Taking care of your Bulldog
Your English Bulldog puppy will need to be confined for the first couple of months. Puppies can wander off, injure themselves and can be attacked by other animals. You will also need a place for your puppy when you are away. You may either house him/her in a small room, or a dog pen in a larger room. Make sure you have a warm blanket or dog bed for him/her to sleep on. Interact with your puppy as much as possible during this time and ensure her/she is fed and watered. Avoid shouting at your pets (at any age).
Feeding and Water
You will need to feed your new English Bulldog puppy as follows:
- 1 – 3 Months of age: 4 times a day;
- 3 – 6 Months of age: 3 times a day;
- 6 Months – onwards: 2 times a day;
- Upgrade to adult dog food at 12 months of age;
- Always have plenty of clean, fresh water available for your dog at all time;
- Avoid Soya – many English Bulldogs are allergic to Soya, which causes gastric torsion that may be fatal;
- Avoid supermarket and bulk supplier dog food;
- Avoid excessive fats.
Feed your new puppy dog food that is as natural as possible.
- The B.A.R.F diet -if you can afford it.
- Eukanuba, Hills or Royal Canin from your local vet.
Toys to chew and play with
All puppies will teeth/chew on anything. Chew toys assist in a dog’s dental hygiene. Look for chew toys that are safe. Never expose your puppy to anything he can swallow or that may stuck in his throat. Nylon chew toys are safe and are available at most pet shops. Avoid rawhide sticks, Pig ears and Pig hooves these are not safe chew toys, as pieces may break off and choke your dog.
Confinement will assist in housebreaking your English Bulldog. Make sure your puppy is confined when you are not at home and during night time/sleep time. Make sure you take your puppy for a walk outside so that he/she may relieve themselves. Puppies will at first, need to be taken for a walk to relieve themselves 3 or 4 times during the day, this will reduce to once or twice a day after a few months. The more you practice this routine, the easier it will become for the dog and the owner.
English Bulldogs can overheat easily due to temperature, excitement, exercise, or stress. Overheating can be fatal for bulldogs. Always take water with you when you walk your dogs, especially if you plan a long walk or day out traveling/visiting/shopping with your dog.
If your English Bulldog overheats and throws up phlegm:
- Act quickly;
- Get your dog into a cool place or shade;
- Cover him/her with a wet or damp towel/shirt;
- If his/her tongue turns blue, pour cold water over the body, or immerse him/her in an ice bath/basin.
English Bulldogs have elongated palates and on occasion may vomit or bring up phlegm. This is normal. If this happens regularly, consult your vet.
Keep your English Bulldog’s wrinkles clean and dry. Clean all of the folds on his/her face with a wet towel, and dry them thoroughly. Sprinkle gold bond medicated powder or rub Vaseline into the folds once dried.
Puppies require an initial series of 3 vaccinations. Annual boosters are required thereafter. Speak to your vet about vaccinations.
Every 3 – 5 months
English Bulldogs are not natural swimmers. Never leave your Bulldog unattended near water.
Chocolate, onions, lawn chemicals and rodent poisons can be fatal to your dog, if you think your dog has been poisoned, contact/take your dog to a vet immediately.
- Dog training is essential in your dog being confident and feeling safe;
- Be consistent in your dog’s training;
- Speak to your trainer about best practices;
- Always praise your dog for good deeds/behavior;
- Always walk your dog outside of his regular living space/garden;
- Make sure your dog is on a leash when walking him/her;
- Speak firmly and in a low tone (to discipline);
- Speak in a happy tone (to praise / acknowledge / motivate);
- Never shout at or hit your dog;
- Never teach your dog to fight;
- Never discipline after the fact;
- Never go jogging with your dog in tow;
- Never use a choke chain;
- Be the pack leader. Remember, your dog follows your behavior.