French bulldog puppy checklist

Will you have a new family member in your house soon?

 If yes, then we suggest checking if you are ready for its appearance! Below is a list of things a puppy needs in the first months of life.

1. Bowls 

Your dog needs two bowls, one for food and one for water. Make sure the bowls are stable and fit your Frenchie. 

There are several varieties of dog bowls: 

Ceramic bowls. The main advantage of ceramic dog bowls is their stability. Due to their weight, ceramic bowls do not roll over or roll on the floor. 

Metal bowls. This type of bowl is made of stainless steel and will serve you and your pet for more than one year. For moving dogs, special bowls with an elastic band have been developed, which have an anti-slip rubberized bottom. Owners of a small kitchen will be delighted with ergonomic bowls on a stand: they take up little space, are easy to clean, and have rubberized feet. One of the most modern bowls is metal on an adjustable stand. Like all metal bowls, they are very practical and durable. At the same time, they are very convenient for the dog: the massive stand prevents the bowls from rolling on the floor, and the strong mount prevents them from turning over. In addition, many dog ​​handlers believe that bowls should be placed at the level of the dog’s chest, as this promotes correct posture and prevents air from being swallowed. These bowls are especially convenient for puppies: adjustable bowls will “grow” as the dog matures and will promote the correct development of the spine. 

Silicone bowls. Convenient and lightweight foldable silicone bowls that fit easily into a jeans pocket, backpack, or purse. Indispensable during long walks, traveling, or at an exhibition. 

2. Feed 

Ask the breeder or veterinarian (and it is better to listen to the opinion of both!), Then you should feed the puppy. Stock up on essential foods or feed so that the new family member always has fresh food. We recommend feeding your dog premium food. 

3. Toys 

Surely, thinking about the question “What does a puppy need?”, You imagined various toys. Puppy toys are not just fun, they are also a way to explore the world. The right toys will save your shoes and furniture and help your puppy survive the loneliness while you are not at home. 

4. A place to sleep and rest 

The puppy needs to be allocated a place in the apartment where he will sleep and rest. Where this place will be located depends not only on your choice, but also on the preferences of the puppy: a new family member may like to be in the spotlight, or maybe vice versa – he wants to rest where there is no close supervision. The main thing is that the pet’s corner is soft, warm, and comfortable!

Dog bedding

Dog mats are practical loungers made on a foam base. They fold easily and can be taken with you on the road. The mat can be placed in the cage or carrier.

Dog pillows

Dog pillows are softer bedding options. The pillows can be used on their own or as a soft base for a plastic lounger or carrier.

Dog baskets

Baskets are ideal for dogs who like to rest their head on something while sleeping. Baskets are soft and hard. In the latter case, it is best to use them with a soft pillow or blanket. When choosing a bed, pay attention to its size (a puppy should buy a bed “for growth”). More practical are sun loungers that have a removable cover or that can be washed in a washing machine. 

5. Ammunition 

Before every lover of the breed, especially if this dog is their first, there is the question of what to choose – a harness or a collar. Cynologists and veterinarians have already proven that the harness is much more ergonomic. Unlike a collar, it does not put pressure on the dog’s neck and does not cause unnecessary discomfort when walking. During a walk, the harness does not pinch the neck, this helps to avoid unnecessary stress. Also, a dog on a harness is much easier to pull up and at the same time, they are not afraid to injure the pet. Experts advise choosing a lightweight walking harness made of dense material (tarpaulin, leather, etc.) for the French Bulldog. To determine the size, take measurements: the distance from the withers to the tail, the circumference of the neck and chest in a wide place. 

After choosing a collar, you can also pick up a leash. It can be in the form of a bundle (soft leather or fabric leash without a carabiner) or a classic accessory. For the Frenchman, it is recommended to choose a roulette leash, which is chosen based on the size and activity of the dog. Roulettes are 3-10 meters long and are great for walking in open areas. But for trips in transport or walks in public places, it is advisable to purchase a classic limited leash, which will allow you to keep the animal closer to the owner. For training, it is advisable to have a thick leash made of tarpaulin tape or strong leather at least 5 m in length. When choosing a leash, do not forget to pay attention to the carabiner. It must be strong and tough, fastened tightly to the collar ring, which must also be selected in advance. Carabiners with spring and spring locks have proven themselves well. When going for a walk with the puppy, do not forget to attach an address tag to his collar or harness – a pendant that contains information about the dog and its owner (name, address, phone number, etc.). The address tag will help people who have found your pet to contact you. During late evening walks, you may need glowing accessories (collars, cords, or medallions). They will help you not to lose your pet in the dark, and also make it safer to move around the city streets. 

6. Toilet 

While the puppy cannot go outside, or while he is just learning to go to the toilet, give him a special place at home where he can relieve himself. This can be an absorbent diaper or a dog toilet. 

7. Items of care 

For a puppy to grow up beautiful and healthy, it is necessary to take care of its hygiene, groom its coat, regularly trim its nails, brush its teeth, eyes, and ears. Special care products will help you with this.

Shampoos

The dog should not be washed with shampoo intended for humans: the specificity of the dog’s coat and skin is not taken into account in human shampoos! Buy only specialized dog shampoos for your pet. There is a large selection of puppy shampoos. When your pet is a little older, transfer it to a shampoo that takes into account the characteristics of its coat.

Clippers

A clipper is a special device for clipping nails. If you are afraid to cut your dog’s nails on your own, take him to a grooming salon or veterinary clinic.

Combs, brushes, slickers

The arsenal of grooming tools you need depends on your dog’s breed. For combing the fur of the French Bulldog, a special comb is provided with short soft bristles. It is undesirable to use brushes with metal teeth, formulators, and slickers.

Hygiene products

You can clean your pet’s ears with a special lotion or drops. Regularly brushing your teeth with a dog brush and toothpaste can help prevent tartar build-up, and get rid of unpleasant odors. 

8. First aid kit 

In addition to the phone number of the breeder or a special friend, you should always have at hand the phones of the nearest veterinary clinics, veterinarians who visit your home, as well as round-the-clock veterinary clinics. Be sure to keep a dog’s first aid kit, which will store essential medicines and medications that can be useful in treating your puppy or providing first aid.

Getting a dog is a very responsible act! A new family member will require a lot of attention and patience from you. To make your dog’s upbringing enjoyable, your pet’s mood is always at its best and health is in perfect order, take care of all the things that the puppy will need at the beginning of his life in advance! Undoubtedly, the puppy will repay for your care with his love and dedication!

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