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English Bulldog - Choosing Pet ProfessionalsFinally, before you bring your puppy home, select a few pet professionals to help you care for your English Bulldog. You will need a veterinarian, a dog trainer, and a pet sitter or boarding kennel.
You can find these professionals by asking dog-owning friends about whom they have done business with and whom they recommend. Is there someone they suggest you should avoid? Once you have a few names, call and make an appointment. In most cases, it’s wiser to have an established relationship with a professional before you need their help.

Veterinarian

Your English Bulldog will need a veterinarian to care for his health. Select the veterinarian as you would your own private physician or pediatrician. Ask if they are comfortable treating Bulldogs; not all veterinarians are. The vet should be aware of the health problems faced by Bulldogs and how to treat them.
Ask the veterinarian what their payment policies are and what credit cards they accept. Are they available after hours and on weekends? If not, do they recommend a local emergency clinic? What else is important to you? This is the time to ask.

Puppy-Proofing Your Home
You can prevent much of the destruction puppies can cause and keep your new dog safe by looking at your home and yard from a dog’s point of view. Get down on all fours and look around. Do you see loose electri¬cal wires, cords dangling from the blinds, or chewable shoes on the floor? Your pup will see them too!
In the kitchen:
– Put all knives and other utensils away in drawers.
– Get a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
– Put all household cleaners in cupboards that close securely; consider using childproof latches on the cabinet doors.
In the bathroom:
– Keep all household cleaners, medicines, vitamins, shampoos, bath products, perfumes, makeup, nail polish remover, and other personal products in cupboards that close securely; consider using childproof latches on the cabinet doors.
– Get a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
– Don’t use toilet bowl cleaners that release chemicals into the bowl every time you flush.
– Keep the toilet bowl lid down.
– Throw away potpourri and any solid air fresheners.
In the bedroom:
– Securely put away all potentially dangerous items, including medicines and medicine containers, vitamins and supplements, per¬fumes, and makeup.
– Put all your jewelry, barrettes, and hairpins in secure boxes.
– Pick up all socks, shoes, and other chewables.

Dog Trainer

A dog trainer will teach you how to train your English Bulldog and will help you as you progress with your training. The trainer can also assist you as you socialize your Bulldog and introduce him to the world around him. The trainer will also be available to help you if you encounter any problems along the way.

In the rest of the house:
– Tape up or cover electrical cords; consider childproof covers for unused outlets.
– Knot or tie up any dangling cords from curtains, blinds, and the telephone.
– Securely put away all potentially dangerous items, including medicines and medicine containers, vitamins and supplements, cigarettes, cigars, pipes and pipe tobacco, pens, pencils, felt-tip markers, craft and sewing supplies, and laundry products.
– Put all houseplants out of reach.
– Move breakable items off low tables and shelves.
– Pick up all chewable items, including television and electronics remote controls, cell phones, MP3 players, shoes, socks, slippers and sandals, food, dishes, cups and utensils, toys, books and magazines, and anything else that can be chewed on.
In the garage:
– Store all gardening supplies and pool chemicals out of reach of the dog.
– Store all antifreeze, oil, and other car fluids securely, and clean up any spills by hosing them down for at least ten minutes.
– Put all dangerous substances on high shelves or in cupboards that close securely; consider using childproof latches on the cabinet doors.
– Pick up and put away all tools.
– Sweep the floor for nails and other small, sharp items.
In the yard:
– Put the gardening tools away after each use.
– Make sure the kids put away their toys when they’re finished playing.
– Keep the pool covered or otherwise restrict your pup’s access to it when you’re not there to supervise.
– Secure the cords on backyard lights and other appliances.
– Inspect your fence thoroughly. If there are any gaps or holes in the fence, fix them.
– Make sure you have no toxic plants in the garden.

The trainer you choose needs to like Bulldogs and be aware of their training challenges. You can ask other English Bulldog owners whom they recommend, or ask if your veterinarian knows a good trainer. Once you find a trainer, ask if you can watch a couple of classes. Make sure you will be comfortable in the class and with that person’s training techniques.

Pet Sitter or Boarding Kennel

You will need someone to watch your English Bulldog when you won’t be home. You may need to make a business trip or go on a vacation when your Bulldog can’t go with you. Although many people ask a friend or neighbor to watch their dog, far too many catastrophes have happened in these situations.
A professional pet sitter will come out to your house a couple of times each day to feed, water,  and play with your Bulldog. They can even take him for walks, too. The English Bulldog sitter will also pick up the newspapers and the mail. The positive aspect of this service is that your dog remains in the comfortable surroundings of his home. The negative is that for most of the day and night your dog is alone. What will happen if there is an emergency?
If you decide to use a boarding kennel, your dog will stay at the kennel. He will not be at home, but he will be closely supervised.
Obviously there are pros and cons to both situations. You will need to find out which will work better for you and your dog.

 

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