When you take home your puppy for the first time, there is so much excitement and emotion going on. You have looked forward to it for weeks and suddenly this sweet baby is part of your life. It can come as a surprise that he or she might be antisocial but in fact, it’s quite natural. Puppies are like people: in case of a transition, we all need some time to adjust. The TomKings Puppies expert team share some smart tips below on what you can do to help your newly adopted puppy.
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Equal treatment for your puppies
If you already have a dog give both of them equal treatment. Feed them at the same time, praise or punish them for the same things, and either keep both of them on a leash or none of them. The dog you had earlier might be a bit jealous but French Bulldogs get on well with other kinds of dogs as well as with other Frenchies.
Show your puppy around
Take your pup to walks around the house and then further afield so that he or she can get used to new smells, people, and places. Frenchies are especially friendly, social, loving, fun and playful (hey, this is why we love them so much!) so you don’t have to worry about involving your dog in the family life from the beginning.
Let your Frenchie meet other dogs (and cats!)
It’s a good idea to take your French Bulldog to a local puppy playground or dog run where he or she can meet other dogs and socialize with them. Also, take the dog with you to your social events to friends and family. In the beginning, it might be overwhelming for your Frenchie to see so many new people and animals, but they will get used to it very soon.
Adopt from a breeder who keeps puppies as their family members
If you adopt your French Bulldog from a farm where they can live freely with other puppies they get used to the company of other dogs and won’t be antisocial. It’s ideal to buy from a breeder where your baby already received training so your life will be easier. If you experience your Frenchie being a bit timid and cautious at the beginning it’s important to be patient with him or her. It’s normal to take a few weeks to warm up to his or her new surroundings.
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The article was written based on the experience of the TomKings Puppies Team and their clients who kindly shared their tips with us in the TomKings Frenchie Family Closed Facebook Group. TomKings Puppies have been breeding French Bulldogs for 10 years on their farm. All the pictures in the post belong to them and show a puppy from their breed. Check their available puppies here, or if you have any questions or comments let us know below the article.