After you select the French Bulldog puppy of your dreams, you get to take him home!  Unfortunately, without a manual to tell you how to succeed at raising him. The first few days are exceptionally hard on the new pup because it is the first time they are away from their mom and their other siblings.  It is not uncommon for the puppy to cry out or whine throughout the night.  Give the puppy some time to adjust, and this behavior should naturally stop on it’s own.

Your new baby will need a nice safe place to sleep where it is warm and dry.  It is always recommended to let them sleep with a cloth or a soft toy that has the mother’s or other littler mate’s scent on it.  This should help to calm the puppy and allow them to sleep better.  Make sure that when the puppy cries out you do not give in and run to rescue him.  This will only reinforce the behavior and make it increasingly difficult for you to get them to stop whining.  Another good tip is to place a sheet or a blanket over the box or crate when they are asleep a night because it will get them used to going to sleep at a specific scheduled time.

Puppies are mischievous by nature, and have a tendency to want to explore everything. Be sure hazardous items like marbles, wires, rocks, chemicals, household cleansers and any type of harmful plants are far out of the puppy’s way.

Scolding your pup should be just like scolding a child. However, when you tell him NO, you should show him the correct behavior. For example, if he is chewing up the newspaper, take it away and replace it with one of his toys. Praise him for chewing his toy. Reprimands should be sharp and short. Hitting or spanking may create more problems down the road. The pup can become fearful, shy, or aggressive. Always reward for proper behaviors. Treats make a great reinforcer. So is a simple scratch between the ears and a hug,

Feed him a dry food especially made for puppies. Watch out for very high protein and extra vitamins as they may be harmful to your growing puppy. Feed him two or three times a day. Usually after fifteen minutes, the pup will have eaten all they want, so you can remove the dish. As thy grow, after ten to twelve weeks of age, feed them one in the morning and once at night.

All of these should help your new pup get through those first horrible weeks away from his family. The bond forming between you will last a lifetime.

Dr. Marika Zoll

Dr. Marika Zoll