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.

Shichons Going Home

Our last two male Shichon puppies have found their forever homes and will be heading there this weekend. We still have 3 females that I will picture soon.

These are our last Shichon puppies. We are rehoming their father this weekend as we plan to focus exclusively on Cavachon puppies. It seems bitter sweet to me. I do love the Shichon puppies as well, but we are better known for the Cavachon puppies, and receive many more inquiries each week for Cavachons.

I am looking forward to the simplicity of dealing with just one available breed, and being able to focus our efforts on producing happy and healthy Cavachons. For everyone with a Shichon, you are still part of the SPK family and we want to hear about your puppies and how they are doing.

Here are the boys from Chelsea’s litter. They are so handsome!!





Shichons Get A Bath

A bath, brush, and blow-dry is in order before puppies go home.  Each puppy is always so different, some loving the water, some hating it!  Most of them don’t like the blow drier AT ALL, so ultimately, it’s a bit of a stressful experience.  But they all survive and they all look 100% better when it’s over!  I forgot to take a “before” picture, but you get an idea of the process from these photos!  They both did very well, and only mildly objected to the blow drier!  They were definitely balls of clean fluff when it was over!!


Cute little wet rats!!


“Really now, did you HAVE to give me a bath?”


“It wasn’t so bad!”


“Oohh, these towels are really snuggly!”


“Let me hide behind this lace!”


“Look at me!”


“I may look cute, but I’m going to remember this.”


Melty sweet!


More Melty Sweet!




Harper again!


“We’re ready to go home now!”




This is tiring!!  Yawn!!!