Cavoodle (Cavapoo) Dog Breed Information and Temperament

Housebreaking a Cavoodle (Cavapoo)

Housebreaking the Cavoodle (Cavapoo) a crucial part of introducing him into your home. Although he’s smart and easy to train, you’ll still have to spend some time doing it. Here are some housebreaking basics.

1. Setting Expectations

You can’t expect your puppy to read your mind, so you need to set clear expectations for him. Establish boundaries for him. Use a word or phrase that he will recognize quickly. ‘Potty’ will help him understand that he needs to ease himself. Make sure that you have treats on hand to reward him after a successful toilet training session.

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2. Train at the right time

Puppies don’t have large bladders, so they need to go every three hours. You might need to set timers so that they’ll get used to relieving themselves at the right time. Get them used to a routine. They should become accustomed to regular rising, napping, eating, and sleeping times.

Getting puppies to follow a routine is simple. The key is to begin doing so early. Little things like regular feeding times and waiting for your little Cavoodle (Cavapoo) to become hungry again will decrease housebreaking accidents.

3. Dealing with housebreaking accidents

Accidents are normal when housebreaking puppies. You can consider your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) trained when he can go a month without easing himself in the wrong place. Keep an eye on him at all times. Leave him in a crate when you cannot supervise him.

Keeping the carpet clean is a headache for dog owners.Your puppy may get into an accident on yours. You won’t want to throw your carpet away, but you must get rid of the offensive odor. The scent may continue to attract your pet. Use an enzymatic cleaner for the process.

Ruth Henderson Charlie the Adorable Cavapoo : Flickr
Ruth Henderson Charlie the Adorable Cavapoo : Flickr

4. Disciplining your Cavoodle (Cavapoo)

Setting boundaries for a puppy is an effort, so have patience with yours. If you catch your dog in the act, say no clearly. Heap praise on him when he goes to the right place. Some owners have the habit of rubbing their dogs” noses in waste. That only serves to scare them. It’s also extremely unkind.

So stay patient. Your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) will soon learn where and when he should go. He will soon develop a good attitude to potty training.

5. Crate training your dog

One of the best things for a Cavoodle (Cavapoo) to learn is how to spend time in a crate. It is not only convenient, but also a way to keep your puppy safe. You will find it useful for car rides or trips to the vet. It’s also a must for potty training

Start by getting one that’s the right size for your dog. Your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) should sit, stand, and turn around comfortably in it. If you want to keep the crate throughout its life, make sure that it can accommodate an adult dog. If it’s a little too big, block off the extra space.

When training your Cavoodle (Cavapoo), there are two important rules to keep in mind. First, he must make positive associations with it. It will also take time.

Credit: Ruth Henderson Charlie Cavapoo Asleep / Flickr

To begin, bring him to the crate and talk to him. Remind him that it is his haven. Then, you can start leaving food outside it. The food will encourage your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) to go into it. Never use force. Shower him with praise instead. He may not want to enter it at once, but persuade him to with treats. He will eventually go into it on his own. Leave the door open and close it only when he’s comfortable.

Once he settles down, you can start teaching him the trigger to go into it. You can use words like ‘house’ or ‘kennel.’ When he responds, give him a treat. Stay near him for about five minutes at first. Then, make the time shorter.

Remember never to leave your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) in a crate for more than three hours. He can’t hold his bladder for that long. Leave your dog for short periods of time until he connects it with being his space.

Keeping things positive is always the biggest challenge. Never punish your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) by creating him. The dog will start to make negative associations with it that way.

Training a Cavoodle (Cavapoo)

The Cavoodle (Cavapoo) is a breeze to teach, so he should learn obedience as soon as possible. It will make him loveable. So what commands should you teach him

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1. Sit

The first on the list is the ‘sit’ command. The easiest to communicate to your Cavoodle (Cavapoo), and is a great start to obedience training.

To begin, grab a treat and hold it above your dog’s nose. Then, move your hand upward, enticing your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) to follow it with its eyes. Your dog’s button will touch the ground. Once that happens, give him the treat and shower him with affection.

2. Come

This command m may prevent your little dog from getting into serious trouble. If you l drop your leash on a busy street, it may save your dog’s life.

To teach it, leash your Cavoodle (Cavapoo). Get down to his level and say the word ‘come.’ Pull on his leash at the same time. When he comes to you, give him a treat or praise him. Remember to practice the command in a safe area.

3. Down

This command is a difficult one for dogs to master because it involves submission. You’ll need to have a good relationship with your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) to teach it well.

Find a treat that smells appetizing to your Cavoodle (Cavapoo). Hold it in your closed fist. Wave it in front of your dog’s nose. Let him smell it. When he does, move your hand along the floor. Make him follow you. Prompt his body to follow his head. When you’ve got him in the right position, give the command’down,’ Praise Him and give him the treat.

3. Stay

This command ‘s hard for a restless Cavoodle (Cavapoo) to learn, so make sure that he understands the ‘sit’ order.

Begin five getting your dog to sit. Then, stretch out your hand in front of you and say ‘stay.’ Retreat a few steps backward. Give him praise if he manages to remain where he is.

Slowly increase the number of steps you take backward. Always remember to use positive reinforcement if your pet can stay put.

4. Drop it

This command is useful for stopping chewing habits. It prevents a dog from ingesting anything strange on the ground., and Is a lifesaver.

To start, grab a treat with hands. Show it to him end use the words ‘Drop it.”

Your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) may bark at you to give it to him. Ignore his behavior.

Once he’s familiar with this, use your other hand to give him the treat. After that, only give him the treat when he moves away from first before looking up at you.

Managing Cavoodle (Cavapoo) Behavioral Problems

The Cavoodle (Cavapoo) is an even-tempered fellow who’s easy to handle. That said, temperament varies from one dog to another. A Cavoodle (Cavapoo) is like any other dog that may have issues with barking, food aggression, separation anxiety, and boredom. Here are some practical tips for you to deal with these problems.

Credit: Ruth Henderson Charlie Cavapoo Playing Flickr

1. Don’t use physical or verbal punishment

Punishment won’t eliminate the behavior but make the dog afraid of you. If your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) has aggressive, hitting him may cause him to resent and fear you. You’ll find him snapping at you more often than before.

2. Stay Upbeat

Always use positive reinforcement to bring out your Cavoodle (Cavapoo)’s best behavior. Behavior modification exercises given by expert trainers will eliminate his tendency to bark or bite.

3. Don’t provoke fear

Try to avoid situations that may cause anxiety in your dog. If your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) has an anxiety based disorder, limit his exposure to the stimuli that give him stress. Does he feel afraid of the burly postman who comes by in the afternoon? Is he afraid of your vacuum cleaner? Find ways to keep him away from the postman and don’t use loud appliances when he’s around.

4. Be aware of situations

Behavior problems usually surface in particular circumstances. Perhaps your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) only displays aggression when there’s food. He may only bark without stopping if anybody doesn’t like rings your doorbell. Help your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) avoid these circumstances.

5. Respect your pet

If you are aware that your dog dislikes petting and becomes aggressive when people try stroking him, don’t feel shy to tell them to stay away. Doing this for protects both your dog and them. 

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Breeding the Cavoodle (Cavapoo)

Breeding dogs, especially the Cavoodle (Cavapoo), is not for the faint-hearted. As a new breeder and owner, you’ll have to learn the responsibilities of bringing new puppies into the world. You’ll have to make some important decisions as well. Understand what preparations you’ll have to make. 

Credit: Purdy Family Cavapoo / Flickr

1. The research stage 

Do some research so that you can decide if you are a suitable breeder. Read books written by experienced breeders or veterinarians. Find out about the pros and cons of letting your dog become a mother or father. 

2. Ask yourself why you want to breed your dog.

Breed your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) because you love dogs and have done so before. Only consider the task if you’ve done your research. Don’t breed dogs merely to sell or you may inadvertently cause an overpopulation of dogs. 

3. Consider your circumstances 

Think about your situation. Do you have an exceptional example of a Cavoodle (Cavapoo)? Is he healthy? Does he look the way a Cavoodle (Cavapoo) should? 

You must also prepare yourself to take care of the puppies for at least two months and make sure that they get vaccinated. Get ready to keep all of them if no one wants them.

4. Choose a mate for your dog 

You must pair your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) with a dam, which is a female that is ready for breeding. If you own a dam, find a suitable stud for her. Make sure that you and other dog owner sign an agreement regarding the puppies 

Find out if their genetics match. Test both dogs for health problems associated with Cavoodles. 

5. Temperament 

Watch both dogs’ behavior. Find out if they take well to each other as well as other dogs. Don’t breed them if they are over – aggressive or fearful. The puppies may develop the same traits.

6. Check the dogs’ ages

Make sure that your dog is of the right age to breed. Dams begin their breeding cycles between six and nine months. Most people breed their females when the dogs are about two years old.

7. Take your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) to the Vet

Make sure that you know your dog’s medical history. Your vet will update vaccinations and give the dog antibodies if necessary.

8. Start The Breeding Cycle

Wait for your Cavoodle (Cavapoo) to go into heat. She must get into that state before she can breed. She will not mate with the stud until she’s ready. Dams typically except males 9 to 11 days after the cycle.

Look out for signs that your female is pregnant. The dam’s mammaries will fill up with milk. Find out about feeding and nutrition.

9. Get a Box for Whelping

Prepare a box of the right size for your female . Get one that’s about six inches longer than your dam when she lies down.

10. Get ready for delivery

Know when it’s time to deliver the puppies. Watch out for contractions that are too long These are birth complications.

11. Keep the puppies warm

You should keep the new animals as warm as possible. Look over them for congenital disabilities.

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