The Supplies You Need: (Return to Top)
- Puppy food we use and recommend Eukanuba puppy small bites to get your new puppy off to a good start.
- Stainless steel or ceramic, non-tip food and water bowls. Plastic bowls hold germs in scratches and may change the color of your puppy's nose.
- Id tags with your puppy's name, your name, phone number and your veterinarian's name and phone number.
- A collar and a leather or nylon 6-foot leash that's 1/2 - 3/4 inches wide. When a Cavalier is a pup you may need to use a kitten collar that adjusts.
- A home and travel crate (if your puppy is being flown in you will being picking him/her up in a crate already). This crate will serve as your puppy's new "bedroom" at home. When traveling it is safer to place puppy in the crate as in case of accident you want your puppy safe. You will find that your puppy will be quite comfortable in there crate and they will find a sense of security being in it. This crate will also serve as a great house-braking tool which you will read about later on.
- Brushes and combs.
- Shampoo (I use J&J baby shampoo on puppies), toothbrush and paste (if you so desire).
- Safe chew toys to ease teething (we recommend Nylon bones and the rope toys as well as booda soft squeaky).
- Flea, tick and parasite controls.
- Nail clippers.
- Treats Iams Puppy Biscuits (please no raw hide).
- Adult size cage.
Making your home safe for your new Cavalier! (Return to Top)
To make your home safe for your new puppy, eliminate potential hazards around the house.
Be careful of electrical cords!!!! Make sure you hide or covering them. Make outlets safe with plastic outlet plugs(the ones made for babys). Keep breakable objects out of reach. Keep house and garden plants out of reach Safely store household chemicals. In the garage, be sure poisonous chemicals (especially antifreeze) are safely stored. If you own a pool or hot tub, check the cover or the surrounding fence to be sure they're in good condition. If you provide your puppy with an outdoor run, place it in an area that provides sun and shelter in the run.
Bringing Your Puppy Home (Return to Top)
The ideal time to bring home a new puppy is when the house is quiet. Discourage friends from stopping by. Establish a daily routine.
Step 1: Before bringing him in the house, take him to the area in your yard that will serve as his "bathroom" and spend a few minutes there. If he goes, praise him. If not, proceed into the house but be sure to take him to this spot each time he needs to use the bathroom.
Step 2: Take him to the room that accommodates your crate this restricted area will serve as his new "bedroom" for several days. Put bedding and chew toys in the crate (no newspaper as my pups are usually paper trained before they leave), leave the door open and line the area outside of the crate with newspaper, in case of an accident. Let him investigate the crate and the room. If he chews or urinates on his bedding, remove it from the crate and use old towels for the time being.
Step 3: Observe and interact with your puppy while he's acclimating to his new bedroom. This will help your puppy adjust.
Note: Don't get to upset if your puppy just wants to sleep the first day. Your puppy may not even eat the first day home, it's normal. Many puppies find it quite scary the first day and start to adjust be the second or third day. Remember everything this puppy knows like his parents, siblings, Me, where he grow up is gone and that's a lot for one day!
Fencing (Return to Top)
Keeping your puppy safe in your yard requires good fencing. We don't recommend electric fences at all. Cavaliers are to sweet to put into a dangerous situation. With an electric fence the only thing you are doing is keeping your dog on your property but not keeping other dogs or aniamls off. This may result in injury or even death of the pet, so please have a private fenced area for your Cavalier.
Vaccination Schedule (Return to Top)
(Please discuss this topic with your vet.)
||Distemper, Measles, Parvovirus
||Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Corona Virus, Bordetella
||Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Corona Virus, Bordetella
||Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Corona Virus, Bordetella, Lyme, Rabies
||Distemper, Parvo, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Corona Virus, Bordetella, Lyme, Rabies
When should my puppy be spayed or neutered? (Return to Top)
The safest age to neuter your puppy is at six months. If the surgery is done at this time, you can greatly reduce risk of health problems later in the dogs' life. Having the surgery done earlier than six months is not necessary. Discuss your questions about the procedure with your vet. Why should my puppy be spayed or neutered? In female dogs, spaying prevents uterine infections (pyometra, which not caught in time is fatal), false pregnancy, ovarian tumors, uterine tumors and unwanted pregnancy. It also reduces risk of mammary tumors and vaginal tumors. A common misconception is that a female should have at least one litter prior to being spayed. This is absolutely false!!!! She will not miss out on motherhood. Instead, she will be at increased risk of all the above mentioned health problems after just one litter.
In males, neutering reduces risk of prostate cancer and prevents testicular tumors. Many behavior problems in males can be reduced including roaming tendencies, inappropriate urination and other destructive behaviors.