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Vivienne
28th December 2010, 02:11 PM
Hello from a 1st time CKC owner,

Bailey, a blenheim male born Sept 25 arrived in our house in Dublin a little over 2 weeks ago and we're smitten. He's playfull, nosey and loves a good snuggle.
We've both grown up with dogs but Bailey is our 1st pet and house training etc is all new to us. I hope we're doing okay and not spoiling him to much, so had not too when those big brown eyes look at you!

Puppy socialising, and toilet training are going okay I just have a question about meal times, he gets so excited and starts jumping and barking, how do we get him to calmly wait for his meal ??!!

Thanks.

Vickie
28th December 2010, 06:43 PM
Hi and congratulations on your new arrival! :) My little blenheim boy Fraser was born on 20 September, so only a few days before Bailey :)

Unfortunately I have no advice on the calmly waiting for food questions ... I seem to have an over excited puppy at food time too!!

ByFloSin
28th December 2010, 07:05 PM
Hello from a 1st time CKC owner,

Bailey, a blenheim male born Sept 25 arrived in our house in Dublin a little over 2 weeks ago and we're smitten. He's playfull, nosey and loves a good snuggle.
We've both grown up with dogs but Bailey is our 1st pet and house training etc is all new to us. I hope we're doing okay and not spoiling him to much, so had not too when those big brown eyes look at you!

Puppy socialising, and toilet training are going okay I just have a question about meal times, he gets so excited and starts jumping and barking, how do we get him to calmly wait for his meal ??!!

Thanks.

Welcome Vivienne and congratulations on gaining your first Cavalier. Bailey is such a nice name and I wish him a long and happy life with you.

So far as the before dinner excitement is concerned, I have had Cavaliers since 1983 and am still trying to find out why they act like starving orphans every time the food bowls come out. I cage my five well before dinner time where they can't see or hear what is happening in the kitchen.

Kate H
28th December 2010, 08:06 PM
Welcome to Vivienne and Bailey.

The easiest way of getting a little calm at mealtimes is to teach Bailey to sit - easy to do by holding a small treat just above his nose and then moving it backwards - as he follows it with his nose he will automatically put his bottom down. Say Sit at the same time, and when he's sitting give him the treat, and they soon get the idea. Then add the word Wait and make him wait a second or two before he gets the treat. When he's got the idea, get him to sit and wait while you put his food dish down, then say OK or Yes or whichever word you want and let him eat. Bailey's young, but Cavaliers love to please you (and are also greedy so treats work very well!) and little and often lessons - with lots of treats and praise - won't tax him too much.

Cavalier pups are enchanting at 3 months - enjoy Bailey!

Kate, Oliver (9.5 year-old ruby) and Aled (3.5 year-old blenheim rescue)

thewal2
29th December 2010, 12:18 AM
Hello,

Like the above person mentioned we taught our dog to sit. Then the stay and to leave it. Then when we get the food ready we have him sit and stay then put the food down and say leave it. Only if he lets it sit for a few seconds do we give him the ok sign and he bolts to his food.

We taught sit first then leave it then stay in that order.

Welcome to the Cav world...We have had one for 9 months and now are looking for #2. As you know by now I am sure cavs are like chips, you cant have just one!!!!!!!