English Bulldog Puppy Shopping List

We are so excited that you are now at the stage of prepping for your bulldog puppy. I have compiled a list of my favorite English bulldog puppy supplies!  This supply list caters specifically to the English Bulldog breed and are products uniquely appropriate for Bulldog owners.  We personally use all of these items and give our bulldog stamp of approval.  Don’t feel overwhelmed when looking at this list.  I have included everything that I would think of, not all the items are necessary but they will help make life easier with a new bulldog puppy in your home!

-Erica 

Crate Supplies

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One of the first steps in preparing for the arrival of your new bulldog puppy is purchasing a puppy crate.  Here at Bruiser Bulldogs, we are big advocates for crate training, and selecting a proper crate is naturally a very important first step.

This Midwest Lifestages crate is my all time favorite and have used this product since we started breeding bulldogs.  I love the two door option on this crate that allows for easy access and flexible placement within a room.  This is one of the more durable crates I have come across and at 36″ with a removable divider will provide appropriate space for your bulldog puppy all the way through its golden years.

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We love crate covers and they really do work! A crate cover is a great tool for creating a cozy and separate space for your new puppy.  Bedtime, especially the first few nights can be hard but with the help of a cover the crate becomes more like a little cozy den.  The cover also helps to block the view of family members walking around which can cause your puppy to want to join in and start wining.

We started using the Yotache crate cover it is a wonderful compliment to the Midwest Lifestages crate.  We love this crate cover because of its tight fit and high quality polyester material.  The two door cover option allows for easy access to both doors of our Midwest Lifestages crate. 

 

 

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Just like the crate cover, a sound machine can help to create a wonderful sleeping environment for your bulldog.  The sounds will help to drown out the noises of your home, which just like movement can keep your puppy from getting a good nights sleep.  The sound machine is something I highly recommend to get through the first few nights, I use ours all the time! 

The unique feature that drew us to the Homedics white noise sound machine was its “continuous noise” options that allows for white noise the entire night.  While many noise machines have an auto shutoff with timer, the Homedics sound machine allows for constant white noise to ensure a full night sleep.  Our bulldogs specifically love to listen to the seashore sound option for bedtime.

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The only item we recommend in the crate while crate training is a fleece blanket.  I love fleece because it washes and dry really easily.  I would grab a few of these at least two but three is best! When one is in the wash (which it will be while potty training) you have extras to use.  You will want to leave the nice doggy bed in the living room while you potty train and use these in the crate, trust me… you will thank me later!

I use the Pawz Road fleece blanket for all of my bulldog snuggle needs!  I have stayed with this particular fleece blanket because of its durability.  These blankets can really take a beating!  They maintain their high quality even after the wear and tear of bulldog puppy love and constant washing machine trips. 

Our Favorite Toys

You might notice that KONG is our favorite toy brand!  They really are worth the money if you are a bulldog adopter. We have TONS and TONS of dog toys in our house and the only ones that last with our bulldogs are KONG.  For our bulldog puppies we do still love rope toys and stuffed toys but they don’t last long. Once a puppy starts to teethe the “cheap” toys get torn up.

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This little Nylabone paci is a very loved toy by our puppies! I have yet to see a bulldog puppy that doesn’t love carrying this adorable pacifier around.

 

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Deer and Elk antler pieces are awesome for teething bulldog puppies (which starts around 4 months old). Antlers are super tough honestly indestructible and the best part is the don’t get gunky and soft like other “bones” do.  

             *Disclaimer: there are some dog blogs and vets that now warn against antler use as it has the potential to splinter.  We have never had an issue with our bulldogs and do not believe this breed is inclined to chew to the point of splintering the antler.

*we NEVER recommend rawhide, it can break into little pieces and cause choking 

Collars, Harnesses & Leashes

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Ruffwear collars are the best!  With bulldogs collars are mostly for looks so it’s important that they are comfortable and good quality. The collar has a separate ID tag attachment point with tag silencer which is a brilliant idea! We only recommend using a collar for identification and rabies tags and to be worn around the house or yard.  Below is our recommendation for a harness which is a necessity for walking. 

 

 

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We love Kong harnesses as much as we love their toys!  This specific harness is tried and true which means we give it our stamp of approval. The design of the Kong harness with a pocket and handle is an amazing combination.   I don’t think I could ever go back to a harness without a handle.  The handle feature gives you complete control of your bulldog when you stop for a break or your bully spots a squirrel in the distance.

 

 

 

 

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Leashes really come down to preference.  We personally use both the Kong retractable and Ruffwear leather leash (see next leash image).  For us the choice depends on which bulldog we are walking and how far into the leash training. We would actually recommend getting on of each, you will end up using both throughout your bulldogs life.  

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The Kong retractable works great for puppies and when you are in your own yard.  The  Ruffwear 4 foot leash works excellent for adult bulldogs that are well trained and walking in high traffic areas. 

Cleaning Products

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This carpet spot cleaner is my absolute favorite cleaning tool! I have found it extremely consistent at deep cleaning from the smallest of accidents to complete disasters:) Keeping your carpet and rugs cleaned is very important.  A puppy that can smell even the smallest scent of pee will use that space and continue to go back to it… this will interfere with training and is very frustrating.

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I have used lots of carpet cleaning brands but this is by far my favorite for the Bissell spot clean pro. 

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If you choose to go the hand cleaning route for potty training accidents Resolve Ultra Pet is a great option.  I have used this for many years before I bought my Bissell Pet Pro Spot Cleaner.

Grooming Supplies

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I use this bristle brush to groom all of my puppies and adult bulldogs.  While there is nothing spectacular about this brand, it has proven to be durable and has held up over the years.  

 

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I know that clipping nails is not fun but it is necessary.  I use these this brand of nail clippers for both my puppies and adults.  They do have a safety guard on them which is really nice and ensures a clean cut without hurting your bulldog! If you don’t feel comfortable using clippers I would recommend the below nail grinder.

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I have lots of adopters that use the Casfuy brand nail grinder! My greatest tips with both these and regular nail clippers is to start using them right away with your puppy so they get used to them.  That is part of the socialization process.  Nothing is worse than trying to clip an adult bulldogs nails when they don’t want you to.

8N1 Perfect Coat Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo | BaxterBoo

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I am a big advocate for the Perfect Coat brand.  Before I settled on this shampoo, I had several bulldog puppies respond negatively to various dog shampoos with allergic reactions.  After consulting with groomers within the industry, I decided to go with Perfect Coat and have never looked back since.  The shampoo leaves my bulldog puppies with a soft coat, great scent, and most importantly, no allergic reactions.

Feeding Time

 

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We use Diamond puppy for all of our bruiser bulldog puppies.  It is a great compliment to our Diamond adult program and fits our overall nutritional philosophies for our bulldogs.

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Occasionally, a bulldog puppy will not digestively respond well (loose stool) to the traditional Diamond puppy dog food.  There are several possible reasons for this issue, most common of which is a need for a grain free diet.  While we don’t recommend Diamond Naturals Grain Free to all of our bulldogs, there are specific bulldogs that will flourish with the type of dog food. 

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Our second “go to” alternative puppy food is Taste of the Wild grain free puppy.  As said, Diamond Puppy is a fine nutritional choice for the majority of our bulldog puppies.  Occasionally, a grain free option like Taste of the Wild is needed for bulldogs with sensitive digestive systems.  

 

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We aren’t huge fans of treats for many reasons including too many added calories, upsetting the digestive system and causing diarrhea.  Our first choice is always using puppy food/adult food kibble as “treats” or cut up fresh fruits and vegetables.  BUT with all that being said, the only store bought treat that we approve of and personally use is Blue Buffalo BAKED health bars.  Specifically the flavor apples and yogurt.  We have not had any digestive issues and monitor how many we are giving to not add unnecessary calories (you do not want an overweight bulldog).

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We love slow feeding bowls!  Every bulldog owner should have one of these.  It does exactly what it is supposed to, slows down eating.  Eating too fast can increase the risk of bloat and asperated pneumonia which are both extremely serious.  We love this specific bowl because it is stainless steel and the center cylinder is large enough that a bulldog really has to work for their food.  

 

 

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The quality of Yeti is really like no other! This water dish is heavy, durable and keeps the water nice and cool.  We love yeti products from our favorite cooler to the doggie dish. We truly have yet to find the quality in any other brand. Fun bonus, I have had quite a few adopters have their Yeti bowls customized with their bulldog’s name!

Nuvet Supplements

Nuvet Vitamin Suppliments 

Here at Bruiser Bulldogs, we take the health of our bulldogs very serious.
One of most important contributors in keeping a bulldog healthy and happy is a proper nutritional program. Nuvet Plus has made all the difference in providing a supplement that fights against disease while sustaining health and improving the overall quality of life of our bulldogs. Nuvet Plus actually improves your dog’s immune system creating a healthier, more balanced dog. Since taking Nuvet Plus, we have noticed dramatic increases in our bulldog’s immune system and overall health.

Bruiser Bulldogs certainly recommends the use of Nuvet Plus to help support a healthier, happier dog!

 

Why is Nuvet Plus different from other supplements?

“More than mere vitamins, NuVet® goes beyond industry standards by using only 100% all natural, human grade ingredients that are microscopically tested for purity and potency. We then utilize a FDA approved laboratory for formulation and specially compound using state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques. Because most pets lack proper nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in their diet, even when they are getting the top of the line food, NuVet® scientists understood the necessity of filling this dangerous gap. Commercial pet foods can contain harmful “by-products” and useless fillers that can be toxic to pets, causing allergies and serious diseases. This typical diet creates a scenario whereby their food may actually be creating unstable oxygen molecules known as free radicals. These free radicals have been shown to be a cause for a wide range of health problems including heart disease, arthritis, cataracts, premature aging and many different forms of cancer. After extensive testing with many different combinations of ingredients, our scientists formulated NuVet Plus™. We believe, based on the most current medical, veterinarian and nutritional reports, NuVet Plus™ will combat the onslaught of free radicals in our companion pets. This unique formula consists of precise amounts of vitamins, minerals and high-potency antioxidants that when combined, create a synergistic and powerful boost to the immune system.”

We personally use the NuVet Plus wafers and recommend that all of our adopters continue using Nuvet once they take their bulldog home!

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