Top 10 ‘DO NOT’ Rules To Follow When Adopting A Bulldog Pros English Bulldog Or Dogue de Bordeaux / French Mastiff Puppy
Our ‘DO NOT’ rules were created to point out some major risks to puppies that may not have otherwise been considered.
After dealing with a range of circumstances and experiences, it is important that those adopting a Bulldog Pros puppy read and understand our top 10 ‘DO NOT’ List prior to adoption to ensure the health and safety of our puppies.
Feel free to ask for clarification on any of these topics, or any other questions that may arise both before and after adoption. We are always available to help in anyway that we can!
DO NOT STOP FOR POTTY BREAKS ON THE WAY HOME
On the drive home from getting your new puppy, DO NOT let them out until you arrive home. This means NO potty breaks whatsoever, no letting them out for a drink, or for ANY other reason in public places (gas stations, parking lots, parks, etc.).
PLEASE WAIT until you arrive home. Under NO circumstances should you allow your puppy onto the ground in areas where other dogs and puppies have been.
This is very dangerous as you could be exposing them to highly contagious and deadly diseases, as well as to intestinal worms and other parasites. The best method to avoid this is to bring your puppy home in a carrier.
Here at Bulldog Pros, we help with this by providing carriers, as well as withholding food and water the day our puppies go to their new homes. This helps to avoid or reduce their need to potty during the ride home.
2. DO NOT TAKE PUPPIES TO PARKS OR OTHER PUBLIC AREAS
DO NOT take your puppy to any public areas until they have had ALL of their required vaccinations and/or until they reach 4 months of age. Again, public areas can be extremely hazardous to your puppies health with the potential diseases you could be exposing them to.
3. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PUPPY UNATTENDED WITH ADULT DOG(S) FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME
While most adult dogs will do well with puppies, there are circumstances that can arise when unattended that can put your puppy in harms way.
From a puppy trying to share the adults food or a favorite toy, triggering an adult to snap at them; to playing too rough with the baby causing accidental injuries. It is best to keep your puppy in a crate for their own safety when you are unable to supervise them.
4. DO NOT LET OTHER DOGS VISIT UNTIL YOUR PUPPY HAS RECEIVED ALL OF THEIR REQUIRED VACCINATIONS
Letting friends bring puppies over to play can be very good for puppies…as long as they are both current on vaccinations and de-worming treatments and they follow these same DO NOT rules. Without knowing that another dog or puppy is current on needed treatments, or has been exposed in any other way, it’s best to avoid these situations.
This includes not allowing stray dogs, neighbor dogs or any other dog in your yard or near your puppy until they have been fully vaccinated.
5. DO NOT ALLOW TOO MUCH ACTIVITY OR EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM YOUR PUPPY
Bringing a new puppy home is a very exciting time for everyone, especially your puppy. This will be their first time away from their previous family and it can be a very upsetting time.
The first week is critical to your puppies health with everything changing around them. Ensuring that your puppy rests during this period can be very difficult, but it really is the best for your new babies health.
Allowing them to be handled excessively, or to have too much exercise can wear them down and potentially make them sick. Bulldogs and mastiffs are also both prone to joint issues, so limiting play and activity is best for them throughout their lives, especially in the first year, during the biggest growth period.
6. DO NOT SWITCH BRANDS OF PUPPY FOOD UNTIL AT LEAST 6 MONTHS OF AGE
Puppies have very specific nutritional needs for their overall health. Their digestion, bones, joints and brains, just to name a few, all require proper nutrition to grow and function properly.
Because of this, we recommend keeping all Bulldog Pros puppies on Diamond Brand puppy food until at least 6 months of age. We feed all of our English Bulldogs and Dogue de Bordeaux, both puppies and adults, Diamond brand food as it has proven to provide good overall health in all areas.
We understand that different brands have different advantages. Some are less expensive (with less nutrition) and other promise better nutrition (at a higher price). Regardless of price and nutrition promises offered by other brands, we know (from personal, daily experience) that Diamond has proven to be a great choice for the best health in both of our breeds.
7. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PUPPY UNATTENDED OUTSIDE FOR ANY PERIOD OF TIME
Puppy theft is on the rise, especially with English Bulldogs, Dogue de Bordeaux and other popular breeds. Leaving a puppy unattended outside puts them in a dangerous situation by making them an easy target for puppy thieves.
In addition to the risk of theft, they can get themselves into a situation in which they can be harmed. Such as eating potentially toxic plants, drinking stagnant water, as well as a range of other risks.
8. DO NOT CRATE YOUR PUPPY WHILE WEARING A HARNESS, COLLAR, BANDANA, CLOTHING, ETC.
Placing a puppy in a crate while wearing anything from a collar to clothing puts them at risk of strangling themselves. Puppies should not be allowed to wear anything on their bodies while crated.
9. DO NOT PLACE TOYS IN YOUR PUPPIES CRATE WHILE UNATTENDED
While placing a few toys in your puppies crate when you’re away may seem like a good idea, it can be very risky. Allowing them to chew on toys while you are away puts them at risk for choking and/or ingesting pieces of the toys.
This is especially true for both English Bulldog puppies and Dogue de Bordeaux / French Mastiff babies, as they have incredible jaw strength, allowing them to chew quickly and easily through just about anything.
10. DO NOT GIVE BULLDOG OR BORDEAUX PUPPIES (OR ADULTS) RAWHIDES OR OTHER SOFT CHEW TREATS
Rawhides and other treats that become soft and pliable when chewed can be a real danger to puppies and adults. They tend to chew them until they are just soft enough to swallow…creating a deadly choking hazard.