Before your puppy comes home, you will want to get a few things set up to make the transition easier and safer.
We use what we call the "4-Paws" method of potty training with Cavaliers. If you are consistent, it works great.
For the first three days after your puppy arrives home, no paws touch the ground in your home. The puppy is either in your arms, going potty outside, or in a crate. The more time spent in your arms, the better. Not only will this help facilitate potty training, but its technique has other important benefits.
After three days, only when you have witnessed the puppy fully eliminating outside, you may give the puppy 10 minutes of supervised floor time. As your puppy matures, you will slowly increase the time on the floor in 5-minute increments. You will eventually work up to longer periods of "safe time". It can take a few months for these baby puppies to physically mature to the point where they are safe in the home. Patience and consistency are required.
Some other hints and tips for potty training:
If you have a fenced in backyard or run, do inspect the fence regularly. Look for holes that the pup can get through (possibly made by the puppy), poisinous mushrooms which can sprout overnight, and wasps which can nest in the ground.
Always keep your puppy on a leash when not in an enclosed, fenced-in yard.
Do not leave a collar on your dog while in a crate or in the backyard.
Puppy-proof your home. This means, remove any accessible electrical cords. Puppies love to shred paper, so move low level books and magazines. Puppies like to chew on furniture. Look out for any decorative objects that are within reach. Puppies chew and eat strange things. Look out for houseplants and cleaning chemicals, too. Waste baskets should not be left sitting out.
All puppies are so very young when they go off to their new home, mere babies, and all puppies require time to grow up and mature. They all are full of the energy of youth combined with a darling, silly little puppy brains. You will need to be prepared to keep your new puppy safe, happy, well-fed, healthy, entertained, trained, exercised, and loved. It's a big job, and a rewarding one! Don't ever forget that your puppy is 100% dependent on you. You are your puppy's entire world. A young, untrained puppy will require a significant commitment of your time, energy, and attention. Silly young puppies pose a huge danger to themselves and can easily get into something dangerous that can cause serious harm.
When you first bring your puppy home, your puppy should not be crated for more than 2-3 hours at a time, unless sleeping overnight. Initially, your puppy will need to relieve itself every 2 hours or so. Be prepared to take your puppy outside very early first thing in the morning, as well as the last thing, late at night.
As you introduce a new puppy into your household, there will be a period of adjustment. It really takes a good month or so to get into a regular pattern with your pup, as you slowly bond with one another. At first, it is a huge transition for such a very young pup and their owners. Your puppy may cry at night, or refuse to eat, or may go off his/her potty training. This is all normal and it will take time to get into sync. Remember, your puppy is totally dependent on you for everything from food to love.
All of our dogs and puppies are carefully bred and are raised in our home as family members. The newborns and their new mothers are kept bedside for the first few weeks of their lives. As the babies begin to wean onto solid foods at 4 weeks old, the puppies then move to the kitchen.
We do keep up a wait or interest list when we have a litter, and we don't take deposits. We have never bothered with deposits. Either we have the right puppy for you and you have the right home for the puppy, or it won't be a good fit. Simple as that.
Due to a recent change in the rules from USDA/APHIS, all potential puppy buyers must come to our home to pick up their puppy. If a buyer does not wish to buy the puppy being offered, they can decline to buy that puppy.
When we place a puppy in a new home, the pup is typically around 11-12 weeks old, and has had one parvo/distemper vaccine. The puppy will be accustomed to sleeping in a crate at night. The pup will be eating solid food. In wintertime, the puppies will be potty- trained to a litter box, and in the summertime they will be used to going potty outside. This does not mean they will be house-trained...it means that they have only started to work on this skill. The pups will be accustomed to the sights and sounds of a normal household, and will have ridden in a car. More training and socialization will be needed: This is just a good start to what is a longer process.
Our puppies are sold as companion dogs, and are not to be used for breeding. They are sold under a restricted pedigree and are dual registered with both the CKCSC-USA and the AKC. The pup can be trained for and compete in obedience, agility, Junior Handling, and work as a therapy dog.
Flea prevention can be started once the pup reaches 10 pounds or 6 months of age. Heartworm treatment (not prevention) begins in April and ends in November.
We follow Dodds Protocol for vaccinations, giving core vaccines only. Intervet Parvo/Distemper vaccine is given at 10 weeks old and again at 14 weeks old. Rabies vaccine is given much later, as required by state law, or after 20 weeks old. Only one single vaccine is to be give per vet visit, and only one vaccine per month. You will be provided with a fact sheet for your veterinarian, containing all the essential medical information about your puppy, including vaccine information and deworming schedule. Link to Dodds Protocol.
Puppies are to be spayed or neutered no sooner than 10 months old, and preferably after a year old. Girls should have had at least one heat cycle. Puppies have soft growth plates in their skull, leg joints, etc., and it is important to wait until those growth plates have had time to mature. More studies and information have emerged on this subject. Provet's growth plate closure chart, Healthy Pets Article, and Laura Sanborn's Study.
When we consider placing a puppy in a new home, we carefully match the personality and needs of the puppy to the home being offered. Placement in a loving, safe home is of utmost importance to us. We are eternally grateful to the families who provide wonderful homes to our babies.
A Cavalier is a gift of pure love. A treasure. It is not an overstatement to say that bonding with your Cavalier will be a life transforming experience.
All puppies will go home with a goodie-bag which will contain food, safe toys, treats, leash, paperwork, etc. The paperwork folder will include a copy of both parent's pedigrees and health test results, the puppy's health certification from our vet, care information and medical information needed by your vet, sales contract, and a copy of the Code of Ethics. Please take time to read everything.
Your puppy will have been microchipped with an AKC/CAR ISO microchip prior to going home. You will receive information on registering the microchip with the AKC.
A puppy should be taken to the new owner's vet within 72 hours for a quick health check. New owners can return a puppy for any reason within two weeks and will receive a full refund. Everyone needs to be happy with a puppy placement. All dogs bred here at Foxwyn have a lifetime home with us.
As a breeder of the puppy, we are always available to the owner for training and advice, breed information, etc. Consider us a resource.