You may find that when you bring your new bully
baby home that he cries at night and keeps you up,
that's because of all of this is new to him. You have
to remember that he has just left from everything he
knows and everything that made him feel safe. You
may find that giving him a stuffed toy (with eyes,
nose and any small parts removed) will help to
make him feel not so lonely. Another thing is to put
a ticking clock close to his bed. They find this
soothing as it sounds a lot like a heart beat. If you
put a night light near his bed it will also make him
feel safer, it gives him the ability to be aware of his
surroundings at all times. Make a spot in your house
that is his. This gives him somewhere that he can
feel safe as well as gives him somewhere to go
when he wants to be left alone. Try to get him in to a
routine and stick with it. Bulldogs don't like a lot of
Having a new puppy is a lot like having a child, he requires a lot of love and attention.
They depend on you for food, fresh water and exercise. They need to be taught how
to behave. Praised when they've done right, and told when they've done wrong.
Bulldogs don't read minds and unless you teach them they won't know. When training
your puppy be sure to use a firm strong voice but remaining calm at all times. This will
let him know who's in charge. You need to be patient during the training period stick
with it, don't give up. Bulldogs are stubborn and persistent and can try your patients
just remember that your in charge and that they're still learning. If you get frustrated
and worked up while training your pup he will sense this and it will make it more
difficult to train him. Staying calm will go along way.
Bulldogs have a lot of wrinkles. Make sure your daily routine includes cleaning the
wrinkles and drying them. Doing this will help to prevent rashes, infection, and other
skin problems. Baby wipes make cleaning your puppies wrinkles easy. Be sure to use
baby wipes that don't have a perfume in them. Try to get wipes that are
Hypo-Allergenic or perfume free.
Never leave your puppies collar on when your not there with them. It is very easy for
them to get it caught on something and choke or even hang themselves. Collars can
also have a hand in causing cherry eye. We recommend that you use a harness
instead. This way you have more control with out pulling on your puppies neck.
Be sure not to leave things lying around your house that your puppy shouldn't chew
on. If you do they will find it. Puppies chew to help ease their aching gums. Chewing
is a simple behaviour that needs to be redirected. When your puppy is chewing on
something that he shouldn't tell him "NO" and give him a toy that is okay for him to
chew on. Also give him praise when you see him chewing on a toy that is
appropriate. Once your puppy gets through the teething stage the chewing should
slow down. You bulldog will still chew especially if bored. Raw Hide bones are not a
good idea for your puppy as they can choke on them. Raw hide also does not digest.
If your going to be travelling with your bulldog be sure it's wearing a doggy seatbelt
and that your prepared with plenty of water for the trip. Teach your puppy proper
socialization skills, let him get use to people and other animals. This will make trips
away from home easier. Another good idea is a puppy play pen. It's easy to set up and
take down and you can take it any where with you. It's great inside and out. It comes
in very handy if you don't have a fenced in yard.
In the heat of the summer bulldogs can suffer from heat stroke. Be sure to provide
plenty of fresh cold water and keep their outside activities to minimum. Ice is a great
summer time treat, it will help in keeping your puppy cool on hot days. Not all
bulldogs are swimmers. Just like children they should never be left unattended near
water. If your going to have your bulldog around water you might want to consider a
doggy life jacket.
Like humans bulldogs can have allergies to bee stings, bug bites, different types of
food, and even perfumes if they have a reaction give them benadryl. You can also
apply ice to the area where he was stung. If you find that your puppy breaks out in
hives or has trouble breathing get him to a vet right away.
Bulldogs are a lot like kids in may ways. They love getting attention, and they will let
you know in their own way that they're not feeling well. Be sure to watch for signs like
not eating or drinking, playing, these are little things that should tell you some things
not right. In most cases a dogs temperature is normal from 100.5 to 102.
Bulldogs can be very stubborn, puppy training classes is something you might want
to consider. This will also give your puppy the chance to learn to socialize with others.
When storing your dog food, store it in the bag in a container. You want to keep as
much air out of your dog food as possible this will keep the food fresh longer. We
don't like eating stale food so why should our loved pets.