NEW PUPPY TIPS & INSTRUCTIONS
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Your puppies first few days at his new home should be a time for him to learn to feel calm and safe in his new surroundings. Avoid taking him to a lot of different places. Make sure to balance play and down time. Puppies usually play hard and then sleep hard. Avoid any food other than his usual diet including snacks. You don't want to upset his tummy during this stressful time when he is leaving his littermates. If the puppy develops softer stool which can happen due to stress, the exception to the no human food rule is canned pumpkin. A few tablespoons of 100% canned pumpkin added to his kibble can help normalize the stool. I suggest buying a few cans before your puppy arrives.
Your puppy has been eating Science Diet Puppy Small Bites food since weaning. He can go to regular sized kibble by the second time you buy food. You will receive a sample of this food when you pick up your puppy. You can continue this food or switch to another brand. Please do not switch foods abruptly. Mix this food with any new food decreasing the amount of the old food over several days until the puppy is on the new diet. Offer about a cup of food 4 times a day until the puppy is 10 weeks old then 3 times a day and by 12 weeks your puppy can be fed twice a day. Increase the amount you offer if he still seems hungry. Take the food up after 15 minutes. this will help with potty training. He will need to go potty 10-15 minutes after each meal so you can predict when to take him out.
Make sure your puppy has fresh water at all times. I suggest stainless steel food and water bowls. Wash the bowls daily and change the water a few times a day even if the bowl is not empty. Some puppies drool in their water and it needs to be freshened.
Provide your puppy with a crate so that he can have his own space. A crate is particulary important if your puppy arrives at his new home on a holiday. He can be contained for his own safety and moved to a quiet place like a laundry room at time when he can not be supervided and it provides him a place to rest and feel safe. I suggest wire crates so the puppy can get plenty of air and can see out. I would buy a large crate so the puppy can grow to the crate. Your puppy is litter box trained to pine shavings. There are many different kinds of litter designed for puppies and any will work. The rolled newspaper type may be neater in the crate. You can put a litter pan, bedding, food and water in the crate if you need to leave the puppy in the crate for any length of time. Ideally, the puppy will not be left in the crate for more than a four hours during the day but should be crated unless you can watch him. It is also much safer for your puppy to travel in a crate on car trips. Having a puppy is like having a toddler.
Puppy proof your home. Puppies will try to eat most anything including electric cords, coins, shoes, purses, furniture, etc... until a puppy is trustworthy, supervise his time outside the crate. Sugar free gum and mints as well as raisins and grapes are poison to dogs in even small amounts. Any product sweetened with Xylitol will kill a dog. check any human food for this item. It is used in some peanut butters.
Appropriate toys for bulldog puppies include Kong type toys, canvas toys, hard rubber balls that are too large to swallow, nylabone type toys are ok as long as your puppy is too small to swallow peices. I suggest you avoid all rawhide and rope toys. I tend to buy toys from the baby department as they seem to work well for puppies.
I recommend that you don't take your puppy to public dog parks, walking areas, pet stores or places where there are strange dogs until your puppy is 13-16 weeks old and has had a vaccination during that timeframe. If you decide to take your puppy to public places, do not put him on the ground. Do not put your puppy on the ground or floor at the vet clinic. Carry the puppy in your arms into the clinic. Keep your puppy away from sick animals until he is fully protected from communical diseases.
Your puppy will come with his vaccination record. You will need to follow up and make sure that your puppy gets a vaccination not sooner than 2 weeks from the last vaccintion on his record but not later than 3 weeks until he is 16 weeks old or whatever your own vet recommends. The date of the last vaccination will be recorded. Schedule the next vaccination 2-3 weeks from that date but no longer than 3 weeks. At 3 months, your puppy will need to be started on heartworm prevention. This will need to be given every month. There are many very good combination medications that take care of all worms including heartworms and fleas. They are easier to remember than giving medications individually. Rabies is usually given a little later. I don't suggest getting it before 6 months of age.
****Bulldogs are inside pets. They can go outside for supervised play but will overheat quickly if it is hot or they become over excited. If your puppy is panting excessively, take him inside and offer water and crate rest. As a rule, Bulldogs do not swim but they love water. Supervise them whenever near water. If you choose to see if your bulldog can swim, supervise at all times and I suggest a life jacket.
I recommend NuVet Plus immune system supplement for at least the first year of life. There are many proven benefits to using it into adulthood. You will be given a sample in your folder and also pamplets and materials about the benefits of the supplement. Please take time to read the information provided. I consider it very benificial for the puppy to have the supplement for at least the first year of his life due to the developing immune system and knowing that a strong immune system will offer benefits that can last his whole life.
I am available to answer questions or discuss concerns for the life of your puppy. If you are having any problem at all or just have a question, please contact me. There may be a solution to the problem that will save you a lot of worry and expense. Not all veterinarians understand this breed. If you need help locating a vet that has experience with bulldogs, please ask.