A Few Things To Do When You Bring Your New Puppy Home.
Your Olde English Bulldogge should have regular visits to the vetenarian for check ups and their yearly rabies and booster vacinations to maintain immunty from disease. If you are in the Baltimore, Maryland area we use and recommend Erdman Animal Hospital. They provide quality personalized service, are friendly and will not empty your pockets like other vets.
Avoid the big box veterinary plans. If you do a little research you'll find plenty of unhappy customers complaining about the constant upselling from the big box veterinary plans. We experienced the same but unfortunatley were already locked into a contract. The experience was similar to being in the Finance Managers office at a car dealersip where they try to sell you overpriced extended warranties, paint protection, Scotch Guard (as if you cant go to Wal-Mart and buy a bottle yourself) and other things you don't actually need. Its done under the pressure of wanting to be a good pet parent, so you end up emptying your pocket book without much questioning. A trip to the vet should not be similar to dueling with a salesman. I found the big-box upselling to be unethical and the service was poor and impersonable.
We paid for our big box plan until we were able to cancel it. We were so happy with Erdman's that we paid monthy for the big box plan and still took our dogs to Erdmans. Note: Erdman's is a hospital and they do not schedule appointments (just like human hospitals) so bring a magazine or book for the waiting room where you may meet some new friends and their animals.
Just as humans, dogs need proper nutrition to live full and healthy lives. Here at Baltimore Bullys we feed a high quality dog food mixed with vegetables (mainly string beans and unsweetened pumpkin filling) and sometimes mix in raw 80/20 hamburger meat as a treat.
We recommend Southern States 24/20 and, believe it or not, Purina Puppy Chow Complete. Hard to believe right?! Both foods taste great and our dogs do really well on them. Granted, we supplement our feedings with vegetables and meat, but these kibbles are the basis of our feeding program and they work well for us. Our dogs stay fit, full of energy, full bodied and healthy.
We've tried many of the expensive brands and while some are good and some have been "blah", these foods work for best us. Be careful not to be guilted into buying a 10 pound bag of $60 speciality food. We all want to do what's best for our fur-babies but be mindful that the super expensive food is oftentimes not much better then the foods we recommend. They can even sometimes promote skin sensitivities and other issues, like undereating.
Just like humans, a sociaily awkward dog will not lead the happiest life. Allow your Olde English Bulldogge the opportunity to meet new people and animals and be sure to give strangers the opportunity to pet your dog when you are out on walks. Our Olde's love to meet new people and can often be found around town making new friends.
It is important to begin obedience training early. Your dog should know basic commands like "sit", "stay" and "come" by 12 or 13 weeks old. At a minimum, set aside 20 - 30 minutes each day to take your Olde through basic commands. The earlier you teach basic commands the easier your and your Oldes life will be.