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NEW PUPPY INFO.

PREPARING FOR...

Bringing a puppy home is such an exciting time. The thought of cuddling and playing with your new puppy is special for you and your family. In your excitement, keep in mind a puppy is leaving it's mother and playmates. It is an adjustment period for the pup. Treat your puppy with much patience, constant supervision, and of course lots of love. Always remember that like kids, your puppy can easily get spoiled. 

 

One of the best things you can do before your puppy is home, is to prepare yourself and your family. If you have never raised a puppy before we recommend having a trainer lined up or Puppy Kindergarten. Have all your puppy shopping done (view our Puppy Shopping Essentials).  Read books, watch YouTube videos and talk to friends that have raised puppies.

 

Making sure your family is all on the same page with the dogs training is essential. The best gift a family can give a puppy is consistency. It sends a clear message on what you expect from the puppy and will help them feel secure in their new home. 

View our Adore Puppy Schedule.
Designed especially for our Adore Puppy Families.
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Puppy Houseproof Checklist

Some houseplants are poisonous -if you have houseplant look them up to see if they are.
Don't leave electrical cords exposed. A puppy chewing on an electrical cord could shock or kill them
Keep all medications  and cleaning supplies out of the puppies reach.
Take a walk through your yard and make sure it is puppy safe.
Block the stairway with a gate.  When a puppy is young they can easily fall down steps resulting in injury.
Keep anything with batteries out of your puppies reach. Swallowing a battery can cause an obstruction in dogs intestines.
Keep trash cans out of your puppies reach.

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Money can't buy happiness
but it can buy a Cavpoo
and that's about the same thing.

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Puppy Aggression

Most Cavapoos naturally have gentle, sweet behaviors. however every once in a while there may be one that will show a little aggression or an alpha personality (dominate). If they begin viewing themselves as the alpha they may seem to single out the youngest or more timid in your household. There are a few thing that are helpful in reversing this behavior.

  • Have the family ignore the puppy for a couple days. When they view themselves as the alpha they think they are in charge. By ignoring them, it send the message they aren't as important as they think they are.

  • If they are singling out someone in your household, have that person be the one to feed him. First have the person eat something in front of the puppy. When they are done, then feed the puppy their puppy food. If you watch a wolf pack the alpha always eats first. This will help your puppy establish who is the one in charge.

  • Have the person your puppy is singling out be the one giving extra treats.

  • Hiring a dog trainer is always recommended.

Implementing the steps above along with love and patients will go a long way in returning your puppy back to a sweet pup.

Puppy Gaurding

Some puppies may show signs of guarding. If the puppy has something you want, pick up the puppy slowly and usually they will drop the item. If not, while you are holding them lean them forward. If they are still holding on, go and get a tasty treat. Hold the treat to their nose. It's hard for a puppy to resist a tasty treat. When they drop the item,  place your foot on the item on the floor. Place the pup on the floor, keeping them focused on the tasty treat. When they are not looking remove the item from their view. What a wonderful way to show the puppy you can be trusted, and you are better than any item.

 

Another great tool in training your puppy is the "treat game".

At random times, say "treat" and lead the puppy to the fridge. They will eventually catch on that something wonderful is about to happen. Give them a tasty morsel. Praise them and go throughout your day. Do this several times in a day to encourage this training. This will eventually train a puppy to drop what they are doing and come running to you. This is a great tool for distracting a puppy when they may be guarding an item or if you need to distract them from a behavior. Make it a fun Game! In doing so, you will be rewarding compliant behavior.

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Puppy Poison List

chocolate
avocados
grapes &
raisins

 
alcohol
xylitol
macadamia
nuts
some 
houseplants
insecticides
rodenticides
lawn & 
garden prod.

Puppy Biting

Acquired Bite Inhibition (ABI) is when your puppy has learned to keep his bite strength at a moderate level and not actually hurt you. 

 

Playing with litter mates begins the training. Biting is something natural, and you want them to be able to use "soft mouth" biting on your hand. when you are playing with your puppy. If they bite at your hand and it hurts at all, pull back and say ouch. It will startle them but it will help them realize acceptable biting and unacceptable biting.

 

Cavapoos are not aggressive by nature, but if not taught appropriately, biting can become painful.  

Getting chew toys for your puppy with a variety of textures, noises and shapes is a great way that they can ease there puppy chewing.

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A PUPPY CAN ONLY BE AS CUTE AS THEIR HAIR CUT.....AND WE ARE ALL ABOUT CUTENESS!

Grooming

Tips to keep the forever puppy look!
1 Don't shave around the eyes....trim yes...but do not shave.
2.  When you look at a cavapoo puppy, they do not have a mustache.  Neither should a cavapoo dog that is groomed for a forever puppy look, unless you are wanting them to look more like a poodle.
3. Trim the perimeter of  the face in a circle
4. Take a picture of a cavapoo that you like the looks of and show it to your groomer.

 

Bathe your puppy and trim their nails every two weeks. It's important to brush them before and after bathing.  This will prevent tangles. 

Using a conditioner along with your shampoo with also help with tangles. 

Its best to professionally groom your puppy every 8-12 weeks or tackle it yourself.

View our "Puppy Potty Chart" designed for our Adore Puppy families.

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WE RECOMMEND TAKING YOUR PUPPY OUT FIRST THING IN THE MORNING & EVERY HOUR OR SO UNTIL BEDTIME.. TAKE THEM OUR RIGHT BEFORE YOU GO TO SLEEP.

ALONG WITH SCHEDULED POTTY BREAKS, IT'S GOOD TO FEED THEM THE SAME TIMES EACH DAY. ALSO CONSIDER LIMITING EXCESS WATER A COUPLE HOURS BEFORE BED.

BY THREE MONTHS MOST DOGS WILL BE NIGHT TRAINED. IF THEY SOIL THEIR CRATE SET YOUR ALARM EARLIER THE NEXT NIGHT.  

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WALK YOUR PUPPY AROUND IN THE DESIGNATED POTTY AREA.  WHEN YOUR PUPPY IS READY TO POTTY THEY WILL START CIRCLING AROUND.  IMMMEDIATELY PRAISE YOUR PUPPY AFTER THEY GO.

IF THEY DON'T GO TAKE THEM INSIDE AND TRY AGAIN LATER.

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ESTABLISH A DEDICATED POTTY AREA OUTIDE.  EVERYTIME YOU TAKE THEM OUTSIDE TO POTTY, QUICKLY DIRECT THEM TO YOUR IDEAL POTTY SPOT. IN TIME THEY WILL ASSOCIATE THAT SPOT - TO POTTY TIME.

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START BY LIMITING YOUR PUPPY'S ACCESS TO ONLY A SMALL PART OF YOUR HOUSE. GIVE YOUR PUPPY A SMALL PENNED AREA, OR LEASH THEM TO YOU.  WHEN YOU CAN TRUST THEM TO NOT HAVE ACCIDENTS GIVE THEM MORE SPACE IN YOUR HOME, LITTLE BY LITTLE.  

REMEMBER TO GIVE THEM CRATE TIME DURING THE DAY.  DOGS LIKE TO BE CLEAN.  GIVING THEM A KENNEL THATS NOT TOO BIG WILL HELP SO THEY DON'T THINK THEY CAN ESTABLISH  A POTTY ZONE IN THEIR KENNEL.

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WHEN IT IS POTTY TIME  ALWAYS TAKE THEM TO THE SAME DOOR.  USE A CONSISTENT  POTTY COMMAND "POTTY, POTTY' (FOR EXAMPLE).  RING THE BELL (see our puppy shopping guide) WITH THEIR PAW AND TAKE THEM OUT ON A LEASH TO DESIGNATED AREA.

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ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN.  FIRST INTERUPT THEM WITH NOISE.  IMMEDIATELY PICK THEM UP (EVEN IF THEY ARE ALREADY GOING).  TAKE THEM TO THEIR DESIGNATED POTTY SPOT OUTSIDE.  PRAISE THEM IF THEY FINISH GOING OUTSIDE.

CLEAN UP THE MESS WITH ENZYMATIC CLEANER (SEE SHOPPING LIST).  GETTING RID OF THE SMELL REDUCES THE RISK OF FOLLOW UP ACCIDENTS.

Puppy Potty Training-6 Steps to Success

DESIGNATE A POTTY ZONE

CONSISTANT COMMANDS &
POTTY BELLS

SUPERVISE OR CONFINE

HANDLE ACCIDENTS APPROPRIATELY

CELEBRATE IMMEDIATELY

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND USEING OUR PUPPY POTTY SCHEDULE THAT WE SEND HOME WITH OUR PUPPIES. THIS CHART WILL HELP YOU SEE THE TRENDS IN YOU PUPPIES POTTY TRENDS. THE CHART ALSO HELPS IF YOU HAVE MULITIPLE PEOPLE IN YOU HOME, YOU CAN LOOK BACK AND SEE WHAT YOU PUPPY DID THROUGHOUT THE DAY. 

 

WE USED THIS FOR TRAINGING OUR CAVAPOO.  AFTER A FEW WEEKS WE COULD SEE A TREND ON WHEN HE NEEDED TO GO.  MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR HIM & US BOTH.

STICK TO A SCHEDULE

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It is important to introduce your puppy to new people & new experiences. This will make your puppy more well rounded and more adaptable. However, keep in mind the first few days after your puppy comes home is a big adjustment for them. As much as we want to go show them to friends and family, it's best to keep them home a few days until they have adjusted to their new home and to your family.

 

Also keep in mind your puppy isn't fully vaccinated.  Avoid taking your puppy to a dog park until they are at least 4 months old.  When taking your puppy to the vet do not put them on the floor or let them us the outside poppy area.  Use extra caution until they are fully vaccinated. 

Always have your puppy supervised when interacting with other pets. Praises and treats and no scolding is recommended when introducing your puppy to other pets. It's important to keep it a positive experience. If another pet is much larger, we suggest a playpen until you can see they will get along.

Crate Training

A crate is a puppy training tool that has multiple purposes. It assist in teaching good potty habits. Puppies want to be clean by nature, so if a puppy is given a crate that is size appropriate they don't normally soil their crate. A crate also helps your puppy learn to happily spend time alone. It becomes a haven for your puppy when they need to just "chill".

To accomplish having your puppy view his crate as a haven, never use the crate for punishment.  Place the crate in a central location of the house & not a place where they will feel isolated.  Start by offering treats and toys in the crate, saving extra special things that they only get in the crate.  This will allow your puppy to associate there crate as a positive experience.

Placing your puppy in the crate for rest times, throughout the day, when you leave home & at bedtime, will ensure they get used to their crate.  Placing your puppy in the crate only when you are leaving will create separation anxiety.  At first when you leave your pup leave a radio on.  The noise will be reassuring.  When you first begin crate training  they will likely whine and bark. Hold on to you heart, because their crate will eventually be a  haven for your pup.

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