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English Bulldog Puppy Care & Tips  

    It is very important that you choose the right pet for you. We want to make sure that all of our puppies go to loving homes. Buying a pet should not be taken lightly. Pets deserve the same amount of time and attention as a new born baby. Please make sure that you have the time and patience for a new family member before buying your new pet. Click on the link below to view some tips to help you make the right decision.
Tips on Choosing the Right Pet

 Bringing Baby Home

      When you arrive home with your puppy, remember - your puppy is a baby English Bulldog. Like all babies, he needs lots of love and cuddling, plenty of rest, sleep, and good nourishing food. Moving to a new home, leaving his mother, brothers, and sisters is a very traumatic experience for the puppy. For the first couple of weeks, try to change his life as little as possible. Follow the same routines as we have. Feed him in the same place at each meal. Be sure he has a special area all his own for his bed. Give him lots of love and cuddling. During the first couple of days, you should take him to your veterinarian for a check up. Take along the record of his immunizations and wormings. Once the puppy is settled into his new home, you can begin to introduce him to your way of doing things.

 Equipment

Rocking Chair or a really comfortable big chair you can sit in and cuddle your new English Bulldog puppy.

Food and Water Dish with straight sides and flat bottom. The best material is stainless steel - avoid plastic.

Collar and a Leash. A light weight, small harness is best. It should be long enough to slip over the pup's head with room to spare but should not have more than a six inch "tail" when around his neck. His first lead should be light weight, you will need a strong leather lead as he grows.

Nail Clippers . Nails should be clipped regularly. I recommend every two weeks.

Wire Crate.
  It is much easier to house train a puppy if he sleeps in a crate. If you travel at all with your dog, he is safer and happier riding in a crate. It is just as important for your dog to be in a crate in the car as it is for you to wear your seat belt. English Bulldogs do better in wire crates than the hard plastic type because the air circulation through the wire crates is so much better.

Puppy Pen. Even though you have a fenced yard, you may want to confine the puppy to or out of a particular area. Puppy pens are easily portable and very handy for keeping a puppy confined to a small area. They are especially useful for potty training your puppy.

Whisker Scissors. If you plan to show your English Bulldog you will need a pair of whisker scissors. These are small, sharp, blunt end scissors which you can purchase from a pet store.

Good Brush. You can use almost any brush on an English  Bulldog but the best ones have flexible rubber bristles and small enough to fit your hand comfortably.


English Bulldog Medicine Chest

Vaseline. Use this on his nose, on his eye wrinkles, any place you need to soothe and waterproof. Use it also on the thermometer when you take his temperature.

Real Lemon. If he gets phlegm in his throat and chokes on it, a couple squirts of juice from the plastic lemon will help clear it out.

Rectal thermometer.

Clear Eyes for irritated eyes

Neosporin Ointment. A good all purpose ointment for minor skin afflictions. 

Pepto Bismol. For minor stomach upset.

Kaopectate. For minor diarrhea.

Q-tips. Use for applying medication and cleaning ears.

Cotton balls. Use for applying medication, for cleaning and to keep ears dry while bathing.

 Climate

     English Bulldogs can not tolerate extreme temperatures. Due to their heavy builds and physical characteristics, during the summer they should not be left outdoors for long periods of time, and must have access to shady areas. It is best to keep them indoor with air conditioning. If they must be outside, it is good to have a shady area. Due to their short hair, English Bulldogs also must have a good heat source in the winter. Bullie puppies can suffer from heat stroke very easily, be sure to keep them cool enough in the summer months. Any temperature of 90 degrees or above can be very dangerous. If you take your Bullie out during a hot day then be sure to wet them down and provide unlimited water to drink. (NOT with Cold water-use lukewarm) Keep their time out to a minimum during extreme heat. Bullie puppies can get cold very easily, be sure to keep them in a warm environment during colder months to avoid them catching a cold.

Toys

     Never give your English Bulldog a rawhide toy. They can tear a piece off the rawhide and choke on it. Puppies like knotted socks to shake and play tug of war with. Balls - Be sure the ball is too big to lodge in the throat or to be swallowed. Be sure the toy is too big to swallow. There  are several choices of toys available from your local pet store.

 Feeding
Your Bullies Nutrition

    Bullies love to eat!  In fact, obesity is a real problem with English Bulldogs. It is best to feed a high quality dog food on a set schedule. Snacks should be limited. English Bulldog should eat out of a pan which has a flat bottom and straight sides. Stainless steel lasts longer. Do not use plastic for his food or his water. Feed a two to four month old puppy four times a day. There are several good brands of puppy food. You want a food that the puppy likes and which produces a nice coat, keeps the puppy round, but not obese, and produces solid stools. Check the list of ingredients on the bag. Do not feed your Bulldog a food which contains soy. You may feed the puppy on a set schedule, or have food available to him at all times. The choice depends on which is more convenient  for you. How much you feed him depends on the puppy. In most cases, a growing puppy which gets sufficient exercise should eat as much as it wants. Your food manufacturer will have the recommended amounts to feed on the bag according to the age and weight of the puppy. If the puppy does become obese, you may need to regulate the amount he eats, but do not put a growing puppy on a severely restricted diet unless it is supervised by a veterinarian who is knowledgeable about English Bulldog puppies. From four to six months a puppy's feeding regimen should remain the same but the number of feedings may be reduced to three. At about six months this number can be reduced to two. In most cases continue feeding the puppy as much as he wants. How often you feed at one year of age and older depends on your preference and the dog's. Most dogs do well on one meal a day. Some do better on two meals a day. You may prefer to feed in the morning or the evening. This is up to you. If you like it and the dog likes it, it's the right way. An English  Bulldog usually eats puppy food until it is at least a year old. Most Bulldogs are changed from puppy to adult food at around twelve months of age. The best change is to the adult version of the puppy food you have been feeding him. It does not hurt your Bulldog to change from one brand of dog food to another as long as each change is done by gradually, substituting more and more of the new brand for the old. If your Bulldog is spayed or neutered or as it ages and becomes less active, you may need to start feeding a reduced calorie dog food to keep it from becoming too fat. Most good brands of dog food have regulated diet formulas. Again, it's best if you stay with the same brand you've been feeding and change to the "lo-fat" version. Your English Bulldog should have fresh water available at all times.
Natural Dog Food
Recommended Food
Other Foods

 Grooming

    Your English Bulldog should be thoroughly brushed at least three times a week. Most Bulldogs love to be brushed. Use a soft bristle or rubber brush. Start at the rear and brush against the hair. After you've brushed the entire dog against the grain, brush it again with the grain. Follow this with a good rub down. This will keep his hair shiny and his skin healthy. The idea is to remove the dead hair and distribute the natural oils.

Bathing

    An English  Bulldog that receives frequent brushing and rubdowns does not need frequent bathing. Most Bulldog Owners bathe their dogs when the dog is dirty - when it obviously needs a bath. Of course, if you are showing your English Bulldog he needs a bath before he goes to the show. A show dog in the ring should be a squeaky clean dog in the ring. Where do you bathe a Bulldog? Any place you want to and can! I use the bath tub and in the summer washing dog on the lawn can be fun. You need a place where you can control the dog, where you can easily control the water supply and where you can rinse the dog thoroughly. Gather up all the things you will need before you start. You will need: shampoo, any rinses you plan to use, cotton balls, Q-tips, Vaseline, wash cloth, towels. You will want a mild, no tears shampoo. Baby shampoo such as Johnson & Johnson No Tears or Avon Tearless are really good or if you are showing your bully use a special whitening shampoo for white dogs (Lambert Kay Snowy-Coat, Bio Groom Super White, etc.). Many use a special shampoo for red dogs (Ring S Burnished Bronze, etc.). You may on occasion need to use a flea shampoo but since these are quite harsh, don't use one unless you really need to. Put a small amount of neosporin in the eyes and place a cotton ball securely in each ear before you wet the dog. Wet the dog thoroughly from just behind the ears to the tips of the toes on his hind feet. Be sure his underside is wet, too, not just the top and sides. Apply the shampoo starting at his neck and working back. Work the shampoo in to be sure you get all the way through his hair to the skin. You should pay special attention to his paws (wash between the toes), his tail (clean all around the base), and the genital area. On a female, be especially careful to clean the vulva. Wet the wash cloth and use it to dampen the dog's face and ears. Put some shampoo on the washcloth and wash the dog's face. Wash the wrinkles over the nose, on the forehead, around the nose and under the eyes. Wash his nose. Wash his ears, inside and out. Now rinse. Rinse until you are sure every bit of the dog, especially in the wrinkles and tight places, is thoroughly rinsed and there is no shampoo any place. If you are applying a rinse, do it now, following the instructions. You can use a dog conditioner rinse like Oster Creme Rinse, Oster Coat Conditioner or Francodex Oatmeal Creme Rinse, or you can use Johnson's Baby Creme Rinse. Dry the dog with towels. Take the cotton balls out of the dog's ears. Rub a dab of Vaseline onto his nose to help keep it soft. You can then let him air dry or use a hair dryer to finish the drying. It's best to keep the dog inside until it is completely dry - about two hours.

Nails

    English Bulldogs need their toe nails cut on a regular basis - about every two weeks. The nails should be kept as short as possible. You may use dog nail clippers.  The important thing is to be able to control the dog so that you do not hurt it. You can put the dog on the floor and scratch its tummy, or hold it between your legs - whatever works. Be especially careful not to cut into the quick. On white nails you can see where the quick begins. On black nails cut just to the curve of the nail. The clippers usually leave a rough edge. Use a good dog nail file to smooth them off.  The main thing is to make the experience as pleasant as possible for the dog so be really careful when cutting nails and don't cut into the quick. If your dog takes frequent walks on pavement or such, it will usually wear the nails down.

 Wrinkles

    English Bulldogs tend to have many wrinkles. The wrinkles should be cleaned often. When you clean the wrinkles, wash his nose and apply a good rub of Vaseline to keep it soft. It's better to clean more often than you think you need to than not often enough. You can clean the wrinkles with a soft, damp cloth and then dry. Or you can wash them using the shampoo you use to bathe the dog. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry thoroughly. One of the best ways is to wipe the wrinkles clean with Baby Wipes with lanolin and aloe. Whatever method you use, be sure to get the deep nose wrinkle clean. If it is becomes irritated Neosporin will help to heal.It is not uncommon to see English Bulldogs with "tear stains" of varying degrees of color. If the stain is bad, in addition to cleaning you may want to try to remove the stain. There are many treatments, you may have to try several before you find one that works for you. Some of the commercial products used are Shows "Pretty Eyes" Stain remover, Bio-Groom cream (to prevent re-staining) and Diamond Eye. You can make a paste of I Tbs. Hydrogen Peroxide and enough corn starch to make a thin paste. Apply to the stain, let dry, brush off excess. Apply on a daily basis until the stain in gone, then weekly to keep stain from returning. 

Fleas

    The best way to treat fleas is to prevent them. Some dogs are allergic to flea saliva and can develop really serious skin problems. So try to keep the flea population to a minimum. If you do get a bad flea infestation you may need to "bomb" your house. Frequent bathing and brushing is the first defense. Frequently changed and clean bedding is very important. Flea collars are not very effective and many English Bulldogs cannot wear them. Give the dog a bath with a good flea shampoo or use an anti-flea rinse when you bathe. The chemicals used in these shampoos are harsh so use them only when necessary and follow instructions carefully. Flea Shampoos is probably the most used to control fleas. There are various types of dips and sprays available, such as Adams Day Flea Dip, Escort Flea & Tick Spray and Mycodex Aqua-Spray. Since these really are medications, it's a good idea to at least begin with ones from your veterinarian or that have been specifically recommended by a professional. Avon Skin so Soft mixed in the rinse water is an effective, non-irritating flea deterrent. You can also use the Skin so Soft mixed with an equal part of water in a spray bottle. This is also reported to repel mosquitoes and ticks. Above all else, a clean environment, especially his bed, is the best flea prevention.

Bedding

    Bedding material used for your English Bulldogs should be a special place that warm, nice and comfy.The most common is cotton rugs or blankets which can be washed with ease. The fake sheepskin rugs available from most pet stores make good beds as they are soft and wash and dry with ease. The important thing for bedding is that it be easily washable and provide a soft resting area for the dog.

 House Breaking Your Bullie

     The key here is consistency, consistency, consistency. A popular method recognized and recommended by veterinarians, trainers and breeders is crate training. It takes advantage of a dogs natural instinct to find a safe place of its own. Crate training could cut housebreaking time in half. And of course the other is complete House Breaking which involves lots of patience and persistence. Begin by taking the pup outside to the same area every time, as soon as he wakes up, about ten minutes after each meal and just before his bedtime. The puppy must empty bladder and bowels before he goes to bed for the night. Always praise the puppy as he is going, and move away from the area as soon as he is finished. Very few dogs will soil their beds, so it is best to keep him confined at night and any time you cannot watch him. If you see the pup sniffing and circling take him outside immediately. If you see him urinating or defecating in the house, say "NO, NO" and take him outside at once. Do not scold him unless you catch him in the act. Using praise for correct behavior works much better than punishment for "incorrect" behavior. Remember, a puppy is a baby, his capacity is small, his muscle control is limited. Be consistent, be patient, and you will succeed in training him to go outside.
Housebreaking Your Bully
Clicker Training
Litter Box Training
Crate Training

 Leash Training

    The earlier you start the better, but, if your puppy has not had any lead training before you get him, wait a week or so until he's settled comfortably into his new home before you begin. You will need a light weight training collar and a light weight lead. The collar should be long enough to slip over his head with ease and have some room for growth, but should not be more than six inches longer than the circumference of his neck. Put the collar on the puppy so that it goes over his neck from his left to right. Fasten the lead to the collar and let the puppy lead you around. If he doesn't move, move a bit and coax him to move after you. Do not ever pull on the lead and drag or choke the puppy. This should be a happy experience for the puppy so give him lots of praise. As he becomes used to walking about with the collar and lead, begin to give little tugs and encourage him to follow you rather than you following him. Always keep him on your left side. Keep his lessons short. Several five to ten minutes sessions a day are better than one half hour session. Do not play with the puppy during his lesson, but do praise him often when he follows you. Once he is following you with consistency you can begin taking him on walks around the neighborhood. You will probably need to give him several gentle tugs the first few times to keep him with you rather than exploring on his own. You may need to stop and talk to him a few times. Again, do not pull on the lead and drag or choke him. A quick jerk and immediate release on the collar is the way to control him. Do not try to rush this. A few minutes a day, every day, lots of praise when he does it right, a quick jerk and release to correct when he doesn't, lots of praise, patience and consistency and he will soon be walking nicely at your side. If you plan to exhibit your puppy, you will also need to train him to stand still and let you hold his head. Start this training along with the lead training as early as possible.
Training 

 Exercise  

    Bullies love to play, however, they need only short play times as they cannot tolerate heavy exercise.  Walks are nice. They do pretty well in cold temperatures but have some difficulty in the heat.
Ruff Aerobics

 

Choosing the Right Vet  

    Choosing the right vet is critical. Make sure your vet is licensed by the state in which they practice. Having open lines of communication is very important when dealing with your vet. He or she must be able to speak openly with you about any problems or concerns they may have for your bully. Make sure that your Vet is familiar with your particular breed. This is especially important for English Bulldogs.
Talk to a Vet Online


Keep Your Pet Current on Vaccinations

    Keeping your pet up to date with vaccinations, heart worm preventative and regular wormings helps to promote a healthy happy Bully. This helps to prolong the life span and cuts down on expensive treatments against the illnesses caused by the different diseases that vaccinations guard against.
Heart Worm Prevention
Heimlich Maneuver on Dogs



Common Ailments
& Treatments


The very best advice is to know your English Bulldog. Check the entire dog daily. Know if he isn't eating, if he isn't playing, if he doesn't seem quite right. If something is wrong so you can take appropriate action immediately. There are several minor ailments you can treat at home. Do not keep trying various methods of home medication. The best medical advice I can give you is, "Find a veterinarian who knows and likes English Bulldogs." This is one of the reasons why it's a good idea to join your local English Bulldog Club. The members can usually refer you to a veterinarian who is familiar with Bulldogs.

Liquid Medications - The easiest way to give a liquid medication is with a syringe. You can get them from your veterinarian or most drug stores. You want at least a 2cc size. Discard the needle. Pull the proper amount of liquid into the syringe, open the dog's mouth and "shoot" the liquid onto the back of his tongue.

Pills and capsules - Open the dog's mouth, push the pill or capsule as far down his throat as possible, then hold his mouth shut and stroke his throat until he swallows.  Or wrap the pill or capsule in a bit of ground beef or cheese and feed it to the dog. This usually works when all else fails.

Vomiting - For minor upset stomach Pepto Bismol or a similar medicine works best. Dose is according to the dog's weight. If there is hard vomiting or if the upset lasts more than 24 hours, take the dog to your veterinarian.

Diarrhea - Kaopectate is most usually prescribed for minor diarrhea. Dose amount depends on the dog's weight. If the diarrhea continues longer than 24 hours or if there is blood in the stool, take the dog to the veterinarian.

Eyes - Dust, wind, pollen, the things that make your eyes burn and water have the same effect on your English Bulldog. You can rinse the eyes out with a solution such as Clear Eyes. If the eyes are badly irritated, use a contact lens ointment such as Bausch & Lomb Duolube. For any other eye ailment, take the dog to your veterinarian.                                                                

Tail - Some English Bulldog's have their tail set in a pocket. If yours does,  you will need to make a special effort to keep that pocket clean and dry. Wipe it out frequently. You may need to use cotton balls rather than a wash cloth if the pocket is tight. Be sure to dry it thoroughly and apply an ointment such as Neosporin, or a drying powder.

Temperature - You take his temperature just as you take a small baby's - rectally. Use a good rectal thermometer, lubricate generously with Vaseline, insert gently, hold onto the thermometer dogs have been known to "suck" them in, wait about five minutes, pull out and read. Normal temperature for most dogs is from 100.5 to 101.

Ice - Start giving your English Bulldog pieces of ice to eat when he is still a small puppy so that he learns to like it. Luckily, most Bulldogs do. This is a great way to cool down a hot dog. Blocks of ice make a great summer time toy. A pan of ice in or on top of his crate helps keep him cool.

Insect Stings - If your English Bulldog is stung by a bee or other insect, give him Benadryl liquid and watch him closely for the next half hour. You may also apply an ice pack to the area where he was stung. If the area around the sting swells and hardens, if hives appear, or if he seems to have difficulty breathing take him to your veterinarian. This is no time to procrastinate, your dog's life depends on quick treatment.


Puppy Obedience
Training Classes               

    Ask your veterinarian to recommend an obedience trainer. Obedience training will turn your little darling into a dream. These classes cover a variety of lessons for you as well as your puppy. Your puppy will be the smartest on the block. Bullies are very quick learners. Obedience training will enhance their inner beauty and make for a joyful relationship. They are taught everything from potty training to staying off the furniture.

Do's & Don'ts Of Puppy Training

Do give your puppy lots of love and attention.

Do feed your puppy a formula designed for puppies. He needs very nutritious and  highly digestible food. (No soy)

Do not expose your puppy to new animals until about 16 weeks when his immunity is fully up. 

Do not pick the puppy up by the scruff of the neck.

Do not allow children to be rough with him in anyway. 

Do continue your vets protocol to keep his vaccinations and heartworm prevention current.

Do vaccinate against rabies as required by law.

Don't let the puppy near your stairs unless being supervised by you.

Do keep the puppy well supervised during the first several weeks at his new home. A puppy may get lost and wander away and forget where home is.

Do have patience and a gentle touch. The way you interact with your puppy is critical to his becoming a well rounded mature dog.

Do housebreak and train your dog with kindness, consistency  and patience.

Do be alert for signs of sniffing and circling, this is a sign that he has to go to the bathroom. Take him outside immediately.

Don't punish your puppy if he has an accident. Never push his nose in the waste or scold him. He won't understand.

Do give you puppy praise every time he goes to the bathroom outside.

Traveling with your Bully

     Traveling with your pet can be adventuresome and well as trying for both  you and your pet. Please visit some of the sites below for some helpful hints.
Traveling with your Pet

Pet Insurance

    Having pet insurance is a great way to guard against inflation. Pet insurance will cover those unforeseen problems that can arise. Pet insurance also helps with maintenance of your pet.
VPI Pet Insurance
AKC Pet Health
Pet Assure

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Fun for the Whole Family

    Going to Pet shows can be fun for the whole family. To find a show close to you click on the links below.
America's Family Pet Expo
Atlanta Pet Fair

World of Pets



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