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My mother is planning to get a cavalier in about four months and I want to make sure that there's no way in hell she can mess that dog up. I'll be writing point by point instructions for my mother on training etc. But I also want to make something to educate my six year old sister. It needs to be something that would appeal to a six year old.
So far I've decided to write the thing with my sister as the main character. Lots of illustrations. There'll be interactive parts. For example:
"My dog likes tennis balls and bones. What does your dog like?" From there she can fill in the blanks.
I want to cover the most important things such as what kind of play is okay, what to do if the puppy is nipping, what to do if the puppy is barking, what is okay for a dog to eat/what isn't, potty training, basic use of leashes/harnesses, and the brilliance of microchipping.
Is there anything important I'm leaving out? I'd love to put in more but she's only six. I'm having trouble getting into the little kid mindset. Everything I've written comes out sounding technical and how-to.
 

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I made a book like this for my cousin when he was six

I did like


Your New Puppy

Made for
__________________
(your name)






With your new puppy you'll learn a lot. Write some things you think you'll learn.
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______________ (Picture)
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Next page

You'll have to be careful with your new puppy, he's just a baby. When your puppy is sleeping, don't wake him up, do you like to be woke up?

Picture


Next

Remember, you'll need a name for your puppy.
What did you name him?
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Just put like, one page where it has rules and info and one fun page.


So
Rule
Fun
Info
Fun
Info
Fun
Rule
Fun


So I do like,

When the puppy is nipping.........
Draw a picture of a toy your puppy could chew on instead

When training a puppy use dog snacks
What do the snacks your dog likes look like?


When the puppy makes an accident on the floor what do you do?

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You could have her write in one here and the answers could be on the back of the page.

These are just a few ideas. Good luck!
 

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Sounds like your getting everyone heading in the right direction. I wish I had thought of doing that for my relatives. Being a Cavalier owner myself I will say the MOST IMPORTANT thing an prospective owner needs to do is find a dog from a high quality breeder. One that health tests (hearts, eyes, prefably MRI's as well) and socializes the pups is the bare minimum you should look for in a breeder. The cavalier club of USA is a great place to start searching for good breeders.
 

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Sounds like your getting everyone heading in the right direction. I wish I had thought of doing that for my relatives. Being a Cavalier owner myself I will say the MOST IMPORTANT thing an prospective owner needs to do is find a dog from a high quality breeder. One that health tests (hearts, eyes, prefably MRI's as well) and socializes the pups is the bare minimum you should look for in a breeder. The cavalier club of USA is a great place to start searching for good breeders.

My roommate's family has actually been breeding cavaliers for ages. They do the whole nine yards with health tests, etc. We'll be getting one of the pups too. I'm crazy excited; I've never really met a cavalier.
I'm contemplating flying back to St. Louis for a week or so to help my mother with training. She's just...more of a cat person. I won't let her ruin this dog.
 
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