Activities For Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

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Introduction

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a dog that once belonged exclusively to the nobility of Europe. The breed was developed by the Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill. Although the breed is rather small, Churchill noted that the breed was quick enough to match pace with a trotting horse. Although the breed is a spaniel (and therefore, a sporting dog), the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was intended to be a companion dog (particularly a "lap" dog). However, the breed needs a certain amount of activity to prevent obesity, and the dog is generally rather playful. This means that you should incorporate a number of bonding activities into your pup's exercise routine in order for the dog to remain healthy.

Let's Play Chase

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
20 min
Items needed
flirt pole
Activity description
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is descended from hunting dogs, and while the breed has become more of a companion to their human family, the dog has not lost their desire to chase. You can play chase in a number of ways with your Cavalier. You may decide to make your own flirt pole in order to play, or you can purchase one already made at your local pet supply store. You might decide to do a little bonding with your pup and join in an old-fashioned game of chase yourself! If so, you'll enjoy a great bonding experience with Fido.
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Flirt pole
A small dog such as the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel will enjoy playing a game such as one with the flirt pole. A flirt pole is a flexible toy that has a toy attached to a string. The flirt pole provides your pup with ample opportunities for playing tug-of-war and for running for the chase!
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Make your own flirt pole
You can make your own flirt pole in just a few easy steps. First, get a dowel rod (about 1/3 inch wide should be large enough). Then, use jute string to attach a sturdy toy to the dowel rod. The dowel rod will be sturdy enough for even the strongest pup when tugging at the toy.
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Play chase
One great activity for both you and your pup is a simple game of chase. Even a short game of chase is beneficial to both of you. Encourage your energetic companion to follow you as you both trot around the yard. The object of the game is to have fun.
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Treasure Hunt with Treats

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
20 min
Items needed
treats
Activity description
The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, as the descendant of hunting dogs, is instinctually inclined to track and scent prey. This makes the dog a top prospect for a game of Treasure Hunt. Because the dog is small, you can set up a hunt indoors. Your pup will enjoy the mental stimulation, and for certain, they will love the reward of finding a hidden treat. You can play this game any time of the year regardless of weather conditions. In addition, you can use this game to promote crate training (some owners will coax pups into the crate with a treat trail).
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Teach the game
You might need to start the game by allowing your Cavalier pup to watch as you "hide" the treats out in the open. It is a good idea for the pup to understand the commands "sit" and "stay" at this time. Be sure that you have your pup's attention as you "hide" treats. Then, tell the pup to "find it."
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Up the difficulty
Once your dog has gotten the idea that you want them to seek out a hidden snack, then you should remove the pup from the room when you hide the treats. Using the command "find it," coax your pup to find the hidden treat. Soon, they will depend on their nose to seek out the snack.
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Crate training
Some owners do utilize a treat trail to coax a timid pup into a dog crate. You can place a trail from the food or water bowl into the crate. Be sure to place a toy and perhaps the pup's blanket in the space so that the dog feels comfortable in the crate.
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Training Time

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
20 min
Items needed
treats
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The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a highly intelligent dog, and the pup thrives on spending time with you. One way that you can spend time with the dog as well as encourage the dog's mental abilities is to work on training commands. "Sit" and "come" are two of the easier commands to teach. Once your pup has a grip on those commands, you can begin working on "stay." "Heel" is important for when you are out walking on the leash together. There are many others that you can choose to teach your pup. Always have treats handy for a tasty reward.
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Start simple
Begin with simple commands such as "sit" and "come." To teach your pup to sit, show your dog a treat in your hand. Keep your pup's attention. Raise your hand upward so that the dog's head follows the treat and the dog's bottom touches the ground. Say "sit" as you do this.
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Increase the challenge
Once your dog has mastered the simple commands, then you can add new, more complex commands. These include "stay" and "heel." Always be sure to have your pup's attention, and reward them with plenty of treats. Vernally praise them as well; this gives a dog pleasure, too.
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Practice makes perfect
Try to find a happy medium when it comes to working with your dog on commands. You should give your pup enough time between training sessions, but not so much time that they forget the training. Two or three times a week is sufficient for your pup to retain knowledge without becoming bored of the activity.
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Walk it Out

One of the best physical activities for your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a short, brisk walk. Be sure to space out the walks throughout the day, and keep your pup hydrated during the warm summer months.

Take a Ride

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a small dog, so traveling with your pup is rather easy. A ride out in the country might not give your dog a great deal of physical activity, but the dog will enjoy spending time with you on a short drive. They'll also be mentally stimulated by the sights and sounds.

Conclusion

The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel might have beenĀ  developed as a lap dog, but deep in the pup's heart, they are hunters. Utilize this natural instinct in your pup! Engage them in scent games that stimulate their brains and reward them with a treat. Your Cavalier is also happy to join you on trips, and the small size of the dog will lend to packing them easily into your vehicle for a ride. At the end of the day, ask your lap dog to do just that - sit in your lap as you reflect on time well spent together.