Training

  House training and bonding with puppies should begin immediately. The use of a crate can facilitate this process. Taking the puppy outside immediately after meals and apon awakening from naps or a nights sleep is a must. Daily leash and collar training of puppies should also begin right away, always with patience and gentleness.

  The bulldog is very intelligent and tends to do his own thinking. Despite their well earned reputation for being stubborn bulldogs can be trained to compete successfully in performance contests. Training is most successful when begun at an early age with elaborate praise and rewards given for good behavior. Find quality collars for all dog training needs at reasonable priceshere. Find all sorts of leashes for dog walking and training here.

Hygiene

  Toenails should be trimmed at regular intervals to prevent foot problems. Bulldogs often resist nail clippings unless exposed to it gently and consistantly from an early age. Dewclaws are not removed.

  A mild shampoo is recommended for both puppies and adults. Facial wrinkles require frequent cleaning. Heavy wrinkles should also be kept clean and dry to prevent irritation. Your Bulldog should be thoroughly brushed at least three times a week. Most Bulldogs love to be brushed. Use a soft bristle or rubber brush. Start at the rear and brush against the hair. After you've brushed the entire dog against the grain, brush it with the grain. Follow this with a good rub down. This will keep his hair shiny and his skin healthy. During shedding time, spring and fall, you may need to brush more often, give more frequent rubdowns. The idea is to remove the dead hair and distribute the natural oils.

  A bulldog should never be picked up by the front legs and shoulders, serious inguris can result. Pick the bulldog up by placing one hand behind it's front legs and one hand in front of its hind legs.

Diet and Exercise

   A regular adult diet should consist twice daily of a good commercial dry kibble mixed occasionally with canned dog food after 6 months of age. Puppies under 6 months should be fed 3 times daily, usually all they want. Moderate daily exercise on a leash is recommended except in very warm climates and hot summer months when an air conditioned environment is recommended.

Breeding

  Having puppies is a major physical and potentially life threatening event for a bulldog female as her litters are usually delivered by cesarean and require anesthetic. The results of breeding can be devastating if your beloved pet dies during surgery or from complications that follow. The first two or three weeks of a bulldog puppies life require around the clock care and sleepless nights. Most bulldog females need considerable assistance in raising puppies. The financial reward is not likely to compensate for time spent or expenses inquired.

Before you decide to breed your female you should have a thorough knowledge of the Bulldog Standard. You should also have studied her background and the background of the dog you choose to breed her to. It is usually a good idea to discuss this with her breeder.