English bulldogs are known for their short stature, stocky build, wrinkled skin, and a "sunken" face. They are personable and fun dogs, and they make excellent pets. An English bulldog puppy needs the usual care of any puppy. However, due to some of its unique attributes, it also requires some special care. Just make sure you understand your puppy's special needs and he will be a loyal companion for years to come. Before reading these tips don’t miss the check English Bulldog puppies for sale.

Feeding your puppy

Change the brand of food gradually. Get a small supply of the food your dog ate before you brought him home. That way, your system won't experience a crash caused by the brand new food. If you want to change the brand of food, do it slowly. Mix half the old food and half the new food for a week. Then mix ¼ of one and ¾ of the other for another week. Finally, give only the new food.

Feed your puppy on a regular schedule. You should feed him three times a day on a regular schedule for the first 4 months after he comes home. When he is 6 months old, you can start feeding him only twice a day and from 12 months onwards, you can feed him only once a day.

Feed your English bulldog puppy a well-balanced, good-quality diet. Generally, readily available store-bought food is fine for your puppy. Examine the first 5 ingredients on the dog food label; the first or the first two should be meats (not meat derivatives, which have nothing wrong, but it is better if they are further down the list), followed by vegetables and then cereals.

Avoid giving your dog human food, especially those that are dangerous to his system. Be aware that there are certain human foods that can make a dog sick or even kill it.

Caring for your puppy's health

Take the puppy's teething into account when you bring him home. Be sure to provide plenty of chew toys to help him through this transition period. It is recommended to get meat bones, which you can find in many pet stores. Don't buy cheap “pig's ears,” “rawhide,” or the “Greenies” brand chew treats as they can cause severe diarrhea and bloating and are a choking hazard.

Monitor your puppy's health. For example, if you change their food, keep an eye out for possible diarrhea. If it happens, you must stop feeding it for 12 hours. In case diarrhea continues for more than 24 hours, contact the vet immediately to avoid dehydration. Puppies can become dehydrated very quickly, so if your pet has diarrhea, you should take it very seriously.

Give your pet a preventive treatment against local pests. Dogs can acquire some unwanted hosts: ticks, fleas, mites, and roundworms. If you don't get regular treatment for these nasty pests, your dog could be the perfect carrier. Your vet is the best source of information on the critters that cause a nuisance to local dogs, as well as how to prevent pests.

Grooming your puppy

Groom your puppy regularly. Due to the folds in their skin, especially those on their faces and around their lips, English bulldogs need to be carefully examined for any signs of infection every day. Normal body fungi thrive and strengthen in these dark, warm, and moist crevices. Therefore, it is necessary to wash and dry them carefully at least every two days, or more frequently if the dog tends to develop infections.

Brush your puppy regularly. The English bulldog sheds its short coat, so brushing it once a week with a soft bristle brush is recommended. While you are grooming, keep an eye out for any fleas, ticks, or mites, as well as any lumps, bumps, or cysts on the skin. If you find any of these things, as well as any scabs, redness or itching on the skin, you should tell your vet.

Train your puppy

Give your puppy direct instruction. By nature, cubs follow the leader of the pack and you must be that leader. As such, you must teach the puppy how to behave and fit in in his new environment. They are not genius babies nor can they read minds. They need patience and repetition, as well as a lot of positive reinforcement. If you find a problem that you cannot handle, contact a professional who specializes in canine behavior.

Train your puppy with the following commands. For starters, it's a good idea to teach him to sit up, stay still, and come closer when you call. In addition, it is important that they learn to behave inside the house from a young age.

Taking care of the special needs of a puppy English bulldog

Keep your puppy English bulldog's environment at a moderate temperature. Dogs of this breed are sensitive to temperature. They can suffer from heat stroke easily, but they are also sensitive to cold.

Observe your puppy's coat and look for signs of an allergy. Like other popular breeds, bulldogs have a genetic predisposition to developing atopic dermatitis, a skin disease that causes skin irritation.

Watch your puppy's breathing. Because their muzzle (nose) is short, bulldogs tend to have respiratory problems. Hot or humid weather, too much vigorous exercise, and any illness affecting the nose, throat, or lungs make it difficult for your dog to get enough oxygen. For this reason, it is recommended that you take him to an air-conditioned place during days with hot or humid weather and that he does not exercise outdoors during days with extreme climates.

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