There are many essential things to consider when bringing a new puppy home. Caring for a pet is not easy and comes with many responsibilities.
A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy is like a baby. It will have to learn many things, and one of them is to know how to go to the bathroom. When you have a new canine of this type, it is normal to find feces and urine all over the house.
This can be frustrating for many people because they won’t know what to do to prevent their puppy from going to the bathroom anywhere if they are inexperienced.
For that reason, it is important that you know not only how to potty train your puppy but also other fundamental aspects related to it.
How Can We Prevent Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniels from Defecating and Urinating All Over the House?
When a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is still a puppy, it does not have the ability to know where to relieve itself. It will only urinate or defecate in the first place it finds, be it the floor, furniture, or your favourite carpet.
Also, keep in mind that they have not yet developed their control to resist the urge to defecate or urinate.
For that reason, training our canine from an early age is the best way to prevent and avoid these situations. Otherwise, your house will have an unpleasant smell.
The following steps will help you effectively train your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy:
- First, establish a daily schedule for this training. In other words, you have to know what time to take your puppy out to relieve itself outside the house. Keep in mind that a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel this age does not yet have muscle control, so you will need to take it out every 30-60 minutes.
- It is always recommended to take your puppy out in the morning after it wakes up, after every meal, and at night before bed.
- Make sure you take your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel out every day at the same times and to the same place. That could be an area in your garden or backyard.
- During the training process, you should be aware of any signs that your canine wants to go to the bathroom. You can tell that when your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is sniffing the ground or scratching at the door.
- If you notice that your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has begun to urinate or defecate indoors, pick it up quickly and take it to its designated spot outside so it can finish its business there. That will let it know that this is its “bathroom.”
- Make sure you always reward your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy every time it urinates or defecates in its place in the yard or garden.
- Your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel may relieve itself indoors due to the lack of muscle control we mentioned earlier. For that reason, never punish it verbally or physically, as that could backfire.
How Long Does It Take to Train My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?
Potty training is essential for any puppy, regardless of its breed. It could take more or less time depending on the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as they are not all the same.
Generally, such a canine could fully learn to relieve itself outside in 4 to 6 months. However, depending on your particular dog and your consistency, your pup will only need two weeks to be potty trained.
How Do I Know If My Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Wants to Go to the Bathroom?
We have already discussed that these canines must be trained to urinate or defecate at specific times of the day, but it is possible that they feel like doing it at a time outside the usual time.
If your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy wants to urinate or defecate, it will let you know in different ways:
- It will go around a lot.
- It will be more restless than usual.
- It will shrink.
- It will raise the paw.
- It will want to sniff everything.
- It will scratch the door.
Is It Advisable to Crate Train a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy?
We first have to know that these dogs are known for being very clean. They love to have their space free of any waste, including their own urine and faeces. Using a crate is a great way to train your puppy.
If we buy a crate larger than the size of our pet, it will not mind urinating or defecating on one side and sleeping on the other side.
However, if we acquire a crate of the right size for our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, it will have no choice but to leave the crate to relieve itself elsewhere.
That’s because when urinating or defecating inside, it will most likely get dirty, and that’s something it likes.
If you train your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to stay inside a crate, you should watch for signs that it has the urge to urinate or defecate. At that time, quickly take your canine out to relieve itself outside the house.
What happens if we let our pet urinate and defecate inside the crate? It will think that this is normal and that relieving itself in its own space is correct.
Remember that these animals are not made to spend time locked in a crate. So if you still want to train it, make sure you never force it to do so as you will cause it trauma. On the contrary, always reward it every time it does something right.
What Other Method Can We Use to Potty Train Our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy?
Another option we can consider is to use dog pads. You simply have to place them in a place inside your house where your puppy can urinate or defecate.
These pads are recommended for canines a few weeks old. As time goes by, you can place them outside the house, and your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will know that this is where it should relieve itself.
After a certain time, your canine will get used to urinating and defecating in that place in your garden or backyard, and you can stop using the pads.