Socialising your Cavalier King Charles

Sebastian & George playing on the floor

George and Sebastian

You will soon find that your Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a highly intelligent and very sociable breed.  Training these dogs is easy as they have a gentle disposition and a great eagerness to please.  Rewards and an abundance of praise is what this dog thrives on.  Your Cavalier will flourish when given plenty of attention and companionship.  They want to belong to the family and will offer you love and affection in abundance.

Socialise your Cavalier King Charles after Vaccinations

While some experts advocate that training and socialisation of your Cavalier puppy should begin as early as possible, and recommend that socialisation begin when the puppy reaches 3 weeks of age and end when it is 12 weeks old.  It is not safe to socialise a puppy prior to it receiving all its vaccinations.  Ideally socialisation should take place between 8 to 16 weeks and it is advisable to discuss with your vet the people and places you can expose your puppy to.  When socialising your puppy, be gentle and firm, nipping bad habits however cute they may be in the bud!

An absolute plus about this breed is the fact that the dog is a very social animal, good with people, children and other dogs.  They love human company, actually craving it constantly.  So long as your dog has plenty of attention and love it will be sweet tempered, mild mannered, fun loving and happy.  Leaving it alone for long periods of time will have a very negative impact on the dog’s sweet disposition.

What is Socialisation exactly?

Absence of the right socialisation training at the puppy stage can make your dog very shy and timid around other people and animals.  Socialisation may be considered the first crucial step to raising a well-behaved pet.  The term socialisation refers to letting your puppy meet and interact with different people, animals and environments as often as possible.  The accepted norm is that by 4 months of age your puppy should be socialised to the point of being accepting of strangers, handling by the vet or groomer and mixing with other dogs.

Socialisation is important for your Cavalier because it will keep the puppy healthy, happy and well-behaved.  When your puppy is properly socialised it is less likely to develop any kind of behaviour problems while growing into adulthood.  Poor socialisation of a Cavalier can result in the dog reacting with fear or aggression when exposed to new people, animals and environments.

Well socialised puppies will be more accepting of being handled later by the vet, the groomer, children and people.

Next time we will look at investigating what to feed your Cavalier King Charles and if your Cavalier is anything like the fussy eater George is, it’s on a trial and error basis to find out what he will eat!


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