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Getting Ready to bring home your new French Bulldog puppy

 

Adding a new puppy to your family can be one of the most rewarding experiences you will have. Most new owners have lots of questions about what they should know and what they should buy before bringing their new bundle of joy home.
We have complied a list of important information along with products we use or recommend to make the process of bringing home baby a little easier. The product links will take you to Amazon to make shopping a breeze. Some items such as the puppy food we feed are also available at large pet stores.

 

Feeding Water Treats comforts of home Toys Grooming Health Bugs Shipping

 

Feeding

 

While in our care your French Bulldog puppy has been fed Royal Canin Small Breed Puppy dry dog food.

We free feed our puppies meaning we keep the food out and available all the time.

DO NOT switch your puppy to another brand of food abruptly. If a change of food is required, wait at least 2 weeks after your new puppy has arrived into your home. Upon switching mix the current food with your new brand for at least a week, gradually increasing the amount of the new brand until the switch is made.


If you choose to switch to a different brand make sure and READ THE INGREDIENTS LABEL!!! Many inferior and some high end dog foods are loaded with ingredients you don't want your dog eating! Make sure you know what the ingredients are on the ingredient list. Dogs are omnivores and are designed to eat a balanced diet which can include corn or vegetable products but their main diet should be meat based. Know what kind of meat you are getting, if they don't tell you what kind of animal the meat came from it could be anything. High quality dog food will typically have lamb, chicken or beef or salmon as their main ingredient. Chicken or lamb tends to be easier to digest. Most low end and even name brand dog food is mostly corn and other bi-products. Your new French Bulldog needs the maximum nutrition available. Never feed a food that does not bear the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) seal of approval.


Raw and homemade diets have gained some popularity and can have their place for adult dogs. However, raw diets fed improperly can cause severe complications especially with a growing puppy. Calcium deficiencies and imbalance nutrition along with lack of vitamins and minerals can cause permanent damage to a growing puppy. Additionally, the risk of Salmonella infection from consuming raw meats is a real danger. We do NOT recommend feeding raw or homemade diets to your puppy unless specifically instructed to do so by a licensed vet.
Commercially prepared dog foods have been formulated to provide optimum nutrition for your new puppy. You only have one chance to grow your puppy into a healthy adult. Don't take any chances on inferior dog food!

Loose bowels are the first sign that the new food is not being tolerated well. Consult your vet for their recommended treatment plan.

When your new puppy arrives home, make sure is actually EATING its food! Your French Bulldog should eat small amounts of food throughout the day and take frequent rest periods. It is also important to provide a quiet, out of the way place where your Frenchie can rest. Make sure not to overtire a young puppy and watch your puppy closely if it has not been eating like it should.

Occasionally we have a puppy with special dietary requirements. If your puppy has been eating a specialized diet while in our care we will provide you with more detailed information on the care of your new puppy.

 

Water

Provide your French Bulldog with clean water at all times. We recommend using only stainless steel or ceramic water bowls. Plastic can harbor bacteria. Change and clean water bowls daily.

 

Treats

 

We do not feed our puppies treats because some new owners don't prefer to give treats to their dogs. Our adults love Bil-Jac Little-Jacs training treats. They are soft, very small and irresistible! Treats are very beneficial for training and encouraging good behavior. However, do not give your Frenchie too many treats as this could cause it to go off its food. An occasional tidbit is ok especially during training. Do not make it a habit of constant treats or people food. Treats and table scraps are not formulated for optimum nutrition but are to be used a special "treat". Table scraps usually contain way too much salt, sugar and preservatives to be healthy for any dog.

 

Comforts of home

Before your puppy comes home prepare a safe and friendly environment by making sure your house is "puppy proofed". This is similar to how you would "child proof" a home. Look at your house from a puppy's point of view and remove any hazardous items. Make sure all poisonous household items are securely stored out of puppy's reach especially poisonous plants. Keep all electrical cords out of reach of teething puppies. Place safety gates across balcony's or unsafe areas.
Have a place designated for your puppy to sleep, eat and potty. Puppies need to be put in a safe place when you are not able to directly supervise them. Never leave a young Frenchie outside in your yard unsupervised.
French Bulldogs are indoor pets only. As a brachycephalic (flat faced) breed, they are sensitive extreme temperatures ESPECIALLY the heat. NEVER leave your Frenchie in a parked car unattended. Limit outdoor exposure in hot weather. Never over exercise, especially in hot weather. If your French Bulldog starts to pant heavily it is time for a rest, indoor air conditioning and cold water. If you observe foaming at the mouth during/after exercise or exposure to hot weather take action IMEDIATELY your Frenchie is overheating and needs to be cooled off IMEDIATELY to avoid heat stroke or death!

We always get lots of questions about potty training. There are many ways to potty train a puppy. Puppy potty pads, crate training, hydroponic grass, Potty Bells, litter boxes. The list is seemingly endless. Decide what method or combination of methods is best for your family and living situation. Remember consistency is key.
We start all our puppies using puppy potty pads. Puppies start to learn from their mothers how to use the potty pads while they are still very young. If given the opportunity they will continue to use puppy pads in your home. They are still babies so sometimes have accidents but they at least get the idea of what is expected.

We highly recommend purchasing a puppy exercise play yard that you can set up both indoors and out. They provide a safe and portable area for your puppy and can be set up in multiple configurations. If you have delicate flooring it is a good idea to use a plastic floor tray under the play yard.

If you prefer a little more stylish option try the Richell Expandable dog crate. It is similar to a play yard size and comes with a plastic floor tray along with all the bells and whistles.

Another option is the Potty Training Puppy Apartment Watch the cute video on their website to see what modified crate training is all about. If you decide to order use coupon code IP65705 for a discount on your order.

Puppies like to feel snuggly and warm when they sleep. A dog is a natural den animal so a soft cuddle bed will help your puppy feel secure. We like to use a polar fleece throw on top of the bed so puppies can dig around and get their bed just right for sleeping. The fleece throw can also be easily washed and will help prevent a puppy from chewing on their cuddle bed.

 

Toys

 

French Bulldogs usually LOVE toys! This is one of the fun parts of owning this joyful breed. Toys are also very necessary for puppies when they are teething. If they don't have toys to chew on they will find something else!
Play is also an important part of bonding with your new baby. Choose a variety of toys such as stuffed animal types, squeaky, plastic chews, balls etc. One of the best toys we have found for Frenchies is the Jolly Pets Teaser ball. They are nearly indestructible, puppies and adults just love them.
Rotate toys throughout the day so there is always a "new" toy to play with or teach your puppy to put his own toys away in the dog toy box.
Frenchies are powerful chewers, regularly check toys for excessive wear. Immediately discard any damaged toys. Remember, any toy that can fit entirely in your puppy's mouth is a choking hazard and should not be used.

 

Grooming

 

Brushing

French Bulldogs are a smooth coated breed that requires very little grooming. All that is needed to keep your Frenchie's coat in good condition is a good rubbing with a rubber curry.
You can also use a little Magic Touch grooming spray over the coat then brush with the direction of the hair. The spray will keep the coat shiny and repels dirt.


Bathing

French Bulldogs only require occasional baths. It is recommended to bathe your pet Frenchie no more than once or twice a month. Bathing can dry out sensitive skin by removing the naturally occurring oils from the skin. However, if your puppy loves to play in the mud or enjoys everything dirty and smelly outdoors then, by all means, get them clean!
We use Crown Royale products for all our grooming needs. They are professional products specifically designed for different coat textures. French Bulldogs use formula #2. They are very concentrated so you only need a small amount. We have only found them for purchase at dog shows or on Amazon.
Frenchie puppies are small so it is easy to bath them right in the kitchen sink. Adults do better in the tub or large laundry sink. Have your supplies ready so you don't have to set down a wet pup while you go look for a towel. Never leave your puppy unattended during bathing.
First use Crown Royal Bioivite Shampoo #2, lather and work in the coat, rinse, if needed condition with Crown Royale Condition plus, or finish off with Magic Touch Grooming spray. Towel dry then blow dry.

Nails

We regularly trim our puppies nails with a human fingernail trimmers starting when they are babies so they will be accustomed to this necessary treatment. If you continue to regularly handle their feet and trim their nails they will continue to be receptive. As adults a regular dog nail trimmer is necessary. We prefer the smaller versions sometimes marketed for cats. The jaws are smaller and easier to use on small Pomeranian toenails.
You may also want to try a dog nail grinder. These cordless dremel power tools especially designed for pets have a spinning head which grinds the toenail smooth like a nail file. Most Frenchies can be quickly conditioned to having their nails cared for with a grinder.
If you are unsure about trimming your own dog's toenails talk to your groomer or vet for some instruction on this easy but necessary procedure. Always make sure and have some styptic powder on hand just in case you cut the nail a little too close.

 

Health

While in our care all puppies will receive at least the first two sets of puppy vaccinations and be regularly preventively treated for internal parasites. Depending on the age of the puppy when it travels it may also have received additional vaccinations.

Each puppy is sent home with a detailed health record including the dates and types of vaccines and wormers that have been administered to your puppy. Please take a copy of this record to your vet at your first puppy check so they can recommend a future vaccination and worming schedule.
All puppies will be seen by a licensed veterinarian and will have a vet health certificate prior to shipping. In order to receive this health certificate, we will need your legal name, physical address and cell number as these items are necessary for the health certificate.

There are many puppy diseases and parasites out in the world that a young puppy is susceptible to. They can be picked up anywhere. Many of which such as parvo can even be brought in on the soles of your shoes! Until your puppy has received ALL booster vaccinations at 16 weeks old, NEVER set a young puppy down on the ground or on a counter top in public especially places such as dog parks or pet stores. Avoid those all together. Your own back yard is fine as long as strange and/or unvaccinated dogs do not have access to it. Your own or your friends vaccinated dogs are also fine. Never let strangers handle your puppy. Do not let your puppy have contact with strangers dogs.
Once all vaccination boosters have been completed at 16 weeks old you are relatively safe to enjoy exploring the country with your puppy. But remember, even vaccinated dogs are susceptible to certain diseases and parasites, make sure to follow your vet's recommendations to limit their risk.

 

Bugs and parasites

Fleas, ticks and mosquito's are everywhere. They are especially troublesome to dogs. Their bites are not only uncomfortable but can harbor disease. Mosquito's are especially problematic because they transmit deadly heart worms. There are many products available to control external parasites. Products such as K9 Advantix II are available over the counter to help fight your battle against the bugs.
Along with repelling fleas, ticks and Mosquito's it is very important to use a monthly heart worm preventive treatment to keep heart worms from infecting your dog. We use Revolution brand product monthly on all of our adults. This product controls a variety of internal and external parasites and most importantly protects against heart worms. Revolution, along with any other product to control heart worms is only available via prescription from your vet. Consult with your vet for a preventive internal worming plan to keep your new French Bulldog healthy.

 

Shipping


Whenever possible to prefer to drive to meet in person if the distance allows. However, if you do not live close by, just like people, the best way to travel is on a plane. Air transportation is the fastest and safest way for you to receive you new puppy.
There are no longer any airlines in the United States that allow French Bulldogs (or any other flat faced breed) to fly in cargo unattended.
All French Bulldog puppies will need to fly in cabin with a passenger. We prefer to travel ourselves with your new puppy when it is at all possible. However circumstances may dictate we use a third party puppy nanny to transport your baby to you. Rates vary depending on your location.
Ocassionally we can also arrange for ground transportation to your location.
Contact us for more information.

Do you like to travel or ready for a weekend away? If so you are always welcome to fly in and pick up your puppy in person. This is often the most economical way for you to get your puppy. Many airlines offer same day round trip service from major cities into our airport and back. Most commercial airlines accept small dogs as carry-on traveling with passengers. Our airport, Springfield-Branson national airport (SGF) services: United, Delta, American and Allegiant. It may also be possible for us to meet you at another airport. Special reservations, specific requirements, carry-on pet carriers and extra fees are required when traveling with a pet. Contact your airline for more information. We are happy to meet you at the airport just outside of security with your puppy.
If you have a private jet or small plane we are also able to accommodate meeting you at their respective nearby airports.




Cherilyn Lang
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