How to Toilet Train a King Charles Spaniel

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How to Toilet Train a King Charles Spaniel
The Cavalier is a loving and playful dog. (king Charles cavalier spaniel dog image by Colleen Matheson from

The Cavalier King Charles spaniel is a small silky-coated breed. They are intelligent, fearless and still carry a hunting instinct. They do well in obedience and can be used for small hunts in open country. The Cavalier loves his family, is protective but can develop small dog aggression if allowed to be the alpha of the family. It is best not to leave the Cavalier alone all day. They like attention and their small bladders require many walks, especially in the puppy stage. They are generally easy to train, because they are eager to learn and respond to a gentle hand.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Treats

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    Attach a collar and leash to your puppy as soon as you are up in the morning. Place a handful of treats in one pocket and a small bag in the other. Take the puppy outside for a walk. A short run can help bring about the need for him to relieve himself.

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    Your puppy will prefer to go to the toilet on grass, so take him to a spot with grass and bushes, if possible. Walk slowly with your puppy, allowing him to relax and sniff the different scents around him.

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    Give her a cue word such as "be quick" to let her know she can go to the toilet. Allow her time to go to the toilet and be patient. Keep walking her if she does not go. When she does go, say the words "be quick" or your other verbal command, and reward her with praise and a treat. Pick up her excrement immediately because some puppies will try to eat it. Praise your puppy again. Keep walking until she has excreted and urinated.

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    Take your puppy out often, using the same command and praise. Set up a routine and keep things the same as much as possible. Dogs like a regimented day. At the new puppy stage, you are trying to prevent accidents. Make time to walk your puppy as many times a day as you can. Once your puppy understands your verbal command, he will go when asked if he needs to. Always take your puppy outside after he has eaten.

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    Reduce the number of walks only when your puppy has become used to going to the toilet outside. A backyard can be used for early morning elimination and times when you cannot walk her. She will still require three or four walks a day even when she is close to adulthood.

Tips and warnings

  • Males may urinate several times while out on a walk, so be patient and don't cut your walk short because he seemed to be done at the beginning.
  • If you have to leave your puppy for long periods of time, you may want to rethink your purchase. Training your puppy to use a training pad can help prevent accidents on the carpet, but outdoor training is the healthiest and best option.
  • Use a low commanding voice for verbal commands, there is no need to shout.
  • A low growling admonishment will be understood more than yelling. Brief is best, because your puppy has short-term attention and will not understand if you go on too long.

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