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Cavapoo puppies are cute and full of fun but there is a reality to raising a new Cavapoo puppy. Make sure you are prepared and avoid being discouraged.

People make it look so idyllic when they have a new puppy.

It looks like they are having the time of their lives and that they could not be happier.

Social media makes it very easy to disguise what is actually going on behind the scenes because we have a tendency to only post cute photos of how gorgeous our puppies are (and they are).

But the reality can be very different.

Puppies are great, don’t get me wrong. I mean, who can resist those puppy dog eyes and puppy breath :))

But there is a reality to raising a puppy, especially getting through the first few months. It is not all sunshine and roses.

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On very rare occasions, a puppy may click from the get go on where to go potty and they will sleep for 7 hours straight without crying once but these puppies are few and far between.

By far the majority of puppies are heartbroken at leaving there mother and siblings. They are introduced to new people and are taken to a new house.

Their world has been turned upside down. They are confused and unsure of what is happening to them. It is very unsettling for them.

My friend is busy going through this now. Her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy is only 11 weeks old.

She got him when he was 8 weeks old. He is a real softy with a gorgeous character.

He is not a difficult puppy but she has two other Cavalier King Charles Spaniels who have not adjusted as quickly as what she would have liked. The one dog growls at the puppy while the other one just totally ignores it.

On top of this, she is feeling like the new puppy is not bonding with her.

She has to get up in the night to take him out to potty and he has already needed to see the Vet because he had an abscess on his face. (He is fine now)

She actually reached the point about a week ago, after only having him for one week, where she was considering giving him back to the breeder and firmly believed that she had made a huge mistake. She had hit a low point and I fully understand why.

Luckily she shared with me what she was feeling and we had a good heart to heart discussion.

I begged her to just give him and the other two dogs’ time to adjust. I tried to reassure her that he was bonding with her but was probably feeling very unsure of himself. All he needed was more time.

I said to her that he will learn to hold his pee for the whole night and he will give her a good night’s sleep eventually.

All he needed was time and patience.

She decided to go away for 10 days and take the new puppy with her so that he could bond with her. Her thinking was that if he did not bond during those 10 days then she will return him to the breeder. I agreed with her.

She left her other two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels with me.

She is now half way through her vacation and is having the time of her life. She is playing with Cooper and is constantly sending me photos of the two of them together. They are having a blast. They are bonding :))

It looks like it is going to be a huge success.

I know that because she finally introduced Cooper to people on her Facebook page.

She would not do that before as she was not convinced that she would keep him.

Why am I telling you all this?

Because I want you to know that it might be tough in the beginning and you might have second thoughts about keeping your puppy but it WILL and DOES get better.

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You must remember that you and your new puppy need time to adjust to each other.

If there are other animals in the house then they also need space to accept this new intruder into their house. There might even be a bit of jealousy.

Your puppy will be missing its siblings and mother and will be exposed to a whole new world with totally new experiences.

This is huge for such a young pup.

It is daunting for every person and animal involved.

The puppy needs to be fully trained which takes time and real effort from you. If you put in the work to train him while he is still a young puppy then you will reap the benefits of a well adjusted, social and awesome companion.

But all of this takes time and effort. You cannot expect your puppy to be fully toilet trained in a few days.

He will chew items that he is not supposed to chew because he needs relief when he is teething.

You will be on the business end of those sharp needle-like teeth but this can be stopped with proper training.

They will have accidents in the house which will become less and less when they eventually click on where they have to go potty.

There will be tears of frustration at the lack of sleep when your puppy does not want to be in there crate and discouragement when the training seems to not be working.

But all of this is temporary and you need to be real with your expectations.

Be consistent and keep doing what you are doing. There is an end in sight and there is a rainbow at the end of the tunnel.

In a few months’ time you will look back and wish they could be puppies again.

Enjoy the early days with them as they grow up so quickly and before you know it they are a couple of years old already.

Puppies are great as you get to shape and mold them into what you want them to be.

Puppy cuddles are the best and puppy breath is awesome!

Enjoy them and Love them!!

That is all anyone can ask for.

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I will gladly listen and help where I can :))

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  1. Thanks for this post. I have had our CavaPoo one week. I am completely overwhelmed. I have a 5 year and 2 year old as well. I am in the stage of what was I thinking! I don’t know if I made the right choice to get a puppy.

    1. Hi Heather,
      I am so sorry that you are feeling that way and can only imagine how hectic life is right now for you. Puppies do get better as they get older which is great. Do you maybe have someone that can help you? Every person and situation is different so it is difficult for me to say that you have made the wrong decision or not. I would give it a bit more time and try and set up a schedule that suits you. I would also crate train your puppy so that she is confined when you are not able to oversee her. You can also get a playpen or cordon off a small section of the house with a baby gate, again to help you when you are busy with the kids. The only thing I can say is that it does get better. Be consistent in your training and know that the first couple of weeks will be rough but the end result is well worth the effort. Only you know if you can do this or not and the decision is totally up to you. Do not feel like a failure or let other people judge you. You make the best decision for you and your family.

    2. I totally get what you are saying. It is so hard and a lot of work. i only got the dog because everyone was getting one and my 2 boys 15 and 19 said they would help out. I am doing most of the work. I was free from little kids but feel like I have a kid again. I have spoken to a few people who say give it time.
      I totally know how you are feeling since your kids are still young. its a lot of work.

  2. Hi we are in early 70s brought home a cavapoo puppy 8weeks even taking her out all day to no avail just will not do anything then comes in and does it on floor is this normal been very stressful feel like we have made a huge mistake our 17 year old Westie died last year forgot how hard it was

    1. Firstly, so sorry for your loss. It is never easy to lose a furchild.
      Secondly, – Yes, this is very normal for an 8 week old puppy. It is hard to raise a pup.
      Some puppies takes months to be toilet trained, while others click within a few days or weeks. Just keep up with the training and it will get easier and easier. Take her out and close the door. Stay with her and do not let her back in until she pees. At first you need to do this every 30 minutes or so and especially after she has just woken up or had food. Pups that young have just lost there siblings and mother, been taken to a strange place, have met there new parents,need to adjust to a new schedule and on top of it all need to learn where to pee. It is a lot for a new pup to take in. It will get better as she settles in. Just be consistent and be gentle and one day it will just ‘click’.
      Pups are great and the reward of all your hard work is a dog that will return your love 100 fold :)) Just stick with it!

  3. Hi cavmaster thank you so much forgot how hard it all was she has started to go outside now still has accidents in house funny thing is she will go outside then I bring her in and she does little spot weed do you think it’s because she has not emptied her bladder prop

    1. She will still have accidents in the house but they should become less frequent as time goes by. It is very common for them to wee outside and then do a small second one in the house. What I do is take them outside and let them do one wee. I then wait a few minutes longer before allowing them back inside just in case they do a second one and they quite often do :))
      Enjoy her and know that it is all worth it in the end!

  4. Hi I am getting a puppy next week now I’m getting really nervous.!! The trainer told me to put a kennel in my room and let the puppies sleep in there so I could bond with me. And take it out for a couple hours in the middle of the night . . I will also have another kennel in another room for when I’m busy does this make sense to you. I

    1. Hi Julie,

      First of all congrats on your new puppy and please do not be nervous :)) It is an exciting time.

      Yes, what the trainer says is true. This is how I did it.

      I had a crate in my bedroom and made sure that the pups could see me when I was sleeping.
      I then had a playpen in the lounge area for when they needed to be in that area.
      Our house is very open plan so I could see them from the kitchen as well.

      So, in the beginning I would take them out twice in the evening. After a couple of weeks, I took them out only once during the night until I felt like they could hold it the whole night.

      You will need to take puppy out very often for the first few weeks. Please read my post about how to potty train. It will help you a lot.

      It will be hard work in the beginning but if you stick to the training then they should be fully potty trained by 6 months.

      You will make mistakes but that is how you learn.

      But above all, enjoy your new pup as you cannot get that time back. They age so quickly.

      If you have any problems or questions then pop me an email and I will gladly offer my advice.
      You can email me at

      P.S – also read my post about crate training –

  5. Hi!
    We just got our first animal last week. It is going ok!!! Definitely feel frustrated at times. Right now my biggest concern is the nipping/mouthing!! How can I help with that and train him to stop. Any help is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you!!

    1. Congrats on your new puppy! Very glad it is going okay and it will even go better as time goes by.
      Nipping and biting is very natural to a puppy. They are exploring the world and discovering new things.
      Always have a toy near by and use the toy to play with the puppy instead of your hands.
      If the puppy does nip you then give out a loud cry, stand up and walk away.
      This is what his litter mates will do when he gets too rough.
      Return and carry on playing after a couple of minutes and then if he gets rough again then do exactly the same thing.
      What you are trying to teach him is that play stops when you get too rough.
      He will grow out of this phase. Just make sure there are plenty of chew toys available.

  6. I live in a condo with 2 balconies. Can I potty train my puppy to go out on the balcony on a pad and outdoors? It sounds confusing but I don’t want to take her out late at night or the wee hours in the morning. Or during thunderstorms. How does she learn to go on balcony and outdoors?

    1. Hi Janet,

      You can definitely train her to go potty on the balcony and outside.
      I highly recommend that you use the Bark Potty because it simulates what your pup will naturally potty on outside.
      This should avoid her getting confused.

      You can read my post about potty training in an apartment –

      Right at the bottom of the post is my recommendation of the bark potty.
      What I like about this product is that it does not smell and you do not need to clean it every day.
      The only thing that you need to do is remove any poos which is easy to do.
      You just throw the Bark Potty away and replace it when needed.

      Make sure you introduce your pup to the balcony potty area the minute you come home and take her there very frequently.

      Also, make sure your balcony is very safe and that the puppy cannot fall off or climb over the railings.

      Enjoy your puppy!

  7. Reading this article was so reassuring. My Cavapoo is 9.5 weeks old. Our first was so exhausting. Somehow he sleeps the whole night, but the combination of a never-ending work day plus the full time job of a puppy makes me feel like I need 12 hours of sleep instead of 7. I am getting much better with putting him down for naps throughout the day so he can rest, and so I can remember to take care of myself, but this is my first time having my own puppy and having the full responsibility. He is doing so well with potty training, but when he gets too excited, he loves to pounce and attack my roommates and my hands and feet. I don’t remember my childhood dogs (cavaliers) doing this. They would playfully teeth, but it was never aggressive or painful, and it was easy to redirect. It is so hard not to compare my puppy to my “perfect” cavalier boys, but I am reminding myself over and over that my cavaliers chewed blankets when they were puppies, and as adults, they were trained extremely well. I am reminding myself that it takes time and work!

    1. Hi Phoebe, it does really sound like you are doing an awesome job. So take heart.

      Puppies can be hard work but they are sooo worth it!

      They grow up really quickly so enjoy the puppy stage even if his teeth are razor sharp :))

      If he bites you too hard then give out a loud yelp and stop playing with him or giving him attention.
      Stand up and walk away and totally ignore him.

      This is how his siblings would correct him.
      Once he has settled again then give him attention again.

      He will soon figure out that if he bites too hard then the fun stops!

  8. I have a 4 month old cavapoo we have had him 1 month. He still president and poops in house 50/% of time. He screens in crate a lot when we put him in I put a soft towel in his crate he pees and messes it up. Do I need to cover the crate with something ? Are they hard to train?

    1. Hi Lucy,
      Your pup is still very young. It takes months to properly potty train a puppy.
      It sounds like your pup is not being taken out enough to go potty.

      Keep taking him out every 30 mins/45 mins and at least three times at night.
      After a couple of weeks go down to twice a night.
      You will gradually be able to extend the time until he can keep it in the whole night.

      Put a dog bed in his crate. Cover the sides and top with a sheet. Only keep the front open.
      If possible, keep the crate in your bedroom and make sure that he can see you when you are sleeping.

      You need to remember that he has been taken away from his siblings and mother.
      He is now in a strange environment, with new people and a different sets of rules.

      He just needs time.

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