THE LONGEST STANDING CAVALIERS IN NEW ENGLAND * 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE * SPECIALIZING IN CAVALIERS
Your New Puppy
NO PUBLIC EXPOSURE UNTIL -ALL- SHOTS ARE DONE
- No Petco, dog parks or walks down the road. You do not want to be around dogs or near fecal matter from dogs that you do not know the shot history on.
VET VISITS ARE NEEDED
- Please make an appointment with your vet shortly after placement, and bring a copy of your contract so that they have the current shot/worming info.
THEY NEED TO EAT -3- TIMES PER DAY
- New puppies will often get into their new home and be overwhelmed by the new people, house, smells and things.
- Please remember that you need to ensure they are eating on schedule or there can be unfortunate consequences including hypoglycemia.
- If they are still distracted, then you need to limit options. Take your puppy over to the crate and put the food and water in with them and walk away.
THEY NEED TO BE DRINKING THROUGHOUT THE DAY
- Ensure that they are drinking throughout the day to stay hydrated. You can also use the crate to limit options as need with this too.
CONSISTENCY IS CRITICAL
- Make sure you are consistent with your feeding, walking and training. No exceptions!
BATHE/GROOM YOUR PUPPY EVERY 4-6 WEEKS, OR AS NEEDED
- You can also refer to the Grooming page of our site as well
When you get your puppy home allow them time to look around and get acclimated in their new environment, Do slow and supervised introductions with other pets, ensuring that your other pet knows that they are still top dog. Do not have dozens of people over to see your puppy the first few days. Remember that this is a baby and you need to take baby steps until they are settled.
Immediately begin adjusting the puppy to your schedule and schedule their feedings accordingly, spreading them throughout the day. For example, if you wake up at 6am then do your feedings at 6am, 12pm and 6pm. Do not feed your puppy after 8pm at night because there is a great chance for an accident. Try to reasonably adjust your schedule to fit in the three feedings before then.
You will also begin house training right away too. The general rule of thumb is first thing in the morning, right before bed and every 3 hours during the day. You will also need to take them out 15 minutes or so after they eat or drink anything too. If you get up at 6am you would immediately take your puppy out and then bring them in to eat/drink and then out again. Follow the three hour schedule until lunch and dinner, then let them out one last time before bed.
If you are paper training then we recommend leaving them in a large, unobstructed crate. Put the bedding in back and leave the paper in the front. First thing in the morning you will open the crate, grab the paper and take it and the puppy outside. Put the paper in the yard where you would like the puppy to go and tell them to "do your business." By putting the soiled paper outside with instruction, it helps them make a faster connection that this is where they are supposed to "go". Once complete you would take the paper back inside and dispose of it.
Remember to highly praise your puppy when they are doing what you like and gently but firmly scold them when they are not. Cavalier are smart dogs and eager to please. When a Cavvie is getting a positive reaction they want it more and more. They are a very sensitive breed and do not like being scolded so it helps them figure out what not to do.
Keep them on the same food. Cavaliers are notorious for sensitive digestive systems and can have stomach upset with changes. If you must change their food then do so gradually, mixing in the old and new until you completely transition over a week or so. Sometimes puppies are overwhelmed the first few days and as a result, they do not want to eat. If this is happening then you need to limit options and walk away. If that is still not working then we suggest you break up and thoroughly mix in some rotisserie chicken, putting in less and less over a day or two until they are back on their dog food only,
Be firm with training! All puppies are dogs and have a "pack" mentality. Like children, they will try to push boundaries when they are young to see how much they can get away with and see if they are the "alpha" of your home. It is critical that you lay the groundwork to establish that you are the boss and in charge. If you are having trouble setting boundaries or are not sure about training then we strongly encourage you to hire a professional trainer.
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Hopefully these will be some helpful tips to get things started. Feel free to call or email with any other questions!