If you’re interested in buying a French Bulldog, you should read up on their potential genetic health problems and behavior problems. While I love French Bulldogs more than anybody, there’s no denying they’re not necessarily the cheapest or easiest dog breed. Their health issues can easily cost you thousands of dollars.
I can’t stress it enough on how important it is to know what you’re getting yourself into when you get a Frenchie. Sadly, many owners end up giving their Frenchie up for adoption when they find themselves unable to pay for their medical bills.
It’s important that you look for a well-bred, healthy French Bulldog even if it means paying more for your puppy; it could save you a lot more in the long run. I recommend pet insurance to any French Bulldog owner as it covers many medical expenses and can give you a lot of peace-of-mind.
There’s nothing more exciting than bringing home a new puppy! What is supposed to be an exhilarating, action-packed day can quickly go south if you haven’t made the necessary preparations.
The first few days at their new home are the most stressful and it’s essential that you make the process as stress-free as possible while they acclimate to their new environment.
As I said before, a little bit of preparation goes a long ways. You’ll want to stock up on the essentials so you can spend less time running back and forth to the pet store.
Work with your family and devise a set of rules for your Frenchie.
We recommend a 6-foot leash that is ½ to ¾ inch wide.
If your puppy has yet to be microchipped, you’ll want an identification tag with the following:
Toys (a lot of chew toys)
Food and water bowls
A comfy bed!
Puppy gates to block off sections of your house
Dog shampoo and other grooming supplies
You’ll need everything on this list at some point in time so it doesn’t hurt to have them on hand when you need them most.
Puppies are notorious for chewing everything around the house bar none. Whatever they find left on the ground is fair play in their eyes. You’ll want to puppy-proof every inch of your house. We don’t want anything that could make your new Frenchie sick!
I recommend dedicating an area of your house solely for your Frenchie, preferably one that you and your family frequent. Not only does this keep your puppy in a secure, safe area, it also helps from overwhelming them.
If you are opposed to this idea, instead, you can use a dog fence to restrict access to certain areas of your house such as the upstairs. The smaller the area your puppy has to roam around, they quicker they will become acquainted with your house. Too much area to explore will overwhelm your puppy with endless possibilities and new experiences, and it will take them longer to become comfortable.
You’ll want to scour the house looking for anything potentially hazardous to your puppy. Electrical cords, choking hazards, shoes, etc. should be temporarily moved as your puppy is teething. You have to be conscious of any dangling cords that your Frenchie could potentially trip over, knocking over a lamp or worse.
Before making the trip to pick up your puppy, you’ll want to make preparations for the car ride home. Your puppy is likely to be scared and overwhelmed with the whole experience so you’ll want to make this go as smooth as possible. You don’t want your new French Bulldog to despise car rides! Make them feel comfortable!
If you are going to get the puppy by yourself, consider asking a friend to come and hold your new puppy as you drive. It’s never a good idea to let your dog sit on your lap while driving; not only does it increase the likelihood of an accident, your dog would be severely injured if the airbag were to deploy.
If you’re getting your puppy from a breeder, you’ll want to ask a couple important questions.
What times are they going outside, eating, and sleeping
What is their diet like? What brand? How much are they eating? How many times a day?
Etc… don’t want to change diet suddenly
The key to a well-behaved Frenchie is consistency. The rules that you devised earlier will serve as a foundation for the future of their training.
Hooray! You made it home safe! Now the real fun begins!
You’ll want to begin training immediately. Reward desirable behavior and refrain from excessive scolding. Frenchies are especially sensitive and don’t tend to respond well to anger. Check out this post we have on basic training tips!
For the first day or two, make sure to tone everything down a notch. Simply being in a new environment is stressful enough for your Frenchie and there’s no need for any added stimuli. Unfortunately, your friends will have to wait to meet your new best friend!
Bringing a new puppy home sure is tiring! With a little bit of preparation, you’ll be able to make the whole process a bit smoother. Double check that you have all the necessary supplies and have made proper accommodations around your household.
If you don’t have a preferred vet, now is the time to start your search. You’ll be making a lot of trips to the vet in the future so it’s important that your Frenchie’s first vet experience is a good one.
Your new puppy requires much more attention than an adult dog would! Your puppy is still a baby at this point, and it’s important that you keep them supervised 24/7. It’s also important to stay consistent with your training and expectations, and expose them to a variety of social conditions. The early days of your puppy’s life are crucial in their development in becoming a happy, well-behaved adult.