If you already have dogs or other pets you might already be familiar and well equipped to handle your new puppy.  Even so, knowledge is continuous.   We recommend to do a little reading on raising a smaller companion and how its different from other breeds.  Learn as much as possible before and after you adopt a puppy.  Informed owners make better owners.

Before you bring your companion home it’s best to be prepared.
Here are a few things you may need for your new companion.

* Medium size crate or baby gate

* Bed/Blanket

* Bowls

* Food/Treats: we recommend no rawhide treats!

* Collar or Harness

* Leash

* Brushes

* Puppy Shampoo

* Dog Toothbrush

* Toys: we recommend no rope toys

* Eye and Ear Cleaner

Before bringing your new companion home you should puppy proof your home, yard or any area your puppy will be.  This will ensure your companion's safety and protection of your possessions.
A home presents more dangers to a dog than you may know.  A few things to look for:

* Houseplants
* cords from widow blinds
* decorations that may look like a toy
* household cleaners
* human foods
* pesticides ( slug killer )


  It is best to never leave your puppy unsupervised or out of sight for more than a short period of time.
You should always remember to keep things like shoes or kids toys picked up off the floor, unless you want them chewed on.  Other items to keep picked up off the floor :

* pins
* string
* bottle caps
* change
* socks

Congratulations on your new puppy!

Its so exciting to finally have your new puppy!  All that waiting will be well worth the years of love and companionship your puppy will bring.  Keep in mind your puppy has only known one home and family, so being away from Mom and littermates is a big adjustment.

Cavalier puppies are more intuitive than other breeds.  Its important to spend as much time as possible with your new puppy.  Hold your puppy close and allow him/her to bond with you and feel safe. You should have everything ready so that your puppy has a comfortable and safe place to come home to. Being able to provide for all his/her needs will help make them feel secure and more likely to bond with you sooner.

  You'll want to take your puppy out and show them off. When you do, remember your puppy before the age of 14 weeks has not completed its immunizations. They are still susceptible to diseases from other animals. Please stay away from public locations where sanitary conditions are not present.  Consider that doggie day care, pet stores or pet clinics aren't always disease and virus free. If you have to take your puppy, carry them, do not place them on the ground.

Do not leave a puppy unsupervised.  An unsupervised puppy can quickly find a way to get into trouble or get hurt.
Choosing an area for your puppy near the family is important.

Enjoy your new puppy and the years of companionship, love and joyful memories they will bring you.

Preparing for your new puppy

Haven Cavaliers
This is an example of how you can set up an area in your home safe for the puppy to learn house training and have a little freedom while un supervised