What daily routine is my puppy use to?
-This section focuses on your puppy’s daily routine that he or she has grown accustomed to starting at about 6 weeks of age until he or she is in your care. Knowing what your puppy is familiar with will help make for a smoother transition to his or her new home, and will help you be more aware of your puppy’s needs at this stage in their development. Though some days are different than others, this is a typical day-in-the-life of your puppy. At this age they are growing so fast that they should eat three times a day to supply their fuel needs. Just remember that YOUNG 8 TO 12 WEEK OLD PUPPIES STILL REQUIRE PLENTY OF SLEEP, PROBABLY 18 HOURS PER DAY PLUS OR MINUS, AND IF THEY DON’T GET SUFFICIENT SLEEP IT CAN CERTAINLY IMPACT THEIR OVERALL HEALTH. Even when your puppy reaches adulthood, you can still expect him/her to sleep over half of the day in a series of short, medium, and long naps.
-7:00 am – 7:30 am: They are ready to get up when they hear us up and around (which is usually around 7am). At this time we feed them their breakfast, fill their water bowl with fresh water, make sure their bedding is clean, and clean their play pen/kennel as necessary.
-7:30 am – 9:30 am: They usually have a bowel movement 20 or so min after they eat. Once they have gone potty, we let them have playtime. They are free to run around our large family room, which works good for us because this is where we spend most of our time while we are home. The floor is all tiled and there is a door to the entrance of the room so they are not able to freely roam carpeted areas of the house that are off limits to them at this age. We socialize them and let them run around and play until they are all tuckered out (generally for an hour or so). If they need to go potty during this playtime, we find they are pretty good to go on their pee pads, although they are still very young and plenty of accidents are going to happen at this age.
-9:30 am – 12:00 am: By now they have exerted all of their energy and they are pooped (no pun intended)! They usually take at least a two hour nap in their playpen/kennel. Note: your puppy most likely came from a litter with several siblings. When they sleep, they love to snuggle with each other. It can be a big adjustment when they go to their new home and don’t have anyone to snuggle with and to keep them warm. We recommend getting a stuffed animal for him/her to sleep with and to snuggle with. One of our customers told us she found a warm water bottle (found it at Target behind the Pharmacy counter) and the warmth of the water bottle (follow instructions on use) kept her baby comforted all night. Another option may be a warm rice bag. Of course, it doesn’t take them long to adjust; if you have a cry-baby just know it will soon get better and in a few days they should be fine.
-12:00 pm -12:30 pm: This is around the time they wake up and we feed them lunch. We make sure they have plenty of water and that their playpen is clean.
-12:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Once they have gone potty after lunch we let them run around our family room again to burn up their excess energy. We have various soft toys, chew toys, squeaky toys, etc. for them to play with. We (and this includes my 2 year old and my other kids on the weekends or when school is out) snuggle with them on the couch and give them human contact and affection. They are very socialized from all of the attention.
-2:30 pm – 5:30 pm: They are still babies and require a lot of sleep throughout the day. After we put them back in their playpen/kennel they are usually fast asleep for at least another two or three hours. If they don’t sleep as long, we let them run around again to stretch their legs before dinner.
-5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: We usually feed them dinner at this time (we try not to feed any later than 7pm) so that it decreases the need to go potty in the middle of the night. We make sure they still have plenty of fresh water in their bowl.
-6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: After they have gone potty we let them get out their last bit of energy for the day and we give them lots of love, attention, and affection.
-8:00 pm – 9:00 pm/10:00 pm: We usually all snuggle with a pup while watching T.V. before we put them to bed for the night.
-9:00 pm – 10:00 pm: BEDTIME!!! We turn off the lights (leaving a night light burning), give them a kiss goodnight, and they go right to sleep.
-Around 2:00 am: We do a quick check on them when we get up to take care of other business. We change their pee pad if it is soiled and let them continue to sleep. They have slept through the night since they were about 4 weeks old.
-Of course, this is just a sample schedule of what we do. You will have to find what works for you and your family’s schedule. As they get older their needs will change and you will have to adjust their schedule accordingly. Just don’t get alarmed if they seem to want to sleep a lot. Even adult bulldogs, as well as other breeds, sleep over half of the day (generally 12 to 14 hours daily), and your puppy will need more sleep than this (probably approaching or exceeding 18 hours per day. It is normal and is necessary for good health. Fortunately, you can snuggle with them during part of this sleeping time, and it is a great bonding activity for you and your companion.
What is the difference between limited KC registration and full KC registration?
-Puppies, with parents of the same AKC recognized breed, both having full AKC registration, are eligible for AKC registration, either full or limited.
-Full AKC registration simply means that one of our Bulldog puppies (or dogs) is being sold with full breeding rights and that any puppies produced, when he/she is mated to another full AKC registered Bulldog, are eligible for AKC registration, either full or limited, depending on the agreement between the breeder and the new owner.
-Limited KC registered bulldogs are sold without any breeding rights. The AKC recognizes these bulldogs as pure bred Bulldogs and they can be entered into many AKC events (virtually all competitions except conformation since these events are specifically intended to evaluate breeding stock). All of the Bulldog puppies that we sell with limited AKC registration are intended as pets only, with the understanding that the new owner will be neutering or spaying the young adult bulldog at about 6 months of age, which will make them a better pet with reduced risks for any health issues. If they are not neutered at the appropriate time, it is a violation of our contract and our agreement and any puppies which would be produced from a mating of this dog with any other dog would be ineligible for AKC registration.
-We give our puppies as a pet with limited AKC registration so that we are confident they will be going to a good home which is looking for a pet to be loved, pampered, and given individual attention.
When should I neuter or spay my puppy and what are the benefits?
-Do you want your puppy to live longer with reduced risks for serious health issues, along with him/her having fewer annoying habits? Spaying or neutering is a good start. It’s one of the most thoughtful things you can do for your puppy.
-Spaying your female bulldog eliminates the possibility of her contracting uterine or ovarian cancer and it decreases her chance of developing breast tumours, especially if performed before the her first menstrual cycle. Once spayed, your female bulldog will not be bleeding on your floor or furniture a couple of times a year when she is on her menstrual cycle, and, best of all, it will level out her mood swings (there is a very good reason why intact female dogs are called “bitches”). Also, she will not be trying to escape your yard to find a boyfriend; in total, she will just make a better all-around pet.
-Neutering your male Bulldog reduces his possibility of having life-threatening prostate disease or perianal tumours; and it will go a long way toward helping him avoid some of the typical intact male’s annoying behaviours, i.e., such as trying to hump your neighbours leg, going nuts when a female dog in the neighbourhood is in heat (including trying to escape the yard), getting aggressive with another male which he might consider a competitor, and lifting his leg to mark his territory in your living room.
-Many people have concerns of their puppy becoming over-weight after the procedure. Neutering & spaying does not cause your puppy to gain weight. It does tend to make them more mellow (which is never a bad thing). What causes weight gain in some dogs is over-eating & not enough exercise. It is important that you monitor their intake & feed according to their needs, as well as provide plenty of opportunity for exercise by taking him/her on a daily walk or by giving him/her plenty of backyard playtime.
How often should I bathe my Bulldog puppy and what are their grooming needs?
-Bulldogs sport a short and smooth coat that should be relatively fine to the touch. They do not require much grooming; however, we have provided some tips and suggestions that will help your bulldog look and feel his/her best!
-You do not want to over wash your bulldog and dry out natural skin oils. It is recommended that short haired dogs, like your puppy, only bathe 2-5 times a year (but that doesn’t seem to realistic does it?). We bathe our bulldogs on an as needed basis (which is generally once a month), but we regularly spot clean them with wet wash-cloths or wet wipes (unscented and for sensitive skin). Their behinds occasional need to be wiped clean as well, as does any other breed.
-The bottom line is that they should be washed as needed, and if your acceptance level of what is appropriate cleanliness is different than ours, it should not be a problem. There is quite a range of latitude in bathing frequency. However, since bulldogs (at least ours) don’t seem to have the disgusting habit of rolling around in poo or every dead or nasty thing they find, they don’t tend to get too dirty (especially since they spend a lot of time indoors), and frequent bathing is not necessary or desirable. (Unfortunately, they sometimes do have the even more disgusting habit of making a snack of a fresh “dog log” and it will take a little work to break them of this.)
-There are many good dog shampoos on the market and it is really just a matter of personal preference. They can be purchased at any pet store, Wal-mart, etc. Years ago, when we owned a Yorkie, our vet recommended using baby shampoo because Yorkies tend to frequently get goop around the eyes; and, the baby shampoo allowed us to clean the area around their eyes without irritating them. We still use baby shampoo with our bulldogs since they have lots of folds on their faces that require regular cleaning. If you decide to go with a dog shampoo, choose a mild formulated shampoo for sensitive skin; your vet may have some good recommendations.
-Bulldogs are short-haired and have a single coat; so, fortunately, they do not shed as much as most breeds. Brushing their coat regularly with a rubber brush will remove any dead or loose hair – which in turn, will reduce the amount of shedding.
-The wrinkles on your Bully’s face are really the only areas that require maintenance over and above other short-haired breeds. The are prone to becoming damp and this is where infection can result. They also can collect dirt and food causing infections also.
-A very dry climate, so for us it is sufficient to regularly clean their folds with baby shampoo and then thoroughly dry them with a dry cloth. The frequency of maintenance varies from bulldog to bulldog, as well as climatic conditions. Bulldogs with large, ropey wrinkling in a hot, humid environment would require the most attention; whereas, a lightly wrinkled bulldog in a cool, dry environment would require the least. The most common approach to keeping the wrinkles dry after cleaning (if needed) is to use some form of talcum powder, such as baby powder, dispensed using a small brush such as a child’s toothbrush. It is recommended that you clean the wrinkles out at least once a week initially and then vary your schedule based on the requirements of each bulldog.
-Tear stains appear more prevalent on the lighter color bulldogs. There are many products on the market which claim to remove and or prevent tear stain removal, but the most commonly referred to method is the use of Desitin (yes, the same ointment used for the treatment of baby rash). The ointment is spread along the length of the stain and after two or three weeks of application the stains should have disappeared. Another home remedy is to apply a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide to the affected area using a cloth or cotton ball. Care must be taken in both cases to assure that neither gets into the dogs eyes.
-The nose can be susceptible to drying out. The best way to remedy this is to regularly apply a smear of petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to the nose. This keeps the nose dark and moist. Our vet also recommended vitamin E (just squeeze a little of the capsule), which we have found to work very well.
-Generally, your puppy’s nails will only need to be trimmed every month or so, and it is really not much more difficult than trimming your own nails. If your dog is on cement much of the time they probably won’t need to be clipped at all, other than the dew claws. Some people do not feel comfortable clipping their dogs nails and will take them to a groomer or vet. However, if you want to save time and money, it is a fairly simple task that takes only a few minutes. There are two types of of clippers: a guillotine or a scissor type. The guillotine is the easiest to use. The instructions that come with the clippers will guide you on how to use the instrument. Light claws are easier to cut than dark claws as the blood vessels and nerves that supply the toenail, called the quick, is easier to see. Cut the toenail to within approximately 2 mm of the quick. If you cut into the quick, the toenail will bleed and the dog will experience pain – nothing serious, but they might not sit too still the next time you undertake this task. When cutting dark toenails, it is better to cut just a little off at a time. Some bulldog owners, who have dogs with dark toenails, cut them once every week or two so that they only have to cut off a little at a time, avoiding any fear of cutting into the quick. If you do accidentally cut into the quick, no harm done. Bleeding generally stops within a few minutes (it helps to apply pressure with a paper towel). Don’t let this stop you from ever trying it again, just remember next time to cut off a smaller amount. You will save a lot of money learning to do it yourself and it really isn’t that difficult (although it usually is a 2 man job, one to hold and the other to cut).
Do I need a big house and fenced-in backyard to properly care for a bulldog?
-Fortunately, bulldogs adapt very well to apartment living. They do not need big spaces to roam in order to be happy. We are fortunate to have a large fenced-in backyard, but it is certainly not essential. Bulldogs only need a moderate amount of exercise, which can be accomplished by a walk around the neighbourhood sometime during the day, a short play time in the backyard, etc.
-One caution is that bulldog puppies should be kept away from dog parks and other areas where sick dogs may have been. Young puppies (less than 12 weeks old) do not have all of their immunities built up yet and could possibly pick up parvo or distemper in grass or other areas where sick animals have been.
-Your Bulldog puppy can also be taught to go potty on a paper pee pad or even on an artificial grass mat which can be placed in a strategic location in the house. This makes it possible for you to periodically leave your puppy in the house without supervision for an extended period of time while you are away running errands, fulfilling commitments, etc. We have had good luck in this regard with our bulldogs that we have raised from puppies.
How often and how much do I feed my puppy?
-When you receive your new Bulldog puppy, he/she will be accustomed to eating 3 times a day (morning, noon, and evening). Because we feed more than one puppy at the same time (the rest of their littermates), we put a large bowl full of their puppy food in their kennel and let them eat until they are satisfied. Once all of them walk away from the bowl we know they are done, and we take it away.
-Puppies are changing and growing rapidly, and they need to eat more frequently (at least 3 times a day) to provide all the proper nourishment and nutrition for their rapidly growing bodies. Make sure your puppy always has access to fresh water through out the day.
-Once your puppy is older, you can put your puppy on a twice a day, or even a once a day schedule. Your vet can help you determine the frequency and amount you should be feeding your puppy based on the needs of your puppy, size (over/under weight), activity level, etc. You can either feed him/her on a set schedule (which will help you know when he needs to poop) or you can have food available at all times and let them eat what and when they want, as long as they do not put on excessive weight. If they do put on excessive weight, you will have to monitor what they eat daily.
-There should be a guide on the food bag that tells you how much to feed the puppy at each weight. This is only a rough guide depending on activity level, metabolism, etc., and you may need to decrease or increase the quantity based on how quickly your pup is gaining weight and whether he/she finishes all the food at one time. It’s hard to say exactly how much your puppy will need, but the amounts on the bag will give you an idea of where to start.
-You should use a puppy formula until your bulldog is at least 1 year old. While he/she may look like a fully grown dog at 8 or 9 months, and may have actually reached its ultimate adult weight, your puppy is still finishing his/her physical development and bone formation and needs those extra calories and nutrients. When they are 1 year they should transitioned to a high quality, small or medium dog, adult food.
-We now feed all of our new puppies Medium Starter from Royal Canin (available from PetSmart and other reputable pet stores, as well as directly from the company. If you can’t find Medium Starter, Mini Starter or even Maxi Starter will substitute fine, and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We strongly encourage each of our valued clients to use this wonderful puppy chow for at least the first month after you receive your puppy. Puppies are stressed when they are taken from their mothers and litter mates and sent to their new home, so anything that can be done to reduce further stress is important, and this means not abruptly changing their diet.
-If all is going well with your puppy after being in your home for a month or so, you can start transitioning over to another high quality, small or medium dog puppy chow if you choose. If you plan on changing dog food brands we advise making the change gradually so the sudden change does not cause any irritation to the digestive tract, which may result in loose stools and diarrhea. If you decide to change brands of dog food, mix the new brand with your existing brand on a 1×2 ratio. If he/she tolerated this well, mix half and half for a few days. If he/she is still doing well, mix the new brand to the old brand on a 2×1 ratio for a few days. If things are still going well after a few days, switch over completely to the new brand.
-We strongly recommend a high protein (at least 27%), high fat (at least 15%), and high fiber dry puppy chow that has meat as the first ingredient and rice as the main filler. We try to avoid wheat and corn fillers as they can be harder on your puppy’s digestive system and can also make him/her gassy. Costco (Kirkland brand) has a high quality chow meeting our recommendations at a very reasonable price, but you can purchase high quality puppy food from any pet shop, vet’s office, Wal-Mart, IFA, etc. Some puppies are allergic to grains, so a grain free chow should be provided to them, and a few even need to be put on a raw diet.
-If you are feeding your puppy a high quality small or medium adult dog food (if he/she is over 1 year) or puppy chow (if he/she is under a year), you can probably get by without special supplements. However, to be sure that all of our dogs are getting all of the nutrients they need to maintain strong, healthy bodies and good coats, we have started giving our dogs NuVet tablets, and it has made a noticeable improvement in our kennel, especially with our pregnant and whelping females.
-We were told about this supplement from a breeder friend of ours who obtained fantastic results in her kennel by using this supplement every day with each of her dogs. She said she solved several problems (from skin rashes to low milk production in mothers, along with several other nagging health issues) when she started giving each dog in her kennel one of these supplements daily. We believe you and your puppy will also benefit from these outstanding supplements which you can find detailed under “Great Products”. When you use the number provided you can purchase these supplements at a significantly discounted rate versus the retail cost.