English Bulldog Puppy Care & Tips
It is very important that you choose the right pet for you. We want to make sure that all of our puppies go to loving homes. Buying a pet should not be taken lightly. Pets deserve the same amount of time and attention as a new born baby. Please make sure that you have the time and patience for a new family member before buying your new pet.
Bringing Baby Home
When you arrive home with your puppy, remember - your puppy is a baby English Bulldog. Like all babies, he needs lots of love and cuddling, plenty of rest, sleep, and good nourishing food. Moving to a new home, leaving his mother, brothers, and sisters is a very traumatic experience for the puppy. For the first couple of weeks, try to change his life as little as possible. Follow the same routines as we have. Feed him in the same place at each meal. Be sure he has a special area all his own for his bed. Give him lots of love and cuddling. During the first couple of days, you should take him to your veterinarian for a check up. Take along the record of his immunizations and wormings. Once the puppy is settled into his new home, you can begin to introduce him to your way of doing things.
Food and Water Dish with straight sides and flat bottom. The best material is stainless steel - avoid plastic.
Collar and a Leash. A light weight, small harness is best. It should be long enough to slip over the pup's head with room to spare but should not have more than a six inch "tail" when around his neck. His first lead should be light weight, you will need astrong leather lead as he grows.
Nail Clippers . Nails should be clipped regularly. I recommend every two weeks.
Wire Crate. It is much easier to house train a puppy with a crate. English Bulldogs do better in wire crates than the hard plastic type because the air circulation through the wire crates is so much better.
Puppy Pen. Even though you have a fenced yard, you may want to confine the puppy to or out of a particular area. Puppy pens are easily portable and very handy for keeping a puppy confined to a small area. They are especially useful for potty training your puppy.
Good Brush. You can use almost any brush on an English Bulldog but the best ones have flexible rubber bristles and small enough to fit your hand comfortably.
English Bulldog Medicine Chest
Vaseline. Use this on his nose, on his eye wrinkles, any place you need to soothe and waterproof. Use it also on the thermometer when you take his temperature.
Real Lemon. If he gets phlegm in his throat and chokes on it, a couple squirts of juice from the plastic lemon will help clear it out.
Clear Eyes for irritated eyes
Neosporin Ointment. A good all purpose ointment for minor skin afflictions.
Pepto Bismol. For minor stomach upset.
Kaopectate. For minor diarrhea.
Q-tips. Use for applying medication and cleaning ears.
Cotton balls. Use for applying medication, for cleaning and to keep ears dry while bathing.
English Bulldogs can not tolerate extreme temperatures. Due to their heavy builds and physical characteristics, during the summer they should not be left outdoors for long periods of time, and must have access to shady areas. It is best to keep them indoor with air conditioning. If they must be outside, it is good to have a shady area. Due to their short hair, English Bulldogs also must have a good heat source in the winter. Bullie puppies can suffer from heat stroke very easily, be sure to keep them cool enough in the summer months. Any temperature of 90 degrees or above can be very dangerous. If you take your Bullie out during a hot day then be sure to wet them down and provide unlimited water to drink. (NOT with Cold water-use lukewarm) Keep their time out to a minimum during extreme heat. Bullie puppies can get cold very easily, be sure to keep them in a warm environment during colder months to avoid them catching a cold.
Never give your English Bulldog a rawhide toy. They can tear a piece off the rawhide and choke on it. Puppies like knotted socks to shake and play tug of war with. Balls - Be sure the ball is too big to lodge in the throat or to be swallowed. Be sure the toy is too big to swallow. There are several choices of toys available from your local pet store. Chuck It brand balls are stronger ball for chewers, Jolly Pet balls are also good ball toys if your puppy / dog likes a larger size to play with. Rubber kong toys are usually longer lasting and so are many of the Nylabones.
Your Bullies Nutrition
Bullies love to eat! In fact, obesity is a real problem with English Bulldogs. It is best to feed a high quality dog food on a set schedule. Snacks should be limited. English Bulldog should eat out of a pan which has a flat bottom and straight sides. Stainless steel lasts longer. Do not use plastic for his food or his water. Feed a two to three month old 4 times per day and a to four month old puppy 3 times a day. There are several good brands of puppy food. You want a food that the puppy likes and which produces a nice coat, keeps the puppy round, but not obese, and produces solid stools. Check the list of ingredients on the bag. Do not feed your Bulldog a food which contains soy. I usually start feeding a food with no corn, wheat, soy or dyes grain free at 4-6 months. I wait till 4 months since many of these foods can be a little too rich for a 2-3 month old and cause loose stools. I recommend to feed the puppy on a set schedule. How much you feed him depends on the puppy. In most cases, a growing puppy which gets sufficient exercise should eat as much as it wants, most mine eat a total of 3- 3.5 cups/ day but needs can vary some. Your food manufacturer will have the recommended amounts to feed on the bag according to the age and weight of the puppy. If the puppy does become obese, you may need to regulate the amount he eats, but do not put a growing puppy on a severely restricted diet unless it is supervised by a veterinarian who is knowledgeable about English Bulldog puppies. At about six months number of feedings can be reduced to two. At 1+ years most dogs do best on two meals a day, morning and evening. An English Bulldog usually eats puppy food until it is at least a year old. Most Bulldogs are changed from puppy to adult food at around twelve months of age. The best change is to the adult version of the puppy food you have been feeding him. It does not hurt your Bulldog to change from one brand of dog food to another as long as each change is done by gradually, substituting more and more of the new brand for the old. If your Bulldog is spayed or neutered or as it ages and becomes less active, you may need to start feeding a reduced calorie dog food to keep it from becoming too fat. Most good brands of dog food have regulated diet formulas. Your English Bulldog should have fresh water available at all times.
Your English Bulldog should be thoroughly brushed 2-3 times a week. Most Bulldogs love to be brushed. Use a soft bristle or rubber brush. Start at the rear and brush against the hair. After you've brushed the entire dog against the grain, brush it again with the grain. Follow this with a good rub down. This will keep his hair shiny and his skin healthy. The idea is to remove the dead hair and distribute the natural oils.
An English Bulldog that receives frequent brushing and rubdowns does not need frequent bathing. Most Bulldog Owners bathe their dogs when the dog is dirty - when it obviously needs a bath. We usually bathe every 3-4 weeks. Gather up all the things you will need before you start. You will need: shampoo, any rinses you plan to use, cotton balls, Q-tips, Vaseline, wash cloth, towels. Eye drops can also be used to protect the eyes. You may on occasion need to use a flea or tick shampoo but since these are quite harsh, don't use one unless you really need to. I use Goodwinol. Put a small amount of moisturizing eye drops in the eyes and place a cotton ball securely in each ear before you wet the dog. Wet the dog thoroughly from just behind the ears to the tips of the toes on his hind feet. Be sure his underside is wet, too, not just the top and sides. Apply the shampoo starting at his neck and working back. Work the shampoo in to be sure you get all the way through his hair to the skin. You should pay special attention to his paws (wash between the toes), his tail (clean all around the base), and the genital area. On a female, be especially careful to clean the vulva. Wet the wash cloth and use it to dampen the dog's face and ears. Put some shampoo on the washcloth and wash the dog's face. Wash the wrinkles over the nose, on the forehead, around the nose and under the eyes. Wash his nose. Wash his ears, inside and out. Now rinse. Rinse until you are sure every bit of the dog, especially in the wrinkles and tight places, is thoroughly rinsed and there is no shampoo any place. If you are applying a rinse, do it now, following the instructions. Dry the dog with towels. Take the cotton balls out of the dog's ears. Rub a dab of Vaseline onto his nose to help keep it soft. You can then let him air dry or use a hair dryer to finish the drying. It's best to keep the dog inside until it is completely dry. There are many shampoos available to use, you can use puppy shampoo for gentle, a medicated shampoo if you need to keep control of bacteria, fungus, or yeast, whitening shampoo for white dogs ect. It depends on if your bulldog needs a particular type, but many will do fine with most varieties of shampoos.
English Bulldogs need their toe nails cut on a regular basis - about every two weeks. The nails should be kept as short as possible. You may use dog nail clippers. The important thing is to be able to control the dog so that you do not hurt it. You can put the dog on the floor and scratch its tummy, or hold it between your legs - whatever works. Be especially careful not to cut into the quick. On white nails you can see where the quick begins. On black nails cut just to the curve of the nail. The clippers usually leave a rough edge. Use a good dog nail file to smooth them off. The main thing is to make the experience as pleasant as possible for the dog so be really careful when cutting nails and don't cut into the quick. If your dog takes frequent walks on pavement or such, it will usually wear the nails down. If you do cut the nail to short and it bleeds, you can keep some blood clotter on hand such as super clot http://www.jefferspet.com/products/drgolds-super-clot .
English Bulldogs tend to have many wrinkles. The wrinkles should be cleaned often. When you clean the wrinkles, wash his nose and apply a good rub of Vaseline to keep it soft. It's better to clean more often than you think you need to than not often enough. You can clean the wrinkles with a soft, damp cloth and then dry. Or you can wash them using the shampoo you use to bathe the dog, malaket wipes, chlorhexidine, witch hazel, or baby wipes. The malaket wipes or chlorhexidine work good for wrinkles that harbor alot of bacteria or yeast. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry thoroughly. Whatever method you use, be sure to get the deep nose wrinkle clean. If it is becomes irritated Neosporin will help to heal. Goldbond powder or cornstarch can help keep it dry. It is not uncommon to see English Bulldogs with "tear stains" of varying degrees of color. If the stain is bad, in addition to cleaning you may want to try to remove the stain. There are many treatments, you may have to try several before you find one that works for you. Some of the commercial products used are Shows "Pretty Eyes" Stain remover, Bio-Groom cream (to prevent re-staining) and Diamond Eye. You can make a paste of I Tbs. Hydrogen Peroxide and enough corn starch to make a thin paste. Apply to the stain, let dry, brush off excess. Apply on a daily basis until the stain in gone, then weekly to keep stain from returning.
The best way to treat fleas is to prevent them. Some dogs are allergic to flea saliva and can develop really serious skin problems. So try to keep the flea population to a minimum. If you do get a bad flea infestation you may need to "bomb" your house. Frequent bathing and brushing is the first defense. Frequently changed and clean bedding is very important. Flea collars are not very effective and many English Bulldogs cannot wear them. Give the dog a bath with a good flea shampoo or use an anti-flea rinse when you bathe. The chemicals used in these shampoos are harsh so use them only when necessary and follow instructions carefully. Flea Shampoos is probably the most used to control fleas. There are various types of dips and sprays available, such as Adams Day Flea Dip, Escort Flea & Tick Spray and Mycodex Aqua-Spray. Since these really are medications, it's a good idea to at least begin with ones from your veterinarian or that have been specifically recommended by a professional. Above all else, a clean environment, especially his bed, is the best flea prevention. A monthly flea and tick preventative is recommended, especially in the summer months. Talk to your vet about which one they think is best and with the least amount of reported side effects. I do NOT recommend spot on treatments.
Bedding material used for your English Bulldogs should be a special place that warm, nice and comfy. The important thing for bedding is that it be easily washable and provide a soft resting area for the dog. They tend to like beds with bumber walls and cot style beds also work well like kuranda beds. I even use baby mattresses and make covers for them I can wash. The baby mattresses are often water proof, so can be wiped clean.
House Breaking Your Bully
The key here is consistency, consistency, consistency. A popular method recognized and recommended by veterinarians, trainers and breeders is crate training. It takes advantage of a dogs natural instinct to find a safe place of its own. Crate training could cut housebreaking time in half. And of course the other is complete House Breaking which involves lots of patience and persistence. Begin by taking the pup outside to the same area every time, as soon as he wakes up, about ten minutes after each meal and just before his bedtime. The puppy must empty bladder and bowels before he goes to bed for the night. Always praise the puppy as he is going, and move away from the area as soon as he is finished. Not many dogs will soil their beds but bulldogs can be different sometimes, so it is best to keep him confined at night and any time you cannot watch him. If you see the pup sniffing and circling take him outside immediately. If you see him urinating or defecating in the house, say "NO, NO" and take him outside at once. Do not scold him unless you catch him in the act. Using praise for correct behavior works much better than punishment for "incorrect" behavior. Remember, a puppy is a baby, his capacity is small, his muscle control is limited. Be consistent, be patient, and you will succeed in training him to go outside.
The earlier you start the better, but, if your puppy has not had any lead training before you get him, wait a week or so until he's settled comfortably into his new home before you begin. You will need a light weight training collar or harness is even better for a bulldog and a light weight lead. The collar should be long enough to slip over his head with ease and have some room for growth, but should not be more than six inches longer than the circumference of his neck. Put the collar or harness on the puppy so that it goes over his neck from his left to right. Fasten the lead to the collar / harness and let the puppy lead you around. If he doesn't move, move a bit and coax him to move after you. Do not ever pull on the lead and drag or choke the puppy. This should be a happy experience for the puppy so give him lots of praise. As he becomes used to walking about with the collar / harness and lead, begin to give little tugs and encourage him to follow you rather than you following him. Always keep him on your left side. Keep his lessons short. Several five to ten minutes sessions a day are better than one half hour session. Do not play with the puppy during his lesson, but do praise him often when he follows you. Once he is following you with consistency you can begin taking him on walks around the neighborhood. You will probably need to give him several gentle tugs the first few times to keep him with you rather than exploring on his own. You may need to stop and talk to him a few times. Again, do not pull on the lead and drag or choke him. A quick jerk and immediate release on the collar is the way to control him. Do not try to rush this. A few minutes a day, every day, lots of praise when he does it right, a quick jerk and release to correct when he doesn't, lots of praise, patience and consistency and he will soon be walking nicely at your side. If you plan to exhibit your puppy, you will also need to train him to stand still and let you hold his head. Start this training along with the lead training as early as possible.
Bullies love to play, however, they need only short play times as they cannot tolerate heavy exercise. Walks are nice. They do pretty well in cold temperatures but have some difficulty in the heat.
Choosing the Right Vet
Choosing the right vet is critical. Make sure your vet is licensed by the state in which they practice. Having open lines of communication is very important when dealing with your vet. He or she must be able to speak openly with you about any problems or concerns they may have for your bully. Make sure that your Vet is familiar with your particular breed. This is especially important for English Bulldogs.
Keep Your Pet Current on Vaccinations
Keeping your pet up to date with vaccinations, heart worm preventative and regular wormings helps to promote a healthy happy Bully. This helps to prolong the life span and cuts down on expensive treatments against the illnesses caused by the different diseases that vaccinations guard against. Prevention is much cheaper than treatment! When dogs get older, some people prefer to vaccinate every two years to not over vaccinate since titers will usually be high enough, but there is still much debate on this topic.
Common Ailments & Treatments
The very best advice is to know your English Bulldog. Check the entire dog daily. Know if he isn't eating, if he isn't playing, if he doesn't seem quite right. If something is wrong so you can take appropriate action immediately. There are several minor ailments you can treat at home. Do not keep trying various methods of home medication. The best medical advice I can give you is, "Find a veterinarian who knows and likes English Bulldogs."
Liquid Medications - The easiest way to give a liquid medication is with a syringe. You can get them from your veterinarian or most drug stores. You want at least a 5cc size. I usually have different sizes, fro 3-20 cc. Discard the needle (if it has one). Pull the proper amount of liquid into the syringe, open the dog's mouth and "shoot" the liquid onto the back of his tongue.
Pills and capsules - Open the dog's mouth, push the pill or capsule as far down his throat as possible, then hold his mouth shut and stroke his throat until he swallows. Or wrap the pill or capsule in a bit of ground beef, peanut butter, or cheese and feed it to the dog. This usually works when all else fails.
Vomiting - For minor upset stomach Pepto Bismol or a similar medicine works best. Dose is according to the dog's weight. If there is hard vomiting or if the upset lasts more than 24 hours, take the dog to your veterinarian.
Diarrhea - Kaopectate is most usually prescribed for minor diarrhea. Dose amount depends on the dog's weight. Diagel can be ordered from revivalanimal.com, this is very effective for most cases. If the diarrhea continues longer than 24 hours or if there is blood in the stool, take the dog to the veterinarian.
Eyes - Dust, wind, pollen, the things that make your eyes burn and water have the same effect on your English Bulldog. You can rinse the eyes out with a solution such as Clear Eyes. . For any other eye ailment, take the dog to your veterinarian.
Tail - Some English Bulldog's have their tail set in a pocket. If yours does, you will need to make a special effort to keep that pocket clean and dry. Wipe it out frequently. You may need to use cotton balls rather than a wash cloth if the pocket is tight. Be sure to dry it thoroughly and apply an ointment such as Neosporin, or a drying powder like goldbond.
Temperature - You take his temperature just as you take a small baby's - rectally. Use a good rectal thermometer, lubricate generously with Vaseline or sterile lubricant, insert gently, hold onto the thermometer dogs have been known to "suck" them in, wait about five minutes, pull out and read. Normal temperature for most dogs is from 100.5 to 101. Digital thermometers also work great and read alot quicker, most will beep when done.
Ice - Start giving your English Bulldog pieces of ice to eat when he is still a small puppy so that he learns to like it. Luckily, most Bulldogs do. This is a great way to cool down a hot dog. Blocks of ice make a great summer time toy. A pan of ice in or on top of his crate helps keep him cool.
Insect Stings - If your English Bulldog is stung by a bee or other insect, give him Benadryl liquid and watch him closely for the next half hour. You may also apply an ice pack to the area where he was stung. If the area around the sting swells and hardens, if hives appear, or if he seems to have difficulty breathing take him to your veterinarian. This is no time to procrastinate, your dog's life depends on quick treatment.
Caring For Your
English Bulldog Basics
English Bulldog Dental Care
If your furry English Bulldog friend has morning breath that seems to last all day, he could need a good tooth brushing! Yes, believe it or not, your dog needs basically the same dental care routine that you need. Although dogs generally do not get cavities, they do get dental diseases caused by excess plaque and tartar build-up. Periodontal or gum disease is the most common affliction among dogs. In fact, almost all dental procedures that are done on humans can now be done on dogs - everything from braces to crowns and bridges! Although most of these procedures will never be necessary for your dog, keeping his teeth and gums clean and healthy will prevent future problems.
The first step in preventive dental care is to check your dog's teeth and gums on a regular basis. You should look for discolored gums and any plaque or tartar build-up. Red, inflamed gums are a sign of gingivitis, which is caused by bacteria building up in the gums. Other signs of gingivitis are bad breath and excessive saliva. Also check for broken teeth and see your vet if you find any.
Note: Do NOT use human toothpaste, choose a dental paste made for dogs. Fluoride is in human paste and is TOXIC to dogs.
English Bulldog Immunizations
One very important way to prevent your English Bulldog from getting sick is to get him immunized against certain diseases. Following is a brief description of five major infectious diseases: distemper, canine hepatitis, parvovirus, leptospirosis and rabies. Distemper, canine hepatitis and parvovirus are all viruses, which means that there are no antibiotics and your vet can only treat the symptoms, but your Bulldog's body has to fight the disease. All of these diseases can be fatal, but as long as you get your English Bulldog vaccinated you should not need to worry about him ever being infected.
The immunization process for all these diseases consists of a series of shots when the English Bulldog is still a puppy, with booster shots usually given once a year. Often one shot can be given to cover distemper, canine hepatitis, parvovirus and leptospirosis.
This is a virus that affects the nervous and immune systems. It usually strikes puppies, but adults can be infected as well. Distemper is transmitted through the air. Puppies usually receive a series of 3 vaccines; the first at 6-8 weeks, the 2nd at 10-12 weeks, and the third at 14-16 weeks. A booster shot should be given once a year.
As with distemper, this is a virus that mainly hits puppies less than a year old. It affects the liver and can lead to kidney disease. Canine Hepatitis is usually spread through infected dog's urine, stool and saliva. The vaccine timing is typically the same as the distemper vaccine, and a booster is given once a year.
This virus is fatal if not treated immediately. It affects the intestines and bowel and is spread through the stools of infected dogs. The timing of the vaccine is the same as distemper and canine hepatitis.
Unlike distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus, this is a bacterial disease. There are two kinds of leptospirosis, one type attacks the kidney and the other attacks the liver. It is spread through the urine of animals that have had the disease. Although antibiotics are available, vaccination is strongly recommended. The vaccine is given at the same time as distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus.
This virus is always fatal and affects the nervous system. Dogs who are suspected of being infected are almost always euthanized. Rabies is spread through the saliva of infected animals. The first vaccine for rabies is usually given at 3-4 months, the second about one year later, and a booster shot given every 1-3 years, depending on the type of vaccine your vet uses.
Are You Feeding Your English Bulldog the Proper Amounts?
The amount of food your English Bulldog needs depends on a variety of factors including: age, size, metabolism and activity level. The actual amount needed is based on the energy needs of your Bulldog. For example, a working dog or a dog that is outside all the time in the winter will need more food than a sedentary dog who is mainly kept inside. Puppies and pregnant or lactating dogs need double the amount of food that an adult dog needs. It is important not to feed a growing Bulldog too much because rapid growth can be harmful and can even shorten the life span of your Bulldog.
It is important not to let your English Bulldog become obese, which is an increasingly common problem among today's Bulldogs. Not only will your English Bulldog have less energy if he's obese, but it can lead to serious health problems. When deciding how much to feed your English Bulldog, read the label on his food and feed him the right amount for his weight, age, etc. If he seems to weigh too much, try cutting back on his portions. Higher quality dog foods often have smaller feeding amounts, due to the fact they are higher quality and provide proper nutrition without all the added fillers and by-products that often lead to allergies, skin problems, and digestive problems in dogs. Our links and resources page has some links on dog food nutrition.
Should I Spay/Neuter my English Bulldog?
One of the many choices you'll have to make concerning your English Bulldog is whether to have him or her spayed or neutered. If you do not plan on breeding your English Bulldog, it is a good idea to get this done. There is a huge pet overpopulation problem, with animal shelters and humane societies filled with stray or abandoned dogs. Many of these dogs have to be euthanized because there aren't enough people willing to adopt them. Responsible dog owners have an opportunity to do something to solve this problem by spaying or neutering their dogs.
This is a fairly routine operation that is usually performed at about 6-12 months of age, although it can be done earlier or later if necessary. We recommend no earlier than 8 months anymore as new research as proven certain hormones are necessary for bone proper bone growth. There are many myths about spaying and neutering, and most of them are untrue. For example, it will not make your Bulldog fat or lazy and will not change his or her personality. Spaying and neutering actually has many advantages beyond preventing unwanted litters. The operation can reduce roaming, which greatly reduces the chances that your English Bulldog will get hit by a car and that he or she will get in a fight with other dogs. Spaying and neutering has also been proven to lessen the occurrence of certain tumors. The operation has also been found to lessen certain aggressive tendencies in dogs. If you do not plan to breed, female english bulldogs are more prone to pyometra due their short reproductive tracts, which often results in an emergency spay as it is very deadly.
Keeping your English Bulldog Worm-Free
Worms, such as heartworms , hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and whipworms, are internal parasites. Fleas and ticks are examples of external parasites. Some possible symptoms of worms are diarrhea, vomiting and pieces of worms in your English Bulldog's stool. Often there are no signs of disease or illness, so prevention is extremely important in keeping your dog worm-free.
Your English Bulldog should be tested for worms at least once a year. These tests are usually done on a stool sample that you take to your vet. The vet will also be able to prescribe a medication that is given to your Bulldog either daily or once a month to prevent infection. You can also prevent infection by cleaning up stools from your yard. This will keep the soil from becoming contaminated, which will enable worms to live.
English Bulldog Puppy Safety Precautions
Just like with a new baby, you will need to puppy-proof your house and yard before you even bring your new dog home. A good way to make sure your house is safe is to crawl around on your hands and knees and look at the environment from a dog's-eye-view! You may feel silly, but you will probably catch potential dangers that you ordinarily wouldn't have noticed.
An important precaution is to make sure no electrical cords and wires can be chewed. These should be wrapped up and tucked away. You should also make sure that any cleaning chemicals in rooms such as kitchens and bathrooms are out of reach. It's best to make sure your dog can't get into any cabinets because seemingly harmless items can prove to be dangerous. Trashcans should also be out of reach or closed securely. Houseplants can also pose problems because they can be knocked over and possibly eaten. This should be avoided because certain plants are poisonous to dogs. Also, it is usually a good idea to get some baby gates to block off certain rooms and staircases.
You will also want to make sure your yard is safe. This includes making sure your fence is secure so that your dog can't get out and other animals can't get in. Also, fence off any pools and flower or vegetable gardens. It's also a good idea to put away any tools or toys in the yard. If your dog will have access to the garage, any potentially poisonous chemicals should be out of reach. This includes anti-freeze, which dogs are attracted to because of its sweet smell but can be deadly if ingested. The use of special "non-toxic" antifreeze can alleviate this problem.
Easing Stress on Your New English Bulldog Puppy
Now that your house is puppy-proofed you are ready to bring him home. This is an exciting time for your family, but remember that your new English Bulldog Puppy will be understandably nervous. It is best to pick up the dog early in the day, so he'll have a whole day to get used to you before his first night alone. Try not to leave your new English Bulldog Puppy alone for long. You and your English Bulldog Puppy need this time to bond. If you can't be with your English Bulldog Puppy for a while, you should put him in a crate. You should also have a bed ready for your dog where he can go to get some quiet time and feel secure.
Most likely, the first thing your Bulldog Puppy will want to do is investigate and explore. Let him do this so he gets used to his surroundings. Once he's explored for a while, you should take him outside to urinate - it's never too early to start housetraining. You should already have a food and water bowl ready, with water available at all times except at night. You can give your Bulldog Puppy his first meal soon after he arrives home, but you may want to give him less than he'd normally get because he will be nervous.
If you have other dogs in your household, their first introduction to the new family member should be on neutral territory, such as a park. For at least a week, the other pets and your new Bulldog Puppy should be closely supervised. If you have children introduce them to the new English Bulldog Puppy slowly and remind them to keep their energy level down because it will make the Bulldog Puppy less nervous. For the same reason, you shouldn't subject your Bulldog Puppy to loud noises in the first few days. You can play with your Bulldog Puppy right away, but English Bulldog puppies should not be over-exercised because this can cause problems in bone and muscle development. Make sure any toys you get are Bulldog puppy-safe, for example no ball should be smaller than a tennis ball, to prevent choking. Chew toys are a good idea, especially for a teething Bulldog Puppy. Don't give your Puppy old socks to chew on or you'll soon find that all your socks have holes in them and are strewn throughout the house!HOME