The First Few Days
Bringing a new English Bulldog Puppy home is an exciting time for the whole family. The first few days are extremely important in forming a bond with your new family member and there are certain things you can do that will help establish a positive relationship between you and your new Englsih Bulldog Puppy.
When you arrive home with your English Bulldog Puppy, remember - your puppy is a baby English Bulldog. Like all babies, he needs lots of love and cuddling, plenty of rest, sleep, and good nourishing food. Moving to a new home, leaving his mother, brothers, and sisters is a very traumatic experience for the puppy. For the first couple of weeks, try to change his life as little as possible. Follow the same routines as we have. Feed him in the same place at each meal. Be sure he has a special area all his own for his bed. Give him lots of love and cuddling. During the first couple of weeks, the English Bulldog puppy should not have a lot of visitors and trips away from home, especially to places such as petsmart, etc, where other animal contact is possible. You should take him to your veterinarian for a check-up within the first 48 hours. Take along the record of his immunizations and de-wormings. Once the Bulldog puppy is settled into his new home, you can begin to introduce him to your way of doing things, friends and other pets.
The first night will probably be the hardest for you and your new English Bulldog Puppy. He will most likely cry at some point during the night, do not punish him for this because it will only make things worse. You may want to keep him in your bedroom until he is used to his new surroundings. He can be kept in his crate or bed so he won't get in too much trouble while you're asleep. If you don't want your dog sleeping in your room indefinitely, then make sure you only allow him to stay with you the first few nights or it will become a habit that is very hard to break.
In order to make your new English Bulldog's introduction to your household go smoothly you will need to do some preparation beforehand. Because your new dog, whether he's an English Bulldog puppy or an adult English Bulldog, will be put into a stressful situation the first few days you will also need to be prepared to lessen this stress as much as possible. A little preparation will lead to a lifetime of happy times with your new Bulldog friend!