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6 Essential Items First-Time Bulldog Owners Need

6 Essential Items First-Time Bulldog Owners Need


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Claire is interested in canine history and the evolution of pedigree dogs. She adores animals and lives in a multi-pet household.

1. Cleansing Wipes

"Cleansing wipes? My Bulldog won't wear make up!" I hear you, but wipes help clean the folds on your bully's face and clean the tail (this is very important if your bulldog has a corkscrew tail). Many breeders suggest basic baby wipes for young dogs as they are so gentle, however medicated wipes can be purchased which can help clear or prevent dermatitis. It is best to seek the advice of a vet or ask your breeder regarding these. There are also various other skincare products for bulldogs such as creams, lotions and and sprays, but again, I recommend seeking expert advice before using. Also baby safe shampoo is often popular for bulldog bathing, and check with your vet how to safely clean your bulldog's ears.

2. Plenty to Chew

Not only are bulldog puppies notorious chewers, even the adults of the breed are known to appreciate a range of chew toys.. Search for strong, sturdy, well known brands and treat dispensing/puzzle toys, as these are good for the dog's mental development. However, keep the treats as low fat and healthy as possible, as it is vitally important that a bulldog does not become overweight.

3. Vaseline or Nose Butter

This is because many bulldogs suffer from dry cracked noses if this isn't applied on a regular basis. Just don't put it on the nostrils!

4. A Harness

As a Brachycephalic (short-faced) breed, a harness best suits the need of the bulldog. Whilst a soft training collar on a puppy for early vet visits should not be a problem, collars on proper walks can be potentially dangerous in regards to their health. In addition to this, the shape of the head and neck of a bulldog leads to the likelihood of them slipping a collar very high. Remember that if your first bulldog is a puppy it will need various harnesses as it grows, and so whilst an expensive designer harness might look beautiful, it won't fit a 3 month old pup for very long. The most important aspect of a harness is that it is strong yet comfortable. Many large pet stores are dog friendly and many offer a fitting service to help find the right harness for your companion.

5. A Good-Sized Dog Bed

One thing to bear in mind when purchasing a bed for a bulldog is that they sleep stretched out to their full length most of the time. Therefore it is important to buy a slightly larger bed to accommodate them (that is if you can get your bulldog off the sofa). Crates are also fantastic, particularly for bulldog puppies as it provides a safe area for them whilst you are doing housework etc. Additionally it is a cosy, peaceful area all of their own, and helps give a sense of security. Just remember to remove collars, harnesses and tags before allowing a dog into a crate for safety reasons.

6. High-Quality Food

Bulldog diet is of great importance and so premium pet food is a must have for bulldog owners. In fact some major brands create breed specific formulas, and these are available for bulldog puppies and adults in most major stores and online. Bulldogs should be fed on food free from artificial ingredients as these are not good for the Bulldog's sensitive stomach, and also lead to obesity. Puppies also need to be reared on bulldog/large breed food in order to provide them with the correct levels of calcium to help avoid growth problems and hip dysplasia (note: many Bulldogs are fed large breed formulas because although a bulldog is short, it's weight is in the range of many large dog breeds, bulldog specific foods adhere to these requirments) A puppy will need to be fed according to the feeding plan already in place from the breeders. It is very dangerous to suddenly change a puppies food and so if you feel you must feed them on an alternate food as they mature, you must introduce it very gradually. Likewise an adult/rescue bulldog must not have a sudden change in feeding.

Thanks for reading. ***Bulldog owners*** if there is anything important I have missed, please note it in the comments section.

Lottie on June 19, 2020:

Hi hope your day is going great during this crazy time. I was wondering what harness are the best ffir Pitbulls and BullDogs

Thanks

Cobb on June 19, 2020:

This is a load of garbage.


“Not Quite As Essential” New Puppy Checklist

These items are not quite as essential or you probably have an alternative you could use temporarily at your house. Basically you’d probably want to pick up most of these items during your first weeks with your puppy, but you probably don’t need them the day you bring your puppy home.

18. Bedding

We like this Basic Pet Bedding for the crate

We don’t always have a bedding for our crate and find that blankets, towels, bed sheets can all be a good alternative. We even had one friend build us bedding for our crate using those egg crate foam. A word of warning: not all, but many of our puppies have decided the pet bedding would make a good chew and shred toy.

19. Dog Bed

Again blankets, towels, bed sheets, and even pillows can be used as a dog bed. Several of my puppies have loved the sofa style dog beds. Actually Stetson has taken over our sofa. рџ™‚ One thing we’re looking for in our next dog bed is one that is easily washable. As you might imagine, puppies often have accidents on their dog beds.

20. Puppy Pee Pads

We train all of our puppies to potty outside. However, I know that potty training outside is not always an option. So, when do we use pee pads? We use them when Raven has a litter of puppies.

21. Poop Bags

We don’t use them as much now that we have a large backyard and pooper scooper. However, whenever we’re out and about with Stetson or Raven we grab our favorite Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags. Remember to always have something to scoop the poop when out in public.

22. Gate

Gates are a great way to keep you puppies confined to only certain rooms in your house. We actually purchased this Regalo Gate many years ago to keep Stetson and Linus out of the kitchen. Guess what? Many years later we can now use it as a baby gate!

23. Playpen

Not essential, but if you can’t keep a close eye on your puppy and you don’t want to crate him then take a look at the Carlson Portable Pet Pen. An ex-pen would also work well in the house.

Our Carlson Portable Pet Pen came in handy when Raven had her puppies.

24. Nail Trimmer

We don’t recommend the cheap pet nail trimmers. We even tried a “Pet” nail trimmer made by renowned brand Dremel that did not think lived up to the Dremel standard. However, we love and use this cordless Dremel with all of our pups. We’ve also tried several nail clippers, but prefer the trimmers/grinders to the clippers.

25. Travel Kennel

We got a travel kennel for when we take our dogs on the road. We mainly wanted something that was collapsible and easier to carry then our regular crate.

QUICK TIP: Be careful with a travel kennel especially if your puppy is not yet crate trained because they may decide to chew through the mesh lining destroying your expensive investment.

26. Dog Toothbrush & Paste

We like getting our pup’s used to the toothbrush and toothpaste, but usually don’t introduce them on day one. When we get a new puppy we always buy the toothpaste/toothbrush/fingerbrush combo pack for our pup.

27. Flea & Tick Meds

Linus was loaded with parasites when he came home. Make sure you talk to your vet before applying any flea/tick meds to your puppy.

QUICK TIP: We’ve actually gone back in forth between Frontline Plus and Advantage II. At one point the fleas became immune to the Frontline Plus so make sure and consult your vet and find the best option for your puppy.

28. Heartworm Meds

Heartworm can be a deadly disease. Make sure you talk to your vet about Heartworm prevention.

29. Long line Leash

We use these to allow our puppies a little more freedom without losing control. We have a 10, 20, and 30 foot long lines which work great when working on recalls.

30. Harness

Since our days with Archer we started using the no-pull harness to help for puppies that like to pull on walks. The Easy Walk Harness has been one of our favorites.

31. Gentle Leader

When we raised Adelle for Canine Support Teams they had us start her with the Gentle Leader when she was a wee pup. The Gentle Leader is a great tool if you have a puppy who pulls on leash.

32. Clicker

We have dozens of clickers and this one is not too loud and not too quiet. We also prefer our clicker to have a wristband so we can let it hang freely when working with our pups.

QUICK TIP: While we recommend these EcoCity Clickers we also recommend having a variety of clickers. Box clickers are usually fairly noisy and you’ll also notice there are very quiet clickers for sensitive dogs. Depending on your pup he/she may respond better or worse to different clickers.

For the past five years we’ve been clicker training all of our puppies. It’s a very effective way to train and communicate with your puppy, but if you want to clicker train you’ll need a clicker and a….

33. Treat Pouch

Tried and true. We love the hinge that holds the pouch open for easy access to treats. However, we also hate the hinge because once it breaks we have to get a new treat pouch.

If you’re going to clicker train your puppy then get a treat pouch. We tried using our pockets a few times and it gets messy and guess what? One time I left a few crumbs in my pocket and Stetson chewed through the fabric to get those last few niblets.

34. Food Container

We like having a food container to keep our dog food fresh. Our container is a little dated and I’m not so sure it’s still airtight. I think after 10+ years that happens. I’m on the search for a new improved dog food container…stay tuned…

QUICK TIP: Did you know that it’s a good idea to keep your food in the original bag? The bag is made specifically to store dog food for long periods of time. You’ll also be able to maintain the instructions, expiration date, and if there’s a recall you’ll know the lot number of your bag.

35. Books

Learn everything you can before, during, and after bringing home your puppy. We have stacks of books on training puppies, dogs, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, and every bit of information we can get to learn how to have a better relationship with our dogs and puppies.

Puppies for Dummies is a great starter book and will give you a solid foundation in puppy training basics.

36. Online Puppy Training

We’ve share all of our experiences raising and training service dog puppies for over 14 years now! Our blog is a great resource for new puppy owners.

Unfortunately, we know our blog is not terribly organized. We plan on getting everything into a concise puppy training program including a handbook, video lessons, and a workbook.

One dog training program we like and recommend is Doggy Dan’s Online Dog Trainer program. If you are raising a puppy check out the Project Moses section which shows Doggy Dan training Moses from 8 weeks old to 1 year. Definitely worth the price of admission.

37. Pooper Scooper

We never had a pooper scooper living at the condo because the pups always went potty on their walks and we’d pickup with poop bags. At our house with a backyard the pooper scooper is essential.

38. Baby Wipes

We buy Kirkland Baby Wipes in bulk for Emma and the twins. Honestly, I didn’t have baby wipes in the early days. Now that I have babies I can’t imagine what I’d do without baby wipes for puppies and babies.


Dogs need mental stimulation as much as they need physical exercise, and with the Brainiac pack, he’s getting plenty. There are three treat-dispensing interactive toys for him to figure out and each one will challenge him in a different way, providing novelty, entertainment and, of course, treats!

Suitable For

Suitable for Large Breeds

Specs

Treat Dispensing Drum: 0.17" x 4.5" x 2.5"

Treat Dispensing Gum Ball, 5.25" x 4.6"

Benefits

  • Three different interactive toys with different challenges
  • Treat-dispensing mentally stimulating interactive toys

First Day Home with your French Bulldog Puppy

There’s nothing more exciting than bringing home a new puppy! Check out our new puppy checklist and other preparations before you bring home your Frenchie!

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I want to buy a French Bulldog!

So you want a Frenchie, huh?

If you’re interested in buying a French Bulldog, the first thing you should read up on their potential genetic health problems and behavior problems.

While I love French Bulldogs more than anybody, there’s no denying they’re not necessarily the cheapest or easiest dog breed.

Their health issues can easily cost you thousands and thousands of dollars.

I can’t stress it enough on how important it is to know what you’re getting yourself into when you get a Frenchie.

Sadly, there have been owners that end up putting their Frenchie up for adoption when they’re unable to afford the vet bills for their sick Frenchie.

This is why it’s so important that you look for a well-bred, healthy French Bulldog even if it means paying more for your puppy it could save you a lot more money in the long run.

I’d also recommend pet insurance to any French Bulldog owner as it covers many medical expenses and can give you a lot of peace-of-mind.

Getting a French Bulldog Puppy

There’s nothing more exciting than bringing home a new puppy!

What is supposed to be an exhilarating, action-packed day can quickly go south if you haven’t made the necessary preparations.

The first few days at their new home are the most stressful and it’s essential that you make the process as stress-free as possible while they acclimate to their new environment.

Your new puppy will require much more attention than an adult dog would! Your puppy is still a baby at this point, and it’s important that you keep them supervised 24/7.

As I said before, a little bit of preparation goes a long ways. You’ll want to stock up on the essentials so you can spend less time running back and forth to the pet store and more time with your puppy.

Work with your family and devise a set of rules for your Frenchie that you all can agree on. Consistency is one of the important factors when it comes to training a dog, so make sure your entire family is on the same page with training and discipline. You want your expectations for your Frenchie to be clear and consise.

10 things you’ll want to have

I recommend a 6-foot leash that is ½ to ¾ inch wide.

I personally use a shock absorbing leash, which is great as it helps protect their joints.

My Frenchie loves pulling on the leash when we’re on a walk or she gets excited, so this feature is gladly welcomed.

  • Shock absorbing bungee technology
  • 48 inches - extends to 60 inches
  • Control handles to easily grab your dog
  • Reflective stitching for nighttime visibility

The go-to leash for essentially any situation, it works by attaching to a lightweight, reflective waist belt so you can have both your hands back.

And thanks to the spring factor of the bungee leash, if your dog takes off after a squirrel, it will help to absorb some of the shock.

I’ve just heard way too many horror stories of other Frenchies developing serious problems with their spine, neck, and trachea from years of pulling on the leash.

I also like to use a no-pull harness that lets me clip the leash in the front.

Featuring a dual-clip attachment, you get the unique option to attach the leash to the front or back of the harness, depending on what best suits your activity.

The front attachment offers a “no-pull” benefit for walking and hiking, while the rear attachment is great for running and connecting to car restraints.

Gooby also offers a great, choke-free harness that reduces the strain other harnesses can have on your Frenchie’s neck and spine.

Collar and Tag

If your puppy has yet to be microchipped, you’ll want an identification tag with the following:

  • Puppy’s name
  • Your contact information
  • Veterinarian contact info

French Bulldogs have surprisingly powerful jaws and will go through toys like nothing.

Always look for rugged, durable toys for your Frenchie!

When it comes to dog bowls, there’s really three types.

We all know about regular bowls, but what about the other two?

A slow-feed bowl forces your Frenchie to slow down their eating, which can help them with stomach issues such as farting and throwing up after eating.

The ergonomic bowls make it as comfortable as possible for your Frenchie to eat/drink. The one above is slightly elevated and angled which lets them eat in a much more natural position.

Ask your breeder what they’ve been feeding your puppy. If you don’t have this information, our food guide can help you choose the best food for your puppy.

A sudden change in diet can cause gastrointestinal issues, so at least try to stick with the same meat, and not switch from salmon to beef for example.

You’ll want to start training immediately using a high-quality, low calorie treat

After an exhausting day, there’s nothing your Frenchie will appreciate more than a comfy bed.

Stay Comfy!

If you need to section off an area of your house for your dog, you’re going to want some kind of puppy gate.

Frenchie Lockdown

When it comes to puppies — mistakes happen.

Don’t be unprepared for a messy, stinky accident. Be sure to stock up on stain removers so your carpets and furniture don’t get ruined.

Grooming Supplies

You’ll need everything on this list at some point in time so it doesn’t hurt to have them on hand when you need them most.

Puppies are notorious for chewing everything around the house bar none. Whatever they find left on the ground is fair play in their eyes.

You’ll want to puppy-proof every inch of your house. We don’t want anything that could make your new Frenchie sick!

If puppy-proofing every inch of your house sounds too daunting, then let me introduce the “VIP section”

I recommend dedicating an area of your house solely for your Frenchie, preferably one that you and your family frequent. You can close them off to this area by using a puppy fence.

Not only does this keep your puppy in a secure, safe area, it also helps from overwhelming them.

If you are opposed to this idea, instead, you can use a dog fence to restrict access to certain areas of your house such as the upstairs.

The smaller the area your puppy has to roam around, they quicker they will become acquainted with your house. Too much area to explore will overwhelm your puppy with endless possibilities and new experiences, and it will take them longer to become comfortable.

You’ll want to scour the house looking for anything potentially hazardous to your puppy.

Electrical cords, choking hazards, shoes, etc. should be temporarily moved as your puppy is teething.

You have to be conscious of any dangling cords that your Frenchie could potentially trip over, knocking over a lamp or worse.

If you’re interested in learning more about puppy-proofing your house, be sure to check out our full puppy-proofing guide!

How to Puppy Proof your House

Your house is full of a bunch of dangers to your Frenchie. Keep them safe with this guide!

How to Puppy Proof your House

Your house is full of a bunch of dangers to your Frenchie. Keep them safe with this guide!

Before making the trip to pick up your puppy, you’ll want to make preparations for the car ride home.

Your puppy is likely to be scared and overwhelmed with the whole experience so you’ll want to make this go as smooth as possible. You don’t want your new French Bulldog to despise car rides! Make them feel comfortable!

If you are going to get the puppy by yourself, consider asking a friend to come and hold your new puppy as you drive. It’s never a good idea to let your dog sit on your lap while driving not only does it increase the likelihood of an accident, your dog would be severely injured if the airbag were to deploy.

When you get to the breeder or pet store

If you’re getting your puppy from a breeder, you’ll want to ask a couple important questions.

  • What times are they going outside, eating, and sleeping
  • What is their diet like? What brand? How much are they eating? How many times a day?
  • Raw food, wet food, dry food? You don’t want to change the puppy’s diet suddenly.
  • When changing your puppy’s diet, you want to do so slowly over a period of week. Read more about how to transition your Frenchie’s diet.
  • Ask your breeder for information regarding your puppy’s schedule for eating, peeing, and sleeping. Don’t forget to write down these essential details.

The key to a well-behaved Frenchie is consistency. The rules that you devised earlier will serve as a foundation for the future of their training.

Hooray! You made it home safe! Now the real fun begins!

Get off on the right foot – Training

You’ll want to begin training as soon as possible.

Reward desirable behavior and refrain from excessive scolding. Frenchies are especially sensitive and don’t tend to respond well to anger. Check out this post we have on basic training tips!

Some people like to use a clicker to train their dog… the idea is that when they hear the sound and receive a treat, they will know the exact moment they show the right behavior.

  • Bungee wrist band
  • Ergonomic design that fits comfortably in your hand
  • Loud & clear click sound
  • Perfect for reinforcement training

Train your pet with positive reinforcement using this clicker.

When you want your pet to know you like their behavior, simply click the clicker and reward them a treat!

For the first day or two, make sure to tone everything down a notch. Simply being in a new environment is stressful enough for your Frenchie and there’s no need for any added stimuli.

Unfortunately, your friends will have to wait to meet your new best friend (you should be quarantining anyways)! Give them time to acclimate.

Bringing a new puppy home sure is tiring!

With a little bit of preparation, you’ll be able to make the whole process go a bit smoother.

Double check that you have all the necessary supplies and have made proper accommodations around your household.

French Bulldog Puppy Checklist

Everything you'll need when getting your new Frenchie puppy. Make sure you don't forget the essentials!

French Bulldog Puppy Checklist

Everything you'll need when getting your new Frenchie puppy. Make sure you don't forget the essentials!

If you don’t have a preferred vet, now is the time to start your search.

Your Frenchie will have no choice but to go to the vet from time to time, so it’s important that your Frenchie’s first vet experience goes as smoothly as possible.

Your new puppy requires much more attention than an adult dog would! Your puppy is still a baby at this point, and it’s important that you keep them supervised 24/7.

It’s also important to stay consistent with your training and expectations, and expose them to a variety of social conditions.

The early days of your puppy’s life are crucial in their development in becoming a happy, well-behaved adult.

  • You want to make sure you are able to spend a lot of time with your puppy for the few following weeks.
  • Keep them under your supervision at all times. They still don’t know the house rules and could potentially hurt themselves.
  • Don’t punish their accidents it only makes things worse. Lots of praise and positive reinforcement will help them learn even quicker.
  • Your puppy has little to no bladder control. Take them out immediately after meals or when they drink water. Not only will this cut down on the number of accidents around the house, it also helps in the potty training process.
  • If you see signs that your puppy has to go to the bathroom such as sniffing and circling, take them out right away.
  • After they do their business, reward them immediately. Many dog owners give their puppies a treat after they go back inside, but this is too long for them to make the association.
  • Bring treats with you outside, and reward them on the spot.
  • Make sure you’re using a food designed for puppies. They require a different diet than an adult would.


20. A long-lasting supply of poop bags

Don't forget the poop bags! (Photo: Chewy)

While not the most glamorous purchase you’ll make for your dog, poop bags are a necessity, especially if you don’t have your own yard. Luckily, many retailers offer multi-packs of poop bags, ensuring you’ll have enough to last several months.

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