What to do when your Cavalier King Charles puppy comes home

Cavalier King Charles puppies
Cavalier puppies

One of life’s most rewarding experiences is to bring home a new puppy and make it part of your family.  While the experience is highly rewarding, it can also be extremely demanding. There are various tips and techniques you can use to help you bring home a new Cavalier King Charles puppy.  In this article I talk about the basics of puppy care and what you need to do to ensure that your puppy is safe and healthy in its new environment.

The essentials when your puppy Cavalier King Charles comes home

Vaccinations: reputed breeders will take care to ensure the puppy is vaccinated to minimize the risk of illness and disease. You should receive the health reports when you buy the puppy. Your breeder will also instruct you on any vaccines that have yet to be administered.

Food: your puppy will need dry food especially made up for puppies and not adult dog food. The puppy food you feed your puppy will contain all the essential proteins and nutrients for a growing pup.

Puppy accommodation: organise a dedicated puppy enclosure before you bring your puppy home. Put the bed, litter box, water bowl and some puppy safe toys in this place. The place you select will need much forethought as making changes at a later stage can become difficult. The enclosure should be as near as possible to the garden door or doggie hatch.

Training:  it is always a good thing to start the training of your new puppy early on. Basic toilet training is very important and it is best to start from day one. Simple commands like sit and stay can be incorporated into the training at an early stage. Puppies are quick on the uptake and the Cavalier King Charles is a very intelligent dog, so don’t delay training your little one.

Puppy supplies:  Apart from the premium puppy food, you will also need to buy stainless steel food and water bowls. Get an identification tag with the puppy’s name, your name, address and contact number engraved on
it.  Buy a collar in leather that you can affix the tag to.  The leash should be 6 feet in length and made of leather or nylon.  Other items include high quality, safe toys, brushes and combs for grooming, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, nail clipper, treats and flea control medicine.

How to pick up your puppy

In closing, I would like to remind you that your Cavalier King Charles puppy is very delicate and it is best to avoid picking it up unnecessarily. When you want to pick up your puppy and of course you do – place one hand on the rump and one under the chest and gently lift up.

Next time we will look at what bowls to use with your Cavalier King Charles.  Till then, bye from George ‘woof’.

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