Puppy proof your home before your new Frenchie gets there! Make sure harmful substances
are kept well away from inquisitive little noses. All cleaning products, paint thinners,
household chemicals, antifreeze etc. Secure electrical cords so they cannot be chewed.
Puppies should only be given puppy toys to play with or chew. Never real bones, never
shoes (they don't know the difference between new & old shoes), never cow or pig
ears (can choke on them) and hooves only when supervised.
Whenever your puppy starts to chew an inappropriate object, take it away and give
him an "approved toy". This way he will learn what is his and what isn't.
Bathe your Frenchie only when he needs it. Too many baths can rob their coat of essential
oils. Also, only use dog shampoos.
Human shampoos have a different ph balance. Once a month is a good rule.
Try to use tone of voice for corrections. If you ever (heaven forbid!) strike or
swat your Frenchie it can make them "hand shy". They are sensitive dogs that respond
very well to verbal corrections. Trust me, they will "bull up" when they are put
out with you and let you know it!
Never, ever, ever leave your Frenchie in the car on any day over 50-60 degrees. With
even cracked windows a Frenchie can overheat very quickly. Please, do not take the
These tips and hints are only meant to be an overview of caring for your Frenchie.
I strongly suggest that you get my book (of course!) and Muriel Lee's excellent book
on French Bulldogs.