How to care for a French bulldog puppy?.. What do I have to do to care for my Frenchie properly?.. How to prepare my house for the arrival of a puppy?.. What do I have to know to take care of the health and the excellent development of my puppy?..
During the many years as French Bulldog breeders, these and other related questions have been made by different people who, in general, have acquired their first puppy of this beautiful breed. But we have also been asked by many owners who have already had one or many Frenchies in the past, and who want to make sure they know the right way to care for a future puppy from the first day they arrive at their new home. That is why we have decided to publish the following “Guide to Know how to Care Properly for a French Bulldog Puppy,“, with the sincere desire to help and guide them to achieve this goal.
For example, the first thing we usually mention to those who acquire one of our Frenchies is to maintain the health the puppies had when they are given to their new families, they will need to improve two things. First, they will have to sharpen their paternal senses, and their good judgment as much as possible — is very clear that what they have acquired is a “baby” canine, with practically all the needs and cares that any human baby must also receive! That is, a baby should not be to be left alone, they should not be exposed to any contagious diseases, home accidents, he has to be fed on time (often stimulating him just as we do with human babies), among other very similar cares. As their new human “parents,” you will have to supply all the food, hygiene, shots and control of their environment with the most exceptional care and dedication. Please try to imitate the correct care and attention that we as responsible breeders have provided them from their first day of life and until the last day we have had them under our supervision. You can continue to maintain and maintain the excellent health of your puppy, and thus ensure its optimal development and growth!
Now let’s see some tips and guidelines to follow, which will help you to know how you can prepare your home to receive a puppy. What you should consider before and during the care and upbringing of your French Bulldog among other aids and suggestions.
Care Guide for a French Bulldog puppy
Make your home a safe place for puppies. Puppies love to explore everything that is within their reach. Their curiosity about new objects smells and textures force them to touch and take to their little snouts everything they find (including their stools). That is why to keep your puppy and your home safe; you will have to take some precautions.
- Remove items that can break, swallowed or dirty from your entire home, especially in the area where you plan to have your puppy. Think that a puppy is a “mini vacuum cleaner” that in a second can swallow any object that can become very harmful and dangerous to your health, even for your life!
- Keep all electrical wires raised or covered and close all low windows.
- Store cleaning implements and other chemicals or toxic products very well.
- Get a trash can with lid, which is very high to avoid so you can access the trash, get on it, or can overturn it.
- Consider having a mini pen or gate to keep it away from rooms or dangerous areas.
- Make sure that all members of your family want to receive “this” new member. And that they demonstrate it by taking on tasks to each one can handle according to their age and abilities, to help to take care of the new puppy and to maintain it in optimal conditions.
- Prepare a corner of your bedroom _ closer to your bed_, to put the puppy’s bed there, his plate of always fresh water, his role of needs, and where he will put his plate of food. All in one area at the beginning reduced so that during the first days of the puppy at home you feel as safe as possible. With the passing of days, this space will be more significant as the puppy is exploring and taking confidence in this new environment that will finally come to consider itself his new home. (Read also: the first night of the puppy at home).
- Toys and stuffed animals Try to have toys suitable for puppies, that do not break and that your puppy cannot swallow. Your puppy will need safe toys to bite while growing their teeth and move from baby teeth to adult teeth (between 4 and five months). Also, the stuffed animals will help keep you puppy company and make him/her feels as if he/she is in the company of the mother and siblings, something that will be fundamental especially during the first days of his arrival at his new home.
How to Take Care of the Puppy in His/Her New Home
Give him/her all the love in the world!
Along with all the physical and health care that you can give your puppy, it is also imperative that you know how to take care of your puppies emotional needs. Just like any living creature that can feel and think, making your puppy feel accompanied, loved, pampered, especially from your first day with you, will be essential for proper care and development. Taking care of these needs will directly affect your physical and mental well-being! And it will help to lay the foundations to begin to create that wonderful relationship with his owner and other members of his family (“for him, his new pack”)!
Love without bad breeding! Try not to raise your puppy many times. Like human babies, puppies are fragile. Take your puppy in your arms as little as possible and very carefully. Always use your two hands, keeping one hand under his/her rear (bottom) and the other under your chest at all times.
- Do not let very young children lift it. Much less without the careful supervision of a responsible adult!
- Teach children, young people and unfortunately many adults that a puppy is not a toy, but a living being with feelings and that needs care, respect, and love.
- Be aware of your visits to the veterinarian and vaccination days and comply with each of them!
- When you go to the veterinarian, do not put your puppy on the floor, do not approach other pets and do not allow children and other people to touch or stroke your puppy. Remember that if they are there, it could be because of a contagious health problem of one of their pets!!
- Do not take him out for a walk until after he has finished his vaccination plan! Which usually extends to 3 months and a half to 4 months
- Do not touch your puppy without having washed your hands! Especially after arriving from the street (it would also be a good idea to change your shoes when you get home, as this will avoid spreading bacteria, microbes and possible viruses that abound in the streets, parks and public areas. For those whose puppy is not yet immunized!).
- Do not bathe your puppy until he finishes his vaccination plan! Puppies do not regulate their temperature well. Bathing them would drastically change their body heat and also take away the necessary antibodies they have with them. If your puppy becomes dirty, clean him/her only in the affected area with a warm damp towel. When your puppy is an adult, also do not bathe more often than one or two times a month, and only with a shampoo recommended by your veterinarian.
- Take care of your puppy French bulldog during hot days! Dogs (of all races) are more intolerant to heat than humans. And the especially Frenchies, (since they are on the list of brachycephalic dog breeds), robust and mellow morphology. Even more so, for this reason, never expose your puppy or adult Frenchie to the heat, direct sun in summer, leave it in the car, or places that are too hot, or poorly ventilated places. Remember that like any bulldog, it is not a dog of much activity or exercise less during the summer or high temperatures. During the summer, an air conditioner will be the “best friend” of your Frenchie!
- Do not give him leftovers of human foods, treats or snacks! A puppy and also an adult dog should only eat your Super Premium balanced food as recommended by the manufacturer and your veterinarian. Since it is a food that has all the nutrients and vitamins that these need, it should be the only food your puppy is eating. In addition, the canine digestive system is not prepared to eat different foods as humans do. That is why any intake of other foods or garbage that can be swallowed (sticks, tips, trash, dirt, stones, etc.) will cause diarrhea or other gastrointestinal disorders. Even when you want to change the balanced feed to your puppy, this should be done correctly to try to avoid any inconvenience.
If some of these tips or recommendations seem somewhat exaggerated or unnecessary, possibly because you never applied them to your puppy or puppies, and they never got sick, had a problem or were infected with any disease. But that would be the same as saying: “It’s Ok to cross the street on a red light because I’ve done it before and nothing has happened to me so far.”
This is something that many have done without any consequences. But that does not mean that you can rightly say that exposing yourself in great danger is OK (like crossing in red light, or exposing your puppy to a contagious disease), is fine or that nothing will ever happen! But just the opposite! Since the idea of this article is to try to ensure as much as possible the welfare of your puppy, we prefer to “exaggerated,” and be safe than sorry.