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    Smile King Charles Cavalier

    Hi everyone

    I am picking up a king charles cavalier in a few weeks. He will be about 7-8 weeks old, and unfortunately we will have a veryyyyy long drive home. I can't wait, but I am a bit nervous as I have not had a dog in years, and I have never raised one myself. If anyone has any tips, please feel free to advise me

    I have ordered a free book from eukaneba foods about new puppies (owners manual) and the stages that they go through and what happens at each age.

    I am currently looking around for puppy schools in perth that we can both attend from when he is about 10-12 weeks old. and yea... I'm not too sure what else I need to do!
    Last edited by lirpa1; 09-04-2011 at 03:29 PM. Reason: my spelling is atrocious

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    First step is ask what the breeder feeds and do the same, making gradual changes that you want to implement.
    Have the puppy harnessed or in a carry crate for the trip.
    Be aware temperature..in the sun, air con blowing on him.
    Puppies need toileting every couple of hours also after eating, sleeping.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Thanks Di Dee... We are coming back the "scenic route" after getting the puppy so we can stop along the coast and let him have a run around and bathroom break. So hopefully that will make the trip easier. And I didn't even think to match his new diet with us to what the breeder is feeding him! I'll be sure and ask her a week prior to getting him so that I have some food ready as what he is already eating so as not to upset his tummy.

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    Hi again

    I am abit worried. My friend is a vet nurse and has been telling about vaccines, parvo etc. How safe is it for my new puppy to be out and about after only his first vaccine, second vaccine etc? Are there time limits? What should I particularly avoid to ensure his safety?

    Also, do King Charles like to swim? I am hoping that mine will enjoy a swim as I would love to take him to the beach with me when older! Any tips onhelping him to enjoy it with me, or is it unlikely? I have read that they do like to swim, and that they hate to swim, so I am confused.

    Thanks for whoever can help

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    I wouldn't be taking the dog for walks in public places for around 6 weeks after the first immunization. Just incase there is infected poo on the footpath.

    If you get the dog used to swimming he will learn to enjoy it. Just be careful not to force him.

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    Thanks Puggerup, does this mean that I can't walk him down our street until well after the first vaccine? What about puppy classes? They only require that the puppy has had the first vaccine from what I see, and there aren't time limits (unless I have missed them). If I wait the full time limit - we won't make it in time for puppy school and will go to what they call "junior" school...

    I am really hoping that stopping on the long drive home to let the puppy stretch his legs will be safe. We have about a 4.5-5 hour drive home once we get him - so we were going to go along the coast road for the scenic route and stop every now and then so Elvis can stretch his legs.... Its not a really inhabited area where we will be stopping. No houses etc.... just a road along the coast...

    I really hope my puppy stays healthy and doesn't get sick :-(

    My friend has gone through about taking our shoes off when entering the house so as not to bring anything in while he is a puppy as well.... Only problem is there is no way DF mom and sis would be willing to do this as well... which puppy and I will be living with them for just over a week until DF and I get the keys once our house is finished.

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    I wouldn't stress too much. I would wait a few weeks after the needle before puppy school, but with taking him for walks, just be very careful of what he sniffs and don't let him close to other dogs.

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    When we picked up my dog she was 10 weeks and we stopped and let her out for a pee because I didnt fancy her pissing all through my car!

    I wouldnt go taking her to a dog park or anything but a stop off to pee in a place thats not "known" for dogs I dont see a problem.
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    Wonderful, Thanks yall!

    I'll avoid doggy places for a bit, until his shots.

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    Hi lirpal1

    My vet said it was ok to have play dates with other dogs and puppies you know have been vaccinated while your puppy is not yet fully immunised.

    It's also worth knowing that a puppy only needs about 5 minutes of exercise per month of age in one session ie when you first get your puppy your walk will consist of about three laps around the back yard or half a lap around the block. Not far.

    Loads of info on puppy raising here.
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