So, you have been blessed with the bundle of joy and quirkiness that is a French Bulldog puppy? Or do you want to buy a Frenchie puppy, but you’re not quite sure how to take care of it? Whether this is your first pet or one of many, each puppy is unique and needs specific care. Here is your quick how-to guide on caring for French Bulldog Puppies, to give your pet a strong foundation and a fantastic start!
French Bulldog Puppies love to eat! If given the opportunity, they are always eager to eat, but this can lead to weight gain and obesity. However, because they are so young and still growing, they will burn calories more quickly and require enough food and treats to keep them satisfied.
When feeding your puppy, you just need to give them about a third of a cup rather than filling up their bowl completely. It will be simpler for your puppy’s little stomach to digest dry kibble, so try to stay with that. Remember to stick to a regular mealtime routine as they become older and only leave food out when it’s time to eat.
Baby Frenchies only require a bath every six to eight weeks. You will, however, need to clean their beautifully wrinkled faces more frequently! On their heads, French Bulldog puppies have dozens of dark and moist folds that collect dirt, dust, and food scraps. If these folds are not cleaned on a regular basis, a Frenchie can easily become infected. You can clean your puppy’s folds with baby wipes or a wet towel, then put cornstarch inside each fold to absorb excess humidity and oil.
When it’s time for a bath, use a gentle dog shampoo designed specifically for bulldogs and warm water. You should also remember to clean their tail pockets with baby wipes after they go potty, to prevent a tail pocket infection.
Potty training is one of the most challenging and rewarding parts of owning any breed of puppy. It is best to begin training the puppy as soon as it arrives at your house. This is a new habitat for your puppy, and keeping them comfortable requires assisting them with settling down. Stick to a schedule and try to take your puppy outside every two to three hours. You should also go outside every time your pup drinks or eats. Soon, your Frenchie will learn the rules and will begin to give you signs when they need to go out. This usually involves making a circular motion on the floor, with their nose to the ground; best to respond as quickly as possible!
Don’t forget to reward your pup for going potty outside! It will usually take a few weeks to get this new habit down, and accidents can still happen for a month or so. Remember, patience and consistency are key. Puppy pads can help keep your home clean while you’re learning together.
When they are two to three weeks old, their first set of baby teeth will erupt. Majority of French bulldogs start to teethe around the age of two months. They’ll look for anything they can to ease the strain and agony as their baby teeth fall out and are replaced by permanent adult teeth.
For your Frenchie’s aching teeth and gums, look for specialized teething toys. Find stuffed animals made of rubber and rope that are strong and more difficult to tear through. Avoid anything soft or made with rawhide bones, as they can pose a choking hazard for your puppy. These days, there are several safe and efficient teething toys available that avoid this problem and make excellent rawhide substitutes.
Try to take your new friend for a couple of walks each day, or just let them play in a secure part of the yard. Being an energetic and active breed, Frenchies will enjoy having more time to stretch and play. Additionally, this is a fantastic method to develop a social and emotional bond with your Frenchie Puppy. French Bulldogs don’t need a lot of exercises, so stick to daily indoor playtime with a favorite toy, brief walks, and other mild physical activities to help your Frenchie keep active and stay in shape. However, higher temperatures can affect this breed negatively, so avoid taking your puppy outside in the heat. Early in the morning or later in the evening are the finest times for walks.
A couple of extra tips to remember when caring for your French Bulldog puppy:
If you enjoy spending time at the pool or at the beach, your Frenchie puppy will definitely need a good safety life jacket. Frenchies are not known for their swimming prowess and tend to sink quickly.
Do not forget to regularly trim your Frenchie puppy’s nails, otherwise, he may experience serious health issues or pain while walking.
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If you notice that your Frenchie puppy starts to pant, drool and feel weak, you need to immediately splash their fur with cold water. Strive to keep them hydrated with fresh clean water throughout the day.
Despite how challenging caring for a French Bulldog puppy can be, how adorable, loyal, and calm-natured your companion is will make it absolutely worth it. These are some of the reasons why this breed makes such a wonderful family pet.
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