How to Care for Your New Family Member

POTTY TRAINING YOUR PUPPY

Your puppy has already been exposed to artificial grass training during their time with us, but here are some tips:

  • You should immediately establish a specific “going outside” area for your puppy in your yard or at home once you bring him/her home. That area should be separated from the rest of your yard maybe somewhere in the corner of the yard further away from the house.  
     

  • Remember to use firm low tone when you say the command “go-go outside”. Praise him/her once he/she has finished eliminating in the appropriate area. Reward him/her with a praise that includes cue words like “good job go-go "etc. Food treats are highly recommended at the very time he/she eliminates.

SUMMER HEAT & WATER TIPS

Frenchies can not tolerate heat (reference Predisposing Health Factors). Never leave your Frenchie in the car unattended.  A cracked open window in the car will not be enough for any Bulldog in the summer heat. Give your Frenchie ice cubes to keep them cool.

 

  • Don't walk them in direct sunshine

  • Don't walk them in temps over 80 degrees (sometimes less: watch them)

  • Don't let them play too hard

  • If they even start to look overheated, get them to some cool (not cold) water ASAP. 
     

Panting from overexertion and/or heat can cause Frenchies' airways to swell and make breathing difficult, which leads to panic and more and harder panting and even more swelling. The problem can quickly escalate and they can die.
 

Another area of concern is water. Very few Frenchies can swim. Any time your Frenchie is near a pool, pond or lake, put the life jacket on.

FLEAS, TICKS & HEARTWORMS

Below are several products that can be used to help ensure your puppy is protected. We recommend speaking with your Vet on what is the best option for you.

 

  • Heartgard Plus for Dogs
    Minimum Age: 6 weeks, Dose: Monthly
    Effective Against: Roundworms and Hookworms

     

  • Tri-Heart Plus for Dogs
    Minimum Age: 6 weeks, Dose: Monthly
    Effective Against: Roundworms and Hookworms

     

  • Iverhart Max for Dogs
    Minimum Age: 6 weeks, Dose: Monthly
    Effective Against: Roundworms, 
    Hookworms and Tapeworms
     

  • Sentinel for Dogs
    Minimum Age: 4 weeks, Dose: Monthly
    Effective Against: Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms and Flea Eggs

     

  • Revolution for Dogs
    Minimum Age: 8 weeks, Dose: Monthly
    Effective Against: Fleas, Flea Eggs, Ear Mites, one type of Roundworm and one type of Hookworm

     

  • Advantage Multi for Dogs
    Minimum Age: 7 weeks, Dose: Monthly
    Effective Against: Roundworms, Hookworms, 
    Whipworms and Fleas
     

  • Trifexis
    Minimum Age: 8 weeksDose: Monthly
    Effective Against: Roundworms, Hookworms,Whipworms and Fleas

REMEDY FOR CHEWING

Puppies like to chew everything and Frenchies are no different. Use Bitter Apple spray on all furniture and any wood throughout the home.  Do this as often as needed until the teething period is over.  

Reward your puppy with treats when they are chewing on their designated chew toys.  This will reinforce good habits.  

GROOMING

The coat of the French Bulldog is short, smooth, shiny, and fine. 

 

French Bulldogs are easy to groom; however, they do shed. We use the Furminator once a week.  Begin grooming your Frenchie at a young age and teach your puppy to stand on a table or floor to make this experience easier. 

 

You should also check ears, eyes and teeth for any discharge or bad smells. Both are signs that your Frenchie may need to see the veterinarian.

 

Clean ears regularly baby wipes and use a cotton swab around the edge of the canal. If the edges of the ears are dry, apply Natural Dog Company's Skin Smoother. They also have a Snout Smoother for dry noses.

 

French Bulldogs do not naturally wear their nails down and will need their nails filed regularly.  The easiest and safest method is using a Dremel tool.  

 

Keep the facial wrinkles clean and dry to prevent bacterial infections. When you bathe your Frenchie, take the time to thoroughly dry the skin between the folds. Bathe your French Bulldog often and use a high-quality shampoo to keep the natural oils in his skin and coat.  We typically use Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe Shampoo.  

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