Preparing for a Puppy

I can’t believe I’m actually writing this post! I’m picking up my new puppy, Ivy, in two short weeks. I can’t wait to meet her! I’ve obviously been spending a lot of time preparing for her arrival, so I thought it would be the perfect time to write about why I decided to get a dog, how I chose Ivy, and how I’m preparing for my first puppy.

cavalier king charles spaniel puppy

WHY I’M GETTING A DOG

I’ve been wanting a dog forever, but a studio apartment in San Francisco isn’t always the ideal environment for raising a puppy. I wanted to be realistic about when would be the right time to get a pup. I haven’t actually written about this yet, but I moved out of my apartment last month to be back home with my parents (about 25 minutes outside of the city). When I moved home, I realized that I could FINALLY look into getting a dog, since I’d have the extra space (hello, backyard!) and also hands to help when needed (hi, Mom and Dad). And without getting in too deep, this year has been especially difficult for me, and I felt like having a four-legged friend to love on would help a lot.

HOW I FOUND IVY

If you know me well, you’re probably surprised I’m not getting a pug! I LOVE pugs and anytime I see one, my day is made. Still, I didn’t feel up for the task of having a short-haired dog that sheds and snorts a lot!

I had been doing research on breeds and fell in love with Cavalier King Charles Spaniels a while back. I love their history, loyalty, size and temperament. Plus, they are just beautiful dogs! My brother and his girlfriend have an English Toy Spaniel (which Cavaliers are closely related to) and she’s a total hoot.

I know that you’re probably thinking, “Adopt, don’t shop!” and I totally understand. I love the idea of adopting a dog who needs a new home, but I think it’s an equally responsible option to purchase a dog from a well-respected breeder who takes pride and care in breeding from healthy bloodlines. I’m excited to be able to train Ivy myself and foster her growth into a smart, playful and obedient companion!

Ivy is from a breeder outside San Diego (message me if you want her info)! who has been showing and breeding Cavaliers for many years. I found her while searching for breeders in San Diego, and was excited to see that she had just welcomed two litters of puppies. I knew I wanted a blenheim or tri-color female, and lucky for me, she had two blenheim girls available.

I’m picking up Ivy right after she turns 8 weeks old! I’ll be flying down to San Diego and visiting the breeder’s ranch for the day, to meet her, see all of her pups and of course, meet and bond with Ivy! I am excited (and nervous) to fly back with her, but I feel like I’ve done my due diligence and am prepared for the trip.

WHAT I’M DOING TO PREPARE

Here’s a list of things I’m doing to prepare for Ivy’s arrival:

• Purchasing all of my basics supplies on Amazon.com and Chewy.com (will do a full video haul later, with reviews based on my experience with each product)!

• Purchasing her nicer items, like her dog bed, harness, carrier and leash/collar from specialty sites (will definitely include this in the haul!)

• Setting up her “space” aka crate in my room, and gated area to roam when we leave the house

• Reading The Art of Raising a Puppy and The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Handbook

• Watching dog training videos on IG and YouTube - I am really loving All Things Pups

• Signing up for puppy classes at our local Humane Society

• Planning different ways to socialize Ivy in her first few months (meeting new friends, other dogs, going to events, etc.)

I can’t wait to update you once I have my girl here! Videos, pics and lots of insights to come!