How to Create a Safe and Welcoming Environment

Healthy Life for Your Cavoodle

Little Miss Polly was the first time we owned a puppy as a family. Our daughter was just shy of turning five so you can imagine the excitement.

We wanted to make sure we created a safe and welcoming environment from the moment Polly was brought home.

So in this article, we’ll provide a guide on how to prepare your home for a Cavoodle, covering areas such as puppy-proofing, setting up a designated space, gathering essential supplies, and introducing them to their new surroundings.

Let’s get started!

Puppy-Proofing

Just like young children, Cavoodle puppies are curious and like to explore their surroundings. Take the time to puppy-proof your home by removing any potential hazards like electrical cords, and cleaning products, and blocking off areas that are off-limits to the puppy.

Check for small objects or items that your puppy could chew or swallow, and remove them from their reach. Like shoes and socks!

We initially used our daughter’s old baby gates to restrict access to certain areas until Polly was trained.

Designated Space

We were lucky to have my sister, a die-hard dog lover, owner, and groomer (at the time), to help guide us on the best way to transition Polly into our home.

The way we created a dedicated space was by using a foldable playpen that we could move to wherever we needed to. This was set up with food and water bowls, toys, as well as wee mats. It was her little safe haven for several weeks.

But that was 11 years ago, there are so many beautiful crates available to create a warm new home.

Essential Supplies

As first-time dog owners, we wanted to be prepared so before getting Polly, we made the trip to the local pet store to purchase what we thought we needed to ensure a smooth transition for all of us. Things such as food and water bowls, a collar and leash, her playpen, a few toys for stimulation, puppy pads, and grooming tools.

One can go crazy on the buying of puppies, so many beautiful products on the market!

Introducing Your Cavoodle to Their New Home

When you bring your Cavoodle home, it’s a good idea to introduce them to their designated space first. Allow them to sniff around their area at their own pace while providing gentle encouragement. Gradually introduce them to other areas of the house, one room at a time, to prevent overwhelming them.

It’s also a good idea to supervise their initial interactions with furniture and household items to see how they interact and whether they’re prone to accidents.

Set Boundaries

Decide on the house rules and set boundaries from day one. Determine where your Cavoodle is allowed to go and establish areas that are off-limits (for whatever reason). Use positive reinforcement techniques to teach them these boundaries and reward them when they follow the rules.

Consistency and patience are key during the early days.

Patience and Love

Above all, be patient and shower your Cavoodle with love and attention during the adjustment period. We found it super upsetting the first week when Polly cried at night for her family 😔 but the time did pass and we made sure to create a loving and nurturing environment that made her feel safe, secure, and welcomed during this time.

Conclusion

Preparing your home for a Cavoodle is an essential step in ensuring a smooth transition and a harmonious living environment for everyone. By puppy-proofing, setting up a designated space, gathering essential supplies, establishing boundaries, introducing your Cavoodle gradually, and showing patience and love, you can create a safe and welcoming home for your new furry friend.

You can also read The Ultimate Guide to Owning a Cavoodle to know more about your Cavoodle puppy care at home.

Enjoy the journey of welcoming your Cavoodle into your family, they truly are the cutest dog breed 😊

HAPPY DAYS 🐶

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