FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What size will my puppy get?
Adults will range in height from 30-35 cm and weigh 6-10 kgs.
Adults will range in height from 30-35 cm and weigh 6-18 kgs.
Adults can range in height from 35-60 cm and weigh 6-13 kgs (Miniature),
13-20 kgs (Medium) and 20-45 kgs (Standard)
What temperament will my puppy have?
Cavoodles are set to bring out the best of the Cavalier and Poodle breeds together
to produce an intelligent, compact and healthy little animal with a wonderful temperament.
The Poochon is extremely intelligent with a gentle manner, sensitive, playful and affectionate personality.
A cheerful attitude is the hallmark of the breed.
Labradoodles are happiest when they're with the people they love,
and will shower their family with affection and devotion.
With the energy of the Labrador Retriever and the work ethic of both the Lab and the Poodle, they're a joy.
They are intelligent, easy to train, kid-friendly, dog-friendly, affectionate with family,
and friendly toward strangers.
What will my puppy look like?
Many Cavoodles pups are born with long floppy ears, large brows and a compact round face
giving the dog an eternal puppy appearance.
Variation among the litter is influenced by the genetic contribution of each parent
so some pups will appear more Poodle like and others more like a Cavalier.
As the Poochon puppy becomes an adult, their appearance does not change much.
They retain their "puppy look" throughout adulthood and will retain much of their puppy color pattern.
The Apricots will usually lighten some in color as they get older.
A puppy with black markings may turn lighter or stay black as they get older.
The dark carmel color will fade lighter as the puppy matures.
The darker Apricot puppies normally stay darker as they mature.
Labradoodles can be different sizes, depending on the size of sire and dam used.
Their size-names generally follow the names used for poodles: miniature, medium, and standard.
Labradoodle coats are divided into three categories: wool, fleece, or hair
and colors range from chocolate, cafe, parchment, cream, gold and apricot
to red, black, silver, chalk, lavender, and blue-ish gray.
Can I see pictures of mom and dad?
Yes, pictures of all my dogs are posted by name.
I can give you the name of the mother and father, and you can check them out on the web site.
What do I feed my puppy?
I will furnish you with a bag of dry puppy food, and a recipe for the homemade dog food I feed them.
If you wish to change their diet at any time, remember to do it slowly as not to cause any discomfort to puppy.
Does my puppy need a crate?
Yes, but your puppy package that comes with the puppy will include a dog crate.
Can I let my puppy sleep with me?
Puppies sleep in a pack which is normal to them.
There is no hard and fast rule, but remember that once you let them sleep with you,
they will always want to, no matter how you are feeling.
Most dogs are a pleasure to sleep with, while a few can be bad bed partners. LOL
If your relationship with your pet is healthy, and he is treated with love and kindness
and respects the house rules and boundaries,
you're set and sleeping in your bed shouldn't be a problem.
Will my puppy need a companion?
A companion animal for your puppy can provide an array of benefits,
which include encouraging exercise and physical activity, relieving loneliness,
and providing affection and companionship.
But you should make sure that you have time for a second pet.
There is twice the grooming, twice the exercise, twice everything.
There are times when two can be twice as naughty.
Of course, they can also be twice as loving and comforting, too.
Do I need to name my puppy before I get it?
No, there is no need to name puppy before he or she comes to live with you.
If you do have a name, it can be put on the micro-chip paper work before it has been filed.
When can I take my puppy to the park?
It's safe to take your puppy to the dog park
when he or she has had all their vaccinations, usually around 16 weeks of age.
Any earlier, and they are still vulnerable to picking up a disease from the other dogs.
Always check with your vet.
My puppy chews on everything is this normal?
Yes that is normal, but not to be encouraged.
Chewing is part of normal dog behavior. Puppies investigate their environment by sniffing and chewing on objects.
Puppies also chew during their teething phase (which starts at about 12 weeks of age)
when baby teeth are replaced with permanent adult teeth.
Correcting problem chewing is often simply a matter of preventing unwanted chewing
while encouraging your dog to chew on appropriate dog toys.
I have another dog, will they get along?
While the occasional dog will delight in welcoming a pup into the house,
most dogs don't open up the "welcome wagon" when a new pup enters the family.
All dogs will growl and snap, and move away from the puppies.
Puppies are just learning how to communicate with one another.
Puppies don't follow the rules that the adult dogs depend on for good, solid doggie communication.
Puppies don't even know that rules exist! Supervision is essential.
Because the pup doesn't have the same set of social skills as the adult dog,
you must be around for all of the interactions between the two.
You want to be there to help guide the puppy toward appropriate social efforts
and to keep the peace for the adult dogs.
You also want the adult dogs to know that you are there running interference for them;
they can count on you to keep the puppy from becoming too much of a nuisance.
The more you supervise, the fewer opportunities the dogs have to snap, bark, or growl at the pup.
It can sound quite scary. If during the process of escalation the puppy yips or squeals,
and your dog escalates his response even more, definitely intervene.
Adding another dog to the household can upset the pack order,
and might cause dominance issues between the pets.
After what seems like an eternity but is really only about three weeks,
you'll begin to notice some signs of harmony between the dog and the puppy.
If you have done your part in helping the dog and puppy develop their communication skills,
this is the beginning of a fabulous friendship - or at least a peaceful co-existence.
Not all dogs love each another, so don't be disappointed if your dog doesn't fall
head over heels in love with the new dog in the house.
There is enough love for both, and comfortable cohabitation is a fine accomplishment.
Should I adopt a male or female puppy?
When deciding on a type of puppy, concentrate on the breed or breed type rather than the gender.
There is no difference in the intelligence, cleanliness or trainability of either sex.
Each animal is unique and will develop its own characteristics
according to its genetic inheritance and its environment.
What flea preventive should I use?
Shampoos, dips and topical sprays designed to kill fleas may work
when it comes to removing fleas from your dog at that moment, but they rarely last longer than a day or so.
Bathing your pet in a mixture of salt and water is a natural, safe alternative to flea shampoo:
use 1 cup salt to 2 liters of water.
It's safe to use a salt bath whenever you notice fleas, or you can take the fun route and take them for a dip in the ocean.
This should rid them of the fleas that he or she has at that time. Make sure you start a monthly flea program.
Oral flea prevention/treatment typically comes in the form of a tablet.
The pill releases a chemical into the dog's bloodstream that affects the flea after it bites the dog.
Some drugs (like Program and Sentinel) simply cause the flea to become sterilized.
Others actually kill the flea (like Comfortis, Trifexis and Capstar).
These products are typically given once a month, with the exception of Capstar (which only lasts 24-48 hours).
"Spot-on" topical treatments like Advantage, Frontline, Revolution and Vectra 3D
are distributed in the dog's natural skin oils and work to kill adult fleas.
Some have additional ingredients that sterilize fleas. Typically, the "spot-on" treatments need to be applied monthly.
They are usually water-resistant, meaning you can bathe your pet with a mild shampoo
3 or more days after applying the product.
Be aware that not all "spot-on" products are equal. Generally, those sold in grocery stores are ineffective.
What do I use and how often should I worm my pet?
There are several good wormers on the market. They come in liquid and tablets.
I suggest liquid for puppies.
Puppies worming should be carried out every fortnight until the age of 12 weeks.
It is recommended that you worm your dog at least every 3 months
to kill any worms present and prevent them developing to a stage where they can damage your dog's health.
In certain situations more frequent worming may be needed.
You should consult your vet if you are concerned about the correct worming regime for your dog.
Can I groom my pet myself?
Yes you can, but when using clippers, unless you are completely committed to learning great skills yourself,
dog grooming is a job for a professional.
Shop around and find someone who you and your dog likes, with the best price.
Can I cut my pet's nails myself?
Yes you can, but if the pet has black nails it is very difficult.
Talk to your groomer and they will be more than happy to give you instructions.
Your pet will need their nails trimmed more times than you take them to the groomer.
There are, however, some groomers who for a small fee will do just nails, if you are not comfortable doing it.
How often should I give my pet a bath?
Veterinarians recommend you bathe a dog with normal skin once a month.
There is no medical need to bathe your pet more often unless he has skin problems,
or is just a little more stinky than you'd like.
A mostly indoor puppy or dog will require less bathing than a puppy or dog who loves to romp in the weeds.
Use your best judgment as a pet owner when it comes to bathing your dog.
Can I use my shampoo or do I need to use a special dog shampoo?
NEVER use human shampoos or soaps on your pet!
They can dry out their sensitive skin. Instead choose a gentle dog shampoo for routine bathing.
Soothing ingredients are even more important if your pet is prone to dry skin or itchiness.
Look for natural, moisturizing ingredients like shea butter, aloe and oatmeal.
It's also best to steer clear of heavily scented shampoos, but if you enjoy a pleasant smell,
look for shampoos lightly scented with natural oils such as lavender or chamomile.
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