Puppies and puppy care

Their eyes should be the actual color they’re going to be for the rest of their lives. Licorice has dark brown eyes. Lily has blue gray eyes, and Stitch has blue. Such beautiful puppies.

So I wanted to talk about puppy care. We were talking about when we first brought Gizmo home and all that we went through with her. Especially chewing things she wasn’t supposed to, like my books on the bottom shelf, and housebreaking. Those were tough.

I suggest that if you’re thinking about getting a puppy you should do what many expectant parents do and you baby proof your house. But in this case you’re puppy proofing! One way to do this is by crawling on your floor of any and all rooms your puppy will have access to. Look for cords, papers, shoes, kids’ toys, anything you don’t want puppy to get. If its on the floor they’ll get it. So pick it up, hide it, do whatever you need to keep it away. When they are older they grow out of this phase and they won’t go for these items anymore. I think Gizmo grew out of the chewing phase when she was about a year.

Also, make sure you block underneath furniture that you don’t want puppy to crawl under. Gizmo was notorious for getting under beds and finding things she shouldn’t. Also, if they start to do this when they are small, as they get bigger they may get stuck under furniture and you don’t want that to happen. Put some wood blocks in the gaps to keep them from getting under anything.

Before getting a puppy, you might want to purchase some puppy training pads. There are bound to be accidents throughout the housebreaking process. Don’t get mad at puppy if and when there are accidents on your carpet. Just redirect them outside. When they do eliminate outside where you want them to go, praise them and tell them what a great dog they are. It takes a lot of patience, but soon they will get it. You may want to install a doggy door, if possible to make it easier for the pooch to have access to outside. If that is not possible, there are other training methods. I’ve seen a dog that rings a bell when it needs to go out. It hangs on a string by the door and the dog hits the bell with nose or paw and a human opens the door for them. You start by putting a treat behind the bell that the dog wants to get to. When the dog rings the bell trying to get to the treat you open the door. Then the dog realizes that ringing a bell equals open door, and once they get that down you can remove the treat. Those are just a couple ideas, if you want more I’m sure there are plenty more online to find.

Just be patient, however you’re going to do the potty training/housebreaking and soon your puppy will have it down.

I also recommend crate training. A crate is not for punishment, it’s a sanctuary. Please don’t use them to punish your dog. They need to love their crate. Place a bed in there and make it comfortable. Make sure it is not too small for the dog, you want them to be able to stand up and turn around. Crates also help with housebreaking because dogs generally will not potty where they sleep. Just be sure you don’t leave them in there too long. They can’t hold their bladder forever. We use our crate for Gizmo whenever we leave the house, and when we go to sleep. She’s so used to this when we say “crate” she happily goes in there. She even takes naps there occasionally.

Another item I recommend is a harness. They don’t have to wear it all the time, just for walks. But make sure it’s comfortable. Find which one works for you and your doggy. I know they make special ones, specifically for frenchies, but that’s not necessary, unless you want one. Find one that is adjustable and will “grow” with your pup. We had to buy a few for Gizmo. And with a harness you need a leash. Whatever leash type you are comfortable with. I personally like the retractable types. It helps that I can shorten and lengthen it at will.

With frenchies, don’t go on too long a walk, they might get too tired, or overheated. Never let a frenchie become overheated. They don’t release heat well, so even in what we might think as mild temps, a French bulldog might be too hot. If your french companion starts panting, offer some water and rest. You can bring a small bowl and a bottle of water for such times, or buy a dog water bottle. They have a “bowl” that folds along the side of the bottle that you can pop out and easily pour the water into. If it’s too hot, don’t even attempt a walk. Unless it’s the only way frenchie can take a potty break. In that case, stay close to home and keep the walk short.

Next thing on my list of necessities is some bowls for food and water. These dogs are small so you don’t need a really big food bowl. But with water you might constantly be refilling. You could get a self filling water bowl with the bottles you fill up.

And last item is chew toys. You can never have too many chew toys. Just make sure they’re safe and that the pooch likes them. If they have good chew toys they might leave your stuff alone, for a while. I don’t recommend bones. Especially not cooked ones, or any chicken bones. They break into sharp pieces that could injure your dog. We did get Gizmo a deer antler though and she loves it. I don’t think they break down the way bones do. Once the antler gets a sharp point, or gets small enough that they might choke on it, you may want to replace it with a new one.

Another tip, if a toy has strings that easily come off, or stuffing that comes out, you want to make sure they don’t ingest those. They can clog a puppy’s tummy and cause a lot of problems.

Well, I think that’s a lot! But enjoy your new frenchie companion! Play with them and have fun!

If you have any questions please feel free to comment, or send an email.

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