With their melting eyes, silky ears and adorable tufty fur, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are among the more beautiful of toy dog breeds. Originally bred as companion dogs, they form strong bonds with their humans, and their sweet, affectionate nature makes them the ideal family pet.
They were named after King Charles II of England, who was so taken by the breed that he passed a royal decree allowing the dogs inside any public place in England – including the Houses of Parliament. (Amazingly enough, this law still stands.)
Your little Cavalier loves to be included in day-to-day family life. But it’s important to remember that the key to building a happy, positive relationship with your furry companion lies in training – so he knows the ground-rules for how to behave, whether you’re curled up on the couch together, out on a walk, or when he’s left at home alone.
Without proper training, Cavaliers won’t know their boundaries, or understand their place within the family. Undesirable behaviours such as over-excitement, jumping up, chewing, whining, excessive barking and aggression towards other dogs or humans can set in.
Training can also alleviate or prevent some of the emotional issues that afflict many 21st century ‘latch-key’ dogs, such as separation anxiety, house-training problems and general disobedience.
If you already own a Cavalier, you’ll know how special they are. With his gentle, trusting nature, your little Cavalier will respond best to equally gentle guidance, with an emphasis on praise and rewards for good behaviour.
Cavalier Training Tips looks at some of the common problems and training issues faced by owners of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. We’ll give you lots of practical information, articles and tips to help you ‘raise’ a well-adjusted, well-behaved, happy Cavalier.
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