Creating A DIY Snuffle Mat
Dog Trainer and Behaviourist, Lara Shannon, shares some creative ways to keep your dog's brain ticking while you're working from home, and when you're back at work.
Conducting A Treat Treasure Hunt
Learn how to undertake a treat 'Treasure Hunt' game you can easily master at home. It is a fun way to entertain your dog and bring positive association to your leaving routine.
Practising Independence Training
Separation Anxiety is a real concern right now. With many of us thinking about heading back to work, our dogs may start being left at home for longer periods. Here's some independence training you should start now, whilst you're still at home.
Training A Reactive Dog
Battling to walk a reactive dog is all too common. Some dogs are just nervous, others excited, but it's certainly not ideal for you or your dog. Here's some handy tips on how to rectify this behaviour and find your way back to a stress-free walk.
How To Stop Your Dog Jumping
Do you know what triggers your dog to jump? A dog that jumps up for attention or in excitement is often reinforced by our own behaviour. Sometimes, we think it's cute. However, in most cases, it can be disruptive and sometimes dangerous.
How To Keep Your Cat Enriched
Keeping your cat enriched and ensuring they get the right amount of exercise is more important than you might think. This doesn't just mean making your cat run around. With the right toys, you can keep your cat's brain ticking and keep them active in one session.
Dog Park Etiquette
Lots of us are spending more time with the pooches, which is great! Just make sure, that if you're visiting a dog park, you understand the correct etiquette.
How To Greet A Dog Correctly
Lara Shannon gives us some tips on how best to approach a dog on the street, whether they're leashed, with their owner or just tied up outside the local shop.
Nourishing Your Dog's Mental Wellbeing
Nourishing your dog's mental wellbeing is just as important as their regular vaccinations, nutrition and dental checks. Boredom and anxiety often go hand-in-hand, which is why you need to be clever and proactive about keeping your dog's mind enriched.
Familiarising Dogs With Face Masks
With masks becoming more prevalent during this time, this is an important exercise for dog owners. With one less body cue to read, it can startle or scare them. Lara Shannon shows us how to get your dog familiar with your new face-covering through some training and conditioning.
Keeping Your Dog's Teeth Clean
Keeping your dog's pearly whites in good condition can be tricky. With the right routine, persistence, and regular vet visits, you can prevent the nasty results of dental disease.
Flea, Tick & Worming Season
Spring is the season for sunshine and outside activities. It's also the season when the likelihood of ticks and fleas are elevated. Without the right preventative treatments and knowledge, your dog may contract these nasty critters. Lara Shannon delivers some essential info, including all the preventative treatments you should never forget about.
Recall Training for Adult Dogs
Recall training begins when your dog is young, but mastering it and keeping the skill polished can certainly fall off the radar sometimes. It's important your dog learns and retains recall, and it will make your life with them a lot less tricky.
How To Avoid & Manage Dog Obesity
Dog obesity is far too common. Many of us really don't know our pet's ideal weight and shape. So Lara Shannon has some tips to help keep your furry loved one healthy and happy.
Christmas Treats To Hide From Your Dog
With the festive food bonanza just around the corner, Lara Shannon shares some reminders to ensure your dog's experience is just as joyful as yours.
Tips For A Dog With Noise Phobias
No one likes seeing their best mate afraid or stressed, which is often the case with noise phobias. If your dog does experience anxiety from loud or unique noises, Lara Shannon shares handy tips.
Teaching Your Dog The 'Leave It' Command
If your dog picks up anything while on a walk or exploring, teaching the 'leave it' command could save their life.
Toilet Training Tips For When Life Returns To Normal Post-Covid
When toilet training takes a turn - has your toilet-trained dog suddenly begun doing their business inside? A toilet-trained dog can sometimes take a backwards step when environmental or health changes occur, so it's important to investigate as soon as you can.
Three Ways To Fill A KONG
Want to create extra special treats for your pooch? Here's a demo on how to fill a KONG toy three ways: easy, intermediate and expert.
D.I.Y Cat Garden
Create a cat-friendly garden, both you and your cat will love! A garden like this will provide enrichment for your cat and delivery some added health benefits.
D.I.Y Coconut & Blueberry Cookies
Treat your pooch! Bake some coconut and blueberry cookies that are quick to cook and super tasty to eat (for your dog).
French-Inspired Pooch Picnic
Did someone say picnic with your pooch? Since spending a lot more time with our dogs, maybe your creative dog dates are getting a bit stale? Time to lift your game.
Pimp Your Kennel
Bring forth your inner interior stylist and deck out a new dog den, or revamp your kennel. Add as much love and flair to your dog's space as you do for your abode.
DIY Spring Treats For Your Dog
Create your own dog-friendly treats. 3 easy recipes to tantalise your dog's tastebuds, and get their brain ticking.
DIY Summer Treats For Your Dog
Just like humans, dogs love an ice cold treat during the summer swelter. Check out these quick and easy recipes that will not only keep your pet cool, but also entertained.
Decluttering Your Dog's Space
Wipe the slate clean by getting your wardrobe in order, and making your dog's shelf look like this.
Keeping Your Dog Cool This Summer
Summer is the perfect mood booster, but for dogs, the sweltering heat can become too much. Here are some ways to keep your dog cool (and entertained) this summer.
Tips For Taking Your Dog To The Beach
Beach days are the best days - and that includes your pooch too!
Get it for the gram! We gave some resident pups a Winter makeover with all the frills.
Let's Talk Adoption
Dog Trainer and Behaviourist, Lara Shannon, talks adoption and why it's important you consider EVERYTHING before making the decision to adopt a pet.
Forever Friends Animal Rescue - Consider Fostering Or Adopting Other Pets, Like Small Animals
In celebration of our Adopt Different focus next month, we're bringing you adoption, fostering and volunteering tips from some of our PETstock Assist partners. These are the founders, volunteers and key people working around the clock to help save the lives of pets in-need.
Second Chance Animal Rescue – Consider Adopting Pets With Special Needs That May Be Older, Have Health Issues Or A Disability
Lara Shannon chats with Second Chance Rescue about adopting elderly pets, pets with special needs or medical conditions, and gives some tips on how you can help pets in-need.
Lonely Miaow Association – Cat Rescue And Adoption Tips
We visited Sam, the Rescue Manager at New Zealand based
Lonely Miaow Association, to talk all things cat adoption. There are SO many stray cats that need a second chance at life, which is exactly why Lonely Miaow exists. Their team rescue and rehome as many cats as possible throughout the Auckland area
Mini’s Bulldog Rescue Club – The Importance Of Research Before Adopting A Dog, Including Breed And Training Requirements
Lara Shannon talks the importance of research before adopting a dog, with Mini's Bulldog Rescue Club.This includes breed research, training requirements and more! The more you know, the better equipped you are to adopt the right pet for your lifestyle.
Forever Friends Animals Rescue – Adoption Application Tips And Considerations
Lara Shannon talks adoption criteria and checks with Forever Friends Animal Rescue. Submitting an adoption application requires much thought and information about your lifestyle, previous experience, and more.
How To Trim Your Cat's Nails AT Home
PETstock Groomer, Steph, takes us through the steps of trimming your cat's nails at home. It's sometimes a daunting task, but with the right tooks and preparartion it can be a seamless task.
How To Trim Your Dog's Nails AT Home
PETstock Groomer, Katie, shows us how to cut dog nails at home. Just like their feline counterparts, dogs need their nails clipped regularly. With the right technique and patience, you can do this at home without any issues.
Set Up A Home Grooming Station
If you find it tough to wash and groom your dog at home, it all starts with perfecting your prep and setup. We've enlisted the help of grooming expert Melanie Newman to take you through some tips on a basic station setup.
Introducing Your Dog To Grooming At Home
Grooming at home, starts with your dog. You need to make sure your dog is at ease, comfortable and prepared for your grooming routine. @melanienewman_salonessentials shows us how you should introduce your dog to grooming.
Pamper your pooch with a gentle massage! It's actually more beneficial to your dog's health and happiness than you may think. @larashannon shows us some techniques guaranteed to give good vibes to your dog. A little tender loving care is worth a whole lot to your furry loved one.
Sensitive Skin & Allergies With Your Dog
If your dog has senstive skin or allergies, it's important to cater your grooming method to their needs. @melanienewman_salonessentials takes us through some of the best products to use, along with essential grooming advice.
How To Clean Your Dog's Eyes
Keeping your dog's eyes clean helps prevent any bacteria build-up or irritation. Knowing how to do this the right way will not only ensure your dog is comfortable with the process, but also leave a better result.
Grooming Your Dog For the First Time At Home
Now the prep's done - it's time to groom your dog for the first time at home. Melanie Newman shares some processes and tips to make it a smooth, stress-free experience.
How To Safely Bath Your Dog At Home
Melanie Newman has some tips to help you safely wash your dog at home, including a nice head massage for your pooch!
How To Safely Remove Knots From Your Dog's Coat
If you're constantly untangling knots from your dog's coat, maybe you need a few tips? Melanie Newman demonstrates the right technique to tackle those unruly waves and matting.
Why It's Important To Remove Dead Coat From Your Dog
Some dog breeds shed their coat up to twice a year. It's how they stay warm and keep cool. So, ensuring you regularly brush your dog to remove the dead undercoat, will help keep your dog's locks in top shape.
What Grooming Tools To Use On A Dog That Sheds
If your dog sheds everywhere they go, you need the right grooming tools to maintain a healthy coat. Melanie Newman shares her key grooming essentials.
Brushing A Curly Dog
Curly hair, don't care! If you've got a pooch with the cutest curls, you may find grooming a little bit challenging at times.
Drying Your Dog After A Bath
Drying your dog after a bath can feel like an Olympic sport for some pet parents.
How To Brush Your Puppy
Brushing your new puppy for the first time is an important experience, and it takes a little extra care.
How To Teach A Marker Word (YES!)
New puppy parent, Claudia and the adorable Archie recently completed our Puppy Pre-school. They are feeling confident and ready to teach you some key skills.
How To Teach Your Puppy To Sit
Claudia and Archie are back at it, ready to take us through a 'sit' training technique they're practising while at home.
How To Teach Mat Training
Learn how to get your puppy to 'go to bed' on command. This 'trick' or command is otherwise known as mat training and is a handy form of obedience in many scenarios.
Socialising A Puppy From Home
Stuck at home with a new puppy? Lara demonstrates how you can socialise your puppy from home. It is essential your puppy becomes familiar with all the sights and sounds of the world as soon as possible, so give these tips a go!
How To Teach Your Puppy To Drop
Claudia and Archie are ready to show you the 'drop' command. Some dogs can find this command more challenging than others, as this position doesn't always come naturally. Be patient!
How To Teach Your Puppy To Stay
Teaching your puppy to 'stay' is vital in many everyday situations. This command can keep your dog out of danger and make daily living less chaotic.
How To Teach Your Puppy To Recall
Recall is absolutely VITAL for your puppy to learn. If your dog doesn't come to you when called, this can cause some serious challenges for you and your pooch.
How To Stop Puppies Biting & Chewing
Stop your puppy from mouthing, biting or chewing with some expert tips from Lara Shannon. While a puppy is still learning, it's important to show them what good behaviour looks like and redirect their energy when required.
Meet Laura And Goldie
Psychotherapist, Laura, from @feelsgoodwellness talks mindfullness and the special work of therapy dog, Goldie.
The Mental Health Benefits
Of Owning A Pet
Discover the real mental health benefits of owning a pet, including Goldie's work as a therapy dog.
Learn about the practice of mindfulness, and how your pet can teach you how to live more mindfully every day.
Laura from @feelsgoodwellness takes us through meditation you can do at home with your pet!
Staying connected with friends and family is vital during this challenging time. Luckily, one way of doing this includes spending time with our pets (thumbs up from every animal lover!).
Anxiety can affect anyone. Learn how you can support someone with anxiety. This doesn't mean you can cure a condition, but you can always provide support and understanding.