Preparing For Your New Puppy

Bringing a new puppy into your home will bring about significant adjustments until the dog finds its new routine. During this time, you may find yourself questioning whether or not getting a puppy was such a smart choice in the first place. The first few weeks will be the most difficult for everyone involved until the new puppy becomes accustomed to his new home and his new environment; therefore, a little bit of patience and endurance will be what is required from you at this stage. You may make life with your new dog a little easier on everyone by doing some planning before he or she comes to your house.

What you will need

  • A plastic dog crate.
  • Hard to destroy and easily washable bedding.
  • A puppy collar and lead.
  • An ID tag with your name and telephone number clearly printed on it.
  • A few soft and safe chew toys.
  • A quality brand of puppy food.
  • A soft brush for grooming your puppy.

Make sure your home is puppy proof

Your new puppy will get into everything and everything it shouldn’t; it will want to nibble on everything it can fit into its mouth. There is a spray you can buy which you can spray onto furniture legs e.t.c to stop your puppy from nibbling on your furniture. Another thing to look out for is dangling or exposed electrical cords, these will be a temptation for your puppy and your puppy won’t know there is electricity running through them as he’s tugging at them.

Get cable tidies for all exposed cables and wires around the home, this could prevent a nasty accident from occurring and they are simple and easy to fit. Also check your garden and fencing to make sure there is nowhere the puppy can escape from, remember a puppy can squeeze just about anywhere so check for the smallest of holes in fences.

Make sure your puppy knows his place

Your new puppy will most probably be missing his mother and siblings at first and remember he is in a strange place surrounded by people he doesn’t know, it can be a great comfort if he has a place of his own and knows where this place is. This could be a crate with a soft sheepskin blanket in where he can go and cuddle up or just a puppy bed with his chew toys in it, just like you have your bedroom where you can go to be alone or when you want a nap, then so should your puppy.

If you have young children they will of course be excited with the new puppy and probably constantly petting him, your puppy should be able to go to his bed without constant harassment from the children, so make it clear to them that when the puppy goes to bed they leave him alone for a while.

Expect these for different growth stages of your French Bulldog puppy

Your new puppy’s parents and its genes will play a significant role in determining how your puppy will turn out when it is fully grown into an adult dog. However, as the owner, you will also be able to have some say in how your puppy develops into an adult dog. You can assist your new puppy in developing healthy socialization skills by caressing him or her, playing with him or her, and teaching him or her appropriate behavior.

Your new dog will have been weaned by the time he or she is six weeks old, but puppies continue to receive important training from their mothers until they are between eight and ten weeks old. At this point, they are mature enough to part with their moms and other members of their litter. The following is a general outline of the stages of development that your puppy will go through:

  • Two to four weeks
    • This is called the transitional period and it is the time when your puppy will be most influenced by its mother and its litter mates.
    • Teeth begin to come in and the puppy’s eyes will start to open, and their sense of smell and hearing will now develop.
    • They begin to stand and try to walk, the tail will wag and the puppy can bark.
    • By the end of the fourth week the eyesight should be fully developed.
  • Three to twelve weeks
    • During this period the puppy should have contact with other people.
    • By three to five weeks the puppy is well aware of its surroundings and its companions.
    • By weeks four to six, the puppy is influenced by its littermates.
    • From four to twelve weeks a puppy will start to be influenced by the people around it, they will learn how to play and begin to develop social skills.
    • Seven to nine weeks and the puppy will begin refining its skills and can start to be house trained * Eight to ten weeks the puppy can experience fear and needs positive training from this age.
    • In nine to twelve weeks the puppy begins to refine its actions and explores its environment more, the puppy will focus more on people.
  • Three to six months
    • A puppy will be greatly influenced by playmates.
    • The puppy will begin to grasp ideas of submission and dominance.
    • The puppy will begin teething at this stage.
  • Six to 18 months
    • The puppy is more influenced by people.
    • During the months seven to nine, the puppy will go through another stage of chewing anything and everything.
    • Dominance will increase particularly in male dogs.
    • Sexual behavior will start to show in dogs that haven’t been neutered or spayed.

😍 These gadgets are on my Frenchie’s wishlist, maybe your Frenchie needs them too? 🥰

✅ We laughed so hard we had tears rolling down our cheeks. Watch funny clips HERE

✅ My Frenchie has been self-conscious about his hair for years. He finally has the confidence to go on walks now. Other dogs don’t even know it’s a wig! What a steal!! LOL

✅ These matching sweaters are absolutely adorable. Fits my 22lb French bulldog like a glove, his shirt is super soft.

✅ Lots of folks said it was the cutest thing they had seen in a long time! It came with adjustable straps just in case the Frenchie gains weight (again.)

✅ Safety first, right? My Frenchie loves bike rides in the backpack but not so much in the rain, this Goggle/Hemlet set really helps keep the rain out of the eyes and ears.

Omg too cute😍 I do not need to explain why your Frenchie needs it right?

The hoodie is really well made and super soft fleece-lined! My Frenchie has been in it for hours, which is not common… safe to say it is puppy approved!

✅ You only need this one high-quality water-resistant jacket for Winter. Necessary piece. Make sure you check out the reviews to get the right size instead of keeping returning.

✅ There are built-in ear holes for comfort, which is how my Frenchie usually wears it, but sometimes we just have to keep those ears covered up and keep the heat in on the super-cold days. 

This playpen is a life saver! They can be linked together if desired to create a larger pen. 

✅ No animal should have to sleep on the floor and hurt or be cold. I asked my Frenchie for a review – unfortunately he’s too busy snoring, farting and sleeping on it to answer me…lol

✅ This is a fantastic car seat w lots of clever features. The entire seat can collapse to fit into its own carrying bag, though it’s easily put together again in 30 sec. The cover that the dogs rest on is silky soft faux fur which doesn’t seem to snag dirt and debris. It easily zips out for washing, and during the summer you can reverse the cover so the canvas side is up and not the fur. The pillow that boosts the dogs up in the seat has a soft foam side akin to memory foam. It’s very roomy and well made for a small Frenchie.

The couch is stylish and lightweight but definitely sturdy. As an added bonus the legs have non-skid pads on the bottom so it won’t slide when he gets in and out of it. Holding up pretty good even when Frenchie digs in it…

✅ Let me do you a favor and let you know that you NEED this NOW!!! It was very comfortable for me at this height. No pain or awkward positions and I didn’t get soaked.

✅ I don’t remember seeing any other pet strollers using this kind of high-end wheels. Perfect for the small puppy that is old or can’t walk much.

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