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    Cavalier X Cavoodle??
    Hahahahaha, mutt if I ever heard one
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    Amy, I'm not going to give you advice re training the pup as such, but I will give some advice coming from a groomer's perspective.

    Poppy will need regular grooming every 6-8 weeks (with cross-breeds it's always hard to tell how quickly their hair will grow), to make it the best experience possible for her it is important that you handle her as much as possible, especially around the feet and the face. Whether she needs it or not, start with gentle brushing twice a day over every inch of her body, use a soft bristle first, then get yourself a slicker brush to use. Hold her paws and gently push your fingers between the pads.

    I'm saying this because so many dogs I deal with hate having their feet and faces touched, in most instances this is because the owners haven't spent the time handling them, yes lots of time cuddling, but not HANDLING - it makes a groomers job a nightmare, and it's stressful for the dog when it's grooming time.

    Over the next week, ask around friends or people with groomed fluffers, make some calls to groomers or grooming salons, ask them if they have experience with first time puppy haircuts (I might add that I don't do first timers as I don't have the experience and I feel it's in the interests of the pup to refer them to someone who does). Ask the groomer when is the best time to bring her in, probably in 3-4 weeks I'd say. If you are not sure about how to maintain the coat between cuts, a good groomer will show you how to do this.

    Lucky you are in QLD, you can keep her short as I have found the "designer dogs" have very difficult coats in terms of maintenance.

    ETA : You won't know what her coat will be truly be like until she gets to 9-12 months, when they lose the puppy coat and get the adult coat!

    Now where are those photos?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Just out of curiosity, how did you choose this breeder, and I take it you didn't actually meet the parents of these puppies. How did you choose your puppy? Was it with its mother?
    We found her via a google search. The lady in Brisbane gets the pup from one particular breeder. They are not bred on demand but rather just as they come. She sells the pups with a starters package of food, bowls, bed, puppy toilet training mats and a chew toy. So no, I didnt see the parents as they are with the breeder 3 or so hours from Brisbane.

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    Cavalier X Cavoodle??
    Hahahahaha, mutt if I ever heard one
    Thanks for your helpful reply!

    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Amy, I'm not going to give you advice re training the pup as such, but I will give some advice coming from a groomer's perspective.

    Poppy will need regular grooming every 6-8 weeks (with cross-breeds it's always hard to tell how quickly their hair will grow), to make it the best experience possible for her it is important that you handle her as much as possible, especially around the feet and the face. Whether she needs it or not, start with gentle brushing twice a day over every inch of her body, use a soft bristle first, then get yourself a slicker brush to use. Hold her paws and gently push your fingers between the pads.

    I'm saying this because so many dogs I deal with hate having their feet and faces touched, in most instances this is because the owners haven't spent the time handling them, yes lots of time cuddling, but not HANDLING - it makes a groomers job a nightmare, and it's stressful for the dog when it's grooming time.

    Over the next week, ask around friends or people with groomed fluffers, make some calls to groomers or grooming salons, ask them if they have experience with first time puppy haircuts (I might add that I don't do first timers as I don't have the experience and I feel it's in the interests of the pup to refer them to someone who does). Ask the groomer when is the best time to bring her in, probably in 3-4 weeks I'd say. If you are not sure about how to maintain the coat between cuts, a good groomer will show you how to do this.

    Lucky you are in QLD, you can keep her short as I have found the "designer dogs" have very difficult coats in terms of maintenance.

    ETA : You won't know what her coat will be truly be like until she gets to 9-12 months, when they lose the puppy coat and get the adult coat!

    Now where are those photos?
    Thanks for all the tips! I think she will have more of a cav's coat but I didnt realise they don't get their adult coats till 9-12months!

    I don't have any pics yet but will be sure to but one up! She is he blenheim colour and looks very cav!

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    oh wow sounds very cute!


    looking forward to seeing pics!

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    Sounds suspiciously like a puppy mill to me, but it's too late now. They often have great websites but you'd die of horror if you saw where the puppies really came from.

    Do take your puppy to a real vet for a full check up and advice about vaccinations, how often, how many more boosters etc, how long before they take full effect and you can socialise your puppy.

    You could just about assume anything the "lady in Brisbane" says has the same value as a used car sales person's words. Don't believe what she said about vaccinations, worming or even the puppy parentage. Just take one day at a time and do everything, check everything like nothing was done for the pup before. And flea spot on or mint tea bath too for the fleas.

    One of the puppy mills in the north of Adelaide, SA is suspected of being responsible for a major parvo (dog killing disease) outbreak in our northern suburbs. I'd expect similar from QLD puppy mills. For RSPCA and police to act, the laws, nationally, need to be changed.

    As soon as your puppy is vaccinated, wormed, debugged (fleas, mites, ticks etc), find yourself a nice puppy pre-school and places to get your puppy as much contact with other puppies as possible so it learns how to be doggy polite with other dogs. Chances are in the puppy mill - it never got the chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Sounds suspiciously like a puppy mill to me, but it's too late now. They often have great websites but you'd die of horror if you saw where the puppies really came from.

    Do take your puppy to a real vet for a full check up and advice about vaccinations, how often, how many more boosters etc, how long before they take full effect and you can socialise your puppy.

    You could just about assume anything the "lady in Brisbane" says has the same value as a used car sales person's words. Don't believe what she said about vaccinations, worming or even the puppy parentage. Just take one day at a time and do everything, check everything like nothing was done for the pup before. And flea spot on or mint tea bath too for the fleas.

    One of the puppy mills in the north of Adelaide, SA is suspected of being responsible for a major parvo (dog killing disease) outbreak in our northern suburbs. I'd expect similar from QLD puppy mills. For RSPCA and police to act, the laws, nationally, need to be changed.

    As soon as your puppy is vaccinated, wormed, debugged (fleas, mites, ticks etc), find yourself a nice puppy pre-school and places to get your puppy as much contact with other puppies as possible so it learns how to be doggy polite with other dogs. Chances are in the puppy mill - it never got the chance.
    I have the vac record from the vest showing that she has been wormed and had her first vac! So she's not lying about that. She does not have fleas. She is due to be wormed very soon according to what the vet record says.

    I appreciate your concern though. Thanks.

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    I'm not going to jump on the puppy mill wagon at the moment because I can see it's been covered and from your defensive responses you know how bad they are and you know how horrid they can be.

    I will say this however. My puppy is a rescue. The day he got home I had to worm him and he had LOTS of worms coming out. He did the boot scooting thing ONCE ONLY before I wormed him. Does your puppy have a pot belly? That's one of the give away signs.

    It is definitely best to re-worm as a precaution. I had to help Batty with his toilets after worming as they weren't coming all the way out and getting stuck halfway. Take some paper towels or toilet paper outside when she's going to poop just in case. The worming will also help her to go to the toilet. It took Batty 30 mins before he had a bowel movement after worming.

    Also, Batty was given a capstar tablet and sprayed with frontline spray before I picked him up so he had no fleas on him, but he'd had them as I found the flea dirt on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    I'm not going to jump on the puppy mill wagon at the moment because I can see it's been covered and from your defensive responses you know how bad they are and you know how horrid they can be.

    I will say this however. My puppy is a rescue. The day he got home I had to worm him and he had LOTS of worms coming out. He did the boot scooting thing ONCE ONLY before I wormed him. Does your puppy have a pot belly? That's one of the give away signs.

    It is definitely best to re-worm as a precaution. I had to help Batty with his toilets after worming as they weren't coming all the way out and getting stuck halfway. Take some paper towels or toilet paper outside when she's going to poop just in case. The worming will also help her to go to the toilet. It took Batty 30 mins before he had a bowel movement after worming.

    Also, Batty was given a capstar tablet and sprayed with frontline spray before I picked him up so he had no fleas on him, but he'd had them as I found the flea dirt on him.
    Thanks for your helpful advice. I appreciate that you arn't ramming the Puppy Mill lecture down my throat. I did NOT think I was buying my puppy from a puppy mill. I DID think I was getting her from a loving family who simply sold them for a breeder out in the country. I DID take the advice given to me about buying a puppy into consideration before purchasing this little girl and I DID think I was doing the right thing.

    It really upsets me to think that my pup could have worms or worse. It upsets me to think people on here are accusing me of being irresponsible and neglectful! I have looked at my puppies poos (as advised by DA) and I could not see any worms. But I will worm her again. It can't hurt can it?

    What medicine do I use? The family who sold me the pup reccomended advocat.

    The only reason I didnt get to choose from the litter is because this was the last little girl left.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Thanks for your helpful advice.

    It really upsets me to think that my pup could have worms or worse. It upsets me to think people on here are accusing me of being irresponsible and neglectful! I have looked at my puppies poos (as advised by DA) and I could not see any worms. But I will worm her again. It can't hurt can it?

    What medicine do I use? The family who sold me the pup reccomended advocat.

    The only reason I didnt get to choose from the litter is because this was the last little girl left.
    I use Drontal chews, I have always been under the impression that you won't see worms or worm eggs in the poop unless they have passed.

    Try to get something that is a chew rather than a paste or tablet (FAR easier to give to puppy as they like the taste - like the worming chocolates for kids )

    I find that the spot on treatments aren't that effective - BUT every dog is different and this is just my view! I won't use things like Frontline etc, I prefer checking twice daily for ticks and using a natural shampoo until Batty is at least 6 months old then he will go onto Sentinel Tablets (Once a month flea, worms and heartworm tablets that taste like beef to the dog). Your puppy will have long hair unless you have her clipped regularly (which MUST happen anyway or she will be in trouble with her coat).

    Go to your vets and see what chews they have. I pick up a round of Drontal from my vet for $5 - that is just one treatment though - they should only need one, but Batty was done twice as he had a rather big problem. I gave him his first waited 7 days and gave him the second on the advice of my vet. Get your girl checked into the vet for a health check ASAP, your vet will be able to help you.

    I find going into the vets to make the appointment (particularly the first one) by myself the best way to go. You get a good feel of the place from the staff who work there, if the surgery is clean, airy and the staff are happy and friendly then you should have found a good place to go.

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    Oh, puppies are prone to worms too, don't feel bad that your puppy has them just get the problem fixed asap.

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