What’s the big deal about taking your new French bulldog puppy out for a walk ? You may think that this sounds like a simple issue but it’s not. In fact it is actually two separate issues altogether. Taking your french bull dog puppy outside for a walk and taking your french bull dog puppy to the dog park or even the local park are definitely two separate milestones in my book ! It’s a best option to look for french bulldog puppies for sale in your city if you ever wish to buy one.
Why do I say that some of you may wonder?
Well, as a new French bulldog pet owner and after hearing about all the parvo symptoms and end results from my veterinarian, I was absolutely sure I don’t want to take my new frenchie puppy for a walk in the dog park or even in the regular park until after all the important vaccinations were completed.
This would be approximately when the french bull dog pup is twelve weeks to sixteen weeks of age. Usually by twelve weeks of age most of the core vaccinations have been given to the french bull dog pup by the vet except perhaps rabies and in some cases a booster which is also usually given by sixteen weeks. At sixteen weeks of age the french bulldog puppy’s immune system , in fact the immune system of all puppies is also slightly more mature.
Once all the core vaccinations are given it is then safe to take your french bull dog puppy for a walk to a dog park or even the regular park where they can safely interact with other dogs.
I vaccinate the pups at
- 7.5-8 weeks—first vaccine,
- then 3 weeks later 2nd vaccine,
and they can safely leave to forever home. However, the new parents still have to do one more combo vaccine and then wait for about 10 days before they can go in a dog park. I have titer tested the pups after the first vaccine and also after a second. Just to see how the vaccines work. I discovered that after the first vaccine which was a distemper/parvo shot, only a third of the tested pups showed high titers for distemper, parvo did not show up at all, and half of the tested pups did not show any titers for parvo or distemper. However, when I titer tested pups after the 2nd set of shots, all the tested pups showed antibodies for the distemper and parvo.
Why this precaution ?
Well, French bulldog puppies like all other puppies have a weaker immune system and prior to receiving their shots or their immune system maturing a bit by sixteen weeks, puppies are prone to catch illnesses from other dogs. This is the case for all breeds of dogs and would also include french bulldogs.
Parvo being one of them which they are susceptible too and it sounds indeed like the most fatal nightmarish illness that is harmful to all puppies and not just french bulldogs in particular.
If you have received your puppy after twelve or sixteen weeks of age be sure to check the vaccination papers to see that all the required vaccinations have already been given to your French bulldog puppy before you take him or her out for a walk to the dog park. However if you are like many of us and have received your french bulldog puppy at nine weeks of age it’s better to wait till he or she receives all their core vaccinations before that first walk to the dog park. In fact most veterinarians themselves advise that puppies are best taken for walks to the park after they have received all their core vaccinations. So in most cases it’s the vet who is the best person to find out from when it’s the right time to take your french bulldog puppy for a walk to the dog park.
Practice Walks in Safe Places
You can however in the meanwhile start practice walks for a few minutes in the house or your own yard or at a friends place when you know their dogs are free from sickness. This is a good idea since often times french bull dogs are reluctant first time walkers. So it may take french bull dog puppies some time and plenty of cajoling to actually walk all the way to the park and then walk about in the park after. While french bull dog puppies will eventually come around to doing just that , walking enthusiastically to the dog park in fact some curious frenchies may even enjoy it – walking the whole way rarely happens in the first walk to the dog park.
In my case, walking about with my frenchie puppy in the front yard or back yard seemed to me not to pose a problem as long as there are no other dogs were in the year, as long as it is fenced off and there is no access to it for the strange dogs as well as people. I believe it also does not seem to carry the same dangers as a park visit. This view was reinforced when I read online about the importance of socializing your french bull dog puppy and taking him or her out for walks and exercise in the first couple of weeks after getting him or her from the breeder.
In fact, Cesar —the famous tv personality and celebrity expert dog trainer —says keeping your puppy active and exercised from its early days is absolutely important to make sure your puppy stays healthy and does not develop bad habits. In fact Cesar says take your puppy and go for a walk indoors; also to introduce your puppy to a leash and collar even before you start actually walking with the puppy and to teach him or her to follow.
Why This is Important?
Well, Cesar explains on his online website that making your french bulldog puppy walk indoors at an early age and also introducing them playfully but firmly to the collar and the leash will help them to get used to it. Of course what he said holds true for all breeds of dogs. Also hopefully this way will make sure the french bulldog puppy will have positive feelings associated with walking to the park and also with the collar and leash. To teach your puppy to follow you rather than the other way around means later on as your pet matures to a beautifully raised adult , your french bulldog will follow your lead rather than you following him or her all over the park in a panic.
Many professional trainers say the importance of early age socializing of your french bulldog and exposing the pup to all type of people, different dogs and situations far outweighs the risk of the puppy falling ill. This applies to all types and breeds of puppies and dogs.