether it’s ...

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  • Why do dogs have whiskers?

    Wondering why your dog has whiskers? We’ve got the answer. As far as whiskers go, you could be forgiven for assuming that cats are the only members of the animal kingdom to have them. In fact, many dog owners don’t notice that their pets have whiskers at all, or understand how important they are. A ...

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  • How can I stop my dog digging?

    Sick of finding holes in your flowerbeds? Did you know it’s possible to stop your dog digging? Here’s how. Dogs dig for a number of reasons. Some experts believe it’s a throwback to the days of their wild ancestors, who dug dens in which to sleep and raise their pups. Even now, many pet dogs ...

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  • Why do cats ‘knead’?

    If you’ve ever watched a cat purposefully kneading a surface and wondered why, you’re not alone. Kneading is what we call it when a cat rhythmically alternates pushing his paws against a soft surface, such as the sofa, a rug or your lap. It doesn’t mean your cat fancies himself as a baker or a ...

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  • Two lovely cats in spring

    Why do cats purr?

    Long believed to be a cat’s way of telling us that all is well, there’s more to purring than meets the ears. The sound of a feline purring contentedly is music to a cat lover’s ears, but have you ever wondered just why cats purr? If so, you’re not alone, scientists have long been asking ...

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  • Why do cats have whiskers?

    Your cat’s whiskers do much more than just look cute – they’re an important tool for helping them understand their environment. You may have heard the term “the cat’s whiskers” used to describe something really great, and it’s an appropriate comparison. A feline’s facial whiskers are very clever accessories indeed. A cat’s whiskers aren’t technically ...

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  • What do I need for my new small animal?

    As they say, good things come in small packages. If you’re preparing to welcome a new small animal such as a rabbit or guinea pig into your family, be prepared to show it some big love. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:   Providing a safe home Guinea pigs and rabbits are both curious ...

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  • What pet is right for you?

    Head to your nearest Petbarn store for advice about caring for a new pet. Petbarn has everything you need to care for a pet, and many Petbarn stores offer adoptions services. On February 13th Petbarn stores around Australia are holding the annual Pet Dating Pet Adoption event. Find out more here!

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  • 10 things only cat people understand

    Now, we all know that all animals are special, unique and deserve to be cherished. But, there’s one universal truth that splits the masses: you’re either a dog person or a cat person. Cat people unite – here’s just some of our weird and wonderful quirks. You get irrationally annoyed when people say that cats ...

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  • #PetbarnFishFace competition terms and conditions

    Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged based on unique answers and photographs. The judge’s decision is final. All figures are in Australian dollars and include ...

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  • Guinea pig eating grass

    Why guinea pigs are the pets you need to know about!

    When it comes to pets, dogs and cats might be in the front of people’s minds. But have you seen a guinea pig? They’re so cute and there are a lot of benefits to being a guinea pig parent. 1. Guinea pigs are easy to care for Guinea pigs are incredibly cute! On a regular basis they ...

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  • 10 ways pets help you be healthy

    We all know that pet parents love their pets. But did you know that having a pet can make you healthier? Here’s how! 1. You’ll be a better human! Pet owners come to be more responsible, less stressed and more compassionate, so much so that nearly all pet parents say that they are a better person ...

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  • Danielle and Lucy

     “Lucy is my family’s dog – she’s a bichon frise cross poodle, who’s ten years old. She’s really funny, in that she doesn’t like other dogs that much and prefers to be with humans. She also hates couriers! It’s that old thing with dogs and postmen… She chases them all the time! But generally she ...

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  • 5 tips for cat sitters

    Chances are, at some point we will all been asked to cat sit. While some of us are accustomed to what that entails, some of us might need a few tips…   1. Write it all down Rule number 1, without doubt: get the cat’s parent(s) to write down all your instructions. Make sure you have ...

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  • Water testing and treatment

    There are many chemicals in water, but not all of them should be present in aquariums. Fish owners should test their tank’s water regularly using aquarium test kits and treat the water accordingly. It’s all part of ensuring fish live in the safest, most natural environment possible. Tap water Tap water is treated with an array ...

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  • The Ryan family welcomes Gracie

    Lyn Ryan tells us about how her family adopted adorable cat Gracie in 2015. It wasn’t long before they felt that she was part of the family (and Gracie felt the same way!). We adopted Gracie, a beautiful blue 9 month old cat, into our family at the beginning of May 2015.  She’s a greatly loved part of our ...

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  • Why does my dog bury things?

    Find out why your dog buries bones and other items, and what you can do about it. If you’ve ever found your dog’s favourite toy in a hole in the backyard, or watched them try to hide a bone in the washing basket, don’t be alarmed. Burying things is not only perfectly normal canine behaviour, ...

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  • What is the best pet for a small space?

    Apartment dweller? No backyard? No worries, there’s a perfect pet just waiting for you.       Dogs The great news is that there are many dog breeds that can live happily in an apartment or property with little or no outside space, as long as they get enough exercise and mental stimulation every day. With ...

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  • What type of dog is best for the elderly?

    Older people and dogs make perfect pairings. Here’s how to find the right dog for an older owner.   A dog can be a wonderful companion for an older person. In fact, numerous studies have shown that having a dog reduces feelings of stress, loneliness and isolation for older people, and improves both their physical ...

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  • What are the best dog breeds for children?

    Every grown-up remembers his or her childhood dog. Here’s how to choose the right breed for your kids.     The bond between kids and their canines is a friendship like no other. But, while dogs and children can be the very best of mates, not all dogs are well suited to young children. Here’s ...

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  • How do I clean my dog’s teeth?

    It’s essential to understand the importance of your dog’s dental health. As a pet parent it means you’ve got to get your hands dirty, in order to get your pet’s teeth clean.   Maintaining your dog’s dental hygiene is not just about brushing its pearly white teeth. Like humans, there are important health reasons as ...

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  • How much exercise does my dog need?

    You’ve seen how excited your dog gets when you jingle the lead, and there’s a very good reason. Dogs not only love to exercise daily, they need to. Find out how much exercise your dog really needs.     The average human needs to exercise 30 minutes each day to maintain a healthy weight. The ...

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  • Should I get my pet a companion?

    There’s a lot to consider when you’re thinking about getting a second pet. Here are some of the things you should think about before taking the step.  You should only get your pet a companion if you are ready to become a parent again. Do you have the time, money and love to bring an ...

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  • Dog akita in party dress

    Festive celebrations and our pets

    The end of the year is a time for celebration. Nights like New Year’s Eve can be some of the greatest party nights of the year – for humans. For our pets, they can be nights of strange noises and lights that can cause anxiety and other problems. Here’s how to ensure your pet gets through the festive ...

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  • Cordella

    Cordella joins the family

    Mandy Briggs and her family recently adopted a domestic long-hair cat, Cordella, who is now a central part of their family! “My partner and I decided we wanted our one-year-old son to grow up with a pet,” says Mandy. “When we saw Cordella (whom we now call Lilly because it’s easier for our little man ...

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  • guinea pig, cavy

    Best first pets for kids

    If you have kids, and are thinking of getting a pet, here are some suggestions. Tell us about your first pet and the happy memories you made with your addition to the family!   1. Guinea pigs If you’re after cute and cuddly, it’s hard to go past guinea pigs as an ideal first pet ...

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  • What your dog can’t eat over Christmas

    Christmas holidays mean extra food for a lot of humans. Pets are often fed leftover human food which can sometimes be harmful to them. Here’s what you should avoid feeding your dog during the festive season.     Find your nearest Petbarn store here!

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  • Which toys suit your dog’s personality?

    All dogs are different. Just like humans, they have preferences when it comes to what they enjoy. Complete this quiz to find our what toys would suit your dog’s personality!  

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  • A white Christmas

    Wendy Shand and her son adopted Nix from Petbarn Chadstone in time for Christmas last year and are so happy with the new addition to the family. Wendy tells us the story of Nix’s adoption. We adopted Nix as a kitten last December. He’s very funny, active and a gorgeous cat who is very healthy. ...

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  • 10 best gift ideas for your pet

    You know what to give your kids, parents, siblings and cousins this Christmas, but what about that other important member of the family – your pet? Here are some great gift ideas for that special animal. To find your local Petbarn store, click here.

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  • Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for you and your pet

    A new year is here! And while some of us might be suffering from sore heads, let’s take a moment to make some New Year’s Resolutions not just for us, but our pets.   I promise to go on an exciting adventure together every month. Somewhere we’ve never been and where we can explore together. ...

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  • Lazy beagle lying in bed with his sleeping owner

    7 pets who have over-partied

    We all have fun over the festive season with parties and dinners and social events. Here are seven pets who have enjoyed celebrating a little too much!   1. Catilda is shocked at how much her humans have eaten over the festive season. “What? ANOTHER sausage roll?” 2. Remy loves food but is planning on ...

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  • Do pets make good gifts?

    For Christmas, it can be tempting to give a cute, cuddly pet as a gift. Yet even the cutest of things can come with unexpected consequences, here are some vital things you need to know to ensure pet gifting is actually a good idea and will be welcomed by the receiver. Don’t gift a pet ...

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  • A goldfish in an aquarium

    How can I keep my goldfish alive for a longer time?

    Funnily enough, fish can grow far bigger depending on the size of the tank they call home. Want your goldfish to live a long and healthy life, beyond 20 years and possibly grow over 30cm? Here’s how. What size aquarium does my fish need? If an adult goldfish, generally 2 years old depending on the ...

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  • Pets with unique coats

    All our furry friends are all individuals when it comes to their personalities, but some pets have a more unique coats that require special care… Poodle The Standard Poodle has a single coat (in black, blue, silver, grey, apricot, white, brown) which is curly or corded. It needs to be clipped regularly. There are different ...

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  • The secrets to pet happiness

    Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a pet happy, and of course making them smile makes us smile too. We found 11 things that are literally the essence of pet happiness.   1. “What’s that? A new toy? For me!”   2. “Mmm…who doesn’t love a freshly cleaned tank”   3. “I love it when ...

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  • 5 tips for pet photography

    Proud parents are often looking for the perfect picture to capture their beloved pets, but it’s not always as simple as ‘hold and snap’. Sometimes our pets can be difficult subjects, here are some tips to get them camera ready and camera friendly. 1. Consider your pet’s loveable personality and capture them in their element… ...

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  • 7 ways to keep your pet safe in hot weather

    We all love to have fun in the sun with our four-legged friends. There are still some things you need to be cautious of when it comes to your pet’s health during the warmer weather. Follow these 7 tips and to keep your pet safe when the temperature rises. 1. Slip, slop, slap…even for your cat. Apply sunscreen ...

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  • Cat sitting in a cardboard box

    Why do cats love boxes?

    Cats can be unpredictable, but one thing is for sure – if you have an empty box, there they will be. From feeling secure to getting toasty warm, it turns out there are lots of reasons cats love nestling into boxes.   We’re all guilty of it at one time or another – prowling the internet for ...

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  • Meet the new SEDA puppies!

    Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) has undertaken training for a new class of seeing-eye dog puppies. Meet the new SEDA crew who will go on to make their humans’ lives better. Belle Belle is a quick witted chocolate drop who loves to keep her SEDA carer and family entertained! She is very smart and picks ...

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  • Loving a pet just got more rewarding

    Keep your pet healthy, happy and carefree when you join our Friends For Life loyalty program, here you’ll earn rewards for receiving the highest standard of pet care available through Greencross Vets.   What is Friends For Life? Whether you’re fond of fur, feathers or fish, Friends For Life makes loving your pet a little ...

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  • A fluffy dog peers over a mossy wooden fence

    How do you stop a dog from jumping over the fence?

    You probably thought that a six-foot fence would do the trick. Yet the fact of the matter is a dog can scale incredible heights if it can get a good grip. How can you stop your dog from jumping out of the yard?   To help stop your dog’s Houdini acts, it pays to first ...

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  • Watering Hole

    Why does my cat drink water from everywhere but her bowl?

    The toilet bowl, bathtub, kitchen tap, condensation on windows. Some cats will drink water from anywhere but their own perfectly good water bowls. As baffling as it may be for humans, cats have their own perfectly good reasons for doing so: Fresh water Your cat may be looking for fresh, clean, aerated water. And yes, ...

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  • A dog lays next to its bowl

    My dog doesn’t want to eat. What should I do?

    Dogs are known for eating almost anything, so if your pet doesn’t want to eat, you may be understandably concerned. Here’s what to do.   Illness Your pet may simply have a temporary gastrointestinal upset from a change in its diet, or it could be from something rotten that it’s eaten. Check for signs of ...

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  • Tortoiseshell Tabby Cat sitting by the back door peaking out

    How do I stop my cat bringing dead animals into the house?

    While there is nothing you can do to remove your cat’s instinct to stalk and pounce, here are some tips to protect our wildlife from pets who might be on the prowl. The gift Cats bring prey home for a variety of reasons: they want to say thanks by sharing their food, they think you need ...

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  • Jack russel terrier begging

    How do I stop my dog begging for food?

    Those big brown eyes, those pleading paws, the little bit of drool: it’s enough to melt the hardest of hearts. Dogs are artful beggars but it’s easy enough to learn how to change their begging behaviour. Understand why If your dog is pawing at your leg or intently watching the food travel from the plate ...

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  • How can I stop my dog getting carsick?

    Much like us, dogs can very easily get carsick. Find out how to make the journey more comfy and sickness-free for your friend. Dogs are more likely to suffer from carsickness when they’re young – just like humans. If you’re lucky, you’ll notice a few warning signs before your dog vomits all over the backseat. ...

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  • Playful dog flowers

    Why does a dog get “excited” down there?

    Perhaps it was during a relaxing belly rub, or just as the two of you were about to head to the local dog park together. Regardless of the situation, it can be awkward when a dog’s private parts become visible. What is that? You can’t normally see a dog’s penis – what is visible is ...

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  • Bathroom to a dog chow chow

    How often should I wash my dog?

    Has your dog started to smell? That’s usually a pretty good sign that it’s overdue for a wash. It doesn’t have to go that far, so here’s how you can work out a bathing roster going ahead. Most healthy dogs will benefit from having a bath on a fortnightly basis. Obviously there’s room to move ...

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  • Stalking little kitten

    My cat keeps hiding from me. Why?

    Don’t take your cat’s disappearing act personally. Most of the time hiding is normal cat behaviour and should not be discouraged. Here’s a rundown on why your cat keeps hiding from you and what you can do to help it out. Catnap Your cat will often hide from you when it wants some serious shuteye. ...

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  • How do I stop my rabbit biting?

    Those Bugs Bunny teeth aren’t so adorable when they’re chomping down on your index finger. Here are a few ways to stop your pet rabbit making a meal of your hands. Raging hormones If your sweet little bunny suddenly starts biting you between the ages of four and six months, it’s probably reached sexual maturity. ...

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  • A cat sits and stares wistfully off into the distance.

    How long do cats live?

    Contrary to the popular saying, cats do not actually have nine lives. But, their lives are getting longer. Thanks to medical advances and more time spent indoors, it is not uncommon for cats to live beyond the standard lifespan of 12 to 15 years of age. There is a wide range of variables that influence ...

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  • What is my dog trying to tell me?

    Understanding what your dog is trying to tell you is all about reading their body language. With these few simple tips you’ll be communicating in fluent dog language in no time. We’ve all had fantasies in which our dogs can suddenly talk – out of the blue they miraculously open their mouths and articulate what it ...

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  • Justine and Lou

    “This is Lucky Lou, she’s a rescue dog. She almost didn’t survive as a puppy, but there was a kid who rescued her and brought her to my place and that’s how I got her. I’ve always had dogs. I have a mental illness, and I seem to be able to relate to animals better ...

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  • Andrew and Millie

    “This is Millie, my Maltese cross. Why did I get her? Well, I had a caravan down at Nowra for a while, but when I went down there by myself I was lonely. There was an old guy down there with a Maltese, and I could see the kinship that he had with his little ...

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  • Doran and Rummy

     “This is Rummy, she’s a Staffy cross. My parents had Staffies when I was growing up and I finally got to the point where I could get a dog of my own. We go to the park, we go to the beach, I take her into work, and she makes everyone else there happy too. ...

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  • Francine and Zoe

     “My dog helps me get out of the house and gets me exercising. He also teaches me loyalty. I just love him.” Francine (pictured here with her friend’s Toy Poodle, Zoe who is 8) also has a dog of her own.

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  • Jason and Nacho

     “Nacho is my best friend. He completely turned my life around. I don’t like it when people use the word ‘dog’ as a derogatory term because they really are man’s best friend”. Nacho is 6-year-old Toy Poodle cross who belongs to Jason.

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  • Tina, Kimba and Leffey

    “My dogs are always happy to see us and don’t ask anything of us. Their love is unconditional.” Tina, human to German Shorthaired Pointer, Kimba and Leffey, a Cattle cross.

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  • Cat chat snuggles

    What is my cat saying?

    Having a chat with your cat may sound farfetched, but it turns out you and your feline have a language all of your own. A lot of people believe that cats aren’t as expressive as their canine counterparts. However, there’s growing evidence to show that this is untrue. Your cat uses combination of vocalisations and ...

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  • Why do cats hate water?

    For an animal so adamant on being clean, it’s a wonder that most cats don’t like water. Find out where this dislike stems from and how to manage it when your cat is in need of a bath. While many cats explore their water bowls with their paws, and become curiously bewitched around dripping faucets ...

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  • Why is my dog scared of the vacuum cleaner?

    Does your otherwise fearless pup turn into a scaredy cat the second they see a vacuum cleaner? Here’s why the vacuum cleaner seems to elicit such fear, and how to help your dog overcome their phobia. Vacuuming can be a gruelling enough task without having to concurrently manage a nervous or upset dog. Fear not, ...

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  • Emma adoption

    Emma finds a forever home

    We adopted a beautiful six-month-old kitten called Emma around two months ago. She slotted in to our very busy family straight away, putting our energetic labradoodle right in his place! We had a couple of visiting mice prior to her arrival and have not seen them since! Emma is a great cat. So long as ...

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  • Are cats nocturnal?

    Your cat may sleep twice as much as you do, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they sleep when you want them to. Far from simply irritating you, there’s a reason your cat is prone to meowing or clawing at your bedcovers just as dawn is breaking. A lot of people believe that cats are nocturnal, ...

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  • How do you measure your dog?

                                                   

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  • Puppy learns to shake

    10 things only dog people understand

    Having a pet makes you a better human, all pet owners know that. But there are some things that only dog people know. Those little things that make you laugh, smile, and some that you grin and bear, all come about from living with a canine friend. 1. Your phone is basically a storage device for ...

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  • Meet Charlie ‘Chubbs’

    Judith, mum to beautiful cat Charlie, sent us her story after she made the decision to add a very special addition to her family! “I live in Alice Springs, where the type of cat food I feed my two boys is pretty hard to come by. So, whenever I go to Adelaide, I make sure I ...

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  • Yawny cat

    8 pet expressions every pet parent can relate to

    1. Is it time for dinner yet? Even if it’s not yet dinner time, those cute eyes will probably mean food isn’t too far off regardless.   2. That contented look when you’re out on a walk. “Just taking the human for a walk, pounding the pavement like it’s my job” – your dog.   ...

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  • Where to travel with your dog

    It can be heartbreaking to leave your best mate behind, so why not choose a holiday destination where your dog can come along? Here are some ideas for pet-friendly getaways.     The Blue Mountains, NSW The lovely areas of Katoomba, Leura, Blackheath and Oberon are all great places to getaway to, and there’s no reason your ...

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  • Faith

    The seeing-eye dog that guided a woman further than she could have dreamed. Bring tissues. 

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  • 2 becomes 3

    Are you and your partner ready to become parents… of a puppy? See how Van Damme the French bulldog made life better for his humans, Chris and Dallas.

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  • Running with Koda

    Meet the puppy who is helping save this young boy. The change Koda has made in Andy’s life is astounding. 

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  • Cat yawn

    How do I stop cat fights?

    The yowling, the hissing, the fur flying, the mop-up. Cat fights can get nasty quickly. So whether your feline is getting into scuffles with neighbourhood cats or another family pet, here’s how to stop it. Visit the vet First things first: if your cat has been in a fight, take them to your local Greencross ...

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  • How do I stop my cat killing birds?

    Your cat loves the thrill of the chase. It has an innate desire to stalk, pounce and catch its prey, even if it’s more interested in proudly laying it at your feet than eating it. With estimates that feral cats kill as many as 75 million native Australian animals each day, here are some tips to ...

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  • Are dogs colour blind?

    It’s a long-held myth that dogs are all colour blind, but the way your canine friend perceives the world isn’t as simple as we do. While dogs certainly have a unique way of seeing the world, it’s a myth that they only perceive it in monochrome. Despite what you may have heard, dogs do in ...

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  • Closeup of sleeping cat

    Why do cats sleep so much?

    Cats seem to spend their entire days sleeping, often after pouncing on your chest at the crack of dawn. The average cat naps for 15 hours a day, with kittens and older cats sleeping even longer. So why does your pet keep such strange hours? Big cats Cats seem to spend their entire days sleeping, ...

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  • Why do dogs howl?

    You know that cute little puppy rolling around your backyard? Well, that domesticated canine shares a genetic overlap with modern day wolves. And just like their furry cousins, dogs have an innate desire to “aroooo” out to the world.   Rest assured that howling is normal communicative dog behaviour – just like barking. However if ...

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  • Macro of dachshund paw

    Should you cut your dog’s nails?

    Few pet parents enjoy trimming their dog’s nails. So is it okay to skip the clip? Trimming a dog’s toenails is one of those tricky tasks that many dog owners would prefer to toss in the too-hard basket. After all, it’s fiddly, can be stressful and is likely to put everyone in a bad mood. So ...

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  • Resting nervous pug dog

    Why does my dog urinate when he gets excited?

    Nothing takes the gloss off returning home to your overexcited dog like a fresh puddle of pee. Usually, it’s no big deal and can be cleaned up quickly, but here are a few tips on teaching your dog better control. Baby bladders Puppies under the age of twelve months are the most likely to urinate when ...

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  • German shepard puppy, eating shoes

    How can I stop my dog chewing?

    If you’re finding fresh casualties of chewing every week – door frames, chair legs, or what should be unopened mail – it may be because your dog is hungry, bored, stressed or anxious. Not all dogs chew for stimulation. Your pet could just be using the nearest available object to massage its gums and strengthen ...

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  • How can I introduce new fish to the tank?

    Moving to a new home is stressful, especially for fish. So whether you’re starting an aquarium from scratch or adding a new pet, read on to ensure the transition flows smoothly.   Selection Before purchasing a new fish, speak to your local Petbarn expert about whether it’s a good match for those you’ve already got at ...

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  • Beagle dog guarding

    Does a rehomed pet ever really settle down?

    Adopting a pet is an exciting, often chaotic time – but you can help your new friend settle in and settle down.   Australia is a nation of animal lovers, with more than two thirds of households owning a pet. Sadly, however, those homes aren’t always forever, with around 400,000 unwanted pets handed to animal ...

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  • Snake

    Spring and summer are seasons for snakes

    Warning: the warmer months of the year are the times snakes are most active in your dog’s environment. Here’s how to avoid potential accidents with your pet and these wild reptiles. In warmer months, snakes come out of hibernation to bask in the sun. A snake bite and lack of treatment is one of the most ...

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  • Hairy puppy dog in rice field

    How can I reduce my pet’s shedding?

    Dogs shed. There aren’t many absolute certainties in life, but this is one of them. Our canine companions get rid of old or damaged hair by shedding; it’s a normal process, but the amount and frequency of hair shed can vary according to the dog’s breed and health, as well as the season. The good ...

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  • Cute cat

    Questions to ask before adopting a cat

    Before adopting a cat, arm yourself with the knowledge you need to form a lasting bond with your feline friend.   Am I able to care for a cat? It may seem obvious, but the number of people who fail to consider whether they’re truly ready for a cat is a major reason why so ...

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  • Dog licks face

    How do I stop my dog licking me?

    You know where that tongue has been. And no matter how loving your dog’s intentions are, you probably want your dog licking the food bowl, rather than your face. Unfortunately, man’s best friend is limited in how it expresses affection. Slobbering on you is just one of its natural ways. Your dog may also be bored ...

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  • Common problems with rescued pets

    Adopting rescued pets is a rewarding process. Here are some tips to make sure your rescued pet settles in comfortably. Ask anyone who works in an animal shelter and they’ll tell you that rescued dogs and cats not only know they’ve been given a second chance, they’re genuinely grateful for it. But while a rehomed pet’s ...

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  • Cat in street

    What do I do with my cat when I’m on holidays?

      Don’t forget about your feline friend when you jet off on holidays. Use a boarding cattery or vet A boarding cattery is a facility that looks after a number of cats when their owners cannot. There are catteries in all major cities and towns, and many vet clinics also offer cat boarding services. The ...

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  • Striped white cat.

    What are the most common problems of adopted pets?

    Even the loveliest of dogs and cats may take time to adjust after time in a shelter. Here are some tips to ease any bumps in their transition. Toileting inside If your newly adopted companion is urinating on the floor, the first thing to do is assess whether the issue is that they’re not house-trained, ...

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  • Barking english pointer

    Why dogs bark

    Dogs, like their owners, have strong urges to communicate vocally. They do this by barking, whining, howling and growling. Sure, it can be annoying, but forcing them into silence would be just as cruel as constantly shooshing an inquisitive child.   Barking is a natural behaviour of dogs. While incessant barking can become problematic, there ...

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  • Chatter birds

    How can I teach my bird to talk?

    Like humans, birds are more likely to speak to you if they like you. Before trying to strike up conversation, spend plenty of time bonding with your bird by playing outside the cage, speaking to it and sharing food. You also need to be prepared for the possibility your pet just isn’t a talker. While ...

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  • Happy Terrier Dog

    What does a wagging tail mean?

    Humans smile, dogs wag tails. But just like our facial expressions, a wagging tail conveys a wide range of emotions. People usually associate a wagging tail with a happy, friendly dog. However this isn’t always true. While dogs do wag their tails when they’re in a good mood, they also do it when they feel ...

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  • Puppy crate training

    Puppy crates provide a great way to train a dog. A puppy crate is your dog’s sanctuary in your home, their own space to escape when they need to, or to sleep if they need to rest. Here’s why puppy crate training is so important. What you need to know about dog crates Your puppy’s crate is probably ...

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  • Young woman with her dog walking in the forest

    How can I stop my dog pulling on the lead?

    Your dog might be on the lead when you go walking together, but that doesn’t mean it’s leading the way. In fact, your dog should walk beside you when on the lead, and not in front. Show your dog who’s in charge with a few techniques that will help rein it in.   Gauge energy ...

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  • Two affectionate adopted cats

    Cat Rescue: Meet Ollie and Abby

    When Emma Gardner had to say goodbye to her beloved Birman cat, called Daisy-Jane,who knew what (or who!) was around the corner? In September, both my mum and I had our hearts broken from having to say goodbye to our beloved 16-year-old Birman, Daisy-Jane, who had been very unwell for some time.  Even with our ...

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  • Why does my dog sleep on its back with its feet in the air?

    There’s no denying that your dog looks utterly hilarious sleeping on its back with all four legs splayed out in the air. To us, this belly bearing position looks awkward and uncomfortable, when in reality it’s actually the most content and snug your canine can be. Back sleeping enables your dog to completely relax all ...

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  • What do I do with my dog when I’m on holidays?

    Your bags are packed, but what about your dog? Here’s how to ensure your canine companion is well looked after when you’re away. Use a boarding kennel A boarding kennel is a facility that houses and cares for dogs while their owners are either away or unable to look after them. Also known as pet ...

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  • Halloween dog fashion show

    Halloween is just around the corner. So why shouldn’t every family member have an opportunity to look their best at those spooky-themed parties that are bound to happen? Petbarn has great range of Halloween-themed outfits for your four-legged friend. Here are some favourites that will have your dog fitting in amongst all the ghouls, witches, ...

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  • Cat lying relaxed on his back

    Life skills I learnt from my pet

    1. To look on the bright side Sure, pets have it pretty good, with full-time carers and humans to love, feed, wash, brush, pamper, cuddle and take care of them. But even when the going gets tough, they always seem to be able to see the lighter sight of life. You see it in the ...

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  • Popular family dog breeds

    Thinking of getting a puppy or dog, but it’s not just you and your new four-legged friend to consider? These family dog breeds might help you make the decision easily! Cocker Spaniel With long floppy ears and eyes that could melt mountains, the perky and gentle Cocker Spaniel is a favourite with families. A superior companion and ...

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  • A beagle puppy walks in a park

    Top 10 dog parks in Australia

    There are plenty of public parks around Australia where you and your dog can explore and exercise to your hearts’ content. Be sure to take note of which areas of a park are off-lead, and which are on-lead only, before letting your little one roam free. Even though many parks have bag dispensers, it’s safer ...

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  • How does a puppy learn to bark?

    Barking, whining and yelping are your dog’s way of communicating. Much like a crying infant, your puppy could be saying: “I need to wee”, “I want dinner” or “give me attention”. While most puppies will naturally begin making noises from an early age, some dogs and breeds may spend their lives in relative silence. Baby ...

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  • A man and a woman are introduced on a walk by their dogs

    10 things pet parents love about their pets

    Having a pet is great. This is known. Here are the ways pet parents really appreciate their pets.   1. The way you anticipate me getting home And are always there to greet me with a kiss, cuddle, or a chase of your own tail.   2. How you’re always down for a cuddle Even ...

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  • 11 photos of the world’s cutest puppies that will make you feel better about Monday

    Cute puppies are one of the greatest things in this world, a positivity-reaffirming phenomenon. Check out these cute puppies that are sure to improve your day.   1. This guy who has just had the time of his life at the grooming salon. “Who needs B-A-T-H time when you’ve got the grooming salon?”   2. This ...

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  • How your pet can help you lose weight

    Forget the gym for weight loss. Get out and about and let your pet help you to lose those extra kilos. Get out there Exercise is a key component to a healthy lifestyle, and to losing weight. This goes for humans and their pets. If you have a dog, you need to exercise it frequently ...

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  • Who is in charge: you or your pet?

    Find out who is King of the castle – you or your pet!

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  • How do I train my puppy?

    We have all experienced the difference between a well behaved and a poorly behaved dog, whether or not your puppy turns out to be a good boy or good girl will have a lot to do with how much work you put into puppy training. A puppy’s education It won’t come as a surprise, but ...

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  • A puppy sits at a table with paperwork

    The essential paperwork your puppy needs

    Tax returns, car rego, house repairs – there are plenty of life-admin tasks you can put off for a few months, but your puppy’s paperwork isn’t one of them. The quicker you get onto it, the quicker you know that your puppy is safe. Dog house The local council will want to know about your ...

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  • A small brown puppy looks sad

    How do I stop my puppy crying at night?

    Are you bleary eyed and reaching for your third cup of coffee? Here are some sure fire solutions to help settle your puppy so that they sleep through the night… and you can, too! You wake, roused by the desperate cries of your new addition. It’s the third time that night and you’re so tired ...

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  • A brown puppy explores outside

    When can I take my puppy outside?

    Desperate to take your puppy outside? Find out when it’s safe for you to take them on their first big adventure into the big, wide world. It’s hardly surprising that you want to take your puppy out to experience the wonders that exist beyond the confines of your home – to meet fellow puppy-pals, break in ...

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  • A dachshund chews a shoe

    How can I stop my puppy from chewing?

    Your puppy is chewing all your favourite shoes and your furniture is covered in drool. Don’t panic. There is a solution. You may have noticed that the only family member with better taste in shoes than you is your puppy? Rest assured, chewing is a normal puppy behaviour that can easily be redirected. With some ...

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  • Are puppies safe around babies?

    When puppies and babies grow up together they form a special bond, but a lot hinges on their first meeting. How can you help your two special family members become happy and safe playmates? Yes, puppies can be baby’s best friend, but if first introductions aren’t handled properly and boundaries are not respected it’s not ...

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  • A puppy should be microchipped

    Does getting a microchip hurt my puppy?

    If you can’t resist those puppy dog eyes, you might have to look away while your puppy is being implanted with their microchip. But rest assured, there is little pain involved in the procedure, which is negligible compared to the heartache of losing your best mate. Inflicting discomfort upon your puppy goes against every fibre ...

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  • How do I teach my puppy to walk on a lead?

    Before your puppy learns to walk on a lead, you’re going to have to show a little leadership. While some pups get it straight away, others take a little longer. Just remember: patience is the key, as having a collar and lead attached for the first time can be confusing. Take your time Before you ...

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  • A puppy is afraid of other dogs

    My puppy is afraid of other dogs. What should I do?

    It’s often said that dogs are social animals, so what happens if your little pup is withdrawn and feels fear around other dogs? Here are some things to try if the presence of another dog makes your puppy quake in its boots. If you thought shyness and anxiety were traits only shown in humans, think ...

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  • My puppy ate something weird. What do I do?

    Most puppies will chew and swallow just about anything. Unfortunately, what they ingest can sometimes make them sick, and they may need to be taken to the vet. From toys to some human food, puppies notoriously eat things that are bad for them. We’ve all heard horror stories – puppies becoming ill and ending up in ...

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  • How do you introduce a puppy to a new family?

    It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for; you finally get to bring your brand new, furry family member home. Bringing your puppy home for the first time is an exciting time for the whole family, especially if you have children. It’s worth remembering that for your puppy it’s also a daunting time. With that in ...

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  • A border collie looks out a window.

    How do I travel safely with my puppy in the car?

    There’s nothing better than having your trusty pup along for the ride. But before you hit the road, find out how you can ensure your puppy stays safe behind the wheel.   Utter the words “dog” and “car” together, and the image that comes to mind is of a fun-loving dog – tongue lolling in ...

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  • Petbarn: For Better Humans

    Some humans laugh a bit more, hug tighter and grow up a little bit kinder.

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  • How do I introduce a new puppy to my other pets?

    While you might be overjoyed about the prospect of taking your puppy home, your other pets may not share your enthusiasm. You want everyone in the family to love your puppy as much as you, so find out how to introduce them to existing pets. Introducing a puppy Before bringing your puppy home, it’s worth ...

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  • A boxer puppy stands on its own.

    What should I know before adopting a puppy?

    Knowledge is power – especially when it comes to choosing a furry family member. Asking the right questions can help you find the right puppy for you. How much it will cost, and where to get it from, are not the only questions you should ask when adopting a new pet from a shelter, rescue ...

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  • Two puppies play fight in a park

    How do I stop my puppy humping things and people?

    Dogs hump for a range of reasons, many of which have nothing to do with sexual desire. But if allowed to continue, mounting can become habitual, so it’s best to stamp it out before your puppy latches onto the family cat – who may not be so understanding.   Why do puppies start humping? Puppies ...

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  • A young pug plays with a red ball.

    What essential things do I need to teach my puppy?

    Like the baby it is, your puppy is a sponge, ready to absorb every bit of information you throw its way. Here are some tips on what to teach your puppy to ensure they grow into respectful, happy dogs. We’ve all been around those irrepressible, yappy dogs – secretly feeling smug for the sheer fact ...

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  • Five tiny baby puppies sitting together. One yawns.

    Will desexing a puppy change its personality?

    If you’re concerned that surgical desexing will transform your puppy’s personality, we have some good news. It’s a commonly held belief that desexing a puppy changes its personality. This is a myth. While your puppy’s personality remains completely intact after a sterilisation procedure, desexing eliminates many behaviours that you won’t want them to display. For instance, ...

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  • A small puppy sits next to his mum – they both have extra-long, shaggy golden fur.

    10 pet hairstyles that never should have happened

    Good grooming is important. But when it comes to pets, it appears humans have more than one definition of “good”. Here are some pet hairstyles that prove not everyone can be a dog groomer. 1. The one where the humans really wanted a lion. He does look rather dashing and noble though?   2. Or when ...

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  • How your puppy can help you find romance

    Your puppy can be the ultimate wingman if you let it – get out walking and see who you’ll meet. Go for lots of walks Going for walks is one of the best activities you can do with your puppy. Not only are both you and your puppy exercising, your puppy gets a chance to ...

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  • Petbarn: For Better Humans

    Some humans laugh a bit more, hug tighter and grow up a little bit kinder.

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  • A small brown puppy is walking along a boardwalk with his humans.

    Are you ready to become a puppy parent?

    Can’t wait to get a puppy? Our checklist will help you make sure the time is right for you to become a puppy parent. Hearing the pitter-patter of little paws around the house is wonderful, but puppies can be a lot of work. Before you bring home that bundle of fluff, make sure you’ve considered ...

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  • A tiny puppy sleeps on a plush dog bed.

    Do puppies dream?

    One of life’s little wonders: does your little puppy dream when they’re in the land of nod? Here’s hoping… Their legs twitch, their body quivers and barks escape their snout – all while sleeping. So, it’s safe to assume that yes, puppies do dream. Of course, we’ll never know for sure, but studies suggest that animals ...

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  • A puppy rests his paws on the knees of his human parents.

    QUIZ: What type of puppy parent are you?

    Follow the path of this quiz infographic, choosing path A or path B along the way, to find out what kind of puppy parent you are. Petbarn can help all pet owners to become the ultimate puppy parent (or cat, dog, kitten, bird, fish or lizard parent!). Head in to your nearest Petbarn and talk ...

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  • Maggie the cute puppy looks up while sitting on a lawn.

    Maggie gets adopted!

    We meet the happy Fuller family who have recently adopted a pet puppy named Maggie. Here’s how she has changed their lives for the better. My wife and I had been discussing buying a pet. We have three children, two with dog-fear issues, but one who desperately wanted a pet. We agreed we had to find a ...

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  • A puppy looks hopeful while laying on the floor with its lead.

    10 things all animal lovers will understand

    Animal lovers and anyone with pets will know the affect these cute little ones can have on our lives. 1. You’re basically a servant The dog needs to go outside, only so they can be let inside again, and your cat thinks all your decorative objects are, clearly, better on the floor. 2. Your dog knows ...

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  • A brown and white puppy sleeps on her human's lap.

    10 things your puppy loves about you

    Dear Human, Let me count the ways I love you. 1. When you cuddle me You’re so warm and comfortable. And you pat me constantly. When you scratch me in that sweet spot it’s a perfect day (I can’t control my leg shaking by the way, nor can any puppy!).   2. When you take ...

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  • Video: Faith

    The seeing-eye dog that guided a woman further than she could have dreamed. Bring tissues.

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  • Video: 2 becomes 3

    Are you and your partner ready to become parents… of a puppy?

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  • Video: Running with Koda

    Meet the puppy who is helping save this young boy with chronic fatigue.

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  • Download your free Puppy Guide!

    Check out our Puppy Guide to discover everything you need to know to become a great puppy parent, and how you will become a better human for having one!

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  • Man and dog

    New study to prove pets make humans better

    A new study is aiming to determine if people with pet dogs are less likely to develop heart disease and depression, and improve social contact.

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  • Download your free Puppy Guide now!

    Are you thinking of getting a puppy? Or do you have a little one at home already? Check out our Puppy Guide to discover everything you need to know to become a great puppy parent, and how you will become a better human for having a puppy. What’s inside: Your essential puppy checklist Puppy-proofing your ...

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  • Rabbit Care Guide

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  • Rat Care Guide

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  • Guinea Pig Care Guide

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  • Mouse Care Guide

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  • Cockatiel Check List

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  • Canary Check List

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  • Budgie Care Guide

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  • Budgie Check List

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  • Tropical Fish Care Guide

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  • Cold Water Fish Check List

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  • Common Fish Disease (Part 1 of 4)

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  • Selecting the right litter

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  • The essential kitten checklist

    About to welcome a cat to your family? Here’s a handy checklist that will help you prepare to bring your new kitten home. 1. Cat bed A soft, comfy bed for your cat to call home will give them a safe place to rest and help them settle. 2. Super Premium food With bundles of energy, ...

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  • Kitten Care

    There are many litter products available including odour controlled, crystallised, paper, wood pine and clumping. Talk to our staff about which is the most appropriate for your kitten care needs. Health care Kittens and cats have health care requirements throughout their lives. These include: Worming: A kitten should be wormed every two weeks until 12 ...

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  • Pets and community health

    How do animals help improve the lives of people? Interesting facts in this health brochure about having pets, particularly how it can help improve our lives.

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  • Dogs used to rehabilitate

    How shelter dogs helped ex-cons get back on their feet. A support structure like no other.

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  • Pets can help enhance productivity & improve your mood

    Pets in the office can translate to better moods, increased productivity and happier employees.

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  • Pets can help their humans create friendships

    A new study shows they can also help create human-to-human friendships and social support.

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  • Alzheimer’s and how pets can help

    This article indicates that the human-animal bond can play an important role in improving the quality of life for Alzheimer sufferers as well as their caregivers.

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  • Alvin, a black and white cat

    Alvin’s adoption

    Adoption is an ideal way to welcome a new pet into your home. Billie Rigney tells us about Alvin the cat and how he joined the family. “We adopted Alvin (formerly known as Viktor) from the adoption centre at the Petbarn store in Nowra. My grandma had said no to every single kitten that I showed her for ...

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  • What about this face?

    There’s something unique about these adorable faces that make them different from other dog breeds. The combination of a cute face and often big personality of these small dogs are popular with many pet lovers but it’s there special shaped head that they have in common. This can be associated with “Brachycephalia” and can cause health ...

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  • July Photo Competition Winners – SMILE

    Our July pet photo competition theme – SMILE. We asked ‘How does your pet make you smile?’ Your answers made us smile and so did the photo’s of your pets showing us there teeth! Congratulations to everyone that entered. The pet photos featured here are our July winning entries and will receive a $25 Petbarn Gift Card. August Photo ...

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  • Pet dental care tips at home

    Tips on keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy in the comfort of your home. Dental disease in our pets can prevented in the vast majority of cases and often it’s easy to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums at home. There are many different methods to prevent dental disease and to assist with ...

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  • “Oops I did it again” – June Photo Competition

    Our June pet photo competition theme “Oops, I did it again” had some of the funniest entries we have ever seen! Congratulations to everyone that entered. So many pet parents are experiencing those moments when you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry…it’s nice to know you’re not alone! The pet photos featured here are our winning ...

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  • The Krabooz Hermit Crabs make a great pets

    Pets can be a wonderful addition to a family. Deciding on which type of pet is best for you, will depend on many factors including your time, budget and living space. If you have children who are asking for a pet, why not consider an unusual pet like The Krabooz Hermit Crab? Why Krabooz Hermit Crabs Make ...

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  • The best small dog breeds for city living

    If you’re thinking of getting a furry friend but don’t have a huge house or garden, then this list of small dog breeds is for you! Chihuahua The smallest dog breed in the world, Chihuahuas are cheerful, agile and lively. They can also be feisty, saucy, strong-willed and become very protective about their owners especially ...

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  • Eye Opening Facts

    Eye Opening Facts about Vision in Australia For many of us the thought of losing our vision is not only frightening but something unimaginable. But the reality is that there are over 350,000 people in this country alone who have to live with this every day. And with our ageing and increasing population, this number ...

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  • Thanks for saving 10,000 pet lives

    To say 10,000 thank you’s is not enough to show our appreciation to everyone that has helped us find 10,000 pets new homes through our 82 Petbarn Pet Adoption centres across the country. Reaching this amazing milestone has only been possible because of the support and ongoing generosity of pet lovers and multiple local animal ...

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  • New dog coat fashion trends 2015

    Taking design from around the world, our team has carefully selected a diverse range of snow stoppers, windbreakers, coats, festive knits and accessories which are divine in both functionality and appearance. For this season’s cooler months, Petbarn have everything you need to keep your beloved dog in high fashion & comfort. This season sees many daring prints ...

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  • Top 5 tips on how to act around Seeing Eye Dogs

    Seeing Eye Dogs are amazing animals trained to learn a very special skill – to be the ‘eye’ for a person who is blind or has low vision. Not only are they incredibly intelligent, but for dog lovers, they’re adorable. Because of this, many of us feel the urge to walk up and pet them, ...

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  • Help Seeing Eye Dogs Australia

    Did you know that at any one time 2,000 Aussies are estimated to require support from a Seeing Eye Dog? We want to help reduce this figure, so the Petbarn Foundation and Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) are joining forces to urge Aussies like you to help raise much needed funds to assist those who ...

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  • Is your dog protected with vaccinations?

    Vaccinating your puppy during the 14 weeks of their life is essential to protecting them against several viruses but did you know that your dog will need a annual booster vaccination and yearly Heartworm injection to keep them protected? Parvovirus (Parvo) and Distemper are the most common, and they can fatal. Puppies are especially susceptible ...

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  • Dog breeds for first time owners

    Thinking about getting your first dog? You may have had a dog as a child but being a first time dog ‘owner’ is a big responsibility and quite frankly a whole different kettle of, well, dog! Just like people, dogs are individuals and can differ greatly in personalities and needs. While there are certainly no ...

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  • Health warning for pet rabbits

    National Parks and Wildlife services are under pressure from the community to control wild rabbits in various North Shore locations, these include the following council areas: Hills Shire, Hornsby Shire, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai Municipal, Lane Cove, Manly, Mosman, North Sydney, Parramatta, Pittwater, Ryde City, Warringah, and Willoughby City. The warning has been issued from councils ...

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  • Lucky pets on Friday the 13th

    10 reasons pets are good luck on Friday the 13th Now if Friday the 13th makes you feel a little uneasy then you’re not alone. There’s actually a scientific name for those with a phobia of this dreaded day ‘Friggatriskaidekaphobia.’ But we’re here to help you get control of your life with pets that will ...

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  • 5 family friendly dog breeds

    Choosing a family friendly dog is an important decision and one that will affect the dynamic of your household.  There is much to consider when you are selecting the right dog breed for your home, especially if you have children. Here are 5 family friendly dog breeds that are good with children: Golden Retriever Golden ...

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  • SEDA – Did our puppies pass their 12 month assessment?

    It takes a lot of time, love, patience and money to raise these special working dogs for people who are blind or have low vision but not all puppies make it through training. Are the Petbarn Seeing Eye Dogs Hope, Chilli and Archy one step closer to achieving their goal? Hope Last week Hope had ...

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  • SEDA December Update

    Archy Archy has gone on lots of adventures with his SEDA Puppy Carer and his favourite was a visit to Science Works because he loved all of the attention that he received from fellow visitors. His SEDA Puppy Carer was quick to educate people about the importance of not patting him when he is wearing ...

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  • Our favorite adoption tales

    With our second annual Pet Dating event fast approaching we thought it was the purrr-fect time to share with you some of our favorite Petbarn Adoption stories!  These stories will give you a laugh, melt your heart and hopefully inspire you to come on down Saturday 14th February to meet many more of these little guys ...

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  • Snakes and your pet

    It is well known that around Australia as the weather warms up in spring and summer, snakes become more active. Most of them are feeding and breeding and doing as much as they can before they have to again shut down for the cold period of the year. As we humans also tend to do more and more in the sunshine while it lasts and that then brings us into contact with snakes.

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  • The Giving Tree 2015

    Petbarn’s annual Giving Tree initiative launched on 16 November. All proceeds from the Giving Tree are donated to our nominated animal rescue partners to help assist animals in its care over the busy Christmas period and year ahead. This year, the initiative will be The Pet Foundation’s Giving Tree and will run across Petbarn, City Farmers and Greencross ...

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  • Heat stress can be fatal!

    This is the time of year where we need to be mindful about the effects the hot weather can have on our pets. Unlike humans, most animals can’t sweat to reduce body heat. Instead, dogs and cats lose heat by panting but there is a limit as to how much they can cool themselves down.

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  • Is your pet’s growing weight a concern?

    It is estimated that over 40% of Australia’s pets are overweight. Don’t let Obesity affect your pets’ health! There are many contributing factors to overweight pets but the main one is overfeeding.

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  • Live food options for reptiles

    Live food makes a useful and nutritious addition to the diets of many pet reptiles. Crickets Crickets can be added to the diets of many reptiles and other pets including turtles, lizards, frogs and spiders. Crickets are high in protein and roughage and provide a balanced diet to supplement prepared food. Live food such as ...

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  • Kitten care

    Bringing a kitten into your family is an exciting time. Your role as a pet parent means a promise to keep your kitten safe, happy and healthy. Your furry friend will provide you with a lifetime of unconditional love and friendship and in return you will make a commitment to keeping them happy and healthy ...

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  • Petbarn April 2016 catalogue launch competition terms and conditions

    1. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. 2. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged based on unique answers and photographs. The judge’s decision is final. 3. All figures are in Australian ...

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  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier

    Staffordshire Bull Terriers just love to run. And run. And run. They’ll also make great friends with children and other pets. They are also known as English Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and are a different breed to the American Staffordshire Terriers. An all-or-nothing kind of dog, Staffordshire Bull Terriers give it their all when it comes ...

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  • Cocker Spaniel

    Cocker Spaniels crave attention and love being petted. Their long fluffy ears and golden coat make this breed a firm favourite. Cocker Spaniels love to be with their human family and they may follow you from room to room. Regular and consistent training is recommended. They also tend to be vocal and love to have ...

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  • Chihuahua

    Known for their quirky temperament, Chihuahuas love their family and the heat. You’ll often find them basking under the sun or snuggling under blankets. They might be the smallest dog breed in the world, but what Chihuahuas lack in size they make up for with a cheerful, agile and lively personality. They can also be ...

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  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

     The ultimate cute dog and one of Australia’s favourite pedigree breeds. This wide-eyed, soft, floppy-eared dog is affectionate, compliant and good with children and other pets. The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has an even temperament, is eager to please, enjoys companionship and does not like a life where they are left alone or outside for ...

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  • Bull Terrier

    Bull Terriers have a compelling mix of playful, clownish, powerful, fearless and obstinate characteristics. Affectionately known as the gladiator of the canine world, this mix of a Terrier and the ancient bull-baiting dog is a remarkable combination of power, grace and agility. And while they aren’t for everyone, it’s said once you’ve met or owned ...

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  • Boxer

    Bursting with energy and love, a Boxer is ideal for active households. Boxers are outgoing, energetic, playful and one of Australia’s most-loved breeds. They are good family dogs for those with teenagers or young adults. Babies and toddlers may get overwhelmed by their exuberance. Highly intelligent, playful, curious and eager to learn, they are great ...

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  • West Highland White Terrier

    Cheeky yet intelligent, fun-loving and loyal, this cute, cuddly and all-white dog with its dark eyes and button nose will melt your heart. They may look cute with their fluffy white coat, but originally West Highland Terriers were bred to hunt vermin. They are a tenacious and hardy breed but also have an incredibly loyal ...

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  • Standard Schnauzer

    Clean, family-friendly and with a gorgeous long coat, a Schnauzer is a welcome addition to any household. If you’re looking to raise your household’s average IQ, then the Standard Schnauzer could be the dog for you. They are highly intelligent and will learn commands quite easily. However, they can be quite stubborn too, so make ...

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  • Dachshund – Shorthaired

    Loyal, devoted and intelligent, Dachshunds are great for small dwellings and love nothing more than a game of fetch followed by snuggles on the couch. Pronounced ‘dak-sund’ and affectionately known as the sausage dog, this short-legged, long-bodied little guy is playful, curious, affectionate and brave. They are loyal to a fault when it comes to ...

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  • French Bulldog

    Big pointy ears and squished little faces make the French Bulldog a firm favourite. Combine that with their sweet, friendly nature and they’re a great family pet. The small but mighty French Bulldog is playful, lively, curious and very comical. Their bright and easy-going personality makes them great companion dogs, although that also means they ...

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  • Rottweiler

    Protective, loyal and strong are the defining characteristics of the Rottweiler. They are loving companions when trained properly and they make excellent watchdogs. Rottweilers looks like tough guys, but with the right training, they can become wonderful family dogs. They are large, strong and athletic in size and shape, with a basic disposition of being ...

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  • Shih Tzu

    Not known for their high energy needs, Shih Tzus are perfect for households looking for a small, loyal companion. Shih Tzu might be a little hard to pronounce (start with “shizzoo”), but it’s worth learning because this dog is a lively little bundle of joy. Shih Tzu is a happy and loyal breed that thrives on ...

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  • Pug

    Their short bodies, wrinkly faces and squished nose make this dog one of the cutest. Wrinkly, stocky and with a short-muzzled face, this little bundle of joy has an incredibly large personality. Pugs are small but sturdy, and resolute but rarely aggressive. The shape of their mouth makes it difficult for them to bite efficiently, ...

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  • Papillon

    Don’t get too comfy on the couch, your Papillon wants to go out and play. Energetic and charming, be prepared for excited guests to huddle around your gorgeous Papillon. Named because of their upright, fringed ears which resemble a butterfly’s wings (Papillon is French for butterfly), Papillons also have a social butterfly-like personality. If you ...

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  • Miniature Poodle

    Sometimes called ‘sleeve dogs’, these pups are much more than a lap warmer. They are active, lively and will bring much joy to your family. Miniature Poodles make for intelligent and joyful companions, but they get bored easily. If not stimulated enough, they cause trouble. Comical and clever, these well-proportioned dogs are popular as show ...

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  • Miniature Schnauzer

    Originally bred as farm dogs, Miniature Schnauzers also make great family pets – from cuddling on the couch to running in the park, your dog will always be by your side. Friendly, loving, and with their distinctive bearded snouts, Miniature Schnauzers make for adorable pets. They are protective, alert and good watchdogs. However, their vigilant ...

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  • Labrador

    Temperament Being good-natured, friendly and affectionate, the Labrador is a relatively large-sized breed and has a reputation of being an excellent family pet. Patient with children and trusting with strangers too (yes, maybe not the perfect guard dog), they are very loyal and love being around the family.  They are eager to please and responsive ...

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  • Golden Retriever

    Perfect for families, a Golden Retriever will encourage everyone to get out and about in the sunshine. They love to play fetch and are a great first pet. Golden Retrievers are known to be some of the most affectionate dogs around and could well be in the running for the title of Man’s Best ‘Best ...

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  • Pet Safety Tips for the Festive Season

    Aaah, the festive season is upon us. We spend days traipsing around the country, struggling in the heat being overwhelmed by insects. Overindulging in rich foods, tied up in tinsel and kept wondering where the last piece of that Lego set got to. The Christmas holiday season can be very similar for our pets.

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  • Is your pet afraid of thunderstorms?

    For many dogs, storms can be a frightening experience. While we know that’s it is pretty common for dogs to suffer from storm anxiety or noise phobia, however the reason some dogs fear storms and loud noises in not entirely known.

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  • Basset Hound

    A Basset Hound loves rolling on the couch and sniffing every blade of grass in the park. They are gentle, loyal and great with children. Looking for a friend to slouch with on the couch all day? Look no further. Basset Hounds have a low level of excitability – laziness and sleeping are their two ...

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  • Australian Terrier

    Bred for Aussie conditions, Australian Terriers are noted for their loyalty, intelligence and gung-ho attitude. Expect to find them running mad around the park. The bite-sized Australian Terrier is lively, spirited and even cheeky, despite their stature. They are very friendly, loyal and show great affection toward their family. Intelligent, curious, and with a keen ...

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  • Alaskan Malamute

    Friendly, affectionate and with endless energy, an Alaskan Malamute wants to be running and playing games with the family all day long. Despite their striking resemblance to the wild and beautiful wolf, Alaskan Malamutes are one of the most affectionate and loyal dog breeds. Friendly to a fault, even to strangers, they are not great ...

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  • Travelling With Pets

    Pets are part of the family; it’s not easy to leave them while we go away for a holiday or even a weekend away.  The good news is there is a rapidly expanding market for pet friendly holiday rentals so it is becoming easier to go travelling and take our pets with us.  There are a ...

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  • What reptile is right for you?

    It is important to realise that not everyone likes or is comfortable with keeping a reptile and if you contemplate keeping one in the family home it is important that everyone is aware of this fact and agrees that you can have one.

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  • Tips for Moving House with your Dog or Cat

    They say that buying a house and moving is one of life's most stressful events along with birth, death & marriage. Not only is it stressful for humans it can be very stressful for our pets as well.

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  • Pod GPS tracker Competition Terms & Conditions

    POD GPS Tracker Competition Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged based on unique answers. The judge’s decision is final. All figures are in Australian dollars ...

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  • 5 reasons to love a black cat

    The black cat is a popular icon of Halloween and Friday 13th, one that comes with a pretty unlucky stigma; but we believe black cats are awesome. Here are a few reasons to love a black cat. Doesn’t matter if you’re black or white Why are some cats black? It’s called melanism, which is black pigmentation, and is ...

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  • Crazy About Pets Competition Terms & Conditions

    Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged based on unique answers and photographs. The judge’s decision is final. All figures are in Australian dollars and include ...

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  • How can I stop my dog urinating everywhere?

    There are a number of reasons your dog may be urinating everywhere, with some of them easily addressed, and others a little more concerning. Incontinence, territory, overexcitement – one of these three things may be the reason why your dog has started peeing all over the place. But if your pet is more mature and ...

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  • Care Tips for Tropical Fish

    There can be lots to remember when it comes to looking after Tropic fish. To try and help make this easier we have compiled some simple tips and tricks that will ensure your fish stay happy and healthy!

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  • Caring for your guinea pig

    Guinea Pigs make fantastic pets for those people limited by space, and those that love an affectionate and social companion. Regular health check-ups are the cornerstone of a preventative health program for your Guinea Pig.

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  • Is my bird sick?

    There is a belief that as soon as birds get sick, they die quickly. In fact, birds are very tough, and are often ill for 1 to 2 weeks before their owner even realizes it. The key to successful treatment of birds is the early recognition of warning signs that a bird is actually ill.

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  • Summer Time and Blue Tongue Lizards

    Perhaps the most conspicuous lizard to many people who live in Southern Australia are Blue tongue lizards. This ubiquitous lizard is found in all capital cities around Australia in one form or another and is a frequent visitor to suburban areas.

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  • Petbarn World Animal Day 2015 competition Terms & Conditions

    Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Terms and Conditions. Participation in this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. This is a game of skill. Entries will be judged based on unique answers and photographs. The judge’s decision is final. All figures are in Australian dollars and include ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia August (SEDA) Update – Part 2

    Hope Young Hope passed her 6 month assessment and her SEDA Puppy Development Officer says she holds great promise as a future Seeing Eye Dog. This month, Hope was introduced to pedestrian crossings. SEDA has a special practice button at their facility, which exposes the pups to how the crossings work, before they go next ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) – August Update Part 1

    Archy Like the other Petbarn pups, Archy had his 6 month assessment in August and his Puppy Development Officer was very impressed with his progress and how far he has come. Archy continues to build on his socialisation skills and goes to his usual places including parks, the shops and restaurants. Archy also went to ...

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  • Protect Your Pets Against Tick Paralysis

    Paralysis ticks are common throughout Australia's eastern seaboard. In some areas there is a defined tick season, In other areas ticks are a danger all year round.

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  • What to expect – Common senior cat conditions

    Just like us, cats are unique and individual care and maintenance as they age. Here are some general cat conditions and treatment options as they mature.

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  • How do I stop my kitten biting?

    Lions, tigers, cheetahs and panthers. Your adorable kitten, who won’t stop gnawing at your hand, shares genes with some of the world’s fiercest predators – and a few playful habits as well. Like its feline cousins, your domesticated cat sharpens its hunting skills by partaking in play aggression. The mock fighting is normally conducted between ...

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  • Rhodesian Ridgeback

    Been planning to run more? A Rhodesian Ridgeback is just the motivation you need. They’re active and lively, but also partial to a quick nanna nap after exercising. Strong, athletic and powerful, Ridgebacks love a run. These dogs are calm, obedient, gentle and content to take a nap on your lap after expending some energy. They ...

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  • Pekingese

    Pekingese make wonderful companions – they are loyal, devoted, protective and good-natured. Not to mention irresistibly cute! Pekingese exhibit all the characteristics of a royal – confidence, pride and stubbornness. Pekingese are also affectionate, lively and good-natured. They make wonderful companions if treated with love, respect and dignity. Loyal and protective of their family, they ...

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  • Shetland Sheepdog

    Renowned for their intelligence, a Shetland Sheepdog will be jumping through hoops in no time at all. They also love a good run, are natural herders and loyal companions. The Shetland Sheepdog is one of the most intelligent dog breeds and eager to please, they are easy to train, obeying first-time commands 95% of the ...

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  • Siberian Husky

    With a thick coat and a demanding need for play, Siberian Huskies suit active households who enjoy running and playing. They are gentle, loving and affectionate. Loving indiscriminately and sometimes to a fault, the Siberian Husky is most likely to be voted ‘World’s Favourite Pet’ by the Society of Suspicious Strangers. They will welcome everyone ...

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  • Saint Bernard

    Big means cuddly with this gentle giant. Incredibly friendly and full of love, a St Bernard is your perfect pet match. Feeling low? Need a warm blanket and a cuddle? Your giant, kind St Bernard will give you both. This gentle and affectionate breed would make Mother Teresa proud. Loyal and eager to please, the ...

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  • Standard Poodle

    Regal, fun, active and low-shedding, this breed is perfect for those looking for a family pet. They are hard-workers and intelligent, and while they enjoy a lap cuddle, they are not lapdogs. A well-coiffed Standard Poodle has often found a place as arm-candy for many a Hollywood celebrity or globetrotting socialite. They are a very ...

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PETSPOT - Information & Advice

  • Petbarn supports Seeing Eye Dogs Australia

    Having a vision impairment or blindness makes navigating the world, and experiencing everyday life, much more difficult. That’s why it’s so important for organisations like Seeing Eye Dogs Australia to train and supply highly skilled dogs to help those people affected by full or partial blindness and other vision impairment. Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) is ...

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  • Cats who think they’re yogis

    Who says we should have all the fun on the yoga mats? These cats are getting to grips with their downward dogs, too! Namaste.   This little guy is becoming one with nature and hitting the great outdoors for his stretches.   Namaste to our feline friend here, who’s really relaxing into his pose.   “I ...

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  • VIPs: Very Important Puppies!

    Catch up on all the news from our friends at Seeing Eye Dogs Australia, where the new puppy recruits are making a lot of headway with their training!   Belle    Belle’s personality is growing bigger and brighter than ever. Her Puppy Carer says she radiates so much joy, leaving people entertained and smiling. Not ...

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  • 9 reasons seeing eye dogs are the best dogs in the world

    Seeing Eye Dogs, those beautiful Labradors and Golden Retrievers, bring many loveable qualities to their owners, as well as benefitting the community around them. Here are nine reasons Seeing Eye Dogs are the best dogs in the world! 1. Seeing Eye Dogs are loyal and protective companions, they often provide the owner in need with more ...

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  • Top winter fashion for your dog

    Play it cool with these top winter looks for your furry friends this coming season. That’s a wrap Baxter the Dachshund loves his silky coat and he hates being out of trend. Not only does this matching scarf and wrap beanie make him look uber chic but it also protects his coat from those nasty ...

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  • What plants are toxic for cats?

    Plants or flowers often give that bright feeling to a home, but if you have a feline friend, that beautiful plant could be toxic for cats. Particular plants are toxic to cats and should be avoided at all times in your home. While in some cases, just parts of a plant might be poisonous, this ...

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  • Seeing eye dogs – did you know?

    Vision Australia’s Seeing Eye Dogs Australia division (SEDA), is the only national provider of Seeing Eye Dogs for people that are blind or vision impaired. For the right person, getting a Seeing Eye Dog can have a profound impact on the quality of their life. It takes a lot of time, love, patience and money to ...

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  • When pets April Fool us

    It doesn’t matter how switched on we are, every year we’re guaranteed to get April Fooled! These animals decided to not wait until 1st April to get maximum fool effect. Enjoy! Not for those scared of spiders. He had us all tricked, that’s for sure! Would the real Puss In Boots please stand up? To ...

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  • July Photo Competition Winners – SMILE

    Our July pet photo competition theme – SMILE. We asked ‘How does your pet make you smile?’ Your answers made us smile and so did the photo’s of your pets showing us there teeth! Congratulations to everyone that entered. The pet photos featured here are our July winning entries and will receive a $25 Petbarn Gift Card. August Photo ...

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  • Pet dental care tips at home

    Tips on keeping your pet’s teeth and gums healthy in the comfort of your home. Dental disease in our pets can prevented in the vast majority of cases and often it’s easy to achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums at home. There are many different methods to prevent dental disease and to assist with ...

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  • “Oops I did it again” – June Photo Competition

    Our June pet photo competition theme “Oops, I did it again” had some of the funniest entries we have ever seen! Congratulations to everyone that entered. So many pet parents are experiencing those moments when you’re not sure whether to laugh or cry…it’s nice to know you’re not alone! The pet photos featured here are our winning ...

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  • 5 family friendly dog breeds

    Choosing a family friendly dog is an important decision and one that will affect the dynamic of your household.  There is much to consider when you are selecting the right dog breed for your home, especially if you have children. Here are 5 family friendly dog breeds that are good with children: Golden Retriever Golden ...

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  • Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) – August Update Part 1

    Archy Like the other Petbarn pups, Archy had his 6 month assessment in August and his Puppy Development Officer was very impressed with his progress and how far he has come. Archy continues to build on his socialisation skills and goes to his usual places including parks, the shops and restaurants. Archy also went to ...

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