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Dog Survival Guide from a French BullDog Mom

Getting your first dog is never easy, and sure my french bulldog is cute and cuddly and can never do harm in my eyes. But what happens when Sh&*t hits the fan and he poops in his crate. Do not panic this is where I come in and tell you everything will be okay. Just Breathe. It is going to be one heck of a ride, but it is going to be worth it. I am going to tell you my triumphs and failures and everything in between. 

Day 1: Picking Up The Puppy

Every new dog owner is super happy to get their sweet little pup and shower it with toys and tons of treats. Here is a picture of my french bulldog Milo the FIRST day I got him.

I got him a crate from Amazon to sleep in (make sure it justs fits your dog) and pee pads are a must! I did let Milo sleep in my bed for the first week because he was barking like crazy. Then I started putting him in his crate once he was used to his surroundings. I also recommend that once they are in the crate set, the alarm around 2/3 am to let your dog go potty or else they will go in it (learned that the hard way). A crate cover also helps them when you are not home. This makes them feel secure and lets them know that this is his space.

He was not happy in his crate the first week, but you have one of two options. 1. Get him insanely tired so that barking is the last thing on his mind or 2. Let him bark it out. I recently invested in a citronella spray collar that sprays when your dog barks. This collar is a great holistic way to get your dog to stop crying but every dog is different (link above). 

I recommend getting your pup a playpen as well for when you are preoccupied this keeps your dog contained and in your site.

Tips For You and Your Dogs

Tip 1: Aggression

As my dog grew up, he ended up being an aggressive dog. Aggression is every dog owners worst nightmare, and it sure was mine. I ended up sending him to a camp that helped with it but did not entirely solve it. They recommended using a shock collar to correct his behavior. Let me tell you I hate using a shock collar more than the next guy, but this worked. It warned him that he could not act a certain way towards humans and it taught him to be more submissive. I highly recommend using a quality shock collar that is waterproof

Tip 2: Exnay on the Bone eh

If you can do not give your dogs bones. Like many dog owners, I would preoccupy my dog with a big bone to work on for hours and to leave me alone for the time being. With him being an aggressive dog when he would chew it down the nub and would not let me take it from his mouth. He would end up throwing it up and eating it over and over again. Him regurgitating his bones did not scare me enough to stop giving him bones. Until one day he was choking on his bone. He was limp, foaming at the mouth and his tongue was sticking out because he could not breathe. My dog could have died on the way the ER if it was not for my incredible boyfriend who fished out the bone from my dog’s throat. So it is my recommendation to please have your dogs chew a nylabone and not to give your dog a real bone or else he is never going to want the nylabone. Things like doggie daycare work too! I have my dog going twice a week to tire him out and it works wonders!

Tip 3: Treat Motivation

Give treats when credit is due. My dog is highly treat-motivated and will do anything for a treat. When I was potty training him I would carry treats with me whenever he would go potty outside. This leads him to scratch at the door when he needed to go. If you have a problem hearing your dog asking to go outside I recommend doorbells hanging from the doorknob for your dog to ring when he needs to go out.

Overall I hope this helps you dog owners get a perspective to come and how to deal with the situations have had! If you guys have any questions about your dogs, I am more than happy to help. Just comment below, and I would love to get back to you.

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