Teaching Good Manners

Teaching Good Manners

Your puppy generally arrives "paper-trained", which simply translates to preferring paper or puppy pads over bedding. The individual puppy, its diet, and your habits will make potty training more or less difficult. To potty-train, you need to be patient. Expect a bit of effort- if it's not required, then you can be pleasantly surprised. The formula for success generally includes (1) feed at the same time each day, (2) directly afterward take them outside and each time to the same area, (3) directly after they go, while still outside, provide lots of positive re-enforcement. Note that sometimes the dog will train to only use the one area- for instance the corner of the backyard and not the front. Try not to set the puppy up for failure with irregular schedules and distractions from your routine until they've got it figured out. Note puppies may need to defecate 3 or more times per day when they are young. This decreases as they grow older. When accidents occur, it is never justifiable to "punish" a puppy by nose-rubbing or the like. A Cavalier is a sensitive dog, a firm "No" is more than enough. If you are having difficulties ask, or there is of course a wealth of additional material available online.