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How to Prepare for Your New French Bulldog Puppy
Posted February 19, 2019 by Dave Chupp
Are you getting ready to add a Frenchie to the family?
If so, there are a few things you could be doing to prepare yourself and your home for your new French bulldog puppy!
What to buy for a French bulldog puppy
Remember, these are only the essentials to have set up and ready before introducing your pup to their forever home.
It’s a good idea to have a kennel—used not for punishment—but for establishing boundaries and potty training.
Get a larger crate that has an insert that you can adjust as your puppy grows so that they’ll never feel cramped.
Harness & collar
There are plenty of reasons why your Frenchie needs both a harness and collar. Most importantly, they need a collar to display their ID tag and a harness to support their body when on walks.
Food & bowls
Items that you will not forget to purchase includes the puppy’s food (remember to ask your breeder for suggestions on what food to get!) and bowls.
House training is a lengthy process with any puppy, so some handy puppy pads are a must.
This will allow your puppy some leniency as they’re learning and save your floors from some avoidable accidents.
Many ask the question, “Do French bulldogs shed?” The answer is yes, they do!
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to manage with just some routine grooming with a rubber-bristled brush, taking care of any loose dead hairs.
And with their short, single coats making hotter climates a struggle, regular brushing will actually better their circulation and oil production, improving the overall quality of their coat.
You’ll be faced with puppy teething and playful nips as soon as you bring your pup home so it’s best to be prepared with some safe chew toys as well as stuffed animals for your puppy to cuddle with at night.
Puppy-proofing your home
For the safety of your new Frenchie and your belongings, we suggest doing a sweep of your home to locate any potential hazards that your puppy may face.
This includes hiding away electrical cords, stowing away any valuable personal items (for the time being), and putting anything that could be poisonous to your puppy (houseplants, cleaning supplies, etc.) out of paw’s reach.
Make a space for your French bulldog puppy
Your house is big when it comes to a puppy’s perspective—often too big.
That’s why most owners create a space for their new pup in their home, equipped with all of the essentials they’ll need and a smaller area to explore at first.
Find a veterinarian
Your breeder may have a few suggestions for vets that they have worked with that already know your puppy, but be sure to secure a vet before bringing your pup home.
Make yourself available for your puppy
One of the most important things you must do in order to prepare for a French bulldog puppy is freeing up your schedule.
These dogs are made for companionship and will definitely need you during their first few days in a new environment without their mother or siblings. We suggest taking a few days off of work to start, and after that, try not to leave them alone for full days, especially with that tiny puppy bladder!