This page will be an ongoing collaboration of the Fourpines puppies we’ve bred and raised. As we stated on our litters page, we implement Jane Killion’s Puppy Culture in the raising of our puppies. We love everything about Jane’s way of thinking and the educated, reasoning behind why she teaches the way she does. This page is dedicated to the first “graduation” of our litters. When we move them from the “nursery” which is our master bedroom, at around 3-4 weeks of age, to the family room where they really begin learning to become an important, well mannered, member of the family. It will also include some of the socialization we do with our puppies along with links to some amazing articles written by pioneers in the dog world. From the first hurdles to manding to entering a crowded place and the dog never takes his eyes off of you. Your dog is an eager to please, learning, sponge. There is nothing we will not do to insure Fourpines Cavaliers the best life possible. We believe this absolutely must start with the breeder. Then of course the new puppy parents. If you have not heard of Puppy Culture please take the time to research it. We would love nothing more than all our puppies to go to PC homes. Heres the home page for you to begin researching and getting to know exactly what we do with our babies. AND we also use the Sound Proof Puppy Training App.
Starting at a very young age, our puppies listen to many many sounds such as babies crying, sirens, lawn mowers, fireworks, thunder strorms, and so many more. This of course is in addition to all of the noises in our home on a daily basis.
We have some form of “A Alexa” in basically every room of our home. For music, video, talking to the pups or their moms, everything. Welcome to 2021. haha And this is. the crate we use (DOOR REMOVED) for beginning crate training. I just get the plastic. ball pit balls off amazon and throw away & replace as needed. They’ve always been a big hit.
We undoubtedly have used a ton of different puppy pens. Plastic, metal, pvc, homemade, store-bought, etc etc etc. Our favorite is this one. We have added to, taken away from, moved with, sectioned off areas and kept dogs, puppies and rabbits safe with lots of company, holidays, vehicles and equipment moving around indoors and out for years with these.
Wonderful information on early preparation of the best little show puppies around. So much fun here’s a link to watch
We hope through photos we can tell the tale of a day in the life a our Fourpines Cavalier puppies.
When they are moved to the family room and begin weaning from their dam, the are also introduced to a crate (door removed) a potty area (we use 100% pine pellets in their litter box) many novel objects changed daily, food other than moms milk and all the sights and sounds of a families daily life with other dogs/animals and children. Once we feel they are ready, it is safe and weather permitting, we begin taking them outside. We have a small fenced in area for them to begin exploring and pottying in grass outdoors. *The ultimate goal of course is for all dogs to be 100% accident proof in the house. I can not guarantee your puppy will come to you at 10 weeks old fully potty trained, but what I can say is we spend lots of time going in and out and rewarding their efforts starting at a very young age.
We (ADULTS ONLY) always take our litters on car rides and occasionally take them (individually) on our Polaris/ATV.
They see our local vet for a quick well-ness visit usually around 6 weeks. Oh how they love our Cavalier puppies!! Then we take them for a more extensive visit with our DVM and to start vaccinations at 9 weeks. We follow Dr Jean Dodds vaccination protocol and recommend but do not require you to continue this advise. ALWAYS follow the advise of your DVM. There are different risks and diseases in different areas of the country and it is very important to listen to your own vets recommendations and do your research about your new puppies health, well being and vaccinations.