8 Essential Steps to Bringing a New French Bulldog Home

Congratulations! You have decided to bring a new French Bulldog family member into your loving home. That is such an amazing decision and incredible way to make someone’s life wonderful. A French Bulldog can be a wonderful addition to your home.  They will never leave you or disappoint you, you can be 100% sure of that. When you decide to bring a new Frenchie puppy into your home, you will want to make sure their lives are complete. Taking the right steps to welcome your new Frenchie into your home will make sure the transition is a good one.

You can choose between buying a new French Bulldog puppy from a reputable breeder or you can try adopting a Frenchie (although you will want to be careful with this option). Both actions are wonderful because you will make one dog happy. Of course, it is a bit better to adopt some lost soul that was abandoned or even abused. After the horror life they had, new chapter with you will be like heaven to them. 

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Our Frenchie Augie the day we brought him home

8 Essential Steps to Bringing a New French Bulldog Home

You really need to think wisely before you choose and bring a new dog into your home. There are a lot of things you need to think and be careful about. Your new Frenchie will become an important part of your family and you will become the center of their universe. So, before you choose the right one for you, read our little guide. We will give you the 8 essential steps to bringing a new French bulldog home. So, let’s take a look.

1. Make a good decision bringing a French Bulldog Into Your Home

This is one of the most important steps. First, you need to read a lot about the French Bulldog breed and be well informed about all things you need to do with your dog. If your choice is French bulldog, read a lot about this breed. You will want to do your homework about all there is to know about owning a French Bulldog.  Be sure to know all about their physical abilities, the investment involved, their history, and also about their potential health problems.  Having a Frenchie can be very expensive, as they have a lot health problems. 

2. Think about the health of your French Bulldog puppy – make sure it is vaccinated

This step is also important. When you get a French Bulldog puppy from a reputable breeder vaccines should be included.  However, if you get a French Bulldog from the shelter, maybe it likely won’t be fully vaccinated. Get informed about it, for sure. Getting all the vaccines is important for the new dog, and also for other pets if you have them at home. 

When you bring the new dog home, make sure to find a personal vet where you will bring your dog when it is sick. Be prepared for everything from the very beginning! As we said in the previous chapter, French bulldogs can have a lot health problems. Be sure to know all about it before you even get your new dog home!

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3. Give your Frenchie the grand tour and introduce him to your home

When you come home with your new French Bulldog, keep it on a leash and take a long walk around his new home together. It will be a good time for both of you. Those moments will be special for you and your dog, trust me. When we first brought our Frenchie puppy home he was a little scared of his new environment and it took him some time to acclimate to the new environment.

When you come home, keep it on a leash and then take a walk around your home. Introduce your home to your new family member. This will be good for your dog because pretty quickly it will get used to new sounds and smells. Next you should introduce your Frenchie to the back yard and show him around.  After that, take him around the neighborhood.  The dog will get to know you and your neighborhood, and you will get to know your dog better.

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4. Your French Bulldog’s area

Choose the corner of your home to become your new dog’s area. I highly recommend crate training your Frenchie so you will want to get the right sized dog crate for him.  For our Frenchie, we keep his dog crate in our bedroom.  Some people choose a spot in their living room and you can even look into a wooden furniture crate as an option.

I am not a big fan of leaving dogs outside, especially French Bulldogs.

For other larger dogs that do well outside, you would still want a well insulated dog house but I don’t think that is an option for a Frenchie at all.

You will of course want to choose the right dog bed, buy some toys and bring bowls for its food and water. After the tour around your home, take your dog into this area, and show it around. Make sure the dog feels comfortable. Offer him or her a reward for good behavior and make sure bowls are ready to be used.

5. Make sure that other family members accept your French Bulldog

 Your family needs to love your bulldog as much as you because you will all live together from now on. It is essential that all of them accept the dog because dogs can feel if someone doesn’t love them. And it will make your dog sad, and you don’t want him to feel that way. Before you bring the dog home, talk to your family members. Make this your group decision.  

You will want to get everyone onboard and bought into the idea of welcoming a new puppy into your home.

6. Always be calm around your French Bulldog puppy

You need to be calm from the first time you meet your new dog. Especially if your new Frenchie puppy is only a couple months old and newly separated from his mom and litter.  It will feel how you feel, so you don’t want him or her to be stressed or nervous from the beginning. So, take a deep breath and stay calm.

If you have young children, you may want to have them be calm as possible when you introduce them to their new Frenchie.

Give your dog maximum attention and make sure it begins to trust you. This is essential for you two becoming best friends. Once when you come home together, you will be the only familiar face this dog knows. During this entire process, you need to act this way.

7. Start the socialization of Your Frenchie

The first part of the socialization is letting your new dog experience other animals, places, things, people, etc. During this step, you really need to stay calm all the time. Some of the dogs have never seen other animals or devices around the home. Even things like moving cars, manhole covers in the street, people with hats on, people with hoods on, and more can be scary for them if they haven’t seen anything like that before.  They have never heard the sound of a vacuum cleaner or a hairdryer, and it will probably be scary to them at first.  There are definite steps to socializing a new Frenchie puppy so you will want to be diligent during this phase as it can affect how they act in the future.

But with you being around there all the time and helping the dog know all the strange things around you, it won’t feel scary for a long time. French bulldogs are curious by nature so you will have to be calm watching your new pet sniffing around. Some dogs are not used to people, so you need to take small socialization steps. You don’t want your new dog to feel overwhelmed.

8. Be energy neutral around your French Bulldog

You are the leader of the house and you want your Frenchie to know it from the beginning. Show affection, show love, but also show who the leader is. They need to know that. Otherwise, in their nature is to become leaders, so they might disregard you and threat you like they are here to lead you. Be careful! 

Summary – Bringing a French Bulldog Home

It is a great step in your life when you decide to bring a new dog into your home. If your choice comes to French bulldog, be sure you will get a new best friend. These dogs love being around humans. But be sure to put away shoes, clothing, books, and other things your new dog can grab. Your new fun chapter is about to begin. You and your Frenchie will become best friends! 

PS – For more info about bringing a French Bulldog puppy into your home check this out:  https://frenchiejourney.com/frenchies/puppies/

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