Maxwell is in the House

Maxwell, the last male pup from Sadie’s litter is a Phase 1 Accelerated puppy so I thought I’d show you the indoor set-up that we use.

I really like the taller Iris pen that comes with 8 panels. Cavachons are capable of escaping over a shorter pen, so we always recommend one that is closer to 3ft tall.

The Iris pen can be made long and skinny as is shown below, or it can be a nice 4ft x 4ft square.

When the pup first comes home and during the training process, it is important to organize his pen and set him up for success.



Here, Maxwell has limited space, encouraging sleeping in the right spot, chewing his bully stick in the right spot, and most importantly, going potty in the right spot.  He naturally doesn’t want to soil his bed/hang out areas, so there is very little “other” space, making the litter box a natural choice.  We also take him out as frequently as we can, but if we are not home, he has everything he needs in this space.



I recommend, when the puppy first comes home, to make his pen skinny like this.  As he is more dependable, you can opt for a more square and spacious area.  At night, you can also remove some panels, so there are only 6, eliminating almost all floor space and having only bed or potty for his choices.

Maxwell is pretty content in this puppy safe zone.  It is right in our kitchen, so he is in the middle of everything that is going on in the household!!

PS, his crate is backwards only because the door was swinging out the wrong way and I didn’t take time to change it.  I like to attach the door to the side of the Iris Pen, so that it stays open.

“Oreo Gets Settled”

It didn’t take long for the second puppy to make himself at home:). Enjoy this quick update from Oreo’s family.

Hi Kristy,

As you can see these two pups didn’t mind each others company at all. We introduced Razzel, the older dog, to Oreo, the puppy, the way you told us to. Then we put the puppy in his pen area for a little while and then let them have time together in the living room. I think they are instant buddies.

Thanks for another great puppy.



The Puppies Woke Up

This happened yesterday after my 2 cents post…

I had to wake up the puppies to let them potty before taking them to town. Bella successfully used the box. Louis peed on the floor again. He is so excited about being with people I think he forgot to pee. I cleaned up his mess and we went outside in the grass.

The puppies love playing in the grass.

Today again: This whole training thing is a process. While in town yesterday, the puppies pooped in their crate and got icky. At home, I put them back out in the nursery and today we will do baths and start over again in the house.

And so each day turns, with moments of success and moments of failure. But persistence will pay off. I know from experience:)

Last Cavachon Till May

After downsizing all during 2012, we have settled into a really nice rhythm with breeding just Cavachon puppies (with an occasional Cavalier or Bichon pure bred litter here or there).

The number of puppies and litters has allowed us to spend more time with each puppy, something that has been a lot of fun for myself and the family.

For many years we seemed to always have “older puppies” still around, which meant a lot of work because we wanted to keep moving forward with their training despite their age.

For the first time in forever, our oldest puppy is under 12 weeks and we have only 1 puppy that is currently not spoken for.

Meet Bella, the super sweet and loving and affectionate black/white female Cavachon from Chelsea and Sonny’s litter. All of her siblings have gone home and Bella is waiting for her forever home. She is an incredible pup and has all the wonderful traits that make Cavachons so appealing as family pets.

Let me know if you might be interested in Bella. I’d love to send her home sometime next week:)


She is alert and engaging.


She is curious about her surroundings.


She has a balanced coat with black and white parti coloring.


She has a perfectly symmetrical face!

Which amazing family will have the opportunity to cuddle Bella next week? I can’t wait to find out:)