If the I live out of the state, how will I receive my Frenchie?
We do not ship, so the new owner must make arrangements to pick up their new family member in person.
What should the I bring when picking up the puppy?
We will supply a harness for your new bundle of joy, a small amount of puppy food, all the necessary documentation along with a blanket. Depending on the travel time, the puppy may need to eat; however, so many new things in one day may affect the puppy’s appetite so don’t worry if they are not hungry. They most assuredly will be thirsty. All the Owner will need to bring is a leash, water and a food & water bowl.
What daily routine is my puppy accustomed too?
Early Morning: They eat their first meal of the day. Approximately 15 - 20 minutes they will need to go outside to “Go-Go”. When they eliminate outside the Owner will need to reward them with a treat to reinforce the potty training.
Late Morning - Early Afternoon: They have been accustomed to playing with their littermates, so their playtime will probably be short lived as they might be bored alone. That being said, they will adjust, so don’t worry. During this adjustment time, spend extra special amount of time with them so they feel loved and secure.
Early Afternoon to Late Afternoon: It is time for lunch. 15 - 20 minutes after their meal, make sure they go outside to “Go-Go” and use the same routine of awarding after elimination. Make sure you play with them as much as you can to continue to build that bond. It won’t be long before they will be fast asleep again.
Remember as a puppy they will sleep a great deal because they are growing.
Late Afternoon: This is dinner time…..and you will just repeat the same process of taking your baby outside and continue with the reward system when they eliminate. Then lots of play time.
Evening: Time to relax and snuggle with your little one. It will be important to already their bed situation worked out as routine will be important to maintain moving forward. If you do have your baby sleep with you, be mindful they are still a puppy and could have an accident.
What is the best way to potty train / kennel train my puppy?
Your puppy will come home already knowing the word “Go-Go”. We will already have used the reward system to reinforce eliminating on grass. You will simply need to implement the same strategy to keep your puppy on track.
When should I neuter or spay my Frenchie puppy and what are the benefits?
Spaying and Neutering will reduce risks for potentially serious health issues and at the very least minimize unwanted behaviors. Many associate weight gain with these procedures, but that is not factual. It does make the Frenchie calmer which will mean they will likely nap more often. Therein is the reason for the weight gain, so you will just need to monitor food intake and ensure they receive the proper exercise to keep them on track. The ideal time to neuter or spay is between 10 - 12 months to ensure their full development is not compromised.
Benefits for a female:
1. Eliminates the possibility of her contracting uterine or ovarian cancer
2. Decreases her chance of developing breast tumors
3. No messy bleeding
4. Minimize mood swings
Benefits for a male:
1. Reduces the possibility of prostate disease or perianal tumors
2. Annoying behaviors (humping, increased excitement, aggressiveness)
3. Reduce the need to “mark” his territory.
How often should I bathe my puppy and what are their grooming needs?
A Frenchies’ grooming needs are minimal. The hair is typically short and fine, so they will not need to be trimmed. However, a dremel tool comes in very handy to keep their nails trimmed and smooth.
As far as bathing, we typically bathe our Frenchies once a week. You will read that this is too often as it could dry out their essential oils. To avoid any potential issues, we use Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo. In between baths, we use Huggies Natural Care baby wipes for sensitive Skin.
Remember that your Frenchie lives in the home with you. The majority of the tie they are on your furniture and your beds, so you want to keep them as clean as possible. Wiping their feet and their bums are any trips outside will definitely help keep them and your house cleaner.
How soon can I take my Frenchie puppy outside or to a dog park?
There are so many types of dogs and so many unknowns at dog parks. We highly recommend you do not take your puppy until their immune system is very mature, so at the very easiest, 5 months.
What do I need to know about immunizations for my Frenchie puppy?
More than likely, depending on when you receive your puppy, the 6 - 8 week vaccinations will already be done, so you will need to maintain the schedule for the remaining vaccinations.
6 - 8 weeks:
Distemper, measles, parainfluenza, Bordetella
10 - 12 weeks:
DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus), Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
14 - 16 weeks:
DHPP,Coronavirus, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis
12 - 16 months:
Rabies, DHPP Coronavirus, Leptotspirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 - 2 years:
DHPP, Coronavirus, Leptotspirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 - 3 years:
Rabies (as required by law)
What if my puppy has a very loose stool, possibly with blood or mucus in it?
Prior to receiving your puppy, we will do a fecal test to ensure there are absolutely no chances of you receiving your puppy with parasites. When you receive your puppy you will be required to also have your puppy fecal tested as puppies are considered high risk for
Coccidia, They are often brought on by the stress of shipping, a new home and environment, a diet change, new people and playmates, a change in climate, etc. Blood in the stool can also be brought on by a puppy eating something he/she should not have eaten.
None of these conditions are serious and can be easily treated. You should be take your new Frenchie puppy to a qualified vet within 3 days so that your guarantee will not be voided and in the event that your puppy has contracted any issue in transit your vet can prescribe medication to take care of the problem with no long term ill effects.
My puppy is eating poop. What do I do?
Coprophagia is a common problem in some puppies, which usually clears up by adulthood with good nutrition and proper direction and supervision. There have been many explanations suggested for this behavior.
There may also be an observational component, since the mother cleans and ingests the puppy's excrement in the nest, and puppies may learn to mimic the behavior of their mother or other playmates that perform this behavior. To deter this behavior try the following steps:
If this problem persists until the time you are to have your Frenchie spayed or neutered at about 6 months, it should be discussed with your vet.
Accompany your puppy when you are taking him/her out to do its business and pick up its stool immediately.
If your puppy starts to eat it, scold him/her in a stern voice so the he/she will know that you are unhappy. Your puppy wants to please you more than anything.
If the problem persists, there are some products which are sometimes successful when mixed with your puppy’s food, e.g. For-bid.