Randy’s Ramblings

Frenchie Tips and Tricks from Randy

Welcome to Randy's Ramblings. Every once in a while I get a call that gets me to thinking, which leads to a little rambling on about that topic. Here you will get the benefit of my years of experience as a french bulldog breeder. I will share with you my best kept secrets on how to properly raise, train and care for your frenchie. Feel free to submit a question and when I get a minute I will do my best to answer.

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23
July

Register your microchip

Every one of our puppies is microchipped prior to release. We give you information to register with reunite.

It is critical that you register the chip so they know how to reach you in the event your puppy or dog gets lost. They will contact us as your backup, but the delay in communication could cause you animal to stay in the shelter longer than necessary.

 

Help find your pup, register your microchip.

9
June

Potty Training

This is the phase of training that frustrates new puppy owners the most. No one likes constantly cleaning up their puppies messes. But it comes with the territory. Every puppy is different, some learn quicker than other and some slower than others.

The basic process is combined with crate training. Puppies should never run loose in your house without you being able to monitor them 100 percent of the time. That way the second you see the signs that say they are about to go, you should say lets go pee pee or poo poo. You should be consistent with your commands so you don’t confuse them.  Every time you remove them from your crate, you should take them immediately outside until they pee and poop. This may take up to fifteen minutes sometime. If you get in a hurry and don’t wait for them to poop, they will poop inside the house and think that’s the routine.And sometimes they take two poops.  Once they do their business, praise them for being a good pet.  Let them go outside and stay outside as long as possible. Puppies as a rule can only hold their bladders one hour for every month of age.

CONSISTANT PATTERNS are neccesary.   Try to take them outside in the morning about the same time and as early as possible. I get up about five o’clock every morning and take them outside while its cool.

I feed them outside and water them and let them play.  When I bring them inside, I let them roam around and play. When I have to stop and can’t monitor them, I put them back in their cages.

I feed my puppies at the same time every day. First thing in morning, around noon,  and a small amount around three to five. Now everyone has to adjust this to their own schedules but consistency is they key. Do not feed them in their cage.

If they do make a mess in the house, don’t make a big deal of it.  Just clean it up and go on. Make sure to spray the spot with some odor eliminator or every time the puppy smells this spot he will think its a place to go.

Be strong, patient and consistent.

9
June

Leash Training

Leash training is very useful to teaching your older puppy or dog, commands and discipline.

The first couple of days , take your pet out for leash following only. This requires you to be forceful in making them follow you. Do not yank too hard or you can hurt their trachea. I make them  follow me until they give in and are following easily.  Then start teaching them to heel. This means don’t let the pet lead you or go around to your left side. This requires you to shorten the leash where they have to stay at your right heel.  Once they are doing this properly and consistently, you go to the next phase of teaching them to stop and sit. You basically start with the command of come on, then go a short distance and say stop and you stop as well. Then give the command of sit, you may need to place your hand on their butt and make them sit. Then scratch their back as a reward and praise them with good boy or girl..

Then, stand up and go again. Do this over and over until the dog stops as soon as you say so and then say sit. You will find the pet will start sitting as soon as you say stop.  Again, scratch their back and praise them.

Once your pet is doing this consistently,   lay the leash in front of you once he sits and  place your hand in a stop position and say stay. Move back a foot or two as they will immediately want to follow you. When they stay, you say come here and reward them with great loving  and scratching.  Continue doing this and keep trying to get further and further away from them. Do this for as a many days as you can until you feel they have it down.   About once a week for a couple of months, you should do this to give him his memory joggers.

These commands will make your dog more enjoyably and MAY SAVE HIS LIFE in a emergency situation. You get out of this, what you put into it. Good luck enjoy a better behaving pet.

9
June

Heat spots

Heat spots are normally due to fleas. You will notice this first on their backs near their tails.  Yes this can happen, even  if your dog is on flea and tick preventative.  You need to clean this spot and and shave the hair off the spot. Spray some Vetericyn on this spot. You can usually get this at petsmart or any agriculture type store.  It is for wound and skin care. It very useful to keep around the house.

9
June

Summer heat

I repeat This every year.  Your frenchies will die if you let them get too hot. Yes, that is harsh but that is less harsh than going outside and seeing your loved one dead. When you let them go outside, DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THEM.  Frenchies love toddler pools and this  helps give them a way to cool off if they are getting hot.  If your dog overheats, do not throw  extremely cold water on them as it will throw them into a shock. Take them inside to air conditioning.  Cover them  with cold wet towels and put a fan on them. Let them drink small amounts of cool water as they recover, but not all at once.

Monitor them until they are recovered.  Also, once a dog overheats, they are more susceptible to overheating.

DO NOT LEAVE YOUR FRENCHY IN YOUR CAR EVEN WITH AIR CONDITIONER RUNNING.  AND DON’T USE PLASTIC CARRIERS, THEY DON’T HAVE ENOUGH AIR VENTILATION.