Things you may want to have ready and waiting!
Food - We start our puppies eating Royal Canin Small Puppy Dry Dog Food. You should have a bag to keep your puppy on a consistent diet. This will make their transition easier and will be less stressful on their digestive tract, and prevent or reduce diarrhea which is common when puppies change homes. Frenchies can have very sensitive digestive systems so a consistent diet is strongly recommended. If you plan to change your puppy's food or diet, you may consider food with a smaller kibble size; and using probiotics such as Purina FortiFlora Probiotic Dog Supplement to help keep your puppies stomach settled through the transition. Probiotics are also useful in keeping your puppies digestive system stable during environment changes.
A Crate - A crate that is well ventilated and can be adjusted as your puppy grows is a very good choice! Preferably a wire sided type, not the enclosed plastic or mesh type. Crate training is highly recommended for several reasons. First, this is the most common way to housebreak your puppy. It also provides them with their own personal space and area much like a wolf with a den. Most dogs will grow to love their crate as an adult if it is a safe and positive experience as a puppy.
Safe Chew Toys- We love deer antler for our puppies! Some other examples of good choices for Frenchies are Kongs, Wubbas, Tire Track Tire (with or without the attached rope), Hollee Roller Balls, and Sphericon Rubber Toy, Nyla Bones and Gumma Bones, Rope Toys. Any stuffed type toys with squeakers, etc. should be used only for supervised interactive play and always put up and away when your puppy is not directly supervised, as the stuffing and small parts can be easily ripped off and swallowed, or even choked on. Frenchies like other short-faced (i.e.. Brachiocephalic) breeds can easily choke on small items, avoid toys with small pieces and parts. You should never give your Frenchie RAWHIDES of any type. Rawhides can and have been fatal.
A good safe leash and collar - For actual walking, we use a Harness to support their conformation, neck, and chest.
Potty Training- We introduce our puppies at 4 weeks old to potty training and housebreaking. Therefore; 15 minutes after each meal, take your puppy out to an outdoor designated area to potty. We recommend using 1 to 2 words such as “go potty”. Use positive reinforcement and patience until your puppy has made the connection.
Food & Water bowls - Stainless steel is always a safe choice as it won't break or chip if chewed and do not cause allergic reactions and possible chin acne that the plastic bowls can cause.
Dog Gates - We use small doorway or stairway gates to block off certain rooms or dangerous areas such as staircases. You may consider restricting the puppy to safe and protected areas of your home to avoid inevitable "accidents".
Dog Bed/Dog Bedding - 2 beds or sets of bedding are good for rotating, as one can be washing while the other is in use. We use a combination of flannel blankets, padded beds, and towels.
Shampoo- Fresh-n-Clean shampoo maintain a healthy, soft skin/coat, and smell clean longer too!
Holding and Handling -French Bulldog puppies use their hind legs to leap and jump! Place 1 or 2 fingers between the chest area, while holding them in the palm of your hand is a safety precaution. Be cautious when placing a puppy on couch, tables, and/or counter, they a prone to jump and possibly injure themselves.
Always supervise your Frenchie near water. French Bulldogs can not swim for long periods of time. They can tread water but only for a brief time. If you want your Frenchie to play in the water, use a baby play pool with 2-4 inches of water.
Like all brachycephalic dog breeds, French Bulldogs have difficulty breathing during hot and humid weather. They can easily "overheat" and are susceptible to heat exhaustion due to their thick undercoat. Make sure not to take your Frenchie on long, extensive hikes. They prefer short brisk walks.
Locate a Veterinarian that specializes in French Bulldog care. Some vets may simply just not know that brachycephalic breeds (flat-faced breeds) have special needs and there are certain medications that should not be administered to French Bulldogs.
"NO! - NO'S!
Cooked real bones of any kind, like these, can splinter and break into small fragments that can damage the digestive tract over time or pose a choking hazard.
Chewy edible treats such as Primal Treats. Our favorite puppy's a treat/teething toy: 100% Deer Antlers.
Thin latex rubbery toys as they can easily chew these into pieces that can be swallowed (the squeakers inside swallowed as well).