Stray Dog Rescue: How to Help Your Community

Some communities have an abundance of stray dogs, also known as street dogs, which can lead to a variety of problems from infectious disease transmission and dog bites to pet overpopulation.  According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are about 70 million stray animals in the U.S.  Out of this 70 million, only about seven million make it to shelters. Approximately half are dogs and the other half are cats. It is estimated that 20% of these animals are euthanized annually and another 10% that were lost are eventually are reunited with their owners.

What Does Stray Dog Rescue Mean? 

The term stray dog rescue can mean different things to different people.  The word “rescue” means to save someone or something from a dangerous or distressing situation. Stray dog rescue means you are working to help save stray dogs.

Some people interpret the term stray dog rescue to mean a formal rescue group or organization. Stray dog rescue groups are common in many communities and can be organized by a shelter or privately run by local individuals or groups.

The term “stray dog rescue” to some means a specific local organization. To others, the term “stray dog rescue” means the act of doing something to help a stray.

Dangers of Stray Dogs

There are many dangers to stray dogs. They can carry parasitic infections, diseases such as distemper and rabies, or have behavioral problems such as aggression that increase the risk of bites or attacks to other dogs and humans. They also can increase the pet overpopulation since most strays are intact male and female dogs.

Diseases and Problems Common in Stray Dogs

Stray dogs commonly have health issues. The most common problems include the following:

  • Canine distemper is a contagious virus common in strays and unvaccinated dogs.
  • Canine parvovirus, also known as parvo or parvoviral enteritis, is a common infectious disease in unvaccinated dogs. Common symptoms include lethargy, decreased appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea with blood. Parvo is prevented with appropriate vaccinations.
  • Fleas are a common problem in stray dogs. A flea is a small, brown, wingless insect that uses specialized mouthparts to pierce the skin and siphon blood. When a flea bites a dog, they inject some saliva as they take a blood meal. Some dogs can be allergic causing flea allergy dermatitis. Fleas commonly are spread to other dogs and cats.
  •  Gastrointestinal parasites, commonly referred to as worms, are very common in stray dogs. Common worms include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and tapeworms.
  • Heartworm disease is a deadly disease spread by infected mosquitoes. This can cause heart failure in dogs.
  • Kennel cough and canine influenza (also known as canine flu or the dog flu) are common respiratory bugs that are spread from dog to dog through the air.
  • Digestive issues are common in strays. Malnutrition can develop due to inadequate and poor quality nutrition. Stray dogs commonly eat spoiled food, garbage, or hunt for their meals. This can cause problems such as gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea) or gastrointestinal foreign bodies (ingestion of something that is not digestible).
  • Mange or other skin parasites are common in stray dogs.
  • Ticks are arachnids that can attach to a dog to seek a blood meal. They can transmit diseases including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
  • Trauma is common in stray dogs.  This can be caused by being hit by a car, animal attacks, and/or lacerations just to name a few.

Stray Dog Rescue: 3 Ways to Help Your Community  

If you are interested in stray dog rescue, you need to determine what you want to do. After careful research, your decision will ultimately depend on your interest, time, and support. Below are ideas on how you can support stray dog rescue.

Communities With Stray Dog Rescue Groups

If you live in a community with a formal stray dog rescue group, you can talk to them and determine what they need for support. They may need volunteers to foster dogs, help to capture stray dogs, marketing support, money to help support feeding and care of the stray dogs, or help to fundraise.

Do Your Own Thing

You may want not want to commit to a local group or develop your own stray dog rescue and just do your own thing. Anything you can do to help the stray dog can be an amazing help.

Communities Without Stray Dog Rescue Groups

Some people develop their own stray dog rescue group. You can research the needs of your community by talking to your local shelter, veterinarians and any other humane society in the area. They can help you determine the needs and problems or they may be able to help you with ideas or join your team.

How to Create Your Own Dog Rescue Group

Rescuing dogs can be not only an important and needed venture but also rewarding. Starting a dog rescue can be gratifying but also time-consuming, expensive, frustrating, tiring, and emotionally exhausting.  At times it can appear that there are many more dogs that need help than you have the time and resources to provide. Some rescue situations are downright sad. These points are made not to upset you but to make you aware of what is involved in stray dog rescue.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Police Dog Training

Most of us can probably agree that dogs are the best pets on the planet, right? When you combine their loving nature and playfulness with their intelligence, there’s no better animal to have by your side. With that being said, they’re also by far the most useful animals to humans due to their superior intelligence, agility, and working ability. Dogs have all kinds of jobs. Some of which include service and assistance, search and rescue, water rescue, herding, and more, but probably the most important job that dogs have is police work. Are you familiar with the rigorous training police dogs go through in order to be useful to the force?

According to the National Police Dog Foundation, most K9 units don’t take in dogs from the public. What they often do is get them from specialized breeders in Europe, which can make them very expensive to obtain. For this reason, many agencies and police forces will have fundraisers in order to acquire police dogs.

Police Dog Responsibilities

Police dogs, commonly called police K9s, which is a shortened version of the term “canine,” are an important part of law enforcement agencies across the country. Police dogs are used to apprehend criminals, detect drugs, search and rescue missions, as well as bomb detection cases and detecting bodies. As highly trained members of the police force, these dogs are able to recall numerous verbal and visual commands and respond accordingly to many different situations, proving them to be an extremely valuable member of the police force. When it comes down to it, a police dog can prove to be just as valuable to an agency as any of its other members.

Police Dog Breeds

While we recognize the German Shepherd as the standard for police dogs, and for good reason, there are actually a couple of other breeds that are also used as police dogs across the United States. A few of these include:

  • Dutch Shepherds
  • Belgian Malinois
  • Rottweilers
  • Doberman Pinschers

A Look Into Police Dog Training

Police dogs live with their partner. A K-9 unit stays together 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which allows them to establish a strong bond. Like with any working dog, police dogs require obedience training while they’re young in order to set a good foundation so that handlers can then mold their dog into required specializations when the time comes. Dogs will typically specialize in one specific job or task due to the complexity and requirements of each job. On rare occasions, a dog may be able to handle multiple jobs, but this is not the norm.

Different Kinds of Police Dog Training

There are different types of police dog training to prepare dogs for different jobs. The first of these types of training is patrol dog training. These dogs patrol the streets with their handlers, dealing with various aspects of everyday police life from finding and helping restrain suspects to ensuring their handler is protected. In addition to their many duties and responsibilities, these dogs are typically trained to find narcotics.

Drug detection dogs, on the other hand, are trained specifically to uncover narcotics and for that reason only. Bomb detection dogs are very similar in this manner with there being more than 10,000 different smells that they need to learn to be able to recognize. Scent tracking dogs specialize in finding individuals — typically those who have fled or have gone missing. These dogs are very good at finding people thanks to their intensive training.

How Police Dogs are Trained

You might’ve noticed that a large part of police dog’s training consists of scent training to identify anything from different kinds of drugs to missing or wanted people that are on the loose.

At the Philadelphia Police Department, it takes 14 weeks of patrol training in order for a dog to learn just the basics. An additional 2 ½ months of cross-training in either narcotics or explosives can turn a German Shepherd’s nose into a radar detector on the streets.

Scent training is an ongoing training process that begins with a towel. The handler and dog- in-training play with the towel and then the handler hides the towel and instructs the dog to go find it. Once the dog has excelled at finding the towel and it becomes an easy task, the handler sprinkles the towel with either black powder when it comes to explosives training or will wrap it around some marijuana when it comes to drug detection training. The handler will then instruct the dog to once again look for the towel. Over time, the dog learns to pick up on the smell of either drugs or explosives and is able to then identify and find them when they’re instructed to do so. Dogs can be trained to identify any of the following drugs, which include cocaine, crack, heroin, and methamphetamine.

The Cost of Owning a Dog

If you’ve never owned a dog before, surprise! They cost money to have as pets! From buying or adopting a dog to routine monthly purchases such as food and toys, owning a dog is a significant financial responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Your dog expenses can vary significantly depending on what breed of dog you have. There’s a big difference between owning a German Shepherd or Mastiff and owning a Yorkshire Terrier. The first two can grow to be about the size of a small child, whereas the third can fit in a purse on your shoulder.

The Costs of Buying vs. Adopting a Dog

The first expense you’ll have depends on whether you choose to buy your dog or adopt one from a shelter. You can buy a dog from a breeder or even a pet store, but expect to spend anywhere from a few hundred to a couple of thousand dollars just to bring your new pup home. If you have a specific breed in mind and are willing to dish out the money, you might decide to take this route.

But be forewarned that some dogs can be extremely pricey. For example, the average cost of a french bulldog puppy is around $2,200, with top-quality Frenchies that have outstanding breed lines ranging from $5,500 to $10,000. Yes, you read that right. The recent popularity of these dogs has caused their prices to sky-rocket, with everyone wanting one. If you’re interested in French Bulldogs, learn more about them here.

The other route you can take is to adopt a dog from a shelter. With the number of dogs in shelters across the United States exceeding three million per year, consider adopting a dog before you decide to buy one from a breeder or pet store. Here are the reasons you should adopt a pet vs. buying one. 

The cost of adopting a dog is considerably less than buying one. So much so that you can adopt a dog for as little as $50-100 sometimes. Puppies typically cost a bit more, but that’s just because the shelter will usually have them fixed or neutered before putting them up for adoption, in addition to giving them all of their necessary shots and vaccines so that they’re ready to go once you take them home!

Financially, adopting vs buying is no comparison as adopting is considerably cheaper in all cases. At the end of the day, it comes down to your preference. If you aren’t set on a specific breed for your next dog, then adopting should be the way to go. There are plenty of adorable dogs at your local shelter that would love to come home with you.

The nice thing about shelters is that they have a variety of dogs of different breeds and sizes. If your family isn’t necessarily ready for a puppy, you can adopt an older dog that’s likely already been house trained, keeping you from having to go through the pains of training a dog. In some cases, this is the route people decide to take.

Additional Dog Expenses

So you’ve decided that you’ll spare your family the financial burden of buying a dog and you choose to adopt instead. You bring your new pup home, and now what? Well, the most important thing you’ll need to buy right away is dog food. Your pup has to eat! Depending on the brand and the quantity of food that you buy, you might spend anywhere from $10-50 on a bag of dog food. Now, the size of your dog is important here, as a 15 lb bag can last a small dog a while, but if you’ve got a large dog or even a medium-sized dog for that matter, you might be making bi-weekly trips to the store for dog food. Those costs add up quickly over time.

Next up, you’re going to need a cage or crate where your dog will sleep at night and stay while you’re away from home. This can cost you anywhere from $50-150 depending on the size and quality of the cage. Remember, if you’ve got a puppy, it’ll grow — fast. So you’re better off planning for the future when it comes to buying a cage. You don’t want to buy a smaller one and then 4-6 months later wind up back at the store for another one because your dog outgrew it. A cage should be a one-time purchase if you think ahead.

When it comes to toys, you’ll have to get a feel for what kind of toys your dog likes and has the most fun with. This can take some trial and error until you figure out your dogs’ preferences. And even when you do, if they’re a chewer, you might be making additional trips to the store to replace the toys they’ve destroyed. But, if toys are the only thing they’re destroying, you’re in luck. Shoes, furniture, and much more can be in jeopardy when you bring a new dog into the house, unfamiliar with its surroundings. If you’re willing to spend a little more on your dog toys, look into some smart pet devices for your dog. Some of these cool toys can keep their attention for hours.

Back to School: Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Back to School: Leaving Your Dog Home Alone

Fall is here and school is back in session! So what does that mean for your furry friend who unfortunately has to stay at home while you’re gone? Well, that depends on you. One way or another, once summer is over, most pups get left alone at home, possibly for hours at a time.

Whether you’re on summer break yourself and have a dog or have younger children that have been watching the family dog over the summer while you’re at work, summer has come to an end. Now it’s time to head back to school, which means you’re tasked with figuring out what to do with Roxy, your beloved pooch, during the day. Here are some best practices for leaving a dog home alone.

Best Practices for Leaving a Dog Home Alone

Unfortunately, you’ve got no other choice but to leave your dog home alone while you go to class, so what are some things you can do in order to make your furry friend’s time alone more pleasurable and have it pass by quicker?

There’s one important thing that you must determine when it comes to leaving your dog home alone, and that is whether you’ll allow them to roam free in the house, keep them restricted to a single room or living area, or leave them in a crate/cage. Most of the time, this comes down to how much you trust your dog, and it usually has to do with how old they are and how well they’re trained.

If you trust them to not make a complete mess of the house or have an accident in the house while you’re gone, then it’s very likely that you’d allow them to roam the house and do as they please. It’s also possible that you might trust them, but not enough to let them roam the house, in which case you might leave them in a closed-off room or a large area such as the living room. On the other hand, if you can’t trust them, and they’re just a puppy or still fairly young, you’re likely going to leave them in a cage while gone.

Dogs that are left to roam the house have much more freedom, for obvious reasons. They can come and go as they please, they can nap wherever they’re comfortable, they can play with the toys you’ve left lying around the house for them, and they can eat and drink whenever they so choose. In this instance, it’s easier to leave your dog at home for an extended period of time. If you leave your dog in a cage, then none of the above applies. You shouldn’t leave your dog in a cage for more than a couple hours at a time without letting it out periodically to go to the bathroom and stretch its legs.

If you leave your dog in a cage while you’re at school or away from home, you’ll have to make sure to either come home during a break in your day and take them out for a walk or have someone stop by to let them out. It isn’t healthy for a dog to not go to the bathroom for extended periods of time. If your dog has a small bladder, you might come home to an accident in their cage, which just means you have to clean it up. You don’t want your dog potentially sitting in its own poop for hours.

A solution to your troubles might be to look into dog daycare. Similar to daycare for children, dog daycare is a great option for dog owners who may be gone for a few hours during the day. Dog daycare is a friendly place that dogs can stay during the day and run around and play with other dogs. At dog daycare, they can get their much-needed exercise for the day and meet new dogs, which helps them improve their social skills! This is a great way to introduce your dog to new dogs and people and allows them to become more friendly.

With that being said, here is a list of independent dog breeds that can be left alone for long periods of time:

Independent Dog Breeds

  • Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
  • Chow Chow
  • Great Pyrenees
  • Bullmastiff
  • Akita
  • Shiba Inu
  • Greyhound
  • Siberian Husky
  • Welsh Corgi
  • Labrador Retriever

Although the breeds above are typically more independent and open to being left alone for a couple of hours, dogs, in general, should not be left by themselves for longer periods of time, such as a full school day or workday, for example. Dogs are extremely social animals that thrive on attention and need a good amount of exercise in order to remain healthy.

What Is the French Bulldog Temperament Like?

The French bulldog temperament is gentle, loyal and loving. French bulldogs are bred to be lap dogs, so they are very friendly to their family and very willing to please. A French bulldog will gladly curl up on your lap to be petted and sleep.

This bat-eared couch potato is content to lounge around and to lavish his owners with love. The French bulldog temperament makes this breed one of the best companion dogs in the world. The Frenchie loves to play, but he also loves to spend his time relaxing on the sofa.

Part of the French bulldog temperament includes a high intelligence. This breed requires mental stimulation, and they benefit from structured positive reinforcement training from a young age. A bored French bulldog can quickly become destructive, so make sure to provide enough mental stimulation for your Frenchie.

Although this is a calm and gentle dog, the French bulldog can display guarding behaviors toward strangers. That’s why it is so important to socialize a young Frenchie puppy. You should make sure that your French bulldog meets a lot of people and children.

Overview of French Bulldogs

The French bulldog is built like a tank. Its build is small but very substantial with a powerful, muscular body. The French bulldog is stocky in build and very short. Weighing up to 25 pounds and standing approximately 12 inches tall, the French bulldog has a flat scrunched up face and oversized ears. His face is wrinkled and his top lip overhangs the bottom lip in that signature bulldog pout. The adorable features of the French bulldog include large bat-like ears and a very short nose.

The French bulldog has a life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years.

French bulldogs come in a variety of colors. They are found in various colors including brindle, fawn, white and black. The coat is short, smooth and easy to care for, requiring only a weekly brushing. The French bulldog is a minimal to moderate shedder.

Adaptable, playful and smart, this is a dog that loves his family. With a friendly, loyal and lively personality and cute appearance, the gentle French bulldog has remained among the most popular dogs in the nation, ranking fourth in the AKC rankings.

The Temperament of French Bulldogs and How They Behave

The French bulldog temperament makes this little dog a great companion dog. The French bulldog is gentle, loving and very eager to please his humans. He is happy to spend his days sleeping on the sofa or curling up in the lap of his owner.

His nature is comical and mischievous. The Frenchie’s personality is so entertaining that you can’t help but smile or laugh in his presence. People find the French bulldog’s personality very endearing. The Frenchie makes a fantastic pet. Not only do they fit nicely into almost any living environment (they’re small and they need very little amounts of exercise), they’re not big barkers like most small dogs.

Frenchies are loving companions who thrive on human contact. This breed enjoys giving love to their human companions and enjoys receiving the same treatment in return. Your French bulldog will happily lie at your feet or follow you around from room to room.

The French bulldog loves to play and gets along well with people, children, and other pets. However, the Frenchie can be territorial and very possessive of their people, especially when other dogs are around. That’s why socialization at an early age is so important with this breed.

This small dog does not require a lot of room, making it the perfect dog for apartments and small homes, as well as large homes.

This breed does not do well when left home alone for long periods of time.

The French bulldog is a very intelligent breed with very good instincts. They love to get attention and they love to play whenever they get the chance.

In general, you will find a lot of differences between a male and a female French bulldog. The male is more playful, energetic and assertive while females are a bit more affectionate, timid and friendly.

French bulldogs are prone to overheating and breathing issues that are directly related to the structure of their faces. It is extremely important that you do not over-exercise this breed. Brachycephalic dogs like the French bulldog are prone to heatstroke because they cannot take in enough oxygen to keep them cool and refreshed. They have trouble regulating their body temperature effectively. So don’t make your French bulldog physically exert himself too much, and keep him in a cool air-conditioned environment.

French Bulldog Breathing Problems: Things to Know

If you are thinking of owning a French bulldog, then you should be aware of French bulldog breathing problems.

The set of their eyes and the reduced muzzle size gives the French bulldog a more human-like appearance. But the face of the French bulldog has not evolved naturally. It has been designed by deliberately breeding together dogs with smaller muzzles. This has caused the French bulldog to experience some very serious health problems.

French bulldog breathing problems can range from moderate to severe. The Frenchie is a loud, heavy breather and most French bulldogs snore. Many owners become concerned when they hear their French bulldog breathing heavily, and this may or may not be normal. It could be due to the physical makeup of the dog’s airway, or it could be a sign of brachycephalic airway syndrome. This is a condition that is common with French bulldogs and other dogs with short airways and scrunched faces. The problem can range from mild to serious with the most serious cases requiring surgery.

Overview of French Bulldog Breathing Problems

Flat-faced dogs are referred to as “brachycephalic”, and this condition is linked to a variety of health issues, including French bulldog breathing problems. These dogs have short facial bones but the same amount of facial tissue as a dog with a normal muzzle length. So there is more tissue inside the dog’s mouth than the muzzle has space for, sometimes blocking the airway so severely that surgery is needed to save the dog from respiratory distress.

Brachycephalic dogs have narrow nostrils, which leads to French bulldog breathing problems. The nostrils on the French bulldog are barely visible. This makes it hard for them to breathe and they cannot get enough air. If your dog can’t oxygenate himself, he cannot effectively cool himself down so he easily overheats. That means French bulldogs can’t run very far and they cannot cope with the weather when it is hot.

Brachycephalic Syndrome is an upper airway abnormality that is commonly seen in flat-faced dogs. The condition can include narrowed nostrils (stenotic nares) and an elongated soft palate. As a result, the dog suffers from breathing problems and symptoms that include exercise intolerance, noisy breathing, snoring, wheezing and difficulty breathing.

All brachycephalic dogs have compromised airways to some degree and many of them suffer severe symptoms. Speak to your veterinarian if your dog is experiencing any symptoms of Brachycephalic Syndrome. There are both surgical and medical treatments to help manage the condition.

If a French bulldog requires surgery, it may be very difficult for your veterinarian to intubate your dog because of his physical attributes.

To learn more about Brachycephalic Syndrome, go to Brachycephalic Syndrome in Dogs.

What Owners Can Do to Avoid Problems

French bulldog breathing problems are common. When you buy a French bulldog, you should be prepared for the financial and emotional cost of dealing with a breed that has a lot of health issues.

Managing mild cases of heavy breathing can be done by keeping your dog at a normal weight and controlling the amount of exercise your dog gets. If it is hot outside, you should keep your Frenchie inside in the cool air. Keep stress to a minimum. Your veterinarian may also recommend medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroids. Oxygen therapy may also be used for short term treatment of dogs who are in respiratory distress.

Things to Avoid

French bulldog breathing problems can worsen when you do not take the necessary precautions.

Do not over-exercise your dog.

Too much exercise can cause breathing difficulties as the dog is unable to take in the air it needs. Stick to a short 10 to 15 minute walk each day. Be aware of your dog’s symptoms. If you notice that your dog is having trouble keeping up, or if he seems fatigued, pick him up and carry him home.

Avoid walking your French bulldog in heat and humidity. Early morning and evening walks are best. That’s because they have a hard time breathing due to their short nose and compromised airways. Any exercise that increases the demand for oxygen should not be overdone.

The exercise needs of an adult Frenchie and a puppy are quite different. With a puppy, over strenuous walks are unnecessary – and they could possibly harm your pup. As a general rule, walk your French bulldog puppy about two minutes for every month of age. So a three-month-old puppy would walk about six minutes. During the walk, monitor your puppy for signs of fatigue and end the walk if they seem too tired to continue.

Things to Know When Training a French Bulldog

Training a French bulldog can be a little challenging. That’s because Frenchies have a stubborn streak. French bulldogs have big personalities and can require a fair amount of training to make them good companions. But basically Frenchies are people pleasers, making them fairly easy to train if you give them the proper motivation (like treats), and make a game of the process. Then you will get their cooperation.

Overview of French Bulldogs and Their Characteristics

The French bulldog or “Frenchie” has large bat ears and an even disposition. This is one of the world’s most popular small dog breeds.

The French bulldog is a small, gentle, loving dog. Owning a French bulldog can be a great joy because this breed is kindhearted, affectionate and funny. With a friendly, loyal and lively personality and cute appearance, the French bulldog has remained among the most popular dogs in the nation ranking fourth in the AKC rankings.

This is a smart, affectionate and charming breed. Frenchies don’t bark much, they don’t require a lot of exercise and they love their families. They usually get along well with children and other animals. This is a great dog for an apartment or small home. But be aware that Frenchies don’t do well when left home alone for long periods of time.

Frenchies are known to be stubborn, so training can be tricky. But you’ll do fine as long as you make the training fun and give lots of treats and praise.

Best Practices for Training a French Bulldog

A French bulldog puppy can make a great family pet because they don’t need a lot of exercise and they do very well as a house pet. But Frenchies can be difficult to train and they have a stubborn streak, which means that training is very important. But with the right approach and plenty of patience, you can successfully train your French bulldog so that you can both enjoy a happy, peaceful, loving life together.

One of the first things you want to do when bringing your new Frenchie home is to introduce him to his crate. Crate training is a very effective way to establish positive behaviors in your dog. Some people think that dogs don’t like being in their crates, but this is not true. Dogs actually enjoy spending time in their crates and it often becomes a favorite resting place for them. Crating can be useful when you cannot directly supervise your dog. Keeping your French bulldog in a crate when you are out will prevent him from getting into trouble or making a mess in your home.

There are basically two types of training your French bulldog will need – socialization training and potty training. In most cases, socialization training is more difficult.

The French bulldog can be standoffish towards people they don’t know. Frenchies are also known to sometimes be aggressive toward other dogs. But these characteristics can be controlled when you begin training a French bulldog as a puppy. Start by introducing your French bulldog puppy to different types of people and other dogs. For the socialization to be effective, you should socialize your puppy by the time he is 14 weeks old. If not, the training may never work.

French bulldogs are intelligent and training them is easy as long as you make it seem like a game and keep it fun. The French bulldog does well with training when it is done in a positive manner with lots of food rewards, praise, and play.

Be positive. A French bulldog puppy can be a quick learner but they tend to be stubborn and not do everything you ask. Do not punish the dog as this will undo any progress you have made. Just be patient and stand your ground. Don’t give in. Try to teach new behaviors on a leash, even when you are inside, so your puppy cannot wander off when he gets bored. Smart dogs can get bored easily so break up the training into several smaller sessions of only a minute or two in duration. Wait for your puppy to comply and when he does, give him a big reward and end the training session.

Here are some essential tips for training a French bulldog:

  • Start potty training as early as possible
  • Use plenty of praise and rewards
  • Introduce a crate
  • Limit command training to short sessions

Training Tips for a French Bulldog

Here are a few tips for training a French bulldog.

Socializing Your Dog

Frenchies can be very loveable, but they can be very standoffish to new people and are sometimes prone to aggression toward other dogs. So it is important that you introduce your French bulldog to all types of people and pets. Do this by the time your puppy is 14 weeks old to help counteract feelings of fear and anxiety in your dog.

What Do French Bulldog Exercise Needs Entail?

Some people prefer a dog that they do not have to exercise. If this is true for you, the French bulldog may be a good choice for you.

French bulldogs are intolerant to a lot of exercise simply because of how their bodies are designed. It can be difficult for them to breathe when they have a lot of exercise, just like English bulldogs, pugs and other dogs with short noses. But French bulldogs are prone to weight gain, so they do require some daily exercise and play.

A nice leisurely walk around the block is enough daily exercise for most French bulldogs. Daily walks also provide your dog with plenty of mental stimulation from enjoying the outdoor sights, sounds, and smells.

French bulldog exercise needs are of vital importance. French bulldogs are prone to overheating and breathing issues that are directly related to the structure of their faces. It is extremely important that you do not over-exercise this breed. Brachycephalic dogs like the French bulldog are prone to heatstroke because they cannot take in enough oxygen to keep them cool and refreshed. They have trouble regulating their body temperature effectively. So don’t make your French bulldog physically exert himself too much.

The term “low energy” is often used to describe the French bulldog. They are couch potatoes. It is not that the French bulldog doesn’t want to run and play, it’s just that they quickly run out of energy because they are not able to get enough oxygen into their tiny bodies. So it is normal for the French bulldog not to be able to exuberantly run like other dogs.

French bulldogs would rather lounge around all day and enjoy the occasional play with their owners. This is not because they are lazy but because of their exercise intolerance due to the fact that they tire easily. They also have compromised air passages and are prone to overheating.

Exercise for the French bulldog should be mild and not too physically demanding. They don’t need a lot of exercise – just enough to keep them healthy. Younger dogs will be more active than older dogs. You will find that as your Frenchie ages he will want to do less and less.

Remember, the French bulldog does not require a lot of exercise because of their compromised breathing and the fact that they can easily overheat. While you don’t want to over-exercise them, it is important to provide enough exercise to manage their weight. Exercise will help keep their muscles strong and will provide mental stimulation to prevent boredom that can lead to destructive behaviors.

How Much Exercise Do French Bulldogs Require?

French bulldog exercise needs are minimal. They do not require a lot of exercise, but they do need daily walks to keep them at a healthy weight. Go for a short, relaxed walk every day. Ten to fifteen minutes should be long enough, or just a casual stroll around the block.

Make sure that you monitor and limit your dog’s exercise, especially in warmer weather. French bulldogs do not handle heat very well and need to be monitored on hot days so they don’t overexert themselves. This can cause them to overheat or have labored breathing. Hot and humid weather is a problem for all dogs, but for Frenchies, it can be life-threatening. They must also be protected from temperature extremes and they must have access to shade and water. So limit your outdoor walks and active play to cool mornings and evenings.

As your Frenchie gets older, he will become less active and have lower energy levels. But it is still important to keep your dog active to help him manage his weight. It is also important to keep the joints and muscles mobile.

Best Types of Exercise for French Bulldogs

French bulldog exercise needs are minimal. A good exercise for a French bulldog is taking a walk around the block once or twice a day – as long as the weather is not too hot or too cold. French bulldogs are extremely sensitive to hot and cold weather, so on bad weather days, it is best to skip the walk, opting instead for some indoor play. This will help your Frenchie to release some of that pent up energy, and it can be a lot of fun to play with your dog.

French bulldogs are very comical and they love to have fun with their owners. They enjoy a fun game with people, other dogs or by themselves. Give your Frenchie the chance to play whenever possible. Playing with your dog will help him to burn energy. It also will help to stimulate his mind and strengthen his bond with you and help keep him from becoming bored and destructive.

Owning a French Bulldog: What You Should Know

If you’re thinking about owning a French bulldog, you might want to know what makes this breed so popular. The French bulldog is stocky in build and very short. Weighing up to 25 pounds and standing approximately 12 inches tall, the French bulldog (or “Frenchie” as it is affectionately called) has a flat scrunched up face and oversized ears. His face is wrinkled and his top lip overhangs the bottom lip in that signature bulldog pout. The adorable features of the French bulldog include large bat-like ears and a very short nose.

The French bulldog has a life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years.

French bulldogs come in a variety of colors. They are found in various colors including brindle, fawn, white and black. The coat is short, smooth and easy to care for, requiring only a weekly brushing. The French bulldog is a minimal to moderate shedder.

History of the French Bulldog

Owning a French bulldog can be fun, and it can also be fun to understand the dog’s origins. Despite his name, the French bulldog is actually English in origin. In the 19th century, the bulldog became a companion dog, and increasingly smaller dogs were developed to fulfill this new role. In the mid-1800s Nottingham was a center for lace making and the toy bulldog became a sort of mascot for the Nottingham lacemakers. Many in the lace trade relocated to northern France for better opportunities and brought their tiny bulldogs with them. The French loved these dogs with their oversized ears, and they were deliberately bred to exaggerate the ears. The French bulldog was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1898.

The Popularity of the French Bulldog

In modern times, the French bulldog has become extremely popular among celebrities. Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon, David Beckham, Madonna, Dwayne Johnson, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, Hugh Jackman and Hillary Duff can all attest to the pleasure of owning a French bulldog.

Adaptable, playful and smart, this is a dog that loves his family. With a friendly, loyal and lively personality and cute appearance, the gentle French bulldog has remained among the most popular dogs in the nation, ranking fourth in the AKC rankings.

The price of owning a French bulldog is not cheap. The average cost for this dog can range from about $1,400 up to $8,000, depending upon the breeder, color and the pedigree of the dog. You may wonder why Frenchies are so expensive. Frenchies must be artificially inseminated in most cases. Because of their size and shape, most French bulldog females must have C-sections because it can be very dangerous for them to give birth naturally. All of these costs add up and are passed on to the consumer resulting in a higher purchase price for the dog.

About the French Bulldog

Owning a French bulldog can be a great joy because this breed is kindhearted, affectionate and funny. Frenchies have a nature that is both humorous and mischievous, so their owners must be consistent, firm and patient with all of the antics that make this dog both frustrating and delightful.

This is the perfect dog for apartment living since Frenchies do not require a lot of exercise and they don’t need a yard to run around in. Also, Frenchies are not big barkers.

French bulldogs are true lapdogs. They are extremely affectionate and they want nothing more than to give love to their owners. (Keep in mind that this means your Frenchie will always be underfoot.) These playful, loving, enthusiastic dogs require constant attention and do not do well when left alone.

This is a good dog for children. In general, a French bulldog will get along well with other pets as long as they are just as playful. Because of this, many people have two French bulldogs because they get along well with each other and love to play together.

Although these dogs are adorable and extremely popular worldwide, as with any breed these dogs are not right for every owner. The French bulldog’s personality gives him the potential to be a great family pet, but when it comes to their health, they have a lot of problems. While this small breed has a lot of love to give, they are also extremely prone to health problems that may make it financially and emotionally difficult to care for this dog.

Frenchies have flat faces and are prone to breathing problems. They also do poorly in hot or humid weather.

French bulldogs also have digestive issues. Frenchies are notorious for gas and they can easily become constipated. To help deal with these issues, it is important to provide your French bulldog with high-quality food. Stay away from common store brands because they contain too much grain and corn, which many Frenchies are allergic to. These foods also contain empty calories for a French bulldog, especially since the breed has a tendency to be overweight. Try to feed a grain-free food with lean protein sources.

Things to Know When Training a French Bulldog

Training a French bulldog can be a little challenging. That’s because Frenchies have a stubborn streak. French bulldogs have big personalities and can require a fair amount of training to make them good companions. But basically Frenchies are people pleasers, making them fairly easy to train. Just give them the proper motivation (like treats), and make a game of the process and you will get their cooperation.

Keeping Your Dog Healthy: Year-Round Parasite Prevention for Dogs

A parasite is an organism that lives in another organism, called the host. For the purpose of this article, the host is the dog. Many times the parasite requires the dog to live and can cause harm to the dog.

There are many types of parasites that can affect dogs including ones that live on or in the skin, in the gastrointestinal tract, or in the blood.

Types of Dog Parasites (Intestinal, Fleas, Ticks, Heartworms)

Common canine parasites include the following:

Intestinal Parasites

  • There are many kinds of internal parasites that can infect dogs including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and anemia. The most common intestinal parasite in dogs is the roundworm (also known as ascarids) that infest nearly every puppy at birth as they are passed from mother to young. Tapeworms are common from flea infestations and whipworm (Trichuris vulpis) infections can cause severe problems in dogs. Some worms can be seen in the stool such as tapeworms and roundworms while others require a fecal examination using a microscope. At least yearly fecal testing is recommended in dogs.

Fleas

  • Fleas are a type of parasite that lives on the skin and bites dogs to obtain a blood meal. Dogs with fleas will scratch themselves and dogs who are allergic to fleas will develop hair loss and skin infections. Fleas can also spread disease. Learn more about The Dangers of Fleas in Dogs.

Ticks

  • Ticks can attach themselves to dogs and insert their mouthparts into the skin to obtain a blood meal. Ticks can be attached for days and as they obtain their blood meal, transmit life-threatening infections such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis. Learn more about The Dangers of Ticks in Dogs.

Heartworms

  • Heartworms have the potential to cause serious illness in dogs including heart failure. Heartworms are spread from the bite of a mosquito that is carrying a heartworm larva. Signs of heartworm disease in dogs include lethargy, anorexia or a decreased appetite, exercise intolerance, coughing, and/or difficulty breathing.  Learn more about Canine Heartworm Disease.

Parasite Prevention for Dogs

While parasitic infections can be treated, prevention is better. Parasite prevention is important for the health, wellbeing, and comfort of your dog.

Parasite prevention tips include:

  • Intestinal parasites can be prevented by routine deworming in puppies and by yearly fecal examinations and treated based on the results. In addition, many types of heartworm prevention medications will concurrently treat intestinal parasites and prevent flea infestations. Another way to control parasite infestations is to keep your yard and kennel clean by promptly removing fecal piles.
  • Fleas and ticks can be prevented by several prevention medications and collars. Examples of flea products include Program® (lufenuron), Sentinel®, Capstar® nitenpyram, Frontline®, Advantage® Revolution®, and Preventic®. Learn more about Flea Control and Prevention. Examples of tick prevention medications include the Seresto® collar and Bravecto. This is a vaccine available for Lyme Disease in dogs.
  • Preventing Heartworm Disease. Preventing heartworm disease is easier and much preferred to treating life-threatening heartworm infections. Please see “Heartworm Prevention Guidelines for Dogs.”

Not all parasitic diseases can be prevented but many can be treated. Mites are parasites that can cause serious illness in your dog. For more information, see Ear Mites in Dogs, Sarcoptic Mange, Demodicosis, and Cheyletiellosis.

Frequency of Parasite Prevention Recommendations

Depending on your area of the country, parasite prevention recommendations vary from monthly year-round to monthly only during the summer months. This is dependent on the weather and climate in your area.

The recommendations for parasite prevention have changed over the past decade. A few years ago, parasite prevention recommendations in the Midwest part of the United States were to keep your dog on prevention medications from March until December and off during the winter. Based on the fact that dogs are both indoors and outdoors, fleas do not die off in the house in the winter, and ticks can survive the winter, the current recommendation is for year-round parasite control.  If you have questions about current recommendations in your area, please discuss this with your veterinarian.

How To Best Avoid Your Dog Attracting Parasites

There are things you can do to prevent parasites in your dog. The mainstay of prevention is to provide your dog with flea, tick, and heartworm prevention medications on a monthly basis or as recommended by the specific product. Vaccination for Lyme disease can also be helpful if you live in a high-risk area. Careful monitoring for fleas and ticks is important as you interact with your pet every day.

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