TAKING HOME YOUR NEW ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPY
One of the most important steps is the pre-puppy planning session which
should include all members of the family. This is to establish the ground rules.
If mom doesn't want the dog on the furniture and dad coaxes the pup on the
sofa to watch the big game with him, there is bound to be trouble. This
meeting is the time to settle all such matters beforehand. Where will the
puppy sleep? Will he be allowed free run of the house or be excluded from
certain areas? Who is in charge of feeding the new pet? Who will do the
walking, training, grooming?? Once the rules are made and the duties
assigned, stick to them. Puppies don't understand inconsistency. If one
person scolds them for something which another allows, they can hardly be
expected to know which behaviour is acceptable.
Just as parents become very aware of the potential trouble areas in their
home when baby first becomes mobile, so should new puppy owners. It's a
good idea to have a puppy-proof area or crate where puppy can stay when
there's no one around to supervise his activities. In order to preserve your
own sunny disposition, you might want to remove breakable, chewable
ornaments and items from low areas such as cords: many pups have been
killed or severely burned because of chewing on them.
You've laid down the ground rules for your new pet and puppy-proofed your
home. Now it's time to go shopping! Your list houls include: a feeding bowl, a
water bowl(stainless steel), a lightweight collar and lead, safe toys, a rubber
brush, nail clippers or a dreml drill and a crate. Don't forget the food!! Your pup
has enough new things to get used to without a possible digestive upset.
Now you are ready for the homecoming. When you go to pick up the newest
member of the family try to arrange to do it in the morning. That way, he will
have the entire day to get acquainted with you and his new home before
facing that scary first night away from his family. Take along an old towel,
plastic sheeting or newspaper just in case motion sickness strikes. He'll be
less likely to barf up breakfast if held in someone's lap and reassured during
Once he's at his new home, let him explore. He'll feel more at ease as things
become familiar. Just keep an eye on him to avoid puddles. Remember that
young pups need lots of sleep, so let him nap all he wants between those
bursts of energy. Don't wear him out with rough play or constant attention.
Loud noises are upsetting too. This is all an adventure for him, so take it easy.
Try to adhere to the feeding schedule. Remember puppies usually need to go
to the washroom within 20 minutes after eating so keep an eye on them, or
take them to the designated spot right after eating. You should begin
housebreaking procedures right from the start.
The first night in the home can be a traumatic experience for the pup and an
endurance contest for the bleary eyed new owner. The easiest way is just put
the pup in the crate or basket by your bed. Then you only have to speak to him
or reach out to reassure him should he voice his loneliness. Later, when he
feels at home, you can move his sleeping quarters elsewhere if you like.
Puppies demand a lot of time-frequent meals, housebreaking, training
etc...however, the hours you invest in the early days really pay off as your
puppy grows up.
ADAPTING YOUR NEW PUPPY TO YOUR HOME
A bulldog is a loyal friend and a family member rather than a pet. They are very gentle and loving and they are a people dog.
They prefer to be treated as such but always remember that is important that you are the boss and the leader to avoid possible
behaviour problems. Enjoy your dog and remember you only get out of them what you put in. Love and patience as well as
consitency is important to make your bulldog an enjoyable family member.
Adapting to a new home is difficult. Remember your puppy has had to leave it's familiar surroundings, quite possibly it's
siblings as well as it's mother. The puppy is used to a relatively calm life-sleeping, eating and playing with siblings. Don't
overtire your puppy and make sure he gets plenty of sleep.
***please discipline children in their handling of the puppy. Nothing makes me more nervous to see a small child carting around
a puppy. It is very unsafe and the puppy could be easily injured. If nothing else, remember the vet bills that this could cause you.
No mauling, poking, or pulling of the legs. Even though they look sturdy, they are still a baby with soft growing bones. NEVER
pick him up by the legs-you could easily dislocate a shoulder. Show children the correct way to hold a puppy; supporting his
belly with one hand while holding his rump securely with the other.
-Do not let older children or teenagers rough-house with the puppy. They can easily turn aggressive and then you have a
-Do not let older animals rough-house with the puppy. A bigger, more agile dog can do a lot of harm to a puppy's soft bone
tissue and cartilage. Most importantly; never leave your puppy alone with an older pet until you are sure they get along and
even then—exercise caution.
-Puppies can be very destructive when bored or alone, so leave out lots of toys, large bones, old socks tied up with a tennis
ball, boxes etc. for him to play with a safe area.
-Socializing at an early age is very important. To prevent shyness or aggression your puppy must be exposed to new places,
people and situations. Try to take your puppy out with you as much as possible. Early training classes are a must for a well
behaved dog and puppies also benefit from Puppy Kindergarten classes and at 6 months of age obedience classes are helpful.
A bulldog must be trained as a puppy so START NOW!!!
-If you use a collar or a tag it is best to remove it when you are not supervising your puppy as they could choke to death if
caught up on something.
-Vehicles: Our dogs must never be driven around in the back of an open pickup truck. In summer months, never leave your dog
in a hot car-they can die very quickly from heat prostration
-Do not let your dog get too heavy during the critical growing stages (3-12 months) They should be well fleshed, with their ribs
covered, but lean is always better than heavy until their bones set.
-No free choice feeding(leaving food down all day long). Do not over exercise your puppy after a meal. Let it settle and keep an
eye out for bloat.
HOUSEBREAKING THE EASY WAY and PUPPY PLAYTIME
There are 4 basic rules to follow-the first one being the most important.
1.Praise is more effective than punishment.
2.Pups will usually relieve themselves within 20 minutes after eating and every half hour thereafter.
3.Pups prefer not to mess in their sleeping area but if it becomes the norm it could be hard to break the habit.
4.Scent will draw a dog back to re-use a spot that was previously used.
As soon as your puppy finishes his meal, take him outside to your pre-selected spot. Then wait, it won't take long. When he
relieves himself in the proper spot lte him know how very pleased you are with his incredible intelligence. Use lots of praise.
Make a fool of yourself over all of his simple achievements. Laugh and smile and get excited with him. The more enthusiasm
you use in training, the quicker he will learn.
We use the same word every time (ie “do your business”). This helps when travelling with him so that he knows what you are
expecting of him. Always take your pup out the last thing at night and the first thing in the monring. Confine the pup in a
relatively small are for the night. Accidents DO happened and never punish the pup for a transgression if he has diarrhea.
Watch him all of the time: you can usually tell when he has to relieve him/herself. They will get very intent with their sniffing and
sometimes begin turning in a circle. Time to run. Remember, lots of praise, and a watchful eye, and you should have your
puppy housetrained in no time at all.
Puppyhood should be a time of playing and running and of exercise-mentally and physically. It is very important to avoid any
sense of failure and to instill confidence in your puppy.
Puppies need playthings just like babies. Puppies teeth and want to chew but always keep safetly in mind. Not everything on
the market is appropriate for your pet. They can swallow items and it can be deadly for them. Hard rubber rings, bones or balls
are prefered to the cheap spongy rubber items that shred easily and can be torn up and swallowed. When buying sqeaky toys
or things with bells inside, check that your pup won't be able to dislocate the squeakers or bells ealily(by chewing up the
outside)-these toys should be durable. Puppies like to chew especially when teething and hard nylon bones are one of the
safest, and longest lasting things they can gnaw on. Another preffered chew toy is the old fashined bone. You can purchase
these from a pet show(smoked real bones) or from the butcher shop. They love the ones with the marrow in it. This is
excellent for their teeth and will keep them interested for a least 2 weeks. It is very economical as well. NO chicken, fish or
pork bones that can splinter and stick in the throat or puncture the intestine walls.
You can improvise toys for your dog too. Stuff an old sock and knot it in the middle and end to make a play animal. Or a sock
simply stuffed with paper can made a nice noisy toy to scrunch. Many things can be turned into toys with a little imagination.
But no matter what the toys, your dog's favourite moments of playtime will be those he shares with you!!
THE BENEFITS OF A DOG CRATE
The first thing to keep in mind is that crates are not cages. Crates are however:
1.A valuable aid in housebreaking. Most dogs have an aversion to soiling in their sleeping quarters, so confine your pup to his
crate at night and take him directly to his toilet area first thing in the morning. You can house break your pup more quickly and
easily using the close confinements of a crate. ***Remember it is easiest to do things right the first time than it is to break bad
2.A safe and secure spot when you re not around. You can leave him home in the house and assured that he will not soil or
damage your house or your belongings. You also know that he will be safe.
***Remember to never leave a colour on your dog while in the crate or anytime that they are unattended. It can quickly become
a noose around their neck***
3.It is beneficial to take your crate when travelling with your pet to a new environment. It will still have it's familiar sleeping
quarters which can help with the transition. It can also afford him some privacy and quiet time away from prying children.
4.A special place to call it's own. A dog needs a bed to call his own. This satisfies his den instinct. If the door is left open, he
will often wander in and lie down.
It is important to use---BUT NOT ABUSE-the crate. The dog should not be crated for extended periods of time, such as all day
long!!! The dog must be well exercised both before and after crating and given lots of personal attention.
Crates come in a number of styles and materials. The one that I like the best is the wire crate. The dog can still see out and
receives lots of ventilation. These can also be folded flat for storage. You can put a blanket over top of part of it if more privacy
is needed. Remember to clean your crate often and disinfect. I also love an Xpen which aslo works wonderful with the crate
inside. You can put puppy pads out on the floor and leave the crate door open. Your puppy soon learns to come out and do its
business on the puppy pads. Also when they are older you put the big blankets in there and when you are gone they are safe,
snug but still have lots of room.
Do not purchase a small crate. A crate should always be large enough to permit a full grown dog to stretch out flat on his side
without being cramped and to sit up without hitting his head on top. You will only be sorry later if you buy a crate that is too
small. We use the big, cedar blankets once they are trained and these avoid sores and unsightly callouses. We cover the
inside with a big garbage bag so that we only have to wash the cover and the inside does not become stinky, stained or soiled.
**When you travel purchase a doggy seat belt from Pet Value. The best investment you will ever make. These not only keep
your dog safe but it keeps the whole family safe. If in an accident an unsecured dog will fly like a missile and if it hits you or one
of your children it could possibly kill you and it most certainly will kill your pet****