Five Things to Do With Your French Bulldog Puppy the Day You Take Him Home

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French Bulldog puppies may be the cutest babies in the entire world. Bringing one into

your life is a guarantee of joy and companionship for years to come. You can save yourself a lot of stress and heartache if you get your relationship off to a great start. From the day you bring him home, do these five things with your French Bulldog puppy so you both have a great start.


1. Teach Him When You’re Happy


Dogs love to make you happy. Frenchies may have huge personalities, but they still want to be your best friend. Unfortunately, Frenchies don’t speak English. Instead of just telling him, teach him when you’re happy. Get some puppy-approved treats and decide on what you want to use as a “marker” for when he has pleased you. Some people use a clicker, but most just use a word. “Yes!” is a good one. Say it enthusiastically, and follow it with a reward. Soon he’ll learn that hearing a “Yes!” means good things are coming. That’s the building block of all future training attempts.


2. Give Him a Bath


Regular bathing will help keep your French Bulldog puppy’s coat soft and luxurious. It will also be something that gets harder as they get older. Scoop your puppy up and bathe him regularly when he’s too small to resist. He’ll be a better behaved adult when he needs a bath!


3. Set Furniture Expectations


Some people don’t mind if their pets get on their furniture. Some people can’t stand it. You and everyone in your household have to get on the same page about what kind of people you are. Lots of people try to compromise, but that just confuses your dog. If he’s not allowed on the furniture, don’t let him get up even as a puppy. He won’t understand why it used to be okay (and he’ll know how comfortable it is up there!)


4. Let Him Explore


Puppy-proof your home as best you can. Then let your new puppy explore! Letting him roam around (with supervision at first) is the best way to ensure that he’s happy and comfortable in his new home. Overly confined dogs can get anxious when they’re in new environments. You want your French Bulldog puppy to learn that exploring is fun!


5. Nap With Him


If you don’t want to let your pup on the furniture, get down on the floor for an hour or two every day. You can nap or put on the TV or a movie. Then cuddle your puppy up and let him sleep with you. Sleeping together builds trust and affection in both humans and dogs. Letting him sleep with you builds a bond between you that will last a lifetime. There’s a lot to do when you bring a new French Bulldog puppy home. As much as you can, focus on early learning and consistency. Don’t let him on the furniture now if you don’t want him
on it later. Nap with him, let him explore, and teach him when you’re happy! It starts today but lasts a lifetime.

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Bella B - Does Your French Bulldog Need a Grain-Free Diet (French bulldog, grain free)

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When it comes to feeding your French Bulldog, grain free feeding is making a splash.
More and more puppy parents are introducing grain-free diets. The claims for benefits
are as wild as they are for any human diet: better skin, better fur, more energy, even
less behavioral problems are all claims made by grain-free feeders. What’s the
reasoning behind a grain-free diet and does your pup need one?

 


The Gluten-free Reasoning


People who feed their French Bulldog grain free foods typically do so for perceived
health benefits. The reasoning is that dogs may be omnivores (like humans!) but in the
wild, a dog would seldom eat grains. They’re far more likely to hunt or seek out fruits
and vegetables than grains. Too much grain is unnatural and often leads to problems
with the dog’s digestion. In turn, this leads to poor digestion and nutrition problems that
lead to dull fur, ill temper, and other problems.
As of now, there isn’t a lot of veterinary consensus on the subject. Most vets and
governmental bodies that determine the nutritional content of dog foods agree that
grains are a valid food for dogs. The evidence in favor of grain-free diets is anecdotal.


Is Your Dog Healthy


Before you change anything about your dog’s diet, assess his health. If he’s healthy,
there’s no need to fix what isn’t broken. Preemptively going grain-free may not help your
dog, and what you’re already doing is working. If your dog does have skin troubles,
patchy fur, or other issues that don’t seem to have a specific cause, then it’s time to
consider whether there’s a healthier diet out there.


Ask Your Vet First


Before you take any action, ask your vet. They know your Frenchie’s needs and his
health. If you do intend to go grain-free, talk to them about what that diet will look like for
your dog. Even if they don’t think going grain-free is necessary, they can help you make
it healthy for your puppy.


Everyone wants their dog to have the best life possible. For a French Bulldog, grain free
diets are of debated value. If you strongly want to do it, just reach out to your vet first.
They can help you ensure your Frenchie is getting complete nutrition no matter what

you’re feeding him. If you hope to clear up issues with your French Bulldog’s skin, fur, or
temperament, ask your vet about going grain free.

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Four Frenchie Games to Engage Their Hunting Instincts (Frenchie Games)

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Depending on the energy level of your French bulldog, it may be difficult to believe that some of their ancestors were the famous ratters of Paris. While some Frenchies are bundles of energy, many exhibit a more balanced temperament. Whatever their typical energy level, you can dial it up a notch by playing Frenchie games designed to appeal to the hunter in them. Wearing them out can help with problem behaviors like inappropriate chewing, so there are plenty of reasons to try these out. 

 

1. Tug-of-war

 

Frenchies, like most of the bulldog breeds, love to play tug-o-war. They might be hanging on to one end of an old rope toy, but in their hearts, they’re holding prey. Contrary to popular belief, playing tug-o-war with your Frenchie won’t give him or her an attitude problem. Be sure to make it clear on when you’re playing and when you’re not. Also, make sure that your Frenchie has a good understanding of the command, “Drop it.”

 

2. “What’s This?”

 

Dogs have amazing senses of smell, but their eyesight isn’t so good. This game is a bit of a bonding exercise between the two of you. Get a dark color, small treat and sit on a darker surface. When your Frenchie isn’t watching, drop a treat on the floor. Gasp, bend and point, and ask “What’s this?” (or a similar phrase) in a happy tone. When your Frenchie rushes to see, they’re rewarded! Play a few times a day and watch them comb the area for more treats. When you “find” what they can’t, your Frenchie gets even more impressed with your hunting prowess! 

 

3. Treat Stuffed Toys

 

Some Frenchies love to fetch, some don’t, but they all like treats. Get a puzzle ball for long feeding during the day, or load it with amazing treats for an intense game. As your Frenchie solves puzzles, rolling the ball over, shaking it, or chewing it to collect the treats, you’ll see their hunter’s mind come to the foreground. Their ratter instincts kick in. The first rule to rat catching is you have to outsmart the rat.

 

4. The Laser Pointer

 

Cats aren’t the only ones who chase a laser pointer. The little red dot is perfect for Frenchies as well. It’s small, it’s fast, and they’re determined to catch it. Since they never can, periodically reward your dog with petting or treats for doing a good job chasing the dot. Over time, they’ll come to recognize the red dot as their sworn enemy, and will use all their skills to chase it down. 

 

Frenchie games revolve around engaging both mind and body. Whether they’re testing their limits, holding prey with tug-of-war, or figuring out how to get a puzzle-ball to drop their kibble, their hunting instincts are coming out. Keep them hunting to keep them happy and healthy.

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A Brief History of the French Bulldog

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A Brief History of the French Bulldog

French Bulldogs have a history as colorful as their personalities. A true international sensation, Frenchies are a relatively new breed, even though they have ancient roots. With a varied past, there’s much to look into when it comes to French Bulldogs. This brief history covers the highlights.

 

Ancient Greatness

 

The French Bulldog’s great-great ancestor was an ancient Greek breed. Molossians are the ancestors of many modern breeds, as they were carried through the ancient world by Phoenician traders. Though noble dogs, they would not be easily recognizable as ancestors to the French Bulldog as they were extremely large dogs. The Molossians were mostly bred for fighting wild game but also fighting for sport. While this ancient breed is related to the French Bulldog, you would have to stop off at a couple of breeds before they actually became French Bulldogs.

 

England’s Brief Love Affair with Toy Bulldogs

 

Sadly, most people think of bulldogs as fighting dogs, even as bull fighting dogs. Bull-baiting was a form of animal fighting that would put dogs against a bull, typically with the dog biting the bull and attempting to hold on. However, England put a stop to bull-baiting in the early to mid-1800’s. Once the dogs no longer had to work for a living, they were quickly bred into smaller and smaller forms. The English Bulldog was the first descendant of the large, bullfighting dogs of that time. By the 1860’s, toy English Bulldogs became extremely popular. This breeding effort helped establish the small size of Frenchies today.

 

Paris Makes Frenchies Her Own

 

The ancestors of French Bulldogs first arrived in Pairs about 1860 as miniature English Bulldogs. From there, they quickly became the best fashion accessory for all levels of Paris society. Miniature English Bulldogs were imported in such vast numbers that supply couldn’t keep up with demand. The dogs were bred with terriers, pugs, and others to develop some of the Frenchie’s most beloved features. For example, it was during this period the large, bat-like ears and round eyes began to emerge. They also cemented the Frenchie as a distinct breed. When the classic Frenchie was reintroduced to England, none of the English Bulldogs breeders wanted their animals (bred for drastically different traits, by now) to interbreed with Frenchies. A new breed had to be formed to establish guidelines for these beloved companion dogs.

 

French Bulldog Fashion Accessory

America Preserves French Bulldogs

 

The first French Bulldog club in America was established in 1897, five years before the breed was recognized in England and 15 years before it was called the “French Bulldog” in England. The club was organized and founded by influential, wealthy women to establish a formal correct breed standard. The key reason for this creation? French Bulldogs had performed poorly in shows as many of them lacked “rose ears”, or ears that folded at the tip. The society made it explicit that “erect bat ears” were correct. Modern Frenchie owners agree!

 

It’s been a long road for Frenchies, but there’s no sign of the breed going away. These original companion dogs are still prized for their big personalities. Maybe, deep in their bones, they know their ancestors were ancient Greek giants.

 

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5 things to know about owning a French bulldog

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French bulldogs have been growing in popularity as pets, and it’s no wonder why! These affectionate, playful pups have certain special characteristics. Keep these in mind to keep your own French bulldog happy and healthy.

 

French bulldogs are a bit destructive

In some ways, a French bulldog is like a naughty little child that never grows up. They can be destructive, especially if they’re left alone for too long. They especially love to chew, including your furniture or shoes. This is partially because they are playful and curious. It’s a good idea to give your French bulldog lots of supervision and attentions.

 

They do not require a lot of exercise

French bulldogs are great pets for those who live in apartments or can’t take them out for long excursions every day. French bulldogs tire easily and don’t like intense activity. A little stroll is just right.

 

They are heavy, loud breathers

A French bulldog’s small stature can lead to breathing issues, so it’s not uncommon for them to breathe loudly and heavily. This is especially true after exercise or if the weather is especially hot. Some loud breathing is normal, but keep an eye out for anything that sounds too raspy or out of the ordinary.

 

They can have digestive issues

Make sure you take your French bulldog to the vet for regular routine checkups and examinations and be sure he’s up to date with all of his vaccinations. It’s also a good idea to check your pup over at home and make sure nothing looks out of the ordinary.

 

They are extremely affectionate

Since French bulldogs were originally bred to be companion animals, above all, they are known for being extremely sweet and affectionate. They get along well with other dogs as well as humans, and are playful, good natured, and above all else, fun.

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