Also known as Cavoodle and Cavadoodle, the Cavapoo is friendly, playful and curious. A cross between a miniature poodle and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, cavapoos make great family pets as they love attention - making them a really popular choice for many people. This week we discuss all the things you will need if you’re expecting a new Cavapoo puppy. From breakfast time to bedtime and everything in between, read on to find out what you should provide your new furry bundle of joy.
A dog crate should be high on the list for any dog owner. It really is a valuable asset for any new puppy owner, helping with the training period and the general settling in of your new pup. We’d suggest a 30” crate for a Cavapoo. Add a cover so your pup has privacy - this will also help with the nighttime routine as you can roll the doors down to help teach when it’s bedtime and when it’s morning time.
The image above to the right, shows how to set up your crate for puppyhood. The crate is big enough for your puppy once fully grown, but the space is perfect whilst still young as it can be split into two areas with the puppy bed one side ad puppy pad the other.
A good quality, washable puppy bed that will fit in your crate is a must. The truffle bed is a really great option; the neutral colour looks stylish and it can be washed in case of accidents. It also fits neatly into one half of the 30" crate leaving room for puppy pads and a water bowl.
A must for all new puppy parents - your puppy won’t be able to hold themselves for long in the first couple of weeks so puppy pads will give them somewhere to relieve themselves when they don’t make it outside in time. They are good to put in one side of your crate at nighttime and also to pop down in a corner of the playpen.
In the first few weeks that you bring your puppy home you will want to give your pup specific areas of the house to roam freely. This can either be a room, or a partitioned part of the room - a playpen is the perfect option for most people as they can be moved when needed. Keep water and a puppy pad down in there as well as things to keep them occupied.
Small sized food and water bowls suitable for your little pup are an essential. You may want to consider a slanted shape as they grow up to cater for their floppy ears. We’d also suggest a set of crate bowls for their crate and a travel bowl or two for when they’re out about - ideal for vet trips, day trips and holidays!
Whilst Cavapoos love a snuggle on the sofa with you, they are also energetic and playful. You will soon want to get your puppy trained on a lead so you can get out and about for walks to burn some energy. We’d suggest a harness for walking as it will be more comfortable than a collar when your pup is first learning and will offer more control. The harnesses and leads from Ruffwear are our choice as they are super durable and are available in a range of stylish colours.
Cavapoos are playful little things and a range of toys will help keep them occupied and their minds active. Buy a variety of different toys and rotate them so they don’t get bored. Chew toys will help with their teething stage and also help prevent them from chewing furniture or their bed. Cuddly snuggle toys will give them something to soothe them to sleep and a throwing toy or two will offer you both an opportunity to play together when you’re outside. Remember to put a chew toy and plush in the crate and pen to keep them occupied when they’re inside.
It will be important to get your puppy into a grooming routine from the beginning. You don’t need to bathe them too often, but a good brush every few days will help keep their coat in tip top condition. Grooming time is also really good binding time - don’t forget to givve them a reward for good behaviour!
Your puppy will spend the first few months of their existence constantly learning. They are going to get things wrong sometimes and it’s important not to scold them at these times, but rather to encourage good behaviour. Training treats should be used for these occasions. Our Pooch & Mutt Puppy Development treats are low-calorie, natural treats that are ideal for training.