Hopefully you have already collected an ample supply Frenchie for sale of used newspapers to use in house training you new puppy. If not, puppy pads, which are absorbent sterilized pads, are available from pet shops and online retailers. I tend to use newspaper as this is a cheaper option but is a little more work.
Place the newspaper by the puppies bed at night as it is rare for a young puppy to go through the night without relieving himself. Over the next few weeks start moving the paper closer to the outside door to encourage him to realise where he should be looking to go. Within a few weeks you will find that he has better bladder control and will last through the night. First thing in the morning let your puppy out to do his business. As he relieves himself give him praise as this will reinforce in his mind that this is what he needs to be doing.
Bulldog puppies should not be heavily exercised because as they grow at a very fast rate their bones need time to develop and strengthen. It is not uncommon to see a bulldog puppy in a cast because this rule hasn’t been adhered too. When your bulldog is fully grown you will find some just want to stay indoors while others are quite happy going for an hour long walk a day. You will be able to work on an exercise schedule based on your own dogs needs when he is fully grown.
After your puppy has been with you for three days and is starting to settle in you need to take him to a vet for a check up. This gives you peace of mind that you have bought a healthy puppy. Should you encounter any issues contact the breeder right away. A good breeder will be alarmed by this and some will accept the puppy back and will give you a refund. Furthermore it is possible that the condition the puppy is suffering from has also affected the other pups in the litter and the breeder will need to contact the other owners to ensure this isn’t the case. Most breeders of bulldogs are deeply proud of producing quality litters and will do everything possible to ensure the problems are rectified to your satisfaction.
Some vets like to vaccinate puppies at eight weeks while some others want to wait until twelve weeks so speak to your vet to see what he recommends. It is vital that you don’t let your puppy out into public areas until he is fully vaccinated as he could pick up an illness like parvovirus or cannine hepatitis that could ultimately kill him.
Jenni Hadlow has been a bulldog owner and breeder for many years as well as being an internet marketeer.