Hello! I have visited this site many times for useful puppy related information, and finally made time to join! I am interested in starting a discussion of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, as I have a brand new little guy named Felix! He is almost 6 months old and he has been part of our family for about a month or so. I am a very paranoid new mommy (first time dog owner, as an adult) and I am interested in the following:
-Breed specific tips/training ideas/etc
-Food ideas for this specific breed, including treat ideas. Felix enjoys cheese, freeze dried chicken, beef liver, and cheese, bully sticks, he is so-so about carrots, and he loves frozen peanut butter in a Kong. I am worried some of these treats are too fattening for such a small dog, prefer natural treats, and am very open to ideas!
-Felix is SUPER picky about eating his food, but loves treats just fine... We tried to feed him in the am and pm 1 cup dry w/wet food (Royal Canin) for a specific amount of time and then took the food away, as the breeder and vet suggested. He just didn't eat when we did this, so now we leave his food out and he seems to prefer to eat when HE wants to. He has been to the vet for shots and checkups twice since we got him, and is gaining weight normally/not exhibiting anything weird such as vomiting, etc. Anyone else have a picky Cavalier?
-Random stuff re: Cavaliers
I have always been around larger breed dogs and so I am wondering if there are good games to play with such small
dogs and/or how much exercise is appropiate. He gets a daily walk but I don't want to over exert him (I've read how prone to heart problems they are, not sure if exercise can contribute or make it worse) and I also don't want him to be bored when he is home alone --we use a crate for his safety when we are gone because he chews everything!
This is my first time using a forum of any sort and so any comments or suggestions for appropiate use are welcome-- I'm not great with technology
I hope this is the right place to post this. I am slowly taking pictures and adding them, so look for more pictures soon!