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Announcing our Accelerated Puppy Training Program!

The Monarchy now offers a two-week  (starting at age 8 weeks) ‘Accelerated Puppy Training Program’ . . . exclusively for our adoptive families.  Price:  $825

The following goals will be reached with our ‘Accelerated Puppy Training Program’:

Your puppy will adjust away from the litter, (which is more dog oriented), to an environment which is more people oriented.  

Your puppy will be crate trained--meaning in most cases, your puppy can hold potty and remain quiet overnight and for extended periods during the day in the crate and/or puppy playpen.

Your puppy will use the potty system of your choice (indoors or outdoors), with good consistency; and, he/she will be on a schedule of eating, drinking, and going potty to make continued house training much easier.

Your puppy will be introduced to walking on a lead and will become familiar with wearing a collar and leash.

Your puppy will learn its name and will be introduced to basic commands:  sit, down, stay, come.

Your puppy will be introduced to basic grooming and maintenance such as coat brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming and teeth cleaning.

Age Appropriate Vaccinations will be given (10 week vaccination).

This program is most suited for those who do not want, or cannot handle, those first very messy and noisy days of crate training.  Puppies enrolled in the two week program will have just been introduced to the potty training process and will begin to learn what is expected of them.  They will require a great deal of attention to continue the potty training in your home.  For more information, please contact The Monarchy.  Registration is limited.

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These 3 new designs and colors are available--for your custom crate cover. There is a very limited # of these new patterns, contact Melanie if interested.  413.893.9012.  We have recently made several "custom chosen fabrics" crate covers and they are the same price! These fit the two-door crates that are sold on Amazon/Midwest, perfect for Cavachons and Cavapoochons.  We are limited to making the size to fit the smaller crates used for Cavachons and Cavapoochons.  For prices visit    Shipping is Free of Charge!

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Introducing our Ruby Cavachon from our first litter born on October 13, 2014!


Hi Linda and Steve,

 It has been three years since I last wrote to you.  While you were moving to AZ, we were leaving the US and we're now living in Mexico with Q.  All of us are loving it here on Lake Chapala where the weather is lovely and the people are warm and unpretentious.  I'm writing now to ask your advice on a barking problem that is getting unacceptably worse.

 Our 6-year-old boy is so handsome and well-behaved in public that he gets a lot of attention and admiration.  We can take him to outdoor restaurants and presentations (on his Gentle Leader) and he is "muy tranquilo."  The same is true at home off-leash, after someone has entered the house and he has settled down, but we have to isolate him in a bedroom before letting in a workman or even a friend, otherwise his excitement and attention barking is ear-splitting and extremely uncomfortable.  He is very affectionate and calm with house guests after a few minutes, but the initial ear-splitting demand and alert barking is both physically painful and embarrassing.  We had house-sitters who stayed with him for six weeks last year who handled this very well--they totally ignored him when they entered and he responded with sniffing and quiet, but even though we ask friends and. family to ignore him and explain why, it seems impossible for them to do so, and he feeds on this attention.

 In Arizona, our home was such that he could not see people passing on the street.  Now our home is just inside the gate into the neighborhood; our front door is just a few feet from the sidewalk and separated from it by a wrought-iron fence.  When there's little neighborhood activity, he will lie quietly on the porch or the grass for an hour or more.  But people, some with dogs, pass by on foot  all through the day and evening, so Q can run around the house like a race track if he wants to, watch people and cars going by, and comment on everything he sees--very enjoyable for him. He has a pact with the dogs across the street:  "If you bark first, I'll chime in even if I don't know why yet."

His barks once or twice to ask for food, water, to be let in or out, or to ask for his daily run and of course that's no problem, but we are unable to get control of the ear-splitting demand and alert barking that occurs when anyone passes the house, both unknown people and people he sees all the time.  It's worse when they come to the gate or enter the house, but I am unable to get him to respond to commands to quiet.  It happens so much that I could be running in and out all day long to bring him in. 

When he was a puppy, it was obvious from the get-go that he was strong-willed and had lots of energy, but he is smart and training went well. The only exception is that it took years to get him to come when called if he was outdoors having fun, even after a long playtime in the dog park.   Offering treats was totally ineffective.  This is still true--we have to think ahead to prevent "escapes" and how to get him back.  Even now, it often takes a harsh tone and a threatening posture--short of a raised hand--to get his attention and compliance. 

 Aside from this barking, he's a wonderful healthy, athletic, funny boy with a mind of his own and we love him to death.  He "speaks" for his dinner--now how do we get him to be quiet on command???

 Hope you can help us with this and that you are loving Arizona as much as we love Mexico,

 Warm wishes, Sue


From: Stephen Haynes []
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2014 6:38 AM
To: Linda Rogers

Subject: Re: Hello from Q in Mexico

This is something that I do every single day.  Pretty easy fix most of the time.  It goes like this….



Then do it exactly like this:


1 when someone comes to the door, let the dog bark/rush to the door


2. when you arrive at the door, turn and in a normal tone of voice say whatever command you wish (quiet, hush, stop it….whatever) and immediately after that spray a burst of the corrector in the general direction of the dog.


3. you may have to do that once or twice initially to get them to move away from the door and stop barking.


4.  you need to repeat this about 6-8 times over the next 3 days or so randomly so that the dog learns that the command (quiet/hush…) means business and then you will be able to stop using the Pet Corrector.


If you do this in order and sequence it works about 95% of the time with my clients.  


All my best,




Steve Haynes

Fidelio Dog Works



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Care Around the Eyes!

Care Around the Eyes

Every dog should have their eyes regularly wiped with a warm, damp cloth to remove the build-up of daily eye secretions in the corners of the eyes.  All puppies who are teething will have excessive tearing.   Tear Staining periodically can be a problem for light colored, non-shedding small dogs.   If this build up is not removed every day, it can quickly become a cause of bacterial yeast growth that can lead to infections.  Please keep hairs around the eyes trimmed.   Hairs coming in contact with the cornea will cause excessive tearing.  You can use blunt end kid’s scissors.  When you take a moment every day to gently wipe your dog’s eyes with a warm, moist cloth, (use a drop of Baby Shampoo, then rinse) and keep the hair trimmed away from their eyes, you will help to keep your dog’s eyes comfortable and infection free.  This is in addition to the Dog Food (no tomato pumice, red beets, etc. in the food) and Water recommendations (distilled or filtered) below.

Several breeders have found the following product, a supplement, will eliminate tear staining if used in combination with the other recommendations that you will find in the article below entitled “Tear and Saliva Staining” by Vickie Halstead, RN, posted on the website:  Bichon Club of America.  Scroll down for a more comprehensive plan to deal with tear staining if it becomes a problem.

This is the absolute best supplement to rid your dog of tear staining, as long as you also use a combination of the methods described further down.



And a Canine Opthomolgist has recommended the below product as also helping to clear up tear stains.   I would only use this if the above supplement is not working to your satisfaction.

Prostera Nutritional Supplement for Dogs

In addition:

Provide a top quality dog food that does not contain food dyes, tomato pomace, or beet pulp that can contribute to staining.  Use only distilled or filtered water.

Other methods to improve or alter the body chemistry include adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to each gallon of distilled water that is supplied to your Bichon, or adding a tablespoon of cream cheese or ¼ teaspoon of buttermilk powder daily to the food.

Females are known to have more tearing prior to being spayed.  It is also important, in this regard, to avoid letting your puppy eat products that contain grains of any sort.  Feed your puppy “clean” food and treats (organic and all natural). We are feeding “Natural Balance (Grain Free)  Duck and Potato for Puppy and Adults.”

Tear and Saliva Staining,

 by Vickie Halstead RN, Courtesy of the Bichon Club of America

Often lighter colored dogs who are non-shedding and of small size can have a pink or reddish-brown discoloration in the hair below the eyes and may also have discolored hair near the mouth or areas that are licked, such as the feet. Saliva and tears normally are clear, so discolored body fluids indicates that the internal body chemistry is altered. In addition, if an area of the body is constantly moist yeast (fungus) and bacteria can grow, which can also discolor the hair and cause the skin in the area under their eyes to be reddened and produce an odor.

The cause may be eye irritation secondary to allergies, eyelid disorders, blocked tear ducts, or eye diseases. Moreover, excess untrimmed hair around the eyes can contribute to tearing by irritating the eyes.

Several theories exist as to the treatment of tear staining. In this author’s opinion, one intervention will not resolve the staining. Instead, a combination of therapies is needed. The first goal is to rule out any eye disorders or allergies that may need to be treated by obtaining an exam by a canine ophthalmologist.

The second goal is to keep the area clean under the eyes. Dogs that are non-shedding and light colored can tend to have 3 levels of condition of the skin and hair under the eyes: dry with crusty eye matter, moist with mucous eye matter, and wet with persistent eye drainage. At the very least the eye matter or mucus must be cleared daily from the inner corner of the eyes. Wet drainage must be cleaned at least daily with an eye cleaning product, cotton pad, or baby shampoo applied and then wiped away with a wet washcloth. Be advised that even baby shampoo contacting the eyes can burn the eye tissue without adequate rinsing of the eye with water.

The third goal is to improve the dog’s body chemistry by improving the quality of what is ingested, and antibiotics may contribute. Step 1 is to provide fresh water that is either distilled or filtered via reverse osmosis. Some well water contains high quantities of iron and minerals that may alter the color of tears and saliva, plus may stain the beard. Step 2 is to improve the nutritional status of the dog. Provide a top quality dog food that does not contain food dyes, tomato pomace, or beet pulp that can contribute to staining. Read this article on optimizing canine diets to help you chose a diet and treats that are less likely to contain ingredients that may cause allergic reactions such as grains, poor quality proteins, food dyes, and preservatives.

Other methods to improve or alter the body chemistry include adding a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to each gallon of distilled water that is supplied to your Bichon, or adding a tablespoon of cream cheese or ¼ teaspoon of buttermilk powder daily to the food.

In extreme cases,  you may need to treat the potential yeast or bacterial infection that may have developed below the eyes from persistent moisture. Antibiotics can be utilized, and may also assist in stabilizing the body chemistry. However, consult your veterinarian before giving medications to your dog. Antibiotics that may be useful are Tetracycline (Terramycin), Lincomycin (Lincocin), or Tylosin (Tylan). Tylan is available for purchase as a powder from pet supply catalogs and some feed stores, or as an ingredient in a product for tear staining, but is more effective if given full strength. These antibiotics are bitter to taste in the powdered form, so camouflage it in wet or canned food daily in very small doses (a pinch for an adult ) for 1-2 weeks.

Boric Acid powder fights yeast, which can be purchased at drug stores. Clean and dry the wet area below the eyes and then apply the powder with an old toothbrush 1-2 times per day. Boric Acid, often one of the ingredients in eye drops, is not harmful to the eyes; however avoiding contact with the eyes is safer.

As a case study, I would like to present a 3 month-old male bichon that I received as a puppy-back from a co-owned litter. His breeder ran out of the high quality food shortly before I acquired him, so she changed to a convenient food that she was able to quickly purchase from a pet store. His tear staining was severe, with constant tearing and staining above and below the eyes. I suspected he was allergic to some ingredient in the food. In about 3 weeks his tearing and staining resolved to the point that the only drainage from his eyes was dry matter. I utilized a combination of these therapies: changed his diet to a high quality food and supplements, gave him only distilled water to drink, cleaned the area under the eyes daily with a cleaning product, applied Boric Acid powder daily to the area below the eyes, and added a pinch of Tylan to his daily meal for about 10 days.


In summary, to resolve tear/saliva staining a combination of these therapies is required:

  1. 1.      Keep the hair trimmed around the eyes.
  2. 2.      Maintain cleanliness of the area under the eyes.
  3. 3.      Provide an optimally nutritious diet.
  4. 4.      Provide fresh water, either distilled or filtered via reverse osmosis.
  5. 5.      Apply Boric Acid powder to the moist area under the eyes in more difficult cases.
  6. 6.      Use a supplement to keep eyes clear.

(End of Article)



Started by Nancy Hastings in Cavachon Forum. Last reply by Melanie McCarthy on Friday. 3 Replies

Murray is very healthy but he vomits about twice a month. He also has a tendency to get car sick. He seems fine after. It doesn't happen at any special time. Sometimes in the middle of the night. Should I be concerned?

Tear Stains

Started by Shari Corum in Cava-Poo-Chon Forum. Last reply by Shari Corum Nov 6. 3 Replies

I switched Poppleton to canned food and now he has tear stains.   He had been on kibble his whole life (all two years) and was never a great eater.    He loves the canned and I hate to switch him back.    Continue

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Our. Murray

Started by Nancy Hastings in Cavachon Forum Oct 25. 0 Replies

I need to post about our Muuray. He loves children. We are senior citizens, ours are grown. Murray gravitates to every child he sees. He is gentle, plays , chases, and loves every kid he meets. It's amazing. I need to restrain him on walks from going to every child he sees. The grandchildren in our condo community come to our door asking for him to play. He's a joy.

Male Pups and Neutering

Started by Melanie McCarthy in Cavachon Forum. Last reply by Nancy Hastings Sep 20. 10 Replies

Recently I was asked by a Cavachon Owner whose male is 5-6 months old, if anyone else's pup has recently been neutered and what the experiences have been like?  Did anyone's pup from the Dec 17th Cavachon litter recently go through neutering?  Thanks for sharing!  Melanie McCarthyContinue

Bitter Apple Spray - to discourage chewing on furniture, etc.

Started by Melanie McCarthy in Cavachon Forum. Last reply by Nancy Hastings Sep 1. 11 Replies

I've heard that Bitter Apple Spray helps discourage chewing, on all the wrong things.Has anyone else used this and do you have any other suggestions to help with this?Continue

Need Help and Discussion on Finding the Right Adult Food for My Cavachon!

Started by Melanie McCarthy in Cavachon Forum. Last reply by Melanie McCarthy Aug 25. 13 Replies

8/17/14 Need Help Finding Right Adult Dog Food for My Cavachon. . . she is a very picky eater!Question from Eric D. in Houston:I am still trying to find an adult grain free dry dog food for Phoebe that she would eagerly embrace.  I also want one that has a protein level of 30 or less. Perhaps some of the other Cavachon owners use a brand these dogs really like. Also, we feed Phoebe two small meals twice a day. Maybe once a day is enough?Your thoughts?Continue

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