Once you brought your cute little Frenchie puppy home, there’s a long way to cross for both of you. You’ll have to tailor your little pup’s personality and to teach him/her certain tricks and obedience.
When bringing a new puppy home, it’s important to know what your main obligations would be. As a dog owner, you will step into a new life chapter where many things will become changed once for all. One of the things certainly presents managing your free time with a new four-legged family member.
It’s certainly not an easy task, but…
Enjoy spending time together
Bringing a French bulldog puppy home may sound challenging. However, every task can be successfully completed with the right organization. Therefore, it’s advisable to spend time with your Frenchie puppy as much as possible. French bulldogs were bred to serve as humans’ companions through history, so that’s why they require more attention from their owners. Otherwise called lap and Velcro dogs, these lovely pooches will follow you wherever you go. For a Frenchie puppy, the time spent with his/her owner means a lot. That’s how you two build an unbreakable bond full of trust and support. You’ll both be there to keep each other’s back.
Do not let your Frenchie become your pack leader
It’s very important to make certain ‘borders’ from the very beginning and to teach a dog that you’re his/her only pack leader. Dogs are pack animals that have been bred through history to respect human’s authority. By becoming a pack leader you’ll be able to teach him/her different commands and tricks, and that’s one of the ways for living with a well-behaved dog. Since those lovely gremlins love to act stubborn from time to time, it’s advisable not to let them interrupt your very own space. By allowing your Frenchie puppy to eat your food or playing whenever he/she wants and doing whatever he/she wants, you can’t expect that he/she will not respect you in the future.
Potty training from a very young age
Teaching a puppy how and when to go potty from the 6th week of age might sound crazy. However, according to many dog behavior specialists, it’s the right time for teaching a French bulldog puppy first to go potty on a specific place inside the house and then outside as well. There are many dog potty pads on the market that can serve as the first teaching level in dog potty training.
Crate training a French bulldog puppy
Every dog owner will say that dog crates make life easier. They are great tools for teaching a dog to have his own space in the house. It’s advisable to start crating a French bulldog puppy from the same time you start teaching him where to potty. They are prone to suffering from dog separation anxiety disorder, so that’s why is advisable to teach them spending time alone in crates. Otherwise, it may become difficult for the owner to leave the house if hasn’t trained a puppy to know how to play alone. Using different interactive toys also present great help when crating a Frenchie.
People often think that crates are usually closed cages where puppies should spend time while owners are out...and it’s totally wrong. A dog crate may present an open space in the house; it should be equal to a dog’s confinement area where he’ll feel safe and comfortable. Crates present different baby gates, x-pens (with an open upper part), or a simple dog cage in the end.
In other words, a dog owner is the only person who decides what would be the best solution for his dog. A Frenchie will try to tell you that through his body language. If he feels scared and uncomfortable staying in a crate alone, then he’ll probably start barking and howling. That’s why is advisable for a dog owner to gradually increase the time his Frenchie will spend in the crate.
Teaching a Frenchie puppy to walk on a leash
This presents the next step in living with a well-behaved French bulldog. Teaching a dog to walk on a leash is probably the greatest issue for first-time owners. While some puppies naturally show a good leash behavior from the first time they go for a walk, the others act a bit more stubborn…and Frenchies are one of them. No matter what dog breed you own, the first step present introducing a puppy with a collar/harness and leash. It’s desirable to let a Frenchie puppy wear a collar for a short period of time first, and then to gradually introduce him with a leash. Using different snacks also present a great tool for teaching. However, it’s good to know where the limit is. Overfeeding a pup with snacks may disturb his eating schedule and lead him to obesity. So, making a good balance is always a good solution.
Providing a French bulldog puppy the best nutrition
Food makes the most important pillar of everyone’s body. Therefore, it’s important to provide your lovely batpig with proper nutrition. While some Frenchies will prefer eating meat-based food, the others will fit a food rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. French bulldog puppy will not know to tell you whether some specific food has a good influence on his/her body. That’s why you need to listen to his body. How does your puppy’s coat look like? Did your Frenchie get any allergy? How do his potties look like? These are only some of the questions every dog owner should answer to.
Frenchie puppy grooming demands
Every dog owner would like to hear that his puppy’s coat looks so healthy and shiny. One of the keys to getting a healthy French bulldog coat presents regular grooming. It’s advisable to take care of your French bulldog’s puppy by grooming his excessive hair every week. You can choose between different soft combs and grooming gloves for keeping his coat smooth. Another great tip is spraying your pup’s fur with different essential oils. Castor, Coconut and Almond oils are proven to be the best for not only human’s hair but also dog’s fur. Cleaning a Frenchie’s coat with different baby wet wipes is also advisable. Since it’s not desirable to bathe a pup more than 1-2 times per month, regular cleaning your batpig’s fur from dirt, dust, and allergens is highly advisable.
Always clean his folds
Frenchies are famous for their outrageously cute wrinkles that catch everyone’s eye. However, their wrinkles are perfect places for bacterial growth since they’re moist and there can be found some food leftovers and dirt as well. Therefore, it’s advisable to regularly clean your French bulldog’s folds frequently. You can do that by using a simple tear stain remover, baby wet wipes, or a wet towel.
For washing your Frenchie puppy sensitive wrinkles it’s good to choose a PH neutral dog shampoo that will not make any other irritations. Petroleum jelly and cornstarch present also great solutions for treating inflamed French bulldog’s folds. However, we suggest you to always ask your vet for advice first.
What about their bat ears?
Bat-looking ears present one of French bulldog breed’s main trademarks that require regular care too. Frenchies’ ears can accumulate a lot of dirt, debris, and detritus and to develop an ear infection. In order to escape these issues, it’s advisable to use a canine ear rinse and a cotton ball for cleaning your puppy’s ears. Asking a vet to show you how to perform this routine is also preferable.
Take care of their low body temperature
Since Frenchies have a short single coat, prolonged exposures to low temperatures may lead them to hypothermia. Therefore, it’s good to provide them with some extra layers like coats and jackets. Since their paws also react sensitively to ice and snow, a good pair of dog boots will save them from cold as well.
What about too hot weather conditions?
Due to their decreased air-intake ability and brachycephalic skulls, Frenchie puppies are more prone to overheating. If you live in a warm climate, it’s preferable to take your little friend early in the morning and late in the evening and to always provide him with plenty of water. In case he shows any signs of distress such as noisy breathing and slow movements, take your Frenchie inside the house and cool him down with a wet towel (pay attention to be freezing cold).