Did you know that bully sticks, cow trachea, cow hooves and other natural dog chews are much healthier than rawhide chews?
*Rawhide chews are hard to digest and can cause gas and stomach upset in your Cavachon.
*Rawhide chews can be a choking hazard if your Cavachon tries to swallow a large, partially chewed piece.
*Rawhide chews are often treated with bleach, lye and other harsh chemicals when they are processed.
*Rawhide chews are usually from cattle raised in feed lots where they are treated with antibiotics and growth hormones
What you should have at home before the baby comes--
*Toys. The more the better! If they have plenty of appropriate toys and things to chew on they will be less likely to find inappropriate ones to chew on. Not to say that they still won’t be a naughty little puppy and chew up something that they shouldn’t but toys do definitely help, and puppies have very good taste- they go for the most expensive piece of furniture or antiques. There is also a difference between toys that they can have when they are alone and ones that they should have supervision with, if they can get any little pieces off or could possibly rip it they should not have it when they are alone. Good alone time toys are; hard chew toys, rope toys, balls, antler bones, raw bones, etc. Do not leave toys in crates while unattended. Take all collars and harnesses off when in crate.
•A Leash. We really like 6 ft ones, it gives them a little more room to wander but still lets you have total control.
•Collar or harness. If you have small children who would like to take the puppy for a walk a harness is better than a collar, that way it puts the pressure on the puppy’s chest instead of around their neck. It is still nice to have both a collar and harness, a collar for the puppy’s tags and a harness for walks.
•Food/water bowls. We prefer the heavy crocks, that way they can’t tip their bowls over.
•Kennel/cage. At first the area the puppy has in their kennel should not be much larger than what the puppy needs to sit, lay down, and turn around otherwise they will quickly learn to potty in the back and sleep in the front. Once the puppy is house trained then they can have a larger area.Put the crate in your room so the puppy will feel comforted until he/she adjusts to the surroundings. They can also alert you if they have to go out this way. They will eventually be able to hold it all night and won't need to sleep right by you.
•Puppy food. We are currently feeding Tylee's Beef or Pork, but do send a small bag of puppy food to those that ship. The airline makes that mandatory. If you come to my home I will give you some if you have not ordered it. If you do not plan to leave them on our brand you are required to feed this food at least one month after puppy comes to live with you. I hope you don't ever change this diet. If you do, go to raw frozen. Stella and Chewy makes this and so does Nature's Variety Instinct. Please do not take this lightly. We already changed homes, so doing food also will give major digestive upset! This may flair up a parasite that commonly lives in dogs and other animals. It is a fact of existence for them. There are two that are extremely common. One is Giardia, the other is Coccidia. They both can be gotten from the environment. This is easily treatable, but if you minimize the stress and keep the pup on our food at least until he/she settles in you will have less issues. I have also been feeding a food that is human grade called Tylee's. I feed either Turkey or Beef and sometimes alternate days with the Nature's Variety. You can find it on Chewy.com.
•Treats. At first treats should be little tiny pieces of their food rolled into balls and frozen.....only be given when they potty in the appropriate place, and should be given immediately after. You can also use small pieces of cheese. It breaks very easy and is one of the best treats for training. We also suggest freeze dried treats that are human grade. They will not pack on the pounds.
•A plush doggy bed to lay in is always appreciated. They love to have something soft and warm to snuggle in, after all they did have siblings to snuggle with while they were here. Some of my families have noted to me that they love the Snuggle Puppy. It helps puppy feel secure. Check it out if you want. Anything for the little baby to feel safe and secure is worth the money spent!
* A slicker brush for daily brushing is a must to avoid tangles and it gets them used to handling so your groomer will love you
* A pair of dog toe nail nippers....again to get them used to it
*cotton swabs and a good ear cleaner - making sure ear is perfectly dry when done
•And lots of Patience and Love! A puppy can be a lot of fun, but is also a lot of work. They need lots of love as well as discipline.
DO NOT FORGET TO ODER YOUR NUVET!!!