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Potty Training - Crate Method:

Crate Method (Preferred) Basics:
Dogs learn to love their crate as their very own special place/den.  It becomes a familiar and secure place, whether in the car, at a motel, visiting or just at home.  Crates should be large enough for the adult dog to stand, sit, stretch out and turn around.  Ideally for a puppy, you start with a smaller crate, or block off one end, so he can't turn one end into sleeping and the other for eliminating.   A good size is approximately 18 w x 24 l x 19 h.   There is a “Midwest” wire Crate on that is this measurement called iCrate 24 X 18 X 19.  Please order a crate with a divider so that you can start off with a smaller sized area and make it larger as the puppy grows.  Remember, also, dogs that have been kept in a small area and not taken out on a regular basis are harder to housetrain, simply because they've been forced to soil their living/sleeping quarters.  During the day the crate can be placed in a common area so your cavachon puppy can use it at any time (only for the recommended time for his/her age, 1 hour for every month of age, but try not to exceed two hours, except at night) and be part of family activities, even as an observer.  When it is time to nap or go to bed for the night the puppies generally do best if they cannot hear or see everything that is going on.  The puppy should be close enough to hear if they really start crying, but generally a different room is best or just outside your bedroom to be sure you can hear any distress crying. And at first you may need to get up once during the night for ‘potty.’ Covering the crate with a thin sheet may also help.  It gives them a sense of security and helps them settle down for sleep at the end of the day.  We will never take a pup out of a crate when he is fussing (if we know he has eliminated before crating for the night and we have taken away food and water at the appropriate time), that only teaches if he fusses enough, that he can come out.  You can usually tell the difference between, "I want to come out and play" versus "I really need to go potty."  You can give him a special chew toy or treat, just for when he is in the crate.  The treat must be small and soft and chewable, so he does not choke.  A chew toy is better. Avoid ‘dental bones’ at this young age as it changes the diet too much and causes diarrhea.  A soft stuffed animal, his scent cloth or a snuggle pup for warmth may also help.  The puppy can be in the crate for one to two hour intervals, but a play yard  or exercise pen (Midwest again, makes good ones, 26 “ x 30” h or with with 8 panels, be sure you order one with a gate!) should be used for longer periods during the day.  The puppy will need water in the play yard if it will be left for several hours.  Your puppy may need to be brought out once during the night to eliminate, during the first week.  After that he should make it through the night in his crate.  At the current time, the puppies are sleeping from about 10 p.m. at night until 5:30 a.m. in the morning.  This could change a bit if the puppy is a bit anxious about his/her new surroundings.  Puppies this age simply cannot hold it ‘in’ for very long.

Remember, putting your dog into a crate does not of itself housetrain a dog.  We begin taking the puppies out on a schedule as soon as they are weaned.  The puppies know not to soil in their area, as long as you take them out often enough.  Using the crate trains your puppy to "hold it" and helps the puppy identify the appropriate time and place to go potty.  To be successful, you want to prevent your puppy from making mistakes.  Many people punish a dog for messing in the house, and then virtually ignore the good behavior when they eliminate outside.  If you catch them in the act, make a distinct noise to stop them if possible and take them outside immediately.  Never clean up a mess when the puppy is watching.  Always use cleaning supplies that eliminate the odor.  To prevent mistakes, don't let your pup have the run of the house.  He needs 100% active supervision.  If you must leave the room, even for a phone call, crate him, take him with you or use a play yard.  The real reason for crate training is to help you predict when the pup will need to eliminate so you can take him to the correct spot.  The puppy is used to a regular feeding schedule (meal times can be adjusted gradually).  Confine him after eating for 10 to 15 minutes, and then take him to an elimination spot.  You can give a command like "go potty," they do understand, and will learn to go on command.  Praise him after he eliminates, give a small treat or small piece of cheese.  If the puppy sits down beside you, walk away.  He will follow you and this will stimulate him to go potty.  If he doesn't go, crate him and try again in 15 minutes.  Then take him back in and play with him, or if he likes it outside, play with him outside, or take him for a walk (after immunizations are done).  Always take the puppy out the same door, the one you are going to want him to signal at.  Bells work great for some owners.  Hang bells on the door, and give them a kick every time you open the door.  Some dogs can be quiet, and stand at the door and look at it, some will let out a little yip, but others rely on you to see them standing at the door.  So bells can be a marvelous tool.  They will learn to swat them to get the door to open.  Others use doggy doors.  One item we have used successfully is a ‘spray attractant’ that will attract them to the spot you want them to eliminate in and you should take them repeatedly to this spot as the scent will be there. But a young pup should  never be sent out to 'go potty', he must be taken out.  (End)

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Beatutiful Murray with the softest of the soft coats, truly hugable!


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Rawhide is very dangerous for your dogs!


Rawhide is soaked in an ash/lye solution to remove every particle of meat, fat and hair and then further soaked in bleach to remove remaining traces of the ash/lye solution.  Now that the product is no longer food, it no longer has to comply with food regulations.  While the hide is still wet, it is shaped into rawhide chews, and upon drying, it shrinks to approximately 1/4 of its original size.  Furthermore, arsenic-based products are often used as preservatives, and antibiotics and insecticides are added to kill bacteria that also fight against good bacteria in your dog's intestines.  The collagen fibres in the rawhide make it very tough and long-lasting, which makes this chew a popular choice for humans to give to their dogs because it satisfies the dog's natural urge to chew while providing many hours of quiet entertainment.  Sadly, when a dog chews on a rawhide treat, they ingest many harsh chemicals and when your dog swallows a piece of rawhide, that piece can swell up to four times its size inside your dog's stomach, which can cause anything from mild to severe gastric blockages that could become life threatening and require surgery.  While we are at it, please note that Pig's Ears and Hoof Treats are on the 'no' list as well. and should be especially avoided.   Pig's Ears are processed and preserved with unhealthy chemicals that discerning dog guardians will not want to feed their dogs.  Hoof Treats are not 'natural' as indicated and after processing these treats retain little if any of their natural qualities.  Hoof treats are treated with insecticides, lead, bleach, arsenic based products and antibiotics to kill bacteria which can harm the good bacteria in your dog's intestines.  Hooves can cause preforation or blockages in  your dog's intestines.

Coming next . . . Probiotics for your puppy and dog, how many of you use them and can you share your thoughts about them? 

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

Started by Melanie McCarthy in Cavachon Forum. Last reply by Nancy Hastings 12 hours ago. 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

House Breaking

Started by Katie in Cava-Poo-Chon Forum. Last reply by Melanie McCarthy Aug 18. 16 Replies

I am going crazy. This little dog is the hardest to potty train I've ever had. He is just days shy of being 3 months old, and I swear, he holds it while he's outside with our other dog and then eliminates--on the kitchen floor, rugs or inside his crate, as soon as he's let back in. My labradoodle has never had these problems. Please help. I have no idea what to do. We limit the food and water intake to twice a day, don't leave either of those out all day and give the dogs plenty of time outside. There is a specific place the dogs eliminate, except this little cavapoochon puppy chooses the stone deck (when he does eliminate outside) rather than the cedar chip corner. I'm going mad.Thanks--KatieContinue

Tags: breaking, house, training, Potty

Murray at 12 weeks

Started by Nancy Hastings in Cavachon Forum. Last reply by Melanie McCarthy Jun 28. 3 Replies

He is delightful. Rarely has an accident anymore. Goes to his crate at about 9 PM and is patiently waiting at the door for me at 6 AM, we don't even hear him before then. Sometimes he uses his puppy bathroom, sometimes it's dry. I take him our right away and he always does his business. I take him out now about every two hours. His vet apt. this week was great. Has had 2 sets of shots, heart worm and flea and tic treatment. He now weighs 7.7 lbs.  Goes into his carry crate without problems. I am using Chet Womach's Hands Off training and it works.Continue

Grooming our CavaPooChons

Started by Ken in Cava-Poo-Chon Forum. Last reply by Nancy Hastings Jun 28. 3 Replies

We have two Cavapoochons and they are four month old sisters.  I have given them baths and clean their eyes and ears, but have never cut their hair.  Do they need to have their hair cut?  What kind of cut do we tell the groomer to give our little pups?Thanks,Ken Continue

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Started by Nancy Hastings in Cavachon Forum. Last reply by Melanie McCarthy Jun 20. 4 Replies

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Melanie McCarthy replied to Melanie McCarthy's discussion Need Help and Discussion on Finding the Right Adult Food for My Cavachon!
"Hi Karen, Thanks for taking the time to share this information with us.   How nice to have a vet in the family.  Anytime she would like to run a little column on this site, she is welcome to it.  We could make a little box for her,…"
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Karen Sullivan replied to Melanie McCarthy's discussion Need Help and Discussion on Finding the Right Adult Food for My Cavachon!
"Emmy, my little cavachon from Melanie, and thank you very much Melanie!!!  has a Huge appetite. She will eat basically everything!!!  but every once in a while she will chew her paws, which can be indicative of allergies.  A friend…"
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Eric Doerries replied to Melanie McCarthy's discussion Need Help and Discussion on Finding the Right Adult Food for My Cavachon!
"Thanks to everyone for the great dog food suggestions. I now have some homework to do. I can get samples of several of the mentioned brands at a local pet store and see how Phoebe likes them. Eric D."
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jeannine replied to Melanie McCarthy's discussion Need Help and Discussion on Finding the Right Adult Food for My Cavachon!
"I have a CavaPooChon from Timshell farms.  She recently turned 1 year old!  We feed her Acana Regionals - Wild Prairie food.  It's Grain free and preservative free.  Tikva seems to really enjoy it.  Another one I have…"
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Melanie McCarthy replied to Melanie McCarthy's discussion Need Help and Discussion on Finding the Right Adult Food for My Cavachon!
"Than you Lynn, it is so good to hear from you!  Send pics!!!!  ~ Melanie and Terry"
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Lynn Z replied to Melanie McCarthy's discussion Need Help and Discussion on Finding the Right Adult Food for My Cavachon!
"Our Buddy ( purchased from Melanie and Terry @ the Monarchy) who is a very sweet and intelligent puppy but  was a picky eater ( or was not that interested in food as a pup)  but he really loves 2 foods which I switch or sometimes…"
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Melanie McCarthy replied to Katie's discussion House Breaking
"Wow, you really have a lot going on.  I didn't realize this.  Well, I think just taking it slow and making a few changes will go a long way.  Don't give up hope, he is still a puppy and they learn quickly.  I am sure…"
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Judy Cole replied to Melanie McCarthy's discussion Need Help and Discussion on Finding the Right Adult Food for My Cavachon!
"We have two cavapoochons from Timshell.  Sophie is 18 months and is a picky eater and Marlee is 5 months was a picky eater when we got her.  Picking a good dog food has gotten very complicated and it was really confusing to me.  After…"
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Katie replied to Katie's discussion House Breaking
"Oh no!! He's crated often!! Like I said--he's the third dog we've had and is the hardest to house break. I've crate trained and lease trained and privately in-home trained all my dogs. The reason I wrote this discussion was bc my…"
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Melanie McCarthy replied to Melanie McCarthy's discussion Need Help and Discussion on Finding the Right Adult Food for My Cavachon!
"Hi Rachel, Thanks for sharing this and I love the idea of the peanut butter "snacks."  For those reading this, Rachel obtained her lovely Cavachon from another breeder since I did not have availability, however I was very pleased to…"
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Melanie McCarthy replied to Katie's discussion House Breaking
"I had assumed you were already crating him at night.  Has he been crated at all since you got him?  If not, you may have to alter things.  Yes, I guess I would crate him at night, since that is the only way he will get used to holding…"
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