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Cavoodle Puppy Care – The Ultimate Guide

Cavoodle puppy care involves feeding, grooming training and providing the best veterinary care for your new baby. The Cavoodle (or Cavapoo) is the most popular dog breed in Australia.

Bred from (toy or miniature) Poodles and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, these adorable dogs are intelligent, friendly, affectionate, and also low-shedding. The breed can vary in size, depending on the Poodle parent.

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Early Cavoodle Puppy Care

All puppies need some initial wellness care irrespective of their breed. Whether you have adopted your pup from a rescue shelter or bought it from a Cavoodle breeder, you must take it to a reliable vet for a complete physical checkup.

Cavoodle puppy care wellness checkups  should include:

  • Complete physical exams
  • Bloodwork- optional
  • Vaccinations
  • External parasite and heartworm prevention
  • Deworming
  • Microchipping
  • Spaying/neutering based on the puppy’s age

Cavoodle puppy care – Health 

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Due to their increased genetic diversity, mixed-breed dogs like Cavoodles are less likely to develop genetic issues seen in the individual parent breed. However, it is still important that you are aware of the health issues common in the breed. This can help you spot issues quickly and prevent them from escalating.

The Cavoodle breed is prone to skin diseases, eye infections, luxating patellas, dental issues, syringomyelia, hip/elbow dysplasia, and allergies.

Feeding Your Cavoodle

Your vet or breeder can guide you in choosing the right food for your Cavoodle puppy. Look for food that meets or exceeds the AAFCO guidelines. Keep a watch on your pet’s weight, skin, and coat condition.

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Cavoodles are known to be sensitive dogs and some are known to develop food allergies. If you notice foul-smelling poop, diarrhoea, vomiting, coat changes (dull coat, fur loss), etc. then you might want to make dietary changes. Always talk to your vet before making any food changes.

Here are some general guidelines for feeding as part of Cavoodle puppy care:

  • Select age-appropriate food.
  • Cavoodle puppies need to eat at least 3-4 small meals every day. Adult dogs can be fed twice a day.
  • Portion sizes- check the food label. Your vet can also recommend the right quantity based on your dog’s age and activity levels.
  • This is a small dog, so feed your Cavoodle treats in moderation. Even two or three treats can quickly add up and could result in obesity.
  • Research the benefits of raw feeding if you’d like to go the extra mile and feed your Cavoodle the best and healthiest dog food.

Supplements – Cavoodle puppy care

Based on your Cavoodle’s overall health, your vet might recommend some omega-essential fatty acid supplements for its skin and coat health, probiotics for digestive health and immunity, and joint supplements to prevent hip dysplasia.

Cavoodle Temperament

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When we discuss Cavoodle puppy care, we must also talk about the breed’s temperament. Cavoodles may be small, but they are also smart and highly energetic. This means that they benefit from early puppy training, so they understand how to make good choices when interacting with people and other animals.

Their high intelligence also means that they need plenty of mental stimulation. If bored and left alone for long periods, the Cavoodle can bark a lot. Your Cavoodle puppy will also have a lot of energy so be prepared to play and exercise it at least 3-4 times a day.

Behavioural Issues in Cavoodles

Unfortunately, for many dog owners, managing separation anxiety is a big part of the training involved in Cavoodle puppy care. Cavoodles are known to suffer from separation anxiety. It may be a good idea to enrol your dog in doggy daycare so it does not have to stay alone while you are at work. Alternatively, you could consider getting it a companion dog (but only if you have the time and financial capability for another pet!).

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Some Cavoodles are known to bark excessively. So, you need to train your Cavoodle to be calm and ensure they get sufficient rest so they are not overtired. Adequate mental and physical stimulation can also help prevent excessive barking. It can also eliminate common behaviour problems like digging, tearing up furniture, chewing, etc.

Cavoodle Puppy Care – Toys

Young Cavoodle puppies need plenty of toys. These include interactive toys, treat dispenser toys and puzzles.

Fill up a few Kong toys with treats and your puppy will be occupied for hours. Encourage your kids to toss a Frisbee or a ball and teach your puppy to fetch. This will help expend energy and keep your puppy out of trouble. Provide some teething rings, dental chews, or chew toys to soothe your puppy’s inflamed teething gums.

Cavoodle Training

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Cavoodles are eager to please and they generally love food and playing with toys. Therefore, you can use food and toys as rewards in your training. The fact that they are food-motivated also makes training a lot easier, especially when you use tasty, low-calorie treats.

Here are some tips that can come in handy while training your Cavoodle:

  • Be consistent with the training
  • Keep a positive attitude
  • Be patient
  • Keep the puppy training sessions short (1-2 minute sessions when your Cavoodle puppy wakes up from their naps)
  • End each session with plenty of playtime and fun
  • Never punish your Cavoodle. Punishment is not necessary in training and will break down the relationship you have with your Cavoodle.
  • Aversive dog training methods lead to avoidance behaviours such as peeing behind the couch and not coming when called.
  • Repetition is your best friend when it comes to training your Cavoodle.

Cavoodle puppy care – Crate Training

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Many Cavoodle parents crate-train their puppies with excellent results. Puppies can be crate-trained in just 3 days! A crate provides a cozy, den-like atmosphere so your puppy can rest. It also prevents your young dog from getting into trouble and keeps it safe while you are away.

Never crate a puppy for more than 2 hours at a time. If you’re going to be away for longer than 2 hours, put your puppy’s crate in a pen and leave the door open and provide a grass loo for them to toilet on. Always make sure you have someone check on your puppy every 4 hours or so.

  • Be consistent
  • In the beginning, keep the crating period short.
  • Add plenty of toys inside the crate
  • Make sure the puppy gets to relieve itself before crating it.
  • Do not use the crate to punish your puppy.

Socialising Your Cavoodle Puppy

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Puppy socialisation is an important aspect of caring for a Cavoodle. Once your puppy’s second round of vaccinations is completed, you can start taking it to meet other vaccinated dogs. Arrange play dates with friends having dogs and take your pup on outings with you to dog-friendly cafes and beaches. You can also enrol your Cavoodle puppy in a reputable puppy preschool to further their socialisation and training. 

Take your dog to the beach, on hikes, for swimming, etc. Take it to the mall and let it get used to sights, sounds, and smells. At home, make sure it gets used to loud noises from the television, radio, blender, lawn mower, doorbell, etc.

Cavoodle puppy care – Grooming

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Cavoodles can have different types of coats – woolly, fleece-like, or straight-haired.

  • The straight-haired Cavoodle tends to shed a lot. Their hair also gets matted, so they need regular brushing.
  • The fleece-haired Cavoodle does not shed, but it needs regular clipping to prevent mats and knots.
  • The woolly-haired Cavoodle has tight curls like the Poodle’s. They need regular haircuts to keep their coat in good condition.

All three coat types will need a bath at least once a month. You must also brush your Cavoodle’s teeth daily or feed them raw meaty bones to chew. Trim your puppy’s nails once every 2 weeks. Examine your pet’s eyes for any discharge and clean tear stains/discharge out using medicated pet wipes. Similarly, clean the gunk out of its ears using a cotton ball or some ear wipes.

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