How Do You Entertain A Cavalier King Charles Spaniel?

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, often referred to as the “love sponges” of the canine world, are renowned for their affectionate and gentle nature.  

So how do you entertain a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? The balance of these activities—moderate exercise, bonding time, and interactive toys—will satisfy your beloved Cavalier. 

Daily Training and Physical Activities 

While Cavaliers are not the best candidates for hard physical activities, moderate physical and mental activities are enough to keep them happy and healthy. 

They are companion dogs; they prefer not to engage in overly strenuous or rough activities. High-impact or hard physical activities may unnecessarily strain their bodies and cause them to suffer from potential injuries or health issues over time. 

They can take part in everyday active activities, but we recommend only those that are suitable for their size and breed traits. 

Cavaliers are not the best candidates for hard physical activities
Cavaliers are not the best candidates for hard physical activities

Daily Walks

Cavaliers are quite active and enjoy it when it comes to walks. By taking regular daily walks, they can explore and sniff out their surroundings. You can also consider a gentle hike or a trip to a dog-friendly beach. A healthy adult Cavalier should have at least one good walk a day, but two would be better. Each walk should be about 30 minutes to an hour long.


Cavaliers love to be with other dogs and people. Arrange playdates with other dogs or take them to dog parks. Just make sure to supervise them; as Cavaliers are smaller dogs, larger dogs may not realize how harsh a game they are playing with a Cavalier and can hurt them. 

Make sure your dog’s weekly playdates are fun and stress-free by keeping an eye on his or her level of comfort and sociability. 

Cavaliers love to be with other dogs and people
Cavaliers love to be with other dogs and people

Play Fetch

They appreciate activities that engage their minds and bodies. And because they are very people-oriented, they will enjoy activities that allow them to interact with their owners; therefore, fetch can be a great game for them. 

Outside in the yard or in the park, you can play fetch with a ball or a frisbee. The idea is to keep play sessions short and not too long or hard. Dogs of this breed may not be up for hours of strenuous play, but they do enjoy short, fun bursts of activity like playing fetch. 

It’s important to keep training sessions short and sweet, especially when the temperature outside is high, as this breed is sensitive to heat. 

Teach New Tricks

Cavaliers are intelligent and enjoy mental stimulation. Teach them new tricks using positive reinforcement, like treats or praise. You can start with basic commands like sit, stay, and come and gradually move to more complex tricks like roll over, paw, or spin.

Agility Training

While they’re not as high-energy as some breeds, Cavaliers can enjoy agility training. Set up an obstacle course in your backyard and guide your dog through it. It’s a great way to provide both physical and mental stimulation. 

Cavaliers can enjoy agility training
Cavaliers can enjoy agility training

This is optional and depends on your dog’s and your own interests. If you choose to do this, a couple of times per week would be a good start. Remember to keep it fun and not overly challenging or stressful.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Loves Cuddle Time

As their name implies, “lap dogs” are big fans of cuddling. The company of their human companions is what they crave most in the world. 

lap dogs are big fans of cuddling
lap dogs are big fans of cuddling

When a Cavalier cuddles to you, it’s a sign that they trust you and feel at ease. This shared experience is important for their mental wellbeing and strengthens bonds. 

They’ll gladly curl up on the couch with you at the end of the day. Whether you’re on the couch watching TV, reading a book, or getting ready to sleep, allow your Spaniel to curl up next to you. 

The benefits of cuddling with your little puppy go beyond him or her. Humans who pet dogs had reduced blood pressure and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 

Furthermore, it has been shown to increase levels of the feel-good hormone oxytocin. After a long day at the office, you won’t feel as stressed out. 

Keep in mind that cuddling is more than just a cute thing to do with Cavaliers; it’s actually very important for their health and happiness. If you’re lucky enough to own a Charles King Cavalier, you can be assured that they’ll be there to greet you after the day is done. 

Provide some appropriate toys 

If you get your King Charles Cavalier some toys, he’ll happily cuddle with it for hours. Fetch, puzzle toys, and tricks are all good options. These playthings not only provide physical exercise but also challenge their minds and keep them occupied. 

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels can enjoy a wide variety of toys, but it’s important to choose ones that are safe and suitable for their size and temperament. Here are a few examples:

  • Plush Toys: Cavaliers often enjoy soft, plush toys that they can carry around, cuddle with, and gently play tug with. Make sure there are no small pieces that can be chewed off and swallowed.
  • Interactive Puzzle Toys: Puzzle toys where you can hide treats inside can keep them entertained for a while. The dog has to figure out how to get the treats. Kong toys or similar are popular and come in different sizes.
  • Fetch Toys: Fetch toys like small balls or soft frisbees can provide a great source of exercise. These toys are designed for throwing and retrieving, a game many Cavaliers love, as mentioned above.
  • Chew Toys: Cavaliers, especially puppies, might appreciate chew toys. They are beneficial for dental health and can provide relief for teething puppies. Always choose chew toys that are designed to be safe and durable.
  • Squeaky Toys: Many dogs enjoy toys that make noise. A squeaky toy can keep a Cavalier entertained, but make sure they aren’t able to pull the squeaker out.
  • Tug Toys: Small ropes or other durable materials can be great for a friendly game of tug-of-war between you and your dog.
get your King Charles Cavalier some toys
get your King Charles Cavalier some toys

Remember, even if Cavaliers are generally not heavy chewers, it’s still important to supervise initial play sessions with a new toy to see how your dog interacts with it. This supervision can help prevent accidents like swallowing a small piece that might have come loose. 

After you’re certain that the toy is safe and that your dog is playing with it appropriately, the need for close supervision might lessen.

Rotate the toys periodically to keep your dog interested. And always choose toys that are appropriate for the size of your Cavalier to prevent choking hazards.        


Remember, each dog is unique and may have different preferences. Spend time with your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, understand their likes and dislikes, and build activities around them for a happy and healthy dog.

Natalie Shin
Natalie Shin

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