ENGLISH BULLDOG CARE:
Bulldog puppy care starts on day #1
you arrive home with your English Bulldog puppy, remember - your puppy
is a baby Bulldog. Like all babies, he needs lots and lots of love and
cuddling, lots of sleep, lots of good, quality nourishing food and still
more love and cuddling.
English Bulldogs thrive indoors around
their family and in a temperature controlled environment. An English
Bulldog can overheat
faster than other dogs so if it's much over 80 degrees (F) your bulldog
should be in an air conditioned area. And be careful with slippery
surfaces such as hard wood floors, tile or linoleum. Bulldogs are born
with joints that are naturally looser than, say, a German Shepherd, and
slipping on the floor or in the bath tub can be hard on the joints. If
you have these kinds of floors you might consider area rugs to provide
traction and a bath mat when bathing.
big fluffy, comfy chair or couch so you can sit and cuddle with your new
English Bulldog puppy is a great way to start off your Bulldog's new
life with you.
Never give your English Bulldog a rawhide toy! Bulldogs can tear the rawhide off and choke on it. Most Bulldog puppies will love a simple knotted sock to shake and play tug-of-war with you. Many English Bulldog puppies love chasing a ball. Whatever toy you choose just be sure that it is too big to get lodged in your Bulldog puppy's throat. And if you get toys with eyes or buttons on them be sure to tear them of as your Bulldog puppy can choke on these.
aim in feeding an English bulldog puppy should be to aid in muscle, bone
and joint growth as much as possible without causing your Bulldog puppy
to become obese. It is important to keep your bulldog on a natural based diet with good supplements to help insure the healthiest immune system, hips & skin throughout your English bulldog puppies life. Remember, the first 18 months of your Bulldogs life is when his or her hips & immune system are developing into what he/she will have as an adult Bulldog. Also recent studies show that cancer is the leading cause for death in canines. Oncologists in the USA estimate that almost 50 percent of dogs will die of cancer. By keeping your English Bulldog on a natural based diet with good supplements you help cut down the amount of toxins & free radicals in your Bulldog's body greatly decreasing the chances of your dog developing cancer as opposed to feeding your dog a more commercialized dog food that is full of chemicals and toxins. Also, it is better for a Bulldog to be on a diet that is lower in the amount of processed protein around 22% - 25% is good. Too much processed protein could be bad for a bully's kidneys & because Bulldogs have such shallow joints it is better for Bulldog puppies to be on a lower protein food to help cut down on growth spurts and pains. For this reason we feed our English Bulldog puppies small bite adult formula. It is best to feed a 2-4 month old puppy 2 times a
day. First thing in the morning & between 4-6 pm at night. Be careful not to overfeed. Avoid making your Bulldog puppy's food
accessible all the time. If you notice your Bulldog puppy is putting on
too much weight, you should probably restrict his/her food consumption. If you have your Bulldog spayed or neutered, or if because of
old age he becomes less active, you will want to switch to a "light" or
"low fat" version of your Bulldog's food to avoid obesity. If you are feeding a puppy you may want to soften the food with warm water. As mentioned above we
suggest choosing a quality natural based dog food such as "California Natural", "Innova" , "Solid Gold" or "HealthWise" Click here to read the top ten dog food list But we stress that any dog
food brands can change their ingredients and ways of processing for the
better or worse at any time. So educate yourself on the different brands
and check the labels periodically for any changes. Basically the less
"junk" in it the better. Avoid food with lots of preservatives and
fillers. And never feed an English Bulldog anything with soybeans or
soybean oils as these are very difficult for English Bulldogs to digest Click here to compair dog foods.
English Bulldogs are very smart but can
also be a little stubborn. So as with any dog, training your Bulldog
will require time, patience and consistency.
1. Crate training is very effective in training an English bulldog puppy. A crate is used to allow your bulldog to have a place to sleep and teaches them to control their bladder. In most cases they won't soil their own bedding. Then, when it is time to get up and go out, you can easily do just that. Your bully learns from the start that you control potty time.
2. After meals, give your Bulldog puppy 10-15 minutes and then take him or her out. Food is a trigger not only to eat but also to go. When it comes to potty training success, allow your bulldog to get outside when the urge is approaching. What's more is that you shouldn't leave food out. Put it down for them at the designated time and allow them to eat for 15 minutes to 30 minutes and remove the bowl. Soon he will learn and that again allows you to control potty time.
3. Pick a potty spot for you bulldog puppy. Select the area of your yard that you want your english bulldog puppy to go in. Take them to that spot every time to go. This will help your puppy to learn that when heneeds to go, he needs to come here. What's more is that the smell of urine is yet another trigger to your Bulldog puppy to go.
4. Remember that rewards need to be emotional, and therefore it is more successful to give them a reward of a patting and rub down your bulldog baby than it is for you to hand them a treat. Also, treats are food which triggers potty time again!
5. Reward success, and limit punishing accidents. Although you may be angry and you will want to punish your Bulldog remember English Bulldog puppies respond much better to love.
It's important to start lead training your new English Bulldog baby early. But if you just got your baby Bulldog, you should wait a week or so till he/she is comfortable and relaxed with you and his new environment. Start with a lightweight nylon or leather collar and lead. Make sure the collar is large enough to slip easily over your English Bulldog puppy's head with some room for growth. Begin by just holding the collar and letting your Bulldog puppy lead you. This will get him/her used to the idea of a collar. Then gradually start coaxing your Bulldog pup to follow you with calls and gentle 'tug-release' pulls on the lead. Never drag or pull your English Bulldog puppy around . You want this to be an enjoyable experience for your new Bulldog puppy. Don't play with him/her during these training sessions, but do offer praise when your Bulldog/child follows you correctly.
Proper English Bulldog grooming is a relatively low maintenance affair. The main areas of concern are the coat, the nails, the ears and of course those cute, trademark wrinkles. We will start with brushing.
Brushing is key to a healthy, shiny coat. Most English Bulldogs love being brushed so it shouldn't be a problem. Brush at least 3 times a week with any good dog brush that fits your hand comfortably. Start at the back and move forward. Then brush from front to back. Your aim in brushing is to remove dead hair and to evenly distribute natural body oils. This will keep your English Bulldog's skin healthy and his/her coat shiny and smooth.
English Bulldog who is regularly brushed will not need frequent bathing.
Most Bulldog owners only bathe their bullies when they obviously need
it. But when it is time for a bath you will need to gather up everything
you will need including: shampoo, Q tips, cotton balls, wash cloth and
towel. Choosing a shampoo for your English Bulldog is much like choosing
one for yourself. There is no 'best' or 'worst'. You just have to try
several different brands till you find one that agrees with your
Bulldog's skin and coat.
An English Bulldog's nails usually need trimmed ones a week when they are pups. Once a week for adult English Bulldogs. If the nails get too long it can cause his toes to spread out unnaturally and make the foot deformed. Use a dremmel tool or dog nail clippers. Cut or grind just to the curve of the nail.
Wrinkle care is very important for an English Bulldog. A lot of dirt and moisture can collect under your Bulldog's wrinkles and can lead to an infection if not properly cleaned and maintained. English Bulldogs vary in how often they need wrinkle cleaning but a good rule is at least twice a week. Use a wet cloth with shampoo to clean them then dry thoroughly. After cleaning and drying put some corn starch in your English Bulldog's wrinkles to keep them dry. Baby wipes with aloe and lanolin are great for on-the-go wrinkle cleaning.
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