Although many Cavalier King Charles Spaniel aficionados will insist that their dogs are perfect, all dogs need some training. The challenge with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels is with their small size. If you have a purebred, then you also have to deal with some health issues common with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. although problems with Cavalier mixes can and do happen.
It often takes longer for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy to be housebroken than for most other small breeds. This is not because your puppy is being disobedient or stupid. They quickly get the point about where to do their business. But they need time and maturity to get the muscle control in order to perform where they should. You may see your Cavalier puppy sniffing and circling outside forever and then the bladder’s floodgates will suddenly open when bounding up the steps.
If you want to bring a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy into your life, don’t get new furniture, be patient as you would with a small child and always use positive reinforcement. You may also want to check out “doggy diapers” until your spaniel is mature enough to have muscle control.
Exercise And Feeding
Unlike many other breeds of dog, the Cavalier pup wants to be snoozing in your lap more than bouncing off the walls. Even if they are not as exuberant as other breeds, these little chubby pups still need regular exercise. You won’t be hiking the Grand Canyon with them, but even a good twenty minute shuffle around the neighborhood will help keep them fit and supple.
This inherent but charming laziness makes it very easy for Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies to get very fat. They love food and will soon learn what expressions to make, what whimper to use and twist you about their paw in order for you to feed them more than they should and feed them human food. This can lead to many health problems, which can be fatal.
Due to unscrupulous breeding practices, many Cavaliers are prone to hip dysplasia and knee problems, making it painful for your dog to walk. They are also prone to have heart attacks. This is intensified when the dog is overweight. Remember, you can treat your dog with verbal praise, affection and a favorite toy than with food.
The best thing you can do with your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy is get him or her used to the variety of life. Puppies learn best between seven and fourteen weeks of age. Anything that happens to them at that time tends to stay with them for the rest of their lives.
Let your puppy meet all kinds of people, children, cats, dogs, household objects, grooming tools and everyday noises. Schedule a drive in the car, a trip to the vet or watch squirrels run outside the home. When they get used to these things as puppies, they will be better pets for the rest of their lives. They will know what not to get stressed out about.