We send our puppies home acclimated to all sorts of noises including thunderstorms, children screaming and fireworks. We do this using a sound machine and pre-programmed playlists so that puppies associate these noises with dinner, treats or cuddling with mom.
That being said, the work has to continue at home and helping your puppy be less afraid of fireworks requires gradual desensitization and positive reinforcement. Here's how you can help your puppy never fear or overcome their existing fear of fireworks (or any sound):
1. Start early: Begin the desensitization process well in advance of fireworks season or any anticipated fireworks events. This will give you more time to work with your puppy and gradually reduce their fear.
2. Create positive associations: Associate the sound of fireworks with positive experiences by playing firework sound effects at a low volume while engaging your puppy in enjoyable activities. Offer treats, play games, and provide praise to create positive associations with the sounds.
3. Gradually increase exposure: Over time, gradually increase the volume of the firework sounds during your puppy's positive experiences. Ensure the volume remains low enough that it doesn't trigger fear or anxiety. The goal is to expose your puppy to the sounds in a controlled and positive manner.
4. Use counter-conditioning: Counter-conditioning involves changing your puppy's emotional response to fireworks by pairing the sounds with something pleasant. For example, when you play firework sounds, offer your puppy high-value treats or engage in a favorite activity. This helps your puppy associate fireworks with positive rewards. We like to feed our puppies with noises playing.
5. Provide a safe space: Create a safe and comfortable area where your puppy can retreat during fireworks. Use a crate or a designated room where your puppy feels secure. Make this space cozy by adding familiar bedding, toys, and soothing scents. Encourage your puppy to use this space during fireworks (or storms) to help them feel more at ease.
6. Stay calm and relaxed: Your puppy will pick up on your energy, so it's important to remain calm and relaxed during fireworks. Avoid reacting to the sounds yourself as it may reinforce their fear. Instead, engage in activities that help your puppy feel calm, such as reading a book or listening to calming music. Anxiously pacing or yelling at your neighbors for setting off the fireworks is not helpful.
7. Consider a calming aid such as our favorite dog calming chews. If you are not going to be home for the firework event, test these in advance so you feel comfortable with the dosage and your dog's response to the supplement. Also make sure to leave your dog in the safe space discussed above.
8. Consult a professional: If your puppy's fear of fireworks persists or worsens despite your efforts, consider consulting a professional dog trainer or a veterinary behaviorist. They can provide tailored advice and assistance to address your puppy's specific needs.
Remember, each puppy is unique, and progress may vary. Be patient, consistent, and reward your puppy's brave behavior throughout the process. Gradual desensitization and positive reinforcement can go a long way in helping your puppy overcome their fear of fireworks.
We frequently get requests to purchase two puppies from the same litter as families like the idea of their dog having a playmate and being raised with a sibling / littermate. Many people also (mistakingly) think raising two puppies at the same time will be easier than just having one. While it sounds enticing, we want to make sure that prospective owners are familiar with a very real issue labeled "littermate syndrome" before making the decision to purchase two pups.
Littermate syndrome refers to a condition that can occur when two puppies from the same litter are raised together in the same household. It is characterized by an unusually strong bond between the littermates, which can lead to behavioral and developmental issues if not properly managed.
When two puppies are raised together, they may become overly dependent on each other and have difficulty forming strong bonds with humans. They may exhibit separation anxiety when separated, struggle with socialization and training, and have difficulty adapting to new environments or experiences outside of their sibling relationship.
Littermate syndrome can manifest in various ways, such as increased aggression or fearfulness towards other dogs or people, difficulty focusing on individual training, and an overall lack of independence. The strong bond between the littermates can prevent them from fully developing their own identities and learning important social skills.
When our prospective families ask to purchase littermates, we discourage but we don't refuse. Instead, we educate families on how to mitigate littermate syndrome, Taking proactive measures from the beginning can help eliminate the issues. Here are some strategies to help:
1. Separate their living spaces: Provide separate sleeping areas and crates for each puppy to promote individuality and prevent excessive dependence on one another. This helps them develop independence and reduces the likelihood of separation anxiety.
2. Individual attention and training: Spend quality time individually with each puppy. Engage in separate training sessions, playtime, and walks to establish a bond with each dog. This helps them develop their own relationship with humans and build confidence outside of their sibling dynamic.
3. Socialization with other dogs and people: Expose each puppy to a variety of social situations, different dogs, and new people. This helps them learn how to interact with others, build their social skills, and become well-rounded dogs.
4. Separate training sessions: Train each puppy separately to ensure they learn to respond to commands individually and focus on their own training. This prevents them from relying solely on each other for cues and commands.
5. Independent experiences: Allow each puppy to have separate experiences outside of their sibling relationship. Take them on individual outings, introduce them to new environments, and expose them to different stimuli to build their confidence and adaptability.
6. Gradual separations: Gradually increase the time spent apart from each other. Start with short separations and gradually extend the duration. This helps them learn that being alone is not a cause for distress and reduces separation anxiety.
7. Seek professional guidance: Consult with a professional dog trainer or behaviorist who has experience with littermate syndrome. They can provide personalized advice and guidance to help you navigate through the challenges and create an effective training plan.
Remember that preventing littermate syndrome requires consistent effort and dedication. Providing individual attention, training, and socialization opportunities will go a long way in ensuring that your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies develop into well-adjusted, independent dogs.
This can lead to a condition known as bacterial endocarditis, which is an infection of the heart valves. Bacterial endocarditis can cause a range of symptoms, including fever, lethargy, coughing, and difficulty breathing. It can also lead to serious complications, such as heart failure and sepsis.
In addition to bacterial endocarditis, poor dental health can also contribute to other heart-related conditions in dogs. For example, periodontal disease can cause inflammation throughout the body, which can increase the risk of heart disease.
So, while there is a link between dental health and heart health in dogs, the exact nature of this relationship is still being studied. However, taking steps to maintain your dog's dental health, such as regular brushing and professional cleanings, can help reduce the risk of dental-related heart complications and make those puppy kisses much more enjoyable. Here are our suggestions for improving the oral health of even the most difficult dog:
In closing, remember to always be patient and gentle when introducing new dental hygiene practices to your dog. With a little effort and consistency, you can help keep your dog's teeth healthy and strong and reduce both bad breath and the chance of more serious medical issues.
April is National Pet First Aid Awareness month and it's the perfect time to do an annual check of our supplies and make sure we have on hand anything we may need to take care of our Cavalier. This is particularly important with puppies as they have a tendency to get in to mischief whenever possible. Below you will find a copy of the AKC first aid checklist to help you build your supply closet.
This is also a great time to brush up on some of your first aid skills to make sure you can help your puppy or dog in case of emergency. Our favorite skill is learning how to induce vomiting and then understanding when and most importantly, when you should not use this skill.
Ingestion of toxic foods, plants or items is one of the most common dangers in dogs and Cavaliers are no exception. Knowing how and when to induce vomiting can prevent costly trips to the vet (and even death). Here are the basics to remember:
1) WHAT YOU NEED: 3% hydrogen peroxide and a large syringe (without the needle), turkey baster or similar mechanism to force the peroxide down the dogs throat.
2) HOW MUCH TO USE: 1 teaspoon for every five (5) pounds of your dog's weight. For most Cavaliers, three (3) teaspoons is more than enough.
3) WHEN TO USE IT: Hydrogen peroxide is only useful to induce vomiting of a food or substance that has been consumed within the last two hours or less. This method works great when your dog or puppy has eaten a few grapes, snuck a piece of chocolate from the kid's trick-or-treat bag or chewed a portion of your peace lilly when you weren't looking. If you come home and find an empty chocolate wrapper on the floor but have no idea what time your dog ingested the food, proceed immediately to the vet. If you see your dog consume the dangerous food or substance and it's been less than two (2) hours, proceed with this method and consider a trip to the vet if the entire amount is not expelled in the vomit.
4) WHEN NOT TO USE THIS METHOD: Please read this list carefully before inducing a dog to vomit and NEVER use this method in any of these situations:
5) WHAT TO DO NEXT: If you've deemed it safe to induce vomiting at home, simply fill the syringe with the measured amount of peroxide and force it down the dogs throat. It may take 5-10 minutes, but your dog will almost always throw up whatever they've eaten. Stay with your dog this entire time and be prepared to help them clear their mouth or throat of any large objects. Keep a close eye out after they've finished vomiting to make sure they aren't having any trouble breathing and expelled everything they ingested. If there are any issues, be prepared to head directly to the vet or emergency vet if after hours.
Knowing how and when to quickly induce vomiting in dogs has saved shelters, breeders, and owners from expensive and unnecessary trips to the vet. Having this tool in your arsenal can help save your pet and prevent significant liver damage if they've ingested a toxic food and you catch it quickly. Many people live hours from the vet or their pet chooses to pull this stunt long after the local vet is closed. Safely inducing vomiting is a skill worth learning and this page is one worth saving.
All of our puppies are sent home with this information and we educate our puppy owners in knowing how to save their precious pets; however, we are not veterinarians. Our veterinarian is familiar with and approves this practice but we remind everyone to PLEASE consult your vet if you have any questions about your dog and a specific item, plant or food they have ingested.
This adorable 5 month old black and tan Cavalier came to us last week all the way from Peaceful Garden Cavaliers in Minnesota as part of a breeder exchange. We initially had a Guardian Home in place, but after meeting this pup and chatting with the prospective Guardian, we've decided a single retired condo dweller is not the best fit because this little girl LOVES to run. We've actually named her Mustang Sally b/c she really really loves to run and therefore we need a family for her that has a large fenced in yard and some energy.
Sally's ideal family would have:
1) At least one person working from home or home most of the day as she LOVES people.
2) A large fenced in yard or easy access to a large fenced space (other than a dog park).
3) Perhaps another dog in the family that still wants to play. She loves other dogs!
4) Residence in the Charleston, Dorchester or Berkeley County area.
Sally is a great choice for someone who would love a young dog, but wants to skip over the tiny puppy stage. She's already well on her way to full potty training, loves her crate and enjoys snuggles on the couch or hanging out on your lap while you work. Sally's breeder lives on a farm, so she's currently adjusting to indoor life but has quickly learned how to beg for food, be lazy and sleep on the pillows.
If you would like to learn more about our Guardian Home program, please check out this BLOG post. If you are interested in Sally, or future placements, please fill out the application here!
Would you love a purebred Cavalier puppy (free of charge)?
Do you live in the Charleston area?
Are all other pets in your home spayed or neutered?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, please read on as we are opening up applications for spring and summer guardian home placements for Cavalier females. If you've never heard of a Guardian Home, please learn more about them in our post here. In short, Guardian Families have the opportunity to help us expand our program by loving one of our breeding dogs as their cherished pet. The Guardian Family receives a puppy, and we reserve the right to breed that puppy in the future (after we've paid for all the genetic testing and health testing that goes in to producing top quality Cavaliers). We have over 25 families currently hosting our dogs that can serve as references for this program. This year, we will have between 4-6 females for placement to qualified homes.
Applications will be reviewed and families interviewed in the order in which they are received, so please consider applying now if you have a genuine interest. There is no cost and no obligation to apply and learn more!
If you aren't familiar with dog DNA, you may want to start with this previous post for a general explanation as this post is a little more detailed and covers only one test, IVDD.
As we've described and explained in previous posts, we DNA test all of our dogs for genetic conditions. Until recently, we were able to proudly boast that the majority of our dogs were "completely clear" of all genetic defects tested by Embark. And then, Embark introduced a genetic screening for IVDD and the vast majority of our dogs (and all Cavalier King Charles Spaniels) suddenly had a blemish on their records. Since that time, we've had conversations with Embark, our vets and leading specialist to better understand why this happened and what it means.
For breeders, the goal in doing genetic health screenings is to reduce the instance of genetic illness within the breeding program, while also continuing to work on reducing inbreeding and other genetic issues that aren't identified by genetic testing (such as heart disease in the Cavalier). So what do you do when every dog in your program shows a predisposition towards a genetic condition? Well, you research and determine what to do. Here is what we've learned:
First, what is IVDD? IVDD is short for Intervertebral Disc Disease which refers to a condition such as a slipped or herniated disc. In simpler terms, it means a predisposition to having a back problem. IVDD occurs when the soft center of the spinal disc squeezes out in to the spinal cord, compressing it. IVDD can be degenerative condition that can cause back pain and limit mobility. Affected dogs may show a sudden onset of hind leg weakness, paw dragging, and/or back pain.
How does Embark test for IVDD?
IVDD is a linkage test. Because linkage tests don’t directly look at a variant of interest, they may not be predictive of your dog’s true genotype. Essentially, Embark is looking at DNA sequences that tend to be inherited together to infer the presence or absence of a genetic variant.
Why do the majority of Cavaliers have this variant?
This is where DNA starts to make sense. This linkage test is picking up the DNA for a certain body shape. Dogs with two copies of the IVDD variant typically appear to have shorter legs and a longer body. This is known as the "long and low" body shape. Other breeds where the vast majority of the dogs will carry this variant include Dachshunds, Basset Hounds and Corgis. So, the reason that almost all Cavaliers have the DNA variants is simply because the shorter legs and longer body predispose them to back problems. The test is new, but the news is not.
Now what do breeders do with this information?
Other genetic tests have allowed the responsible Cavalier breeder to strategically eradicate the predisposition of disease from their program. Good examples are the tests for Episodic Falling, Dry Eye / Curly Coat and DM. This test is different. The number of Cavaliers who do not carry the IVDD markers is very small. And, the reason some of them don't carry the markers is that their legs are too long and they don't meet the breed standard. And, if breeders only breed those dogs, we will effectively be changing the size, look and shape of the Cavalier. Imagine any of these breeds with long legs? The Dachshund as we know it would be gone.
Lastly, if we use IVDD variants to reduce our breeding pool, we will be causing problems much worse than a predisposition to IVDD as inbreeding would skyrocket! Unfortunately, this is one test that provides us with information (i.e. a long and low body shape is more likely to lead to back problems) but no solution other than to take precautions!
How can I prevent IVDD in my Cavalier?
There are many things you can do help your dog avoid a slipped disc. Here are our tips:
1) Most importantly, keep your dog physically fit and in a proper weight range to avoid unnecessary strain on the back. This is SO important for all Cavaliers due to heart issues as well.
2) Set up dog-friendly steps or ramps for your Cavalier to get on and off of furniture such as beds and sofas to reduce the impact of jumping on the back and neck.
3) Reduce strain on the spine and neck by walking your dog in a harness.
4) Wait until your dog is fully matured before spaying or neutering your pet. Early spay and neuter has been linked to many health issues - just one of which is increased spinal issues.
Just A Little Cavalier is always working to improve the Cavalier breed. We take our DNA and OFA testing very seriously and we work to pair dogs that will only produce the healthiest Cavalier's possible. Sometimes this might mean breeding a solid color (Black & Tan or Ruby Cavalier) with a Parti Colored (Blenheim or Tri-Colored) because they are the best genetic matches, even through we may get a splash of white on a solid puppy. Because of all the health problems that plague this breed, we put health before color choices. We put health before producing the perfect nose or coat for winning a ribbon at a show. We put health before profit. We put health before all else. Please make sure you work with a breeder who is doing the same.
Keeping your CKCS busy is essential for effective training. It facilitates easier crate training, lessens destructive behaviors like chewing on shoes & furniture, eases teething discomfort, and provides a distraction from nipping or barking. It's best to have a toolkit of options on hand when training a puppy and then switching things up to keep things interesting.
This may seem like a big list, but it will likely take some trial and error to determine which methods will work for your puppy. Something they didn't love? Donate any stuff your puppy doesn't use or love to your neighborhood animal shelter so they can be given to puppies in need.
Here is the list of supplies we keep on hand::
CRATE TRAINING - Making the crate or pen somewhere your puppy likes to go is vital to crate training. It should be a safe area and provide some stimulation to cut down on boredom, barking, and whining. Feeding your puppy in the crate, while also offering stimulating treats, is one simple method to make that happen. Look for durable items that can be offered unattended when shopping for crate training items. Avoid anything that could choke your puppy (for example puzzle pieces or small toys), and never utilize rawhide (inside our outside of the crate). Here are our best recommendations on Amazon:
GENERAL CHEWING – Dogs chew for various reasons, such as boredom and teething. Determining the cause of your dog's chewing may assist you in selecting the ideal toy or item to reduce or eliminate the need to chew personal items. Additionally, increasing activity and mental stimulation through training is always the greatest remedy if your dog is just bored. These are a few of our preferred options for cerebral stimulation and teething:
TRAINING TREATS – Training your puppy is fantastic because it stimulates the mind and helps control undesirable behaviors, but also strengthens the bond between you and the puppy. The secret to successful training is to determine a reward that's meaningful to your puppy. For most pups. that's treats. Many dog treats include unhealthy substances and other items that could hurt your puppy, so please only train with high quality (preferably single ingredient) treats.
Try several of these treats to find one your puppy truly appreciates. Here are some of our much-loved treats, but don't be shy about trying other homemade goodies like deli meat, ground beef, etc.
Although the focus of this post has been on pups, we use every product here for our adult dogs too — we just size up on some Kong-style toys and don't cut the goodies in half! Best wishes on keeping your dog busy.
WANT TO LEARN MORE - See our other post related to this topic on WORKING FOR FOOD.
You want the best for your dog as a pet parent, and that includes the treats you offer them. Treats are a wonderful way to encourage good behavior, express love, and give a little extra nutrition and attention. However, the greatest treats for your dog can be tough to choose because wide varieties are available. Let's look at the factors you should take into account while selecting the best treats for your dog.
The ingredients are the first and most crucial factor to take into account while selecting a treat. Avoid foods with artificial preservatives, tastes, or colors, and seek out delicacies produced with real ingredients like fruit, meat, and vegetables. High-quality protein-based treats are wise because they give your dog critical nutrients and promote their general health.
Sensitivities & Allergies
It's crucial to select treats free of the ingredients your dog is allergic to if they have any food sensitivities or allergies. For instance, pick treats made with rice or potatoes instead of wheat if your dog has a grain allergy. Ask your veterinarian for advice if you're not sure about which ingredients your dog is allergic to.
Appetite & Size
Like us, dogs have diverse preferences, so picking a treat your dog likes is crucial for training. A treat that your pup enjoys and anticipates eating will work far better as a reward. Choose a reward that is simple to consume when it comes to puppies. While your dog chews on the treatment for a long period, they frequently become distracted and leave your training session. Ensure the goodies you are feeding your dog are the right size because treats shouldn't make up more than 10% of their daily caloric intake.
Treats are made especially to address the needs of dogs with special requirements, such as those who are overweight or have dental problems. Low-fat and calorie treats or ones that help clean your dog's teeth can keep your dog healthy and cheerful.
The appropriate treats can have a significant impact on your dog's general health and happiness. While making a decision, take into account your dog's allergies, sensitivities, and nutritional requirements and opt for treats created with high-quality ingredients that are devoid of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. With the correct treats, you can show your dog your affection while rewarding good behavior and giving them the nutrition they require.
LINKS TO OUR FAVORITE TREATS:
Sojo's Freeze Dried Meat Bundle
Dried Beef Liver
Beef Lung Bites
Dehydrated Chicken Breast
ON PAWTREE: (Please see our post on feeding your dog PawTree here)
Freeze Dried Chicken Liver
Freeze Dried Duck and Mango
Freeze Dried Beef Liver
10) Adds shine to the coat. Melt a small amount of oil in your hands - skim over your dogs coat (like you would apply a light hair oil to human hair) and watch it shine.
9) A safe moisturizer that your dog can lick! Great for dry or cracked paw pads and hot rough elbows, etc.
8) Relieve itching and hot spots. It's rare for even the itchiest dog to have sensitivity to coconut oil so you can apply it to hot spots or other raw areas created from allergies.
7) Add up to 2 tablespoons (less for a puppy) to your dogs diet to help with digestive issues and increase immunity. Start with 1/2 tablespoon and increase gradually to avoid upsetting your dog's stomach.
6) A small dab of oil on your fingers will help ease eye boogers and other gross clumps of goo (think dried puppy poop) off your pup.
5) Add some oil to grooming gloves to increase shine, reduce shedding and reduce dandruff.
4) Add a small amount to puppies food to improve brain health - it's loaded with Omega and Fatty Acids! Start with a very small amount (just enough to lightly coat food).
3) Rub the oil into matted hair to help work out the tangle before resorting to scissors.
2) It freshens breath - the antibacterial properties and great taste make it a substitute for dogs who hate toothpaste but can also help freshen breath when simply added to food.
1) Perfect suture solution - for our females that have c-sections, raw nipples or other issues related to raising a litter of puppies, coconut oil is a lifesaver to relieve itching from sutures or dry nipples form nursing with no concerns if the puppies (or mom) ingest the oil!
We like using the Kong to train and entertain puppies. Read more about Kongs and training here.
Some of our puppy owners are unsure of how to utilize the Kong and specifically pique a puppy's interest in playing with it. We also hope to avoid owners using the unhealthy options for Kong stuffing offered in pet stores.
Here are a few basic tips and recipes to get you started on Kong stuffing, and to give you the confidence to start developing your own recipes.
TIPS FOR BEGINNERS:
• Begin by using your pet's own food in the Kong. When the dog is hungry and eager to work for his or her food, provide the Kong BEFORE any meal. This aids with the puppy's conceptualization. You might want to start with high-quality kibble in the Kong if you feed soft food.
• Once your puppy has a basic understanding of the idea of struggling to retrieve his or her food from the Kong, make it more challenging by inserting an edible plug for them to figure out before getting the food. Depending on the size of your Kong, you might want to try a blueberry, some peanut butter, some cheese, or even a reward that you can shape, like Little Jacks Dog Training Treats.
• Once your puppy has mastered the fundamentals of a Kong, you may start getting more inventive. Use the following to maintain your dog's interest:
These are only a few suggestions to assist you in Kong stuffing. Don't be scared to try out several recipes to identify a few personal favorites for your CKCS. Just be mindful of the extra calories and sugar, and think about giving your dog's stuffed Kong when ensuring they have a balanced diet.
Have a preferred Kong recipe? Please share it with us in the comments!
MVD stands for Mitral Valve Disease, which is a heart condition characterized by the degeneration of the mitral valve. The mitral valve is responsible for ensuring the flow of blood between the left atrium and the left ventricle of the heart. In dogs affected by MVD, the valve becomes progressively damaged, leading to a back-flow of blood and causing various symptoms and complications.
The condition is thought to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, MVD is particularly prevalent in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels (CKCS). In fact, it is one of the most common health issues affecting this breed. The high prevalence of MVD in CKCS is primarily attributed to genetic factors but unfortunately a gene has not been identified through genetic testing leaving breeders unable to determine with certainty if a breeding dog may later be impacted by the disease. There have been efforts to identify specific genes associated with MVD in CKCS and develop genetic tests to aid in breeding practices and reducing the incidence of the disease but to date they have been unsuccessful.
Due to the increased susceptibility of CKCS to MVD, it is important for owners and breeders to be aware of the condition and take steps to manage and mitigate its impact. Regular veterinary check-ups, including cardiac examinations and diagnostic tests, can help detect MVD early and initiate appropriate treatment and management strategies. Breeding programs aimed at reducing the prevalence of MVD in CKCS typically involve careful selection of breeding pairs based on their genetic health and the presence of MVD in their lineage. Regular heart testing through the OFA is a must for all Cavaliers!
Once you've chosen a puppy from a responsible breeder, it's important that you take all precautions to eliminate possible environmental causes that have been linked to MVD as well. Those include:
While the primary cause of Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) in dogs, including Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, is considered to be genetic, there are certain environmental factors that can potentially increase the risk or progression of the disease. These factors are not known to directly cause MVD, but they can contribute to its development or exacerbate existing conditions. Some possible environmental factors include:
1. Diet and excess weight - Poor nutrition and obesity have been suggested as potential risk factors for MVD. A balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight can help support overall cardiovascular health.
3. Exercise and physical activity: Lack of exercise and leading a sedentary lifestyle may contribute to the development or progression of heart disease, including MVD. Regular exercise, appropriate for the dog's age and health condition, can help promote cardiovascular fitness.
4. Second-hand smoke: Exposure to second-hand smoke has been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease in dogs. Avoiding exposure to smoke and maintaining a smoke-free environment can be beneficial for the overall health of dogs.
5. Stress: Chronic stress can potentially affect cardiovascular health. Dogs that experience prolonged periods of stress may be at a higher risk of developing or worsening MVD. Providing a low-stress environment and appropriate mental stimulation for dogs can help reduce stress levels.
It is important to note that the influence of these environmental factors on MVD is not fully understood, and more research is needed to determine their precise roles in the development and progression of the disease. However, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including proper nutrition, regular exercise, and minimizing exposure to potential risks, is generally beneficial for overall heart health in dogs.
If you suspect that your dog may be suffering from any heart condition, it is crucial to consult with a veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment options.
Were you aware that May is National Pet Month? Well, Amazon is commemorating it by introducing its very first NATIONAL PET DAY, featuring some fantastic deals on all the essentials (and many of the things you just want) for your furry friend. However, not all items are great deals or suitable for your pet, so we'll assist you in distinguishing between the two.
You can trust us to guide you in the direction of the best sale goods whether you are still waiting for your LierChonPoo puppy or already own a dog. Please remember that many of these things will run out or expire today (May 2) just because they are on sale. Here's how to handle it cleverly:
So let's start the buying fun with the suggestions from this morning.
Odor Eliminator: Pet owners experience odors. This ODOR ELIMINATOR has a wonderful citrus aroma and can save you up to 52%. Please be aware that buying two goods at once will maximize your savings, and really, how much odor eliminator can you ever have? Get one bottle first, then add the one with the UV flashlight, which is what we advise (click here). Although these flashlights don't always work perfectly, they do assist you in finding places where your puppy might have a potty that you weren't aware of.
Snuffle Mat: These are fantastic methods to keep your dog or puppy busy. They're a lot of fun to use with our pups. Read more about Snuffle Mats in our blog article if you're interested: WILL WORK FOR FOOD to realize why this is an excellent investment!
Basic Grooming Set: Even if you get your puppy professionally groomed, you still need to have some basic grooming supplies to deal with unexpected tangles, mats, or dingleberries (sorry, it had to be said). This simple grooming kit is of good quality and is almost half off.
Food Puzzle: Our blog post titled WILL WORK FOR FOOD also discusses a wonderful enrichment activity for your dog. A wonderful enrichment activity for your dog is also discussed in our blog post titled "WILL WORK FOR FOOD." They need to be watched over because puppies can escape and devour or choke on small pieces, but they're still a fantastic method to keep puppies occupied or slow down dogs who eat quickly!
Pooper Scooper: Save more than 40% on this top-rated pooper scooper. These breeds do best in smaller sizes.
Car Seat: While this car seat is not the one we usually recommend (it is on our puppy's WISH LIST), it is a great deal on a similar model. Please ensure that you have a top-rated car seat for your puppy and only use it with a harness, as all puppies need to be properly restrained in vehicles.
Outward Hound Products: Explore the excellent deals available today at the Outward Hound Store on Amazon. Consider the sizing carefully, as many of these items are for larger dogs. The products we advise are the Interactive Puzzle Toy, Small Hide A Squirrel for dogs, and the slow feeder bowl. We'll be keeping an eye out to see whether they sell life jackets today as well!
Single-Ingredient Dog Treats: You are aware that we only suggest healthy dog treats and that they are rarely on sale. Some can be found HERE! Our dogs adore the chicken, but we're sure they'd enjoy all the varieties as well!
Plush Dog Toy: A quality plush dog toy that costs less than $3 will be added to the shopping cart.
CHUCK IT: We adore the little CHUCK IT Balls for our puppies, and they are now on sale. Spend less when you buy two!
Crate Bedding: These MidWest crate beds and liners aren't the most durable we've ever used, but they'll do the trick, and at this price, it's simple to buy a couple so you can wash and replace them as necessary. Choose a size that suits your crate; different colors and sizes have varying sale pricing. However, some are up to 50% off.
DEALS ON LUNCHTIME LIGHTING (THESE WILL SELL OUT QUICKLY):
8 PACK PUPPY TOYS
FOOD STORAGE SYSTEM
Grooming Gloves: We adore wearing grooming gloves for both our pups and dogs. Although we haven't tried them, this brand is well-reviewed and a fantastic midday deal.
Healthy Jerky Treats: With just two ingredients and origins in the USA, the HEALTHY JERKY TREATS brand from Amazon is a top contender in the jerky category (China chicken jerky has proven dangerous).
Freeze-dried chicken: is a favorite of our dogs and young puppies. Excellent food topper for fussy eaters, training treat with only one component, etc.
Puppy Playpen: This pen is a good option at a reasonable price for people acquiring a new puppy who would prefer more space than a crate.
Himalayan Yak Chews: It's extremely difficult to get them on sale. For the medium size, which fits fully grown Cavaliers, Cavachons, and Cavapoos, this is a great deal.
THIS EVENING'S DEALS:
Generic SNUGGLE PUPPY (for bringing a new puppy home): A dog with a heartbeat & heat is an excellent way to help your new puppy get used to spending the night alone in his or her crate. This is a less expensive, generic version of the product we usually suggest, but it appears to have just as positive reviews.
BULLY RINGS: Take advantage of this 40% discount on bully rings. More items from the same brand are being sold similarly. We're providing a few of them in bulk!
Bissell SPINWAVE Pet Robot: This robot vacuum was designed exclusively for pet families, and it is currently on sale, similar to Black Friday. We're dying to try it, but we already have a Roomba running around here. Although we already have a Roomba roaming around, we are desperate to give it a try. This might need to be in your shopping cart if you have (or intend to get) a Cavalier who sheds a lot.
Treat Dispensing Toy: We have a variety of these toys, but at $3.21, we will try this one too!
Floating Toy: We adore the concept of a floating toy if you have a dog that enjoys swimming and/or fetching. We will test one out & report back because, throughout the summer, we let our dogs play in superficial pools!
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We are happy to announce that our breeding program has been rated as "Excellent" on GoodDog.com. If you aren't familiar with Good Dog, it's a relatively new platform (developed during Covid) to help consumers searching for a dog to find reputable breeders, rescues and shelters and to avoid the PUPPY SCAMS that became so prevalent during Covid.
Good Dog is different because of the screening process and verification process every breeder must complete before being allowed a profile on their website. This is dramatically different than those online classified ads which typically cater to puppy mills and puppy brokers (such as PuppyFinder and Greenfield Puppies) which we DO NOT RECOMMEND under any circumstance.
If you decide to search for your next dog on GoodDog.com, please limit your search to those with an excellent rating! Ratings are provided to breeders based on their health and genetic testing. Good Dog also has a secure payment platform and tons of resources for breeders, puppy searchers and puppy owners.
Any species can develop ear infections, but Cavalier's may be more prone due to their big, floppy, furry ears.. With our dogs, we've discovered that good ear hygiene can reduce the number of visits to the vet. Here are some ideas for what to keep around the house and how to use them:
Ear Cleaner- It's always a good idea to use an ear cleaner when you know that your CKCS has been in an environment that is likely to cause an infection (such as frequent exposure to water). Cleaner can also be applied the moment any ear discomfort appears (indicated by head tilting or ear scratching). This non-irritating solution cleans, dries, and stops the growth of microorganisms in the auditory canal. It works well as a monthly cleaner to ward off future problems. Please watch this short video if you are unsure how to properly clean a dog's ears.
Ear Wipes- Keep these on hand to quickly clean and disinfect your Cavalier's ears. This is a quick and easy preventative maintenance measure. Vets also advise using these wipes to help prevent infections by drying up the swimmer's ear and removing yeast and germs that can cause an infection. Although we try to use these as part of our weekly cleaning schedule, they can be used daily as needed.
Topical Ear Treatment- Otic Ear Therapy with Hydrocortisone is our final stop before visiting the veterinarian. This substance will reduce painful ear infections from bacteria, fungi, and/or yeast. It will also soothe infected ears. We only use this when a condition is present, and even if we believe a journey to the vet is unavoidable, we still use it to relieve pain until we can schedule an appointment. On more than one occasion, the irritation or infection will be cleared from this treatment before we reach the vet.
A great combo kit - Since publishing this article, PawTree has become the seller of our new preferred ear product, which we have come to love. Look out their Itches & Twitches Deluxe Pack for dogs and their Ear Wash & Ear Dry Kit, which will take care of your dog's smelly ears, itchy skin, dull coat, and allergy-related problems.
The best way to prevent the pain and cost of ear infections is to handle ear care regularly and to address any concerns immediately. Having these things on hands as part of your Cavalier care kit will be a welcome relief when and if issues arise.
As pregnant & lactating Cavaliers (as well as weaning puppies) consume a lot of dog food, we set out to find a high quality kibble that we could confidently use in our program and ultimately recommend to families as well. We were worried about costs, but more so about quality, recalls, source of ingredients and whether or not our dogs all liked the food.
Here were our non-negotiable requirements:
When ultimately chose PawTree brand and have never looked back. However, we had to find a way to make the cost competitive with the lower quality foods on Amazon or Chewy (or on the grocery store isles). Here is the strategy we (and many of our adoptive families) have used to keep PawTree products as reasonably priced as possible:
This purchase should last you for a minimum of four months if your puppy consumes roughly half a cup of food every day. A typical package of food contains 36 cups. When you shop for an extra-large bag of food, you actually get three ordinary bags, equivalent to 108 cups of nutrition (Even with kibble for training and playtime, it will last for over four months). Gastro Pro Plus will last more than four months as a dog only consumes 1/3 of a capsule. Finally, we discovered that a small salmon oil squirt suffices for a puppy to reap all the advantages. Therefore, a large bottle will last until your next order.
If you're having trouble with crate training, dealing with an overactive pup, or simply trying to alleviate puppy boredom, this blog post is a must-read!
Keeping dogs mentally stimulated is a key to their overall well-being and trainability, and making them work for food is an easy way to provide this stimulation! By replacing the traditional food bowl and introducing food dispensing toys, you can give your puppy a fun and engaging challenge. This approach is especially helpful for fast eaters, puppies with separation anxiety, and those who need in-crate entertainment.
Oh, and these are fantastic for retreating to your room in peace for a long enough period of time if you haven't had any "intimate time" since getting your dog… (sorry, it had to be mentioned).
EASY AMUSEMENT: SNUFFLE MATS & SLOW FEEDERS
Snuffle mats are common tools used by breeders to facilitate weaning and playtime for puppies. Work up to serving a full dinner by beginning by concealing some top-value treats in this mat. High-quality kibble can be placed on the mat to limit your dog's eating, keep them occupied in a crate or pen and teach your puppy or dog to hunt for food. The majority of LierChonPoo dogs & puppies have experienced one of these possibilities:
Small Snuffle Mat: This mat is portable and reasonably priced. Both puppies and adults can use it.
Medium Snuffle and Play Mat: We adore this medium mat since it has several areas to hide meals and treats for larger breeds, households with multiple little dogs, or an entire litter. We also appreciate the simple washing and suggest doing so once a week.
Slow feeders: Although similar to snuffle mats, slow feeders are intended to slow down a rapid eater and do not provide the same stimulation level. You can maximize the slow feeder's fun value by combining your kibble with top-quality wet food that takes a lot longer to consume when distributed on the feeder's walls.
LEVEL 2: SNOOPS
Snoops are marketed as an interactive treat dispensers, but we frequently use them as bowls to feed & occupy puppies by filling them with a combination of kibble and other food. Due to their simpler manipulation by the puppy, we start snoops before feeding in Kongs. You can buy the smiley face insert to make it more challenging, but we've found it's simpler to stuff food and bulkier parts into the hole to increase the difficulty. To introduce these, we will combine a little kibble with a few high-value treats. Once the dog is familiar, we'll switch out the rewards for chunkier bits of cooked chicken or jerky that are harder to get to. The difficulty can be raised by filling the Hole in the bottom with treats or kibble or adding items like peanut butter or plain yogurt inside. We appreciate that Snoops are covered in mint oil to help keep breath fresh and that they can be put in the dishwasher on the top rack. Our young dogs will play with these for twenty to thirty minutes, providing us with times as we tidy up around them, run errands, etc.
Level 3: KONGS
Possibly the Kong is the most well-liked "work for food" toy available. In order to keep pups clean & stuff, you should start them off with the little binkie Kong and purchase the multi-pack. Go up to the medium as your puppy develops and matures (or to feed complete meals). We have written a full blog post HERE about stuffing the Kong from the simplest to the most complex. We will reiterate that the Kong is an excellent tool for rewarding and entertaining puppies in crates, as well as for making them work for their food.
Level 4: PUZZLES & INTERACTIVE TOYS
It is uncommon for us to serve an entire meal in one of theses toys or puzzles, but it is possible if you give your dog a high-calorie kibble like PawTree.
Although our dogs love the Bob-A-Lot Interactive Dog Toy & the Tug-A-Jug, we utilize them sparingly because they can be challenging to clean and are truly only appropriate for kibble or treats. Depending on how the dog learns to give the treats, they may also be noisy.
Again, if you use these frequently, ensure you only use top-quality treats with one component and account for these calories to prevent your puppy or dog from becoming overweight.
Puzzle Toys are entertaining as well, but with certain cautions. With these kinds of toys, you MUST watch over dogs & puppies because the majority of them feature bits that, if handled carelessly, can be chewed and even eaten. They can be challenging to clean as well.
Lick Mats: Our pups and dogs also love these well-liked lick mats. Typically, we only use these on occasions when we want to treat and amuse the dogs for a while. If you're going to use these mats effectively, you must discover a mixture to distribute on the mat that is nutritious and tempting to your dog. Various ideas are covered in the Kong stuffing section also apply here.
For our dogs, we take it a step further and store these fully prepared in the freezer: natural peanut butter combined with plain greek yogurt, pureed pumpkin mixed with peanut butter or yogurt, Ollie dog food spread & re-frozen, or Ollie mixed with yogurt.
We hope you found this post helpful and will let us know what is effective and what doesn't.
Remember that any toy or bowl that doesn't support your pet's entertainment can be donated to your neighborhood shelter for a needy dog, so trying new things is never a waste. Please also check out our post on keeping your pup occupied!
Many puppy owners complain that their dog is a fussy eater, but more often than not, we've discovered that the owner may be half (or more) of the problem). If owners are not careful, they may find themselves physically feeding their dog fillet mignon from their hands without even realizing what is going on. A finicky eater is incredibly simple to produce if you're not attentive.
Try these suggestions before you categorize your dog or puppy as a finicky eater:
Now that we've discussed some of the causes of lack of appetite, here are the steps you should take (in order) before giving your dog treats, changing food or hand feeding:
I have volunteered in our community shelters for 30+ years, and during that time, I have never encountered a picky eater or a canine that starved themselves to death. Try not to worry or become fixated on your dog's feeding patterns. Take these steps and consult with your vet to create a feeding routine for them that doesn't involve them actually eating out of your hand
You're in luck if you're looking for a gift for a Cavalier owner or lover! Procrastinators everywhere are searching for last-minute gifts that will arrive by Christmas. Here are our recommendations that will always be on time and appreciated by any CKCS lover:
While Amazon is the most convenient option for last-minute gifts, don't forget to take into account Shutterfly or Etsy, where you can support small businesses and purchase handmade items like ornaments and totes featuring a variety of Cavalier's while also temporarily personalizing something with a photo of your own Cavalier (we love their mouse pads). Any of these choices will undoubtedly make your Cavalier lover grin this Christmas.
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