INSTRUCTIONS FOR TAKING YOUR PUPPY HOME
Your pup has already received much care, love and consistency of training at our home. We are providing the details of our routine in hopes that it will support you in caring for your new family member in the best possible way.
Your new pup will require a great deal of rest. Dogs sleep many more hours than we do and especially for the first 3 days, we suggest keeping your schedule pretty homebound and restful. Let your pup learn the lay of the land, so to speak, find their rhythm sleeping, eating and learn where and when all their daily affairs are conducted!
The key is a consistent sleep cycle, whatever rhythm works for your family. Your pup is used to a 7:30 bedtime with a 5-6 a.m. wake-up, but can easily adjust to the new rhythms of your family.
Your pup can sleep with you or you can crate your puppy. We recommend putting a hoof in their crate to chew as a treat when resting. Keep the crate by your bed so your pup doesn’t feel alone and in no time he or she will be settled into a routine. You can stroke your puppy while they are in the crate if you choose to crate train.
Ignoring the puppy all night is not best. Having just been removed from their pack, your puppy is going through a big environmental and social change. Kindness works well here without worry. And dogs, like children, respond to relevant input. If your pup has a need, fill it. Then don’t let your pup go beyond that if you notice he or she is doing that!
Royal Frenchel eating times are: 6am, 10am, 2pm, and 6pm.You can shift the timing, but remember not to be sudden. Puppies do well with their natural circadian rhythm. They get up with the sun and go down with the moon. You can play with it, but puppy training is best this way. An hour change is fine for one week at a time, shifting it so as not to cause the pup lack of success in unhappiness with whining or soiling at the wrong times.
As your puppy grows you will notice a feeding drops out quite naturally. Just leave that one out. You will more than likely find that your pup will end up eating two meals a day, one in the morning and one in the late afternoon or early evening.
Place food down for 15 minutes or so and watch for signs that your pup is done. When the puppy walks away, take them outside immediately while praising them. See below for further housebreaking instructions.
We use Taste of the Wild Pet Food. It is a kibble that they really enjoy. Also, every Royal Frenchel loves the famous Royal Frenchel stew.
We also use Nuvet vitamins as it supports a great immunity and stable growth of bones, muscles etc.
Puppies need to go to the bathroom after waking, resting, eating and before sleeping. These are crucial times for your dog’s awareness to form the habits that serve them. It will work every time if you are consistent and immediate. If you wait, you will pay the consequences at first. However you are very lucky as Royal Frenchels are the easiest dogs in the world to train.
So, when your pup first awakens in the morning, take them out swiftly. Or get there while he or she is asleep and wake them with love, harness them while loving sounds are spoken and then walk them out with ease to their place. Praise your pup well. Go back inside and remember, pups go to the bathroom two times in the morning!
So, when the puppy walks away from their food, as we said above, take them outside immediately while praising them again.
These walks are ultimately easiest if you do this by calling your puppy to you and putting their harness on. Then walk to the area outside where you want them to go to the bathroom and tell them the same words each time to go to the bathroom. This command will become a signal to your pup later and make it easy for them to go anywhere, anytime they need to without concern over distractions.
The idea is to generate success with no accidents. Forty-five minutes before crating is a good time to insure that success. Then crate with a toy and chew (bone or rawhide from Mudd Bay or other reputable dog stores—keep an eye on our site for fun treats as well.). Your puppy will naturally get his rest when he is done playing alone. Then start the routine over again.
Dogs are den animals and feel safe and secure when they have a special “cave” of their own to retreat to for naps, breaks and down time.
The dens/crates we use and recommend are about 18 to 22 inches, made from wire, and have two doors. We like them because the puppies can see through the wire, and you can cover it easily for a sweet den effect. You can also get three doors on them which makes them really moveable and easy to get in and out of when you want to.
When your pup is young, your crate may be too large for what your pup needs. To give your pup just enough space for chewing a bone and sleeping in order to insure no accidents occur, place a box in the crate to take up the excess space. As your pup grows, simply remove the box. Your pup may still have a few accidents regardless, but that will pass very quickly with the housebreaking instructions noted above.
SIGNS OF STRESS
Take notice of these signs of stress, and if you have any, feel free to phone us or simplify your routine and help your puppy relax in familiar surroundings. Many people don’t realize that over exposure to places and various people handling puppies, including their human families, can make them sick. If you see any of these signs, simplify and allow your puppy an uninterrupted routine. If these signs do not subside within two to three hours, take them to the veterinarian.
• runny nose
We at Royal Frenchel believe that shots are necessary through the first year. This includes the year end booster for the five way shots generally given. However, there is much controversy over the yearly booster from then on.
Many breeders are seeing difficulties with dogs who get shots each year unnecessarily, with compromised immune systems. So, after much consideration and reading (which you can also do along with discussing it with your veterinarian) we do not give yearly shots to our adult dogs.
They are doing very well with this practice. Vaccines are not simple things. They can have effects we don’t want to trigger as well as protect our beloved animals.
You will want to use heartworm medication and receive a rabies vaccination as well. Your veterinarian will set you up at the right time for those as they occur later the first year.
Important note: French Bulldogs (which helped create the Royal Frenchel) are at risk with some anesthetic medicines. Please notify your veterinarian about your pup’s line having Frenchie blood. Make certain it goes in their medical record in red to insure they always remember your pup’s history. They can use other medications easily once they know this information.
ROUTINE IS KEY
We can’t say enough about the importance of a steady routine with your puppy.
Remember that pack leaders and mother dogs are regular and steady. In fact, they are singly focused. Your puppy relies on you to be his pack leader. Pack leaders provide food, personal protection and living environments. They do this without fail and in the rhythms needed by the puppy.
Your puppy needs these same things from you as its surrogate pack leader - consistency for your pup’s sense of wellbeing to grow in confidence. Truly, a good amount of care now will save you a great deal later and your puppy will even train your next dog a majority of the way themselves!
With love, care and a steady routine, your Royal Frenchel will quickly adapt to their new home and become a wonderful companion and friend to you and your family.
If you have any questions, we are always here.
Take the time now to join the Royal Frenchel community on our site. You can post photos and meet others who have gone through these stages of growth and training themselves, and it is fun to connect with them. You can also post fun stories that happen with you and your new pal.
We hope to know you a very long time and thank you for being a member of our Royal Frenchel family.