Preparing for your puppy (Click on the pictures to order)

 

*All our puppies come microchipped.  Register your puppy's microchip at https://microchipregistrationcenter.com/

*Schedule your vet appointment to happen with 72 hours of receiving your puppy.  If in Nampa, ID or surrounding areas, please visit:

Lakeshore Veterinary Hospital 555 Booker Lane, ID-45, Nampa, ID 83686 (208) 287-8387 

Dr Zach Raptosh is familiar with our Cavaliers and will take excellent care of your baby.

 

*You will receive a baby blanket with your puppy that has the scent of his birth family and entire pack.  Keep this near him for comfort.

*You will also receive a detailed Heath Record showing the 4 dewormings and first vaccinations already given.  Take this to every Vet appointment.

What to Expect in a Puppy's First Week

Do not put your new puppy down in public places until Booster immunizations and Rabies are completed (at 14-16 weeks.)  His immature immune system is not fully developed. Leave your shoes outside and away from puppy's reach until after this time.  Parvo is deadly and your baby is susceptible until fully immunized.

 

Well, you’ve made it home with your new puppy! What can you expect in the first week? For starters, you can simplify your puppy's first day by showing him his free-play zone, the room he’ll call home until he’s grounded and potty trained. Your puppy is used to sleeping and eating in an Iris 8 panel 34" tall exercise playpen.  They are available for $100 at various pet stores (when you can find them) and I have some on hand (new in box) for

$100 as well.  I can also have one shipped right to your door for $100 including shipping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your puppy will let you know when he needs to go potty when in his exercise pen by whimpering, scratching, crying, or howling softly.  Remember, sniffing the ground means he needs to pee, circling means he needs to poop.  When you see or hear the signs, pick him up and take him to the potty area.  If you let him walk there, he will likely have an accident on the way.  Click Here for the Potty Training Page.

 

Speak to your puppy softly and don’t correct him or respond if he has an accident or chews on something he shouldn’t. In the beginning, he’s too disoriented to retain anything; he’s just getting familiar with his new surroundings and den mates (as you are), so you’ll only frighten him. Relax.  Sleeping with your puppy will create a pack-like bond and help your puppy feel secure.

Depending on your potty training system, you may want to use pee pee pads.  I advise against the disposable ones as puppies like to chew them up and can choke on the pieces,  I recommend washable/reusable pads like these 

 

or these

 

 

 

 

Reusable pee pee pads are available by clicking the pictures or visit ebay for more varieties and sizes.

 

 

Surviving the first 24 hours with your puppy

 

Prepare yourself and your family for the fact that the first day home with your puppy can be a little odd. After all the anticipation and preparation, your puppy is home. He may jump right into the mix, or he may pass out for days.

 

Your puppy might sleep straight through the night, or he may be up all night whining. Click here for 7 great reasons to sleep with your dog. The puppy may be rough, sweet, aggressive, hyperactive, overly sleepy, or completely aloof.   All of these behaviors are totally normal and short lived.  Don’t take anything personally. This is just an adjustment phase.This adventure is all very new, and he’s just trying to get a handle on what’s going on.

 

Bring your puppy into the puppy free-play zone the moment you come home; wait to introduce him to the other rooms of the house until he’s potty trained. Enclose him in the room and just observe, reflecting his interests calmly. Get down on his level, if possible. If he sniffs something, you sniff it too. If he acts startled, stay calm. If he’s interested in looking out the window, join him.  If your puppy wants to rest, be a quiet presence. You’re showing him that this new space is okay, and acting like an adult dog will give him reassurance. Try not to overwhelm him with your interests or affections. He needs time to adjust.

 

Adjusting in days two through seven

 

By day two or three, you’ll notice your puppy watching you and getting excited when you walk through the door. You may be surprised to note the different reactions, but remember, his emerging personality is a sure sign that he feels safe and welcomed.

 

Establish a feeding schedule and stick to a routine. Start out giving 3-4 meals a day ¼ c. each meal.  Royal Canin Mini Puppy is the food you will use  (totally dry) for the first 8 months.  Remain patient with accidents or exploratory chewing, especially if he’s in his infant stage (younger than 14 weeks of age). If you notice your puppy chewing furniture or wires, use a distasteful spray like Bitter Apple to discourage him, or tape the wires out of reach.

 

Puppy-proof each area you share by placing objects such as dish towels and shoes out of reach. Avoid loud or physical interference because it will only overwhelm your puppy and discourage bonding. Running and shouting “No” to a puppy may make him stop in the moment, but you’d stop too if someone shouted at you.

 

During these early days, the most important lessons for your puppy are:

 

  • Helping your puppy learn his name: Fill a plastic container with some of his puppy food or favorite treats. Shake the cup and reward your puppy until he makes the association between the sound and the reward. Then call his name as you shake the cup and reward his focus. Always use his name to get his attention for positive interactions.  

  • Praise the action “good potty” rather than the dog, “good dog.” Whisper this if he is going potty at the moment and wait for enthusiasm until he is done.  Otherwise, he may stop out of fear. Click here for Potty Training Tips.

  • Teaching him where to go to get each of his needs met (eating, drinking, sleeping, playing, and going to the bathroom): Assign words to each routine so he begins to recognize your voice and connect words to actions

 

Make these lessons the focus of your puppy's first week, and you’ll be well on your way to a wonderful life together!

 3 weeks in and you are wondering how you ever lived without this precious puppy.  Now it the time for the next set of immunization boosters from your vet.   I DO NOT GIVE THE LEPTOSPIROSIS VACCINE TO PUPPIES.  THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE HORRIBLE. ASK YOUR VET TO SKIP THE LEPTO VACCINE.  Again in another 3 weeks, now 6 weeks in and it is time again for that final round of  immunization boosters and the Rabies vaccine (based on your veterinarian's timetable).  8 weeks in and Hallelujah, you can take him outside on walks now!! 

6 months: They lose their puppy teeth around 6 monthsSpaying/Neutering is done now. Proof of spay/neuter needs to be mailed/texted to Jana at this time. Tell your Vet to do a CBC blood panel test before surgery, to check for and fix umbilical hernia if present, and to remove any deciduous teeth (baby teeth) while under sedation.   This prevents future problems with retained teeth and takes advantage of one sedation to correct any issues.  Remember to send Jana a picture text of the receipt from your puppy's spay/neuter procedure as stated in your contract. :)

 

 

 

Stages of a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy while at our home
Eyes start to open at around 15 days old, then ears open and they can hear after that.
Newborns have pink noses; then they get black spots on their noses which fill in the flesh color.  This could take up to a year.

They start to crawl around at about 3 weeks and start to acknowledge and play with each other around 4 weeks.

4 to 5 weeks teeth start coming in.
At 4 weeks of age they begin eating Royal Canin Mini puppy that has been soaked in water.  They move to their Iris x-pen with their littermates and have visits from mamma. Weaning has begun.

We take them outside for very short periods of time (10 to 15 minutes) at about 5 weeks only if very warm outside.  
 
At 6 weeks they are completely weaned and eating the Royal Canin puppy food dry now.   They start going out with the adults, but under our constant supervision.  They are learning from the adults and socializing and working on their potty training.

We start sending them to their new homes at 8 weeks.  At this time, puppies are on dry kibble with a NuVet wafer sprinkled on top and eating about 3-4 x a day (roughly 1/4 cup each time).

 
 
 
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Grooming: The medium-length coat of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel requires combing and brushing a few times a week to keep it tangle-free. I brush and comb all of ours everyday.  They love it and it makes their coats silky. Use the comb to search for tangles especially behind the ears, in their "armpits", and on their bum. Separate the tangles and comb out each section.  The feathers should all be combed on the ears, legs, chest, underside, bum, tail, feet etc. The brush is for smoothing out the coat after all tangles are removed.  This breed is to remain uncut for show standards.  There you will find the fluffy feet and flowing feathers. NEVER let a groomer clip your Cavalier down like a"puppy" cut.  This clipping lends way to coarser, frizzier hair regrowth that sticks straight out. You will lose the silky, soft luxurious hair that lays down and flows gently.  I wash all my Cavaliers once a month with Crazy Dog Baby Dog shampoo and finish with a diluted mist spray I make with Biogroom Silk Conditioning Creme Rinse.  Just take a spray bottle, add 1/16th Conditioner and fill the rest with water, shake well, spray and leave on. Ears should be cleaned weekly and after every bath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teeth need to be brushed often ( once or twice a day) but be careful of sensitive teeth and gums when puppies are teething. A gauze pad or cloth with dog paste or gel over your finger works equally well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toenail clipping/grinding:  Every week to 2 weeks you will need to trim your dog's nails.  Here is a video that demonstrates the techniques. If your dog resists, don't give in. It will teach him to do that every time.

 

Chewing:  Remember this phrase and engrain it into your memory "If they chew, give them a chew." Chewing is a natural instinct for dogs of all ages and sizes; it helps them relieve boredom as well as provides numerous dental benefits. If your dog loves to chew, then he or she will go crazy for compressed rawhide bones, split antlers, cow ears {which are not fattening like pig ears and greenies that can give them diarrhea (and excess calories)}. Bully sticks, Dingo Twists, and Himalayan Dog Chews are a special favorites of our dogs.  Click on the pictures to see where to buy them.

 

Toys:  Cavaliers and Frenchies love squeaky, crinkly, crackly toys as well as soft plush toys.  It's important to remember to to watch them while they are playing/chewing on the toy.  When they rip off a small piece, take it away so they do not choke on it.  Major pet stores carry tons of choices.  I provide our with many types to stimulate different senses.  Introduce one at a time rather than pouring all out on the floor for an overwhelming "free for all".  Play with your puppy with his new toy so he can fully discover it and enjoy it.  Click images for websites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIET: We start our Cavalier puppies out on Royal Canin Mini Puppy food .

At 8 weeks, they are eating this dry with a NUVet wafer crumbled on top.  Offer 1/4 cup 3-4 times a day or 1/3 c 3 times a day.  They may finish each time,  but it is good to give them many opportunities to eat and a puppy generally won't overeat.  Remove bowl after each feeding a use for next feeding by pouring on top of new kibble so NuVet is not wasted). They will gradually go down to eating twice a day (around 6 months), a super heaping 1/3 cup each meal.  All our adults eat this amount and they are at the perfect weight.  Be careful not to "love your Cavalier to death" by over feeding him. Our Cavaliers weigh between 10-17 lbs and their offspring weigh the same. For adults offer 1/3 heaping cup twice a day.  Pick up uneaten food and do not leave bowl for pet to pick at through the day.  Only offer at mealtime.  Instead of fattening treats, use a piece of their dry kibble for training.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All our Cavaliers receive their tasty, chewable NuVet Plus nutritional supplements everyday.  They LOVE the taste!!!!  I believe this has contributed to the excellent health, longevity, and quality of life they all enjoy.  I am constantly getting comments from my Cavalier owners who use NuVet on how happy, healthy and gorgeous their Cavaliers are and that their coats are super soft and glossy.  NuVet is an amazing supplement. Order your supply before you bring your puppy home. You may order directly from the manufacturer by calling 800-474-7044 and using Order Code: 54703. www.nuvet.com/54703 You can also save an additional 15% and assure you never run out of NuVet by choosing the “AutoShip” option at check out. I believe so strongly in this supplement that I extend your 1 year health guarantee to 2 years when you feed your dog this daily.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is normal for a puppy to be temporarily reluctant to eat when transitioning into his/her new home. If this goes on for more than 1 day, to encourage your puppy to eat, try crumbling a small amount of a Stella and Chewy's Chicken Dinner patty on his/her food.  They can't resist the flavor and it is super healthy. Usually, the tasty NuVet wafers are more than enough to entice your puppy to eat but this is really nice to have on hand for certain circumstances.  Each patty is a completely balanced meal.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the puppies are about 8-10 months old we gradually switch their puppy food to Taste of the Wild.  

 

 

Keep your children from running in the house or running away from, chasing your puppy, or barking at it.  This game may seem fun but puppies love feet and will get stepped on.  In addition, this game sends the wrong mesage to a puppy.  Be the calm, balanced presence you want your dog to be in return.

Cow ears are a favorite chew of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
Cavaliers love Pressed Rawhide chews

 You can 1/4 the wafers and use them as training treats!

 You can break the patties into tiny pieces and use them as training treats as well!

 Rather than buy expensive fatty treats, use a piece of kibble as a  training treat!

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