Puppy Care

For those that know, raising Bulldog Pups is very time intensive as they cannot be left with their moms unsupervised for the first five weeks of their lives.  Bulldog moms can be a bit clumsy if left unsupervised.   
 
Puppy’s First Weeks of Life
  • All puppies are delivered by cesarean section and raised within our home – our den.
  • Weights are monitored regularly to ensure that all pups are advancing as they should.
  • At four to five weeks, pups move to an oversized kennel within our living room or the "Bullie Room" while we are at work, or to a play pen in front of the fireplace when we're at home.  In either location, they are monitored either in person or by security cameras where weaning and house-breaking processes begin, and socialization continues.
  • Puppies are de-wormed at two weeks, five weeks and again before leaving our home.
  • At six weeks pups receive initial health screenings from our licensed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM).  At that time they are also given their first shots, and pricing options are finalized to aid client selections. 
  • Pricing is also determined based on buyer preferences and by the quality of the pup at around six weeks of age.  We may have one or two for a little bit less, and one or two for a little bit more.  It will depend on how the pups look at six weeks of age.  
  • Informal pictures will be taken frequently and will be posted at AbramsBulldogs.com to keep everyone involved in their progress.
  • Personality monitoring begins at birth and ramps up at four weeks of age.
  • Puppy selections are made in the order that deposits are received.  Deposits are accepted when puppies reach at least two weeks of age.
  • Individual puppy pictures and video clips are taken at around seven weeks and uploaded to AbramsBulldogs.com.
Note: Seven weeks is the best time to see videos of the puppies and to have a better assessment of personality. The puppies are going through constant changes and at seven weeks clients get better impressions of what each puppy is like.
 
Delivery
 
We allow our puppies to be re-homed beginning at eight weeks of age.  And if shipping is required via airplane, airlines require puppies to be (at minimum) eight weeks of age to be shipped.
  • We will deliver within a reasonable distance.  Delivery fee is determined by the distance traveled and the number of clients serviced by the delivery.  Ground transport within the US starts as low as $99.
  • We also ship our puppies via airlines and we try to keep their travel time as short as possible.  Air transport starts at $350.
 
What comes with Your Puppy?
 
Puppies usually come with a puppy packet that includes:
  • An executed copy of the Puppy Purchase Agreement
  • A written health certificate from our licensed DVM
  • An AKC Registration Application
  • Vaccination and de-worming history
  • If travel by air is warranted, a regulation travel crate with travel stickers, travel food dish, travel water dish, and absorbent crate liner will be provided along with a Ziploc bag of puppy food.
  • A toy (or crate liner) that has been played with by the puppy and its litter mates – the toy’s scent helps pups more easily adjust to their new homes.
  • All pups are sold with Limited Registration unless agreed to by addendum to our puppy purchase agreement.  Limited Registration means that the dog is registered but no litters produced by that dog are eligible for registration.  A dog registered with an AKC Limited Registration shall be ineligible to be entered in a licensed or member dog show.  It is eligible, however to be entered in any other licensed AKC event such as obedience, tracking, field trials, hunting test, herding, lure coursing, agility and earth dog events.
 
Re-homing Recommendations
 
What follows are some recommendations that may help both you and your new pup adjust to your life together more readily.  Some of it may sound like we are being over-protective parents and for that we apologize.  And some of it may be a bit sad, but we offer the suggestions only with the hope that yours will be the most positive new puppy experience possible.
 
Your pup currently eats gluten free Wellness Core Puppy Food (at 8 weeks old dry - 1/2 to 3/4 cup three times daily).  As she/he grows the amount should be adjusted as per the serving size suggested on the back of the puppy food bag.  CAUTION - do not overfeed!  The puppy food is rich and if you feed too much it can cause runny stools, and possibly severe diarrhea.  Your pup should eat puppy food until at least one year of age.  You can then switch her/him to the adult version of the same food, but do it gradually (also avoid giving people food) if you want to avoid some very messy digestive distress. 
 
Do use stainless steel food and water dishes.  Ceramic and plastic can promote digestive problems.  She/he does use a licks-it for water in her/his kennel, but if you also want to give use a water bowl when your pup gets a little older get a large one and only fill it half full of fresh water (preferably filtered).  With only filling it half full, and if you also place it on a round rug, your pup will not drip water too profusely around the house each time she/he hydrates.  Also, Bullies love to play in water so watch that your pup doesn't drowned until old enough to be trusted.  And also on the water play topic, Bullies do not swim (as a rule) so beware of leaving her/him unattended near water and/or swimming pools.  A life jacket for any water related outing would be a big plus!  Your pup could sink without one... 
 
Upon receipt of your pup, she/he will be virtually kennel trained, but will still need to go out to do her/his business upon awakening, each time after eating, and once before bed around 10:00/10:30 at night.  As your pup gets older she/he will want to please you and will be able to hold it longer and longer so please know prolonged periods of not being able to relieve herself/himself could contribute to kidney problems and renal failure.
 
Your pup is a baby and will need to be treated accordingly.  Your pup feels safe in her/his kennel and other than an occasional wetting the kennel mishap she/he wants the den/kennel to be clean so your pup will not tend to relieve herself/himself where she/he sleeps, or eats.  If you want to put a food dish in the kennel at meal time it will free you to do other things while your pup eats -- knowing your pup is safe.   
 
Like a baby, puppies don't know they need to relieve themselves until the moment it happens so do yourself (and your pup) a favor and buy some reusable wee wee pads from either Petco or PetSmart and put them in the bottom of the kennel.  They are super absorbent and can be hosed off then thrown in the wash.  Your pup may chew a little on the reusable ones, but can literally eat the disposable variety.  And the disposable varieties are much more expensive over time!
 
All Free and Clear with Oxi-Clean will help your pup avoid skin problems if used on the pads, or other bedding.  Bounce free and clear softener sheets are also good.  Bleached laundry once urinated on by your pup could cause off-gases that promote respiratory distress. 
   
Your pup should not be trusted on the floor, or furniture, any more than you would trust a human baby to run around the house without a diaper.  Your pup could also eat your furniture, chair legs, sheet-rock, etc.  On the sheet-rock note, do not set the kennel too near a wall or wood trim.  Your pup could find a way to chew through from the kennel.  We know this from experience.  
 
Your pup does not speak English, but will remember being scolded (almost forever) so be careful and try not to scold too severely.  We also do not recommend physical scolding as it too could cause irreparable psychological damage, but a rolled newspaper or a flyswatter banged against the floor to get your pup’s attention is usually all that would be required.  Bullies can be stubborn, but as long as they know you are the alpha dog (strong and firm) you will have no problems. 
 
Also, be careful when letting your pup chase things where she/he might bump her/his head -- under kitchen cabinets, etc.  Bullies have large eyes and sometimes have loose eye sockets and they can develop cherry eyes where their third eyelids get inflamed and pop out.  Depending on severity, cherry eyes can require surgery.  Also avoid getting water or soap of any kind in your pup’s eyes.  Irritation from soap and water could also foster cherry eyes. 
 
Your pup will be teething starting around 3 months of age and continue until she/he is 4 to 5 months old -- maybe a little longer.  Your pup is a Bulldog and she/he naturally likes to chew: 
  • Do not let your pup have any toys made of cloth, strings, soft plastic, or with squeakers built in.  Your pup can eat them and you risk her/him choking and/or surgery due to digestive tract obstruction.
  • Do not leave anything laying around he could reach that you may not want your pup to eat. 
  • Do get your pup Nylabone hard plastic chew toys.  The big round Nylabone rings from Petco are great.  They may look big and a bit hard for him now, but trust us your pup loves them as they cover her/his entire jaw line and she/he will chew them to nothing in short order.  That said they do last longer than many of the other chew toys.
  • Never give pups/adults rawhide, real bones, or Non-Wellness Brand Treats (see messy digestive distress comments above).
  • Needless to say, but secure electrical cords to keep your pup out of harms way.  Outlet covers are also a good idea. 
We highly recommend getting your pup micro-chipped ASAP since Bullie pups are stolen frequently.  And only put a collar on when your pup is being supervised.  Again, we would not leave her/his collar on all the time.  Bullie pups don't know their strength and if they accidentally get their collar hooked and get spooked they could easily compromise their already delicate respiratory tract and die.  Unfortunately, we know this from first-hand experience.  Our pup got his collar off, but unfortunately the damage was already done.
 
On an up note, with all the responsibility referenced above you will have many times over (much much) more joy from having your pup so please enjoy each and every minute with her or him. 
 
If you have any questions at all regarding your pup’s care please feel free to contact us any time.  If we aren’t readily available, we will get back to you as soon as possible.
 
My very best to you,
 
Anthony
AbramsBulldogs
Text or Call (479) 926-2301
 
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