New Puppy Checklist

 

1.  Schedule a vet appointment no later than three days after the adoption pickup. It is extremely important get on your local veterinarian’s shot, worming and check-up schedule as soon as possible.

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2. Puppy proof your own home. Get on your hands and knees and see your house from a Bulldog’s point of view. You will be able to quickly locate and remove potentially harmful objects within your bulldog puppy’s home environment. Bulldog puppies love to explore and examine their new environment. This exploration process needs to be controlled and conditioned to promote long lasting positive habits.

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3. Purchase baby gates or some device to control and section off your house. It’s smart to control your bully’s environment while it is developing. If you have problem rooms that induce chewing or mischief, block these areas off until you have properly controlled bad habits. Gates are also essential if you have an upstairs or downstairs. You need to make sure your bully is ready to climb down stairs. Until then, gates need to be used to block off stairways.

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4. Pick up a small crate for sleeping. This helps with the potty training process and also gives your new puppy a comfort zone that it can always escape to.

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5. Purchase bedding for sleeping. There are many different bedding options to choose from. I personally have had success with many different options. Kong Brand makes chew resistant bedding that I have enjoyed using.

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6. Your puppy needs to have a number of play toys available for it. My personal favorite brand is anything made by Kong. Kong toys are not indestructible but will last much longer than the average, lower grade toy.

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7. Carpet Cleaner. You might have to use this a lot or a little. Carpet cleaner use depends on your discipline in enforcing potty training and following a consistent plan.

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8. Diamond puppy food.  I use Diamond and think it is a really good brand of dog food.  I have done extensive research on canine nutrition and am pleased with Diamonds selection.  I do use higher grade food for some of my bullies that respond better to an increased protein diet.  The main point of emphasis is to find a diet that your Bulldog responds well to.  If you have questions please call.  There are a ton of mixed messages about canine nutrition and I have spent a lot of time researching what is out there.

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9.  Soft puppy collar, walking leash, and a harness. I prefer to walk with a harness because it secures the bulldog better and is better on their bodies.

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10. Grooming Brush. Grooming really helps with the shedding and is good on your Bulldog’s skin.

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11. Nail trimmers. I recommend using human nail trimmers while your Bulldog is a young puppy. Once older, you will need to transition to canine trimmers.

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12. Dog specific shampoo. I have had good results with Perfect Coat.