Activities For King Cavrins

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Introduction

The King Cavrin is an energetic and playful hybrid breed who's relatively new to the dog breeding world. This hybrid combines the Cairn Terrier with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. Like their Cavalier parent breed, the King Cavrin is loving, gentle, quiet and willing to please, making for an ideal house pet. The Cavalier is relatively small in size, maxing out at 18 pounds, and they require daily physical activity to keep them fit and occupied. 

Likewise, the Cairn Terrier has an average weight ranging from 13 to 14 pounds, depending on the gender of the pup. The Cairn Terrier is bold, clever and inquisitive. They too enjoy playing, though they tend to rough in nature. Cairn Terriers need exercise that stimulates both the mind and body, just like the King Cavrin. To meet your King Cavrin's exercise needs, use both physical activities and brain games regularly. 

Outdoor Exercise

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Leash
Ball
Waste Bags
Activity description

One way to get your King Cavrin moving is by including adequate outdoor exploration into their weekly exercise routine. You can do this by playing a series of outdoor activities and games, including fetch, keep away and object hide and seek.

Before heading outside, decide which game you want to play. Keep away will require a ball, preferably a large one. Fetch requires a toy to toss, and for hide and seek, you'll need an object to hide. Bringing along treats will be helpful if you're just introducing the games for the first time. After your pup learns all three, you can alternate between them during your play time in the backyard or at the park.

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Fetch
To play fetch, grab an object that's easy to toss -- a ball is "pawfect" for this game. Gain your pup's attention by holding out the ball while calling to them. Once you have their attention, throw the ball and command them to, "Go get it!" If your pup grabs the ball, encourage them to return it to you and repeat the activity. If they don't go for the ball, use treats as an incentive to play. You may also need to use the treats to get the ball back at first!
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Keep away
Keep away can be played with just you and your pup if you have an object you can either toss or kick. If you decide to toss, simply act as if you're playing fetch, but run to the ball before your pup to add an element of competition to the activity. You could also play keep away using a soccer ball. To do so, use footwork to keep the ball from your pup. Let them "win" from time to time to keep them engaged.
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Object hide and seek
Hiding an object will work both your King Cavrin's body and mind. You can start the activity by leaving your pup inside. Before heading out to the backyard, show them a cherished toy. Take the toy outside and hide it for your pup to find. (You might choose to rub a strongly scented treat on the toy to help them sniff it out.) After it's hidden, let them out and have fun watching them search out their object with their eyes and nose! Repeat the activity once they find the toy and reward them with praise when they're successful.
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At-Home Spa

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
1 hr
Items needed
Dog Shampoo
Nail Clippers
Brush
Tooth Brush
Dog Bed
Treats
Activity description

Spend an afternoon indoors with your pooch by treating them to a day full of pampering. Rather than sending your King Cavrin off to the spa on their own, make your own home into a comfortable, calming spa zone for your pup. For this activity, you will need to pick up materials to use in your at-home spa if you don't already have them. To refresh your King Cavrin, give them a relaxing bath, followed by a manicure and pedicure.

You'll also need a large bathtub or outdoor hose for rinsing your dog after the shampoo. Clippers and dog-friendly nail polish are "offured" at pet stores. You can choose to include mood-setting music, a comfortable bedding area and a toothbrush in your King Cavrin’s spa day to maximize their experience.

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Setting the mood
To set the mood for your spa day, begin by gathering all your supplies. Select the area you want to turn into the spa. This will usually entail using a bathroom or outdoor space for washing and a separate room for relaxing. Set up all the washing and grooming gear in the selected bathing space. Make the relaxation area comfortable by adding in bedding, diffusing (dog-safe) essential oils and playing soft music.
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Full Body Makeover
With the spa ready to go, invite your pooch in. Begin with a wash followed up by a brush. You may also want to include teeth cleaning with a toothbrush. Give your pooch a new look by pampering them with a manicure and pedicure. You can even paint their nails if they're up for it! (Just be sure to use a dog-friendly polish, as human nail polish contains harmful chemicals for dogs.)
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Pampering
To end the spa experience, give your King Cavrin time to lounge and laze while you pamper them with a light body massage. Set up a comfortable sleep space and leave them in the spa when you're done the pampering. GIve them a chance to enjoy peace and quiet alone.
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Obedience Training

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Any Day
Cheap
Normal
30 - 60 min
Items needed
Treats
Leash
Activity description

Obedience training is an activity that can be started at a young age and continued throughout a lifetime. Obedience training is also a foundation which can lead to a variety of other activities that build on the basics! 

Start basic training by introducing commands to your pup. Use leading when teaching commands and positive reinforcement to promote obedience. After you've taught the commands, revisit them using short refresher sessions and build on them by teaching your pup more complex tricks. King Cavrins are eager to please, so they'll love to conquer tricks in training. Be sure you have lots of treats at your disposal for training, especially in the early stages. Spontaneous refresher sessions do not require treat rewards, only praise. 

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Introducing commands
To follow a command, your King Cavrin must know what it means. You can use strategic positioning with a leash or the leading technique to teach your dog a command in your initial sessions. With a leash, you can pull on it in a certain way to cause a behavioral response in your dog, such as by pulling up to encourage a sit response. Leading involves giving a command and using a treat or toy to lead the dog into the wanted position, like with the leash. Use either technique when teaching commands for the first time -- just be consistent in your approach.
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Reinforcing commands
To encourage the behaviors you want, use positive reinforcement by rewarding your pooch’s obedience. Positive reinforcement comes in many forms -- the most efficient for training includes using treats and praise. As soon as a command is followed successfully, reward your dog so they understand this is exactly what you wanted! Repeat the commands daily after training so your dog retains their learning.
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Building on commands
Basic commands are only the starting point for your King Cavrin. With an intelligent mind and need to please, your pup has the capacity to complete difficult tricks. Revisit basic commands regularly, but also build on them. For example, you can build on the "stay" command by having your dog stay while they balance a treat on their nose.
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Baking Time

Save money on treats and spend quality time together with your King Cavrin in the kitchen. Using your knowledge of your pup's favorite treats and some internet inspiration, spend a rainy day with your pup letting them taste-test while you bake up a storm!

Visit the Beach

Another way to make the most of your time outdoors with your King Cavrin is by going for a swim. Depending on your circumstances, this activity may be done at a beach, a pool or other water zones, such as a river or conservation area. Swimming will tire your pup physically and expose them to a series of new stimuli!

Conclusion

King Cavrins are rather small in size but undeniably big in personality. This hybrid breed gets their intelligent and gentle nature from the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and their clever personality from the Cairn Terrier. Handlers of this breed should know they need physical and mental stimulation daily for about 45 minutes to an hour. 

To meet this need, take your King Cavrin outdoors and play one of the many games available. Fetch, keep away and object hide and seek all promote moving and thinking. Daily walks and visits to the beach are sure to satisfy your King Cavrin as well. If you're looking for ways to spend time indoors, bake some treats to use for your obedience lessons. You can also prepare a spa at home for a day of pampering for your King Cavrin. With so many ways to keep your pup occupied, you'll never get bored spending time working your King Cavrin's body and brain!